Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

Puffins!

RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe - Rob Hume

Have just got back home after visiting friends and family back in the UK. We had a great time catching up with everyone and celebrating my Dad's 86th birthday, but one of the highlights of our trip was the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire.

 

We saw gannets, razorbills, guillemots (or murres as they're known in the US), kittiwakes, fulmars, and shags. But none of them are as cute as a puffin.

 

Gannets

 

Razorbill

 

Puffin (seriously, can you get any cuter than this?)

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Staked - Kevin Hearne

I started reading this series while waiting for Jim Butcher to return to the world of Harry Dresden, and there are plenty of comparisons to be made between Hearne's Iron Druid and Butcher's Harry Dresden (though to be honest, I would always back Kate Daniels against either of them).

 

Both series have vampires, werewolves, fae, and assorted deities, plus a good dollop of magic. And both have lots of humour and pop culture references, and a way too perfect female love interest.

 

They also both have a big, scary dog; Mouse in Harry's corner, and the sausage-obsessed Oberon for Team Atticus.

 

But I'm on Team Harry, and that's because Harry has one thing that Atticus doesn't have. And that thing is a 30lb badass cat called Mister.

 

 

I must be mad

So yesterday was my 17th wedding anniversary. How did I spend it? By running a half marathon. All I can say is it seemed like a good idea when I booked it.

 

 

My husband very sensibly played golf instead.

Finished it!

Trapped - Kevin Hearne

I read the first four of these books one after the other and it was a bit much so I decided to take a break. I was getting annoyed that Atticus was blithely going about his business (euphemism for causing absolute chaos in Asgard) and not receiving any payback for the pretty momentous things he was doing.

 

But in book five, the payback starts to happen. There are vampires, dark elves, dwarfs, Norse gods, Roman gods, Greek gods (yes, they are very different, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise), And they all have scores to settle.

 

But the best bit is, it turns out Granuaile is a cat person. Take that, Oberon!

Reading progress update: I've read 78%.

Trapped - Kevin Hearne

"I don't know where Toronto is," the dryad said, looking lost.

 

"It's a place across the ocean with a great film festival and a bad hockey team", I explained, but she still looked bewildered. "Their ticket prices are sky-high but they haven't hefted the Stanley Cup since 1967. I know there's always next year, but, damn, you know?"

 

Nailed it!

Some of you know I lost my mum to pancreatic cancer just before Thanksgiving last year.

 

Today was tough, but I have so many happy memories.

 

First hummingbird of the year
First hummingbird of the year

I put the feeders up when I got in from work, and twenty minutes later this little chap appeared. Summer is here!

this popped up in my Facebook feed, and gave me a much needed Monday morning laugh.

Meh

Holy Fools - Joanne Harris

I normally love novels set in this time period (17th century France), and this one should have been absolutely perfect for me. Intrigue in a nunnery, plus the heroine's backstory of being a former high-wire circus performer. What more could you ask for?

 

Well for the heroine not to wimp out at the end and go meekly back to Snidely Whiplash, er I mean the one-dimensional, moustache-twirling bad guy who kidnapped her daughter, for starters.

(show spoiler)

Grrrrr.

Finished it!

Lake Silence - Anne Bishop

I did enjoy revisiting the world of The Others. I like their no-nonsense, "if you break our rules you will get eaten" attitude. I mean what part of "do not take a motor boat onto the water because if you do you will die" do people not understand?

 

The Others don't bother with that namby-pamby three strikes and you're out malarkey. With them it's one strike and you will be torn limb from limb, bitten to death, or turned into a human torch by a friendly elemental.

 

Yeah, that's the kind of rule I can get behind.

 

 

Lake Silence - Anne Bishop

I wouldn't have known about the dead man if I hadn't walked into the kitchen at the exact moment my one and only lodger was about to warm up an eyeball in the wave-cooker.

 

Gotta love the Crowgarde.

 

 

Squee!

Lake Silence - Anne Bishop

Available for pick up? Well that's my weekend sorted.

OK, so maybe some black cats are evil
OK, so maybe some black cats are evil
Black cats rule!
Black cats rule!

Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 384 pages.

The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

"Seriously, I thought, we couldn't have met in a Gregg's?"

 

Yep, I'd take a meeting in Gregg's over one in Harrods any day of the week. In fact I was dreaming about Gregg's cheese and onion pasties only last night.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 384 pages.

The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

The word "bollocks" is one of the most beautiful and flexible in the English language. It can be used to express emotional states ranging from ecstatic surprise to weary resignation in the face of inevitable disaster.

 

I have to say if you did one of those word map thingies showing my most commonly used words, "bollocks" would definitely feature quite heavily. (Along with 'beer', 'hockey', and 'cats').

Currently reading

Besieged
Kevin Hearne
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 70/368 pages
The Shining
Stephen King