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. 

Tongues of Serpents - Naomi Novik

Yay! Look what I'm picking up from the library tomorrow.

Finished it!

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

Not every child who falls down a rabbit hole finds Wonderland...


Some find something way weirder or scarier, while others find rainbows and unicorns. But whatever place they discover, it is a wrench when they return to our world and all they want to do is find their way back to what they now call 'home'.



Damn, but I wish this had been a full-length novel rather than a novella. I loved it, and wanted to know more about the characters and the worlds they visited.

Finished it!

Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik

Gosh. I seem to have devoured this one as quickly as Temeraire can gobble up a cow.


I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. It's like a mash-up of Patrick O'Brian and Anne McCaffrey.


And dragon logic is great. There's nothing better than food and treasure.

Reading progress update: I've read 59%.

Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

"I don't want this man getting away from us, Ingrid."

"They're doing their best, Rook Thomas."

"I know," said Myfanwy tiredly.

"Do you want some good news?"


"The BBC's fashion team liked your hat."


See, told you she was wearing an awesomely outrageous hat.

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

At first I wasn't sure about this one because Myfanwy isn't the main protagonist, but Odette and Pawn Clements are fun to read about, and Myfanwy is very much there as a supporting character complete with outrageous Royal Ascot hat and dress.


Finished it!

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

And I'm sad because it was the last one in the series.


The one thing that annoyed me was how long it took for the bad guy to get what was coming to him. They should have just let Tess do her thing and it would have prevented a lot of the trouble that happened later. But I suppose that would have made the book only about 20 pages long.


I think my favourites are the Crowgard. I would love to go shopping at Sparkles and Junk, and hang out with Jenni and Starr, as long as they promised not to eat my eyeballs.


Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 397 pages.

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

want cukkies


There can't be many people who would get away with admonishing the Elders for being rude.


want cukkies, please



I'd forgotten all about this one

Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

I finished Burn for Me earlier today, and was about to start on Etched in Bone when this popped up. I'd put it on my Overdrive queue months ago and promptly forgot all about it.


So many books, so little time.

Ooooooh! (again)

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

It's like buses. You wait ages for one, and then three turn up at once.


Not only will I be picking up White Hot tonight, but Etched in Bone is also waiting for me.


Which one to read first??????



I'm the one in the corner, reading a book

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts - Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr Seuss, Steve Wozniak - that we owe many of the great contributions to society.


My lovely boss and fellow introvert lent me this book. Our department recently had a two-day team-building exercise (words that strike fear into every introvert's heart) and she and I took many deep breaths and gave a presentation on introverts in the workplace. We showed Susan Cain's TED talk, and oh boy did I relate to what she was talking about.



Now if I could just get the organizers of the next team event to ditch that ridiculous "let's all go round the table and tell everyone a bit about ourselves", I'll be ecstatic.



Hope you all hugged your cats today

I hugged the Ginger Ninja. I don't think he enjoyed it much.


I really have finished it this time

In His Majesty's Service (Temeraire, #1-3) - Naomi Novik

It's amazing how much more sense the opening chapters of book 4 make, when you actually read the final 14% of book 3. Sigh.


White Hot - Ilona Andrews

Might have to put Temeraire on hold. I've just got the email from the library telling me this is available for me to pick up.

Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 404 pages.

Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik


Was having massive WTF moments and wondering why all the exciting stuff had happened between books 3 and 4. But I've now realised that I haven't actually quite finished book 3.


Sometimes I'm so dumb I scare myself.




Finished it!

Fallout - Sara Paretsky

And it was vintage Vic. Standing up to the big guys, and fighting for those who can't fight for themselves. She's older, and dare I say it, she's actually a little bit wiser. OK so she still goes haring off when she gets a hint of a clue, but she's definitely getting less reckless with age. 


While I love the sense of place I get from Chicago, I really enjoyed the Kansas setting in this one, and the mentions of the Greenham Common peace camp in the UK in the 1980s. (I wasn't at the camp, but I knew people who were, and I went on various marches in support of them). I know some criticize Paretsky for letting her Liberal views bleed into her books, but I'm glad she does, and long may it continue.


PS. Finally, it's now 'Blackhawks' rather than 'Black Hawks'. AND her editors know how to spell 'Canadiens'.


So who's up for this?



Quite fancy trying this with the Ginger Ninja. But I need to stock up on Bandaids first.

Currently reading

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 25/368 pages