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. 

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.

Look what's waiting for me at the library

Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik

Sadly my library is closed for the Memorial Day weekend, so I can't get my hands on this until Tuesday. Luckily I've got Vic to keep me company while I'm waiting. 

Reading progress update: I've read 179 out of 448 pages.

Fallout - Sara Paretsky

So Vic's latest case has her leaving Chicago and heading for a small rural town in Kansas. And the locals don't like it when a gal from the big city starts poking her nose into their affairs...

Doing my happy dance

Fallout - Sara Paretsky

Had a couple of wisdom teeth out yesterday and I have been feeling rather battered, bruised and sorry for myself. But this morning I got notification from my library that Fallout was available for pickup and everything suddenly seemed a little bit brighter.


I've got a big bowl of home-made chicken noodle soup, some Vicodin for the pain, playoff hockey coming up on the TV, and Vic's latest adventure. What more could a girl want?


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

The Napoleonic Wars with added dragons? What's not to like? Plus Lord Nelson survives the Battle of Trafalgar.


I picked this up as a Kindle deal ages ago and forgot all about it, but I'm now making up for lost time. (As ever, I'm very late to the party).


I've already raced through the first novel (His Majesty's Dragon) and am currently heading towards the end of book 2 (Throne of Jade). And depending on whether or not my library book turns up, I will be diving straight into Black Powder War when I'm done.


And I've just found out there are nine books in this series. Happy sigh.


Look what I'll be picking up from the library tonight

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Really looking forward to this one.

White-throated sparrow
White-throated sparrow

One of today's visitors to the garden. 

Finished it!

Burn for Me -  Ilona Andrews

A different universe from the one Kate Daniels lives in, but just as interesting. Here, people have powers and the Families with the strongest powers are the ruling elite. They are rich and powerful and don't let anyone stand in their way.


Nevada Baylor has a unique power which she tries to keep hidden. She's far from rich and just wants to keep her loved ones safe.


Mad Rogan is a Prime. An incredibly rich and dangerous Prime who is used to getting his own way. He's also drop-dead gorgeous about as alpha as a man can get. 


This was a lot of fun. I loved the chemistry between Rogan and Nevada. And I'm sure the secondary characters and Nevada's family are going to be fleshed out in future books, which will probably make things very interesting. 


But I'm not sure who would win in a fight between Rogan and the Beast Lord. 

Live Long and Prosper...

Red Shirts - John Scalzi

... unless you're a lowly ensign wearing a red shirt, in which case RUN AWAY!!!


Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory.


Life couldn't be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship's captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.


Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.


So. Much. Fun.

Finished it!

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) - Louise Penny

And I guessed whodunnit too.


But just a note to the eBook publishers... it's the Montreal CANADIENS not CANADIANS. 

It's been too long since I was in Three Pines

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) - Louise Penny

CC de Poitiers is such a bitch! I can't wait for her to be murdered. And seeing as the first line of the novel tells me that's going to happen, I don't think it's a spoiler. 

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