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. 

Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 343 pages.

The Bull from the Sea (hardcover) - Mary Renault

Run Hippolyta, run! You do not want to get involved with such an insufferable jerk.






Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 343 pages.

The Bull from the Sea (hardcover) - Mary Renault

Look at meeee!


I am just so totes super-awsum. Men love me, women love me, but no one loves me more than I love me. Look at my gorgeous hair and my oh-so muscly body. 


As Shania Twain once said; that don't impress me much.





Dude, you had one job

The Bull from the Sea (hardcover) - Mary Renault

I seem to have been on a bit of a journey through Ancient Greece lately, and I picked this up at the library to read once I'm done with Orestes. 


The Bull From the Sea is the sequel to The King Must Die and picks up after Theseus defeats the Minotaur and returns to Athens. Except the silly sod 'forgets' to change the sails on his ship from black to white, meaning his father thinking him dead, promptly throws himself off a cliff. 



Yeah, he's an arse. 


Finished it!

The Outcast - Laura Gill



Poor old Orestes. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Matricide is the biggest sin you can commit and condemns you to a lifetime of being pursued by the Furies until you go mad. But if you don't kill your father's murderer then you are doomed to be haunted by his shade forever. So what's a man to do?


Let's just say Clytemnestra won't be getting one of these little numbers. Sadly she's one of those characters who it's fairly impossible to make even slightly sympathetic. She's up there with Medea in the batshit crazy corner. Though what Agamemnon did was pretty unforgivable too, so I'm going to cut her a bit of slack.




I have to say I'm an absolute sucker for re-tellings of the Greek myths and legends ever since I read Roger Lancelyn Green's stuff as a child. And I would have been all over Rick Riordan's  books if they had been around umpty years ago.


  • Roger Lancelyn Green's Children's Books
  • Tales of the Greek Heroes: Retold From the Ancient Authors
  • The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors
  • Mystery atMycenae: An Adventure Story of Ancient Greece
  • The Luck of Troy


Other retellings I've enjoyed include,


The Firebrand - Marion Zimmer Bradley (This was always one of my favourite books about Cassandra, but I can't bear to read Bradley's stuff anymore)

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (a different look at Achilles and Patrocalus)

Lavinia - Ursula K Le Guin (feminist take on Lavinia, wife of Aeneas)

The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood (another feminist take, this time on Penelope, wife of Oddyseus)

The King Must Die - Mary Renault (I still maintain Theseus is a bit of an arse)


Nailed it!

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

The Outcast - Laura Gill

Clytemnestra - definitely not in the running for 'Wife of the Year'.



Laura Gill's interpretations of some of the stories from Greek mythology are very entertaining. I picked up the first part of her Orestes trilogy as a Kindle daily deal, but have only just got around to reading it. And I enjoyed it so much I've bought parts two and three. (And her Twitter account written in the persona of Orestes is extremely funny.)


Somehow I don't think the Furies are going to be impressed with the 'oops, didn't mean to kill her, my sword slipped" excuse.



"Nevertheless, she persisted"

I normally try and stay out of politics on here, but I am so bloody proud of my Senator today.


Elizabeth Warren, you rock!


Leo Tolstoy - Party Animal!

Everyone should aspire to party like Leo.



What a guy!

Finished it!

Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare

This is such a delightfully bonkers play. 


Twins. Girls dressed as boys. Lovesick dukes. Sad ladies. And a wacky sub-plot involving a fake letter and a pair of cross-gartered yellow stockings. All topped off with three weddings.



Though I should confess I actually think Orsino is a bit of a douche and Viola would have been better off with Antonio. 




Three down!

Hah! Considering romance isn't my genre, I'm rather enjoying this.


I think I've got an unread Heyer on my kindle which I'm hoping is one of her Regency romances, but I'd appreciate any recommendations for TSTL. 


Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare

In Illyria we have lovesick Duke Orsino who is chasing after the lovely Olivia, but she is in mourning for her brother and father and is having none of it.



Poor Orsino!


Romance Bingo 2017 - Twins

Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare

So after all the piratical purple prose, I decided to take step back and choose an all time favourite and undoubted classic for the Twins square. 


And you can't get much more classic than William Shakespeare. 


I love Twelth Night. It was the first Shakspeare play I studied in detail (I was 14 at the time) and I have loved it ever since. I've seen it numerous times on stage and on screen, listened to many radio adaptations, and it never fails to entertain me.  


The play opens with a shipwreck, and twins Viola and Sebastian are separated and washed ashore. Viola believing her brother is dead, dresses as a man and heads for Ilyria. Sebastian is assured by his friend Antonio that Viola survived, and they too make their way to Ilyria. This being Shakespeare, means that many misunderstandings are about to take place. 



Avast me hearties!

The Windflower - Tom Curtis, Sharon Curtis, Laura London

Posh pirate with a secret accidentally kidnaps naive 18-year old virgin and mayhem and purple prose ensues. 


To be honest, I thought Devon and Merry were rather boring, and I was far more invested in the secondary characters such as Cat and Raven. Even the characters who had very little page time such as Merry's Aunt April, and Devon's godfather Lord Cathcart were more interesting.  


If only Cat had been given his own book...

Reading progress update: I've read 87%.

The Windflower - Tom Curtis, Sharon Curtis, Laura London

Smart Bitches Trashy Books did this fab cover retrospective for The Windflower. 


cover retrospective


And I still haven't got a clue what she's wearing. 

Reading progress update: I've read 78%.

The Windflower - Tom Curtis, Sharon Curtis, Laura London

"With searing tenderness he nestled his face into the warm cloud of her kitteny softness. The gossamer texture of her curls on his lips intoxicated him; and her fragrance, the sweet-briar tang of her bath soap tinged in nectarous awakening, possessed his rocketing senses."


Kitteny softness? Seriously? I can't even. 


Reading progress update: I've read 52%.

The Windflower - Tom Curtis, Sharon Curtis, Laura London

Our Heroine is definitely heading into TSTL territory. Is it wrong of me to want to hit her over the head repeatedly with a baseball bat until she becomes slightly less clueless?


And why am I more interested in the secondary characters such as Cat and Raven, than I am with Devon (Our Hero)?

Currently reading

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