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Majkia (Jean) and the Quantum Entanglement of Reading

1majkia
Modificato: Lug 25, 6:47pm



Happy 2021! Let's do our best to make this a better year!









2majkia
Modificato: Mar 31, 8:57am



January
1. White Fire - Preston/Child - Series: Pendergast #13 🎡 (reader: Rene Auberjonois) - Series-Mystery, AlphaKIT, BingoDog
2. The Long Way Home- - Louise Penny - Series: Gamache #10 - 🎡 (reader: Ralph Cosham) - AlphaKIT
3. The Body on the Beach - Simon Brett - Series: Featherings #1 - 🎡 (reader: Geoffrey Howard) - ROOT, MysteryKIT
4. Conquest - Connolly/Ridyard - Series: Invaders #1 - 🎡 (reader:Nicola Barber) - ROOT, BingoDog, Dice
5. Intervention - Julian May - Series: Galactic Milieu #1 - A Re-Read - ROOT, AlphaKIT, BingoDOG, BFB
6. A Question of Upbringing Anthony Powell - Series: Dance Time #1 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) -ROOT, Classic, AlphaKIT, BingoDOG
7. Shakespeare for Squirrels - Christopher Moore - Series: Pocket of Dog Snogging #3 - 🎡 (reader: Euan Morton) - ROOT, RTT, AlphaKIT, BingoDOG
8. Dead Moon - Peter Clines - Series: Threshold #3 - 🎡 (reader: Ray Porter) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, TIOLI
9. With the Lightnings - David Drake - Series: RCN#1 - DNF - ROOT, Dice
10. Conspiracies - F. Paul Wilson - Series: Repairman Jack #3 - 🎡 (reader: Christopher Price) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, Focus-SFF
11. Fields of Fire - Marko Kloos - Series: Frontlines #5 - 🎡 (reader: Luke Daniels) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT
12. Points of Impact - Marko Kloos - Series: Frontlines #6 - 🎡 (reader: Luke Daniels) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT
13. The Blood Mirror - Brent Weeks - Series: Lightbringer #4 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, BFB, SFFKIT, Focus-SFF
14. Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal - ROOT, SFFKIT, AlphaKIT

February
15. The Burning White - Brent Weeks - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, BFB, SFFKIT, Focus-SFF
16. A Conspiracy in Belgravia - Sherry Thomas - Series: Lady Sherlock #2 - 🎡 (reader: Kate Reading) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, MysteryKIT
17. Orley Farm - Anthony Trollope - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Classic,
18. Alice Payne Arrives - Kate Heartfield - Series: Alice Payne Arrives #1 -ROOT, AlphaKIT,
19. Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone - Series: Craft #1 - 🎡 (reader: Claudia Alik) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Focus-SFF
20. A Buyer's Market - Anthony Powell - Series: Dance to Music of Time #2 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, Classic, Dance

March
21. Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith 🎡 (reader: Bronson Pinchot) - ROOT, Classic, Dice
22. The Better Part of Valor - Tanya Huff - Series: Federation #2 - ROOT, Focus-SciFi, RandomCAT, SFFKIT
23. The Grave's A Fine And Private Place - Alan Bradley - Series: Flavia #9 - 🎡 (reader: Jane Entwhistle ) - Dice, Focus-Mystery
24. Ice Hunt - James Rollins - 🎡 (reader:John Meaher) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, BFB
25. Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel - K.K. Rusch- ROOT, Focus:Sci fi, AlphaKIT
26. The Acceptance World - Anthony Powell - Series: Dance to Music of Time #3 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, Classic, Dance
27. Queen of Hearts - Rhys Bowen - Series: Her Royal Spyness #8 - 🎡 (reader: Katherine Kellgren) - ROOT,
alphaKIT, Focus: Mystery.
28. Uncanny Collateral - Brian McClellan - Series: Valkyrie Collections #1 - ROOT, AlphaKIT
29. When Falcons Fall - C.S. Harris - Series: Sebastian St Cyr #11 - 🎡 (reader: Davinia Porter) - ROOT, Series Focus: mystery, Bookspin
30. Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb Series:Rainwilds #10 - 🎡 (reader: Ann Flosnik) - ROOT, Series Focus: SFF, AlphaKIT, BFB

3majkia
Modificato: Lug 1, 6:16am



April
31. Horizon Storms - K.J. Anderson - Series: Saga of Seven Suns #3 - 🎡 (reader: George Guidall) - ROOT, Series Focus: SciFi, AlphaKIT, BFB
32. All the Rage - F. Paul Wilson - Series: Repairman Jack #4 - 🎡 (reader: Christopher Price) - ROOT, Series Focus: SFF, AlphaKIT, BFB, SFFKIT
33. A Death in Kashmir - M.M. Kaye - Series: Death In #1 - ROOT, RTT, Classic, BingoDog
34. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - Mackenzie Lee - Series: Montague Siblings #2 - 🎡 (reader: Moira Quirk) - ROOT, SFFKIT, bookspin
35. Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi - 🎡 (reader: Bohni Turpin) - AlphaKIT, BFB, SFFKIT, ROOT
36. The Fated Sky - Mary Robinette Kowal - 🎡 (reader: MR Kowal ) - ROOT, RandomCAT, SFFKIT
37. One More Breath - Stephen Booth - Series: Cooper and Fry #5 - ROOT, BFB, Focus: Mystery
38. The Paris Library - Janet S. Charles - 🎡 (reader: multiple) - bingodog
39. Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny - 🎡 (reader: Robert Bathurst) - Focus:Mystery

May
40. In the Market for Murder - T.E. KInsey - Series: Lady Hardcastle #2 - 🎡 (reader: E. Knowelden) - ROOT, AlphaKIT
41. Jack the Bodiless - Julian May - Series: Galactic Milieu #2 - SFFKIT, ROOT
42. This is How You Lose the Time War - Amal El-Mohar - 🎡 (reader: Farrel/Zellar) - ROOT, SFFKIT, BingoDOG
43. Eva's Eye - Karen Fossum - Series: Sejer #1 - 🎡 (reader: Stephen Crossly) - ROOT, MysteryKIT
44. Scattered Suns - Kevin J. Anderson - Series: Seven Suns #4 - 🎡 (reader: David Collaci) - ROOT, BFB, BingoDOG, Focus: Sci Fi
45. The Scholar - Dervla McTiernan Series: Cormac Reilly #2 - 🎡 (reader: Aoife McMahon) - ROOT, Dice
46. Orders of Battle - Marko Kloos - Series: Frontlines #7 - 🎡 (reader: Eric Dove) - ROOT
47. Proof of Guilt - Charles Todd - Series: Ian Rutledge #15 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Prebble) - ROOT, Focus: Mystery, BingoDOG
48. Nolyn - Michael J. Sullivan - Series: Rise and Fall #1 - ROOT, AlphaKIT
49. The Scarred Woman - Jussi Adler-Olsen - Series: Dept Q #7 - 🎡 (reader: Graeme Malcolm) - ROOT, MysteryKIT, Focus: Mystery

June
50. Deception On His Mind - Elizabeth George - Series: Lynley #9 - 🎡 (reader: Davinia Porter) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Focus: Mystery, BFB
51. Crimes Against Magic - Steve McHugh - Series: Helliquin #1 - 🎡 (reader: James Langton) - ROOT, AlphaKIT,
52. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins - 🎡 (reader: M.L. Davis) - ROOT, BFB, Classic, AlphaKIT
53. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller - 🎡 (reader: Frazer Douglas) - ROOT, RandomCAT
54. Diamond Mask - Julian May - 595 pages - Series:Galactic Milieu #2 - ROOT, BFB, AlphaKIT
55. Stars Uncharted - S.K. Dunstall - 412 pages - 🎡 (reader: Emily Woo Zeller) - ROOT, AlphaKIT
56. A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh - 167 pages - Series: Roderick Allen #1 -🎡 (reader: Philip Franks) - ROOT, MysteryKIT
57. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne - 322 pages - 🎡 (reader: David Linski) - ROOT, SFFKIT, Classic
58. The Sword of Kaigen - M.L. Wang - DNF - 100 pages in. - ROOT
59. Medusa in the Graveyard - Emily Davinport - Series: Medusa #2 - 🎡 (reader: Caitlin Davies) - ROOT, SFFKIT,
60. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking - T. Kingfisher - ROOT, Bookspin, BingoDOG

4majkia
Modificato: Lug 25, 6:42pm



July
61. Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia - AlphaKIT, ScaredyKIT - 🎡 (reader: Frankie Corzo)
62. Out Past the Stars - K.B, Wagers - Series: Farian War #3 - 🎡 (reader: Angela Masters) - ROOT, AlphaKIT
63. Girl Waits With Gun - Amy Stewart - Series: Kopp Sisters #1 - 🎡 (reader: Christina Moore) - ROOT, MysteryKIT, AlphaKIT
64. Buried Deep - K.K. Rusch - Series: Retrieval Artist #4 - 🎡 (reader: Jay Snyder) - ROOT, Focus: Sci Fi
65. Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen - Series: Her Royal Spyness #9 - 🎡 (reader: Katherine Kelgren ) - ROOT, Focus: Mystery, MysterKIT
66. Axiom's End - Lindsay Ellis - Series: Noumena #1 - 🎡 (reader: Thorne/Willis ) - ROOT, Bookspin
67. Magnificat - Julian May - Series: Galactic Milieu #3 - ROOT - FAVORITE

August

September

5majkia
Modificato: Dic 31, 2020, 8:40am



October

November

December

6majkia
Modificato: Giu 29, 11:09am

Series Reading
Trying to pay attention to certain series. We'll see how well I do on that score.



Sci Fi Series
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds
Greg Mandel Peter F. Hamilton
Confederation Tanya Huff - #2
The Retrieval Artist K.K. Rusch - #3
The Lost Fleet Jack Campbell
Saga of Seven Suns Kevin J. Anderson - #3
The Protectorate - Megan E. O'Keefe -

SFF Series
βœ… Lightbringer Series Brent Weeks - #4, #5 - COMPLETE
βœ– Craft Sequence Max Gladstone - Cancelled series focus on this
Legends of 1st Empire Michael J Sullivan
Laundry Files Charles Stross
The Devine Cities Trilogy Robert Bennett
Repairman Jack F Paul Wilson - #3
Realm of Elderlings Robin Hobb - #10
The Queens of Renthia Sarah Best Durst
Winternight Katherine Arden

Mystery/Thriller Series
Ian Rutledge Charles Todd
Dept Q Jussi Adler-Olsen
Seb St Cyr C.S. Harris - # 11
Pendergast Preston/Child - #13
Flavia Alan Bradley - #9
Gamache Louise Penny - #10
Cooper & Fry Stephen Booth
Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen - #8

7majkia
Dic 31, 2020, 8:40am

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8majkia
Dic 31, 2020, 8:42am



Welcome fellow travelers, time and otherwise. Wishing all of us a Happy New Year!

And yes, on my spaceship there is tea!

9hfglen
Dic 31, 2020, 8:44am

>8 majkia: Or maybe a substance almost completely, but not wholly unlike tea?

10YouKneeK
Dic 31, 2020, 9:12am

>8 majkia: How about La Croix or Bubly (yes, it's really spelled that way, it annoys me to no end) or some other sort of carbonated water equivalent? I never have developed the taste for tea or coffee like a normal person.

I hope you have a wonderful 2021 and I look forward to following along with your reading for another year!

11-pilgrim-
Dic 31, 2020, 9:24am

>10 YouKneeK:
I am with you here.

>9 hfglen: And yes, I know that makes me a traitor to my race (or at least, to the stereotype thereof). Arthur would be appalled.

>8 majkia: Beautiful pictures, as always.

My best work for 2021. May it be MUCH better than the last one!

12majkia
Dic 31, 2020, 9:43am

>9 hfglen: >10 YouKneeK: >11 -pilgrim-: I spent 20 years in the coffee fueled US Air Force and never developed a taste for coffee. Be assured, my spaceship has a full bar and various caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages too .

13Karlstar
Dic 31, 2020, 10:51am

>8 majkia: Great pictures! Happy 2021!

14Narilka
Dic 31, 2020, 4:01pm

Happy 2021! Hope it's a great year of reading :)

15Peace2
Modificato: Gen 1, 9:04am

Happy 2021 - wishing you well in life and reading for the year ahead. I love the pictures you've used at the top of your thread.

16jillmwo
Gen 1, 9:52am

Happy new year! What lovely illustrations you've already included in your thread. I really like the treatment!

17libraryperilous
Gen 1, 11:32am

Happy new year! I love the toppers in >1 majkia: and >5 majkia:.

18Sakerfalcon
Gen 2, 7:56am

Happy new year! I hope it is a good one in life and in reading.

I love the image in >1 majkia:. It is stunning.

19majkia
Modificato: Gen 2, 5:32pm

First book of the year!

1. White Fire - Preston/Child - 🎡 (reader: Rene Auberjonois) - Series-Mystery, AlphaKIT, BingoDog, Library Book


White Fire is the 13th in the Agent Pendergast series, which is mostly thriller but with supernatural overtones, mostly not too much of it, but sometimes more than you'd expect.

I'm not that crazy about his friend Corrie so could have done with less of her, but otherwise, especially the Sherlock Holmes/Doyle and Oscar Wilde connections, were great.

20pgmcc
Gen 2, 9:12am

>1 majkia: I love the image in your first post.

Happy New Year, and Happy New Thread.

21fuzzi
Gen 2, 8:58pm

Found and starred!

22clamairy
Gen 2, 9:06pm

Happy New Year and happy new thread, >1 majkia:! May 2021's joys be plentiful.

23NorthernStar
Gen 3, 11:39pm

Happy New Year!

24majkia
Gen 5, 9:46am

2. The Long Way Home- - Louise Penny - Series: Gamache #10 - 🎡 (reader: Ralph Cosham) - AlphaKIT


The tenth book in the Gamache series. Gamache, attempting to heal, has moved to Three Pines. He thought he was done with murders. But then Claire sat by him on the bench, beginning a search for a missing man , and drawing Gamache back into the world he'd hoped to leave.

Emotional, well written, a welcome return to Three Pines.

25majkia
Modificato: Gen 5, 11:04am

Reading (listening) to The Body on the Beach I'm laughing at the stilted 'rules' for social interaction in the village of Featherings. What is making me laugh is that a very similar sort of social rule existed in the small New England town I grew up in.

Also, "the dog was as sensible as a Labrador Retriever could be". Having had many Labs in our lives, that was a direct hit!

26majkia
Gen 7, 9:35am

3, The Body on the Beach - Simon Brett - Series: Featherings #1 - 🎡 (reader: Geoffrey Howard) - ROOT, MysteryKIT



Carole, a buttoned-down, highly OCD sort, lives in a small country town, Featherings. When a young woman named Jude moves into the cottage next door, Carole enlists her help when she finds a body on the beach, which subsequently disappeared.

The two women form an unlikely pact to find out just what is going on.

Enjoyable cozy mystery which had me laughing out loud at several points as Carole details the strictures on Feathering's social structure. The mystery was interesting with twists and turns but the mystery wasn't the most important aspect of the book. Rather Carole and Jude and the town's inhabitants were front and center.

27majkia
Modificato: Gen 11, 4:17pm

So, Mr Majkia and I got our COVID vaccine today. We'll see if we have any side effects.

No, no electronic trackers in the vaccine, and my DNA has not been altered, and it isn't changing me into a rose bush.

P.S. Geaux Saints!

28pgmcc
Gen 11, 4:21pm

>27 majkia: Well done!

29libraryperilous
Gen 11, 4:29pm

>27 majkia: Okay, but what if you wanted to turn into a rose bush?

Congrats on getting vaccinated!

30MrsLee
Gen 11, 4:37pm

>29 libraryperilous:, my thoughts exactly!

31Maddz
Gen 11, 5:20pm

The bloke's mum has had her first shot; we don't when she'll get the second with Bojo deciding it's more important to get as many people as possible with the first shot instead of making sure the most vulnerable have full immunity. He's now saying 12 weeks to the second shot instead of the recommended 3...

My guess is that I will be called early summer, possibly around Easter, Paul won't be called until late summer or autumn...

32Sakerfalcon
Gen 12, 5:09am

My mum has had her first shot too; same situation as >31 Maddz: regarding the second dose.

>29 libraryperilous:, >30 MrsLee: A friend of mine is in the trial for the Novavax vaccine. She is really hoping to get bat-like hearing as a side effect!

33majkia
Gen 12, 5:39am

>31 Maddz: >32 Sakerfalcon: We're scheduled for our second shot on 5 Feb. Worrying about our daughter who is too young for this round but has diabetes. Yet our stupid granddaughter (otherwise smart and a just promoted police officer to sergeant) won't get a shot because she buys into the DNA will change and there's a tracker in the vaccine. Sigh.

34-pilgrim-
Gen 12, 7:24am

>27 majkia: Congratulations on getting the shot. Do let us know if you have any side effects.

Actually, I think I would prefer my DNA altered, but no such luck.

>32 Sakerfalcon: Bat-like hearing would be an acceptable alternative.

35hfglen
Gen 12, 8:59am

>31 Maddz:, >32 Sakerfalcon: This week's How to vaccinate the world on BBC Radio 4 has a brief discussion of some evidence that 12 weeks between shots gives better, longer-lasting protection than 3 or 4. By mistake (?), Bojo may have got it right.

36Jim53
Gen 12, 11:05am

Finally stopping by to wish you a belated happy new year. Looking forward to seeing hat you're reading. Looks like a pretty good start.

37majkia
Gen 12, 11:42am

>36 Jim53: Thanks!
>34 -pilgrim-: >35 hfglen: I had a slight headache yesterday right after we got the shots, but it faded by the time we got home (an hour or so drive) and I have felt fine this morning. Mr Majkia had a bit of a chest congestion thing going on, but after a couple of hours that faded and he feels much better.

38majkia
Gen 12, 11:44am

4. Conquest - Connolly/Ridyard - Series: Invaders #1 - 🎡 (reader:Nicola Barber) - ROOT, BingoDog, Dice


Our heroines are aliens whose race has conquered the Earth. They decide for a lark to go out and pretend to be human. Then they get caught up in human actions to defeat their own people.

Meh. I didn't much like the reader and I thought the story a bit more YA than I personally like.

39libraryperilous
Gen 12, 1:06pm

>32 Sakerfalcon: Echolocation or it isn't a real vaccine. :)

40tardis
Gen 12, 1:25pm

I follow someone on Twitter who was in the trials for the Pfizer vaccine. They complained that they didn't get tentacles.

41pgmcc
Gen 12, 2:19pm

>40 tardis: That's an armless enough side-effect.

42tardis
Gen 12, 2:32pm

>41 pgmcc: ...moan...

>38 majkia: I may look for that one in print. Can't stand a bad reader for audio. I don't mind about it being YA.

43majkia
Gen 12, 3:28pm

>42 tardis: Hope its better read than listened to. The reader whispered so often I could barely hear her even with the sound turned up, given I'm not using earphones.
>41 pgmcc: Argh. That's punishment.

>40 tardis: I'd rather wings!

44pgmcc
Gen 12, 3:35pm

>42 tardis: & >43 majkia:

Ahhh! The desired effect was achieved.

:-)

45majkia
Modificato: Gen 13, 12:51pm

So... My 14th Thingaversary is on January 15th.

Acquired so far to meet my Thingaversary obligations:

46Peace2
Gen 13, 5:49pm

>27 majkia: Fantastic news! And to those others who have had family members have the vaccine - it's equally great.

47Sakerfalcon
Gen 14, 8:48am

>45 majkia: That's a nice looking haul! Happy Thingaversary for tomorrow!

48MrsLee
Gen 15, 6:29pm

>45 majkia: eh, the new "improvements" on the site mean that all your bookcovers in this post are compressed into narrow bars. Hope they work out the kinks soon.

49majkia
Modificato: Gen 16, 11:34am

5. Intervention - Julian May - Series: Galactic Milieu #1 - A Re-Read - ROOT, AlphaKIT, BingoDOG, BFB



This is a beloved re-read for me. I'd forgotten much of it, but then it's been 20 or so years since I read it last.

Best villain ever created in this series.

And what a great idea as to alien 'invasion' . Humor, suspense, complex plotting and great characters.

50Karlstar
Gen 16, 4:28pm

>49 majkia: I enjoyed my re-read of Intervention, will you be continuing with the series?

51majkia
Gen 16, 7:58pm

>50 Karlstar: Yeah. I think I have to re-read the rest of the series. I re-read the Exiles about 10 years ago but it's been longer for the rest of the series.

52majkia
Gen 17, 9:17am

6. A Question of Upbringing - Anthony Powell - Series: Dance to the Music of Time #1 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) -ROOT, Classic, AlphaKIT, BingoDOG



Boys at School.

For me, this was similar in tone and humor and satire to Brideshead Revisited. I enjoyed and laughed and will continue the series.

53Jim53
Gen 17, 8:45pm

>49 majkia: I think I took a hit on this one.

54Karlstar
Gen 17, 10:12pm

>53 Jim53: Have you read the Pliocene Exile series?

55majkia
Gen 18, 12:47pm

>53 Jim53: I'm not sure if anyone new to May's Galactic Milieu should start with Intervention or should read The Saga of Pilocene Exiles first (first book The Many-Coloured Land ). They are so inextricably interconnected it's hard for me to guess which way is best.

I personally read the Exiles first but I think she wrote those first too.

56majkia
Modificato: Gen 19, 1:50pm

7. Shakespeare for Squirrels - Christopher Moore - Series: Pocket of Dog Snogging #3 - 🎡 (reader: Euan Morton) - ROOT, RTT, AlphaKIT,RandomCAT



Our hero, the jester Pocket of Dog Snogging, finds himself in Greece amid fairies searching for who killed Puck. Shakespeare will never be the same.

57majkia
Gen 22, 2:34pm

8. 8. Dead Moon - Peter Clines - Series: Threshold #3 - 🎡 (reader: Ray Porter) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, TIOLI



Weirder than usual, but interesting.

They're burying bodies on the Moon. And suddenly they have the walking dead.

58majkia
Gen 23, 10:31am

9. With the Lightnings - David Drake - Series: RCN#1 - DNF - ROOT, Dice

DID NOT FINISH

Just couldn't get into it.

59clamairy
Gen 23, 5:47pm

Late to the party here, but Happy Thingaversary! And I'm glad you got your first shot. I don't expect to be getting mine until Summer. This part of NY is having a bit of trouble with the roll-out. *sigh* I would take the bat hearing, or the eagle vision!

60majkia
Gen 24, 10:51am

10. Conspiracies - F. Paul Wilson - Series: Repairman Jack #3 - 🎡 (reader: Christopher Price) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, Focus-SFF

This was waaaaay too close to reality in some parts! Even a Trump reference, ugh.

Jack gets involved with the Other. Again. And a Tesla connection!

61majkia
Gen 26, 6:37pm

11. Fields of Fire - Marko Kloos - Series: Frontlines #5 - 🎡 (reader: Luke Daniels) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT
12. Points of Impact - Marko Kloos - Series: Frontlines #6 - 🎡 (reader: Luke Daniels) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT



I've really enjoyed this series. Aliens, desperate firefights and worlds lost to powerful enemies. Can the Earthers ever hold off these aliens? Not yet...

62majkia
Gen 30, 5:35pm

13. The Blood Mirror - Brent Weeks - Series: Lightbringer #4 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, BFB, SFFKIT, Focus-SFF

Excellent series with imaginative magical system. Extensive world building, and complex characters.

63YouKneeK
Gen 30, 5:57pm

>62 majkia: I'm so glad you're still enjoying the Lightbringer series!

64majkia
Gen 31, 9:42am

> 63 I'll be moving on to the last of the series today!

65majkia
Gen 31, 9:42am

So, end of January reading update:

I've finished 13 books and hope to finish the 14th before midnight. One book was a re-read, and one was a Did Not Finish Pearl Ruled for just not keeping my attention.

Two were library books, 11 off my TBR shelves.

Alas, only two were by female authors. The down side of reading SFF, I guess. And, trying to catch up on old series.

6 sci fi
3 fantasy
1 historical
2 mysteries
1 thriller

If I finish Ghost TAlkers as planned, that will add 1 more historical and one more female author.

Now on to:

66majkia
Gen 31, 1:57pm

14. Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal - ROOT, SFFKIT, AlphaKIT



Well, that was different.

It is The Great War, and the Brits have a secret way of getting intelligence. The Germans are hot to find out exactly how it works.

Nicely imaginative, characters well drawn and likeable, and a pretty good plot.

67libraryperilous
Feb 1, 11:27am

Two were library books, 11 off my TBR shelves.

I wish I had this kind of resolve.

>66 majkia: I enjoyed Ghost Talkers, but I did find the romance a bit drippy. I'd read a sequel, but perhaps the book didn't sell well enough to engender one.

68majkia
Feb 1, 12:32pm

>67 libraryperilous: Yeah, the romance parts were a bit much, but the story was interesting enough for me to slog on.

WRT library books, I really only read ebooks and audiobooks (arthritis in my hands) so I'm somewhat limited, not to mention we have only small libraries here.

69Storeetllr
Modificato: Mar 31, 2:49pm

Love the images up top.

70libraryperilous
Feb 8, 1:12pm

>68 majkia: I'm so sorry to hear about your hands. My mom prefers reading on her Kindle because of some vision issues. She finds the limited library selection in her Florida beach town a source of regular frustration.

71majkia
Feb 8, 4:26pm

>70 libraryperilous: I understand that frustration. We live in a small Florida town and our libraries are very limited as well.

72majkia
Feb 9, 5:27pm

15. The Burning White - Brent Weeks - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, BFB, SFFKIT, Focus-SFF



Excellent wrap-up to a very complex and well drawn series. Impressively imaginative magical system.

73Karlstar
Feb 17, 3:11pm

>72 majkia: Good to know this ended well, book 3 is waiting for me to start it.

74majkia
Feb 23, 7:54am

16. A Conspiracy in Belgravia - Sherry Thomas

17. Orley Farm - Anthony Trollope
Group Read. The lives of women in the Victorian age. She'd best not put a toe wrong, although the men, well, they can do whatever.

75pgmcc
Feb 23, 10:35am

>74 majkia: I have enjoyed the Trollope I have read. Luckily I have a complete works on Kindle. Orley Farm should be there.

Barcherster Towers was great.

76majkia
Feb 23, 11:58am

>75 pgmcc: I've loved most of what I read by Trollope. His humor is so cutting! I enjoyed Barchester Towers also, and loved the Palliser series.

77majkia
Feb 25, 8:05am

18. Alice Payne Arrives - Kate Heartfield - Series: Alice Payne Arrives #1 -ROOT, AlphaKIT


An okay sort of steampunk story. Not impressed enough to continue the series.

78majkia
Feb 25, 12:43pm

19. Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone - Series: Craft #1 - 🎡 (reader: Claudia Alik) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Focus-SFF


Well, not particularly impressed, so cancelling the Series Focus planned reading.

79YouKneeK
Feb 25, 5:46pm

>78 majkia: Uhoh, I have that one on my list of probable audiobook choices.

80majkia
Modificato: Feb 26, 9:06am

>79 YouKneeK: I wasn't in love with the narrator. That may easily have colored my thoughts about the book, alas.

81Sakerfalcon
Feb 26, 6:44am

>79 YouKneeK: I really liked the series, but I read it rather than listened.

82libraryperilous
Feb 26, 9:51am

>81 Sakerfalcon: I've struggled a couple of times to get into the first book. Is there a better starting point? It seems they can be read as standalones.

83Sakerfalcon
Feb 26, 11:11am

>82 libraryperilous: They can be, yes. You could read them in numerical order of the titles, which is internal chronological order. Though the "one" book was my least favourite ...

84ScoLgo
Feb 26, 1:11pm

>83 Sakerfalcon: Oh, that's interesting. I have been meaning to get to this series but didn't realize that published order is different from internal chronology; which approach do you recommend for a first-time reader? I plan to e-read them via Overdrive so narration won't be a factor for me.

85majkia
Feb 27, 9:57am

So, for March I'm trying Bookspin on Litsy.

86fuzzi
Feb 27, 12:20pm

>85 majkia: except for your uppercase D's your handwriting and mine are very similar.

87majkia
Feb 27, 1:48pm

>86 fuzzi: scary! LOL

88majkia
Feb 27, 1:49pm

20. A Buyer's Market - Anthony Powell - Series: Dance to Music of Time #2 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, Classic, Dance



Not as enjoyable as book 1. I found this one to be a bit tedious as our hero goes to party after party and not much else.

89Sakerfalcon
Mar 1, 5:43am

>84 ScoLgo: I read them in publication order and enjoyed the series a lot. It didn't bother me that one or two of the titles are essentially flashbacks when you read that way. Also, as I said, I liked Last first snow the least so maybe it wouldn't have hooked me the way Three parts dead did. When I have time to reread the series I may try it in internal chronological order though.

>85 majkia: I don't know what Bookspin is but it's added some great books to your list!

90fuzzi
Mar 1, 7:34am

>87 majkia: naw...it's probably more that we are close in age, and went to schools that included handwriting class as part of the curriculum. ;)

91BillyDodd
Mar 1, 7:37am

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92ScoLgo
Mar 1, 12:23pm

>89 Sakerfalcon: Thank you. I will probably stick with publication order then.

93clamairy
Mar 1, 5:31pm

>90 fuzzi: & >87 majkia: I have noticed this as well. Especially among women, for some weird reason. And barely anyone I know under 30 does anything but print, except for a signature.

94Maddz
Mar 1, 5:47pm

>93 clamairy: I was thinking it looked a bit like my late mother's writing (back when it was still legible). She got taught a copperplate hand during her schooldays in the 1920s & 1930s. When I started school in the 1960s, I was taught more of an uncial hand.

Both of us were taught with pen and ink; none of this biro or felt tip nonsense! Both of us were left-handed, but Mum was made to write with her right hand, whereas I was allowed to use my left hand. This did cause me to write hook-style to avoid smudging what I'd just written - in fact, my primary school made me revert to using pencil for a while.

95majkia
Mar 1, 7:12pm

>94 Maddz: I started writing with my left hand at home but was forced to change to my right in school. It took me a couple of years of teachers harrassing me to get me to write well enough for them. I'm ambidexerous so I still do many things left-handed but they brainwashed me enough to keep me writing with my right hand. Sigh.

96-pilgrim-
Modificato: Mar 4, 7:13pm

>95 majkia: I had a relative who was left handed but forced to write with her right hand. This was the 1920s, so a ruler was an acceptable method of persuasion.

Understandably her resultant handwriting was not beautiful. But she wrote to me once in mirror-writing - and when she did that, the result was extremely elegant, far better than her actual handwriting.

I am wondering how common that is, in the generation that were forced to write the way that is unnatural for them?

97hfglen
Mar 2, 6:23am

>96 -pilgrim-: That goes back a long way. Look, for example, at Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks; your relative could not wish for a finer example!

98majkia
Mar 2, 12:10pm

21. Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith 🎡 (reader: Bronson Pinchot) - ROOT, Classic, Dice

Written in 1950, it is the story of two men who meet on a train and one of them decides they should each kill someone for the other one. Charles, a drunken rich boy, and Guy, an architect, otherwise have no connection. Yet.

Quite like the movie they did of it, but more focused on the psychological fallout on Guy.

99Bookmarque
Mar 2, 12:22pm

I was surprised how much of a whiner Guy was in the book after only having watched the film. What a big girl's blouse.

100majkia
Mar 4, 5:20pm

22. The Better Part of Valor - Tanya Huff - Series: Federation #2 - ROOT, Focus-SciFi, RandomCAT, SFFKIT



When a Salvager finds a giant yellow space ship, the Confederation rushes to investigate. But so do the Others, the Confederation's main enemy. And the damn ship? It's got a mind of its own and it doesn't make a damn bit of sense.

Enjoyable military sci fi with great characterization and a plot that keeps surprising.

101-pilgrim-
Modificato: Mar 5, 4:23am

>97 hfglen: Very true. Do you know whether it was for the same reason, in his case?

I am still wondering as to the frequency of the phenomenon.

102majkia
Mar 4, 7:44pm

103hfglen
Mar 5, 3:39am

>101 -pilgrim-: It has been advanced as a reason, but it's now somewhat too late to ask the man himself.

104-pilgrim-
Mar 5, 4:32am

>103 hfglen: I admit I have no idea whether 15th century Italians had the same prejudices against use of the left hand.

I suppose it is likely. There was a mediaeval superstition that the left-handed were in some way in league with the Devil, and therefore used the "wrong" hand. Hence the tradition that Judas was left-handed.

On the other hand (!), I have also seen it stated online that "Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed". But, the Internet being what it is, no sources given.

So I have no idea whether that was just assumed because of the mirror-writing, or whether we really do know (from direction and pressure of brush strokes, or something).

105pgmcc
Mar 5, 4:59am

The left is sinister!

My wife is left-handed.

106majkia
Mar 7, 12:34pm

23. The Grave's A Fine And Private Place - Alan Bradley - Series: Flavia #9 - 🎡 (reader: Jane Entwhistle ) - Dice, Focus-Mystery



Well, our girl is beginning to grow up! And, lo and behold, actually getting along with her sisters! And, of course, finding a dead body.

I do enjoy this series. So different from all the other mysteries I read.

107fuzzi
Mar 9, 9:51am

My grandmother was left-handed, was forced to learn handwriting with her right hand, that was in early 20th century USA. My daughter is also left-handed, we left her alone to use whichever hand she preferred.

My mother's handwriting was just like Doris' in the original Miracle on 34th Street movie. Skip the photo below if you don't want a spoiler:

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108majkia
Mar 11, 1:36pm

24. Ice Hunt - James Rollins - 🎡 (reader:John Meaher) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, BFB, RandomCAT, BingoDOG



I really enjoy Rollins's mix of science and imagination. He bases his works on science and extrapolates from there. In this stand alone, he has some unsuspecting Alaskans swept up into a hunt for an ice station that is newly found. Problem is, the Russians want it too. So it is covert warfare at the top of the world.

109majkia
Mar 16, 6:16pm

25. Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel - K.K. Rusch- ROOT, Focus:Sci fi, AlphaKIT

I'm very much enjoying this series. It examines cultural and legal situations that might arise when alien cultures, taboos and laws intersect with human equivalents. What happens when someone ficks dust off a shoulder and that is illegal in an alien culture? Well, then the offenders 'Disappear'.

Great characterization, imaginative plots, and complexly drawn worlds.

110haydninvienna
Mar 17, 3:26am

>109 majkia: and legal ...: hmm ... (ducks).

111fuzzi
Mar 17, 9:52am

>109 majkia: you made me think of a Star Trek: TNG episode when Wesley breaks a taboo unwittingly, and is slated for termination.

112majkia
Mar 17, 10:28am

>111 fuzzi: LOL. True. Altho I love Wil Wheaton now, I was cheering for termination at the time.

113majkia
Mar 17, 10:29am



We've had our shots so are now happily camping at our favorite campground near to home, Eastbank.

114fuzzi
Mar 17, 10:58am

>112 majkia: bwahaha! You and a high percentage of watchers, I imagine!

115clamairy
Mar 17, 10:58am

>112 majkia: I hear you!

>113 majkia: Just gorgeous. I'm so happy for you.

116Sakerfalcon
Mar 17, 11:16am

>113 majkia: That is just gorgeous!

117majkia
Mar 18, 2:46pm

26. . The Acceptance World - Anthony Powell - Series: Dance to Music of Time #3 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Vance) - ROOT, Classic, Dance

Meh. Not sure I'll continue the series.

118majkia
Modificato: Mar 21, 4:38pm

27. Queen of Hearts - Rhys Bowen - Series: Her Royal Spyness #8 - 🎡 (reader: Katherine Kellgren) - ROOT,
alphaKIT, Focus: Mystery.


Fun continues as Georgie, broke cousin to the queen, heads to America with mummy. And encounters Hollywood.

119majkia
Mar 21, 6:26pm

28. Uncanny Collateral - Brian McClellan - Series: Valkyrie Collections #1 - ROOT, AlphaKIT



Once upon a time, a baby, half-human, half-troll was sold. He's now owned by the owner of Valkyrie Collections Agency. His life isn't great, but he has at least one friend. The djinn who lives in the ring he found.

120majkia
Mar 25, 10:35am

29. When Falcons Fall - C.S. Harris - Series: Sebastian St Cyr #11 - 🎡 (reader: Davinia Porter) - ROOT, Series Focus: mystery, Bookspin



Always enjoy this series. Appalling living conditions for the poor, and the author points out inequities and the horror of power over little people.

121majkia
Mar 25, 12:04pm

My April Bookspin list (see Litsy for Bookspin info)

122majkia
Mar 26, 8:30pm



Our last night RVing at Eastbank. Until next month!

123pgmcc
Mar 27, 6:46am

>122 majkia: Very nice.

124Sakerfalcon
Mar 29, 5:43am

>122 majkia: Beautiful! *sigh*

125majkia
Mar 31, 9:00am

30. Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb Series:Rainwilds #10 - 🎡 (reader: Ann Flosnik) - ROOT, Series Focus: SFF, AlphaKIT, BFB



Returning to the excellent series after a fairly long hiatus. This book is a re-read and I enjoyed it more on re-read. It is depressing and unsettling, but then most of her books are. She does not spare her characters any trauma. But that sure makes for exciting reads.

126majkia
Mar 31, 6:32pm

So I'm reading Death in Kashmir by MM Kaye. It is.... weird. It is set in Kashmir a year before India gets her independence. The weirdness is there is not one main character who is Indian. All lily-white Brits. And when the book refers to locals it calls them 'coolies' which I always thought was a slur reserved for Chinese.

I feel like I'm down a rabbit hole and I have no idea what world I've landed in.

Debating whether to just chuck it out. I loved MM Kaye's The Far Pavilions so I wasn't ready for the casual white privilege in this book.

127clamairy
Modificato: Mar 31, 7:37pm

>126 majkia: Yikes! I'm not sure what to think or say. I too loved The Far Pavilions. I don't remember it being racist. Do any of the reviews here on LT discuss this casual racism? How far into the book have you gotten? Do you think it's actually part of the story?

128majkia
Apr 1, 7:29am

>127 clamairy: At 40% read, a servant is mentioned. You know they've been around throughout the book, but they were completely invisible. I do wonder if the fact she hasn't made the servants other than intermittent shadows in the background is because one of them dunnit? Still...

I never felt The Far Pavilions was racist. Old fashioned in many ways, but no overt racism by the author that I remember (and I did re-read it fairly recently).

129hfglen
Apr 1, 8:56am

>126 majkia: That slur has been used in this country for that group.

130majkia
Apr 3, 5:08pm

31. Horizon Storms - K.J. Anderson - Series: Saga of Seven Suns #3 - 🎡 (reader: George Guidall) - ROOT, Series Focus: SciFi, AlphaKIT, BFB



Excellent series. Great characterization, complex world-building.

131majkia
Apr 6, 11:56am

32. All the Rage - F. Paul Wilson - Series: Repairman Jack #4 - 🎡 (reader: Christopher Price) - ROOT, Series Focus: SFF, AlphaKIT, BFB, SFFKIT



Entertaining series. Think the Equalizer meets Harry Dresden. But Jack doesn't have magic. He just has to deal with the supernatural as best he can.

132majkia
Apr 7, 7:14am

A Death in Kashmir - M.M. Kaye - Series: Death In #1 - ROOT, RTT, Classic, BingoDog



I confess to being a bit put off at the beginning of the book, since we were in Kashmir, and not a single native was mentioned in the first third of the book. It felt uncomfortable. Yes, yes, this was written in the 50s and casual racism was common, but after reading The Far Pavilions I hadn't expected it from M.M. Kaye. I did feel better about the last two thirds of the book, which felt more accepting and tolerant to my modern sensitivities.

The mystery was pretty good, and I didn't guess the whole thing.

But the book was mainly about the surroundings. The beauty and mystery and differences wrt Kashmir and how different it is, and it thinks, from western expectations.

133majkia
Apr 10, 10:48am

34. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - Mackenzie Lee - Series: Montague Siblings #2 - 🎡 (reader: Moira Quirk) - ROOT, SFFKIT, bookspin



Fun series. Lots of light-hearted banter amidst the running and hiding and finally hunting down.

134majkia
Apr 16, 11:36am

35. Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi - 🎡 (reader: Bohni Turpin) - AlphaKIT, BFB, SFFKIT, ROOT



Interesting Africa-centric magic. Complex characters, and a world they are trying to help restore magic to.

135Jim53
Apr 16, 9:22pm

>118 majkia: I enjoy that series a lot, but I haven't gotten as far as you have. Yet another thing I want to get back to .

136majkia
Apr 19, 12:24pm

36. The Fated Sky - Mary Robinette Kowal - 🎡 (reader: MR Kowal ) - ROOT, RandomCAT, SFFKIT



I listened to the audio version, read by the author herself. While not as good as the first in the series, still a solid second book, with great characters, and complex situations.

137YouKneeK
Apr 19, 5:32pm

>136 majkia: I’m currently about 2 hours into the first book on audio and really enjoying it so far, although it may be too soon to judge how I’ll like the rest of it. But I’m glad to read the second book is good too.

138majkia
Modificato: Apr 22, 10:09am

>137 YouKneeK: The first book was one of my favorites read last year.

139majkia
Apr 22, 3:40pm

37. One More Breath - Stephen Booth - Series: Cooper and Fry #5 - ROOT, BFB, Focus: Mystery

Good entry to the series. Lots of local color and the geography and geology are important factors in the book.

140majkia
Modificato: Apr 28, 10:11am

38.The Paris Library - Janet S. Charles - 🎡 (reader: multiple) - bingodog

DNF

I read about 100 pages and just was never really engaged in it.

141majkia
Apr 30, 7:59am

39. Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny - 🎡 (reader: Robert Bathurst) - Focus:Mystery



Surprising addition to the series. Who knows what is hidden in the woods! And, based on reality no less.

142majkia
Maggio 7, 2:04pm

40. In the Market for Murder - T.E. KInsey - Series: Lady Hardcastle #2 - 🎡 (reader: E. Knowelden) - ROOT, AlphaKIT



An ok cozy mystery with nice characters but nothing too distinguished about it. I won't be continuing the series, simply because I'm already reading too darn many of them!

143majkia
Maggio 8, 8:21am

41. Jack the Bodiless - Julian May - Series: Galactic Milieu #2 - SFFKIT, ROOT



My favorite series. I hadn't re-read this part of the series for quite a few years, so found a lot of stuff I'd forgotten. May has created the greatest bad guy ever!

144majkia
Maggio 11, 9:38pm

42. This is How You Lose the Time War - Amal El-Mohar - 🎡 (reader: Farrel/Zellar) - ROOT, SFFKIT, BingoDOG



Okay. I found it kind of hard to really care about either character

145Sakerfalcon
Maggio 13, 6:44am

>144 majkia: I've been trying to read this on my kindle and finding it hard to get into. I think I need to start again from the beginning, but it's not a priority right now. Glad I'm not alone.

146majkia
Maggio 13, 11:25am

>145 Sakerfalcon: Yeah. When I see a popular book with great reviews and it doesn't do much for me, I wonder what's wrong with me, LOL. Always good to know I'm not alone in my weirdness ;)

147Karlstar
Maggio 13, 12:19pm

>143 majkia: Great stuff! I really enjoyed my re-read of those last year.

148majkia
Maggio 16, 12:46pm



I've been out of pocket for a bit. We sadly lost our older dog, Baylee. We referred to her as our little turtle since this was her favorite way of laying. She was 14 and had a great life but still so hard to lose them.

149pgmcc
Maggio 16, 1:01pm

>148 majkia:
My condolences. I have been there and empathise very much with your loss.

150NorthernStar
Maggio 16, 4:18pm

>148 majkia: deeply sorry for your loss. Even 14 years seems too short at a time like this. Sending virtual hugs.

151clamairy
Maggio 16, 4:46pm

>14 Narilka: Oh no. I'm so very sorry. They are family and the pain is just as awful whether you lose them when they are young or if they've been with you forever. Massive hugs to you and your family.

152YouKneeK
Maggio 16, 5:07pm

>148 majkia: I'm very sorry about Baylee.

153-pilgrim-
Maggio 16, 5:22pm

>148 majkia: She looks a real softie. I am so sorry for your loss.

154MrsLee
Maggio 16, 6:11pm

>148 majkia: I am sorry for your loss. May there be comfort for you.

155Narilka
Maggio 16, 6:14pm

>148 majkia: My deepest condolences. It's so hard to lose our fur babies.

156fuzzi
Maggio 16, 7:05pm

>148 majkia: I'm so sorry.

157tardis
Maggio 16, 11:17pm

>148 majkia: So sorry to hear this. She looks lovely.

158Bookmarque
Maggio 17, 7:54am

Look at that face...no wonder it hit you hard, she looked like a great companion. I'm so sorry she's gone.

159majkia
Maggio 17, 8:13am

Thanks so much everyone. Yeah, she was a sweetie.

160majkia
Maggio 17, 8:13am

43. Eva's Eye - Karen Fossum - Series: Sejer #1 - 🎡 (reader: Stephen Crossly) - ROOT, MysteryKIT



Norwegian crime novel presented differently than most. Told from perp's eyes, rather than Sejer's.

161Sakerfalcon
Maggio 17, 9:32am

>148 majkia: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She looks like she was a good friend and companion.

162Busifer
Maggio 18, 12:56pm

>148 majkia: So sorry about your loss.
(((hugs))) from across the ocean.

163majkia
Maggio 20, 5:20pm

>161 Sakerfalcon:, >162 Busifer:
Thanks for the kind thoughts.

164majkia
Maggio 20, 5:20pm

44. Scattered Suns - Kevin J. Anderson - Series: Seven Suns #4 - 🎡 (reader: David Collaci) - ROOT, BFB, BingoDOG, Focus: Sci Fi



Really enjoying this complex and surprising sci fi series.

165majkia
Modificato: Maggio 22, 3:25pm

45. The Scholar - Dervla McTiernan Series: Cormac Reilly #2 - 🎡 (reader: Aoife McMahon) - ROOT, Dice



Great series. Cormac has been shut out of ongoing cases, since his move to Galway. When suddenly he's finally allowed to work, only to discover his first case back involves in his fragile partner.

166majkia
Modificato: Maggio 24, 8:47am

46, Orders of Battle - Marko Kloos - Series: Frontlines #7 - 🎡 (reader: Eric Dove) - ROOT


Entertaining and surprising series.

167majkia
Modificato: Maggio 28, 9:35am

47. Proof of Guilt - Charles Todd - Series: Ian Rutledge #15 - 🎡 (reader: Simon Prebble) - ROOT, Focus: Mystery, BingoDOG



This is such an excellent series. Very human, very complex, and emotional. Characters are deep and mystery is generally hard to figure out in its complexity.

168majkia
Maggio 28, 9:35am

48. Nolyn - Michael J. Sullivan - Series: Rise and Fall #1 - ROOT, AlphaKIT



Nolyn expands the Riyera universe and does it well. Lots of gallows humor lightens the darker parts.

169majkia
Maggio 29, 3:48pm

49. The Scarred Woman - Jussi Adler-Olsen - Series: Dept Q #7 - 🎡 (reader: Graeme Malcolm) - ROOT, MysteryKIT, Focus: Mystery



Excellent Danish mystery series

170majkia
Modificato: Giu 3, 2:24pm



Selection for the month: #5 - Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

171majkia
Modificato: Giu 3, 2:58pm

Deception On His Mind - Elizabeth George - Series: Lynley #9 - 🎡 (reader: Davinia Porter) - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Focus: Mystery, BFB



Considering when this was written (1997), a very nicely done story of prejudice and misunderstandings, and just plain miscommunications regarding race relations, and how they can alter our perceptions and expectations.

172majkia
Giu 5, 6:25pm

51. Crimes Against Magic - Steve McHugh - Series: Helliquin #1 - 🎡 (reader: James Langton) - ROOT, AlphaKIT,



Fun urban fantasy with a twist toward Avalon. Just who is Nate really?

173majkia
Giu 10, 1:58pm

52. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins - 🎡 (reader: M.L. Davis) - ROOT, BFB, Classic, AlphaKIT

Reread of a favorite.

174-pilgrim-
Giu 10, 2:31pm

>173 majkia: I love that book too.

175majkia
Giu 13, 1:40pm

53. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller - 🎡 (reader: Frazer Douglas) - ROOT, RandomCAT



Beautifully done retelling of the siege of Troy.

176majkia
Giu 14, 6:37pm

54. Diamond Mask - Julian May - 595 pages - Series:Galactic Milieu #2 - ROOT, BFB, AlphaKIT

Re-read of my favorite sci fi series.

177majkia
Giu 15, 9:19pm





We are off in our RV, visiting family we hadn't seen since before COVID. We are staying in Beargrass, NC, in a field containing a campground, that same field one that Mr Majkia, when he was little, farmed with his grandfather.

178majkia
Giu 19, 12:56pm

55. Stars Uncharted - S.K. Dunstall - 412 pages - Series: Stars Uncharted #1 - 🎡 (reader: Emily Woo Zeller) - ROOT, AlphaKIT



What a great fun read. Couldn't put it down. Likeable characters, lots of action, surprises and twists, nicely written. Already picked up book 2.

179clamairy
Giu 19, 1:50pm

>177 majkia: Looks lovely! Hope you have a wonderful time and the weather is great.

180majkia
Modificato: Giu 20, 6:47pm

56. A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh - 167 pages - Series: Roderick Allen #1 -🎡 (reader: Philip Franks) - ROOT, MysteryKIT, Classic



A re-read from many many moons ago. Roderick is fun.

181fuzzi
Giu 21, 6:44pm

>177 majkia: we once went to a restaurant in Beargrass, called Deadwood.

182majkia
Giu 22, 6:34am

>181 fuzzi: Fuzzi, we are parked across the street from Deadwood.

183majkia
Giu 22, 4:13pm

57. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne - 322 pages - 🎡 (reader: David Linski) - ROOT, SFFKIT, Classic

Re-read from many many moons ago. I had forgotten how technical Verne's stories were.

184-pilgrim-
Giu 22, 4:25pm

>183 majkia: It depends which translation you get. A lot of the early translators removed most of the "boring" technical bits!

185fuzzi
Giu 22, 7:06pm

>182 majkia: aha!

I looked it up, seems they're remodeling?

186majkia
Giu 22, 7:34pm

>185 fuzzi: Yeah, but they're open Thursdays through Sundays.

187Karlstar
Giu 23, 10:47pm

>176 majkia: Another good one!

>177 majkia: Your pictures do not show up for me. :(

>183 majkia: So many fish!! It did make me want to look up some of the names though.

188majkia
Giu 26, 8:56am

58. The Sword of Kaigen - M.L. Wang - DNF - 100 pages in. - ROOT

Just... I never really felt engaged by the characters or the story.

189YouKneeK
Giu 26, 11:30am

>188 majkia: Uhoh! I have that one on audio, although it’s fairly far down on my current list.

190majkia
Giu 26, 1:47pm

>189 YouKneeK: Yeah, I was listening to the audio. I'm not sure why this didn't work for me. Maybe the kids are too young for my preferred reading.

191majkia
Giu 30, 3:44pm

59. Medusa in the Graveyard - Emily Davinport - Series: Medusa #2 - 🎡 (reader: Caitlin Davies) - ROOT, SFFKIT,

Not as good as book 1, but still intriguing. Generation ship story.

192majkia
Lug 1, 6:20am

60. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking - T. Kingfisher - ROOT, Bookspin, BingoDOG



What a fun read. 14 year old Mona is a wizard. Granted her only power is with baking, but still, she makes a mean gingerbread man.
When an evil wizard starts having all other wizards in the city knocked off, Mona finds herself defending her city. With bread.

193majkia
Lug 3, 1:50pm

61. Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia - AlphaKIT, ScaredyKIT - 🎡 (reader: Frankie Corzo)



Firstly, for anyone whose had abuse in their background, triggers here, definitely. I nearly stopped reading it several times. But I did persevere.

I'm not that big on gothic stuff, because women are so used in the genre but for that genre this was a pretty good example of that sort of book.

194Sakerfalcon
Lug 5, 7:43am

>193 majkia: I enjoyed this too, though perhaps not quite as much as the other books I've read by Moreno Garcia. It was interesting to have the typically UK-US set gothic genre be moved to Mexico.

195majkia
Lug 9, 9:39am

62. . Out Past the Stars - K.B, Wagers - Series: Farian War #3 - 🎡 (reader: Angela Masters) - ROOT, AlphaKIT



I loved this series about a gunrunner turned princess, who takes her job pretty damn seriously. Great characters and lots of internal dialog regarding what our choices are, what is important to us, and how to deal with a hostile universe.

Shiva, I'm sorry to say goodbye to Hail.

196majkia
Lug 12, 11:23am

63. Girl Waits With Gun - Amy Stewart - Series: Kopp Sisters #1 - 🎡 (reader: Christina Moore) - ROOT, MysteryKIT, AlphaKIT



Beyond my usual rant about infantilizing women by using GIRL in titles about grown women, otherwise the book was fairly good. Although I thought it dragged a bit in parts.

197majkia
Lug 14, 9:44pm

64. Buried Deep - K.K. Rusch - Series: Retrieval Artist #4 - 🎡 (reader: Jay Snyder) - ROOT, Focus: Sci Fi

I really enjoy this series. So odd, and yet so very likely, when trying to get along with aliens, who are, you know, really alien.

198majkia
Lug 18, 1:59pm

65. Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen - Series: Her Royal Spyness #9 - 🎡 (reader: Katherine Kelgren ) - ROOT, Focus: Mystery, MysterKIT

Fun series. Georgie is a hoot, her maid Queenie is a trial, and her intended is as mysterious as ever.

199majkia
Lug 21, 3:32pm

66. Axiom's End - Lindsay Ellis - Series: Noumena #1 - 🎡 (reader: Thorne/Willis ) - ROOT, Bookspin



Pretty good first contact story, with aliens running around Earth, the authorities panicking, and planetary destruction on the menu.

Nicely alien aliens, and characters nicely drawn.

200majkia
Lug 25, 6:45pm

67. Magnificat - Julian May - Series: Galactic Milieu #3 - ROOT - FAVORITE



Favorite sci fi series, with the best ever bad guy. So complex!
Now I guess I have to re-read the Pliocene saga too, sigh.

201-pilgrim-
Lug 25, 9:16pm

>200 majkia: I read the Pliocene saga when it first came out, and have never re-read, but I never got around to the next cycle.

Would I be able to read that on its own, do you think, or does it require a reasonable memory of the first cycle in order to properly appreciate it?

202majkia
Lug 25, 9:38pm

>201 -pilgrim-: altho they are interconnected I think you
Can read either cycle separately.

203Karlstar
Modificato: Lug 25, 10:37pm

>200 majkia: You make it sound like re-reading the Pliocene Exile is a problem!! :) I've read the whole thing twice, I think and wouldn't mind a third (or fourth).

Who's the bad guy, Marc or Aiken? Stein? Felice?

204-pilgrim-
Lug 26, 6:05am

>203 Karlstar: I think it is probably indicative of my problem that I can remember 2 of those characters clearly, 1 by name at all - and I have no clue about the 4th! :-D

205majkia
Lug 26, 6:56am

>203 Karlstar: Marc of course. I've reread the Pliocene Saga about 4 times already. I just have sooooo many books I want to read!

206majkia
Lug 27, 9:55am

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