Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: A rolling post.

0300 Hour 24

OMG, I am so sleepy. I am having a hard time staying awake, but as there is only one more hour I think I can make it.

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I have finished the book I was reading and have to pick up another one. I am not sure yet what I want to read, I think a short walk and a snack before I get going on a new book. I have a Robert A Heinlin that I got from the library that I might pick up next.

Picture It.

It is just after midnight here and I am reading a book with the title of A Goth Noob Picnic in the Cemetery Where DJ Dumbshit is Buried. This is my picture from that book.

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Hour Almost 19

It is now 2245 and I just finished my second book. The Log of El Jay. It was a short but very good read. All of my reviews on the books that I am reading for the Read-a-Thon will be posted at another time.

I just woke up from my nap. So as soon as I get a bit of coffee in me I am back to reading. it is not 2100. I guess sleeping from 1400 to 2100 can’t be called a nap.

Show It Off 3.0

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One of my favorite authors is Charles de Lint. The signed book is titled The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, the other is A Circle of Cats. A Circle of Cats is now out of print, and one year for St. Valentines day my Honey Love got me a copy of it. I would love to one day have Mr. de Lint and Charles Vess the illustrator sign that book. Now, I am off to take a nap.

It is 1303 here and I have just finished my first book. Alan Bradley’s A Red Herring without Mustard, it was a good book and later I will write up a full review about it. However, it is not time I do one challenge and then get in a nap.


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A shelf with Darth Vader, R2D2 and 3CPO.

Hour 4.

During the first three hours I was at work. I had hoped that I would get canceled but such is health care. To start with I am reading Alan Bradley’s A Red Herring Without Mustard. I am also in this post doing the Opening Meme.

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am in the rainy Pacific Northwest to be more accurate Olympia, Washington.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I do not really have a planned stack. I will just grab whatever book looks interesting at that time.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have beef cooked and while it is not a snack I am making beef stew.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have a very busy, active life. I belong to an awesome gym called Geek and Gamer Fitness, I have two cats who are in hiding, and right now my coffee is getting cold.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my third read-a-thon, and I plan on taking naps as needed.

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Us Want To Visit

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I am going to try and participate in Top Ten Tuesday. I know that today is Wednesday, but I was so busy yesterday that I did not get this done.

1. Ireland. Not only is it where my family is from but I love the old tales, the myths.

2. Scotland. For much as the same reason as Ireland.

3. Hogwarts. I think everyone I know would want to go here and for different reasons.

4. Middle Earth. Hobbits, Dragons, adventure and lots of walking.

5. Cherek. I have always wanted to meet Pol, the Old Wolf and Silk.

6. Marvel. Ok, I know it is not a land and that many of the stories take place in the US, but I would love to meet some of the superheroes.

7. Newford. I know that this town does not exist but I love it anyway. Charles de Lint has created an amazing world.

8. The Forgotten Realms. Oh, Waterdeep how you have taken me on many adventures.

9. Alderaan. Before the Death Star blew it up.

10. Avalon. King Arthur, Merlin. it is more about Merlin.

Ash

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I read Ash by James Herbert for R.I.P. I had wanted to read The Dark by the same author, however the library did not have a copy of that book. So I chose Ash from a list of James Herbert’s’ books. I was hoping for something as scary as his book The Secret of Crickley Hall this was not that frightening.

It turns out that David Ash is a reoccurring character in two other books, and this I did not realize until I was about a 3 or 4 chapters into the book. Ash worked well as a stand alone novel there were just a few times that the protagonists past was brought up and that did not distract from the story. I hate to tell spoilers, and encourage people to go read the synopsis of a book the see for themselves if this is a book that is interesting to read. With Ash this is more than a little difficult to do as the main plot of the story is so intertwined in the background of all the supporting characters.

I will say that those who are into conspiracy theory will LOVE it. I enjoyed the book, I just wish that it had had the terror that Crickley Hall did.

Stumptown Vol 1

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If I have my math right this is the last book I needed to read for my TBR challenge. I am going to have to double check but I do think that I am done. Woohoo.

Now, on the Stumptown Vol 1 by Greg Rucka. This is a graphic novel by one of my favorite comic/Graphic novel author Greg Rucka. This story is about a woman who vanished, she left her car and took her shampoo bottle. The heroine of the story is Dex. Dex is named after her mothers favorite thing.

This is well written, well drawn. The art work was most fascinating as I could see in Portland of where I have been. For those who do not know Stumptown is a nickname for Portland Or. It is called that because when the town was being built it had more tree stumps than people or building.

This is a graphic novel that I would not let a small child read as it is a bit violent there are fist fights and gun violence. They do fit the story, and help with the setting, they are not just added to be filler. That is one thing I enjoy about Mr. Rucka’s writing, nothing is just placed in there for filler. If you pick this book up I hope that you enjoy it.

I did not finish a book.

For R.I.P one of the books that I chose. The first book that I read was NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I am not linking to this book as I do not think that it should be linked to. I am going to start with the good.

I loved the story line, the idea behind the book. A good and evil that both just had to have what they wanted. A hero that was flawed in who she was made to be by her life choices and upbringing.  The evil that in order to survive had to do something awful. I enjoyed the play between the characters, and how they worked together. I so wanted to finish this book.

The reason why I was not able to finish the book was because of the sexual assault that was written. Oh, it was not graphic as some other books I have quit reading. I am not naïve enough to know that sexual assault does not happen. I know it is out there, I know that it is something that many people have to deal with. I have to deal with it at my job.

In my time, my limited reading time I choose not to read about things that I have to deal with at work. I am hoping that the next book I have coming is a good ghost story.

Honeyed Words

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I read Honeyed Words by J.A.Pitts for the TBR challenge, it is hard for me to realize that my list is almost finished. I have just a few more then I am done with this challenge. It is almost October, and I have a lot of reading to do to catch up on all that I need or want to read this year. However, I am to be writing on the book I read not what I want to read in the near future.

Honeyed Words is the sequel to Black Blade Blues. This book continues the story of Sarah Beauhall and her adventures. This books is very different than the first one. The first one was all action, running, and fights. This book is more about Sarah and who she is. There is more about the relationship with Katie, more focus on her life as a blacksmith and dealing with the aftermath of the first book.

One of the things I love about Honeyed Words and Black Blade Blues is that the relationship between Sarah and Katie is just there. It is not the focus, it is not shoved at the reader, and they hang out with people of all genders. Not just other lesbians, there are heterosexual couples, a few bisexuals. Just like in life a mixture. That is very refreshing when most books that have a lesbian hero have her just hang out with other LGTB people.

I do think that in this book the plot is leading up to something bigger than what is in this book. It is almost as if the author is setting up the next move. I can’t wait to read the next book.

My favorite quote from this book is:” In great moments of fear and loss, we turn to our totems, our relics, to seek answers from the unanswerable. To seek those who have gone before, and unravel the mysteries that plague our dreams. “

R.I.P

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It is that time again. One of my favorite times of the year, and thanks to Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings I know that fall is soon approaching. Carl has put up the Readers Imbibing Peril again. I love this. It makes me want to have soup, fresh bread and hot cups of tea with a good book, while it rains. That makes me happy thinking about it.

This year I am going to do Peril the First. That is to read four books that fall under the genres of:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural

I always try to get horror novels. This is the only time that I try to read horror novels. This time I am looking at reading;

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The Dark by James Herbert

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

Well, this is my list. Wish me luck on finding them all.