Give Me a “B”, Give Me an “O”…

(’cause tags stink)




How convenient. All accreditation is right on the pix. 




1) Spell out your blog’s name.(this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2) Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)



Goodreads is Evil. There is no getting around that. So, as an Avatar of Justice and Righteousness, with the cleansing flames of destruction roundabout me, I will choose books from my Calibre library that have the TBR tag.

And besides, Piotrek and Olag started the rule breaking FIRST! * points finger * Those cheating scoundrels!


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The Bear and the Serpent

Echoes of the Fall #2

Adrian Tchaikovksy



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Odysseus Awakening

Odyssey One #6

Evan Currie


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Old Tin Sorrows

Garret, P.I. #4

Glen Cook


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King of the Dead

Ravenloft #15

Gene DeWeese


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Shadow of what was Lost

Licanius Trilogy #1

James Islington



The Terminators

Matt Helm #16

Donald Hamilton


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On the Steel Breeze

Poseidon’s Children #2

Alastair Reynolds


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cOunt to Infinity

Count to the Eschaton #6

John Wright


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The Great Hunt

Wheel of Time #2

Robert Jordan


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Escape from Olympus

Falken Chronicles #2

Piers Platt



Wow, with all those O’s, I feel like I’m a bowl of Cheerios or something!



As it was, I didn’t have enough actual “O” books so I had to cheat! I hang my head in shame. Piotrek, Olag, can I join you in the “Cheater’s Corner”?

All of these books will be started within the next year or so. And it is wicked good I didn’t have to include my little byline: “Without a Good Book, Life’s Road is Hell”. My goodness, with that,  this post alone would probably push me over the WordPress storage limit with adding pictures for so many words.

Also, I think this might be a new record for me. Two (Tag) posts within 2 weeks? CRAAAAAAZY!



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Ride the River (Sacketts #5) ★★★☆ ½


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Title:         Ride the River
Series:      Sacketts #5
Author:    Louis L’Amour
Rating:     3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre:     Western
Pages:      192
Format:   Digital Edition



Echo Sackett, the youngest descendant of Kin Sackett, must travel to Philadelphia to sign some papers upon which she will get $3000. All is not as it seems through and greed and corruption must run their course.

Echo gets her inheritance, but it is a long way back to the hills of Tennesee and the corrupt lawyer has hired thugs and murderers to get that money back. Being a Sackett, Echo isn’t too worried. She knows the land, she has a gun and she has a mission. With a little help from a Chantry [another family associated with the Sacketts], Echo shows that the Sackett blood hasn’t thinned one bit. And now that the Sacketts have spread all over [it is 200 years since the last book], Family Loyalty rears its head and when one Sackett is in trouble, the rest come running.


My Thoughts:

I have been waiting for this book for 5 books. This is a Western, Sackett book. Echo is the fiercely determined, independent main character of the story. I really enjoyed reading her story.

Being a woman, L’Amour doesn’t have her get into brutal fistfights with some other characters, but that is what the Chantry was for. As well as a possible romantic angle. It all worked pretty well.

The sense of urgency, of running, of having to make it to “home” to be safe, came through loud and clear. Echo might have had a gun and known how to use it, but she couldn’t just shoot everyone and lollygag her way home. And since she’s the tracker and the shooter, she’s the one who must stay safe.

This was what I wanted in a Sackett book. Urgency, guns, chivalry, evil characters, people defending themselves [!!!] and everyone taking responsibility for their actions, good or bad.

I’ve added the cover of the edition I read, but here are a couple more that have existed through the years. From the redneck hillbilly look to the more modern characterless look, you can really see how the story has changed its face to appeal to the readers. Makes me wonder about us readers through if that first cover really sold the book?






★★★☆ ½


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