Book Haul … ♪In a Winter♪ Wonderland♪ – Part II

 

 

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Nothing says post-Christmas, post-New Years like a snowstorm and lots of goodies from Amazon.

 

Finishing up collecting Zahn’s latest Cobra trilogy.  Right now, I’m collecting more out of a need for completion than any real interest. The original trilogy was pretty good but everything else after hasn’t really grabbed my attention.

Under the Red Hood was a purchase inspired by Lashaan at Bookidote.

Superman: Action Comics: Path of Doom was definitely all Bookwraith’s fault. We’ll see if this is a self-collected storyline or if I need to buy a couple more volumes. I need something to restore my faith in Supes after the debacle that was Doomed.

Spiderman: Homecoming is a movie that I’ve been wanting to watch despite me approaching maximum Super Hero Movie burnout. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll watch it and put up a review. My first movie review for ’18. Oh the joy :-/

 

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December ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

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I trust you notice the clever use of snowtopped letters and the candycane color motif. I feel that I really let loose my inner artist with this collage.

 

This month is dedicated to Mrs. B’s dead grandmother. Her passing away allowed me to take some vacation time and while Mrs B went to a funeral, I read books. Lots and lots and LOTS of books. 20 of them to be exact and 7665 pages.  * stifles really inappropriate comments* ….hahahahaaa…ahem…. I also got sick with bronchitis and had to take off from work on the doctor’s orders, so that helped my reading time as well.

My average for the month was 3.28. That was DOWN quite a bit from last month. Not that I had a bunch of bad reads, more of just a lot of middle of the roaders.

 

The Bad:

Light by M. John Harrison. 1star. This book stank worse than all of the vomit scenes that were in it.

Crossover by Joel Shepher.  1/2star, never good.

 

The Good:

Skinner by Neal Asher, which was 5stars.

The Sea Watch by Adrian Tchaikovksy. Also 5stars. Two 5stars in one month, whoo!

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian Esslemont came in at 4.5stars.

 

 

Manga:

Put away 2 more Oh My Goddess! volumes. Only 44 more to go *wink*

 

Survival Saturday:

The Breakfast Edition was a good chance for me to try out granola and whey milk.  I didn’t do a separate post for when I used the whey milk later that week for some cooking but I ended up tossing the Hamburger Helper mix I made with it.  So while ok for cereal, I’ll never use it in cooking again. Too strong an odor.

 

Surviving a Bad Book:

An Enemy Reborn was more an introspective look at an author making a bad choice than a really bad book.

 

Non-review Posts:

The Invisible Reader was definitely my most commented and viewed post this month.

Subverting the Sunshine Blogger Award was the most fun to write.

Merry Shelfmas was a close runner up for comments and also allowed me to show off in true Bookworm style.

 

Cover Love:

A Fortress in Shadow: With Mercy Towards None won the cover love mainly because of its atrocious older cover. Compare for yourselves.

 

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Not sure what this exactly screams, but it sure isn’t “Read Me!”

 

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Now that tells you to Read It, Or Else!

 

 

Going to be spending most of today finishing up my Year in Review post and getting that ready to drop at 0001hrs on Janurary 1st.

HAPPY NEW YEARS! (in case I don’t see you until after then)

 

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Merry Shelfmas!

While I am not a fan of selfies, as they glorify narcissistic self, I am a HUGE fan of shelfies. I find that it says a lot about someone what books they have on their shelves and in what order, if any.  I find shelfies to be little snapshots into someone’s soul. All Shelfies should be clickable for bigger versions. Using my phone so I’m not sure how clear individual titles would be.

But here’s my favorite Christmas present this year. Mrs Bookstooge got it for me and we read it aloud while sipping hot cocoa sitting on our couch watching the snow come down through our sliding door window.

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LET THE SHELFIES BEGIN!

 

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This first shelfie is completely doublestacked, so it is missing almost half the books. The majority of them are Terry Brooks though, so you’re not missing out on anything :-/

 

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There are a lot of books on this shelf I wouldn’t mind not having any more. I used to buy books whenever, unlike my now maturer and wiser self. Now I only buy books if I think I’ll read them again.

 

 

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The two books lying down are the Space Trilogy by Lewis and Through Wolf’s Eyes by Lindskold. They are simply too tall to stand up on these shelves.

 

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While I’ve read a lot of Classics, that top shelf is about all I actually own. Probably not even 1/20th of my collection 😦  If only the Government would hand out free, leather bound hardcover editions of Dickens, Austen, etc.  Then I’d be a Socialist for sure!

 

 

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This is kind of our catch-all, misc shelf. The books on the bottom row are ones I have on Paperbackswap, but to be honest, I’m just about ready to throw them out instead of spending money on mailing them to other people.

 

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Mainly Manga. Just about all doubleshelved too. All 38 volumes of Yugioh are behind other books as well as all of XxxHolic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles. And Graphic Novels on the bottom row.

 

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From when I USED to be a Star Wars fan. Then my collection of Wheel of Time books. I bought them all through the SFBC and am now slowly trying to find them in first edition hardcovers. I’m in no hurry. Then mostly paperbacks classics and middlegrade books.

 

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College books and papers, reference books and our very small selection of theology related books. On par with my Classics.

 

 

There you go. I hope you enjoyed looking at those as much as I did. Feel free to oooh and ahh, ask questions, or even simply give me money.

 

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SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD – Grumpy Cat Edition

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Orangutan Librarian tagged me.  So to show my happiness, I promised her I’d subvert the tag.  THAT’LL TEACH HER!!!!!!

 

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Let the subversion BEGIN!!!

 

 

WHO IS THE ONE PERSON THAT IS THE SUNSHINE CLOUD IN YOUR LIFE?

My brother. He plays Magic: The Gathering with me when nobody else will. What a jerk!

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DO YOU PREFER ALL HAPPY  SAD MOVIES, OR OCCASIONAL SAD ANNOYING MOVIES?

Movies are all evil. They take away from my reading time.

 

WHAT IS THE ONE FOOD THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY CRY?

Scrambled eggs with wheatgerm. My dad made this one weekend for us kids when Mom was away. I think we all cried. And I still remember the incident.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE  RAINCLOUD ON YOUR BLOG?

All those commentors who leave words on my posts like deer poop! Ewwwwww.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE  WACKY “FUN SAD” DAY?

Being forced to have my picture taken with some group of people. People, grrrrrr….

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WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE HATE ABOUT YOURSELF?

My hugely muscular body. Breaking through doorways because I don’t fit? Doesn’t endear me to many businesses.

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WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE ABHOR ABOUT THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

All those followers who don’t like or comment. How am I supposed to tell them how wrong they are if they never comment?

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WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE FROWN THE MOST?

The Grumpy Cat Book

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WHERE IS YOUR CORNER RECTANGLE OF SUNSHINE MISERY IN YOUR HOME?

On my Kindle Oasis.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOST LOATHED COLOR?

Puce. Nothing like blood and squashed fleas on your linens!

 

WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE (OR DRAMA) THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY LAUGH MANIACALLY?

Diehard! Ol’ Hans falling off the building? Priceless!

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Consider yourself not tagged. You’re probably not Hard Core Enough to do this anyway.

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Book Haul – The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter + Bonus Content

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Smexylicious!

I participated in the Kickstarter for this hardcover of the jolly Riyria Chronicles series by Michael Sullivan.  It arrived Wednesday and it immediately went on my shelf next to all my other hardcover Riyria books by Sullivan.

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Is that not a veritable vision of beauty?

Dang, I do love me some hardcover pictures, Mmmm, mmmmmm, good! That is all, carry on.

 

Bonus Content:

Not really, but this way I get to blab and you are tricked into reading it. Am I a smooth operator or what?

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Back in 2015 I also participated in his Death of Dulgath kickstarter, which is book 3 of the Riyria Chronicles. I have come to realize that Sullivan is one of the few authors that I’m willing to pay $35+ for a hardcover just so that the book will exist. Both Winter and Daughter were great successes on Kickstarter and while it has been 2 years between books, I don’t have any problems with that wait.  I wonder if I’d be willing to fund more Kickstarters if they were handled like Sullivan handles his?

My recent Surviving a Bad Book post brought Michael Stackpole back to mind and his fantastic book Talion: RevenantThere has been a push over the years to get a sequel but Stackpole doesn’t seem to have ever really wanted to, for various reasons. That would be a Kickstarter I’d be willing to back just for an ebook edition, much less a hardcover. It just makes me wonder why he doesn’t try a Kickstarter though? Winter’s Daughter had 2000 backers and over $80K raised. Of course, Sullivan is always out there interacting with his fans and mugging for more. One of those ineffable mysteries I guess?

 

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Donkey Butts!

Oh the things you find when browsing Amazon. I was looking through the Cyber Monday Week deals when this particular picture jumped out at me:

 

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What the phrack!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

 

When you click through to the product page, you see this picture:

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Now, that is what you EXPECT to see on the teaser on Amazon’s front page. Not a gigantic blue donkey butt.

This will teach me to waste time browsing for stuff I don’t need when I could be reading!

 

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November ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

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Ok, this month I managed 11 “Books” and 3248 pages (I forgot to add the Spiderman 2099 comic cover to the collage).  Most of those small numbers are due to the busy’ness and blahness of the beginning of the month.  The First Full Week of November just sucked, plain and simple. While things got better with a Mountain Climb, that still ate away some serious reading time. The month was just busy with lots of non-reading things but I’m hoping that December will be better. Of course, Friday, December 1st, we’re heading over to a social gathering at my bro and sister-n-laws new house with several other friends. So I’m not holding real hope that I’ll manage much more in the way of book numbers.

Average book rating was 3.54. That is up significantly from last month.

 

The Bad:

The Voice of Mars 1/2 Star

 

The Good:

Deadhouse Landing 4.5 Stars

The Cygnet and the Firebird 4.5 Stars

Heretics of Dune 4 Stars

 

Manga:

I did manage to start the Oh My Goddess manga and knocked down Volumes 1 and 2.  Enjoyed both and am looking forward to another volume or two in December.

 

Survival Saturday:

Pasta Alfredo   I was pretty meh about it but Mrs Bookstooge really enjoyed it. A complete role reversal from the previous month.

 

Surviving a Bad Book:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies  By the time I was done writing about this, I’d come to the conclusion that I really hadn’t survived this book. Still frothing with righteous indignation after all these years.

 

Non-review Posts:

Along with  the posts I listed at the beginning of this post, I also did the Brotherhood of the World Tag and celebrated one more big step forward in my Offline Review Library.   Winter is here but thankfully I bought some Good Books to stave off cabin fever.

 

Cover Love:

To end these posts, I usually have Cover Love where I showcase a cover that I really liked from one of the books I read this month. None of them really stood out to me, so I’m going to include the Spiderman 2099 cover that I forgot to include in the ipiccy collage.

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Kind of how I feel November went. Busy and so full that it was kind of tough to tell what was going on.

The colors alone should mesmorize you into a brainless state of stupified acceptance.

 

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