The “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” Mystery Blogger Award

Yesterday Kelly tagged me in a post of hers for one of those Award posts. I politely thanked her and told her I had NO intention of doing it, because I’m me, and that means I’m contrary, at times, just because.

So here I am, 24hrs later, showing what a Liar I am. *insert very loud fire engine noises*

With that spirited intro, here we go!



The Rules:

There are NO Rules! That’s why this is a Mystery. Who knows what the rules are?


Three Things About Me:

I am 7ft tall.

I’m totally a vegan.

I would rather poke out my eyes than sit on a couch all day, reading a book and listening to Enya. Ugh!


Questions From Kelly:


1) What is a book that you can read over and over again?

Space VampiresIt’s just SO smexylicious!!

2) What is your least favorite book you’ve read?

Probably Way-Farer by Dennis Schmidt. I hate that book so much I’ve read it at least 5 times, just to torture myself.

3) Where is your favorite place to relax and de-stress?

Work. Nothing relaxes me like a couple of feet of snow and sub-freezing temperatures!

4) What is your favorite thing to buy other than books?

Rockstar. I drink it by the gallon until my heart explodes from all the caffeine!

5) Coffee or tea?

I prefer the Blood of My Enemies. Zesty tangy drink with that great iron after-taste!


My Questions for Nominees: 

How many banks have you robbed?

Would you rather die by eating Mcdonalds fast food or drowning in someone else’s sweat?

Do you know our lord and destroyer, Saint Cthulhu?

Which torturous death would you give your dear old mum from the movie The Abominable Dr. Phibes?


My Best Posts: (I’m being Fo’Real, schizzle mcdizzle, on dis one!)

A Milestone

Night of Knives  (what?!  I have NO idea why to be honest)

I Will Make Them Cry



I Nominate:


And if I see this post going around, I’ll hunt the perpetrators down like rabid kittens!



Teeny little postscript:

Thanks Kelly. This was a lot of fun to twist around and I never would have done it if you hadn’t given me the initial push!




Book Tag: The TBR Tag

Saw this at Dragon & Zombies a little bit ago and decided I’d save it and do it later. Later is now Now.

Picture heavy and complicated. I had a lot of fun putting this together though, as organizing things brings joy to my heart.





How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

This is a complicated procedure, at least the setup. Once it’s setup, then it rolls along like a well oiled machine.

  1. Choose a book to put on my TBR
  2. Put said book into Calibre with the TBR tag and sort by “date added”
  3. Load 100’ish books onto my Kindle, sorted by Series
  4. Remove TBR tag from those books in Calibre.
  5. Repeat Steps 1 & 2
  6. When I finish a series on my Kindle, I remove said series from my Kindle
  7. Replace finished series with the next series that has the TBR tag from Calibre
  8. Keep my Kindle filled with 100-150 book so I’m not reading the same thing within weeks
  9. Keep my Calibre TBR library at 100-150. Ruthlessly not adding books does this just fine.


All picture should be clickable for more detail.







Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?



How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

By whatever is next. My reading is like a grindstone. It goes slowly, but I crush that TBR into fine meal.


A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:

In Calibre, the Starfisher trilogy by Glen Cook has been on my TBR since August of 2016


A book that you recently added to your TBR:

Stinger by McCammon and Mr Mercedes by King. Both are Halloween’ish reads and the King book is in preparation for doing a buddy-read with BookCupidity.


A book that’s on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover:

Stranger of Tempest


With my avatar coming from the game Heretic/Hexxen, something like this is going to instantly appeal to me.


A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading:

I’m not one of “those” kind of people. I used to be though. But now, I only add book that I know I’ll read.


An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:

The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael Sullivan.

The kickstarter for the hardcover should be starting up soon and I’ll be doing a post for that.


A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you:

Once again, I’m not one of “those” people. I only add a book if a reviewer I trust has reviewed it or if there are enough other reviews for me to figure out if it will push my button or not. The whole “popularity” reading thing is for a different generation than me.


A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

Thankfully, almost all of you never recommend books to me. I’m thankful for that. I read your review and make up my own mind.


A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read:

For these kind of book, I have a High Priority collection on my Kindle. I keep that Collection on the front page of my kindle and cycle through it whenever it gets to the bottom of the page. I also try to follow this same procedure for my manga reading.


The books in it right now are:

Sixth Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko [Currently Reading]

Dancer’s Lament by Ian Esslemont

The Punch Escrow by Tal Klein


The number of books on your TBR shelf:

130’ish on my Kindle

130 in Calibre

260’ish in Total

Bookstooge’s Most Read Authors

The Little Book Owl recently did a post where she listed her top 5 most read authors. I like lists, so that post really hit the spot and considering how dry this week has been, in terms of posting [it’s been a busy week with much smaller amounts of time for reading or posting], I decided I’d take a turn at doing this.

I’m going to list a few more than 5. Also, I’m not going to be listing a lot of manga-ka, as they dominate the numbers with some huge series [Bleach, One Piece, Case Closed, etc].  This list also includes re-reads, so some of my top read authors might not have so many books.

I could add about 10 more authors if I went down to 10 reads, but 12 seemed like the cusp of “Ok, I’ve read a bunch by this author”.  Not much to say about each, not with so many but if you have questions, ask away and I’ll answer as best I can.



Timothy Zahn – 63

Patricia Wrede – 17

Tad Williams – 20

Adrian Tchaikovsky – 16

Rumiko Takahashi – 67 (probably my most read manga-ka and yet I don’t care for her stories. Funny that)

Kazuki Takahashi – 38 (wrote the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. Love that series)

Michael Sullivan – 12

Michael Stackpole – 33

Lemony Snicket – 13

Darren Shan – 12

Brandon Sanderson – 25 [including the final WoT books]

Mike Resnick – 12

Terry Pratchett – 44

Ellis Peters – 14 (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

Don Pendleton – 37 (Mack Bolan/The Executioner series)

Andre Norton (and loser collaborators) – 18

Michael Moorcock – 16

L.E. Modesitt, Jr – 28

Jack McKinney – 12 (Robotech)

Patricia McKillip – 27

Anne McCaffrey – 21

C.S. Lewis – 16

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – 15

Stephen Lawhead – 22

Paul Kemp – 12 (mainly Forgotten Realms with a dash of Star Wars)

Robert Jordan – 26 (multiple reads of the first several WoT books)

Riichiro Inagaki – 48 and counting (Eyeshield 21 manga w/ rereads of the first 16)

Frank Herbert – 13

Robert Heinlein – 18

Terry Goodkind – 13

Alan Dean Foster – 48

John Flanagan – 15

Steven Erikson – 19 (multiple Malazan re-reads]

David Eddings – 18

Dave Duncan – 15

Charles Dickens – 33



Troy Denning – 16 (forgotten realms and star wars and he sucks whatever I read]

Roald Dahl – 14

Evan Currie – 13

Larry Correia &/or Collaborators – 16

Glen Cook – 13

CLAMP – 65 (a varying group of 5 female manga-ka)

Agatha Christie – 19

Orson Scott Card – 13

Jack Campbell – 22

Jim Butcher – 22

Terry Brooks – 20

Robert Asprin – 17

Isaac Asimov – 12

Neal Asher – 26 (re-reads)

“Alex Archer” – 14 (ghost written series of Rogue Angel)

Aaron Allston – 16 all Star Wars all good





The Serious Book Tag? Input Please…

Most book tags I see convey the idea that they were initially written by giggly, squealing school girls who are in a group all admiring Captain Hawtness as he walks by. What I don’t see are book tags that convey the strength of character it takes to get up every day and go to work. I don’t see book tags that relate to your car breaking down and not having enough money to fix it and to have to bum rides to work for a week from a neighbor or friend.  I don’t see the tags that convey the choice of buying something you want or letting it go and buying something for your spouse. How would you convey doing taxes in a question? I hate doing taxes by the way.  What about cleaning up puke from a sick kid who didn’t “quite” make it to the bathroom in time? Or dusting? Dusting is tedious but a month without and my goodness, things are pretty fuzzy.

In other words, I do not see mature minded book tags, only frothy milkshake ones. Now maybe that is a good thing. I suspect a lot of people, and I am one of them, read to escape for a few hours. When you are trying to escape, who wants to be clawed back down by a Serious Book Tag? The other thing is that I am good at poking holes in things and showing problems but I am NOT so good at suggesting solutions or fixing issues. I wish I could sit down for a week and come up with a series of questions about books that convey my middle aged’ness.  Something that conveys that I actually do LIKE shredded wheat instead of honey-sugar sweetened blasto bombs. Maybe I’m not reading the right book tags either.

What do you consider a serious question and how would you turn it into a book tag question? I really am at a loss here and I’d like to rectify that. If I’m going to take issue with the frothy nature of most tags, then I should come up with an alternate and as of right now, I can’t.


03_pixarup_edwardellie1I want THIS kind of book tag


pixarpost-monstersuniversitydigitalreleaseNot this

The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for putting this tag on my radar. Didn’t want to write a review after a day of setting granite bounds all day, so this was mindless fun.



Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

battlefield_earth_book_coverBattlefield Earth by L. Ron. Hubbard

I first read this in the 90’s and it was my first 1000 page book. You never forget your first time.


Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?



I read it because it was popular and I still cared about knowing what was popular.  And I did enjoy it. Enough that I read the sequel and that is the book that made me rage.


Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. (I had Mrs Bookstooge pick a random number from between 1-3000 and chose the one it corresponded to in my calibre library) How did you discover this book?

candidate-for-goddessCandidate for Goddess

A small manga series that I read back in 2007. I was on a manga kick for that whole year and was devouring everything that our local library had.


Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?


The Great Darkening

My good friend Jefferson asked me to read this, as he knew the guy. It was pretty bad and I had to say so. Thankfully, I don’t know the author, so it was no problem on my part.


Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?


Three by Jay Posey

KrazyKiwi had reviewed this on Booklikes and while it sounded a little off my taste, I tried it. Turned out to be some of the best reading I’d done in a long time. Posey shot up to the top of my radar very quickly.


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

71tnypdat0lHogfather by Terry Pratchett

I was doing my initial readthrough of the Discworld novels and this one was pretty much the best. The only one I’ve got in hardcover I believe.


What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?


Jumper by Steven Gould

Watched the horrible movie with Anakin Pukewalker and Rachel Bilson [hubba hubba] and figured I should check out the source material. All 3 books in the series turned out to be pretty good.


Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?


Way-farer by Dennis Schmidt

Best. Book. Ever. Read this in highschool when I saw it in the SF section at our local library. Spaceships and a dude with a sword in a pose that even I knew was Japanese? How could I NOT pick that up?

Stats Tag

I don’t usually do tags, as any of you who have been generous enough to tag me, know.  Getting “tagged” makes me feel pressured. I really like the idea, as getting to know people can be fun and even when not fun, at least enlightening. But I blog for fun. I really do. I release stress and the cares of the day in typing out these words and to suddenly have the release become a source of stress itself, well, I don’t do “tags” 🙂

But I’ll squirrel one away for those times that I have extra words that need to get out and be free. This week has been a very wordy week for me.  So here’s a tag post.  Enjoy, or at least be enlightened.



Per Powder & Page:

This is a brand new tag created by Stuart from Always Trust In Books, you can find a link to that Stuart’s own tag !!HERE!! Consider checking out his blog if you haven’t already!

(Bookstooge does not endorse, or not-endorse Stuart. Make up your own mind)


The rules as per Always Trust In Books:

This tag is 20 quickfire questions regarding your very own book blog. There are very few rules. Just answer the questions, nominate as many people as you want and have fun doing so.

1). The Last three books you read:

Dune Messiah, Arcadian Genesis & Porcelain:  A Memoir

2). Spoilers or Spoiler free?

Totally spoilers. I write for myself, you guys are just bonus attention 🙂

3). How long have you been book blogging?

I started keeping track in a notepad in 2000 and moved online in 2005 or 2007.

4). A book you read in one sitting?

Any Eyeshield 21 manga

5). Your favourite genre?

Science Fiction/Fantasy

6). Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc).

Tome.  The bigger the better

7). Amount of books on your TBR pile?

Approximately 200 or so.

8). A book you have DNF’d?

Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker. Thinly veiled romance pretending to be SF. I was outraged!

9). Recent awards or milestones?

Getting 100 Followers back in March

10). Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

Those that don’t happen. I am a VERY firm believer in keeping the author/reader distinction as sharp as a razor. Authors are not people. They are names of machines who churn out the books I love to read. People are messy and make problems and cause me no end of

11). Average number of books you read per month?


12). Top three publishers?

Baen, some other publisher and then another publisher? I don’t pay attention to publisher information very much

13). Social media sites your blog uses?

I use WordPress, Blogger and Librarything.

14). Average amount of time you spend networking?

1-2hrs per day? I keep current on my feed and spend time reading and commenting on the 60-70 people I follow.

15). Most comfortable blogging position?

Sitting on the couch

16). Music or quiet when writing reviews?

A mix. Sometimes I’ll turn on a show on Prime just to have background noise as well.

17). Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?

Short and to the Point

18). A blog you looked up to starting out?

Nobody. My own strong right arm hath saved me.

19). The best book you have reviewed so far?

Out of 3000 books, there is no way I can pick one. I am currently doing a monthly list of my favorites and that numbers about 300.

20). Best piece of blogging advice?

Do it for yourself. Don’t write for others. Don’t write for likes, or comments or awards or recognition. You’ll burn out and leave.  Write because you want to remember that book in 10 years. Trust me, your older self will thank you.


reaperI’ll take my chances…