27 May
#BEA2015 Day 1, or “The Saga to Meet Amy Ewing”

#BEA2015 Day 1, or “The Saga to Meet Amy Ewing”

Of all the years that I’ve gone to BEA, this one was the least planned on my end.  I planned on going, of course, but work got crazy, and I didn’t have that much time to figure out logistics until last minute.  My adventure begins, as usual, on a Megabus.  I don’t actually believe that Megabus has wifi.  It’s more like theoretical wifi.  Or Schroedinger’s wifi.  It may or may not exist, until you try to connect to it, at which point it definitely doesn’t.  Which is why I ended up troubleshooting our work website from my cell phone over […]

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27 May
“Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie

“Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie is the story of a reluctant heir who must overcome adversity to reclaim his throne.  Yarvi, a young prince with a withered hand, never wanted to be a king.  He’s not cut out for a life of blood and steel.  Instead, Yarvi is a peaceful soul who is much more suited for life in the Ministry (quasi-religious advisers who embrace the role of wise men/women), and he’s spent his life training to accept such a role.  But then, as he nears the completion of his training, his father and brother are murdered, and he finds […]

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24 May
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 3

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 3

Love as Thou Wilt by Lisaralin on DeviantArt Hi everyone, and welcome to Week 2 of the Kushiel’s Dart readalong!  This week’s questions are written by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow, and cover chapters 19-26.  Many thanks to everyone for reading along–it’s great to get to re-read one of my favorite books with such a great group of people. And now, onward to the questions. We get a lot of political intrigue to wade through this week, plus a couple of pretty big dramatic revelations, not least of which was the twist of fate for Prince Baudoin and his […]

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18 May
Giveaway: The Book of Life Commonplace Book

Giveaway: The Book of Life Commonplace Book

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is coming to paperback on May 26, 2015.  The Book of Life is the third book in the All Souls Trilogy, which features a witch, a vampire, and a plot that revolves around an old book that mysteriously appears in Oxford’s library.  I enjoyed this trilogy tremendously, and am delighted to be able to help spread the word about the series by offering a giveaway of Diana’s Commonplace Book, which is featured in the story.  The contest is open to US entrants only, and the prize is provided by the publisher.  If you’re interested, […]

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17 May
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 2

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 2

Phedre’s Marque Variations by AngelaSasser on DeviantArt Hi everyone, and welcome to Week 2 of the Kushiel’s Dart readalong!  This week’s questions are written by Allie from Tethyan Books, and cover chapters 9-18. Often when I do readalongs, I choose to showcase fan art that I find from the books.  This selection shows different conceptualizations of Phedre’s marque, which I thought was a good reflection of what we’ve read over the past week. What do you think of Phedre’s marque?  Is this how you envisioned it?  If you were to have something like a marque, what would it look like? […]

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13 May
“Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios

“Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios

  Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios is the story of a jinni who has been exiled from her homeland and is now a slave on Earth.  Nalia spends her days coming up with new ways to defy her master Malek, dreaming of the day that she will gain her freedom and be able to rescue her little brother, who is in a work camp in war-torn Arijinna, the jinni homeland.  One day, a young (and handsome) revolutionary named Raif finds Nalia and offers her a way out.  However, in order to gain her freedom, Nalia must steal back her bottle, which […]

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10 May
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 1

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 1

Kushiel’s Dart by NarrenkapAnimo on DeviantArt Hi everyone, and welcome to the first week of the Kushiel’s Dart readalong!  This week’s discussion covers chapters 1-8.  This week’s questions were written by Susan at Dab of Darkness. During the readalong, I’m going to try to feature a different piece of Kushiel’s Dart fan art each week.  Excuse any messiness in formatting there; I’m trying to do the right thing with copyright, and as far as I understand, that means using DeviantArt’s built-in sharing features, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to center those… Here we have the earliest days of […]

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05 May
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April 2015: A Month in Review

Over the past month, I read and reviewed the following books: May reading plans: When I stop being in a fog of allergies and/or allergy meds, I’m planning on writing reviews for the books that I read in the past week or two:  Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor and Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.  I’m also in the middle of several books right now that I’m hoping to finish:  Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen, and Oathkeeper by J.F. Lewis.  If all of that works out, I’d be very happy. I’m also (barring unforseen work conflicts) planning […]

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29 Apr
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong

Over the next couple months, I’m going to be participating in a readalong of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. The Kushiel series is very special to me.  Growing up, I read constantly, both because I loved reading and because it was a form of escapism.  When I moved to DC, I found myself surrounded by good friends and new experiences.  Reading fell to the backburner, and was something that I did for class, but nothing else.  I let myself forget the sheer joy of reading for fun.  Then one day, I found a book called Kushiel’s Dart sitting on a coffee table.  It was […]

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27 Apr
One Hell of a Book Sale

One Hell of a Book Sale

…in the best way possible, of course.  Last week was the semi-annual Arlington Friends of the Library book sale.  I decided to join the Friends of the Library in order to attend early access night, and due to an unforseen internet outage at work, I was able to be there right when the book sale opened. I didn’t expect there to be a line when I got there 15 minutes early.  In fact, I didn’t expect to see many people at all, but apparently used book sales are serious business.  Many of the people in line are resellers, and came with […]

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