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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

BLopoly Update 8

Bank: $44

 

 

 

 

If you are just visiting: read enough pages to donate $3.00 to the bail fund

 

So I need to read over 200 pages of a book set in a fantasy land (see Snakes and Ladders post).

 

Rolls:

2020-05-26 Stay-cation 7: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, 390 pages, $3

2020-05-29 Beach Week 11: Skipped

2020-05-30 Mountain Cabin 18: Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins, 277 pages, $3

2020-06-03 The Lake House 20: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters, 497 pages, $5

2020-06-07 The Summer Blockbuster 27: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein, 176 pages, $2

2020-06-10 Chance 34: Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis, 368 pages, $3

Pass go, $5

2020-06-15 School's out 4: Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell, 368 pages, $3

2020-06-19 Just Visiting Jail

Snakes and Ladders - Update 10

 

(Moonlight Reader's rule post)

 

Squares:

1. Author is a woman: Poulets grillés par Sophie Hénaff (2 dice: 2+6 = 8)

 

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K: Blood Price by Tanya Huff (4+4 = 8)

 

17. Genre: horror: Salvage: a Ghost Story by Duncan Ralston (2 dice: 3+6 = 9)

 

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters [Cadfael #11] (6+5 = 11)

 

37. Has won an award: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (1 die: 4)

 

41. Characters involved in politics: The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson (2 dice: 3+6 = 9)

 

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters (4+3 = 7)

 

57. Was published more than 50 years ago: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein (2 dice: 1+4 = 5)

I combined this with a couple of short stories from The New Voices of Science Fiction to be sure to hit the 200 page count mark.

 

62. Cover is more than 50% green: Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis (2 dice: 3+2 = 5)

 

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people: Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell (2 dice: 3+5 = 8)

 

75. Set in a fantasy world

This should be fairly easy, although my first attempt to read for this square ended in a DNF after fewer than 20 pages.

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell

Series: Shadow Police #3

 

I was a bit annoyed throughout the first part of this book because they kept making references to stuff that happened in previous books without really explaining them, and since I can barely remember the previous book, this was frustrating. And a little repetitive. However, even though the first half of the book was a bit of a slog, the resolution made it worthwhile. These books may be a good candidate for an audio reread at some point.

 

Technically this series was cut short but I felt that this third book managed to wrap up enough ends that although yes, there would be further things to explore in this world, I’m not frustrated with a lack of answers. The whole thing where they were trying to investigate who killed a fictional character was fun too.

 

Previous updates:

16 %

1000 books

Hey look, I just noticed that my BL library has hit a thousand books:

Reading progress update: I've read 16%.

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell

I really need to get better at reading books in a series closer together. After almost three years, I remember basically nothing from the previous book even though I'm certain I've read it.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-Fran├žois Parot

Finished chapter 5.

 

Things are getting interesting, but I could have done without the description of the execution. Gratuitous, much?

 

I keep taking too long with my books for BL-opoly and Snakes and Ladders so I haven't been able to fit in much of this book. I'm sorry.

BLopoly Update 7

Bank: $41

 

 

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell was published in May. And it fits my Snakes and Ladders square.

 

Rolls:

2020-05-26 Stay-cation 7: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, 390 pages, $3

2020-05-29 Beach Week 11: Skipped

2020-05-30 Mountain Cabin 18: Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins, 277 pages, $3

2020-06-03 The Lake House 20: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters, 497 pages, $5

2020-06-07 The Summer Blockbuster 27: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein, 176 pages, $2

2020-06-10 Chance 34: Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis, 368 pages, $3

Pass go, $5

2020-06-15 School's out 4: 

 

Snakes and Ladders - Update 9

I keep landing just one short of a ladder...

 

 

(Moonlight Reader's rule post)

 

Squares:

1. Author is a woman: Poulets grillés par Sophie Hénaff (2 dice: 2+6 = 8)

 

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K: Blood Price by Tanya Huff (4+4 = 8)

 

17. Genre: horror: Salvage: a Ghost Story by Duncan Ralston (2 dice: 3+6 = 9)

 

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters [Cadfael #11] (6+5 = 11)

 

37. Has won an award: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (1 die: 4)

 

41. Characters involved in politics: The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson (2 dice: 3+6 = 9)

 

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters (4+3 = 7)

 

57. Was published more than 50 years ago: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein (2 dice: 1+4 = 5)

I combined this with a couple of short stories from The New Voices of Science Fiction to be sure to hit the 200 page count mark.

 

62. Cover is more than 50% green: Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis

 

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people

 

That sounds like an excuse to crack open...

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell 

 

Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis

Poseidon's Gold - Lindsey Davis

Series: Marcus Didius Falco #5

 

Falco returns to Rome, gets mired in some old scheme of his dead brother’s, and is accused of a centurion’s murder. Shenanigans ensue.

 

Overall this was a fun read, although what happens with the Poseidon statue is a bit of a disappointment. I can’t say I approve of Falco’s rough interrogation techniques, however. Dealing with Falco’s extended family was amusing.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Planetfall - Emma Newman

Done!

Reading progress update: I've read 67%.

Planetfall - Emma Newman

Sung-Soo just plays the concerned friend so well...

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

Planetfall - Emma Newman

I still feel like Ren's predictions about what will happen when everyone finds out about her and her house are dead on. That's exactly how she would be treated.

 

Mac's predictions about the colonists, on the other hand, are more debatable.

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

The New Voices of Science Fiction - Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson

From "Utopia, LOL?" by Jamie Wahls:

 

#Kit: quit deterministically predicting my life!

#Allocator: No. :)

 

I'm picturing this in "insolent teenager" tones even though it's text.

Reading progress update: I've read 28%.

Planetfall - Emma Newman

Ren is so deliciously broken.

 

Is it wrong of me to say that?

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Planetfall - Emma Newman

One should never break a sacred law when under the influence of psychoactive substances.

 

LOL

BLopoly Update 6

Bank: $33

 

 

 

I'd love to read a time travel book right now, but I think I should hit up some historical fiction so that I can read a book to count for my Snakes and Ladders square too.

 

 

Rolls:

2020-05-26 Stay-cation 7: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, 390 pages, $3

2020-05-29 Beach Week 11: Skipped

2020-05-30 Mountain Cabin 18: Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins, 277 pages, $3

2020-06-03 The Lake House 20: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters, 497 pages, $5

2020-06-07 The Summer Blockbuster 27: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein, 176 pages, $2

2020-06-10 Chance 34: