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WWW Wednesday

Today I thought I’d take part in WWW Wednesday, which is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and share with you: What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you will read next? What I just finished reading: If you are regular, you will know I just finished reading the drugs cartel shoot-them-up, TEXAS SICARIO by Harry Hunsicker, which turned out to be a novel left over from another era. This kind of ‘noir’ might have seemed exciting back in the day with screaming femme fatals, but by today’s standards, left a lot to be desired. What I’m reading now: I started reading BLACKLIGHT BLUE by Peter May last night and, while the story telling is much better than Texas Sicario, I’m beginning to think old white dudes in their mid to late fifties have got a problem writing female characters. As Peter May spends an inordinate amount of page space describing how ample a woman’s breasts are, among other sexist bullsh*t. I’m half …

First Impressions Friday

First Impressions Friday: The Bear & The Nightingale For those of you who don’t know, First Impressions Friday is exactly that, based on your first impressions of your current read, do you think you will love or hate it by the end? Don’t forget to link back to Joe at Storeys of Stories. Funnily enough, it looks like both Joe and I started reading THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden. But I’m thinking we both might have differing opinions on this one, by the end of our reads. This is another of those books well reviewed by a lot of people who loved it. And it was based on a couple of recommendations that I decided to add it to my TBR for my Fantasy February reads. “At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above …

Books, Books, Books

There’s always more room for books! I am extremely late posting anything today, but then I do have a good excuse. I was out earlier this morning, at the mall, at the only English bookshop in Québec City [La Maison Anglaise] buying … yes, you guessed it: books! Two books that I had on order. THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper TEXAS SICARIO by Harry Hunsicker Now I’m worried I just might throw my Fantasy February list out the window and start THE LOST MAN next. Arrggh, I so want to read it next.

Teaser Tuesday: SCYTHE

I’m not sure who started this one, but I’ve seen a few people doing it so, as I stared SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman last night [Thanks Christina!] I thought to share a few thoughts and snippet with you—although I think everyone and their mother has already read this one. Also, it wasn’t till I started reading Scythe that I realised this isn’t a fantasy, not even vaguely fantasy-esque, but rather, eh, science fiction. But what the hell, I’ve started so I’ll finish! Here’s the first snippet: “Tyger  Salazar had hurled himself out a thirty-nine-story window, leaving a terrible mess on the marble plaza below. His own parents were so annoyed by it, they didn’t come to see him. But Rowan did. Rowan Damisch was just that kind of friend.” What do you think? Talk about an attention-grabber. And there’s plenty more like that sprinkled throughout what I’ve read so far. But it’s not the twisted humour so much as the philosophical side of the Scythe’s journal entries, that has me page turning, intrigued. These journal …