Category Archives: Books

Books I’ve Read No. 19 -fledgling 

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By Octavia E. Butler.

Loved it. I read it a little slower than most of the books that I really like. I think it is because I had not one clue what was going on at first, and some parts at the beginning are pretty disturbing! Once I understood that what I thought was horrible had a good reason for being, it was simply fascinating.

Even more fascinating is the author herself. Have a look at her Wiki page – she won so many awards and I’m sorry to see she has passed on. 

I’m sure I’ve read something of her work before, but never looked her up. This new experiment of mine, blogging about what I’ve read, is a welcome educational experience for me, too.

Books I’ve Read No. 17 & 18 – autumn & autumn:the city

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Both by David Moody.

autumn, and autumn: the city are part of the author’s Autumn series: very loosely described as a post-apocalypse zombie series.

After reading Hater, I was excited to have a six book set to delve into. Sadly, I just don’t care for these books. I struggled through the first two, and gave up quite quickly into the third one.

It’s not the quality of his writing, not at all. It’s that I don’t care about the characters. They bore me. They keep dithering over making decisions over and over and over. No one is taking charge, and no one seems to really want to do anything to survive without whining about it for days until their choices are taken away from them by lack of action. Maybe that is the main point – but I don’t care for it. I kept thinking of ways to solve their problems much easier and faster! I don’t want to be the smartest person in a book. I want the characters to surprise me.

It doesn’t mean you won’t like the books – lots of people do! I’m not giving up on the author, as I’m still very curious as to what happens to the main character in Hater!


Books I’ve Read No. 16 – Casting Shadows Everywhere

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By Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus.

These lovely people have sent me another free book! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Clearly I love to read, I love their genre, and free? I love love love this: more than cheese, but not more than I love the cats (have to draw a line somewhere).

I was happy enough reading this as the character are well written, the story flows, and there are zero errors or glitches that break the story line and let reality intrude. I did think it was a departure in style from the only other book I’ve read of theirs, The Scattered and the Dead 0.5. I didn’t mind, I was happy enough to enjoy the story-OH WTF JUST HAPPENED?

Definitely not disappointed. Loved it. Go get a copy! No I’m not paid, just thrilled to bits to get a free book of such quality and be able to share their brilliance.

Thank you again to Tim McBain for finding my wee blog and giving me a chance to read these wonderful books. Slainté!

Books I’ve Read No. 15 – Hater

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By David Moody.

This was a recommendation from the list of post apocalyptic fiction books.

I did enjoy this, it surprised me several times, and kept my interest throughout. The book also leaves you with some very big questions about what is actually happening! Most of the time I am perfectly fine with a book leaving the heavy thinking to the reader, no exception here.

But! There are also books 1.5, 2 and 3. When I get them, I’ll be interested to see what happens!

Books I’ve Read No. 14 – The Giver

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By Lois Lowry

Three in a row that I’ve read before! I was looking for post-apocalypse fiction. This is dystopian, which is close. And makes you think much harder, which is good for everyone.

I was feeling badly that I’d not had many books under my belt for February. I tried at least four but couldn’t get into them, so I kept stopping and trying another. Finally I gave up and asked for books in a genre that I like. This is one of the suggestions. 

This book is very short, for me: I read it yesterday start to finish. The Giver is intended for young adult readers, and won a Newbery Award – but like most that do win that award, we older folks should read it, too. It does not come across as being condescending or talking down to young people – and it wouldn’t, to earn such prestige.

On looking this up, I find there are more books in the series. I’ll be on to them as soon as I can.

Books I’ve Read No. 13 – Swan Song

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By Robert McCammon.

Now, I’ve been a fan of McCammon since I read Boy’s Life, long, long ago – and I own in paperback. I’ve not re-read it yet this year, so can’t be on my list for 2017, but it is one of my favourite books ever. Go find it, especially if you grew up in the south. 

Back to Swan Song. This is apocalypse fiction, which is probably my favourite genre since I read The Stand as a teen. I won’t call it post-apocalypse as it starts with normal life and moves on, which is what I like best. Seeing how the people react and change and what they do to survive. I just love it.

Swan Song is one of the best. I prefer fewer supernatural elements, and not so much good vs. evil, and no mentions of god. But nonetheless it is is cracking long story that immerses you and makes you hope for good things to happen. 

Books I’ve Read No. 12 – Predator

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By Patricia Cornwell

Turns out I’ve read this before, but with such a generic name and by such a prolific author, I didn’t realise it at first. I’ve read most of this series, but never in chronological order. It doesn’t matter, which can be a good thing.

This is one from the free library at work.

I do like the Scarpetta books, but this seems to be overly loaded with personal conflicts between the main characters, and no good reason for it. Sure, there is a reason, but these people have to have some terrible communication skills to let the misunderstandings get so far. In any case, the main story, as always, is a good read. I just don’t like the main people very much in this book. Thankfully, they mellow out later.

Books I’ve Read #11 – The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

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I have noticed that my reading has been less complete this month. I have a few books I keep trying to read, but they just don’t hold my interest. This one had such an intriguing title, I had to try. Worth it!

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is by Rebekah Crane. I enjoyed it – I appreciated the idea that kids with issues healed themselves by talking to each other, than any amount of share-apy could ever do.


I’ve got another one under my belt too, but I’m tired and a bit stressed out myself. 

Books I’ve Read #10 – The Scattered and the Dead Book 0.5

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By Tim McBain and L.T.Vargus

Well! This is exciting. Since I started posting about my reading habits, it seems that the mostly-ignored Twitter thingie that shares my blog posts has gained some very welcome attention. Suddenly I have real writers following me over there! Most of you know I’m pretty Twitter-illiterate, so this is an unexpected bonus.

Even better, I got a free e-book out of it! Tim McBain, half the brilliance behind the book in the title, found me. His Twitter gives you a link to download this book – free! It’s short, as it should be, and the perfect appetiser to make you want the main book meal. 

And I do! Well written with great characters who I can’t decide if I like or hate, it kept my interest despite having Saturday chores in the back of my mind. I love the type of character that makes me want to see if they grow into decency or degenerate into… well, it could be anything, from what I’ve read so far. I definitely want more.


P.S. – Vargus, if you see this – thanks for the kittens! Hope to see they become part of the bigger story. 

Books I’ve Read 2017 #9 – What’s it Like in Space?

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By Ariel Waldman.

This is a fun, short book with illustrations and one-page anecdotes of the things that happen, things that you can do, things that you can’t do, and what things are wonderful or horrible about being in space.

I really enjoyed it – I’ll never get to space (as much as I’d like to), so learning about what I’m missing is fun and educational. Definitely safe for kids – yes, there is talk of “elimination” but what kid doesn’t already want to know the answers to those questions? Or people like me who might physically be a woman in her mid-forties but has the scatalogical humour of a 9-year-old-boy?


And that is me finally done for January. We won’t count the 3 national geographic magazines or four gardening magazines, right? Can’t review them. Or can I?