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January 12th 2009

Poison Study

I discovered this author while browsing through the recommendations on Booksfree.  Based on all the books I’ve ever rented from them, they thought I might like Snyder’s books.

They were 100% correct.

The story seems rather ordinary… a theme that’s been done time and again in the fantasy genre.

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve.  As a food taster, she’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace — and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting.  Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she’s can’t control.  Her life is threatened again and choices must be made.  But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear.

In the hands of a less-skilled storyteller, this particular story probably would have been… nice.  But Snyder is adept, and kept me turning pages long after I should have gone off to sleep.

If you like the fantasy genre, this is another book I’d highly recommend.

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June 10th 2008

Whoops! I’ve Done It Again!

I know. I’m a slacker. Wait… no, I’m not! I was taking a class, and rehearsing for a concert, and doing some other stuff that I can’t remember at the moment. I was reading, I promise. I just wasn’t telling you about it. Sorry.

Of course, since I read so many books for class, I’ve got a couple of months’ worth of posts stored in my brain. I just need to fetch books covers and such. And since I just moved over to WordPress as well… I have to get all the book covers moved into the WP directory. Can’t be linking back to Blogger, now can we?  No.

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January 28th 2008


A few weeks back, while reading Bev’s blog, I noticed a new widget on her page. Shelfari? What in the world is that? So I linked off…

Oh boy. This site is wicked cool! I can entered nearly all the books I know I’ve read (i.e., anything currently in the house, anything on my Bookcrossing shelf, anything I rented from Booksfree, anything I’ve borrowed from friends, family and co-workers, anything I’ve borrowed from the library… you get the idea). I’ve added some of them. I can also put books in my To Be Read pile up on Shelfari, as well as books I’m currently reading. If you like books, check it out.

I’ll add a widget on the side that just shows books I’m currently reading. Or check out my Shelfari shelf to see my entire library (so far).

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January 9th 2008

A Meme!

I haven’t managed to finish a book in a while… mostly because I’m reading five books all at once. So it’s the perfect time to get tagged for a meme! John from The Pageless Book tagged me for this one… One Book. So here goes:

One book that changed my life: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Maybe I was too young the first time I read it (4th grade), so I didn’t understand everything that was going on. What I did get was that I didn’t have to live in the box the grownups around me wanted me to be in. That’s when I started thinking maybe I should go to medical school instead of wandering into the nursing career my mom picked out for me.

One book that I’ve read more than once: There have been a lot in this category, but the one I read most often is Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon. Arthurian legend is so much more powerful when told from a woman’s point of view.

One book I’d want on a desert island: That would easily be a very large, very complete dictionary. I love language, I love words, and yeah… I read dictionaries for fun.

One book that made me laugh: There are a lot of these, too, so I’ll go with Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. That’s the first of her Stephanie Plum novels, and they’re all laugh-out-loud funny.

One book that made me cry: Following Foo by B.D. Wong. There have been others, of course, because for some reason I keep picking up books by authors who just gotta go tugging on my heartstrings. When he spoke about his son who died, I was immediately transported to the NICU where I spent four days with Mackenzie before she died.

One book that I wish had been written: My Life and Times by Jesus of Nazareth. No, seriously. Think about all the confusion and conflict that would have been avoided in the past 2000 years if he had told us what he meant instead of letting other people tell us what he meant.

One book I’m currently reading: Ok, so I’m actually working on five of them, but the one tucked next to me on the chair here (and the closest one to being finished) is Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar… understanding philosophy through jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

One book I’ve been meaning to read: There are a lot of these, too, but the one that been on my To Be Read pile the longest is The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean-Yvees Leloup.

Now I’m supposed to tag people to go make their own lists. If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged.

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November 28th 2007

Another Big Bookcrossing Day

I’ve gone and registered another batch of books at Bookcrossing today, and will release them either later tonight or sometime tomorrow. No pictures because there are just too many of them, but I’ve included the Amazon Associate links. Delightfully, they all actually had links on Amazon, unlike some of the seriously ancient books I’ve been known to register and release.

I’d recommend them all with varying degrees of enthusiasm, with the exception of Secret Honor by W.E.B. Griffin. That was painfully difficult to get through. The two books on parenting teens weren’t especially helpful for me, but they might be for someone else.

All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists by Terry Gross

And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer by Ann Rule

Basketball for Dummies by Richard “Digger” Phelps with John Walters and Tim Bourret

Blow the House Down by Robert Baer

Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Cleopatra 7.2 by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Fog Facts : Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (Nation Books) by Larry Beinhart

Following Foo: (the electronic adventures of The Chestnut Man) by B. D. Wong

Fugitive from the Cubicle Police by Scott Adams

The Funny Thing Is… by Ellen Degeneres

Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau

No Remorse by Bob Stewart

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love by Scott P. Sells, PhD

The Rose of the World (Fool’s Gold, Book 3) by Jude Fisher

Secret Honor (Honor Bound) by W. E. B. Griffin

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss by Arthur Agatston, MD

Stop Negotiating With Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent by Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD, MPH

The Truth (with jokes) by Al Franken

An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck

The Waterfall Diet: Lose up to 14 Pounds in 7 Days by Controlling Fluid Retention by Linda Lazarides

What Color Is Your Personality?: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green… by Carol Ritberger, PhD

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin

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May 15th 2005

It’s all downhill from here…

Woo hoo! I’ve gotten past the half-way point of my goal and it isn’t even June yet. You should see the state of my studio, though. It’s obvious I’ve been neglecting all my organizing and unpacking chores. Yeah, yeah… whatever. My stack of “to be read” books is not really shrinking, however. No. Of course not. I just keep getting more books.

But the BookCrossing world will be happy once I plow though the rest of them…

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November 4th 2004

Fine. I did it.

I hope you’re all happy now. No time to say more, as it’s time to leave the office and… fetch the child from school, take her to work, go to UHaul and pick up packing boxes, go home and remove ugly wallpaper from the bedroom wall, tape the living room and bedroom, clean the spare bedroom and tape that up. Then go to sleep so I can do all this fun stuff again tomorrow.

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