Ja No Read Mo 2018

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Good Morning everyone and Happy New Year!

Welcome as well to the 7th annual JaNoReadMo!

For the new folks, I am a serious reader, to the point that I have a minor hoarding problem.  I have a mountain of books in the bedroom waiting for me to read them.  And Ja No Read Mo is my way of ensuring I make some kind of dent in it every year, as every January I challenge myself to read a certain number of books in a month.

First off, no goals this month, or reading goals this year.  My goal last year for the year was like 70 books…I made it to 40. I met my JaNoReadMo goal though!  I set a goal of 13 books and hit 14.

But I noticed something in the last few months of 2017.  I wasn’t reading.  Like at all.  I had zero interest in reading since I completed my Forgotten Realms collection.  I think a part of it was ‘hey if I don’t read them then the series will never end’ because as I noted earlier in the year, there are no new Realms books scheduled for release. And the Realms has been such a huge part of my life for so long, I found myself looking too far into the future and kinda freaking out like OMG what am I going to read now?!?

I actually almost decided not to do JaNoReadMo this year and instead focus on my crafting as I have two babies and a wedding to stitch for this year.

But then I thought to myself I really need to give it a shot.  Yeah my Realms might be done but I still have a lot of other stuff to read.  I might have lost my passion for a bit, but that does not mean it’s gone forever.

So I’m not going to set goals for myself.  As I type this the thought of reading for a month straight and pushing myself to meet some arbitrary goal is not appealing.  I’m going to take it as it comes this time around and hopefully find what has been lost.

On that note, lets kick of this year’s JaNoReadMo with the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward: The Chosen.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

 

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Happy New Year!

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Good Morning everyone!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!  Hope you’re 2017 was good and your 2018 is awesome.  May it bring you all that you desire.

And on a personal note, thank you all for hanging in there with me and my weird posting schedule.  You rock!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Good Morning Everyone!

Just my yearly note to you, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas for 2017!  Happy Holidays, Bonne Fete, Feliz Navida and all that Jazz!

Stay safe this holiday season everyone!

The Dead Walk! Again!

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This is pretty much a carbon copy of The Living Dead, but for some reason I enjoyed this one more.

Another anthology of works by some more great authors, many well known, some not so much.

It covers all sort of zombies, from the traditional rotting corpse walking that we have come to know and fear, to the abstract concept of ‘zombieism’ where humans are very much alive but act very much like their undead counterpart.

You have all the genres here as well.  I know technically this can be classified as a Horror book, but you have elements from every other place as well.  Fantasy, mystery, dystopian fiction, horror of course, science fiction, and everything in between.

And yes I did copy and paste my last review for The Living Dead as really I could not think of anything new to say.  There are only so many ways you and praise the virtues of zombies lol!

Now back to the Realms with you!  Frost Giant’s Fury, latest in the Baldur’s Gate graphic novels is next.

Mighty giants stir across the land and before their crushing might, nothing is safe. Badly injured after their encounters in the Demiplane of Dread and now lost in the frozen northern reaches of the Forgotten Realms, the Baldur’s Gate heroes will be tested like never before. Roll for initiative, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure begins!

 

 

The Dead Walk!

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Short, sweet and to the point.

The Living Dead is an anthology of works by some great authors, many well known, some not so much.

It covers all sort of zombies, from the traditional rotting corpse walking that we have come to know and fear, to the abstract concept of ‘zombieism’ where humans are very much alive but act very much like their undead counterpart.

You have all the genres here as well.  I know technically this can be classified as a Horror book, but you have elements from every other place as well.  Fantasy, mystery, dystopian fiction, horror of course, science fiction, and everything in between.

I actually enjoyed this so much (for a second time no less!  Pretty sure I read this before, or at least started it) I’m on a bit of a zombie kick now so we’re just going to slide right on into The Living Dead 2.

After all, it is Halloween 🙂

Aww Kittehs!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul books seem to be a world wide phenomenon with the series covering a variety of subjects from wellbeing, religion, and self-help to family, friends and our furry companions. 

The one thing they all have in common is that they are each and every one a compilation of people telling their stories and sharing their experiences.

 My Very Good, Very Bad Cat is no different. 

Here people share the stories of their cats, how much they were loved and how they helped shape the lives of their humans.  

From heroic angel kitties to mischievous little devils, from caretakers to needing care, each story had some kind of effect on me which is always a good sign when reading something. 

That is affects you be it in a negative or positive way.

 There are many other Chicken Soup books out there, I suggest you go out and find the one that speaks to you.

Still taking a break from the Realms.  We’re going undead this time!  The Living Dead, and anthology of zombie stories is next.

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!” From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction.

Ashes To Ashes

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Ashes of the Tyrant is the fifth book in the Brimestone Angels series featuring the tiefling twins Havilar and Faridah.

This kinda feels like a layover book. Not a lot really happens here I feel. The twins and Mehen make their way back to the city of Mehen’s birth and a lot of his past is revealed so that’s good. But then a shapeshifting demon is set loose in the city and most of the book is spent trying to track it down and take it out.

Lorcan finally admits he has a human heart despite his infernal nature and that he is in love with Farideh, Farideh is still searching for Dahl and is torn between the paladin and the cambion. Dahl is roped into working for the Zhentarim, Brin and Havilar are working on their relationship, and we learn more about the infamous Brimestone Angel, her origins, her motivations, and through that the parentage of Lorcan which I thought was pretty cool.

So don’t get me wrong, a lot happens here to help us piece together the endgame and I quiet enjoyed reading it. But it just had that feel of like a stop gap kind of measure. Eh, whatever. Like I said I still enjoyed it and cannot wait to get to The Devil You Know.

But before that we’re going to take a little break and check out something that has been sitting in my desk for ages. Chicken Soup For the Soul’s My Very Good Very Bad Cat.

Sometimes you can choose your family… by choosing to love a cat! But just because they’re animals it doesn’t mean they won’t be as complex and individual as anyone else around. Our cats can be so good, and then they can be not-so-good, but boy do they give us great stories! This collection of 101 funny, heartwarming, and sometimes mindboggling stories is all about all the very good, very bad, simply amazing things our cats do.

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