The Monday Check-In ~ 1/16/2017

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Life.

Whew. I’m back. I had an intense couple of weeks in Florida, working with my sisters to move our folks into an assisted living facility, close out their old house, and get all the million details of their lives straightened out. It was insane and exhausting, but ultimately went really well. And now I’m home, back to my regular life! Which means I’m easing back into my blogging life as well.

Apologies to anyone who was looking for Shelf Control and Thursday Quotables in the last two weeks — I just couldn’t keep up with my normal blogging routine while I was away. But have no fear! All will be back to normal as of this week, with my Wednesday and Thursday features up and running on schedule.

What did I read last week?

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: Lovely book. My review is here.

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn: Just finished – review to follow.

Fresh Catch:

Two books arrived this week by the same author — one an older book, and one a shiny new release!

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian: Planning to start today. A new book by one of my favorite authors is always reason to cheer!

Now playing via audiobook:

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Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger: I am *this close* to finishing the 2nd book in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, and it’s such great fun that I’ll be continuing straight on with book the third, Waistcoats & Weaponry.

Ongoing reads:

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My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/9/2017

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Life.

I’ve been away all week on the opposite side of the country from my home, working with my sisters (and my amazing daughter) to move our folks into an assisted living facility. It’s been an intense week of hard work, but also some great family togetherness. Heading back home in a few days. We’ve been putting in very long days, so almost no reading, but I guess I’ll start making up for that on the plane ride home.

So, needless to say, not much bookish news to report this week!

What did I read last week?

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The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers: I managed to finish one book this past week — a brand new historical novel set during the Civil War. My review is here.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger: I had a great time with my E&E audiobook reread!

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: I’ve read about 25% so far, and I’m really loving the fairy tale feel of this novel.

Now playing via audiobook:

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Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger: Continuing onward with my Finishing School series audiobook binge! I never read past book 1, and now I feel silly, because book #2 is off to a fun, sly, quirky start.

Ongoing reads:

MOBY

My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/2/2017

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Life.

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Wishing all my bookish friends a healthy and happy 2017!

On a programming note: I’m heading out of town on a family matter, and will be gone for pretty much all of the coming week. My posts here may be few and far between — but I’m sure I’ll be reading plenty!

Year in review:

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I started working on a year-in-review post to sum up the highs and lows of my 2016 reading… and then I just ran out of steam and didn’t bother finishing it. But even without a year-end post, I’m happy to say that I read lots and lots of amazing books last year! Probably my biggest bookish achievement of 2016 was finally reading Moby Dick — but really and truly, I read a ton of books that I ended up loving.

According to Goodreads:

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Granted, those 190 books includes a whole slew of graphic novels, novellas, and short stories, but still — not too shabby!

What did I read last week?

A graphic novel binge!

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I read all six volumes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – season 10 and the five volumes of Angel & Faith season 10. The Buffy books are phenomenal, showing our beloved characters trying to figure their way forward in the weird dimension known as adulthood. Along with slaying and exploring magical portals… ya know, the usual. The Angel & Faith books are okay. The storyline is somewhat of a parallel to the Buffy books, so I feel like I need to read them, but they’re not nearly as good.

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I also read the new YA release The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti. It was strictly a “fair” read for me. Quick moving, but the story and characters felt forced. The main character is unconvincing, and I just didn’t buy into the basic premise of the plot.

Fresh Catch:

Lovely new books!

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I’m pretty sure I won The Women in the Castle in a  giveaway, but I never got an email confirmation — the book just showed up in the mail! I’m thrilled of course… but just a little puzzled.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers: I’m trying to start the new year right by making a concerted effort to stay on top of my ARCs! This one sounds right up my alley — historical fiction set during the Civil War, centered around a marriage and a mystery. Really looking forward to digging in!

Now playing via audiobook:

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: I thought I’d have time to finish E&E this past week, but life got in the way. I’ve listened to 75%, so a few more days should do it… and then I’ll probably move on to the 2nd book in the series.

Ongoing reads:

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My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/26/2016

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Life.

Wishing joy to all, in all of your celebrations!

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What did I read last week?

Read and reviewed — two terrific books:

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A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn: Done! My review is here.

Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells: Done! My review is here.

Read but not reviewed:

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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher: After reading Carrie Fisher’s newest memoir last week (The Princess Diarist, reviewed here), I felt that I just had to hear more! Carrie Fisher is a funny, frank writer who present a straightforward, humorous look at her life, despite all the very non-funny episodes she’s lived through. I read this book just days before Fisher’s current health crisis, and can only hope that we’ll hear good news about her condition shortly.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (“Verily, A New Hope) by Ian Doescher: Clearly, I have Star Wars on the brain right now! This Shakespearean retelling of the original Star Wars movie (you know, the first movie… which is #4… whatever) is rather brilliantly written and conceptualized. A play in five acts, this version of Star Wars is written using Shakespearean language and iambic pentameter, with bits of pieces of reworked Shakespearean quotes as well as plenty of movie lines cleverly recast into moving soliloquies and more. It’s just pure geeky fun, and it totally works. For a few samples of the wonders of this quirky book, check out my Thursday Quotables post, here. I understand that there are volumes of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars for each of the six movies in the first two trilogies, and while I loved this one, I’m not quite sure that I could stick with the concept long enough to read all of them. Still, it might not hurt to keep an eye out for The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return, just in case.

Pop culture goodness:

Given what I just wrote above, you may not be all that surprised to hear that I saw Rogue One this week! I’m not a huge, obsessed Star Wars fan or anything, but I did really enjoy the new movie.

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In other movie-going news, my son and I went to see Passengers, which was much better than many of the reviews had led me to believe.

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In TV viewing, I binge-watched season one of The Expanse, and loved it. I can’t wait for season 2 (coming in February) — and meanwhile, I may need to give in and read the book it’s based on, Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey.

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And finally, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without the Doctor! My family loves to gather round for the Doctor Who Christmas special each year.

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Fresh Catch:

No new books this week!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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World War Z by Max Brooks: This book has been sitting on my shelf for YEARS. We finally watched the movie version last week (wow, creepy!), and I decided it’s better late than never for reading the book.

Now playing via audiobook:

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: I was home sick for a good chunk of last week, and made very little progress with the Etiquette & Espionage audiobook. (I can only focus on audiobooks when I’m up and about and on the go — otherwise, I just fall asleep.) I’m really enjoying the narrator so far. If all goes well, I may keep going with the Finishing School series audiobooks when I’m done with this one.

Ongoing reads:

MOBY

My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/19/2016

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Life.

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Today. Last chance for sanity in this country. I mean, I’m not really holding out hope for a miracle or anything, but still.

I think this SNL skit says it all:

 

What did I read last week?

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Read and reviewed:

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher: Done! My review is here.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Done! My review is here.

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Read but not reviewed:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: I started the audiobook but didn’t care for the narrator, then finished this book the old-fashioned way. I can see, in a distant sort of way, why so many people consider it a must-read. The book is quite charming, and I wish I’d read it with my kids when they were the right age. Reading it as an adult, the tale just felt a bit simple and juvenile, although I did enjoy the clever word play and unconventional gender and age roles.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway: I finished! I feel a bit like a cheater, though. I’ve been reading this with my book group, two chapters per week… and this week, I got to within the last ten chapters and just kept going. So yes, I finished the book early, but I’ll still be a good book group member and participate in the ongoing discussions, and I promise not to reveal any spoilers! So what did I think of it? Well, I’m glad to have finally read this one, but didn’t exactly love it. Objectively speaking, I can see why it’s considered a modern classic and appreciate Hemingway’s unique writing style, but as for my own preferences and enjoyment, it didn’t particularly rock my world or anything.

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In short fiction, I read Everything But the Squeal by John Scalzi, a novella about a Biological Systems Interface Management worker (in other words, a pig farmer) in the high-tech walled city of New St. Louis. Great fun, especially if you’re already a Scalzi fan.

 Pop culture goodness:

Despite finally catching the cold that everyone else in my household has already had, I did manage to get out to see a movie — and totally loved La La Land!

 

In TV news, I finished watching season 3 of Mozart in the Jungle, which continues to be fabulous. Although I’ve been grumbling… I hate waiting all year for a new season, then bingeing it all in about 4 days and having to wait another year for more new episodes. Grumble, grumble…

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Fresh Catch:

I hadn’t been on NetGalley in a while… and went a bit overboard with requests. These requests all came through in the past couple of weeks:

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn: This is the second book in the quippy, fast-paced Victorian-era Veronica Speedwell mystery series. (Check out my review of A Curious Beginning, the first in the series).

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And just for fun, I’m also read William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, which is totally silly and a great diversion. Yea, verily, ’tis a pleasure to read.

Now playing via audiobook:

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Just finished: “I Give You My Body”: How I Write Sex Scenes by Diana Gabaldon. I’m a completist, okay? If Diana Gabaldon writes it, I pretty much have to read it. I’m not a writer, but I did find DG’s explanations of technique quite interesting, and I’d imagine someone trying to write effective sex scenes would find something to learn from this book. The audiobook is narrated by Herself, and includes lengthy selections from various works in the Outlander world with the original audiobook narrators, so all around, lots of fun.

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

For my next audiobook, I’m about to start Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. I read Etiquette & Espionage when it first came out, and didn’t love it enough to continue with the series. However, after my Gail Carriger binge last week, I thought I should give the Finishing School books another try, and audio seems like a good approach.

Ongoing reads:

MOBY

My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/12/2016

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

I went a little crazy with Gail Carriger’s short fiction this week. I’d intended just to read her newest novella, Poison or Protect (which was terrific), but couldn’t stop myself, and ended up reading all of her short stories and novellas. I wrote a wrap-up post, here.

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The Black Moon by Winston Graham: Book #5 in the Poldark series. This was a longer one (500+ pages), and parts dragged a bit, especially in the middle. Still, it ended on an intense note, and I’m dying to know what happens next (although I think I’m going to wait a bit before moving on with #6 — so much else to read, you know.)

Pop culture goodness:

Between staying home with a sick kid for a couple of days and then a rainy weekend, there was plenty of time to appreciate some pop culture-ish moments.

First, have you ever cried happy tears over a comic strip? Or am I the only soppy marshmallow-hearted softie? If this week’s Luann wedding doesn’t give you at least a hint of a tear, then your heart must be made of stone.

Beyond that, I watched season three of Transparent on Amazon… and thought it was just meh. There didn’t seem to be much of a story or character arc this season, just scattered moments that didn’t really hang together. Still, I’ll keep watching, and hope for better when season 4 roles around (assuming there will be a season 4).

My son and I watched Keanu, which was maybe a little inappopriate for him — but still, it was just the perfect mix of silly and dumb for a grey, wet day. And listen, if you’re a Key & Peele fan, this is a must-watch.

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I’m really excited for the 3rd season of Mozart in the Jungle, which is now streaming on Amazon. I loved seasons 1 & 2, and season 3 is getting stellar reviews!

And speaking of Amazon originals, The Man in the High Castle returns at the end of this week! Season 1 was terrific — can’t wait!

Elsewhere on the blog:

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I realized that I hadn’t written an Outlander post in quite a while… so an update was in order! Check out my post about the latest in the world of Outlander books and TV.

Fresh Catch:

I won a Goodreads giveaway! There’s nothing like waking up to a “you won” email to start the day off right. Thank you, Goodreads!

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher: Just starting!

Now playing via audiobook:

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: One of those books that falls into the “I can’t believe I still haven’t read this” category. I’ve listened to about half so far, and it’s really clever and fun.

Ongoing reads:

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My ongoing reads with my book group (2 chapters per week of each):

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/5/2016

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Life.

I am one proud mama! I attended my amazing daughter’s grad school graduation this weekend. She’s a smart, dedicated, loving, funny, quirky, intelligent woman, and I couldn’t be more impressed and proud of her accomplishments!

What did I read last week?

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: What a delight! My review is here.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Beautiful and heartbreaking. My review is here.

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week… although I did indulge in Cyber Week sales by picking up several marked-down Kindle and Audible titles!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The Black Moon by Winston Graham: Continuing with my Poldark obsession — this is book #5 in the series.

Now playing via audiobook:

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No idea! I finished my last audiobook while I was away, and haven’t had a chance to start a new one. I’ve added bunches to my Audible library recently, so maybe I’ll just choose at random!

Ongoing reads:

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My ongoing reads with my book group (2 chapters per week of each):

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 11/28/2016

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

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I read some great books — but just haven’t been in the mood to sit down and write reviews for all of them. But here’s a quick look at my past week:

Warleggan by Winston Graham: Book #4 of the fabulous Poldark series, which I read just in time for the season finale of the PBS show. I’d planned to only read enough of the series to keep up with the show… but now I’m dying to know what happens next.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon: This YA novel is sweet, fast-paced, and deeply emotional, as we spend one fateful day with two 17-year-olds who meet, fall in love, and then are forced to part. Definitely recommended. My review is here.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling: I read this after seeing the movie, and now I need to see the movie again!

Pop culture goodness:

There’s nothing like Thanksgiving week for seeing movies — my kids and I saw two:

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… and …

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We loved them both!

Fresh Catch:

All sorts of goodies!

I caved and bought myself the next two books in the Poldark series:

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The Outlander novella Virgins was released in the UK as a slim hardcover (available in the US as an e-book or part of an anthology only). Naturally, I decided I deserved a present — from me to me.

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To top it all off, the library’s used bookstore had a Thanksgiving week sale for members, and I just couldn’t stay away.

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I’ve only read the first couple of chapters, which are HEART-BREAKING. I hope the whole thing won’t be this sad. I don’t think I can stand to have puffy eyes all week!

Now playing via audiobook:

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: I started this one last week, and should be finished by the end of this week. Enjoyable, although somehow it feels very familiar.

Ongoing reads:

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My ongoing reads with my book group (2 chapters per week of each):

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 11/21/2016

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

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Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton: Done! My review is here.

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi: I finished the audiobook, and loved it. My review is here.

Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham: Continuing onward with the terrific Poldark series. This is book #3, which corresponds to the first half of season 2 of the TV series. Speaking of which…

Pop culture goodness:

Last week’s Poldark episode (season 2, episode 7) was very upsetting to fans… and yet this closing moment gave me a reason to cheer:

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Fresh Catch:

As usual, all four library hold books arrived at once. I guess I know what’ll be on the top of my TBR pile for the next few weeks.

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Warleggan by Winston Graham: Continuing my Poldark obsession with book #4 in the series. I’m almost caught up with the TV show, and then I’ll probably take a bit of a break before going any further.

Now playing via audiobook:

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What’s next? I’ve just finished Fuzzy Nation, which means I’ll need to start a new audiobook during my Monday morning commute. Top contenders for this week’s listen are:

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Grand Sophie by Georgette Heyer
  • One Sweet Moment by Maggie Craig

Any recommendations?

Ongoing reads:

To be honest, I’m teetering on the verge of quitting one of these. A Farewell To Arms just isn’t cutting it for me — although maybe it’s because I’m reading only two chapters per week. Still, it’s becoming a drag, and I’m not sure I want to continue.

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Anway, as of now, my ongoing reads with my book group (2 chapters per week of each):

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

And even though I know I’m overdoing things, I’m considering starting a new classic via Serial Reader as well. Right now, I’m leaning toward Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, but I think I’ll wait until after Thanksgiving before committing.

So many books, so little time…

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Audiobook Review: Fuzzy Nation

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Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn’t care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp’s headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation’s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that’s not up for discussion.

Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth.

But there’s another wrinkle to ZaraCorp’s relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species.

Then a small furry biped—trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute—shows up at Jack’s outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp’s claim to a planet’s worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed…and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the “fuzzys” before their existence becomes more widely known.

 

I’ve been on a roll with John Scalzi audiobooks lately, and I’m happy to report that Fuzzy Nation is another A+ hit. Fast-moving plot, great dialogue, intricate world-building, and a wickedly sharp sense of humor — Fuzzy Nation has everything I look for when I’m in the mood for a lighter but no less engaging audiobook.

Main character Jack Holloway fits the lovable rogue profile of the leads in other Scalzi books. He’s a loner, has no regard for authority, is seemingly out only for himself, but he’s a rascal with a heart of gold. He may as well be wearing an “I Aim To Misbehave” t-shirt. Yeah, he’s that kind of hero.

As for the plot, take one resource-rich planet, add in some exploitative, money-hungry corporate 1%-ers, and mix in the aforementioned lovable rogue, and you’ve got conflict galore. Jack’s initial goal was to score a billion-dollar payday for himself through the discovery of an incredibly rich mining seam, but once he gets to know the Fuzzies, and then involves his biologist ex-girlfriend in studying them, things get a whole lot more complicated.

Scalzi’s characters are full-blown people with vivid personalities, and narrator extraordinaire Wil Wheaton makes them glow. Wheaton is fantastic with both the rapid-fire wise-cracking and super quick courtroom confrontations. His portrayal of Jack lets us see all sides of him — the compassionate companion to Carl the dog (an important character in his own right), the disillusioned mining contractor looking for a huge find, and the outraged friend of a group of fuzzies who need his help if they’re going to survive.

Fuzzy Nation is a reimagining of the classic sci-fi story Little Fuzzy, written by H. Beam Piper and published in 1962. I’ve never read the original, but it’s not necessary in order to enjoy Fuzzy Nation, although I’m curious enough now to want to check it out.

Fuzzy Nation was a truly enjoyable way to spend my commutes this past week. The story is lots of fun, and while the good guys/bad guys dynamic has shades of grey, it definitely gives us people to cheer for, and even tugged at my heartstrings a time or two. Between terrific writing and excellent narration, the audiobook is a perfect way to experience this story.

Like I said, I’ve been on a Scalzi roll lately. To see more of my reviews of works by this author, check out these links:

Redshirts
Lock In
Agent To The Stars

The Android’s Dream
The Dispatcher

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The details:

Title: Fuzzy Nation
Author: John Scalzi
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication date: 2011
Audiobook length: 7 hours, 18 minutes
Printed book length: 303 pages
Genre: Science fiction
Source: Purchased

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