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The Wizard of Oz
David McKee, Cornelia Funke, L. Frank Baum
Progress: 32/209pages
Abaddon's Gate
James S.A. Corey
Progress: 101/539pages
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Mackenzi Lee, Christian Coulson
Progress: 45%
Out of this World
J.D. Robb, Maggie Shayne, Susan Krinard, Laurell K. Hamilton
Progress: 92/357pages

The tech got here around 8:30 this morning and got whatever broke on the pole outside fixed, so I'm back!

 

And I apologize for the influx of notifications you all are getting. I'm trying to get caught up.

The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing  - Val McDermid

Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Enjoyed it well enough, I suppose.

This series of books is the basis for the British television series Wire in the Blood. This book in particular is the basis for the first two episodes of the show. If you've seen the show, you know a bit about what to expect in the book. If you haven't seen the show, I will tell you upfront, the book is gory and graphic and has detailed descriptions of torture. It doesn't shy away from it's subject matter. At all. Being a horror movie fan, I have a pretty strong gut when it comes to things like that, but even I was like this D: several times. So be mindful of that if you're considering reading. Also, having been published in 1995, it's a product of its time, and is a bit dated in some of its terminology and some of the attitudes regarding gay and transgendered people. I expected it from the homophobic cop characters, but to hear it at times from "the good guys" was pretty disappointing. I knocked a star off for that and for the animal death, which thankfully was not as horrendous as I was expecting it to be when I first started that scene. Still, though...

It was definitely gripping, however, and I enjoyed seeing the differences between tv Tony and Carol and book Tony and Carol. I have to say that I definitely prefer the tv show. I have the second book in the series and will read it, but am unsure at this point if I will continue reading past that.

Reading progress update: I've read 443 out of 443 pages.

The Mermaids Singing  - Val McDermid

Finished this up over the weekend.

Internet issues...

My internet went out some time Friday after I left for work. There's an issue with a cable or connection outside, so a tech is coming on Monday to fix it. 

 

The weekly art post will be delayed a day or two.

 

Sidenote: I don't like posting from my phone. :(

Reading progress update: I've read 31%.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee, Christian Coulson

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 539 pages.

Abaddon's Gate  - James S.A. Corey

Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 443 pages.

The Mermaids Singing  - Val McDermid

Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 443 pages.

The Mermaids Singing  - Val McDermid

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee, Christian Coulson

Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 443 pages.

The Mermaids Singing  - Val McDermid

Not bad so far, but I definitely could have done without the animal death. Though thankfully that didn't end up being as horrific as I first thought it was going to be.

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee, Christian Coulson

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee, Christian Coulson

Only 5% in, but I am already in love with Christian Coulson's narration.

My 2017 Year in Books

 

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Update 15

Total points: 15 [Final total]

 

 

 

Square  1 - Task

Square 15 - Task

Square  2 - Book Theme

Square  6 - Task

Square  8 - Task

Square  4 - Task

Square  9 - Task

Square 10 - Book Theme

Square  7 - Book Theme

Square 16 - Task

Square 10 - Task

Square 13 - Task

Square 12 - Task

Square 11 - Book Theme

Square 3 - Book Theme

Who Buries the Dead

Who Buries the Dead - C.S. Harris

It took me awhile to really get into this one, but once I did...hooooo boy. There were a couple of really satisfying moments at the end, as well as some sad ones, too. The deepening and strengthening of Sebastian and Hero's relationship remains, as awlays, my favorite parts of these books.

 

I used this book for the following square:

 

 

Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).

Reading progress update: I've read 384 out of 384 pages.

Who Buries the Dead - C.S. Harris