Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan

Book Review

 


Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #0.5)Book Genre: Fantasy, Short Story

Book Series: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore # 0.5

Released: 9/1/2013 by Picador

Pages: 65 Price: $2.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

August 1969 San Francisco. Ajax Penumbra seeks a book–the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. Late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially.

My Review:

This is a short prequel story to Mr. Pemumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a story I listened to a while back on a whim and ended up enjoying.  I have kept an eye out for other books by this author and have his book Sourdough on hold but in the meantime this one became available and I decided to download it.

It isn’t a long story, just under two hours long, but it was quite good.  I remembered enough from the other book that I knew what was going on.  This is one case where I think you will get more from the prequel if you read the other book first.  Otherwise, much of it will simply go over your head.  Having read the other book first, though, I felt like an insider and delighted in knowing more than the main character.  This is the story of how Mr. Pemumbra discovers his bookstore and ends up working there.  There was quite a bit of backstory to his character and it was interesting to get to know him better.

If you enjoyed the other book I would say don’t miss this one.  If you haven’t read the other one then I suggest starting there and coming back.  Not my typical advice but I think it will work better for you.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Book Review

 


Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: Wayfarers #3

Released: 7/24/18 by Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 359 Price:$16.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the Audiobook from my library.  

 

Book Synopsis:

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

My Review:

I’m going to be upfront about this book with you.  I did not love it as much as I did the first two in the series.  This is even my second attempt at getting through it.  I checked it out in paper first and carried it around for six weeks before returning it.  Saw it was going to be available as an audiobook and decided to give it another shot.  Even then, I started it and almost didn’t finish it before it expired off my phone.

I’m not sure what the problem was but I found myself having trouble following along to the plot.  I struggled to place characters from one chapter to the next and I know I missed a whole chunk in the middle.  By the end, I think I was paying better attention but it was a struggle.  I wanted to enjoy it so much but if I’m totally honest if I had not read the first two books I would have DNF this one.  If the author writes more in this series I will read them but I’m not going to rush out there and pick one up release week.

Other than that I didn’t hate the book it just failed to capture my enthusiasm that the other two did.  I liked several of the characters and I found the situation interesting if not the plot.  There is one character in the book that broke my heart but I’m not going to say more to avoid spoiling anything.

This book was simply less of an adventure and more of a case study in this civilization’s life.  I did enjoy the alien character that was there on a cultural exchange but didn’t feel like the author used that plot thread to its full potential and couldn’t even tell you what happened to the character by the end of the book.  The book simply left me wanting more.  Wanting to love it when I didn’t.  I’m glad I made it through but won’t be reading this one again.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom by Robb Pearlmann

Book Review

 


Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of DoomBook Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor, Star Trek

Book Series: N/A

Released: 7/20/16 by Insight Editions

Pages: 64 Price: $14.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book. 

Book Synopsis:

Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom casts a wry, satirical, and reverential eye on one of the most popular and well-loved television and film franchises of all time.

It’s common knowledge that if a Star Trek character is wearing a red shirt, chances are he’s going to die. But there are so many other ways red shirt-wearers can be humiliated. By mining the humorous depths of Star Trek‘s most popular in-jokes—that anyone wearing a red shirt is doomed—this book chronicles the many ways one Starfleet officer’s day can be ruined.

Poor Red Shirt just can’t catch a break. Whether he’s dealing with real-life problems we all face like accidentally mixing whites with colors or being stuck sitting behind a very tall Gorn in a movie theater or trying out a standup comedy routine in front of an audience of surly Klingons, our hapless hero faces a universe-sized number of obstacles.

Featuring hilarious illustrations and witty gags that both pop culture fans and Star Trek fans will adore, Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom is a fresh new take on one of the most beloved sci-fi sagas of all time.

My Review:

I found this book while visiting a used bookstore that is known to carry Star Trek items and decided to treat myself.  I picked up one other Trek book that is a bit longer, I hope to review that one for you later this winter.  This book is the one we are talking about today so let’s get reviewing!

Simply put this book is a delight.  It is meant to remind you of an early reader book but only with a Star Trek theme.  The book is quite short but extremely well done.  Fans of the original series will get more out of it than Next Gen fans.  So many funny situations are thought up for the doomed Red Shirt to encounter not all set on board Enterprise either.  Lots of inside jokes that mainly Trekkies will get but enough to entertain even the casual fan too.

I absolutely loved this book and plan to keep it promptly displayed in my Star Trek hallway with my other memorabilia.  If you are looking for something to get your Trekkie this holiday season then I highly recommend this book.  Too cute!

My Rating: 5 Redshirts

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

Official Blog Tour Stop


Welcome to Read What I Like’s stop on the blog tour for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones!  I’m so excited to be participating in the buzz surrounding the release of the last book in the Charley Davidson series!  I have a long, but fun post planned for you all, it will be broken down into several sections starting with book and author info followed by a joint review of the first and last book in the series.  Up next is some fun facts about the series provided by Ms. Jones herself and last but certainly not least a link to a giveaway where you can win the complete series!!!


Book Info

Book Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #13 Charley Davidson Series

Released: 1/15/2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages:312   Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  GoodreadsBuy the BookSMP Romance TwitterSMP Romance Website

 

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently, it is. Bummer.  She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Darynda’s Social Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


First Grave on the Right &

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Joint Review

When they asked me to be a part of the blog tour the publishers asked that participants review their favorite book in the series along with the last book.  Many of my followers might know that I already reread the entire series this year in preparation for this release so I wasn’t sure which book I wanted to read again.  I settled on the first book which I actually read after finishing the thirteenth.  I wanted to absorb the end before going back to the beginning with fresh eyes to see if my opinion of it change or what clues I might have missed now knowing how everything plays out.  If you are looking for clues as to what happens in the last book I’m sorry but this review is going to be a disappointment for you.  I do not want to spoil one second of your enjoyment of the last book.  Believe me, this hurts me as much as you as I am dying to talk to someone about what all went down in the last book! I will probably post a spoiler review on the blog after the book releases in January so keep an eye out for that.

When I think about the two books that start and finish this amazing series I am delighted to see how much of what I loved about that first book carries through until the last book.  The humor and camaraderie between the characters that is the backbone to this series stick with it until the end.  As does the more somber moments that leave me in tears weeping over my nook and reaching for tissues.  This series would take us on a rollercoaster ride in each book and leave us clamoring for more.  Which makes me so sad to know that Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is the last ride we get to take with Charley and Reyes and it was just as thrilling as the first!

That doesn’t mean Charley hasn’t grown as a character over the years, because she has.  She is so much stronger than I think she could have ever believed herself to be in the last book, this last battle.  Charley has truly come into her own in this book and it was quite the sight to see!  Charley started out as almost a goofy character that was a bit awkward at times and struggling to live with this unique ability or role she was given. Simply trying to understand it all and live as normal a life that she could.  By the end though, she is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait until you can read all about it.

Then there is Reyes, oh sure he is what we all secretly long for in a book boyfriend but I feel his has probably transformed the most out of anyone in the entire series.  When I read how he started out and then to see where he finished.  I was simply amazed.  They truly are a perfect match and complete each other beautifully.

But what about the supporting characters? You might ask.  What happens to them?  Most everyone that started the book finishes the books, there were just a few that we lost along the way.  I promised that I wouldn’t spoil anything but you are in for a couple of surprises in the last book.  Nope, not going to say more than that I was just as sad to say goodbye to all of them as I was to Charley and Reyes.  I simply don’t want to give any of them up.

But we must, all good things must come to an end and this was a pretty awesome ending in my opinion.  I look forward to reading this series, this adventure many times over the years.  When I know I need to laugh, or cry, or simply some really good smut!  I know that Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie, and all of them are there waiting for me.  I might know how the story ends now but I will never stop loving the ride!


Series Fun Facts!

  • First Grave on the Right: The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far asDarynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.
  • Second Grave on the Left: Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead: This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.
  • Seventh Grave and No Body: Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.
  • Eighth Grave After Dark: Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave: One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.
  • The Curse of Tenth Grave: This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidentally materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.
  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.
  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Giveaway Info!

Enter for a chance to win the entire Charley Davidson series by Darynda
Jones, an ARC of the epic finale, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, plus
fun swag!

Giveaway Link


Closing thoughts

Thanks for visiting I hope you had a great visit and learned all kinds of fun stuff about the series and the upcoming final release.  If this is your first time here I hope you will be back!  I post honest reviews of everything I read and every so often I have fun posts like this one to share with everyone. Be sure to check out the all the blogs on the tour as I’m sure there are loads more interesting posts to check out!

~Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Less Fresh Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Thanks to Goodreads I know exactly how many older release books I have yet to read.  For this week’s list, I’m going to put a caveat on the topic and the books must be at least 10 years old.  I’m not going to simply pick the oldest titles on my shelf but share titles that I’m in the mood to read right now.

Ten older books that I’m interested in reading.

  1. When I Grow Rich: A Nuri Bey Mystery 1962 : This book is being rereleased and I have a review copy that I will have hopefully read before this posts… That being said it is an interesting looking mystery set in Istanbul.
  2. Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1) 2006 :  I have the first couple of books in this series and its spin-off.  I keep meaning to start them but haven’t worked very hard to make time for them.  I believe this is an urban fantasy vampire series.
  3. Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) 2005 : This shifter series looked interesting so I picked up the book used a while back and again never made time for it.  Probably will start the Chance series before this one.
  4. Agent to the Stars 2005 : I picked this book up recently when I went to a John Scalzi signing.  I had been meaning to inter-library loan it but the opportunity came up for me to own a signed copy so I took it!  I’m saving this one for when I’m in need of something that will probably make me laugh.
  5. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) 1976 : I wasn’t going to read this series.  I wasn’t.  Then my library weeded the entire series and it was offered to me.  As you can guess it is now sitting on my to-read bookcase waiting for me to give it a try.  I think I am only missing one book from the series so if I like it there will be no waiting!
  6. The Prophet Murders 2002 : This book we picked up in the same independent bookstore where I bought number four on the list.  My husband was interested in it because it was a Turkish author.  He liked it and I have had it sitting on my shelf waiting for me to take a turn in reading it.
  7. Spock Must Die! (Star Trek Adventures, #1) 1970 : I have tons of Star Trek books.  Tons.  I simply can’t pass them up when I find them while thrifting.  I have even been known to buy duplicates that are in better condition than the one I own.  That being said I don’t think I will ever get around to reading all of them.  Partially because I don’t know where to start but also I know I’m not going to like many of them.  I have thought of going through and selecting books about the characters I liked most and reading those first.  Spock is definitely on the top of that list!
  8. Imzadi (Star Trek the Next Generation) 1992 :  Even before I started collecting Star Trek books I had known about this book.  I do believe it is considered one of the best Star Trek books out there.  I have a copy of it and maybe I will get around to reading it soon.  Maybe not.
  9. Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) 1995 : I recently picked up the second copy in this series but am not sure if I own the first even.  Since they are a series, though, I will probably start with this one.
  10. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) 2007 : I read the first book in this series a long time ago and actually like it.  I keep meaning to read more but never make time for them.  Maybe if I keep adding it to the Top Ten Tuesdays lists I will actually get around to reading it…

What backlist books are you interested in reading?  Leave a link to your list in the comments and maybe we all can find some forgotten gems!

Month in Review: October 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  4 Books,  1204 Pages 

Read this year:  53 Books, 11,446 Pages 

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #13) Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising Time's Convert Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)

Looking Back:

I thought I had just skipped one month in review posts but it looks like I missed two.  Don’t worry you didn’t miss much as I wasn’t reading.  I believe Wild Hunger was the one book I read in August and the other three were read in October.  September was apparently a non-reading month.  Eh, it happens.  I do have a shiny new pair of reading glasses that I love so hopefully that all changes.

Looking Ahead:

Not going to make promises I can’t or won’t keep.  So I will read when I want and do other things when I’m in the mood for them.  I’m really into the app game Game of Sultans currently and have been spending my time there.  I am participating in the Summoned to Thirteenth Grave blog tour so keep an eye out for that post on November 8th!  I’m super excited about that and I hope you enjoy the post.  There is a link to a giveaway in the post so fan of the series be sure to check back!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

October 30: Halloween/Creepy Freebie

I’m not a huge fan of scary or creepy stories.  I’m also not a huge fan of Halloween beyond the fun of coming up with a great costume.  I think I’ve done this before but I’m going to go with finding characters to dress up for as Halloween.  To further put a twist on the list I’m going to select couple characters to dress up as.

Ten couple characters to dress up as for Halloween.

  1. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana and Matthew:  For this costume, I would pick a scholarly look for Diane or perhaps one of her rowing getups.  Matthew something tailored and a bit formal looking, powerful.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Ron and Hermione: This could be fun all you would need is wizarding robes, wands (Ron’s broken), some books, and perhaps a rat.  You could have Hermione spend the evening outshining Ron and instructing him on how to do magic.
  3. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Bella and Edward: For this costume, I would go with jeans, t-shirt and perhaps a rain jacket for Bella.  Edward could wear anything highly fashionable and use foundation several shades lighter than his skin tone.  I would also mix in some glitter for the sparkle that Meyer’s vampires were known for.  I would also have Edward give a pained expression all night from having to deny himself Bella’s intoxicating blood.
  4. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Sookie and Bill: For Sookie I would go with her waitress outfit and Bill could wear something a bit old-fashion and plain.  What would really sell this costume would be to have Bill walk around all night saying Sookie in a southern accent all night.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: Charley would be easy in that all she would need is a t-shirt with one of the fun sayings from the beginning of the chapters in the book.  Reyes would be fun if you could find a way to simulate his incorporeal self and go around with a hidden dry ice container to simulate the mist rolling off him.
  6. The Princess Bride Buttercup and Westly: For Buttercup a peasant outfit and Wesley a black pirate costume or he could wear a farm boy outfit and spend the night saying ‘As you wish’.
  7. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy and Adam: This couple costume would work for a single woman as well if you owned a dog or you could use a stuffed animal for Adam.  Then Mercy could wear overalls from work or jeans and a t-shirt.
  8. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare and Henry: Another great couple costume that would work for a single or someone whose husband doesn’t want to go to the costume party with his wife…  Anyway,  Clare could dress normally but carry around a set of men’s clothing as Henry had just shifted in time.
  9. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Christian and Anastasia: This could be fun for a couple that has low inhibitions.  For Christian, I would have him in a power suit with a red power tie.  Ana, I would have dressed like she was in college and there to interview Christian.  Looking kind of mousey and holding a notepad.
  10. Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) Parzival and Art3mis:  For these two you could dress up like their online selves or pick the offline version and wear some sort of virtual reality headgear like they were experiencing the Oasis.

What couple characters do you think would make good Halloween costumes?

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Heroes.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

October 23: Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

I have several authors that like to take a character that they have built up to be someone the reader truly despises and then turn them into the hero in their own story.  So this week I’m going to put a slight twist and select bad guys turned good for my list.

Ten bad guys that were totally redeemed.

  1. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Julian/Dagger: Ms. Kenyon is the queen of redeeming bad guys and giving them their own hero story.  Julian was quite the evil guy for much of The League series and then in this book, we get to see everything from his perspective and learn how very wrong we were about him.
  2. Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter, #6) Valerius: Was an early redemption in The Dark Hunter’s series.  He was pretty awful in book two but by the time we get to his story, we learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
  3. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Styxx: This is perhaps the biggest turn around Ms. Kenyon undertook.  You couldn’t get lower than Styxx in this series but then bam his book comes out and I ended up loving him more than any of the other characters even Acheron.  I know!  Even Ash.
  4. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) Xcor: Has been the bad guy for about four or five books in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series then we get his book and learn all about his past and end up forgiving him for all his transgressions.
  5. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) Trent: Trent wasn’t an overnight redemption.  Harrison started turning things around for him a few books before the end where he rides off into the sunset with Rachel.
  6. Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8) Al:  Al doesn’t really get a redemption storyline much of the time he is portrayed as a reluctant hero.  He does come into the story as a pretty bad character but by the end of the series, he became quite a different demon.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Snape: Snape is considered a bad guy for much of this series and does some pretty awful things in the last or next to last book but in the end, we learn that much of his actions were not what they seemed.
  8. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Eric: Up until this book Eric plays the creepy bad boy roll and seems to cherish his reputation.  Then in the book we see another side of him, sure he lost his memory, but I ended up falling for him.  I truly hate how Harris ended up destroying his and Sookie’s relationship in the last three books.  Never going to get over it.  Ever.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) Tyrion Lannister: Tyrion is a complicated yet calculating character in this series but as the books progressed I truly started to change my mind about him.  If I decide to continue this series it will be to find out what happens with him.  Somehow I don’t think it will ever be finished though.
  10. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Mallory Carmichael: Mallory starts off as Merit’s best friend but a few books in she takes a turn toward the dark side.  Things are rocky for her for quite a few books but by the end of the series, she is totally redeemed.

What redeemed bad guys do you love?

Top Ten Tuesday: Cool Libraries

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

October 16: Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Being a librarian I’m going to make this list about libraries.  Not really sure if I have a library visit bucket list so I’m going to head over to Google and simply put in cool libraries and see what the Guru brings me.

Ten libraries I would love to visit.

  1. Related image State of Iowa Law Library:  Why not start fairly close to home.  This is a beautiful library in Des Moines that I could easily stop at if I took the time.  Maybe this October when we are in tow to see Fall Out Boy. Update:  This is one library I am able to check off my list.  We did stop and check out this library on October 5th, after I had written up this post.  It is a beautiful library and if anyone is in Des Moines I highly recommend checking it out.  Free to visit and you can even go up one of the spiral staircases.  It is much smaller than the pictures lead you to believe.  
  2. Image result for winter garden harold washington library Harold Washington Library Chicago:  This is a library that I’ve actually been to.  The picture is of the Winter Garden on the top floor but the building itself is beautiful and a great place to visit while in town.
  3. Image result for ataturk library Ataturk Library Istanbul:  Now I have been to a library in Turkey but I can’t believe I never visited this library in Istanbul.  I have even visited the area of the city it is in.  Regularly!  If I ever get back to Turkey I am going to make an effort to visit more libraries.
  4. Image result for ataturk library Library of Celsus, Ephesus Turkey:  One more cool library I’ve actually been to. This, of course, is not currently a working library but is, in fact, the ruins of the third largest library of the ancient world.  It is a beautiful spot to visit and I hope to go back again someday.
  5. Image result for Trinity College Library Dublin, Ireland Trinity College Library Dublin, Ireland:  I recently learned that I am 12%(update on this too, reanalysis shows I’m only 4 % Irish), Irish so it might be fun to visit this library if I ever get to take a trip to Ireland.
  6. Image result for Bodleian Library Oxford U.K. Bodleian Library Oxford U.K.:  This library makes my list because it is where Diana met Matthew in Discovery of Witches.  I also happen to be 15% English (Update on this as well, I am actually 60% English and NW European) so when I visit Ireland I would like to visit the United Kingdon as well.
  7. Image result for  Joe and Rika Mansueto Library University of Chicago Joe and Rika Mansueto Library University of Chicago:  Again another library I can’t believe I haven’t visited!  I even visited the University of Chicago this summer.  Dammit.  Oh, Well at least I know what buses will take me back for a visit!
  8.  Library of Congress Washington DC:  Being the political buff that I am I would love to visit the Library of Congress.  I might wait until the current administration leaves off though…
  9.  Library at Pontifical Lateran University Rome Italy: This is on the list because I really want to visit Italy sometime in my life and have 0% interest in visiting the Vatican.
  10.  Image result for newberry library chicago Newberry Library Chicago:  I keep meaning to visit this library in Chicago when I’m in town.  Mainly because it was featured in The Time Traveler’s Wife.

What Libraries do you love?  Share in the comments!

Claw the System by Francesco Marciuliano

Book Review

 


Claw the System: Poems from the Cat UprisingBook Genre:  Poems, Humor

Book Series: N/A

Released: 10/16/18 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 112 Price: $12.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. 

Book Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Could Pee on This, Francesco Marciuliano, comes a lesson from cats in resistance. 

Cats are done with humans’ crap. For too long they have put up with baby talk, the humiliation of holiday costumes, and the social injustice of being told, “No.” They will not sleep through this anymore. We humans have woken the beast, and in this book they have gathered together to reclaim their voice, loudly and repeatedly until we pay attention. Watch the uprising unfold, through anthems such as “Redefine Terms,” “Accepted,” “Decide,” “A New Dawn,” and “Just What Do You Think You’re Doing?” Show support for your feline friends and try to understand why they’re so spitting mad.

My Review:

This was a cute and surprisingly appropriate book to read for our current political environment.  I found myself smiling at the cat-ish twist the poetic calls to rally against the man.  The poems were meant to be tongue-in-cheek but I took the sentiment to heart for many of them and found them recharging my political batteries. The pictures were fun and complimented the poems purrfectly.   The book was a little laggy on my e-reader so definitely pick this one up in print.  It is a cute book with poems and pictures to please both your cat-loving friends and clever enough to peak your political friend’s intellect.

My Rating:4 Stars