Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (136)

It's Monday... and I'm feeling blah.  I think it's this weather going from one extreme to the next that has me tired and lazy.  I think I'm going to take a Spring Break this week, from blogging, but I'll share that in the next post.  This post is about last week.  So what did I do?

Hmmm, it was a long week, I think.  Well, it felt that way.

Finished Last Week:
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch

Current Read:
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (1st half for chat on Thursday)

Reviews to Come:
Defender of Magic by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Questing Beast by Ilona Andrews
A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews
Gimme Shelter edited by J.R. Blackwell
Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story by Jon F. Merz
Love, Death, and Loneliness by Douglas Brown
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch

Reviews Posted:
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
Magic by Gaslight by Pip Ballantine

Movie Review:
21 Jump Street

Podcast Review:
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep. 13 & 14
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep. 15 & 16

Books & Covers Shared:
Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella by Amanda Carlson
Tranquility's Blaze by Krista D. Ball

Special Posts:
Novella Read-a-thon wrap up
It's Coming Back!! Tales from the Archives #2
Imagine That! Studios
Freebies & Deals, on Nook too! (#8)

Flash Fiction Friday... er, I didn't get it done.  It's started.  I have words typed.  I just haven't finished.  Maybe I'll get to it, or maybe next week you'll get two.

My WANT List...I've added 4 books.  I know not many.  But so many series are continuing, and I need to start them yet!

Received Last Week:
I downloaded this free find on I need a Kindle!
Goodreads Synopsis:
Kay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme.
Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot, bereft of his beloved wife and daughter who are assumed dead by everyone on earth except Quinn. Believing them trapped in a parallel universe-one where he himself may have been imprisoned-he returns to the Entire without resources, language, or his memories of that former life. He is assisted by Anzi, a woman of the Chalin people, a Chinese culture copied from our own universe and transformed by the kingdom of the bright. Learning of his daughter's dreadful slavery, Quinn swears to free her. To do so, he must cross the unimaginable distances of the Entire in disguise, for the Tarig are lying in wait for him. As Quinn's memories return, he discovers why. Quinn's goal is to penetrate the exotic culture of the Entire-to the heart of Tarig power, the fabulous city of the Ascendancy, to steal the key to his family's redemption.
But will his daughter and wife welcome rescue? Ten years of brutality have forced compromises on everyone. What Quinn will learn to his dismay is what his own choices were, long ago, in the Universe Entire. He will also discover why a fearful multiverse destiny is converging on him and what he must sacrifice to oppose the coming storm.
This is high-concept SF written on the scale of Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, and Dan Simmons's Hyperion.

This was a free find on Barnes & Nobles.
Goodreads Synopsis:
The dimensions are in chaos, magic is illegal, and water is a rare commodity. Kyrin is running from the law. As a magic user, she’s marked for death, and as a run-away from the Shadowmere, she’s hunted as a weapon. Shifting between dimensions is all that’s kept her alive. 

On the brink of being caught by the Shadowmere, Kyrin stumbles into a dimension devoid of the drought and seemingly untouched by the wrath of the Consortiums. In this dimension she finds a people innocent of the evils of the universe and naïve to the worlds surrounding them. 

Lord Alric has ruled over his kingdom for 15 years under the direction of their god, Sithias. Before his time, the gods fought, and evil was removed from the lands. It isn’t until Kyrin arrives that he’s even considered that evil may still be among them, or that the long-dead use of magic may still be around.

Then... I did make a purchase on line, so that should be showing up this week.

How does your week look in books?  I'll get to the half way mark with Magic Bleeds here soon, and be waiting for Thursday chat so I can move on. lol.  I have another book that's an anthology that I'll get into while waiting.  I do have a few things I need to get done around here and it is Easter lots of running to visit Family.

Here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.


  1. Enjoy Magic Bleeds! Looks like you have great plans for this week. I am currently reading Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day & a book by a Dutch fantasy author (in Dutch). What else I will be reading this week depends on what I will be in the mood for and the books I will receive!

  2. You can always try to convert the kindle books :)
    And yes so jealous that you got that one,
    *shakes fist*

  3. Hey, I started reading that Kay Kenyon book a few days ago! The first chapter was well written, and I hope to actually finish it someday... but I was distracted by the siren call of re-reading Joe Abercrombie's First Law Series...

    Dave the Goof


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