Archive for August, 2020



Spirit ElfenSpirit Elfen by Ella J. Smyth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another fantasy for the end of summer. I breezed right through it and started the next. So last night I tried to read the book I thought I was in, and it turned out to be this one that I already read. I thought maybe it all sounded familiar because it was the intro presented after the first book. No. Even as far as the last chapter it was familiar. But I enjoyed getting the review before realizing I was actually finished and ready for book 3 (in fact, I was 12% into it). I almost think this set is short enough to be one larger book.

I think the above paragraph is my example of the review. It was a fun read with characters from book 1 with the fae. Oh, my favorite part, it was set in Germany. Wish there would have been more of a feeling of the land. Yeah. It won’t go into my favorite books. But a good distraction. Definitely not for preteens or younger teens.

But try it. You might love it!

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Dance Hall of the Dead (Navajo Mysteries, #2)Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

That ‘read’ took forever! We could only listen to the story when we road in our truck that has the CD player. We would listen on our trips to the towns that are up to two hours away for our grocery runs. But then COVID19 happened we stopped going. We shopped at our little local stores. We only had one CD left to do. That happened Monday.

It was a good thing to listen to during travels. George Guidall (Reader) kept us in the story. It was rather male heavy but, as I said, it was entertainment for the drive. I prefer music but other passengers prefer stories. This was that compromise.

Try it you might like it!

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday


End Of Summer

Looking back over this summer I realize it was comparatively mild. Not that my body could tell with temps more than a hundred often on days that weather crept up to over a hundred. But most days my fever was lowish 98-99 degrees and our climate was in the high 80s and low 90s for the most part. And so far, knock on sagebrush, our smoke has been lighter than a lot of other places on the west coast.

Many of you already know that the dentist took out my infected tooth on Monday the 24th. There were plenty of built-up worries. I’ve been anxious about it since early March when all they could do was a quick temporary filling. Pain and fevers kept me thinking COVID19 when I knew it was the tooth. So six months later getting that irritation out of my life seemed something to look forward to. But I have dentophobia. I had so many teeth removed as a kid to make room in my mouth. Yeah, that worked! <–Sarcasm

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The night before the procedure was to happen, I had forgotten my Kindle charger in the living room. I had just settled in bed ready for my nightly read. The battery was so low I wouldn’t have made it through a page. So I jumped up and went to the bedroom door. Just as I got there, I stubbed my baby toe on a furniture leg. I heard the crack. I stood with a silent scream until I could get myself under control. The run for the charger became a limp. I manage to get back to bed and read myself to sleep. All the while realizing that since I knew I had broken that toe before, there might be a problem with fixing it myself. And now I had one more exposure risk as I knew I had to go to Urgent Care AGAIN. I had just gone two weeks before as the infected tooth was unbearable. That time I got a stronger antibiotic. Which worked! And we learned about the car having computer problems.

So, the story within a story, It takes about an hour and a half to get to the town where the Urgent Care is. When almost there, our car just stopped. We got a jump from a passing Department of Transportation employee (Thank you!). Got to UC and saw the doctor. An abscess was the diagnosis. The whole UC experience was fantastic and made me feel safe from the entrance until I left. Got back into the car and it wouldn’t start. Had to phone a guy who charged $65 to give us a jump. We started to pull out of the parking place and stalled out again. This time he didn’t make us pay for the charge of the battery.

We needed to pick up my prescription but the car issues already had me nervous. Got to Bi-Mart and my husband dropped me off to go pick it up, he’d go see about keeping the car running. That was a nightmare for me. I realize now that I could have gone to the outside window. But I thought that was for folks who were regular customers. So I went in like before COVID19. I had my mask on. But the store was crowded. Granted everyone had on masks. But towards the pharmacy, they were unable to keep a distance. The clerk needed to ask the pharmacist something and told me to stand aside. The next clerk asked the next person in line to come up. Social Anxiety reared its ugly head and I was panicked. There was no safe space for me. I walked around to another row and tried to cool off. Finally, they called on me. I didn’t even flinch when I paid $75 for the drugs and hightailed out of the store.

Outside the store, I sat on a provided bench to try and get myself together. A guy came and sat right next to me. I grabbed my stuff and nearly ran to the end of the store and hid behind the bicycle rack. I sat on the ground against the wall. I got ready to call my husband but my friends were online. I dumped on them and they were terrific in calming me down. Finally, I got my husband on the phone and he managed to get back. I was embarrassed to tell him where I was but he heard the shakiness in my voice and let me know he would be there in a minute. He was.

Then we went to Les Schwabb’s. Another place I felt safe. The tested battery and alternator and found both in good condition. Their diagnosis was computer glitch.

Which brings us back to the 24th. We didn’t take the car. We took the truck. No AC but it was a cool enough day it was okay with the windows down.

The dentist was kind and gave me lots of Novocain. He put up with my body shaking like a teacup chihuahua. Tooth gone. Blood oozing through cotton and mask.  Now on to Urgent Care.

I bet they saw ebola as I came in. But in the deadened mouth-speak I told them extraction. They took my temp which was well below 98. And diagnosis, broken toe. duh. Toe buddy-wrapped and in Frankenstein boot, new gauze and mask I was able to leave. Anxiety levels were doable. And I wished I had time to go play in stores like the dollar store but by now I was tired. The trip on a good day wears me out. It takes nearly a week to have energy again. That’s why none of you have heard much from me for a while.

Okay, that’s my stream. If anyone is grading I hope I get over a hundred. I like that extra credit, high achiever that I am.

 

 

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more than a hundred.” Write your post inspired by something you have more than a hundred of in your home right now. Enjoy!


Spirit HungerSpirit Hunger by Ella J. Smyth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Need a mindless read to get through the rest of summer? This will fill the bill. I was finished with my last book and had a couple of hours before sleep so I found I had downloaded this and the two sequels a while back.

At first, I thought I was reading His Dark Materials with the invisible companion animals. But this is a different story so enjoy the new look.

I wasn’t impressed with the main character Adi. I didn’t understand why a person going through such scary stuff was not open to help. And her helper soon to be love interest, Honi, does his best to get her to listen.

This was a fun little fantasy, certainly for mature teens or New Adults.

My biggest irritation was the Audible download was faulty and didn’t sync up with the Kindle book. I finally just listened without the words to follow. I did like the narrator’s, Alex Knox, reading it to me.

I started the next book already (Kindle Unlimited) and it looks like the hard-headed Adi is still not listening. Still, a way to forget the world for a while.

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So Dark the Sky (Shadow of Mars Book 1)So Dark the Sky by Cidney Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! Where were books like this 60 years ago when I was forced to read about adult male astronauts goggling over the Barbie Doll robots or aliens? I love Cidney Swanson’s writing and story-telling are excellent. And what a relief to read about an adult female who is accomplished in her own right, who loves and cares for her grandmother, and who needs to choose between her life long dream and continuing taking care of the woman who raised her.

It isn’t a spoiler to know she gets to travel in space. ‘Shadow of Mars’ is the series title and ‘So Dark The Sky’ book one. YAY!

As I always have to mention on a Swanson review, I loved her Saving Mars series for young adults. This new series is more adult but I know I would have loved it in seventh grade. How wonderful it must be for young women now to be able to enjoy science fiction and see people who are like themselves. A woman astronaut is a possibility now.

I want to write so much here because I loved this book so much. But I don’t want to take away from the readers’ experiences. I know I will read this again soon as I can’t think of a better way to get ready for book 2!

Enjoy, PLEASE!
Thank you, Cidney for writing a book for girl me! And I’d love more from Grandma’s point of view since I’m closer to her age.

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone (The Walking Dead #73-78)The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone by Robert Kirkman

Not fair! I ran out of book money so I didn’t get to buy the next one yet and this one left me on a cliffhanger!

On the other hand, though some things changed on the show from this book, the fight scene was nearly exact. In a way, I like the flipped storyline of the head family of Alexandria. I would have loved this better had I read it before watching the whole series. But I do love that the TV version was even more inclusive than the book.

Once again, I read this on my Kindle Fire because I can enlarge frame by frame. The art and story are fantastic. I think I am getting addicted to Kindle comic books on the Fire!

I can’t wait until payday when I can get back into the story. Meanwhile, I am resisting bingeing The Walking Dead yet one more time. I so miss it!

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Seed to Harvest: The Complete Patternist Series (Patternist, #1-4)Seed to Harvest: The Complete Patternist Series by Octavia E. Butler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have loved other books by Octavia E. Butler, but this set of four books just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t figure out the characters, who was who. Maybe it was because I had to listen to it on text-to-speech, though I did try to follow with my eyes. Still, I did stay with it. A lot of times if something doesn’t make sense it comes together in the end. But I didn’t find that. I found four different stories about similar things.

But don’t take my word for it. Others have loved these books so maybe it is just me and this time in my life. Heck, toothache from infection, smoky-hot summer, Covid19, and its craziness could have flavored how I took the books in. So maybe I’ll read them again later. I see that many people read these in publication order rather than chronological and get a lot more out of all of this combo. Ms. Butler writes well and keeps the reader interested, even when the story itself doesn’t go in the flow I think it should.

Try it. You might like it!

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among ThemThe Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among Them by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To continue my COVID19, hot, smoky summer, toothache/fever distraction I lit into number 12 of The Walking Dead. Life Among Them

Again, the artwork and story were fantastic! Again, the ability to enlarge each frame by way of Kindle Fire/tablet was a miracle to me.

And though we have arrived at the same destination, Alexandria, some characters have changed from the book to the television series. Both versions are well done and believable. I think the TV version even more diverse than the books, though it is obvious that Robert Kirkman tried to be inclusive. Maybe it is just the natural flow of history that the one that came out later has been made more accepting of all. Including the good and bad aspects of humanity.

Ah! Safe! The scariest feeling to those who have lived with trauma for a while. Who can trust it? But our road travelers are weary. Please, just let us rest. But the dangers are higher than out on the road. People are scarier than zombies! Anyone with a touch of social anxiety knows that!

Anyway, kudos for another great issue!

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the HuntersThe Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this hot, smoky summer of 2020 with COVID19, masks, and distancing, my personal issue being an infected tooth that caused headaches, earaches, and fevers which started in March but I couldn’t get an appointment until August, I needed distractions. Why not some Walking Dead? It was how I felt.

I love comparing the television show with the comics. So different yet carrying the same basic story. The actors, characters changed or exchanged to make the show, I think, better. But I might have thought differently had I read the books first.

Cannibalism and ‘look at the flowers’ are combined here. Even the Dale story has lasted far longer and so different than the show.

For people that don’t have vision issues, the paperback would be a nice addition to the collection. For me, I just can’t read the small print. And the Kindle version offers the feature where you can read frame by frame and enlarge it on the Fire or tablet to see all the fine artwork. And I love the combination that this series gives the reader.

I can see why a TV series needed to be made as the book couldn’t contain all the bits that needed to be shared. A picture being worth a thousand words, more pictures were needed, even when the artist and author had done their best, there was more story to tell.

Yes, I’m addicted to both versions of TWD!

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This is my second reading of the first book of this box-set Find my first review here.

This reading, I was surprised at how current this dystopian story feels. It was only a year ago that I read the first book. Yet now, this seems so scarily close. The author died in 2009, so it was before all of this. How prescient!

As I mentioned in the previous review, I didn’t know what happened after the end of the first book. The second fills in the holes of what happened with the daughter.

At the same time, I wasn’t happy with how the story goes back and forth in person and times, beginning with that second book. I think it is more noticeable when you listen to your books on text-to-speech. I think my eyes might have noticed subtle changes. But that was such a little thing that it didn’t lower my rating.

I cried at the end of the book. I felt I wanted more. I wanted to be with Lauren and everyone in the story longer. The author was excellent in how she created a religion and gave us the ways it grew. How she drew the reader in to know the main character so profoundly was amazing. Now I want to read all her books! I am a fan!!!!

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