Ronincats Reads Restoratively in 2015: Thread 7

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Ronincats Reads Restoratively in 2015: Thread 7

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1ronincats
oct. 8, 2015, 4:27pm



Since it takes so long for autumn to get to San Diego, how about this picture of a Kansas fall to open with?














2ronincats
Editat: des. 31, 2015, 4:18pm

Books Read in 2015

January

1. A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant (message #66)
2. The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley (#99)
3. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (#142)
4. The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman (#161)
5. The Minority Council by Kate Griffin (#192)
6. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
7. Deeds of Honor by Elizabeth Moon
8. Arabella by Georgette Heyer
9. The Butler Who Laughed by Michelle Martin
10. The Spirit Gate by Maya Bohnhoff
11. M'Lady Witch by Christopher Stasheff
12. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Shiguro
13. The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson

February
14. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard
15. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
16. Nobody's Home by Tim Powers
17. Wordplay by Glenn Bassett
18. The Glass God by Kate Griffin
19. The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor
20. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip
21. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
22. The Aspern Papers by Henry James
23. The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan
24. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
25. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
26. Hex Marks the Spot by Madelyn Alt

March
27. Severance by Chris Bucholz
28. Flirting With Felicity by Gerri Russell
29. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg
30. Prudence by Gail Carriger
31. Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
32. Only a Novel by Joan Aiken Hodge
33. A God That Could Be Real by Nancy Abrams
34. Third Time Lucky by Tanya Huff

April
35. The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
36. Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
37. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
38. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
39. Abducticon by Alma Alexander
40. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
41. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
42. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
43. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
44. Carousel Seas by Sharon Lee

May
45. A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
46. The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir
47. I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
48. Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill
49. Holiday in Death by J. D. Robb
50. The Reformation: A History by Diarmaid MacCulloch
51. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
52. Under the Egg by Laurence Fitzgerald
53. The Origins of Tolkien's Middle Earth for Dummies by Greg Harvey

June
54. Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
55. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
56. The Occasional Diamond Thief by J. A. McLachlan
57. Saving the Original Sinner by Karl Giberson
58. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
59. Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff by Lori Baird
60. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
61. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
62. Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood
63. The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
64. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

July
65. Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
66. Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
67. Carpe Diem by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
68. Plan B by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
69. I Dare! by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
70. Necessity's Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
72. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
73. Station Eleven by Emily Mandel
74. Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
75. A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
76. A Liaden Universe Constellation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
77. A Liaden Universe Constellation II by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
78. A Liaden Universe Constellation III by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
79. Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
80. Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
81. Saltation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
82. Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
83. Dragon Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
84. The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
85. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

August
86. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
87. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
88. Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine
89. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
90. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
91. The Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas
92. The Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas
93. Crystal Soldier by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
94. Crystal Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
95. Tower in the Crooked Wood by Paula Johanson
96. The Magic Thief: Home by Sarah Prineas
97. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
98. The Just City by Jo Walton
99. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
100. Mars Evcuees by Sophia McDougall
101. Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
102. The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
103. The Outskirter's Secret by Rosemary Kirstein

September
104. The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
105. A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
106. Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
107. Speaking from among the bones by Alan Bradley
108. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
109. A Hat full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
110. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
111. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
112, Three in Death by J. D. Robb
113. The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein
114. The Language of Power by Rosemary Kirstein
115. Gut by Guilia Enders
116. Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
117. The Woman who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterill
118. The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
119. Thraxis by Martin Scott
120. A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
121. Mad Maudlin by Mercedes Lackey
122. Black Magic Device by Emily Sorensen
123. Fyre by Angie Sage

October
124. Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey and
125. Hounding the Pavemet by Judi McCoy
126. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
127. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Gennett
128. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
129. The Astronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
130. The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
131. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
132. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
133. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
134. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
135. The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
136. High Wizardry by Diane Duane
137. A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane

November
138. The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane
139. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
140. A Wizard's Holiday by Diane Duane
141. Wizards at War by Diane Duane
142. Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
143. Bad Paper by Jake Halpern
144. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
145. Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
146. The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason

December
147. The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
148. Harpy's Flight by Megan Lindholm
149. Winter by Marissa Meyer
150 The Mantle of the Prophet by Roy Mottahedeh
151. The Windsingers by Megan Lindholm
152. Walk on Earth a Strange by Rae Carson

3ronincats
Editat: oct. 8, 2015, 4:30pm

This one is still way out of date!

Books Acquired in 2015

* denotes ebooks

January

1. The Minority Council by Kate Griffin
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
3. Deeds of Honor* by Elizabeth Moon
4. The Grand Sophy* by Georgette Heyer
5. The Toll-Gate* by Georgette Heyer
6. Wonders of the Invisible World* by Patricia McKillip
7. Great Science Fiction about Doctors
8. The Gathering Storm* by Winston Churchill
9. Their Finest Hour* by Winston Churchill
10. The Grand Alliance* by Winston Churchill
11. The Hinge of Fate* by Winston Churchill
12. Closing the Ring* by Winston Churchill
13. Triumph and Tragedy* by Winston Churchill

February
14. The Nothing Girl* by Jodi Taylor
15. Severance* by Chris Bucholz
16. Flirting with Felicity* by Gerri Russell
17. The Paper Magician* by Charlie Holmberg
18. Great Science Fiction about Doctors
19.

4ronincats
Editat: oct. 8, 2015, 4:37pm

Welcome to thread 7, my probable final thread of the year. I have a way to go on several of my goals for the year, especially books off my shelf and books out the door. Welcome to all visitors!

5LizzieD
oct. 8, 2015, 5:08pm

I'm guessing that since you haven't posted in 20 minutes or so that you're open for visitors? I'll certainly have some cider and cheese while I wait for you and look at lovely Kansas in the fall!
Happy New Thread, Roni! I hope it's the beginning of some easy time for you to finish out the year.

6ronincats
oct. 8, 2015, 5:17pm

I'm definitely ready for visitors, Peggy. I've been bringing my books read list in >2 ronincats: up to date. Went to the pottery studio this morning and glazed a teapot and a mug!

7LizzieD
oct. 8, 2015, 5:19pm

YAY for two working hands!

8luvamystery65
oct. 8, 2015, 5:43pm

Marking my spot here Ro and I will take one of those yummy looking hot toddies or apple ciders. Yum!

9RebaRelishesReading
oct. 8, 2015, 6:38pm

Anything to make it feel at bit like fall is welcome :)

10qebo
oct. 8, 2015, 6:41pm

>6 ronincats: glazed a teapot and a mug!
Yay for hands!

11Berly
oct. 9, 2015, 3:32am

Yay for two free hands!! And a new thread. Congratulations on both fronts. Oh, and for already being on book #126--whew!!

12scaifea
oct. 9, 2015, 7:10am

Happy new thread, Roni!

13jnwelch
oct. 9, 2015, 8:56am

Happy Friday! And Happy new thread, and happy two hands, Roni! I'll take a hot toddy, too. It's in the upper 50s here today, so hot drinks are the order of the day.

14sibylline
oct. 9, 2015, 9:09am

You must be so happy to have both hands!!! I could send you a nice rainy day in Vermont in October photo . . . . All the color muted but hidden in the mists. Not dreary exactly, because it is too pretty.

15The_Hibernator
oct. 9, 2015, 11:25am

Happy new thread! I promised on my own thread I'd stop by your thread to see how your cast-off was. But I see I'm way behind the times. I'll stop by your past thread, anyway. :) Happy weekend!

16xymon81
oct. 9, 2015, 4:07pm

Hurray for pumpkins.

17Donna828
oct. 9, 2015, 7:55pm

Hooray for fall and having two hands again. Well, you know what I mean…two working hands. Fall in Kansas looks a lot like fall in Missouri. It is so dry here lately that our usual colorful autumn might be compromised. We had some light rain for less than an hour this morning…the first moisture in 3 weeks. Of course, that's when I walked with Lucky!

18DeltaQueen50
oct. 9, 2015, 8:27pm

Hi Roni, I love your fall picture, this is truly my favorite time of the year. I've spent all day trying to get my head around the fact that it is Friday, feels like a Saturday to me.

19ronincats
oct. 9, 2015, 11:10pm

Welcome to all my visitors--Peggy, Ro, Reba, Katherine, Kim, Amber, Joe, Lucy, xymon, Donna and Judy. Today was a quiet day--the temperature reached the high 90s--in fact, it is still 90 at 8 at night--and I stayed in with the somewhat cooler air our window air conditioner provided. Worked on two crochet hats and still haven't been able to settle to a book.

20Familyhistorian
oct. 10, 2015, 2:38am

Happy new thread, Roni. Good to hear that you got your cast off - I can definitely tell by the amount of posts I had to catch up on!

21avatiakh
oct. 10, 2015, 2:49am

Just saying hello.

22lkernagh
oct. 10, 2015, 4:45pm

Happy new thread, Roni!

>4 ronincats: - Love the autumn themed food display, especially that cheese ball. Must keep that in mind!

23connie53
oct. 11, 2015, 1:36pm

Happy New Thread, Roni!

24PaulCranswick
oct. 11, 2015, 1:44pm

Kansas looks lovely in the fall, Roni.

Have a lovely weekend my dear. Hope that you are enjoying the absence of plaster of paris.

25humouress
oct. 11, 2015, 4:56pm

Are we in Kansas, Dorothy? Happy new thread, and two free hands!

26Storeetllr
oct. 11, 2015, 5:22pm

Hi, Roni ~ Hope you are having a great two-handed weekend!

27foggidawn
oct. 11, 2015, 10:22pm

Happy new thread!

28AMQS
oct. 11, 2015, 10:32pm

Hi Roni! Happy new thread to you, and congratulations to you on your cast coming off! What now? Are you feeling okay and pain-free?

29ronincats
Editat: oct. 11, 2015, 11:41pm

More welcomes to Meg, Kerry, Lori, Connie, Paul, Nina and Mary! This has been the third really hot day in a row, where the temperature here at the house has been between 96 and 98 Fahrenheit (35-37 Celsius) and setting October records for the county. This is in a coastal area in a house without insulation or air conditioning, although we turn on the window air conditioner that cools the two bedrooms on the north side of the house. But it restricts activity. On the other hand, I got back into one of my books last night and finished it today!



Book #126 Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (431 pp.)

This is a fantastic book, in both senses of the word! For a thorough review, go to this link:
https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/hacking-the-arab-spring-2

I'll just say that although it was a slow start for me (male geek nerd with girl problems), it went so far beyond that and was so finely nuanced that this is one I will definitely read again. And there is not that much fantasy set in an Arab emirate with an Arab/Indian mix protagonist and dealing with the aftermath of the Arabian Spring. Strongly recommended.

ETA the author also writes graphic novel, notably Ms. Marvel.

30ronincats
oct. 11, 2015, 11:41pm

And greetings to foggi and Anne who came in while I was writing the above.

31Kassilem
oct. 12, 2015, 5:38am

Happy New Thread! :)

32jnwelch
oct. 12, 2015, 10:14am

Good morning, Roni! I know G. Willow Wilson from graphic novels, including the ground-breaking Ms. Marvel with its American Muslim heroine. Alif the Unseen sounds mighty good. Onto the WL it goes.

33Storeetllr
oct. 12, 2015, 4:46pm

Yep, the ever-lengthening WL is getting another two entries (Ms. Marvel and Alif).

34quinaquisset
oct. 12, 2015, 5:26pm

I liked Alif too--particularly the combination of modern tech with high magic. And Ms Marvel won the Hugo award for best graphic novel.

35ronincats
oct. 12, 2015, 6:31pm

And Alif won the World Fantasy Award, which is why I ordered it from the library!

Hi, Melissa, Joe, Mary and QQ!

36sibylline
oct. 13, 2015, 9:21am

Alif is on the WL -- you are too dangerous!

37ronincats
oct. 13, 2015, 9:23pm

>36 sibylline: I think you'll enjoy it, Lucy.

So, third time is the charm, so we finally made it to see The Martian today, as well as a trip to the library. The movie is good--not as good as the book but quite good nonetheless. At the library, I picked up the new Jim Butcher book, The Aeronaut's Windlass, the next and last (at the moment) Max Gladstone Craft book, Last First Snow, A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, and finally the nonfiction Bad Paper, highly recommended by several LTers here. But before all that, Amazon had the new Garth Nix in my mailbox first thing this morning, Newt's Emerald. Normally I would drop everything to read it immediately, but I'm now into City of Stairs and can't see myself setting it aside to do so. So many choices!

But first I'll watch The Muppet Show and The Voice tonight, which should give me time to finish up the ruffle scarf I'm working on, and then I'll take a photo of it, along with the hat and fingerless glove set I've finished.

38swynn
oct. 14, 2015, 9:47am

>37 ronincats: I'm now into City of Stairs and can't see myself setting it aside to do so

Don't worry, it won't take long. Love that book.

39jnwelch
oct. 14, 2015, 10:26am

Hmm, City of Stairs looks good. Added to the WL it is (said Yoda).

40drneutron
oct. 14, 2015, 11:24am

Oh, it is good!

41ronincats
oct. 14, 2015, 11:29pm

Good to know, Jim and Steve.

42humouress
Editat: oct. 15, 2015, 3:21am

>41 ronincats: I can see you've been watching the Muppet Show while knitting. Erm ... why the Muppet Show? Is it making a comeback?

ETA very pretty knitting. But you know that.

43xymon81
oct. 15, 2015, 10:04am

>42 humouress: They are trying but it is a new edgier show for adults. I mean if part of the main story is how Kermit dumped Miss Piggy for a younger pig, it is not really for kids.

44LizzieD
oct. 15, 2015, 5:37pm

I think I liked City of Stairs even more than I did Ancillary Justice. If I'm repeating myself, I'm sorry.
And W00T! I have a copy of *Alif* on my Kindle!

45ronincats
oct. 16, 2015, 1:06pm

>42 humouress: Yes, as Matthew >43 xymon81: says, ABC is producing an updated version. And thank you.

>43 xymon81: The OLD muppet show was for adults also. Okay, it was for ALL ages. And Kermit finally deciding to leave a dysfunctional relationship, dumping? I don't think we've seen Denise since the first episode, though.

>44 LizzieD: I remembered your strong recommendation, Peggy. I find it hard to compare those two books, though, because the genre is so different. AJ reminds me of Ursula Le Guin.



Book #127 City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (452 pp.)

This book came highly recommended, which probably is why it took a full year after purchasing it at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle last year before I got it read. Of course, that mean it counts as a book off my own shelf now! The fantasy is set in an original world and besides being a good story, reflects interesting thoughts on oppression, counter-oppression and the effects on the peoples involved, as well as the nature of Divinity. I see that a second book is due out next year, and I will definitely get it as well. People who enjoyed this book would undoubtedly like the Max Gladstone Craft series and its treatment of Divinity as well.

46LizzieD
oct. 16, 2015, 6:38pm

I'm happy to know that there will be a sequel, Roni. I compared the two only in my personal response because I read them very close together back when I was getting good stuff from ER. *sigh*
Glad that you enjoyed it, and I'm off to look at M. Gladstone. Thanks!!

47Berly
oct. 16, 2015, 6:46pm

Knitting--Haven't done that in 20 years! I used to do it on the T which I rode in to work in Boston. Yours looks wonderful. Hope your weather has cooled off by now--we are still hitting the 80s here, too. Crazy for October!! I hope to see The Martian soon...maybe this weekend?!

48ronincats
oct. 16, 2015, 7:02pm

>46 LizzieD: I bought it specifically at your recommendation, Peggy!



Book #128 Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix (291 pp.)

In his author's note, Nix acknowledges the primary influences for this book--Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and the entire Aubrey-Maturin series. He does a good job of living up to at least two of these influences in this rollicking Regency England adventure tale with elements of sorcery. However, there is no depth beneath the adventure, no insight into the magical system or the Fey, nor really into any of the characters besides Newt herself. I'd say it is a good YA romance-adventure. If that is damning with faint praise, it is only because of my deep love for the first three Old Kingdom books and that none of his more recent books have matched them.

49PaulCranswick
oct. 16, 2015, 8:34pm

Melbourne Australia. The birthplace of Garth Nix



Have a lovely weekend, Roni.

50ronincats
Editat: oct. 16, 2015, 11:06pm

Beautiful picture, Paul--thanks for sharing!

There's this guy on Etsy selling paperfolding patterns for books.


Amazing.

51humouress
oct. 17, 2015, 1:41pm

Amazing!

... but also sacrilege :0)

52ronincats
oct. 17, 2015, 2:25pm

>51 humouress: Exactly!!

53LizzieD
oct. 17, 2015, 4:56pm

>51 humouress: Nailed it!

54Storeetllr
oct. 17, 2015, 5:04pm

>45 ronincats: Really enjoyed City of Stairs and so glad to know there'll be a sequel coming soon!

55Whisper1
oct. 17, 2015, 9:36pm

Stopping by to see how you are now that the cast is off.

56ronincats
oct. 18, 2015, 4:11pm

Hi, Peggy, Mary, and Linda! Glad to see you here!



Book #129 The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher (630 pp.)

I've never been a strong fan of Jim Butcher. I've read the first four Harry Dresden books at a desultory pace--not into the strongest ones yet, from what I heard. And I bounced off the first of the Codex Alera books, although I intend to try them again someday, having three of them in my tbr pile. But I thought I'd give this new series a try and...

This is a great story! I'd call it science fiction rather than fantasy, somewhat steampunkish with the technology. The world-building is really good, and shown rather than told--there's still a lot we don't know about this world by the end of the book. Oh, and the book does tell a complete story, so you aren't left on a cliff-hanger even though you know there is more of the story coming--that's one of my pet peeves. And the characters and story-line drew me in immediately. I wanted to keep reading into the night even when I was only 100 pages into this 630 page tome. Although I didn't, I did finish this in two days because I kept coming back to it every spare minute. There are strong female as well as male viewpoint characters, a talking cat who is a person as opposed to a cute accessory (and he only talks Cat, which most humans can't master), flying ships and battles (it's scary how Butcher channels David Weber in Chapter 68!), and much, much more! So glad I got this library copy so quickly, and recommend that you look for it immediately.

57EBT1002
Editat: oct. 18, 2015, 6:55pm

>45 ronincats: Now that you've finally read that one, you'll need to make another trip to Seattle and Elliott Bay Books. :-)

58luvamystery65
oct. 18, 2015, 7:26pm

>56 ronincats: Speaking as someone who wasn't on board with Dresden Files, the series really picks up book 5 and on. Now, I'm a huge fan!

Good to know The Aeronaut's Windlass is good. Butcher describes it as Steam Opera. He said it doesn't fit the true definition of Steampunk.

59jjmcgaffey
oct. 19, 2015, 12:59am

>56 ronincats: Thank you! I also bounced off the Codex Alera, and haven't yet tried Dresden (although I have a bunch on my TBR pile). I've liked some of his stuff, and greatly disliked others. I've been looking at The Aeronaut's Windlass and thinking that "it looks good...but it's a Butcher...but it looks good..." I'll take a stab at it, on your recommendation.

60swynn
Editat: oct. 19, 2015, 9:45am

>45 ronincats:: Yay for more City of Stairs love! I've been hearing about Max Gladstone's series, but haven't gotten around to it. If it's anything like the Bennett, though, i must get to it soon.

>56 ronincats:: I have also not gotten into Jim Butcher. I read the first Harry Dresden book, which was fun but I never continued though I meant to someday -- then this year I read Skin Game, which was supposed to be much better but just felt bloated and middle-chapter-y. So "someday" dropped a couple notches of priority. I may give Aeronaut's Windlass a chance, though.

61Whisper1
oct. 19, 2015, 9:52am

WOW! 129 books read so far. I am impressed!

62jnwelch
oct. 19, 2015, 11:38am

That's very encouraging re The Aeronaut's Windlass, Roni. I didn't cotton to The Codex Alera either, but I do love the Dresden series. I've got TAW on the WL now.

63Kassilem
oct. 19, 2015, 11:55am

Looking forward to The Aeronaut's Windlass! I've got it on my kindle right now but am in the middle of another long long book. I've gone through everything Butcher so if this one is better than all of his other works I'm going to absolutely love it. Thanks for the review!

64LizzieD
oct. 19, 2015, 1:48pm

I'm another one who stayed away from Butcher, but you've sold me on *A'sW*. Onto the wishlist it goes!

65humouress
Editat: oct. 19, 2015, 2:54pm

Well, I like The Codex Alera (all 2 books I've read so far) - but I've worked out a couple of things, and I'll probably have to wait until the end of the series for confirmation. The Aeronaut's Windlass is looking intriguing ... unless you recommending it when you didn't like Alera means I won't like it ... ?

*wanders confusedly off*

66ronincats
oct. 19, 2015, 4:22pm

>57 EBT1002: Definitely an idea, Ellen!
>58 luvamystery65: I've heard that, Ro, and plan to continue in my usual desultory fashion--usually read one during May Mystery Month.
>59 jjmcgaffey: Jenn, I hope you like it.
>60 swynn: Steve, I think it's worth a try.
>61 Whisper1: Hugs to you, Linda!
>62 jnwelch: Joe, I thought of you while reading it, thinking you would enjoy it too.
>63 Kassilem: I don't know that it's better, Melissa, not having read all that much Butcher, but I sure enjoyed it.
>64 LizzieD: Go for it, Peggy!
>65 humouress: I didn't say I didn't like Alera, just that I bounced off it when I first tried it and haven't gotten back to it yet. And I think you'll like TAW.

I don't know why they titled the book that, though. Aeronaut, yes, but no windlass plays any particular significant role in the story...



Book #130 The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud (374 pp.)

This is the third and just-published book in the Lockwood & Co. series, taking place in an England where 50 years before, the Supernatural suddenly manifested in a continuum of disturbing to fatal forms. Only children can see them and so they have become the ground troops to eliminate the revenants. After a disaster killing the rest of her team, Lucy fled from her home area to London and joined the only company not owned and managed by an adult. This is the third of her adventures and is just as creepy and violent as the others, but either I'm getting tired of them or I didn't like the dynamics with the new team member. Still, a very interesting world. Remember, the pov character is an 11 year old girl, it's a kid's book, and just go for the novelty.

67ronincats
oct. 19, 2015, 7:49pm

So, I brought home some pottery for the first time in a month and a half Saturday--finally got pictures taken today. I put together the pieces of a teapot that had been thrown all that time ago, and threw some small bowls, so I'm getting back in the stream.

68lkernagh
oct. 19, 2015, 9:13pm

Lovely!

69Familyhistorian
oct. 19, 2015, 10:45pm

>67 ronincats: I have been missing the colour on your thread. Great to see your pottery again.

70EBT1002
oct. 20, 2015, 1:10am

>67 ronincats: Very nice!

71brenpike
oct. 20, 2015, 1:18am

I agree! It's nice to see your pottery again.

72humouress
oct. 20, 2015, 4:34am

>66 ronincats: 😔 *suitably chastised*

;0)

>67 ronincats: YUMMY colours!

73RebaRelishesReading
oct. 20, 2015, 12:59pm

Sounds like your hand is completely healed. Glad you can do the things you love again.

74lyzard
oct. 20, 2015, 7:46pm

>67 ronincats:

She's BACK!! :D

75ronincats
oct. 21, 2015, 5:16pm

Lori, Meg, Ellen, Brenda, Nina, Reba, and Liz, YES, I am! I go to the dr. today for my final visit (hopefully) to make sure it has healed completely, but I actually got out in the garden today and pulled out those dead tomato plants and dug manure and amendment into the garden bed, watering it in. YAY!

76ronincats
oct. 22, 2015, 12:03am

Bulletin!! The x-ray today shows the bone is completely healed and there are no restrictions. In other breaking news, I charged up my Fitbit and have started wearing it again, so will have steps to share.

77brenpike
oct. 22, 2015, 12:48am

And she's off . . .

78humouress
oct. 22, 2015, 7:12am

>76 ronincats: Woo Woo!!

(I suppose that pun was not intended?)

79foggidawn
oct. 22, 2015, 7:30am

80scaifea
oct. 22, 2015, 7:36am

Good News!!

81drneutron
oct. 22, 2015, 8:42am

Great!

82qebo
oct. 22, 2015, 8:49am

83quinaquisset
oct. 22, 2015, 12:57pm

I've run hot and cold on Butcher too, glad to hear this new series is good.

84ronincats
oct. 22, 2015, 2:32pm

Thank you! Brenda, Nina, Misti, Amber, Jim and Katherine, it's great to have full use of all my limbs once more, and great to have friends like you to celebrate with me.

>78 humouress: Oh, you can suppose whatever you wish! ;-)
>82 qebo: Especially a relief to get out in the garden and start prepping the soil for my winter garden--6 weeks later than planned. I want to get those peas started.

On the agenda for today: a trip to the library to pick up Sorcerer to the Crown and The Traitor Baru Cormorant, preparing my stuff (and finishing off some projects) to go to my first farmers' market in 6 weeks, paying some bills, and sweeping through the house. I'm in the middle of the Max Gladstone from the library but last night I finished the first of the books in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series--this is a reread, but my first of the revised Millenial Edition, as I just picked up all 9 books of the series in e-book form at a flash sale price of $25 on the author's website.



Book #131 So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane (403 pp.)

The revisions are pretty much inserting modern technology--cell phones, texting, etc.--into the original story first published in 1983. I really enjoyed this story when I first read it. This time through, the story seemed more juvenile and simplistic and echoed A Wrinkle in Time much more strongly than I recall noticing back in the 80s. I should note, however, that this series is still continuing and the more recent books are much more complex than this initial tale.

85ronincats
oct. 22, 2015, 2:34pm

>83 quinaquisset: Hi, QQ. Hope you enjoy it as well.

86DeltaQueen50
oct. 22, 2015, 3:40pm

Hi Roni, it was great to drop by today and see you are back at the pottery wheel, that teaset is beautiful. Excellent news that you have healed well and can get back to all your normal routines.

87ronincats
Editat: oct. 22, 2015, 4:21pm

Thank you, Judy.

DISASTER! OPPORTUNITY! CHAOS! IRRESISTIBLE!



Baen has just made the eARC of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen available. That's the opportunity.
It costs $15. That's the disaster, but it's the same as it was for the Ivan book in 2012.
I will of course still be buying the hardback when it comes out in February because that's what I do with Bujold books. That's the CHAOS.
Of course I've already bought it and put it on my Kindle. It's just SO irresistable!

88humouress
oct. 22, 2015, 4:23pm

>84 ronincats: >87 ronincats: Some fascinating-sounding titles there. I'll wait to hear what they're about before I can count them as book bullets, though. I've still got a lot to catch up on, first.

89ronincats
oct. 23, 2015, 12:13am

>87 ronincats: Book #132 Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (400 pp.)

Aaaaah! Interesting. You'll have a chance to see how Betan you really are? Lots of Cordelia, a fair amount of Miles and his family, very domestic...and, being Bujold, quite enjoyable!

90RBeffa
oct. 23, 2015, 1:39am

>87 ronincats: something to look forward to.

91souloftherose
oct. 23, 2015, 9:59am

>29 ronincats: I'm glad you enjoyed Alif the Unseen so much. I've had that on my library list for a while and will bump it nearer the top. I've been enjoying quite a few World Fantasy Award winners lately.

You seem to be reading lots of books that are on my wishlist; City of Stairs and A Stranger in Olondria are also both on the wishlist.

>56 ronincats: I thought I might dodge a BB for the latest Jim Butcher as I was never really a fan of Harry Dresden either but you got me with that one too.

>67 ronincats: Lovely colours!

>76 ronincats: Hooray!

>89 ronincats: I'm going to try to hold on until February for the Bujold...

92humouress
oct. 24, 2015, 4:43am

>89 ronincats: *drool*

(which is a very inelegant thing that I don't actually do)

93Familyhistorian
oct. 24, 2015, 10:42am

>76 ronincats: Good news, Roni. Hope you are getting lots of steps in!

94PaulCranswick
oct. 24, 2015, 1:18pm

There was a time not so long ago when we were neck and neck in the reading stakes this year and now you've gone and streaked ahead!

Have a lovely weekend my dear.

95RBeffa
oct. 24, 2015, 2:17pm

>67 ronincats: I like the coloring of these a lot!

96souloftherose
oct. 24, 2015, 2:48pm

Happy thingaversary Roni!

97ronincats
oct. 24, 2015, 10:08pm

>90 RBeffa: Not for long, Ron. I devoured it in no time!
>91 souloftherose: Glad to be of help, Heather!
>92 humouress: Here's a napkin (virtual), Nina.
>93 Familyhistorian: Not so many, unfortunately.
>94 PaulCranswick: Paul, you have just a touch more in the way of distractions on your plate, my dear!
>95 RBeffa: Thank you!
>96 souloftherose: And thank YOU!

Yes, it IS my Thingaversary. Eight years ago today I became a member of LibraryThing and have not regretted it for a second. Indeed, it has added so much to my life!

Yesterday we went to the farmers' market for the first time in a month and a half, and I sold a hat, a pair of fingerless gloves, and 3 pairs of earrings so it was a productive outing.

This morning I woke up at 6 with a horrendous head-banger--took me 10 minutes to pull myself together enough to totter into the bathroom for medication. The most hideous part was gone when I woke up, but I have had tightness and general malaise all day, enough that I didn't go to the pottery, and you know I hate to miss that! That's why I haven't been on earlier today. I took a nap and have tried to just chill out.

So, as a result, I haven't planned my Thingaversary book haul yet. I will continue my practice of justifying pre-orders as part of it. That takes care of 4 books:

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold: both the eArc and the hardback coming
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

I've been getting so many books from the library that it is difficult to think what I will buy vs. borrow, but clearly I deserve 4 or 5 more books for my Thingaversary, so I will have to work on it.

98lkernagh
oct. 24, 2015, 11:03pm

Happy Thingaversary, Roni!

99humouress
Editat: oct. 25, 2015, 3:12am

>97 ronincats: (Thank you. Though the book would have been better.)(No, not to drool on, of course; to read)

Happy Thingaversary, Roni. Forget counting the pre-orders, get the 9 books (8+1, right?) and worry about shelving later. You can always ask Paul C for lessons.

100susanj67
oct. 25, 2015, 7:54am

Roni, I hope you're feeling a lot better by the time you read this. A slightly belated happy Thingaversary! And it's great news that the cast is finally off, and you've dug out the Fitbit again. I'm finding it a challenge with the change of seasons, but I'm still going. I love your pottery in >67 ronincats: - I'm sure tea would taste even better in a mug like that.

101DeltaQueen50
oct. 25, 2015, 1:34pm

Happy Thingaversary, Roni! Hope you are able to shake off any remaining headache malaise and are able to enjoy the rest of the day!

102ronincats
oct. 25, 2015, 2:07pm

Indeed, I awoke today with a much clearer head, and we are off to the Harvest Festival shortly as planned. I finished Sorcerer to the Crown last night and will review it when we get back home. Thanks, everyone.

103RebaRelishesReading
oct. 25, 2015, 4:31pm

Happy Thingaversary -- glad you're feeling better today.

104jnwelch
oct. 25, 2015, 6:15pm

Happy Thingaversary, Roni!

Thanks for the heads-up on Gentleman Jole. I'd heard nada. I pre-ordered the hardcover, and I'll try to be patient. Lots of Cordelia - oh, I like the sounds of that.

105ronincats
oct. 25, 2015, 8:52pm

Thanks to Lori, Nina, Susan, Judy, Reba and Joe for the Thingaversary wishes. On the way home from the Harvest Festival in Del Mar today we stopped at Mysterious Galaxy and I added Ancillary Mercy, The Midnight Queen, and Empire Ascendant to my Thingaversary haul. Plus some cool Star Wars bookmarks.

Here's my haul from the Harvest Festival. The shawl and bag in the lower left corner are Christmas gifts. The back row, from L to R, contains Brandini Toffee, Garlic Festival seasoning, and three delicious barbeque sauces. Lower right are stone slabs for wire-wrap pendants and center is a coffee cat cup for me. Front center is a packet of 20 notecards with original cat designs by Jamie Perry--I love her work which you can see here: http://www.jsperry.com/

106ronincats
Editat: oct. 25, 2015, 9:42pm



Book #133 Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (371 pp.)

This is the first novel by an award-winning young Malaysian author, and it's been getting a lot of buzz. This is an alternate history set in Regency England--not the first time that's been done! The novelty has been that its primary protagonist, the eponymous Sorcerer Royal, is a man of color who rose to that position upon the death of his guardian, who bought him, developed his talent for magic, freed him and promoted him as a magician using his influence as the Sorcerer Royal. But Zacharias Wythe is finding that the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers is even less tolerant of his presence without that influence, and actively seeking to displace him, as well as blaming him for a reduction in the amount of magic available to English magicians. A visit to the border of Faery with England reveals a cork blocking the flow of magic. There are political pressures to show that magic is still powerful enough for the government to subsidize the Society. You'd think all of this would be enough to deal with in a book, but when Wythe detours to a girls' school (where young ladies are taught how to control and get rid of their magic, being too delicate to do magic without harm to their constitutions), he not only sees evidence of substantial magic by females but picks up a half-Indian (East Indian) young woman with loads of magic who has to leave the school and wants to find a rich husband in order to be able to use her magic. Prunella basically hijacks the book from then on--she is a strong character, much stronger than Zacharias, actually. This is interesting, a quick and entertaining read, if not quite what I expected. Naomi Novik calls it "an enchanting cross between Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke." Much as I love Heyer, the story had more Heyer than I expected.

107humouress
oct. 25, 2015, 9:46pm

Sounds interesting. Recommended?

108ronincats
oct. 25, 2015, 10:28pm

>107 humouress: Yes, recommended. This is an author to watch as she develops.

109ronincats
oct. 26, 2015, 9:07pm



Book #134 Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane (387 pp.)

With this second book of the series, Duane moved beyond her inspirations into a full-fledged children's fantasy series with deeper undertones. Kit and Nita are called to join the whales under sea to once again battle the Lone One. I'm enjoying my reread of this series.

110qebo
oct. 26, 2015, 9:29pm

>67 ronincats:, >105 ronincats: Color has returned to your thread! Also like the B&W cat mug. Wizards and sorcerers not so much my thing, though I am enjoying the Steerswoman series.

111RebaRelishesReading
oct. 27, 2015, 1:49pm

Looks like you did well in Del Mar. Isn't it glorious outside? I'm sitting in front of a window looking out at the mountains which are clearer than usual and the temperature is heavenly. Ahhhh

112connie53
oct. 27, 2015, 2:40pm

>109 ronincats: that series is on my TBR too!

113ronincats
oct. 27, 2015, 8:11pm

>110 qebo: Plenty of wizards in that series, Katherine! You might be surprised...
>111 RebaRelishesReading: Indeed a lovely day, and a little warmer than I'd anticipated--up to 82 here today.
>112 connie53: Hope you enjoy them, Connie.



Book #135 The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason (356 pp.)

This is really a fun series. Set in an alternate Victorian England, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker (daughter of Mycroft Holmes and sister of Bram Stoker) were called in by Irene Adler in the first book of the series to help solve a mystery where the two seventeen-year-old girls would be less obtrusive in a delicate situation. I received that book as an ER selection, and supposedly won the third book in the series through ER last month, although I haven't received it yet. So I figured I needed to read the second book. What is so fun is that the girls each tell their own viewpoint chapters and they are so unalike as to constantly irritate each other, as well as the clever references to the source literature throughout the story. Hope that third book shows up soon.

114connie53
oct. 28, 2015, 3:56am

>113 ronincats: I love that cover. I want to have that glass ball!

115ronincats
oct. 29, 2015, 10:44pm

Slow couple of days. The feral kitty got outside and won't come back in despite wailing piteously. Did a bunch of signage for my booth and 5 pair of ear climbers. Planted peas in the big planters flanking the front gate. Working on the last Max Gladstone. Heard from my best friend from graduate school who has stage 4 abdominal cancer--she called 2 weeks ago to let me know. I hadn't mentioned it before, this already being my year of death. We went to visit her two years ago. Lovely, lovely person.

116Storeetllr
Editat: oct. 29, 2015, 10:53pm

So sorry to hear about your graduate school friend, Roni. You've been through it for sure this year. Will you be going to see her again?

ETA that I hope the kitten managed to get back inside.

117LizzieD
oct. 29, 2015, 11:05pm

So, so far behind. A belated happy wish for your Thingaversary - I'm certainly richer for your having found LT. Thank you!
I'm sorry to hear about your friend. You have had more than a year of sadness this year. And I have now put A Stranger in Olondria on the old wish list. Thank you again.
Feel really well! (And congratulations on healing quickly.) Get that kitten back inside! Those are my two wishes for you.

118Familyhistorian
oct. 30, 2015, 12:09am

Sorry to hear about your friend, Roni. It has been a hard year. I hope that 2016 will be better.

119humouress
oct. 30, 2015, 10:18am

Hi Roni. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Hoping that next year will be a huge improvement, too.

120connie53
oct. 30, 2015, 2:21pm

Sorry to hear about your friend, Roni! I'm sending lots of good thoughts your way.

121RebaRelishesReading
oct. 31, 2015, 1:03pm

(((((Roni)))))

122ronincats
Editat: nov. 1, 2015, 4:02pm

Thanks, Mary, Peggy, Meg, Nina, Connie and Reba, for the support. I love my LT friends. I don't want to be a moaner here but as Meg says, it's been quite a year.

So yesterday was the farmers market--sold a plate and 3 pairs of earrings--the latter to someone who'd bought from me before and came specifically looking for gifts. So I made a profit. A busy few weeks coming up: next week is normal but the two weeks after that have 3 events plus the farmers market and, due to the hand fracture, really low pottery inventory. I go to the studio today to glaze one more teapot, the last piece out before these shows.



Book #136 High Wizardry by Diane Duane (375 pp.)

Book three in the series has little sister Dairine taking her Wizard's Oath and her Ordeal. These middle school books are nice light reading and easy to pick up on the run. It's interesting to see the alterations done to the stories to put them in the new time line and update the technology (time starts in 2007 for the first book now, originally published in 1982).

123FAMeulstee
oct. 31, 2015, 3:12pm

Happy to read the hand is healed
Feeling a little bit of envy about being able to work in the garden ;-)
Beautiful colored pottery!
Sorry about your friend and others I missed in this "quiete a year"...
hugs

124ronincats
oct. 31, 2015, 9:13pm

Thanks, Anita!

Well, the errant kitty is now inside and I have 4 deep puncture marks on my inner right forearm. For those who are not completely caught up in my life, we have three cats and one dog. Zoe is the one on my profile page and she is 13 years old and a total sweetie--my husband found her sleeping out in the street as a kitten and brought her in, totally bedraggled but clearly brought up around people. Then Molly, 8 years old, is the dog, and the next year our other two cats were born under our front porch to a feral female. We brought the dark tabby male in when he was old enough to leave mom--he still doesn't let me walk up to him and pick him up, but loves to have me pull him onto my lap when I'm sitting and pet him. That's Cole. And then there is Spook, who never let me pick him up as a kitten (cue puncture wounds) but who followed Cole into the house when he came in and has co-existed with us since then. He actually will walk by be when I'm sitting and lets me reach out and rub the side of his head or down his spine through his tail, but never, never lets me tighten a grip or cuddle or pick him up. It was becoming increasingly clear that, although I had at times coaxed him up to the doorsill, he was never going to actually come in, just sit out on the deck and cry about it. So, sitting on the lounge just outside the door, I finally got him in position, while petting him as above, where I got a good grip on his neck with my right hand and his tail with my left and heaved him through the door and slammed it shut before he could scramble back out again. REally, it's minimal damage all things considered! He should come out of the depths of the closet in a day or so, and may let me touch him again in a couple of weeks...

125ronincats
oct. 31, 2015, 10:46pm

He's gained resiliency! Only 90 minutes later and he is rubbing against my leg wanting me to (and tolerating it) pet him!! Whew! Guess we have built some trust there--as long as I don't push it. ;-)

126RBeffa
oct. 31, 2015, 11:12pm

>125 ronincats: good luck! Sounds like you won ;)

127jjmcgaffey
nov. 1, 2015, 1:21am

I suspect if you'd tried to pet him, let alone hold on to him, then (when you brought him in) - he would have done the disappear for days thing. But you just demonstrated that you will grab him and then let go...you may have hit on the thing that triggers him to start expanding his trust in you. It's so nice when a feral starts to trust...

128souloftherose
nov. 1, 2015, 9:01am

>106 ronincats: Sorcerer to the Crown sounds good - I'm considering making that a Thingaversary purchase.

Sorry to hear the news about your friend. - it has been a tough year for you and yours. But glad you got Spook inside and he hasn't held it against you! Our kitty is still strongly against being picked up or handled and won't sit on laps but does like lots of strokes as long as it's on her own terms.

129sibylline
nov. 1, 2015, 11:37am

Odd, there is a whole section of your thread I don't remember reading, but it comes up as having been read. The mysteries of LT. Or is it the mysteries of my brain?

Glad that Spook is coming around!

130lkernagh
nov. 1, 2015, 3:28pm

Great update on your relationship with Spook! He does appear to be coming around, unless he is like my niece's cat who lulls you into letting your guard down and then - POOF! - out come the claws and the hissing/spitting starts. ;-)

Spook is a beautiful cat!

131ronincats
nov. 1, 2015, 4:12pm

Ron, Jenn, Heather, Lucy and Lori--yes, he's definitely hanging out underfoot today as well. I think he's just so relieved to be back HOME.

A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane (369 pp.)

Book 4 of the series has Nita being sent to her aunt in Ireland to get her away from wizardry and Kit for a while--anyone think that's going to work? Good grounding in Irish mythology here.



Book #138 A Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane (435 pp.)

I knew this one would be hard--Nita's mother is discovered to have a malignant brain tumor, and Nita deals with the limits of wizardry. It's very well done, and I'm a big fan of having kids be able to deal with difficult things in fiction as a preparation for RL (one of the reasons I get so irate at things like changing the ending of A Little Princess in the film)--it's probably at this point in the series where Duane develops the depth to make the series a classic. I shed a few tears, but I'm okay now.

132Donna828
nov. 2, 2015, 11:40am

I'm glad the new Bujold is a good one, Roni. I listened to Cetaganda on the drive to Denver. As always, Bujold makes the Miles fly by.

The fall color in Missouri and Kansas is underwhelming this year. Good on you for taming the feral kitties!

133jnwelch
nov. 2, 2015, 11:55am

Cetaganda has always been a favorite in the series for me. She makes the cultural differences so interesting.

134connie53
nov. 2, 2015, 2:44pm

Hurrah for Spook and for you, Roni!

135ronincats
nov. 2, 2015, 4:22pm

>132 Donna828:, >133 jnwelch: Cetaganda is a favorite of mine as well!

>134 connie53: thanks, Connie. He's definitely a Halloween kind of cat.

October Summary

Books read: 14
Pages read: 5971
Average pages/book: 426
Average pages/day: 199

10 new reads, 4 rereads
7 library books
1 book off my shelf

2 science fiction
11 fantasy
1 mystery

136ronincats
nov. 2, 2015, 4:59pm



Book #139 A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane (355 pp.)

Nita and Kit try to make contact with a young autistic wizard and cope with the development of Kit's dog's abilities. Another excellent installment.

137thornton37814
nov. 2, 2015, 8:21pm

Love the photo of your furry friend!

138DeltaQueen50
nov. 3, 2015, 5:30pm

So sorry to read about your friend Roni, but happy to hear that Spook is back home where I suspect he is very happy to be!

I am planning reading a fair amount of fantasy in November and started with One Good Knight from Mercedes Lackey, now I am just finishing up a re-read of The Lies of Locke Lamora so I will be ready for the rest of the trilogy soon. I picked up Plain Kate by Erin Bow at the library this morning and I have The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley on the TBR as a lot of LTers have said this was one of their favorites.

139foggidawn
nov. 3, 2015, 8:32pm

>138 DeltaQueen50: Wow, you have some fantastic reads ahead of you!

140avatiakh
nov. 3, 2015, 8:37pm

Our black cat went missing a few days ago on Halloween. As we don't celebrate it here, I'm hoping that his disappearance isn't related to the event. We miss him and it seems weird to now only be feeding one cat.

141ronincats
nov. 4, 2015, 12:59am

>137 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori. I'm certainly enjoying the photos (and the video) of your kittens on your thread--keep them coming!!

>138 DeltaQueen50: Count me in as a fan of The Blue Sword, Judy. HOpe you like it too.

>139 foggidawn: Doesn't she, foggi?

>140 avatiakh: Yes, owners of black cats in this country are urged to keep them in and safe around Halloween. I hope he shows up.

We are having a rainy night with lightning and thunder! So rare here in SD, and so enjoyable. We are actually putting the windows down tonight as the temperature has dipped into the 50s.

Manners & Mutiny showed up first thing this morning, but I'm still working on Wizards at War so haven't started it yet. Got my KU Jayhawk paraphernalia out today--first game is tomorrow night!

142sibylline
nov. 4, 2015, 8:53am

>140 avatiakh: Oh dear, I hope he returns soon.

I love Cetaganda also. It's really one of my favorites. Interesting to note, too, that Cetaganda is one of Jo Walton's least favorites. Can't remember xactly why at this moment, but I'll try to refind it.

FYI, Roni, I'm now reading a long series of her essays on her reread of the Jhereg series. She may be convincing me to try another one!

143Storeetllr
nov. 4, 2015, 3:38pm

Hi, Roni, and yay for the rain and the cooler temps! Though I for one would prefer to live in a place where the temps stayed between 70 and 80 year round 24/7, and it rained only just enough in the hours before dawn, I know SoCal needs rain, and the cool weather helps with any wildfires that may pop up.

>140 avatiakh: Yes, hope he returns safe and sound soon. My daughter has a black cat, Wynstyn (yes, a pretentious name, but she's a NYC actress so... anyway, she calls him Bubbie ~ don't ask because I don't know), and keeps him inside for many reasons, one of which is the stupid superstitions of some people. Mostly because of NYC traffic.

I liked Cetaganda too, and Komarr is another really good one, but my very favorite (as I think I've mentioned) remains A Civil Campaign. Hmm, 2016 may be a good year for a reread of the series before reading her new installment that's coming out in February. Also, come to think of it, I still haven't gotten around to Falling Free. Bad Mary.

144humouress
nov. 5, 2015, 5:28am

*delurking to wave*

145sibylline
nov. 5, 2015, 5:44pm

SOS Roni, which was the Brust that you thought I should read to give Brust another chance?

146avatiakh
nov. 5, 2015, 6:31pm

Good news - our cat re-appeared after midnight. He was hungry, very subdued and has nasty scratches on his back leg. His usual personality is full of bounce, like Tigger so we are giving him his space to recover. Six days in the wild, our home while part of an urban area backs onto lifestyle blocks with sheep and other large farm animals.

147ronincats
Editat: nov. 18, 2015, 1:56pm

>146 avatiakh: Kerry, thank you for that update re: your cat--so glad he's back and hope those scratches heal up okay. My Spook sends his comfort purrs.

>145 sibylline:, >142 sibylline: Hah, Walton convinced you, huh? There are some options--

If you want some history of how Vlad became connected to Morrolan and Sethra, plus some very interesting insight into the Dragearan gods, go with Taltos.

You can't get to where Vlad's lifestyle starts causing problems and he starts making changes without getting through Yendi into Teckla.

If you are tired of Vlad and are a fan of Dumas' writing and The Three Musketeers, go before Vlad's time to The Phoenix Guards.

>144 humouress: *waves back at Nina* Hope your air is clearing up.

>143 Storeetllr: Hi, Mary. I hear our rain may be causing snow in Denver--are you getting any of it? I love all those other Bujolds as well.

Switched over my summer and winter wardrobes yesterday and today. As often happens, forgot to put on my Fitbit after my bath, so have several hours on my feet that did't get logged in addition to the 3622 steps that did. And that's all in the house. Woke up this morning to the sounds of the tree removal crew taking out the 25' tall yucca back by the rental where it was starting to push up the foundation. They were done in an hour and a quarter--great job!

Last night I finished Wizards at War and started Manners & Mutiny, but haven't had time to read today--what little I did read was starting the first chapter of my nonfiction, Bad Paper.



Book #141 Wizards at War by Diane Duane (563 pp.)

Book 8 of the series is even more complex and emotionally satisfying than the previous books. More would be spoilers for previous books. The next and final (at the moment) book in the series is the only one I have read, and it's been on my tbr shelf since it came out in 2011. But I'm taking a break from Nita and Kit and working on M&M tonight.

Edited to add, I missed A Wizard's Holiday, which was book #140, so adding it here to keep the count accurate.

148ronincats
Editat: nov. 18, 2015, 1:56pm

Well, nobody (including me) has been here for three days. I did finish M&M Thursday night, then made some ear climbers on Friday morning before heading out to the farmers' market. Very light on vendors and also light on customers, but I still cleared $100--3 crochet accessories, 1 ear climber, and a pair of xmas tree earrings.



Book #142 Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (326 pp.)

This concludes the Finishing School quartet and is more of the same. Our plot resolution lines are nicely tied up with some explosive action, but it just didn't grab me like her others. It may have been me.

Saturday I put in a marathon (okay, 3.5 hours) at the Pottery, trimming and throwing and glazing up a storm, and had this to bring home from last week.



And I finished a new hat. The button is hand-made from polymer clay by an artist in the Spanish Village.

149PaulCranswick
nov. 8, 2015, 7:24pm

Closing in on the double 75 Roni which, considering your slowish start (for you) is no mean achievement. xx

150qebo
nov. 8, 2015, 9:03pm

>148 ronincats: I've been agonizing about a roof, cleaning walls, and pulling out carpet staples for several days... Not much LT time. The hat is cute.

151Storeetllr
nov. 8, 2015, 9:36pm

Oh! Love that hat! The button is beautiful too!

Yes, we got a light dusting of snow, but it's all gone now. So are the last of my tender annuals. The peony bush is still green, as are many of the leaves on the pear tree out back and the linden tree-bush and the lilacs. Also the kale looks like it's very happy. I guess kale likes a bit of frost.

152ronincats
nov. 8, 2015, 10:18pm

>149 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the cheerleading, Paul! Yes, I should make it comfortably after all. RL impacted pretty heavily in February and March and you know how that is, having your own
RL hiatus this year.

>150 qebo: Katherine, I've been following along on your threads--as if dealing with the roof issue were not enough, the community garden stuff as well! Sending you lots of positive energy!

>151 Storeetllr: It's the writing machine, churning it out! Way to go, Mary!

Well, the World Fantasy Awards were announced today. Of the 5 novels, I had read 3, but of course not the one that won. What do you think, those of you who have read The Bone Clocks--is it worthy?

Novel

Winner: The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Random House; Sceptre)
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)*
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)*
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
My Real Children, Jo Walton (Tor; Corsair)*

*Ones I have read.

153PaulCranswick
nov. 8, 2015, 11:14pm

>152 ronincats: I cannot believe that I won a fantasy award winner before you Roni. Thought it was good and the fact that I didn't understand all of it explains how it cropped up in these awards!

154Storeetllr
nov. 9, 2015, 1:29am

I didn't read The Bone Clocks but I heard good things about it. I did read City of Stairs and Area X, both of which I liked a lot.

155RebaRelishesReading
nov. 9, 2015, 4:45am

I was here...just lurked...but so you'll know I check regularly I'll wave this time :) *wave*

156sibylline
nov. 9, 2015, 5:29pm

Hmmm I was considering The Bone Clocks at a bookstore the other day. I'm not sure if i can explain it, but I didn't end up buying anything. I'm sure you have reviewed the other three - which was your fave?

157ronincats
Editat: nov. 18, 2015, 1:58pm

>153 PaulCranswick: Because it was one of those "literary" books, probably!
>154 Storeetllr: Haven't read ARea X or even heard anything about it.
>155 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks for saying hi, Reba! Sometimes I feel neglected and love the waves.
>156 sibylline: I did review them in my thread. Hard to say--they are very different. The Goblin Emperor was the most accessible, traditional fantasy in a good way, and feel-good of the three. My Real Children was the most involved, creative, and mundane of the three. City of Stairs was most similar in feel to other fantasy series I'm enjoying--the Matthew Swift books of Kate Griffin and Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence--and also well done with great world-building and complex plots.

Finished my first non-fiction of the month:



Book #143 Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld by Jake Halpern (240 pp.)

This sounded interesting when Jim (drneutron) reviewed it, and it was. I was already aware that debts were sold and bought like mortgages were, and that collection agencies were trying to collect on debt that was beyond the statute of limitations for this state, but this journalist tracked down and talked to the people doing the collecting. Not great writing, but interesting characters and an eye-opener if you didn't realize what has been going on.

158souloftherose
nov. 10, 2015, 12:05pm

>152 ronincats: I've tried The Bone Clocks and couldn't get into it - it struck me as more literary than fantasy and I have not been getting on well with literary lately. Other than The Goblin Emperor I haven't read any of the others but they are all on my library list/wish list.

Area X is the name of the combined series: I've seen good comments about the individual books somewhere on LT but can't remember where - remembered! On Mary's (bell7) thread. The individual volumes are Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance. I think they're light horror/science fictional dystopia.

159ronincats
nov. 11, 2015, 8:14pm

>158 souloftherose: Umm, I'm not into horror at all, although I can handle most dystopia.

Okay, it's feedback time. I'm finally started making more holiday earrings, since my show starts on Friday (yes, I'm a procrastinator who needs pressure to move!). Here's what I've made today. I've only shown one of each model so that I can fit more into one photo. Which earrings should I concentrate on, style-wise? The one on the left is an ear-climber, shown pointing down.

160katiekrug
nov. 11, 2015, 8:26pm

I like them all but the center one especially.

161foggidawn
nov. 11, 2015, 9:18pm

I particularly like the one in the center and the one to the far right.

162LizzieD
nov. 11, 2015, 10:55pm

I'm so, so far behind, but I'm happy to hear 2 stories of kitties safely inside. Wonderful! So far none of ours has ever tried to get out. I devoutly hope that trend continues. We are way too close to a major artery into town from I-95.
I really enjoyed City of Stairs and liked Bone Clocks OK, but I was expecting more from it. I'll be researching the others.
And like Katie and foggidawn, I find the center earring most pleasing. I think it's the big green bead at the bottom that does it for me. I also like the tree on the left with fewer beads.

163ronincats
nov. 12, 2015, 12:15am

Thanks, Katie, foggi and Peggy, for the assistance. I'll post more tomorrow!

164humouress
nov. 12, 2015, 1:51am

>159 ronincats: I'm with foggi, ie the two spirals in different colours. Suggest you throw in some ear climbers for variety.

165FAMeulstee
nov. 12, 2015, 2:37am

Like the others my eyes were drawn to the one in the middle, and I like the second from the left.

166RebaRelishesReading
nov. 12, 2015, 12:01pm

I, too, like the middle one very much. If it comes in silver wire too I may have to look up one of your sales :)

167ronincats
nov. 12, 2015, 6:17pm

The spirals seem to be popular! Thanks, Nina, Anita, and Reba, for the feedback. It is ALL welcome! Here are some more styles.



And here are the 4 pairs of ear climbers on their cards, one of which was in the photo in >159 ronincats:

168ronincats
nov. 12, 2015, 6:20pm

>166 RebaRelishesReading: Reba, I'm off to make a pair in silver right now! ;-) Just in case.

It's been a busy day. I went to the pottery this morning since I won't be able to on Saturday and trimmed all sorts of stuff like crazy. Then we went down and set up for the Victorian Christmas Festival at the Chula Vista Elks tomorrow and Saturday. I'm just home and relaxing for a minute before turning out some more earrings and getting my stuff ready for tomorrow. Oh, and I sold the hat in >148 ronincats: to another vendor while we were setting up!

169foggidawn
nov. 12, 2015, 9:21pm

>167 ronincats: Of the first picture, I like the tree to the far right best. The blue tree is also striking. I like all of the ear climbers, but the ones on the bottom left are my favorites.

170ronincats
Editat: nov. 12, 2015, 10:22pm

And here are Reba's silver tree earrings.

171ronincats
nov. 13, 2015, 12:01am

And here is another little experiment--Lord knows I've got plenty of these around the house!

172ronincats
nov. 13, 2015, 8:49pm

Disappointed not to have any feedback on the last two pictures, but I had a very decent day at the first day of the Festival, while many others were doing very little. Of course, my pottery buyer was there to give me a boost (she made my Christmas season last year!) at $70 for the first sale of the day. Didn't sell any of the corks, although got several comments. Reba, your earrings in >170 ronincats: sold--I'll have to make you another pair tonight! I also sold the cat set--earrings and pendant shown in an earlier thread, a tree of life, a pair of ear climbers, a mug, and a scarf and two pair of fingerless gloves. I cannot keep the latter in stock!

173Familyhistorian
nov. 14, 2015, 12:45am

>170 ronincats: I like those earrings, Roni. Sounds like your sales are going well.

174PaulCranswick
nov. 14, 2015, 2:35am

>167 ronincats: I have never seen any of those ear climber things before, Roni. Very interesting but don't they get in the way of actually hearing things and if so can I have a bunch to block out SWMBO's constant stream of instructions.

Have a lovely weekend.

175humouress
Editat: nov. 14, 2015, 1:05pm

>170 ronincats: Oddly, they look golden rather than silver; must be a reflection.

>171 ronincats: If you have lots of corks, you must have opened a lot of wine bottles. Hmmm.... ;0)

I prefer the one with the wire wound around the cork, because the cork is more integrated into the decoration.

ETA >174 PaulCranswick: Paul, I think they'll look very nice on you.

176streamsong
nov. 14, 2015, 1:13pm

Wow, Roni, all your pretty pics are making me hum 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".

I'm glad you had such a great start to the craft fair. Good wishes for today.

I hadn't seen the cork decorations before - I think you just haven't found the right crowd for them. I picked up a wine cork hot pad/coaster at a craft fair and it was a very popular item at a 'dirty Santa' gift giving a couple years back.

177RebaRelishesReading
nov. 14, 2015, 1:28pm

Sorry I didn't get back about the earrings. Don't think we're going to make it to Chula Vista this weekend but I'm still interested -- I think I might like silver with all (dark?) green beads inside -- how does that sound?

178HanGerg
Editat: nov. 14, 2015, 7:14pm

Hi Roni!! I'll give you feedback on the trees in >167 ronincats:; they are all great, but especially the two in the middle. It's the seasonal colours what does it. I love the little star at the top of the left centre one. That makes it the winner in my book.

I'm excited that I've read some fantasy books that you haven't and can offer advice! (I think that's a first from me to you!). Area X is indeed sort of Dystopic/Fantasy/Horror if that isn't too much of a melange. Is it good and would I recommend it? Hmm, not sure. The first one is certainly worth a go, and I think you can probably stop there unless you really get hooked. It is pretty weird and disturbing and quite unlike anything else I've ever read. Basic plot is this: there's a weird area of a recognisable present day US that is just.....altered somehow. The only way in and out is through a mysterious portal, under hypnosis, and once inside very weird and almost always unpleasant things are liable to happen to you, but on the positive side, it has reverted back to be a pristine wilderness with absolutely no trace of pollution in any of the flora and fauna, much of which is unique to the area. The Southern Reach is the shadowy government department set up to look into this weird phenomena, and over the course of the three books we gradually find out more about it just what the heck is going on in there - or do we?? Did I mention it's pretty disturbing, but in a very low key way. But; disturbing. So, does that sound like fun or...?

179HanGerg
Editat: nov. 14, 2015, 4:43pm

Oh, returning to say, I've just ordered a Fitbit! Should arrive on Monday! So, is there a place on LT where the Fitbitters hang out and boast about their accomplishments or anything?

180DeltaQueen50
nov. 14, 2015, 5:42pm

Hi Roni, sounds you have a busy weekend planned an I hope a successful one. I am almost halfway into The Blue Sword and I am totally loving this book. I can see why so many people say this was one of their favorites.

181humouress
nov. 15, 2015, 10:51am

182sibylline
nov. 15, 2015, 10:55am

Reba's earrings are gorgeous. Hope you are experiencing great sales right this minute!

183AMQS
nov. 15, 2015, 1:21pm

Hi Roni! Happy November to you, and thank you for treating us to your pottery, jewelry (Reba's earrings are my favorite) and knitted creations!

Marina is really enjoying the Lockwood & Co. series:)

184ronincats
nov. 15, 2015, 4:09pm

It's lovely to be home today after two full days spent at the show. I did fine for the show, over $200 profit after fees, so I'm happy. The ear climbers went like crazy. No pottery or christmas tree earrings on the second day.

>173 Familyhistorian: Well enough to keep me busy, Meg!
>174 PaulCranswick: Joker!
>175 humouress: Oh, yes, I contributed everyone of those corks myself, Nina.
>176 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. I've got a bunch of ideas on my Pinterest board for cork ideas to try out.
>177 RebaRelishesReading: Reba, I'll make up a pair with all green beads--may not all be dark green, depends on what I have. If you pm me your email, I'll send you info on where I'll be Thursday and Saturday--after that, we'll be gone for 2 weeks.
>178 HanGerg: I think Richard just reviewed the first book in the series. Thanks for the info--I'm still undecided.
>179 HanGerg: I don't think there's a group, but there probably should be.
>180 DeltaQueen50: Oh, Judy, so glad you love it!!
>181 humouress: Seconding the YAY!
>182 sibylline: Not at this minute, but I had good sales. Thanks for the good thoughts, LUcy.
>183 AMQS: Isn't that series fun, Anne?

Relaxing today, cleaning up around the house and laundry, later maybe replenish my stock of ear climbers...

185humouress
nov. 15, 2015, 7:52pm

>175 humouress: >184 ronincats: You must be Californian.

Welcome home.

186scaifea
nov. 16, 2015, 6:38am

Sorry I haven't been posting here lately - your creations are just lovely, as usual! I'm gearing up for my first ever craft show this weekend, and I'll be happy if I earn back the booth fee ($20) - ha! Congrats on way surpassing that at yours!

187ronincats
nov. 16, 2015, 10:43pm

>185 humouress: Only Californians love their wine?

>186 scaifea: Hi, Amber. Hope you do well! Be sure and take shade if you are outside.

Here's today's earrings.

188LizzieD
nov. 16, 2015, 11:14pm

Glad to hear about your profits! That's bound to be encouraging.
I'm not attracted to the corks, but I love all those Christmas trees in 187 - the red ones especially. That surprises me because green is my favorite color, and I tend to love yellow and brown. Thanks for posting all your good stuff!

189foggidawn
nov. 17, 2015, 12:00am

>187 ronincats: Ooh, very pretty!

190ronincats
Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 12:40am

>188 LizzieD:, >189 foggidawn: Thank you!

The rest of today's work--ear climbers to replace all the ones that sold, and a cork ornament the photo does not do justice to. My fault for trying to fit it all into a single photo. Tomorrow--purple ear climbers needed.

191humouress
nov. 17, 2015, 1:22am

>187 ronincats: Well, obviously ;0)

>187 ronincats: Very festive! (Think my favourite is the leftmost).

>190 ronincats: Gorgeous colours! I like the way that wire curls in front of the cork.

192scaifea
nov. 17, 2015, 6:53am

I laughed right out loud at your "if you are outside" comment! This is Wisconsin. In November. Ha!

193foggidawn
nov. 17, 2015, 6:59am

>190 ronincats: More pretties! My favorites are the middle one on the left and both of the green ones on the right. Almost makes me wish I could wear earrings, but back when I tried it I found that my ears were very sensitive, so I eventually just let them grow shut.

194sibylline
Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 9:49am

The ear climbers are great - I can see why they sold so well!

>193 foggidawn: I didn't pierce my ears until I was around 40 and I'd say it took five patient years to get them to settle down.

195RebaRelishesReading
nov. 17, 2015, 11:45am

>187 ronincats: hmmm, now I'm liking the red ones a lot too. Hope I manage to get there Saturday and see them in person.

196Storeetllr
nov. 17, 2015, 5:23pm

>187 ronincats: Those are so fun! I showed one of my nieces, and she loved them too.

197ronincats
nov. 18, 2015, 2:05pm

Thanks to Nina, foggi, Lucy, Reba and Mary for the kind comments about the earrings. I made 3 purple ear climbers last night and then cleaned up my beading mess.

>192 scaifea: Oh, Amber, it's a whole 'nother world out here. Having just spent two full days in the high 70s on the patio for my Victorian Christmas Show, I wasn't even thinking about Wisconsin in November! Glad I gave you an opportunity to laugh.



Book #144 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (351 pp.)

I really enjoyed Caine's first book, Ill Wind, which started her Weather Warden series in 2003. It was chicklit in urban fantasy form, but I liked the snark and the world-building. But as it became a series, each book got more out there and more violent as she attempted to bring in something new--something known to happen when a first book becomes popular and then is stretched into a series without a clearly defined story line ahead of time. So I stopped reading her after about the 5th Weather Warden book and never got into any of her other series afterwards. The premise of this first book in her new series pulled me in, however, and I'm glad it did.

The Great Library of Alexandria controls all knowledge. Librarians are above national loyalties and conflicts, serving only knowledge. Owning actual books, unless stamped and licensed as duplicates, is illegal, but people have access to literature through "blanks" where any book requested appears and is read (Amazon Kindle, is that you?) for a period of time, then disappears. No room for abuse of power in this scenario, right? Jess comes from a book-smuggling family--his father pays for him to apply to be a Librarian. This is his story as he learns to see the Library for what it truly is.

Caine has learned from her experience. The story line is clearly delineated and controlled and you can see it is planned through to later books in the series. I loved the world-building and thought it entertaining reading indeed. Recommended.

198jjmcgaffey
nov. 18, 2015, 2:52pm

Hmmm - my problem with the Weather Warden series was that at the end of the first book, the heroine was pretty much where she'd been at the beginning only in worse shape. Second book, same as the first...and that's where I quit. I've been ignoring her since, but maybe I should give this one a try - your analysis of why Weather Wardens didn't work makes sense to me. There isn't a shoe-obsessed heroine in this one, is there?

199foggidawn
nov. 18, 2015, 5:26pm

>197 ronincats: I read some of Caine's Morganville Vampires series -- they were very fast-paced, but it seemed like every single book ended on a major cliffhanger (when I came to one that didn't, I stopped reading). I've never been tempted to pick up her other stuff, but that one does hold some appeal, I'll admit.

200ronincats
nov. 19, 2015, 11:18am

>198 jjmcgaffey: Actually, I think it may have been the 3rd book where I threw it at the wall. Exactly. Things just kept getting worse. No shoe- or car-obsessed heroine here. It's Victorian Era steampunk alternate history. And the story-line moves.

>199 foggidawn: The current situation is resolved at the end of the book, foggi, but this is clearly a series where the action will continue. There is a natural break in the story here.

Well, I'm starting my natal day with a short craft show from 10 to 1, then I'm free for the rest of the day. Struggling to finish Last First Snow for over a week now. Not that it's a bad book but it's a prequel to Two Serpents Rising and I hate seeing bad things happen to good people.

201humouress
nov. 19, 2015, 11:27am

Happy Birthday

202RebaRelishesReading
nov. 19, 2015, 1:24pm

Happy natal day :) Hope you're having a good show. It's looking good for us to come to El Cajon on Saturday -- fingers crossed.

203rosylibrarian
nov. 19, 2015, 1:51pm

>197 ronincats: I am just about to finished this one, and actually have a story about her on my thread. :)

And Happy Birthday to you!

204Storeetllr
nov. 19, 2015, 1:52pm

It's your birthday! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May it be filled with great sales at your show, good friends, fun times, good books, lots of presents, and, most important of all, cake.


(Yes, this is a cake.)

205souloftherose
nov. 19, 2015, 1:56pm

Happy birthday and fingers crossed for a good show!

206avatiakh
nov. 19, 2015, 2:34pm

Happy Birthday!

207jnwelch
nov. 19, 2015, 2:46pm

Happy Birthday, Roni!

208quinaquisset
nov. 19, 2015, 7:17pm

Have a happy birthday!
I don't think I read past Rachel Caine's first book, and I can't remember why, other than 'not impressive'. But I'll keep an eye out for the librarians.

209ronincats
nov. 19, 2015, 9:54pm

Thanks for visiting and for the birthday wishes, Nina, Reba, Marie, Mary, Heather, Kerry, Joe and QQ! I appreciate all of it! Gorgeous cake, Mary. Reba, it would be great to see you Saturday.

The craft show was slow and hot. Only 3 hours, it's an annual charity fund raiser in the parking lot of Symitar up in Kearny Mesa, and many the employees stroll past our books at their break and lunchtime in order to get to the food booths at the far end. We didn't see as many people buying this year as last year, but I still sold 5 of my ear climbers and my neighbor the soap lady bought two of my crocheted cowls to wear up to a show in Julian (60 miles east up in the mountains and definitely chilly there), so I did fine for a short show. Others weren't so lucky.

It was very nice to come home and relax afterwards, talk to family on the phone, and I'm transferring CDs to iTunes to my iPod for the trip home next week. Wish my husband was open to audio books.

210DeltaQueen50
nov. 19, 2015, 10:51pm

Couldn't let the day slip away without dropping by and wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Roni. That cake that Mary brought you is really something, just gorgeous. Hope your day was full of good people, good food and good books!

211ronincats
nov. 19, 2015, 10:56pm

Thank you, Judy! It's been a great day and all my friends stopping by just makes it better!

212brenpike
nov. 19, 2015, 11:48pm

Happy Birthday Roni

213ronincats
nov. 20, 2015, 12:00am

Thanks, Brenda.

214Familyhistorian
nov. 20, 2015, 12:08am

A belated Happy Birthday, Roni!

215susanj67
nov. 20, 2015, 4:57am

A slightly belated happy birthday, Roni! Your show sounds like it was successful for a short one. I love your pottery back up the thread - have you ever thought of doing salt pigs? For some reason I thought the other day of getting one, but the mass-produced ones are pretty boring. We had a lovely hand-made one at my parents' when I was a kid, and they still seem to be a "thing" going by what's online, but none of the glazes are anywhere near as lovely as yours.

216Kassilem
nov. 20, 2015, 6:25am

Happy belated birthday Roni. :) I hope it was a good one

217scaifea
nov. 20, 2015, 6:49am

Happy birthday, Roni!!

218lkernagh
nov. 20, 2015, 9:15am

Darn, I missed your birthday. Happy belated birthday wishes for you, Roni!

219ronincats
nov. 20, 2015, 2:24pm

Meg, Susan, Melissa, Amber and Lori, thank you for the birthday wishes! I'll have to look up the salt pigs, Susan.



Book #145 Last First Snow by Max Gladstone (380 pp.)

This is the 4th and newest book of the Craft Sequence published, but the first in chronological order. As such, it had to conform to events in Two Serpents Rise and that often constrains the story. As I said earlier, when bad things happen to people you like, it slows my reading down as I distance myself from the story, but I got through it and it was as well written as the others. Still a very interesting universe!

220sibylline
nov. 20, 2015, 3:04pm

Happy Birthday a bit late! Hope you had a fabulous day.

221swynn
nov. 20, 2015, 4:08pm

>197 ronincats: I just found this over on Marie's thread. The thought of Librarian overlords appeals to me. Obviously. I have Ill Wind in the default TBR pile: bought but not yet read, so Caine will be a new author to me.

>219 ronincats: Must get around to the Craft Sequence too ...

And happy Yesterbirthday!

222humouress
nov. 21, 2015, 2:43am

>219 ronincats: So, should I ever get around to the Craft sequence, would you recommend published or chronological order?

223PaulCranswick
nov. 21, 2015, 4:25am

Here is shamefaced to wish you a very belated happy birthday, Roni. xx

224scaifea
nov. 23, 2015, 6:33am

Coming to visit you with fresh admiration for someone who frequently sets up her booth at craft fairs. After just one, I'm exhausted! I did okay, but I'm so tired still, two days later, that I don't think I'll be doing them very often...

225ronincats
nov. 23, 2015, 8:42am

I'm on the road so am reading but not posting a lot. Thanks to Lucy, Steve and Paul for the birthday wishes. Nina, I'd actually recommend reading the first published book first for its intro to this world, but then read Last First Snow before Two Serpents Rise.

>224 scaifea: LOL. I guess I've built up some stamina...

226bell7
nov. 24, 2015, 6:19pm

Well, goodness, this is what I get for getting behind on your thread!

Love the photos of your newest creations. Reba's silver earrings are especially pretty, and I love the idea of the cork ornaments. Every time I go somewhere on vacation I look for a unique ornament as a memento, and those would certainly be the kind of thing I'd go for.

I did indeed read the Southern Reach trilogy. I don't do horror either, and it was - at least to me - much more atmospheric and reminiscent of Lost. Weird for sure, and the first book is pretty short if you do decide to give it a go. I also haven't read The Bone Clocks, and I'll definitely have to read City of Stairs soon as now both you and Jim have recommended it.

And finally (but most importantly) a belated happy birthday! I hope you had a chance to celebrate over the weekend.

227DeltaQueen50
nov. 25, 2015, 10:24pm

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Roni!

228EBT1002
nov. 26, 2015, 2:39pm


229sibylline
nov. 27, 2015, 10:56am

Hope your driving has gone safely. And that feasting was excellent.

230ronincats
nov. 27, 2015, 2:25pm

Hi, all. We made it safely before Thanksgiving and bad weather and had a good day yesterday. Today is cold with ice and a sprinkling of snow, so I've been helping my mom get out her Christmas decorations. I did finish a book last night.



Book #146 The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason (351 pp.)

This is the third in a series. The first one was an ER book, and I got the second one to read from the library when I learned I had won this one as another ER book. The books feature two 17 year-old girls; one is the sister of Bram Stoker and the other the daughter of Mycroft Holmes. In a steampunk Victorian England where electricity is illegal, the girls have been involved in several mystery cases under the auspices of Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes fans will need no introduction here). The girls have very different personalities and the conflicts between their points of view (the story is told in alternating first person between the two) as well as the introduction of some interesting young men add to the mystery and interest. I enjoy the interplay of personalities and the allusions to the world and literature we know as much as the mystery plot.

231ronincats
nov. 27, 2015, 2:26pm

Mary, Judy, Ellen and Lucy, thanks for stopping by.

I hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving in the USA and are starting off a good weekend elsewhere in the world!

232EBT1002
nov. 28, 2015, 1:44am

Yay weekend!

233Storeetllr
nov. 28, 2015, 3:19pm

Glad you had a good (if a cold and snowy) Thanksgiving with family. How long will you be in Kansas?

Have a great weekend! Enjoy decoratin' the castle!

234RebaRelishesReading
nov. 28, 2015, 3:30pm

Glad you're safely in KS and know you're having a great time. Beautiful weather here is awaiting your return :)

235ronincats
nov. 30, 2015, 10:16pm

Ice storm is finally over, the ice has melted off the trees and power lines. Not much reading getting done. But here is the crocheting I've finished on the way here and since I've arrived. The weird single thing is one boot cuff--I need to make the other.



It should be sunny the rest of the week, if not particularly warm (but above freezing!). Thanks for dropping in, Ellen, Mary and Reba. Looking forward to getting back to San Diego weather!

236brenpike
nov. 30, 2015, 10:42pm

>235 ronincats:. Uh - You are not enjoying the lovely weather we've been having in KS?!

237ronincats
nov. 30, 2015, 10:50pm

Trust me, Brenda, it was much more severe out here in central Kansas than in Lawrence and Kansas City. We were supposed to go to the game in Lawrence Saturday, but were iced inside the house. My nephew and his family were in Olathe for thanksgiving and couldn't believe it when they got home yesterday to find his truck (parked in the driveway) covered with over an inch of ice!

238humouress
des. 1, 2015, 12:32am

Ice? Not snow? Wow!

239souloftherose
des. 1, 2015, 4:33am

>235 ronincats: Ice storm? Brrrr! I like the crochet though.

240Berly
des. 2, 2015, 2:40am

So far behind here! Wow! The creative juices are flowing again to be sure! Particularly love the pottery and earrings. Oh, and your books, too. : ) We may be in for some ice here and in that case the entire city shuts down--ice and hills are a bad mix!

241ronincats
des. 2, 2015, 10:27am

242FAMeulstee
des. 2, 2015, 11:15am

>241 ronincats: Looks very slippery!
It was raining and then it started to freeze?

243sibylline
des. 2, 2015, 8:00pm

Ooo that looks icy! We've got rain here. Then some snow, then rain. Shouldn't interfere (I hope) with flying down to Florida tomorrow.

244streamsong
des. 3, 2015, 8:45am

Wow - that looks beautiful but nasty. Were there lots of power outages?

245RebaRelishesReading
des. 3, 2015, 4:04pm

Come home when you can get out, Roni. It's in the 70's and sunny :)

246Storeetllr
des. 3, 2015, 4:42pm

Oh, Reba. That stings.

247ronincats
des. 3, 2015, 7:44pm

In Oklahoma on the way home. Yes, Anita, it was raining and then the temperature fell below freezing. Hope you got down to Florida okay, Lucy. Yes, scattered outages, Janet, but we were lucky. Two more days, Reba. Has your snow melted, Mary?

248kgodey
des. 4, 2015, 12:21pm

Hi Roni!

We're been having warmer weather than usual here in Ohio. It hasn't even snowed yet this year, and it was above 60 on Dec 1. This works out well for me because I can bike around, but I don't think it's going to last much longer.

249luvamystery65
des. 4, 2015, 2:02pm

Very belated birthday Roni! Safe travels to you.

250Storeetllr
des. 4, 2015, 3:10pm

Almost, Roni. It should be completely gone in time for our next snow, which I think may come tomorrow.

My sister came home from work last night after a day that reached into the low 50s and said, "Did you get out today? It was so hot!" *sigh* Amazing how two sisters living in the same place can have such completely different perspectives.

Safe travels, Roni!

251sibylline
des. 4, 2015, 8:06pm

Safe travels indeed. Winter does appear to be here.

>250 Storeetllr: We are always amused at ourselves how our idea of "warm" shifts each month. Right now in Vermont 45 is starting to look pretty good! (Full confession: I'm in Florida. Where I noticed people wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants today because it was hovering around 70! We, of course, were more lightly clad!)

252LizzieD
des. 4, 2015, 9:21pm

Heavens! Where have I been???
A much-belated Happy Birthday and wonderful personal new year to you! And safe travels to you.

253DeltaQueen50
des. 4, 2015, 9:54pm

Enjoy a safe trip home, Roni. I remember ice storms from when I lived in Ontario and as beautiful as they can be they are not weather to fool around with.

254ronincats
des. 5, 2015, 9:01am

Leaving Flagstaff this morning, should be home tonight! 25 degrees here right now.

255RebaRelishesReading
des. 5, 2015, 1:16pm

Drive safely -- the warm sunshine is waiting for you :)

256ronincats
des. 5, 2015, 7:33pm

HOME!!!

257Familyhistorian
des. 5, 2015, 8:54pm

Ohh, ice storms are so dangerous. Lucky there weren't long power outages. I grew up in Quebec and can remember one winter ice storm that caused a week long power outage - not good when the furnace starter was electric!

258souloftherose
des. 6, 2015, 8:06am

>256 ronincats: Welcome back!

259RebaRelishesReading
des. 6, 2015, 10:33am

Welcome home. Glad the weather stayed around for you. Enjoy and rest up from the drive.

260qebo
des. 6, 2015, 9:16pm

Welcome back!

261sibylline
des. 7, 2015, 2:48pm

Home safe and sound, excellent!

262ronincats
des. 7, 2015, 3:20pm

Hi to all of you who have been dropping in. I spent a good chunk of yesterday reading threads--caught up with all of you even if I didn't say anything, as it was all rather overwhelming. Hope to get back in the conversation later this week. Have to start organizing the house so I can decorate for the holidays now. Also, I went into the pottery studio yesterday for another good chunk of time and had a marathon glazing session. Hope the glazes turn out.

263LizzieD
des. 7, 2015, 7:18pm

Glad you're home!

264avatiakh
des. 7, 2015, 7:32pm

Sounds very busy. Good luck with all the decorating.
Drawing your attention to The man who spoke snakish by Andrus Kivirähk which I'm about to read, it sounds very promising, an Estonian bestseller.

265cal8769
des. 8, 2015, 10:15am

Sorry so late but I love your earrings! They are so festive and beautiful!

266ronincats
des. 9, 2015, 12:02am

Thanks, Peggy, Kerry, and Carrie! Normally I would be starting a new thread at this point, but with only 24 days left in the year, I think I'll stretch this one out to the end. Also, I realized I haven't done a November summary yet.

Only 9 books for November, due at least in part to two weeks of travel and family. Of those, 4 were finishing up the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, rereads but of the new millennial edition. Those were all works I had at home and the final one was a BOTS for me. Then there was the latest Gail Carriger, the final book of the Finishing School quartet, three library books, one nonfiction and 2 fantasies, and then a mystery/fantasy ER book. Four of the books were published this year. About 3451 pages.

Currently working on a fantasy and an nonfiction, not moving too fast in either. Fighting to keep from pulling the Ki and Vandien quartet off my shelves to reread while Lucy is reading them--they are such fun. I'm at the top of the list at the library for Winter, Six of Crows, and Walk on Earth a Stranger, so should be bringing them home this month to read.

267humouress
des. 9, 2015, 8:47am

>84 ronincats: I've finally unearthed my Kindle - or rather, my husband turned it up - but I've missed the sale on the Young Wizards e-book series :0( Although it is on offer for 20% less than usual. So though I've missed it at $25, I can still get the 9 books for $40; providing I get organised in time and work out how to get it onto the Kindle ...

268jnwelch
des. 9, 2015, 3:30pm

Can't wait to hear what you think of Winter, Roni. I loved it.

269jjmcgaffey
Editat: des. 9, 2015, 9:58pm

>267 humouress: If you can bear to wait, there are always good sales every now and then. I held out for 50% off on Interim Errantry...and of course the next week it was 60% off! Bah. On the other hand now I have the book (though I haven't gotten around to reading it yet...).

BTW, on getting a .mobi file onto a Kindle - https://askleo.com/how-do-i-get-a-mobi-ebook-onto-my-kindle/ has a nice overview of the two ways to do it (and also how to read it without a physical Kindle at all).

270humouress
des. 10, 2015, 12:39am

>269 jjmcgaffey: Thanks Jennifer!

271Storeetllr
des. 10, 2015, 4:14pm

>267 humouress:, >269 jjmcgaffey: To add to the conversation, I use Calibre to get non-Mobi books and other reading material onto my Kindle. It's a free program that I just realized I had not yet downloaded onto my new laptop. Here's the link to the "About" page: http://calibre-ebook.com/about. OK, off to download it on the new beast.

272jjmcgaffey
des. 10, 2015, 7:12pm

Yeah, I use calibre - it's perfect. I didn't realize it would talk to Kindles, though (I use it for getting books onto my Android phone and tablets). The best part about it, I think, is that it's a single location for _all_ my ebooks (no more "where did I buy that one? What folder might it be in?"). It's also great for converting from one type of ebook to another, except it's still crappy at converting PDFs - they're a pain.

And it will make a CSV "catalog" of all its books that, with slight fiddling, will import to LT. I've been doing that with my ebooks, it makes things much easier (speaking of single location for books!). I leave off the ISBN and add it back after the import, so that the import will put in _my_ info about title, author, publication, etc.

273ronincats
des. 12, 2015, 4:42pm

FINALLY I finished a book (it's been two weeks).



Book #147 The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (419 pp.)

This is set in an alternate history Europe, in a societal and technological setting similar to the late 1700s, early 1800s. It took me a little while to get into it, but I enjoyed the world-building quite a bit. The plot was interesting even though the romance was predictable, and the characters were well-drawn.

Nina and Jenn and Mary, great conversation going on here! I have Calibre on my desktop but haven't really figured out how to use it yet.

Joe, I am heading off for the library soon on my way to pottery to pick up Winter--it is finally IN!

274PaulCranswick
des. 13, 2015, 6:19am

>273 ronincats: ...............and surely downhill towards a double 75, Roni.

Have a wonderful Sunday xx

275ronincats
des. 13, 2015, 4:07pm

Thank you, Paul!

Here's what I brought home from the pottery yesterday. I glazed three more bowls--didn't do any throwing, but came home a bit early so I could see the KU-Oregon State game at 5. Nothing special here. A lot of the little bowls for the shaving soap/brush ensembles, a two-person pie place, a pouring bowl, a big mug, a small mug and a vase.

276Storeetllr
des. 13, 2015, 4:48pm

If that's a two-person pie plate, those must be pretty big slices you're contemplationg! Unless I've got the scale all wrong. :) I like the small green bowl and the pouring bowl and the vase. If (when) I ever get back to SoCal, I'm definitely going to be returning with at least one or two of your pieces, Roni! Which is one reason it's good that I'm thinking of driving.

>56 ronincats: In the middle of the audio of Aeronaut's Windlass, which I'm enjoying a lot. Full of action and interesting characters, and great world building! Loving the Master Aetherist and Folly and Lord Albion. Gwen, though...there have been times I wished someone would slap her. I just hope she grows out of her irritating mindset.

277The_Hibernator
des. 13, 2015, 7:24pm

Midnight Queen looks really good. I might keep an eye out for it. Happy weekend Roni!

278ronincats
des. 13, 2015, 7:31pm

It's 8" in diameter, 1.5" tall, so smaller than a regulation pie plate at least.

Glad you are loving The Aeronaut's Windlass. Yes, Gwen is definitely an entitled prima donna, but she does have her moments! Enjoy!

279ronincats
des. 13, 2015, 7:38pm

Hi, Rachel! There's a sequel, although I haven't picked it up yet--Lady of Magick, which also sounds very good.

280EBT1002
des. 14, 2015, 12:57am

I still love all your pottery creations. Thank you so much for sharing them.

I'm also glad you finished a book. I know the feeling of life being so busy.

I hope you have a good week ahead of you!

281jnwelch
des. 14, 2015, 11:22am

>273 ronincats: Yay re Winter, Roni!

I'm hoping to be given The Aeronaut's Windlass for the holidays. I wasn't very subtle about it.

282ronincats
des. 14, 2015, 7:00pm

>280 EBT1002: Thank you, Ellen. I hope your work slows down a bit as the semester ends.

>281 jnwelch: I'll be starting Winter tonight, Joe. I certainly hope you get TAW for the holidays as well--I think you'll really like it.



Book #148 Harpy's Flight by Megan Lindholm (202 pp.)

This is a re-read. Lucy read this, the first of a quartet around the same characters, just recently and reminded me that I had not revisited them for far too long. Published in 1983, when Robin Hobb was still Megan Lindholm, I loved the strong female character and the interesting world-building in a time when that was far rarer.

283RebaRelishesReading
des. 14, 2015, 9:57pm

>275 ronincats: Nice pottery as usual, Roni.

284qebo
des. 14, 2015, 10:06pm

>275 ronincats: Ooh, I like the blue on white.

285DeltaQueen50
des. 15, 2015, 1:47am

Hi Roni, I've been so busy with Christmas prep that I haven't been doing much visiting on the threads. Tomorrow I head out with my elder daughter for some more shopping, although we actually spent more time planning where we would go for lunch. Tonight my grandson was here for dinner and complaining a little about having to read Lord of the Flies, I didn't have much sympathy for him as I remember loving that book! I'm just starting The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin and it's pulling me in right away.

286sibylline
des. 16, 2015, 4:29pm

I'm so pleased you are reading the Lindholm's with me! They are very fine!

287ronincats
Editat: des. 16, 2015, 10:06pm

Thank you, Reba and Katherine!

Judy, that's a good book. Hope you continue to enjoy it.

Lucy, I've put The Windsingers on hold while I read Winter but I'll be back to it soon.

So, the Kirkus Review was listing their best nonfiction books of 2015, and this book sounded interesting.

The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky

Has anyone heard of it? Anyone read it? I think I may have to have it. AND the library has it!

288streamsong
des. 17, 2015, 9:11am

That does sound like an interesting book - I'll be interested to see what you say about it.

There are lots of 'best of for 2015' lists floating around LT, but I haven't seen any other NF lists - (other than Darryl's earlier Wellcome Prize list, of course). I've only heard of a few on that list.

289ronincats
des. 18, 2015, 3:34pm

Same here, Janet--haven't heard of a lot of them.

I'm still working on Winter and The Mantle of the Prophet--not a lot of reading time. Getting ready to go to the farmers market this afternoon--hope there will be some turnout!

290LizzieD
des. 18, 2015, 10:44pm

Just dropping out of lurk to speak. "Hi, Roni!" And back into lurk, lurk, lurk.

291FAMeulstee
des. 19, 2015, 7:31am

>289 ronincats: Hope all went well at the farmers market!

292ronincats
des. 19, 2015, 12:46pm

>290 LizzieD: Hi, Peggy. I hastened to drop out of lurkdom on your thread as well. ;-)

>291 FAMeulstee: Thanks for the good wishes, Anita. It was slow, but I had an order from one of the other vendors for the 7 small shaving soap bowls and a hat, so started out in the black immediately. Then sold a bracelet, necklace, pair of earrings and a cork ornament for Christmas gifts and finally a small bowl at the very end. So I probably did better than practically anyone else there in the end.

Today the KU game is on at 11 this mornining, then off to the pottery to pick up the three bowls I glazed last week and finally start on some new THROWING! Then maybe this evening I can get back to Winter.

293ronincats
Editat: des. 19, 2015, 9:55pm

KU beat Montana easily and looked good this morning. I was a throwing fanatic at pottery today, throwing 9 pieces. And then we stopped by Underbelly--oh, yum!


And here's what I brought home:

294humouress
Editat: des. 20, 2015, 1:23am

>293 ronincats: Cute! A new glazing technique?

ETA thought this might interest you http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/17/fashion/why-handmade-ceramics-are-white-hot.ht...

295ronincats
des. 20, 2015, 1:17pm

Didn't really think so at the time, but I see I've used a lot of drips on this last batch, so yes!

Very interesting article--thanks for sharing!

296Storeetllr
Editat: des. 20, 2015, 2:00pm

Love the blue bowl!

Great article! I have some lovely pottery from the 70s that's still in one piece, and I treasure each piece. Glad the craft is making a come-back!

297ronincats
des. 20, 2015, 2:19pm

Thanks, Mary.

I wasn't going to do it, but this thread is nearly at 300 posts, so I am going to start another thread to carry me into the 2016 group.
En/na Ronincats Reads in 2015: Thread 8 ha continuat aquest tema.