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Updates from the Lair 01/04/15

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

As some of you might have noticed, I had a rather horrible week, haha. I caught a bad cold during the holidays and since I hadn’t prepped posts during the holidays for obvious reasons, there was just no way I could get posts up and just didn’t care much given the cold meds I was on ;-). I knew you’d all forgive me given the heart to heart about balance we’d just had, ha! I did read a fair amount though and just barely squeaked to finish my reading goal of 125 books in 2014! I also started watching The Mindy Project and find it highly entertaining.

My Week

Owl and the Japanese CircusI’m super pumped for this new series and Owl and the Japanese Circus was great to read while I was sick. She’s spunky, smart, a dropped-out archeology grad student and now a thief :D. She also has an excellent cat and I want one (a magic cat, not just a cat in general, though a kitten would be awesome). I’m having a hard time not ordering a copy already, though the fact that gorgeous cover isn’t going to be on a hardback is helping *pets*.

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of HumansI don’t have a lot to say about A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans except that it helped me finish my reading challenge ;-). I thought it would be funnier than it was, but it was a fun little adventure. It also was strange that there were illustrations, but they were only at the beginning of chapters, but not chapter headers. It was like it wanted to have whimsical illustrations that weren’t chapter headers, but couldn’t quite place them whimsically. That could be the cold meds talking though if it sounds crazy.

And now I’m beta reading and it is awesome but I can’t tell you more, mwahahahaha!

And in case you missed it, this is my one awesome post this week:

Next Week’s Reading

(books up next on the reading list, thoughts?)

Wildwood Dancing Night Shift Crown of Midnight

I took all your advice and requested Wildwood Dancing from the library :D. Tabitha and I are going to buddy read it this week! And in between I’m going to read the collection Night Shift because it looks awesome and I should have read it last month, oops. Finally, I borrowed an ecopy of Crown of Midnight from the library so I’m going to try reading that while working out this week. I’ll be doing physical therapy a lot, but I’m hoping to still get some time on the treadmill, woot.

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. I’m really bad at reading while I’m sick. I don’t know why. I think my attention is all on my own suffering lol.
    You don’t sound crazy. I’ve never encountered what you are talking about with the Dragon guide but I feel like I understand you just the same.
    i’m so behind on the Throne of Glass series. I feel like I’m just discovering it now when everyone else is basically done. Have fun reading and good luck with physical therapy – hope you are able to go on the treadmill.
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    • Exactly! My brain just couldn’t focus at all because I was so out of it D: Fortunately Throne of Glass will be continuing for a while so you have plenty of time to catch up :D I’m only just starting CoM now ;-)

  2. Yay Wildwood Dancing! I LOVE Juliet Marillier! I actually just finished The Caller and will post my review tomorrow, but Wildwood Dancing is one of my favs! Glad to see you’re feeling better!
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  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better! Best try to stay healthy with the new semester and everything. ;)

    You’re beta-reading, it’s awesome, and you can’t tell us more? That’s just cruel. We shall have our revenge!!!

    Enjoy Wildwood Dancing! :)
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  4. YAY CROWN OF MIDNIGHT AND JULIET MARILLIER!!!! You know what’s sort of funny, Wildwood Dancing is one of the Marillier books I haven’t read properly (not because it’s bad, but because I was in a slump at the time). I loved the sequel though.

    I really really really really really hope you love these books!
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  5. I haven’t heard a single grumble about Owl and the Japanese Circus! I’m very excited to read it. And Juliet Marillier is of course amazing. Hopefully your super secret beta reading project is also super awesome! :D
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  6. I just started reading Owl and the Japanese Circus and I’m loving it, Owl is such a fun character! I keep hearing bloggers talk about Wildwood Dancing, so I’d like to check that one out when I have time. (yeah right WHEN I HAVE TIME HA HA!) Hope you’re feeling better!
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    • Hehe, that is why I put in a hold at the library for Wildwood and am buddy reading it to make sure I actually do it!

  7. Congrats on meeting your goal! I’m sorry your week off was sick instead of relaxing. That’s too bad that Dragon’s guide wasn’t funny. Ooh, I’m curious what you get to beta read. Feel better.
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    • Thanks! I’m feeling a fair bit better when I woke up this morning so that was a relief, ha. The beta read will hopefully be published someday and I’ll definitely be pushing it then ;-)

  8. I just finished Owl and the Japanese Circus today and while the story was pretty good, the use of Japanese bothered me a lot. Transposed vowels, an outdated transliteration system for names… I don’t know if all that ended up in the finished copy, but it sure was in the e-ARC I got, and it was irritating.
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    • I definitely don’t know enough to really know what you mean by transposed vowels and outdated transliteration, expand? Sorry that it bothered out! I definitely don’t know enough about Japanese or the myths to be able tell how accurate that sort of thing is while reading :(

      • As for the transposed vowels, I think a particular district of Tokyo was called Shiyuba more often than it was correctly called Shibuya. And Oricho’s name was supposed to reference a dragon (it was a throwaway line about how it and Kurosawa Ryuu’s names were both dragon-themed), so I’m fairly sure it was supposed to be Orochi instead.

        As for the outdated transliteration system, the best examples I can use are for a couple of random one-shot characters mentioned: Kitu and Syoko. Who would, in more modern transliteration systems (transliteration being the way of rendering one method of writing using another language’s method of writing, like using letters instead of kanji), be Kitsu and Shoko. The jury’s out on whether Lady Siyu counts for this, too; if the name was meant to be Japanese, then it should properly be Shiyu, but since she’s a naga, I’m not entirely sure if she’s meant to be Japanese at all.

        It’s this sort of thing that makes me think that the ARC was either riddled with typos (and only typos when it came to Japanese words, too…), or the author didn’t do enough homework when writing.
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        • Gotcha, hopefully the final copy will have fixed them! That is one of those things that I’m definitely not qualified at all to have an opinion on, haha!

  9. Boo for being sick, I hope you feel better soon. Owl and the Japanese Circus sounds interesting, I may need to add it to my wish list. Also, A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans. With a title like that., I expect whimsy but I may like the book anyway. I hope. :D
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    • Thanks! I’m feeling mostly recovered fortunately since I need to get back to work next week D: I highly recommend Owl, so much fun! Yeah, A Dragon’s Guide definitely fell flat on the whimsy, but it was fun for a few hours anyway, ha.

  10. Owl and the Japanese Circus sounds great, after seeing it on your Updates from the Lair post last week I added it to my to-read list. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! That cold sounds nasty, I hope you feel better now!
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    • Yey, I hope you get the chance to read it and love it :D I am feeling better for sure, still rather stuffy, but that could just be winter too, urgh.

  11. I’m sorry you weren’t feeling well still this past week. I am seriously sending you tons of healing vibes now! And wow you really flew through Owl and the Japanese Circus. I’m only at about 40% atm…but, then again, I had a massive holiday reading slump >.< I WILL be getting into Juliet Marillier in 2015 and YAY for Crown of Midnight :D I wish you nothing but the best in 2015 Anya, fun, HEALTH, happiness and LOTS of bookish fun! xx
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    • It’s all so not fair right?? And it’s really hanging on with headaches and stuffiness, ugh! Oh no, not the holiday reading slump! D: Now that I pushed through my reading challenge, I’m feeling rather slumped because I am trying to catch up on everything I put aside last week ha!

  12. I’ve heard amazing things about Juliet Marillier! And also Owl and the Japanese Circus. So, far I haven’t heard much negative about that.

    • I loved Dreamer’s Pool, so now I’m so excited to read her previous much beloved series :D. Owl and the Japanese Circus was so much fun! I’m sensing a big success there :D

  13. I finished reading Owl this week and I loved it so much! It was such a fun story. I’m already looking forward to the next book.
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    • So much fun! I’m seriously dying for book two, though I’m pumped that she has another series already planned to help us hold over ;-)

  14. I think we are both going to love Wildwood Dancing!
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  15. So glad to hear Owl and the Japanese Circus was great!! And that you’re feeling better :)

  16. I just finished crown of midnight last night and it was freaking amazing! I wasn’t a huge fan of the novellas or book 1 but now I’m a huge Sarah J Maas fan :)
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  17. i really want to read the sarah j. maas books! enjoy!
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  18. Don’t worry about the posts, we still love ya :D Owl and the Japanese Circus sounds like so much fuuuunnnn, I want it! Hope you enjoy all your books this week
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    • <3 You are so awesome that I honestly had no worries about taking a break since I had complete confidence that my friends would support me :D

  19. Awwww, sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well this past week. Glad you took some time to take care of yourself, though. That’s the most important part.
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  20. WILDWOOD DANCING. This pleases me :D
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