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Updates from the Lair 11/09/14

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!). 

I’ll start with a health update since you all were so sweet with all your well-wishes: I’m doing much better. The steroid injection hurt like hell, but between the right kind of pain being triggered and the Lidocaine providing great relief the rest of that day, it looks like we have found the nerve that has been causing the problems and can fix it one way or another. I’m currently waiting for my steroids to fully kick in since they can take a few days, but each day seems better. The week has been a bit all over the place in terms of reading and work productivity, with some days being heavy on the reading/blogging and some on the work ;-). I’m done with the midterm exam for my parallel programming class and even though it was impossibly long and hard, I just don’t care that much anymore, haha.

I wanted to mention a happy reading thing that I’ve joined in on and encourage you all to: ThanksReading is a fundraising event going on during November through Literally and for every 100 pages logged on the Literally site/app by readers who have joined the event, they’ll donate $1 to a literacy charity! Since we are all addicted bookworms, I think that we can do some serious damage to their pocket books this month, eh? ;-) So sign up for Literally, download the smartphone apps if you have one, pledge your reading towards ThanksReading’s fundraising, and feel even more motivated to read this month :D.

My Week

Illusions of Fate I wasn’t able to get to Illusions of Fate before it came out, but I’ve seen enough good reviews and adore White’s other writing to know that I needed to get back to it. I finally did! I’m like 15% in I think and enjoying it so far, quite intrigued about this crow and what is really going on. Also, I’m a bit annoyed to immediately discover that the cover has been white-washed assuming that is supposed to be the main character….

Dreamer's Pool I was going to be reading an eARC of Dreamer’s Pool but then was offered an audiobook review copy so I’ve started listening to it this week instead. I like two of the three narrators quite a bit, the female narrator being my favorite. One of the male narrators uses an incredibly annoying and unrealistic voice for a manservant and I just want to shake him. In any case, despite there not being that much new magic (besides Fae) or action yet, I found myself quite hooked while driving and am listening while doing chores and things, so that’s a good sign :D. Broken characters are a soft spot, and Dreamer’s Pool has got at least two of those <3.

The Bone Season

I’m still reading The Bone Season with Micheline and wow this book is weird and not at all what I was expecting! I am having a hard time even calling it fantasy, since it seems more like dystopian/sci-fi to me with the government abuse and shadow government and psychic powers thing. Very addictive reading though!

Burn For Me Yes, I accidentally ended up reading four books at one time! To be fair, I started Burn For Me on a whim a while ago and set it aside for more pressing reads and want to finally finish it. I’m getting into the story more and am enjoying the family dynamics since there is lots of sibling banter and non-traditional family structure which is awesome. I’m not really sure how I feel about these various hunks wandering around with destructive super powers given the cover, but I’ve heard great things, so I’m going to stick with it ;-).

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

Next Week’s Reading

(books up next on the reading list, thoughts?)
The Name of the Blade A Play of Shadow Firefight The Slow Regard of Silent Things

In all likelihood, it’ll take me all of next week to finish the books I currently have going ;-). But, if I somehow finish them or allow myself to get sidetracked again, I’m thinking these will be the possible next reads. The Name of the Blade is for review consideration and I’m determined to see how I like the writing style at least. A Play of Shadow is also for review consideration, though I wasn’t in love with the very slow pace of book one, so we’ll see how far I get. Firefight is of course intensely tempting to jump to read immediately, maybe after I read a review book? And then of course there is The Slow Regard of Silent Things which just came out and if I don’t read it soon, it’ll be a year later and I’ll be kicking myself! Feel free to give me advice of which of these I should aim to start next ;-).

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

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  1. Geeze, I’m glad you’re feeling better but man, I hope your back issues get sorted out asap! Poor lady :( *HUGS*

    I agree with you, with The Bone Season, I was expecting fantasy but to me it’s more of a sci-fi with dystopian elements. It’s crazy addictive to read but also really weird…

    The Dreamer’s Pool is one that I feel like I MUST read soon, and hopefully I can get to my copy of Illusions of Fate at some point in the near-ish future. Have a fantastic week Anya ♥
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    • I do too, though by this point I’ve kind of just accepted that it’ll be a long haul. It’s been three years of trying things and figuring things out so you kind of lose that innocence of assuming that the next treatment will be the one that 100% cures me :-/ But hugs help :D

      Bone Season definitely feels like sci-fi to me, futuristic alternative history ya know? Hehe, very very weird ;-)

      Yes, you MUST read Dreamer’s Pool, so addictive and beautiful and wonderfully paced!

  2. So glad to hear you’re feeling better and on the right track for s full recovery! Good luck with all that!! I’m glad you’re enjoying Illusions of Fate, that’s one I’ve had my eyes on. I haven’t started Burn With Me yet, but I am starting Kate Daniels soon. Better late than never right?

    Have a great week :)
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    • Yey Kate! As you start them, keep in mind that they get much stronger as the series goes and you can really tell that the writers grew during the series, so even if you’re not wowed immediately, try to stick with it ;-)

  3. I keep forgetting about Name of the Blade. It hides on my ARC shelf.
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  4. Ugh, audiobooks with crummy narrators are the worst – hopefully the other two made up for the one guy’s bad performance. I’m so excited for Burn For Me, HUGE Ilona Andrews fan right here!! Weirdly enough this one’s being marketed as PNR but from what I’ve heard it’s definitely more UF (since there’s limited romance)…guess I’ll have to read it and find out! :)
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    • The narration vastly improved over the course of the book, so that was a win in the end :D

      Burn for Me is so far UF that PNR fans are going to be pissed after buying this based on the cover and I’m so annoyed with the marketing department. There hasn’t even been any sex yet!

  5. Yay! Glad to hear you’re starting to feel better. :D I’ve heard really good things about “Dreamer’s Pool,” so I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on that one when you’re done.
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    • I finished that one so much faster than I expected! I can blame some of it on switching to the audio version so I could fit it in more, but yes, so much love!

  6. I’m glad the steroid shot is helping.

    Happy reading!
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    • Thanks! I’m happy to be getting treatment much sooner than I’d expected to get in, so that’s perhaps the biggest relief, ha.

  7. Glad you are feeling better! I’ve also been curious about Illusions of Fate, I hope you review it :D And I did read something on White’s tumblr about the cover model ( that explains it. I’ve heard so many things about The Bone Season, I hope you like it!
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    • I’ll definitely be reviewing it and so far it is addictive even though I’ve been trying to power through other review books. As soon as I really focus on it, I know I’ll be through it instantly. Thanks for linking to that post, I’ve been very interested to hear what White’s take on it was.

  8. Adelynne Chang says:

    Yay! Glad you’re liking The Bone Season! All of your upcoming books look interesting. :D

  9. Yay! I’m glad you’re feeling better. Here’s hoping they find a more permanent fix soon, right? :)

    Looks like you have a couple of good books going this week. I’m still looking forward to seeing your review of The Bone Season when you finish. It does feel a little more like sci-fi/dystopian than fantasy at times, doesn’t it?
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  10. I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better. I hope they’ve got this figured out. They made her whiter for the cover? That’s terrible! Yeah, I hate over the top voice actors. I don’t know how you can keep four stories straight, I struggle with two! If you want to read Firefight I’d say go for it.
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    • Definitely much improved and getting the second round on Monday, so hopefully after that everything will be wonderful :D

      I think I’ve trained my brain to handle multiple books at once since I used to only be able to do two and I just keep adding haha

  11. I read an interesting post about the cover of Illusions of Fate – apparently the model is actually a person of colour, but because of the highlighting she seems “whiter” than she is. It looks like you’re reading a lot of awesome books this week :D
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    • Urgh, that does sound like an interesting post, though I can’t decide if it makes me happier or more annoyed with the cover decisions….

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