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Updates from the Lair 11/30/14

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!). 

Hello everyone! Hope you who celebrate Thanksgiving are recovering nicely from your feasting and everyone else is having a lovely weekend ;-). I’ve been touring Minnesota this week and am quite happy to be back to my hometown in Duluth writing this! (My parents moved away after I went to college and recently moved back, yey!) That traveling though has meant lots of reading time, plus sneaking some in while families are watching TV and such, mwahaha. Therefore, I’ve finished two books already and am hoping to go for one more at least on today’s drive back.

My Week

The Name of the BladeI wasn’t expecting to like The Name of the Blade after seeing a couple of worrisome DNF reviews, but I actually quite enjoyed it! I firmly disagree with the claims of instalove due to outside circumstances and found the setting of London and the Japanese myths a whole lot of fun. There are kitsune and demon cats! I’ll definitely be requesting the second book once it has a pub date for the US. I’m a little tempted to purchase the UK addition of the sequel >.>.

Superheroes AnonymousSince some of the driving was in the dark (a lot actually, curse Daylight Saving Time and winter!), I also read an eARC Superheroes Anonymous. I was in the mood to read something I had heard absolutely nothing about, hence not going with one of the books on the list last week ;-). I also wasn’t expecting much from this one and was once again quite pleasantly surprised. It’s a great satire on comic book worlds with superheroes and villains commonplace and a main character who has come to be known as Hostage Girl. I promise it makes fun of the sexism of comic books, don’t worry!

This Night So DarkOnce I finished my previous eARC, I realized that I wanted to read the in-between novella, This Night So Dark before jumping into This Shattered World, so that’s my current e-read :D. Tarver is in quite a lot of trouble at the moment, but I’m really excited to see where things go. Apparently this novella connects book one and two, hence why I’m actually reading it instead of skipping it like I do with most novellas ha.

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

Next Week’s Reading

(books up next on the reading list, thoughts?)
Firefight This Shattered World

I meant to have already started Firefight but then realized reading two superhero books at once wouldn’t be a great plan >.>. But hopefully I’ll tear through a significant portion before it gets too dark while we’re driving today. I haven’t been reading as many eARCs lately since I haven’t been going to the gym with my back hurting so much. However, it’s become clear that my back isn’t going to be recovering all at once as I’d hoped after these shots and instead I need to start building some strength back slowly. Therefore, I’m going to be bribing myself to walk on the treadmill for however long I can (5 minutes, 10 minutes? Still better than nothing!) by reading This Shattered World :D. I also got invited to be on the blog tour for This Shattered World, so I want to get the review prepped and off the to-do list asap (plus watch out for some awesome tour giveaways in December!). I may also try walking in the swimming pool a bit though, which makes reading trickier, hehe, but we’ll see!

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. Superheroes Anonymous sounds great! I love superheroe comic books, but always roll my eyes when the nth girl needs to be rescued. Any book that makes fun of sexism in comic books has to be awesome and the name of the main character makes it look better.
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  2. I really like the sound of Superheroes Anonymous, especially the incorporation of making fun of superhero sexism. ;) Sadly I wasn’t a huge fan of These Broken Stars (the last half was too weird for me) but it seems like I’m in the minority there. Hopefully you’ll love This Shattered World just as much as the first book!
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  3. 5 minutes on a treadmill? Eh, still more exercise than I do. ;) But swimming sounds like an excellent idea. My parents got into that and they claim to feel better afterward, even (or especially) on sore days. :)

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!
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    • HAHA! But I get to read during it, so it hardly counts ;-) I just don’t want to dry my hair at the pool, but also don’t want to go out into the cold with wet hair, sigh

      Even more belated Happy Thanksgiving :D

      • Understandable. I did swimming as a winter sport one year in high school. It’s not a perfect fix, but using a swim cap in the pool and a beanie outside takes care of the worst of it. :)
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        • Oo, good call, I’ve never tried a swim cap! Hopefully my hair is still short enough to fit underneath. I wouldn’t even be submerging all the way, it’s just the showering before hand ya know? So just covering my hair completely would solve the problem!

  4. So Name of the Blade was good then. Well now I have to set aside some time for it. :) I’m on the tour for TSW too but I have to finish the first one. Crap crap crap!
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    • Hehe, I definitely enjoyed it, though others haven’t, so maybe read a chapter or two to decide?

      Oh no! I always try to avoid putting myself in that position, but I think you’ll love both ;-)

  5. Yay for lots of reading time! And I’m glad all your picks have worked out for you! That’s always a plus :) Good luck with your back – I’m sure it won’t be easy to start, but hopefully a few minutes here and there and it will start to be easy (and pain free!). Have a great drive home and enjoy your reading!
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    • It’s such a great surprise when books go better than you expected, haha! And of course I’ve failed at working out so far, next week! >.>

  6. Yay for blog tours! How does that work? Do you have to go after books or authors you’d like to promote here, or do you let invitations come to you? Just curious to know how that usually works.

    I’m currently reading “Over Sea Under Stone,” the first book in Susan Cooper’s classic series The Dark Is Rising. It’s pretty good so far! And I finished “Seraphina” right before Thanksgiving, so now a review is due at my blog. ;)
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    • Both really, some publicists organize their own tours, so they email bloggers they know, others use the bloggers that organize tours, like Xpresso Tours and Midnight Garden, so for those you just have to follow the blog to see the announcement and hope that they pick you

      Yey, did you like Seraphina?? :D

  7. Superheroes Anonymous sounds like fun! And aren’t e-readers so useful for reading in the dark? Mine has a built in light so I can read it anywhere and I love that.

    Have a good week.
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    • Superheroes Anonymous was a WHOLE lot of fun :D Yes, I freaking love e-readers! Getting the PaperWhite with the light was definitely the best idea I had last year I think, haha ;-)

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