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Updates from the Lair 8/10/14

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!). 

This has been quite a weird week for me. I came home from New York on Sunday afternoon completely exhausted and sick. I also generally have a hard time transitioning from high-stress mode to low-stress mode, and July was probably the most stressful month I’ve had in my life given the amount of traveling and public speaking I had to do. Therefore, I kind of just didn’t know how to handle being back and not having that level of stress anymore and realized just how emotionally weary I was. I’ve gone through these funks after especially bad finals and such before, but never to quite this degree. I’ve tried to read various books here and there and just not found the right thing for me at the moment and I have definitely not had the willpower to force myself through any review books simply because they’re close to publication date. So yeah, reading funk but just trying to figure out how to live a normal life that doesn’t involve traveling every single week >.>.

My Reading Week

Frostborn by Lou AndersI decided to dive into Frostborn at the beginning of the week since I was still in a middle grade fantasy mood. Unfortunately it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be, but enjoyable enough. I have a bit of a high expectation even for middle grade books because I generally find that they can be quite wonderful for readers of all ages and that adults often underestimate kids’ reading ability and imagination. Frostborn does succeed at having a balanced representation of good and bad characters of each cis-gender, which is delightful to find!

Hexed by Kevin HearneI also jumped right into the second Iron Druid Chronicles book, Hexed. I found it to be a bit wandering and a few accents were really annoying to listen to, but I’m still excited for the third book. It definitely felt like Hearne realized that the series would be going on longer and so he had to introduce lots of threads to be dealt with later in the series. I also just don’t like demons as villains to face too, so I’m unreasonably biased ;-).

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Smith I feel the need to put in a good word for Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl since this is one that I stopped at about page 120 this week. It has a very cool steampunk/alternative history/pulp fiction feel to it with a spin on Dracula and mummies and adventuring around with a mechanical girl. However due to my emotional state this week, I just really can’t stand to read anything even mildly creepy or scary, so I’m not going to do myself and the book further disservice by forcing myself to finish and review it currently. I might try again when in a better mood or try jumping in to book two instead ;-).

DissonanceI started Dissonance because of how much Nikki loved the world-building and I have to say I think it is just what I need right now. It is cool and has a sweet romance along with the lighter tones that YA tends to have. I think I’m going to really like how parallel worlds are handled along with the music/harmonics element necessary for walking between worlds. Now that I’ve finally come to terms with not being up for Gideon Smith, I think I’ll be devouring Dissonance! And hey look, it’s a review book even :D.

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

Prototype by M.D. Waters Fool's Assassin The Terror of the Southlands The Exiled Queen

I’ve been eyeing Prototype since I think I’m quite in the mood for its mix of sci-fi and romance and have seen such wonderful things. Out of my August books, I think only Fool’s Assassin might be at the right mood for me currently, what do you seasoned Robin Hobb fans think? Generally happy fantasy or dark fantasy? If all else fails, I’ll just jump into my favorite middle grade coming out in September, The Terror of the Southlands because the first book made me so so happy! I also just downloaded the audiobook of The Exiled Queen so I will be starting to listen to that on Monday when I drive back to my apartment from the boyfriend’s.

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. Wooohoo Prototype! I find it funny that you found Gideon Smith to be creepy! haha We are both going to have to read a creepy book and give eachother a creep level so I know just what creeps you out.
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    • Sometimes I can handle some pretty creepy stuff, but not when I’m all emotionally screwed up D: The mummies and the brain in a bowl were what were getting to me ;-)

  2. When you don’t have the energy for reading, I recommend silly movies. Like, “made for children, I shouldn’t admit to having seen these” silly movies. They help. Feel better! :)
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  3. It seems like it was a rough week for you, so I am glad it’s getting better. No thoughts about next books on uourtbr, since I haven’the read any of them. The terror of the southlands sounds the cutest and fun.
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    • I think I’m fully recovered finally and hopefully won’t have to do that again for a while! Terror of the Southlands is definitely the cutest, when I read the first book I just couldn’t help being happy the whole time since it was so delightful!

  4. Aw! I’m so sorry you are in a funk and sick. I was sick this last week too and also suffering from a funk. Stress is no fun and it’s odd how when it’s gone it leaves you feeling sort of empty. I hope you adapt and feel better soon. I really need to pick up Dissonance- I’ve seen great things about it. I hope you enjoy Prototype and I look forward to reading your review.

    • Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better too! Oh I think you would love Dissonance, definitely try to fit it in :D It got me out of my funk I think honestly ;-)

  5. I totally understand how difficult it can be to get used to a normal rhythm again. It’s like you’d think slowing down would be easy, but so often you’ve been running on so low for so long that you just shut down all the way. Good luck feeling better! I loved Dissonance! The world is so creative and I loved the characters. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out.
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    • Exactly! I was a freaking emotional wreck for a couple of days and could not figure out what was going wrong in my head D: I’m doing better now though, just needed a bit more R&R than I thought, ha.

  6. Yay! So glad you’re continuing on with the Iron Druid books! I just finished the newest one, book 7, yesterday.

    And let me just say that The Exiled Queen was my favorite if the Seven Realms books, with the final book coming very close behind. Such a good series; when I read it, I hadn’t enjoyed fantasy for maybe five years, but I still liked those books.

    • Definitely! I didn’t like book two as much so I’m taking a quick break between them, but I’m sure that I’ll love the series as I continue ;-)

      Oo, exciting! I was in a weird place when I listened to The Demon King so I don’t think I loved it as much as I should have, but I’m hoping Exiled Queen goes better, haha

  7. I spent so many hours studying for finals, that now that I don’t have anything to do until September, I don’t know what to do. I’m looking forward to Fool’s Assassin. However, I haven’t read any other Hobb books yet and I don’t know if it would be better to start with the other books that feature this character.

    • I hear ya! I technically still have plenty of stuff to work on like my dissertation, but it’s so hard without deadlines!

  8. Sorry to hear about all of your stress. I hope your reading goes better this week. Sounds like you have some good books to read.

    • Thanks! The reading has definitely improved this week fortunately, I just wish I could find extra hours in the day now >.>

  9. The Iron Druid Chronicles and Robin Hobb’s books are ones I have been meaning to pick up for a while. I will be curious to hear your thoughts on Robin Hobb if you pick that one up. Glad that you managed to enjoy the second Iron Druid Chronicles book though. Sounds like a very busy week. Hope you enjoy the less stress and come out of your emotional funk soon!

    • Oh you should definitely pick up the Iron Druid books, so much fun :D I’m going to really try to get to Fool’s Assassin, but I feel like I’m saying that for about ten books these days so…. I should make a list! On the plus side, emotionally I’m doing much better :D

  10. Dissonance looks so lovely! I really want a physical copy! I am glad to hear you are liking it!
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    • So agreed! I think I’m going to sneak into the bookstore and see if it has pretty stuff under the cover for the hardcover since I haven’t quite justified buying a copy just to pet haha

  11. YAYYYYYYY I’m so so so glad you’re liking Dissonance! I loved the lighter YA feel it had in the romance too, and combined with the awesome parallel world stuff, it just blew my mind. I can’t wait to see how you like it once you’ve finished!!
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