Stacking the Shelves

Posted 23 December, 2017 by Nikki in General / 10 Comments

It’s nearly Christmas! I’m so excited to give my family their presents, I might explode! I’ve done a better job of keeping secrets than I normally do, at least… How’s everyone doing? Are you celebrating Christmas or an equivalent holiday, or is it just an ordinary day/week/month for you? Whatever it is, I wish you safe, happy and warm.

Like our bunnies, safely at the bunny hotel without us. But since we’re apart, here’s a picture of the two of them cuddling, last week.

New books

Cover of The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie Cover of The Picts by Tim Clarkson Cover of In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan Cover of The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Cover of Artemis by Andy Weir Cover of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas Cover of The Written World by Martin Puchner

Perhaps a slightly odd combination… but I’m looking forward to all three.

Books read this week:

Cover of Maps to Nowhere by Marie Brennan Cover of No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin Cover of Prime Meridian by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia Cover of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Cover of Winterwood by Dorothy Eden Cover of Priam's Gold by Caroline Moorhead Cover of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Cover of Bones of Contention by Paul Chambers

Reviewed this week:

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic, by Donald G. McNeil. A good overview of what we know about Zika, at least as of the publication date. 4/5 stars
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee. I stayed up all night to finish it, ’nuff said. 4/5 stars
Locust, Jeffrey A. Lockwood. A little long-winded, but some interesting stuff. 3/5 stars
Herding Cats, by Sarah Andersen. Fun, as with the rest of Andersen’s work. 4/5 stars
Dark Sky, by Mike Brooks. This is still really really reminiscent of Firefly, but it’s fun. 3/5 stars
The Viral Storm, by Nathan Wolfe. Not particularly stunning or new if you’ve read other pop-science on the topic, but well-expressed. 3/5 stars
Maps to Nowhere, by Marie Brennan. A good collection, with one or two really great stories. 5/5 stars

Other posts:

Project More Joy. Making my blog more about me again.
WWW Wednesday. What I’m reading lately.

How’s everyone?

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10 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

    • Oh no! I hope it isn’t too bad and you don’t need to see a dentist, I bet it’d take ages to get an appointment this time of year.

  1. I’ve been down with a cold the past week. It’s eaten my brain and my energy to the point where I can barely read a chapter (let alone review anything), so I’ve mostly given it up as a bad job and am just reading chapters of The Dark is Rising. I am on the mend (although, ahem, I’ve given the lurgi to my beloved just in time for Christmas) but very glad our plans for this weekend have always been to be quiet at home. It’s just us for Christmas Day (my Mum joins us on Boxing Day) so I foresee a Harry Potterthon, some cake, and much happy sharing of the sofa. We have ambitions to slow roast a venison joint but honestly if all we do is microwave the Christmas pudding, it’ll be fine 😉
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    • A friend visited me yesterday and ended up reading a good chunk of my ARC of City of Brass! Definitely a heck of a recommendation there.

  2. This is the first Christmas I get to have with The Man. He is always in Boston, so it will be interesting and exciting actually being together on Christmas. Enjoy the holidays! Merry Christmas!

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