Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 21, 2018 by Nicky in General / 8 Comments

Good morning folks! Today me and the wife are off on a trip to see a friend, but I’ll be dropping by to see people’s weekend posts when I get back. It’s been a quiet week… except, you know, the bit where I got my exam results. A distinction and a grade 2 pass — in other words, I kicked butt.

In the meantime, here’s two new books I got using the credit from a Kobo Price Match (if you use Kobo and didn’t know about Price Match, when Amazon seriously beats Kobo’s prices, definitely consider asking them to price match!).

Books bought:

Cover of Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles Cover of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

Books read this week:

Cover of The Voices Within by Charles Fernyhough Cover of Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne Cover of The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles Cover of Human Universe by Brian Cox

Cover of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman  Cover of Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers Cover of The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Reviews posted this week:

Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence, by Michael Marshall Smith. I wanted a lot more from this, really; there’s just something off about it, like it doesn’t know what it wants to be. 3/5 stars
Scarweather, by Anthony Rolls. Atmospheric and rather creepy, and I think I enjoyed it more just reading it than I do thinking it over afterwards. Then it gets rather threadbare — and also tropey. 2/5 stars
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente. Very clever, if perhaps a little repetitive of the previous books — intentionally so, but nonetheless, when you’ve read the others recently it’s very obvious. Fun, as always, though. 4/5 stars
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, by Nick Lane. Good on both mitochondria themselves and what they mean in terms of the origin of life. 5/5 stars
The Deep, by John Crowley. I kind of… don’t get it. I mean, I get the story, but I don’t get why it’s a Masterwork. 2/5 stars
The Notting Hill Mystery, by Charles Warren Adams. Fairly typical, and mostly of interest if you’re interested in the classics of the Golden Age (and before, since this was a first) in a more academic sense, I think. 2/5 stars

Other posts:

Discussion: Book Fandom Friends. Sometimes we’re all so close it’s like we know each other, and then you remember you haven’t a clue about the basics of someone’s life.
WWW Wednesday. The usual update!

So how’re you? How’s your week been? Got any plans for the weekend?

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8 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. When I got my Kobo they refused to let me buy any books from them because I don’t have a credit card. I don’t know if this has changed but the woman I complained to was very snooty about my ‘lack of finance’. Amazon are more than happy to have my business with a debit card though so it’s Kobo’s loss! Congratulations on your exam results! That’s great!

    • How weird! I use my debit card — I don’t have a credit card I use for purchases like that.

      Thanks for the congrats. 😀

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