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This week I am prepping my Sunday post in advance. I hope that nothing has changed too drastically by the time this up 😉 I am anticipating the possibility of visiting with family depending on this ice. Yes, you actually did read that correctly. Portland is now on round 4 of inclement weather. Peachy! Current mood has transitioned from…
While Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell was a fantastic short story and introduction to Brandon Sanderson, Shadows Linger was the big winner this week. The second book in the Black Company Chronicles proved to be even more rewarding than the first. I think it goes without saying where the biggest disappointment lies. No need to rub more salt on that wound. It is still too fresh.
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates. Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work.
Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more…then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.
Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralmbi Markov, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and cliches and flip them upside down.
As the war in Europe escalates in 1939, seventeen-year-old Peg Kuhr, along with her sister, travel from Denmark to the United States to live with family until the war is over.
Shortly after arriving, Peg discovers she is pregnant. Peg’s aunt is supportive, but they know Peg’s biological father would be furious and keep the pregnancy a secret.
Peg gives birth to a boy named Richard and harbors the hope that she will one day reunite with the child’s father. But as the war intensifies in 1942, Peg’s boyfriend in Denmark suggests that they move on with their lives.
Devastated, Peg eventually finds love again, but her new fiance is not ready for children. With Richard still a secret, Peg is faced with an irreconcilable dilemma-and makes the heart-wrenching decision to put her two-and-a-half-year-old son up for adoption.
Richard, renamed Peter, grows up with wonderful parents, but an overheard conversation as a boy plants a seed that leaves him uncertain about his true identity. In the vein of “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith, “The Knot of King Gordius “is a compelling true tale of love, sacrifice, and family.”
I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…
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A Glance at Reading in January 2017
I actually read 13 titles in January. Two of which were manga, and several short stories. I set my challenge much lower this year. I will be going through several life transitions and wanted to start small. I am sure I will increase it at some point. I always do. Here are the stats for the 13 titles I read:
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = 4 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 = 1
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = 2 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 – 3
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = 3 ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 = 1
⭐ ⭐ = 1
DNF = 1 title that was not reviewed or counted.
Okay it was technically 15. February is shaping up to be a nice month of reading as I have made the decision to move away from YA and back to “adult” fantasy and historical fiction. You can still expect to find some manga or graphic novels and horror reads from time to time.
Real Life Happenings
I continue with my transition into a full-time remote position with my current job. Double yay! I am not so patiently awaiting for my equipment to arrive and then I am set. I made that difficult choice to no longer drive. I have also scheduled an appointment with a new specialist, so you never know when some more progressive therapy could be in the future 😉 Things seem to be moving in a slow and steady but forward direction. I have no legitimate complaints at the moment. Most of my complaints never are. I just like to hear myself whine from time to time.
So let’s talk! How was January? What books are you anticipating this month? Or maybe you have already encountered a bug disappointment this year. Tell me all about it. I stumbled upon two. Until next time, happy reading!