The Killing Moon review

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1)The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I used to think I was bored by fantasy novels, but I think I was bored of elves-and-dwarves-and-orcs, LordAndLadyofWoodyWood, boy magical prodigy fantasy novels.

This one? This was was really really good.

So sure, there’s magic and religion and war, and it’s set on another planet, but this one is different because its grounded in African religions and lore.

It took me a while to get in the swing of things, but once I got the hang of who is who and who did what (and found the glossary in the back of the book) it picked up. I’d get grumpy when my train ride ended and I had to put it away. And I ended up reading the last 150 pages in one sitting.

The sequel to this book, The Shadowed Sun, is on my to-read list.

For those keeping score, the Book Riot Quarterly “try reading new things” box is now 2 for 2.

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Stupid beading tricks: more earrings

Inspired by Pinterest, I headed back to the bead table to crank out some earrings.

Those purple earrings broke my brain.

Those purple earrings broke my brain.

I really like orange, turquoise and brass together. The bee earrings are adorable and even though I gifted them already, I have materials to make my own pair so I jusssssssssst might do that. The purple earrings were a *#^@!! to make. I know what I wanted them to look like, and I see earrings in just that design in every store, but actually getting the crimps in the right place was an exercise in frustration. And there was a bit of blood shed. Now I have some ballin’ purple earrings to wear to work.

The other pic is of the beads that are currently on my bead board as well as the Sprite bead. Need more inspiration.

(Happy bday, BvP, wherever you are.)

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Friday 5: Zero

Quicky lunchtime blog post. I’m the only one in my department today and after a week of being alone in the apartment (WM went to Michigan to visit his clan) and the morning here with just me and the department fish I think I’m going mad. And I even *like* being alone!

Here is the Friday 5! This week’s topic is: Zero.



1. What is something you have run out of?

This week? Energy. It’s Friday and I’m beat. I haven’t been sleeping well (partially due to WM being gone and the dogs being on high alert about it, partially due to too much STUFF on my mind) and even though I had Wednesday off, I still feel like I did nothing but run around. And I have a headache.

2. What is something you don’t know anything about?

Bitcoin. It’s a currency based on encrypted blocks of code. I think? But every time I read about it my brain completely glazes over. I think my lack of Bitcoin knowledge is the first thing to put me on the “old person” side of the technology line. It’s my version of the VCR that always blinks ’12:00′ because the owner doesn’t know how to change it. And the fact that I even used that as an example makes me feel even older. Ugh. Too tired.

3. What is something that needs emptying?

The trash can under the kitchen sink. The litterbox. The trash can in the office. Take your pick.

4. There are a lot of stylistic or slangy ways to say “zero.” Which are your favorite?

I’m partial to zilch and zip.

5. When did you last receive something free when you were expecting to pay for it?

Last week I went to Dunkin’ Donuts on my break. I some money loaded onto a card, and I have the app on my phone. I didn’t have any cash on me, just the phone. I ordered a drink and a doughnut but when I went to pay with my phone their network connection died and the payment couldn’t be processed. They let me go without paying! It was only $3 or so, but it was still a surprise. Next time I go I’ll put the $3 in their tip cup and call it good.

That’s it for today, nothing left to see here. Shoo.

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Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I used to read romance novels in high school. Never the entire book, mind you. Just the dog-eared passages passed around under the cafeteria tables. I tried the Lucky Harbor books a while back, and qrew tired of “(Female name) bangs (male name), the hot (job title) in Lucky Harbor.” plotlines. * So I again wrote off the genre, until I received this book as part of the Book Riot Quarterly Box for May, the theme being “Expand Your Readerly Horizons.”

For the first 50 or so pages, I read it on the train while hiding the book in my purse so people wouldn’t see the cover of the very “plain” (yeah right) Penelope come-hithering on the stairs. Then as the plot pulled me deeper in I didn’t care who saw that I was reading a romance novel.

The difference between this book and the ones I read in high school is that Penelope isn’t really a victim. Sure, she’s in a rough spot and she’s mostly powerless to change it, but within the societal framework that she’s a part of she’s very adept at thinking her way into and out of situations. Michael’s an ass, but it’s 1831 London – ALL of the men in that book are asses.

Yes, I’ll read the next one in the series. YOU WIN, SARAH MACLEAN AND BOOK RIOT.

* (Male name), the hot pharmacist in Lucky Harbor must have a hard time keeping antibiotics in stock, ifyouknowwhatImean.

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