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As you may have noticed, I'm selling stuff on Amazon and Half.com. The other day I go to list a book on Amazon and - woah! OMFG!

Neuromancer by William Gibson

If you click the 'see all buying options' button and scroll down to the first one that has images - the one that has the book listed for $445 (OMFG!) - and look at the images - this is the book I have. It's a little dusty and the dust jacket shows some light scratches.

But the first *used* copy starts at $275! The newer hardback version from 2004 (20th anniversary) sells for regular price. Mine is a 1986 printing of the 1984 book with an intro from Gibson (copyright page says 1984 for the book, 1986 for the intro, and title page has 1986 on it).

So, should I just throw it up on Amazon and see if there are any takers? Know anyone who might pay for it?
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So I've been on this decluttering kick. Still way too much stuff in the house :) But less than there used to be.

But I've just finished this book - Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life by Gail Blanke. At the end, she wants you to complete these four sentences:

I'm ______ and I'm the one who _____ and nobody does it better.
My vision for myself and for the world is ______.
The toughest and most important thing I'm going to let go of to make sure that happens is _____.
And my song is ____.

The song part is this - think back to a moment when you felt like a million bucks (childhood, high school, adulthood, whatever) - what song encapsulates that moment? What song do you sing to motivate yourself for an important meeting, a job interview, a date with with your SO? The examples in the book were My Sharona by the Knack, the overture from The Lion King, The Bitch Is Back by Elton John, and I'm the Greatest Star by Barbara Streisand from Funny Girl.

So, what's your declaration? Your song? I'm still thinking :)

cross-posted in slightly different form to [livejournal.com profile] unclutter_365
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Developing is the new term for third world countries.

You're planning a trip to a developing country. You spend most of your pre-travel time worrying about infectious diseases and getting shots. Not a bad thing - getting your shots is important.

Studies looking at the causes of death of travelers from affluent countries to developing countries show that infectious diseases account for 1% of deaths. One percent. Around half of the deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes - mostly in the elderly.

Your biggest chance of death? Road traffic accidents.

And in the US, over 60% of RTAs occur in drivers. In the developing countries, drivers account for fewer than 10% of fatalities. Urban pedestrians alone account for about 65% of auto-related deaths in developing countries.

And no 911 - no operator standing by. "You hitchhike, taxi, walk, or crawl to the nearest medical facility, which, if you are in a rural area, may consist of little more than a well-intentioned village healer."

From The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health by Christopher Sandford, M.D.

Interesting book, so far. Informative, with a good sense of humor.
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Best books/graphic novels/series I've read so far this year:

Ex Machina by Brian K. Vaughan - graphic novel series about a superhero turned NYC mayor. 8 volumes so far.
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman - graphic novel series about a post-zombie apocalypse America. 11 volumes - still waiting on library to get #11. Coming soon to tv.

Fire by Kristin Cashore - fantasy, sequel to Graceling. Supposedly teen, but that's much too limiting.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - sf, sequel to The Hunger Games. Same as above.
Terrier by Tamora Pierce - fantasy. Same as above.
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce - sequel to above.

The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry - sf/horror, sequel to Patient Zero. Brutal action, warped genetics, kickass hero.

A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow - mystery, newest in the Kate Shugak series, one of the best heroines around. Set in Alaska.
Shoot To Thrill by P.J. Tracy - mystery, newest in the Monkeewrench series, anti-authoritarian computer geeks team up with police. Set in Minneapolis mostly, Minnesota definitely.

Feed by Mira Grant - sf/horror. Post-zombie apocalypse with an emphasis on Internet bloggers. First in a trilogy, I think. Zombies, bloggers, a presidential campaign, a vicious conspiracy, lots of action. (Oh, and the title has a double meaning - zombie feeding and rss feed. The cover image is the rss image drawn in blood.)

Oh, and I'm up to 84 books so far this year ::beams sweetly:: [g,d,r]
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So, which of my Tamora Pierce books should I get autographed on Saturday? [eg]

I'm thinking maybe Terrier, but the first Alanna book for sure.

It's a teen program that got postponed from February(I think) due to the weather, but I'm sure they won't throw me out - I can still squee like a teenage fangirl if necessary :) I've got almost all of her stuff, but I'm sure they don't want me showing up with all of them [g], so maybe the first book of the first series and the first book of the newest series...
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Placeholder list:

Authors: EUXYZ
Wormwood by Susan Wittig Albert
Without Warning by John Birmingham
Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
Danger In a Red Dress by Christina Dodd
Wings of Wrath by C.S. Friedman
Crosscut by Meg Gardiner
Night of Thunder by Stephen Hunter
Spooker by Dean Ing
Dark Summer by Iris Johansen
Schooled by Gordon Korman
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Bahamarama by Bob Morris
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Bone By Bone by Carol O'Connell
Sail by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick
Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland
The Traveler's Tool Kit by Robert Sangster
The Smart Traveler's Passport by Erik Torkells
No Future For You by Brian K. Vaughan
Mounting Fears by Stuart Woods

Titles: Z
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
The Bell At Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip
Contagious by Scott Sigler
A Deadly Silver Sea by Bob Morris
Empire of Lies by Andrew Klavan
First To Kill by Andrew Peterson
Grifter's Game by Lawrence Block
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Injustice For All by J.A. Jance
Jamaica Me Dead by Bob Morris
Kill Chain by Meg Gardiner
Lessons From the Fat-o-sphere by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby
Midnight Graffiti
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Outfit by Richard Stark
The Poet by Michael Connelly
Queen's Own by Mercedes Lackey
Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz
Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
Takeover by Lisa Black
The Unseen by T.L. Hines
Voodoo River by Robert Crais
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
X-Men: Visionaries
You Kill Me by Alison Gaylin
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[waves to Sandra] And, yes, yes, I do :)

Tamatha, we noticed that you seem to admire Sandra McDonald and you last ordered The Outback Stars. Based on this, we think you’ll really like these other great books that readers with similar interests enjoyed. Plus, you’ll get 30% off when you buy 3 or more books. It’ll be our secret.

Then the books they recommend: Lear's Daughters by Marjorie B. Kellogg, Buyout by Alexander Irvine, The January Dancer by Michael Flynn, Rift in the Sky by Julie E. Czerneda, and The Stars Down Under by Sandra McDonald.

I'll have to check out the others, but if they paid attention, they'd know I already have SDU :) In fact, I have all three, but haven't read the last one yet. Sometime soon though :)

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] elismor, I'm going to try to start The Magicians this weekend.
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Place holder post for 2009 YA Challenge. Not going to list any - am just going to get them throughout the year :)

1. Schooled by Gordon Korman - A commune-raised teenager gets thrust out into society when his grandmother is hospitalized and he's placed in a foster home. Totally unprepared for the outside world, Cap is elected 8th grade class president as a joke, but ends up having a profound effect on the students of C Average Middle School. (also A-Z author, 100 books)
2. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Jonah, who's always known he was adopted, and his friend Chip, who finds out suddenly, are both receiving the same messages in the mail - "You are one of the missing" and "Beware! They're coming back to get you!" The two boys and Jonah's sister, Katherine are determined to figure out what's going on, especially after a note appears on Jonah's records at the adoption agency, which leads them to the FBI and a mysterious aircraft. Pretty good (not unusual for a Haddix book), total setup for next book in series. This one is mostly a mystery/thriller with some SF/fantasy aspects - it'll be interesting to see how those aspects are played in the second book. (100 books)
3. Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde - Six years after a child went missing, a girl of around 12 years is found wandering in the woods just after an old witch, who was accused of stealing children, is possibly burned to death in her cottage. Is the girl the missing Isabelle? Did the witch's death free her from a spell? Why can't she remember anything? Figured out the girl's identity early on, the real reason behind the disappearances took a bit longer. Satisfying ending. Not VVV's best, but still a good read. (100 books)
4. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale - graphic novel. Interesting idea twist on Rapunzel - and other fairy tales. Just didn't thrill me. (100 books)
5. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeiffer - set at the same time as Life As We Knew It, when a asteroid knocks the moon closer to the earth and sets of a chain of climate changes, this book details the experiences of 17 year old Alex Morales, the son of a building superintendent in Manhattan. His father was at a funeral in Puerto Rico in an area hard hit by tsunamis and his mother, a nurse, never came home from the hospital - he suspects she died in subway floods. Alex must now take responsibility for his two younger sisters in a city rapidly turning into a deadly wasteland. Liked the first one better, but still a good read. Alex is a very real, conflicted character and Pfeffer uses Manhattan very well to show the claustrophia and vastness of a city disintegrating. (100 books)
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Postapocalyptic - the remains of the US are divided into a capitol city and 12 districts - a 13th district revolted and was annihilated - and to drive the point of being subservient home to the districts, a yearly lottery picks one teen boy and one teen girl for the Hunger Games. These 24 are prettied up, trained, and paraded on TV and then cast into the arena to fight for their lives, with only one survivor. Katniss, who volunteers to take her younger sister's place, is our heroine and is a fairly tough, yet kind of bland character. Lots of violence and death, this is a fast-paced and absorbing read. First in a projected trilogy - I'm looking forward to the next one. Funnily enough, one of the Amazon editorial reviews is by Stephen King, who notes its similarities to "The Running Man" and "The Long Walk" by some guy named Bachman :) (A to Z title, 100 books)
7. Nation by Terry Pratchett - Mau is the only one left after a giant wave destroys his island village - the only one until he finds Daphne, the lone survivor of a wrecked ship. Other refugees come to the island looking for help and hope and they begin to rebuild a society. I... didn't really like this - I understand why people do - it's a thought-provoking novel, very well-written, with interesting characters. And I did read the whole thing :) but I found it kind of tedious. I like my Pratchett with more humor :) (A to Z title, 100 books)
8. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - Young Todd Hewitt is the last boy in his town, a few days from the birthday which will mark him as a man. In a town where all thoughts can be heard and all the women died from a germ made by the natives of the planet, he and his dog are suddenly on the run after he finds a place of absolute quiet. And then Todd meets a girl from a crashed spaceship, an advance ship for a colony. He worries that the germ that killed all the other women will kill her too - and then the three of them cross over a river and Todd discovers that everything he believed is a lie and he's in more danger than he ever believed. Wow! Excellent. Found it a bit hard to get into but well worth it. (A to Z author, 100 books)
9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Katsa thinks her Grace, her gift, is the ability to kill and she is forced to use it in the service of her King. Then she meets Po, a young foreign prince with a mysterious Grace, who comes in search of the old man she secretly rescued. After rebelling against her King (and cousin), she and Po set off to find out why the old man had been kidnapped. Along the way, the two fall in love and discover that Graces aren't always what they seem and neither are the people who weild them. Excellent. Wonderful world-building and characters. Can't wait for the next one. (100 books)
10. The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce - first entry in the 3rd series featuring Sandry, Tris, Daja, Briar, and the other mages from the Circle of Magic and the Circle Opens series. The quartet are back together after two or so years apart, but their travels have put mental distance between them. Sandry's beloved uncle asks the other three to accompany her on a semi-forced visit to her homeland to see her cousin the Empress and to check on the family lands. But the empress has less than honorable reasons for getting Sandry and her friends there and she has no intentions of letting them leave. The quartet must reunite their magics to thwart the will of the empress. Very good. Would love to see books of the the stories between the Circle Opens and this set.(100 books)
11. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau - Ember's only light comes from floodlights spread around the city - floodlights that are having increasing blackouts. 12 year olds Lina, a messenger, and Doon, a pipeworker, seem to be the only ones looking for a solution to Ember's worsening problems. Lina has found what seems to be an old official document that might lead the people out of the city and into a better world, and Doon helps her find the path down in the the underground near the river. But when they discover that Ember's mayor is corrupt, he sets people after them, and they are forced into following the path unprepared for everything. Good story, looking forward to the sequel.
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Didn't do too well on it this year, but am signing up for 2009. I'm going to relist the 8 I didn't get to this year, because I still want to read them, but I'm also coming up with an alternates list. 9-12 of the first list and all of the alternates list come from my TBR notebook, which is many pages :) The month read after the title will have a link to the review. DNF = did not finish.

Main list:
1. Snow White, Blood Red - Apr. 09
2. Killer Diller by Clyde Edgerton - DNF
3. The Association by Bentley LIttle - Apr. 09
4. Sword-Dancer by Jennifer Roberson - May 09
5. The Sky People by S. M. Stirling
6. The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
7. Wishing Season by Esther Friesner - Apr. 09
8. Strange Highways by Dean Koontz
9. Time Patrol by Poul Anderson - looked at it and said no :)
10. A Foxy Old Woman's Guide to Traveling Alone by Jay Ben-Lesser - Jan. 09
11. Voodoo River by Robert Crais - Mar. 09
12. Nine Levels Down by William R. Dantz - DNF

Alternate list:
1. Chiller by Sterling Blake
2. Grifter's Game by Lawrence Block - Feb. 09
3. Breakheart Hill by Thomas Cook - DNF
4. Company Man by Joseph Finder - DNF
5. Gone Wild by James W. Hall - DNF
6. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
7. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff - May 09
8. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen - Feb. 09
9. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett - Jan. 09
10. Spooker by Dean Ing - Jan. 09
11. Injustice For All by J.A. Jance - May 09
12. After Dark by Philip Margolin

Woo! So, technically, I've finished the challenge - I've read 12 of the books. But I'm going to keep on and see if I can read (or decide not to read) the rest of lists. As of May 09, I've got 6 books left.
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Storm From the Shadows by David Weber - newest entry in the Honorverse. Main character is Mike (Michelle) Henke, Honor's old friend, who starts off the book by becoming a prisoner of Haven and, after offering her parole to be a messenger to Manticore's queen, gets sent off to a different front to protect Manticore's newly expanded empire. Some action on the homefront with Honor and the queen, but mostly in the newly annexed areas. Lots of military action, lots of sneaky villains. Bit slower than usual - and all the military tech goes straight over my head - but good characters.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan - got this from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Here's the review from there: Brutal and inventive. A horror thriller invoking the threat of biological terror and giving the vampire story a new twist. Gory, but not too much. Good characters. Nice melding of del Toro's vision and Hogan's writing. Want parts 2 & 3 NOW!

The Warded Man by Peter Brett - Stealing from above - brutal and inventive. Three different storylines converge near the end in a world beset by demons, where humans have lost many of the wards of magic that kept the demons at bay. Arlen, who loses his mother due to another's cowardice, becomes a messenger and a seeker of ruins to find old wards, and almost loses himself in his hatred and determination to destroy demons. Leesha, scorned by her village after her bethrothed claims he deflowered her, becomes an herb gatherer/medical worker and leaves her small town for a much larger city. Rojer, the son of innkeepers, loses his parents and becomes the apprentice of a jongleur/traveling entertainer, and discovers his music has more power than he believes. Excellent.

Queen's Own by Mercedes Lackey - Okay, how the hell have I gone so long without knowing about the Valemar books? This is an omnibus: Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, Arrow's Fall. Read her newest one - Foundation - and really liked it. Finally got me to read this. Want more! (A to Z title)

Minerva Wakes by Holly Lisle - wasn't much impressed. Which depressed me as I usually like Lisle's books.
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The Archangel Project by C.S. Graham - more of a thriller with a psychic bent, than paranormal, but, hey, I put them where I want them :) Tobie Guiness is a remote viewer - she can see rooms and objects from miles away. It's not exact though, but still manages to land her in deep trouble. One of her latest viewings uncovers a government conspiracy and secret agents are sent out to dispose of anyone connected with her viewing session. Which comes to include Jax Alexander, from a different government agency, who was sent to New Orleans to investigate the death of the professor running Tobie's sessions. Was okay, fast-paced, but a bit talky. Don't feel any real need to hunt down the rest of the series.

The Warrior by Sharon Sala - Immortal warrior John Nightwalker has finally found the way to the enemy he's been hunting for hundreds of years - Alicia Ponte, on the run from her father Richard, an arms dealer and traitor, who houses the soul of the evil man who destroyed Nightwalker's life. But things get complicated when he has to explain his history to a woman coming to grips with the fact that her father is trying to murder her, much less deal with an overwhelming desire for a man she thinks is crazy. Not really my thing - I like Sala's usual thrillers and didn't really realize this was paranormal until I started reading. It was readable, but... not my thing.

Dogs and Goddesses by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich - Three women and their dogs attend an odd dog obedience session - and, after drinking some of the trainer's "tonic", start being able to communicate verbally with their pets. They discover the trainer is actually a Mesopotamian goddess, who wants to regain her rule over the world and they are the descendants/embodiments of her top three priestesses, with unique powers. But they aren't sure they want to support her and decided to team up to stop her. Dogs, hot guys, magic. Again, not really my thing. Lots of humor helped - and I usually love Crusie, so I really wanted to like it, but... for me, just okay.
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The Perfect Family by Carla Cassidy - Marissa's husband has been dead a year and she and her children are trying to move on. But the man who killed him in a hit-and-run has also decided that it's now time for them to become his perfect family. Good, fluff thrills.

Pursuit by Karen Robards - Jessica Ford, a new young and ambitious lawyer, is the only survivor of a car crash that kills the First Lady - and she knows it was no accident. Then there's an attempt on her life in the hospital and she's forced to lean on Secret Service agent Mark Ryan for help. Problem is that she's sure some of the agents were in on the killing - but was Mark one of them? Solid entry by dependable author - very readable.

Intent To Kill by James Grippando - Ryan James, a minor league baseball player with a chance at the majors, loses almost everything when his wife is killed in a car wreck, though his young daughter survived. Now, three years later, out of the game and cohosting a sports radio show, he's trying to raise his daughter and not fall into an alcoholic spiral, when he gets a message that the accident wasn't an accident. And the tipster claims to know who killed her. Ryan's investigation puts him and others in danger. Enjoyed it, but it didn't thrill me.

Bad Penny by Sharon Sala - Cat and Wilson are settling down and healing up on his family's farm outside of Austin, TX, but trouble is heading their way. A Mexican investigator is looking into a murder with a trail leading straight to Cat and a junkie with a grudge against Wilson is looking to complete his failed murder attempt. Fun, fast.

Loitering With Intent by Stuart Woods - Stone and Dino go to Key West. Stone gets involved in murder, gets laid, and solves the case. Dino provides backup and witty banter. Quality of the series has declined a bit, but still fun. Glad it was a library book.
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Damage Control by Robert Dugoni - Attorney Dana Hill has everything going for her - until she gets three rapid hits: a diagnosis of breast cancer, her husband is having an affair, and her brother is murdererd. Her investigation into her brother's death leads her to a political coverup that nearly gets her killed. Good storytelling, okay characters, predictable plot line.

Wicked Prey by John Sandford - Lucas Davenport has a big headache - the Republican Party Has come to St. Paul for their convention, there's a report of a man looking for ammo for a .50 caliber sniper rifle, and a deadly gang is hunting political moneymen with non-reportable briefcases full of money. But the worst thing is the one he doesn't know about - a small time hood, who blames Davenport for the bullet that put him in a wheelchair for life, is stalking Davenport's teenage ward. But Letty is no easy target and is making plans of her own for her stalker. Big fan of Sandford - really liked this. Felt a bit strange with the political angle, mostly because it's so newly past. Letty seems a bit too kick-ass for a fourteen year old, but she's still a good character.

The Poet by Michael Connelly - Jack McEvoy is a reporter whose detective brother just committed suicide. Trying to come to terms with it, he decides to write about police suicides - and then comes up with evidence that his brother was actually murdered - and so were several other supposed suicides. Jack teams up with the FBI to look into the cases. Felt slow to get into it - too used to Harry Bosch, I guess :) But once it got going, was very good. Sequel (The Scarecrow) just came out. (A to Z title)

Blood Sins by Kay Hooper - Tessa Gray works for Haven, a private investigation organization with psychic investigators - a non-government offshoot of Noah Bishop's FBI Special Crimes Unit. She's currently posing as a recent widow in a small rural NC town to investigate a charismatic religious leader, with a strange hold over his flock and deadly psychic abilities. Was okay, bit too talky - second in a trilogy - seemed to spend too much time talking about why they were investigating and how dangerous/secretive everything was rather than showing it. Still readable and I'm certain I'll read the third when it comes out.

Hide Your Eyes by Alison Gaylin - Samantha Leiffer is a part-time preschool teacher and a part-time box office staff member, living a fairly dull, but pleasant life, until the day she sees two people dropping a small ice chest into the Hudson River. When the chest turns out to contain the body of a mutilated child, she finds herself in danger. Good story, good side characters. Lots of humor in the work situations, good suspense with the bad guys.

You Kill Me by Alison Gaylin - sequel to Hide Your Eyes. Samantha is fairly well over the events of the previous books, but in this one, set post 9/11, her boyfriend Detective John Krull has become emotionally distant and often physically absent. A mysterious man gives her a note warning her about being watched - and then people around her start to die. And everything seems to point to John. Again, good side characters, good use of humor, good suspense. Didn't like it quite as much as the first one though. (A to Z title)

The Prey by Allison Brennan - Former FBI agent turned best-selling author, Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu house, while working with a studio filming one of her thrillers. Then a killer uses one of her novels as a model for murder. And then another. The studio insists on hiring protection and the former Delta Force operative they hire forces her to realize that to catch the killer, she'll have to revisit her hidden past. Standard thriller, very readable.

The Hunt by Allison Brennan - Twelve years ago Miranda escaped the Bozeman Butcher, surviving where a friend and fellow captive did not. Still feeling guilty, she leads a search and rescue team in the same area, trying to find the various women who disappear over the years. A new body brings everything back to the boiling point, when the FBI agent she once loved arrives to help in the investigation. Related to _The Prey_, but not strictly a sequel. Still fairly standard, very readable.
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So far this month, I've read 9 books - 8 thrillers and one SF :) So, here's the odd one out...

Inside Straight - Early Reviewer copy from LibraryThing - and this is the review I did for LT:
Sixty years ago, an alien virus spread a wave of mutations around the globe. Jokers got more visible mutations, aces became more like superheroes. But now the whole thing is a bit more mundane and Hollywood is cashing in reality TV style - a Survivor-type show to choose the newest American Hero. But reality TV gets overtaken by reality, when a couple of the cast-offs and one of the production staff, who has gained new powers, head to Egypt where the assassination of the country's ruler has lead to genocide against the changed.

I read a couple of the Wild Card books back when they first came out, but don't really remember them. And it's not really necessary for understanding or enjoying this one - the background is woven into the story, though some of the references to past Wild Cards would be easier to catch if you had read others.

This is a shared universe novel, with different parts written by different authors, and woven together into one story. Daniel Abraham's pieces - blog posts written by Jonathan Hive - do an excellent job of anchoring the story, wrapping up chapters and setting up the next parts. I really enjoyed the book - though the switch from Hollywood to Egypt seemed very abrupt, but that may also be because the type of action changes so dramatically - from reality TV challenges to real battles. Not sure I'll go back and read the older books, but I definitely think I'll pick up the new ones.

Oh, and as one other reviewer noted, the blurb on the back of the book is for the sequel, not this book.
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The Accidental Sorcerer by K.E. Miller - A low-grade sorcerer turns out to be much more, but stopping the plans of an ambitious & mad king may be beyond his newly discovered abilities. First in a series. Was fun, if a bit convoluted.

May wrap-up: 23 books for the month, 124 for the year.

9 books left in the A to Z Challenge - 5 authors, 4 titles
2 books left in the Young Adult Challenge
Technically finished the TBR Challenge, but still have 6 books (main list & alternate list) that I'm going to try and get marked off.
1 book left in the Patricia McKillip Challenge.
126 books left in the 250 book challenge.
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So I got a Kindle (LOVE it) and in my initial book order, bought a book by Patricia Briggs to see if I'd like her stuff. Oh, yeah! These five books and one short story are all hers - and all Kindle ebooks. Link above is to author, not doing individual titles. All are in the urban fantasy genre.

Moon Called
Blood Bound
Bone Crossed - This is the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is a mechanic and a shapeshifter, who can become a coyote. In her world, supernatural beings live alongside humans, mostly hiding their abilities from the world at large. The lesser (less powerful, less scary) fae were forced into the public eye by their leaders because of advances in technology and forensic sciences that made them less invisible to the public, so they came out to help the scarier, more powerful fae stay hidden. Mercy, whose mother was human, was raised in a werewolf pack, but returned to her mother in her teens and has been a loner ever since. She lives in a trailer beside the estate of Adam Hauptmann, an affluent businessman and the local pack Alpha. In _Moon Called_, she gives a job to a homeless teen - she's sure he's a runaway and she knows he's a werewolf. She introduces him to Adam, as the boy is a fairly new were and doesn't belong to a pack. But there are people hunting the boy and trouble comes calling. _Blood Bound_ introduces us more to the vampires. _Iron-Kissed_ delves into the fae. _Bone Crossed_ wraps up some loose ends from _Blood Bound_ and gets further into Mercy's growing paranormal abilities.

Lots of fun - Mercy is a tough, no nonsense, take care of herself kind of woman. Fully developed characters, who grow and change. Side characters are interesting, not just there to fill a spot.
I read the first one and immediately splurged on the next three (plus the other two mentioned below) and I'll probably end up getting physical copies.

Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf - Alpha & Omega series. Related to the Mercy Thompson series, can be read seperately with no problems, but reading the others gets you a bit more background of the universe. The short story introduces the main characters, Anna and Charles, but you can just start with _Cry Wolf_ - most of the background is there, just spread out. So far, this is mostly just the werewolves (the pack that Mercy grew up in). Anna is very different than Mercy - she was changed into a werewolf against her will and was severely abused by her pack. She is an Omega wolf - she has the ability to calm other wolves and help them control their beasts. Lots of stuff here on werewolf pack behavior. Also throws in an evil witch :)

So far, this is more of a paranormal romance than urban fantasy - and taking place in a rural forest area rather than a city is a big part of that. Still good characterization. Anna is a very damaged person, who is basically learning that almost everything she learned in her pack was wrong, and dealing with falling in love, moving from the city, and joining a new pack on top of it. She has a very strong inner core - now she just has to learn to let it out.

I'd recommend these for older teens too - the sex isn't very explicit and the violence/gore factor isn't that bad either. Lots of sticking up for your friends and what's right kinds of things :)
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Lessons From the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby - Excellent, irreverent introduction to Fat Acceptance/size acceptance. Lots of tips on how to break out of the body hatred mode that society puts us in, with lots of reassurance that yes, it's hard and no, you're not a failure. Harding and Kirby don't shy away from how hard learning to love your body is, but they also don't shy away from how rewarding the results can be. Includes references for further reading. A must for anyone who's tired of waiting to get thin in order to start living. Only possible negative is the irreverence is sometimes quite profane, but personally I liked it - felt it added personality to the conversational style. Your mileage may vary.

(this is the review I did on LibraryThing[g] - too lazy to do a new one)

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Triple Cross by Mark T. Sullivan - The Jefferson Club, a super-elite resort in Montana, is currently hosting six of the richest men in the world for a very snowy New Year's Eve, when the place is taken over by anti-globalists, who free the men's families, but keep them to put them on trial for crimes against the world, broadcast over the internet. The problem for Mickey Hennessy, the club's security director, who was injured in the initial attack but managed to escape, is that his fourteen year old triplets (2 boys and a girl) are still inside, trying to find him. I really enjoyed it - over the top action, a damaged hero, spunky but not irritatingly so kids determined to find their dad, nasty bad guys, plot twists.

Watch Me by Brenda Novak - third in a related trilogy, stands alone without reading others. Twelve years ago, teenagers Sheridan Kohl and Jason Wyatt were attacked. Sheridan lived. Now some new evidence in the case has turned up and she's come back to Whiterock, TN to see if she can find out what happened all those years ago. And is immediately attacked by a masked man, who drags her out into the woods to bury her. She's saved by Jason's stepbrother, Cain Granger, who takes care of her after she gets out of the hospital. The problem is that Cain is a suspect according to the police, but Sheridan doesn't believe it. It got rave reviews over on Amazon - possibly reading the others might have made a difference. I found it a perfectly serviceable romantic thriller - good reading, but easy to put down and glad it was a library book. (S/T)

Woo! and that ends the Suspense/Thriller Challenge too!
Here's the full list with review links.
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trying to catch up with entries and getting tired, so... quick and dirty for the rest:)

Today I Hunt... Humankind by Mel Hynes and J. Grant - Two Lumps webcomic, year 3 collection - love it :)

The Dead Whisper On by T.L. Hines - eh.

Still Life by Joy Fielding - my 2nd Kindle book :) Interesting premise, fair follow-through. Not Fielding's best, but not bad.

Afraid by Jack Kilborn - LibraryThing Early Reviewer. Gory, action-packed, say 3.5/5.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley - eh.
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Wormwood by Susan Wittig Albert - Newest China Bayles. China heads to a Kentucky Shaker village for some rest, relaxation, and herbal classes. But she's soon drawn into a case of escalating vandalism, possible embezzlement, and murder - in a mystery that has its roots back in the Shaker village and the not-so-quiet passions there-in. Nice background setting, but all the back story was very different than the usual China Bayles mysteries - could have done with less then and more now. And was weird not having all the usual side characters. Still interesting, but less so than the others in the series.

Danger in a Red Dress by Christina Dodd - Dodd winds up two series here - Lost Texas Hearts with the Prescotts and the Fortune Hunters with the Manly brothers - Gabriel, adopted by the Prescotts, finds his biological brother (the legitimate one) is Carrick Manly, whose father was accused of making off with millions stolen from stockholders and employees and disappeared. Now Carrick's mother is being pressured by the government to divulge what she knows. Carrick hires a nurse to look after his mother - and to spy on her. But Hannah Grey has no intention of doing that. But she and the older woman become close and Mrs. Manly confides in her shortly before she dies - a death that Hannah is accused of causing. Now Gabriel is intent on finding her, finding the money, and helping his half-brother - if only he wasn't starting to believe in her innocence. Fun fluff.


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