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Feeling miserable (whining ahead--avoid at will)

I know I’m lucky/blessed in many, many ways–but it doesn’t make me feel any better when I’m sick with a sudden outbreak of bloody sinusitis (literally bloody–pardon the TMI), a fever that has me shivering in bed under the covers for ten minutes and sweating like a roasted pig the next ten.

Crafting is just not happening–my eyeballs hurt, dammit!

The left half of my Sony Reader’s screen just died–seriously, what the fuck? I’m reading along all right for three hours and then, on turning a page, the screen goes wonky, and now ALL the pages are wonky. What the fuck????

The situation at work is ugly–I don’t know if I’m going to have a job when I get back there on Thursday–and there are no other prospects right now.

I want to pull the covers over my head (if I don’t start sweating again) and hid for the rest of my life.


(but I’ll probably come back to life once I feel a tad better)

What sort of mind could conceive this?

This is what I have been pondering for the past week.

Allow me to elaborate a little.

Last Saturday evening, as I left work,  I found one of those adverts stuck under the windshield. You know the ones I mean, printed on shiny cardboard with some sort of invitation (free lunch in this case) to introduce you to something wonderful! amazing! cheap!

Usually it’s something along the lines of time shares (you know, making a monthly payment to enjoy one week a year somewhere exotic–and expensive–in a tiny condo or cabin that could accommodate twelve–if you sleep four to a bed) or, alternatively, a recruiting event for one of those just-this-side-of-legal pyramid schemes.

This time however, it was something I would not, in a million years, conceive.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me describe the card. (more…)

I’m Finally On Goodreads, Hurrah…

Monday, January 30, 2012
Posted in: book talk

I’ve been meaning to join for ages, but I finally got round to doing it yesterday. I have to say, it was a great way to idle away a few hours on a rainy Sunday.

I managed to post quite a few mini reviews, something I haven’t managed to do in an age. I’ll probably share some of them with you guys here on the blog at some point.

My page is here, and you can see my reviews here.

I’ve still got a shitload of books to go, but I’ll add them as and when I remember them, as I’m away quite a lot this week.

If you’re on Goodreads too, I’d love to friend you or vice versa. I’m not all that sure on how to go about finding people, so send me a friend request, and I’ll accept you.

I’m annoyed today. I’ve just read about yet another child that was killed by one of her parents.

For me, yet more proof that that bloke in the Sky couldn’t give a rat’s arse.

I’d be a great mother, why can’t I get pregnant and stay pregnant?

Yes, I’m annoyed today.

Rant over.

If there was a day for Twitter*

it would be the day you are re-reading Good Omens.

(I confess I like my copy’s cover better, though:)



* for me, obviously, as pretty much everyone else is already on Twitter.
Azteclady does Penny Jordan's, So Close and No Closer

This novel has been in the monstrous TBR shelves for…well, at least a couple of years, but probably more. I have already failed January’s installment of SLWendy’s TBR Challenge, but given Ms Jordan’s recent passing, I feel it fitting to review it nonetheless.

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So Close and No Closer, by Penny Jordan

Originally released in 1989, this category romance definitely reflects the mores of the day, though both it and Ms Jordan were popular enough to warrant a Collector’s Edition re-release in 1991. There were several things I liked about this story, not the least of which is the setting, a lovely village somewhere near Cambridge, England¹.

The back cover blurb is typical of the time (though really, it doesn’t seem the misleading has changed all that much): (more…)

It's all Shiloh's fault

Shiloh would be the always classy Ms Walker, who is hosting a giveaway for Myke Cole’s upcoming book in her blog.

Now, it’s been quite a while since I’ve read straight fantasy. For many reasons, romance has been my staple when it comes to reading, for years now. Yes, I occasionally read other genres (I’ve even reviewed some and stuff) but it’s mostly romance for me.

However, after reading Mr Cole’s guest post over at Shiloh’s, I’m quite hyped about this fantasy novel. Whether I win it or not, I’m committing myself publicly to read it and reviewing it here soon¹.

What book, you ask?

Control Point, the first installment in Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops fantasy series.

Army Officer. Fugi­tive. Sorcerer.

Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with mag­ical tal­ents. Untrained and pan­icked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set every­thing they touch ablaze.

Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. A lieu­tenant attached to the military’s Super­nat­ural Oper­a­tions Corps, his mis­sion is to bring order to a world gone mad. Then he abruptly man­i­fests a rare and pro­hib­ited mag­ical power, trans­forming him overnight from gov­ern­ment agent to public enemy number one.

The SOC knows how to handle this kind of sit­u­a­tion: hunt him down–and take him out. Driven into an under­ground shadow world, Britton is about to learn that magic has changed all the rules he’s ever known, and that his life isn’t the only thing he’s fighting for.

Oh, and I have to say that I really like how Mr Cole uses the theme of the novels for the layout of his website, particularly the placement of the series logo, with one small exception: it’s a bit dark for the eyes of some readers *coughI’manoldbroadcough*

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¹ (ish–have to allow for real life and the soul-suckiness of the real job to interfere)

Too good to pass up (as blog fodder)


I was busy with other things yesterday when this review went up at Dear Author, but as I was coming over to post something else, Karen had already been there, done that, and come back to post about it.

Anyway, will you look at this precious, precious gem from Sandy: (more…)

Seriously, instead of thinking about what a shit job you did writing this book, you decide to slag off the reviewer?

It makes me laugh uproariously that you start off your post thusly:

“As all of you know, I love reviews. The good, the bad and the ugly. I have no problem posting them on my website or blogging about them.”

I’m pretty sure that what you meant was that you love glowing reviews, seeing as you just got a bad one, and you’re so pissed that you’re waving your knickers in the air for all and sundry to gawk at.

As for this part: (more…)


Monday, January 23, 2012
Posted in: depression

I don’t think I’ve ever had depression, but I know plenty of people who have suffered from it.
Of course, I, like most people have days when certain things bring me down and weigh on my mind, but those days are few and far between and don’t really bear any resemblance to what a lot of people with depression go through.

I recently read a very moving account of one sports man’s battle with depression.

His name is Stan Collymore, and he used to play football for a living, now he’s more of a broadcaster and sports commentator. (more…)

So How Did We Get Here?

Monday, January 23, 2012
Posted in: random musings

This is a debate that gets tackled in our house regularly. Did we get here by way of that mystical bloke who lives in the sky, who sees fit to let babies get raped and murdered, or did we spawn from bacteria, which eventually evolved?

If we were monkeys, how did the first monkey get here?

I know that there are a million theories, but I find that this morning, I’m fairly fascinated by the subject.

Anyway, what do you guys think?

When you don't get it, belittle those who do.

After Wednesday widespread protests over SOPA and PIPA, I have spent quite a bit of time pondering what the internet as we know it today means to me. The freedom and inspiration from these “series of tubes” (Sen Ted Stevens) allow me, the boundless resources it holds at my fingertips.

Among these, a humongous crush of mine:

The Daily Show
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“Let’s bring the nerds”

The nerds, said with contempt. Yes, you morons, do bring in the nerds so that they can explain how this thing you are trying to legislate actually works–what it is, what it does, how it affects the lives of everyone of those around you (your constituents–remember them?) and your own.


Dear lord–and these people make decisions that affect the rest of us.

Open letter to Maggie Stiefvater

Ms Stiefvater, you may have not consciously intended to, but you most definitely belittled book bloggers with your comments–just as you have in the past belittled romance readers (many of whom read you despite your attitude towards what they read¹).

“A review is an unbiased, careful look at a book — basically it is a little academic paper. It involves an itty-bitty thesis on your opinion of the book, surrounded by tiny supporting sentences describing the strengths and weaknesses of said book.”

Says you–and I disagree with you in the most absolute, unequivocal manner possible. (more…)

"Do all my work for me, please, but only if you are an expert. Thank you."

Okay, so I’m probably being harsh in my interpretation, but that’s how this comes across to me¹: (more…)

Fight for the Future.

Are you fucking kidding me?

Pardon the cursing, but really.

Over at Dear Author, Jane has up a very apt post on the reader/author paradigm (honestly, should be required reading). The discussion that follows is, as usual, also very, very interesting–which doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with Jane on all points, by the way.

And so it goes until we read a looooooooooooooooooooonnnnng screed comment left by EMoon(1)(2). We get all the usual–but readers don’t understand how much about publishing a book is out of the author’s hands. But readers don’t know how horrible the author’s life was while s/he was writing the book. But readers just don’t get how difficult it is to write a book.

The kicker, though is at the very beginning: (more…)

Conflicted--is it cowardice, or picking my battles?

Via the awesome Jessica at Read React Review, I found myself reading this (sadly) incredibly accurate and so very well written post about oft used responses to misogyny in all its many and varied forms of expression.

In this particular case, the outrage comes from some utterly vile and threatening comments made to a 15yo girl who dared post a picture of herself holding Carl Sagan’s A Demon Haunted World on a subforum at reddit. (Nota bene: I’ve never read reddit and I have no clue how it operates.) Greta Christina quoted some of the worst offenders–I won’t, though I’ll tell you that if I were related to the girl in question I would have contacted the police over more than a few of them.

The thread that follows Greta Christina’s post is incredible–over 700 comments and counting. I have, as of right now, read less than 300 of those, and find myself more and more conflicted.

For example (more…)


Saturday, January 7, 2012
Posted in: reviews

Nah, I’m not going to talk about the recent reviewing flame-out, I still haven’t checked out the scene of the crime to see the author who’s apparently showing her knickers to the world.

No, I just want to let you guys know that I think I may have gotten my reviewing mojo back, so if any of you have any books you’d like to see reviewed on here, go for your life. Erm, please don’t bother suggesting any Carol Lynne books, her writing sucks too hard. Sorry Carol, just saying Babycakes… Friends? 🙂

By the way, if you’ve been under a rock like my fabulous self, check out this blog, that links to the drama.

Where in the world is...?

Where in the world is…?

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

Given that I don’t do Facebook or Twitter, it may very well be that I’m also the only one in the romance community who doesn’t know. However, and just in the off chance that’s not the case: anyone knows anything about Egyptian author Olivia Gates?

Last January, when all the violence and media/internet block out was going on, there were a number of posts throughout the blogosphere, trying to bring some notice to her (then) latest release. Since then, though, I haven’t seen anything. Her website doesn’t seem to have been updated since late 2010 or perhaps very early 2011.

Amazon, though, has A Secret Birthright (A Harlequin Desire) listed as a release for January 3rd 2012.

And so I ask.

Has anyone heard from Ms Gates recently?

Newsy bits

Newsy bits

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

Discrete joy: Michelle Bachmann, self-dubbed “America’s Iron Lady” has dropped out of the race.

Much sadness: President Obama signing National Defense Authorization Act into law–it allows the indefinite detention by the military of US citizens who are apprehended domestically. See more at Demand Congress.

Requires action: SOPA hearings are right around the corner–via Ann Bruce’s blog, understand SOPA’s consequences for internet uses by reading these excellent posts at The Verge: What SOPA is, and the public debate,