When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. ~ Erasmus

Friday, May 22, 2015

Finally have a dragon of my very own!

I will love him and hug him and pet him and call him George!

So excited that I finally snagged one of Julie Kagawa's gorgeous dragons!

Finally have a dragon of my very own!
She has an Etsy shop that she stocks with handmade dragons periodically, but they usually sell out in minutes. I've lost count of how many times I've had a dragon in my cart, but lost it to someone who checked out quicker than I did.

Finally have a dragon of my very own!

Success! But I was so paranoid that I didn't believe it was real until he showed up at my doorstep.

Finally have a dragon of my very own!

Isn't he beautiful?

Finally have a dragon of my very own!

I will love him and hug him and pet him and call him George!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Three Slices book review

Three Slices, a collection of stories where the cheese stands alone!Title:  Three Slices
Author:  Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson, Chuck Wendig
Release Date:  May 5, 2015
Source:  My personal library
Synopsis: Three Slices presents three novellas by modern fantasy writers.

My Review:

Leave it to Kevin Hearne to not only write a story about tyromancy, but to find two other partners in crime for the most enjoyable collection around! I'd never heard of divining the future using cheese before, but it sounds weirdly fascinating! Messy, but fascinating! Wish I could come up with a clever quip about cutting the cheese, but drawing a blank. Bummer.

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne

After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile, Granuaile MacTiernan starts a private war of her own against Loki, the lord of lies, and if it brings Ragnarok early--so be it.

There are really two stories in this one, one with Atticus and one with Granuaile. I prefer them to have adventures together, but understand that they'll probably go off on their own every now and again.

Atticus and Oberon travel to Ethiopia to visit an old acquaintance so that she can read his future. My first introduction to reading the future using cheese instead of entrails or tea leaves. Weird! Meanwhile, Granuaile has a run-in with the crazy god Loki. Luckily, our girl can hold her own!

A nice short story to hold us over until the next Iron Druid adventure, but I agree with the author that this wouldn't be a good introduction to the series.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys by Delilah S. Dawson

The number one rule of the circus? Don't kill your volunteers, even accidentally. That's how young magician Criminy Stain ends up on the run in a forest, where he meets a beautiful woman holding a bucket of blood. But is Merissa the answer to his prayers-- or the orchestrator of his ruin?

I haven't read the Blud series by Delilah, but really enjoyed this story of how Criminy Stain not only met both Barnum and Bailey, but how he got a circus of his very own!

Criminy is on the run when he stumbles onto a small, worn travelling carnival. Instantly smitten with Merissa after a chance meeting, he decides he wants the carnival for himself so sets about joining them. Of course there's the little matter of the carnival's resident magician not wanting to leave, but what's a little duel to the death between friends?

A fun glimpse into the universe Delilah has created!

Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig

Miriam Black is back. Miriam is tired of her curse and finally believes she knows how to be rid of her ability to see when and how other people die. She follows a lead to the mountains of Colorado, where she believes she sees signs of a serial killer she thought she already killed. (Set between THE CORMORANT and THUNDERBIRD.)

This was my least favorite of the three stories, but I think that's because I haven't read any of the Miriam Black books and felt a little lost at times.

Miriam has the power to see when and how other people will die just by touching them. Probably because I don't know her whole backstory, I wasn't 100% sure if this was her only "gift" or if she had other powers as well. And who or what is the Trespasser?

Didn't really care for Miriam so it was hard for me to sympathize with her predicament. I don't mind a little cussing here or there if that's how the character talks, but boy does that girl have a mouth on her! Maybe another reason Miriam and I didn't hit it off?


All in all, I think the whole idea of foretelling the future using cheese is an incredibly original theme for a short story collection! Probably best for readers already familiar with the authors so you won't feel lost, but I still enjoyed the read. The Iron Druid story made it worthwhile for me on it's own, as I love that series!

Have you read Three Slices? Which story was your favorite? Am I the only one who didn't know what tyromancy was and had to look it up? And why can't I think of any clever cheese jokes?

The cheese stands alone? Nope! A book where who moved my cheese might have serious consequences? Not even! One cheese, two cheese, red cheese, blue cheese? Now I'm just embarrassing myself... Someone please give me a funny cheese quip and put me out of my misery! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bookmark Monday - Aloha!

Bookmark Monday - Aloha!
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!

Several years ago, I picked this wooden bookmark up during a family vacation to Hawaii. I don't usually buy bookmarks as souvenirs, but this one was so unique that I just had to have it!

Unique wooden bookmark from my Hawaiian vacation

This is the only wooden bookmark I've ever seen, and I love the cutout turtle!

Love the cutout turtle & flowers on this wooden bookmark from Hawaii!

You can't really tell in this picture, but it says "Hawaii" at the bottom.
One of my favorite bookmarks, as it's both unique and reminds me of a wonderful vacation!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Sunday Post 5/17/15

The Sunday Post 5/17/15 | Alexia's Books and Such
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

On the Blog:

I took part in the Blog Ahead Mini Challenge hosted by Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup. Only completed 10 scheduled posts out of my goal of 14, but that's not bad for me. I really want that extra cushion to help keep me from scrambling the night before a post is due, so going to keep working on it. You can check out my wrap up post if you like.

My birthday was on the 8th and I had a lovely time! My husband bought me two awesome t-shirts, which I absolutely love! And a chocolate cake. You can never go wrong with chocolate cake! I had a quick giveaway to share the birthday love, so congrats to winner Jenni!

Anyone going to BEA? I can't make it this year (sorry Tammy!) so plan on participating in Armchair BEA. Please take lots of pictures if you're going to BEA and post often so I can live vicariously through you!

Current Read:

Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, and Chuck Wendig

On the TBR Pile:

  • Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa
  • Anni Moon by Melanie Abed
  • Arivica by John Poulsen
  • Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding

Upcoming Reviews:

  • Alive by Scott Sigler
  • I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff
  • Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Found an interesting explanation for the contents of a book at Anatomy of a Book. A good resource for writers and readers alike! 
  • A Guide to Epic Book Hoarding over at It Starts at Midnight was a fun read, complete with quiz! To no ones surprise, I am an epic book hoarder! 
  • Did you know that May 14th was Dylan Thomas Day? I didn't! While I've never read his work, I do love the Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light quote.

So how has the first half of May been for you? So happy that the warm weather seems to be here to stay! Now if it would just stop raining, I'd be a happy camper! (full disclosure - I hate camping)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, my dog
Waffles sunning herself on the porch:

gratuitous dog picture

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