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I finished LORD OF CHAOS at lunchtime on Friday and read nothing but comics until Tuesday, which is when I purchased and began STORMS OF LAZARUS by Karen Kincy.
The very moment the book showed up in my Kindle app, I loaded its cover and propped the device behind my sleepy wee Murchie. No sooner had I snapped the first picture than Murchie shifted in his sleep, sending my Kobo tumbling down to bonk him on the head.
I felt terrible, but Murchie just shrugged it off. This is the dog who takes grave offense when his soft, tiny chew toy accidentally brushes his nose during games of fetch, so I guess he was still too groggy to recognize he should be put out. It surely helped that he wasn't injured (whew!).
Still, I figured it would be safest to lay the e-reader on its side for all subsequent shots.
I've also continued my dip into Evelyn Lau's poetry with IN THE HOUSE OF SLAVES, a BDSM-focused collection. I'm really enjoying it, while Murchie appreciates the smell of a good library book.
As I mentioned before, this marks the end of my library's ability to supply me with Evelyn Lau's poetry. I want to keep reading the stuff on a regular basis and welcome any recommendations for poetry by women of colour.
Murchie proved less of a fan of STEALING FIRE by Jo Graham, though that could be because I cornered him first thing in the morning again. (It's the best time to ensure he'll stay still long enough for me to take several shots to choose from.)
I, on the other hand, loved the hell out of the book, and I'm not entirely sure why. I suppose it was a combination of that indefinable connection to a character and the sense that this is part of Something More. As I understand it, all Graham's Numinous World books stand alone, but they follow the same soul through multiple lifetimes and so interconnect in many ways. This story captivated me on its own merits, but it also left me wicked eager to see how the choices Lydias makes here influence the rest of his lives.
Luckily, I can easily get my hands on all the other books except THE HAND OF ISIS (it looks like someone lost my library's only copy--boo!) and the short story collection. Hurray! I'll try to pace myself in deference to la TBR, but I'm so eager to see what happens next (and what's happened before) that I may have to at least start another before the end of the month.
I should note, too, that STEALING FIRE didn't grab me right away. In fact, I'd all but decided to abandon it by page 60 or so. "But people I trust love Jo Graham's books," I said to Murchie. "I'll give it one more chapter."
By the end of that chapter, I couldn't even imagine putting it aside. Hurray!
Then the Readathon began!
I finished STEALING FIRE first thing in the morning, then jumped into THE LAST GOOD KNIGHT, a five-part serial by Tiffany Reisz. We'll let the cover for the first installment stand in for the whole novella since the only difference between them is the accent colour.
I saved the serial specifically for the Readathon, and it was well worth the wait. I grinned, I gasped, and I cried, while Murchie decided he wasn't terribly keen to hover near me while I read it. He can be so finicky.
After that, I dove into my most anticipated read of the 'thon: A CASE OF POSSESSION by KJ Charles. Y'all may recall I fell in love with (and raved about) THE MAGPIE LORD a couple of weeks ago, but I did my best to resist its sequel until la TBR was just a little bit smaller.
Then I got Scribd, and Scribd had it, and I could resist no longer.
I'm pleased to report I loved A CASE OF POSSESSION just as much as THE MAGPIE LORD. It's funny and scary and hot and emotionally charged, with great characters and lots of intriguing magic. I'm wicked eager to get my hands on the next one, which should drop on October 28th. Which is really soon! I'm not sure why, but I expected it to be out in early 2015 or something.
I also read "Interlude With Tattoos," a free short story that falls between the first and second books, but I didn't bother photographing it because it was a single story and I don't count those on my yearly reading list.
And that, I fear, was the last photographable thing I tackled during the Readathon. I spent the rest of the event alternating between stories from SUBVERSION, an anthology I showed y'all when I began it several weeks ago, and issues of DEADPOOL on Marvel Unlimited. I'm pleased to report that SUBVERSION was wonderful, while the second DEADPOOL arc I tackled (EVIL DEADPOOL) delighted the hell out of me.
Next week: a new audiobook! (For sure this time.) A library book! Maybe a magazine! Possibly another volume of the Wheel of Time! (They get shorter again from this point, which is the world's biggest relief.)