March ’18 Roundup & Ramblings



Raw Data:

15 Books

6320 Pages

3.17 Average Star Rating


The Bad:

The Algorithm of Power – 1 Star (yet highest viewed post EVER)

Dragon’s Gold – 2 Stars  (This was really the worst book of the month even though I rated it higher than TAoP)

Use of Weapons – 2 Stars


The Good:

Sentenced to Prism – 5 Stars

Heirs of the Blade – 4 Stars

Reaper’s Gale – 4 Stars


Graphic Novels & Manga:

My Oh My Goddess! read definitely took an upswing in its enjoyment level and I’m very thankful for that.

My Robinverse read took the hit this month, with me realizing that there are certain levels that I just can’t get along with now.  I am hoping next weekend to get to my final Robinverse book, Under the Red Hood. 


Miscellaneous And Personal:

Survival Saturday made its successful comeback and we didn’t even mess up the chicken noodle soup. Now that is success!!!

Surviving a Bad Book also returned, with a book so mediocre it should be ashamed to call itself a book.

My non-review posts ranged from (un)Hauling Books to filling that space right back up with a Book Haul to a Random Tag to a Ramble on Re-Reading. I also started up what I’m calling my Versus set of posts. A book versus a movie or movies versus movies or Something versus Something.  I’ve got one all lined up for April already. Nothing like simply referee’ing pre-manufactured drama 🙂

In my 2017 in Review Post I lamented how none of my posts had broken the 100 view mark and that that was one of my goals for this year. Well, The Algorithm of Power – really blew past that mile marker. It now stands just under 250 views.  Too Big to Comment is also approaching that marker. I love when posts can get some discussion and comments going.

On a personal side of things, Mrs B and I have found the new church that we plan on attending full time. We’re starting our full time attendance this Sunday. Resurrection Day is a good day to have a new beginning. I’m hoping with that particular issue stabilized, life will stabilize a bit too. These last 2 months have been really rough on us. On a lighter note, Mrs B has helped me to put together a new signature avatar for my posts. I hope you like it.


Cover Love:

Heirs of the Blade takes this month. The Shadows of the Apt series has taken this part several times. Whoever the cover artist is, I just like their work.

Tynisa being haunted by the ghost of her father Tisamon






26 thoughts on “March ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. I think book reviews with 1-2 stars are the most entertaining. It’s fun to read a rant. I know I really enjoyed that “Dragon’s Gold” book review. Even on Goodreads, if I hate a book with a burning passion, I LOVE reading the reviews that agree with my opinion. Can’t wait for more of those “versus” posts!

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  2. It is indeed a good time to start attending a new church 🙂 I hope it all works out well, you feel happy there & meet some great new people!

    Also.. on reviews – i agree with saloni, rants or 1/2-star reviews are very entertaining to read! It’s frustrating for you, but entertains us, so that’s a good thing, even if a book sucks 😀

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    1. Thanks. We are both feeling kind of lost without a place where we can be helping out 🙂

      What I need is a Rant Generator Machine. I just throw in some key words and voila, it pops out a 500 word rant without me having to do any real work. Somebody needs to get busy and invent that for me! 😀

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  3. Wow….Sunday? That’s a . . . significant change. Probably not fodder for comment threads, but am sure there’s a lot of struggle, tension, and hardship there. I truly hope things go well for you on that front.

    Also, enjoying these series posts — looking forward to more.

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  4. Adrian Tchaikovsky always lucks out big time with his cover artists, most of his books are drop dead gorgeous (the most recent one I’m in love with is the one for his Tiger and the Wolf). And I’m glad to hear you and Mrs B found a new church, I hope you like it and all works out. Love the new signature too! Happy Easter!

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    1. And a blessed Easter to you as well!

      I am hoping that his Tiger&Wolf trilogy is finished up by the time I get through his Shadows of the Apt. That way I can dive right in 🙂


  5. Good luck with the new church! Hope it goes well for both of you 🙂 Nice new signature, and full agreement on Czajkowski’s covers, although the newest edition of Shadows is not as nice as the earlier ones, like the one you and I have 😉

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    1. Thank you. It is going to be odd going to church on a sunday now. We still have to come up with how we want to address things that we disagree with theologically, but really, we’ll probably treat it the same way we did before. Talk to each other and keep it between us two.

      I came across the Jeeves and Wooster omnibuses so I’m hoping to start those this month. I could really use some light fluff comedy 🙂 And my Malazan Empire re-read ends with the final book, Assail, this week. So I need to figure out which is my next series to take its place.

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