October ’18 Roundup & Ramblings




Raw Data:

17 Books

5773 Pages

2.97 Average Rating


The Bad:

Dust of Dreams (existential excrement by the boatload) – 1.5 Stars

Fail Harder (irresponsible jackasses who should die) – 1.5 Stars

Wizard’s First Rule (clunky writing that destroyed my memories) – 2 Stars


The Good:

A Thousand Words for Stranger (Telepathic Jane Austen in Space!) – 4 Stars



Tore through four volumes of Shaman King. Now that the setup is pretty much done, it’s shonen battles, which means some long slugging matches are coming up. Might end up slowing down my pace just a tad.


Miscellaneous And Personal:

While I read a bit more this month, it was ALL crap. My average was below 3stars for goodness sake. I am thankful for at least one 4star book.

Got Sick and kind of whimpered on for the last 10 days of the month. Didn’t read anyones posts, didn’t even reply to comments. Thankfully, that seems to be passing and I’m hoping to spring back into pure unadulterated Bookstooge Action this weekend with a Survival Saturday Post.

Did a Tag and a 6Degrees post. It was good to write some non-review stuff. Especially considering all the crap books I plowed through and then had to write about.

Surviving a Bad Book got some good numbers since I mentioned a book that a lot of people know. Always helps to stir the pot if everyone already has an opinion.

Other than that, this was a rainy blah month that crept along like a whipped cur and then threw up in my shoes. I am so thankful October is OVER WITH.


Cover Love

Once again, just like last month, no cover grabbed me and said “Worship me!”. I am including the Harpist in the Wind cover because I feel it really shows Darrell K. Sweet’s style. He did so many covers over the years and once you learn what his stuff looks like, you simply can’t miss it.




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27 thoughts on “October ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

    1. Darrell really became known for his fantasy covers. Even non-fantasy people could see one of his covers and know it was a fantasy book.

      I liked his work on the Wheel of Time series…


      1. Here, we differ, I don’t like most of these, but I also don’t like the WoT books… I’ve just searched Google Image for “Darrell K. Sweet” and I like about half of what I see 😉

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  1. As YouKneeK said, I’m glad that you’re feeling better now. Also, that cover looks fantastic. Reminds me of one of those really, really old fantasy novels that smell really good.

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    1. Thank you.

      Darrell K. Sweet was born in the 30’s, so I’m guessing he was illustrating covers since the early 50’s? So some of the books he worked on might actually fit that description 😀

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  2. Oof, that was bad! To cheer you up, I recently read a highly acclaimed comic book about Batman that sent me into a fit, I was almost frothing at the mouth… Add to it my recent streak of bad books (Leigh Bardugo, I’m looking at you!) and my month book-wise was almost equally crappy 😛

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  3. I like a lot of Sweet’s artwork. “Harpist” is a bit odd, though, in that there’s no purple. I thought he had purple in ALL of his covers 🙂

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