Book Haul – The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter + Bonus Content


I participated in the Kickstarter for this hardcover of the jolly Riyria Chronicles series by Michael Sullivan.  It arrived Wednesday and it immediately went on my shelf next to all my other hardcover Riyria books by Sullivan.

Is that not a veritable vision of beauty?

Dang, I do love me some hardcover pictures, Mmmm, mmmmmm, good! That is all, carry on.


Bonus Content:

Not really, but this way I get to blab and you are tricked into reading it. Am I a smooth operator or what?


Back in 2015 I also participated in his Death of Dulgath kickstarter, which is book 3 of the Riyria Chronicles. I have come to realize that Sullivan is one of the few authors that I’m willing to pay $35+ for a hardcover just so that the book will exist. Both Winter and Daughter were great successes on Kickstarter and while it has been 2 years between books, I don’t have any problems with that wait.  I wonder if I’d be willing to fund more Kickstarters if they were handled like Sullivan handles his?

My recent Surviving a Bad Book post brought Michael Stackpole back to mind and his fantastic book Talion: RevenantThere has been a push over the years to get a sequel but Stackpole doesn’t seem to have ever really wanted to, for various reasons. That would be a Kickstarter I’d be willing to back just for an ebook edition, much less a hardcover. It just makes me wonder why he doesn’t try a Kickstarter though? Winter’s Daughter had 2000 backers and over $80K raised. Of course, Sullivan is always out there interacting with his fans and mugging for more. One of those ineffable mysteries I guess?



Book Haul … ♪In a Winter♪ Wonderland♪

Well, it is a good thing I climbed that mountain on Sunday. I got in to work today and this is what I saw:


Boss’s skating pond, just starting to skim over


Winter is no longer coming. It is HERE!


Thankfully, today was also the release of Deadhouse Landing by Ian Esslemont. I loved Dancer’s Lament so much and read a couple of reviews that put Deadhouse Landing on the same level that I pulled the trigger and bought them both at our local bookstore after work today.


Taking this to work tomorrow. It has become Top Priority!


These are going to look good on my shelf with all the other Malazan books I own.
In the running for Best Book of the Year. 



Yep. Helping keep our local book store in business. Which brings up another story. Have patience if you’d heard me ramble about this store. The employees at this bookstore ACT like they want to go out of business. Every time I go in there I feel like I’m a bother and a nuisance. When I ordered these 2 books last week, the lady at the register actually had the gall to ask me for the isbn of the books when I asked her if she wanted the author or titles. Next time I go in, I swear I’m going to ask for “That red cover book about that famous guy. You know, the one everyone is talking about? Maybe it had a green cover and was about a women? But you know, that famous one I saw on The View 2 months ago”. Serve them right if I did that.  Same place that told me to go look on amazon for a specific hard cover edition of a book. But anyway….

Always glad to plunk down some hard cash, or plastic as the case may be, for some quality story in a dead tree.



Book Haul & Kudos

Recently, I won a contest put on by The Orangutan Librarian,  for my review of A Tropic of Serpents. My prize came in the mail today:




Yep,  nothing says “I’m a Winner” like a Science Fiction book 😀

I started reading the Cobra books by Timothy Zahn in the early 90’s when I found them at our local library. At the time, there was only the original Cobra trilogy. It wasn’t until almost 20 years later, in ’09, that Zahn began writing in the Cobra universe again. Since then though, he’s put out a respectable 5 books [Cobra Outlaw is the second book in the 3rd trilogy] while keeping up with his other writings. While I’m not as enthusiastic about these later books as the former ones, I still look forward to each one as they came out and have been slowing buying them so I can own a paper copy.

So, Thank You Orangutan Librarian! I always appreciate free-to-me books.



#Bibliotheca Book Haul

2 1/2 years ago I came across a Kickstarter for a Bible version that was without chapter or verse, and had all sorts of other “artsy” things [ie, formatting of the page and text, not pictures and silly junk].

Bibliotheca Post from 2014

Offical Bibliotheca Website from 2016

It exploded. It’s goal was $20K and maybe 500 copies. It went over the Million Dollar mark and took about 24 months longer than expected due to the huge increase. It ended up being made from wood free paper, so the pages will never simply rot away. They are actually made from stone. How cool is that!?!?

So today, they arrived. I had ordered a full set and so had my brother and father. They have broken up the Bible into 4 volumes:

The Books of Moses & the Former Prophets

The Latter Prophets

The Writings

The New Testament.

I also ordered the Apocrypha JUST so I could get the slipcase 🙂 I read it once back in Bibleschool and remember not being very impressed with it.

So a big thanks to #Adam Greene, Kickstarter & General Project Manager and all the crew at #Bibliotheca.

I am including several pictures, but I don’t know how well they will come out. Phones are a terrible replacement for a camera, but they’re so dang convenient! This is also my first time adding multiple pictures to a wordpress post, so things might change in the couple of minutes after I post this.


Don Quixote Pre-Pre-Read Extravaganza!

My copy of Don Quixote came in the mail today. I had ordered an Oxford World classic edition in paperback because I had some amazon points I had to use and I wanted a paper copy so I could pencil in thoughts in the margins as I read along. There is going to be a lot of said penciling as the book weighs in at just under 1000 pages and about 960 of that is the novel.


Now the important part. The Tag we should all use. While all of use reading the book are part of the Buddy Read Group and we can comment there or post links to our own updates, not everyone following us is going to see everybody else’s updates, go to the group, etc, etc. With a common tag, anyone following along can click the tag and instantly see in their feed all the posts associated with this read-along whether they are following everyone participating or not.

So without further ado, let us see what is behind Curtain Number One:

*insert long drum roll with some razzamadazzle at the end*





Don Quixote Buddy Read



I know, I know. I too was pretty amazed with myself for coming up with something so clever. But when you have a way with words like I seem to, I guess it is just pure talent shining through 😀

Ok, on a serious note, that just seems the easiest and most obvious. Once you use it the first time it will go to your group of tags so you don’t have to try to remember it on subsequent posts. Any other thoughts, ideas, etc, please post away in the Group so we can all fight about discuss it. For the WP peeps, all the links are obviously booklikes oriented, but feel free to chime in anytime on any of the updates that I’ll be crossposting.

How you decide to read, update, comment, etc is up to you. I’m not worried about spoilers and my updates will NOT be spoiler free. I will be labeling my updates by chapter numbers, so if you’re worried about spoilers, you can easily avoid my posts until you’re read up to that chapter. I’ll be doing one more Pre-Read post next week with some final thoughts before I jump in on the 15th.