Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Monday, .... and I'm late at this post

I've pretty much been living a nocturnal life - but then I always seem to do that over the summer.  Ever since I was a little kid, I was happy staying up as late as I could.  I didn't want to go to sleep - that prayer that people make kids say at night - "...If I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take..." - might have something to do with it. When you're little, and you're not quite sure about who the "lord" is, and why they want your soul, or even why you want them to take it....and why a kid might die before THEY'RE AWAKE... it's scary stuff.  Made me nervous anyway.  That was just the beginning.  Spending school vacations with a father who mainly worked night shifts had another part to play in well as me later getting jobs that had night shift availability.  I always seem to be more alert and awake from the hours between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. - but if I have to wake UP at 6 a.m., I tend to feel sullen, resentful and just plain angry at life.  :)  At least until around 4 p.m. 
So now it's summer and even though I spend 8 months or more trying to adjust to a day time schedule for my current work life, it takes mere days to slip right back into the night life.....

So it's time for a Monday post - only I'm very late to it this week.

It's Monday - hosted by Sheila of Book Journey - is where we all get together, or rather, visit other blogs and see what we're all reading.
What I finished reading....
I didn't get a lot of reading done this week.  I feel like I might have forgotten about finishing a book, but of course, can't remember which one.  
The one I do remember is.........
Sabaska's Tale
This is an e-book, YA/fantasy about a very special horse, a young girl who has recently lost her grandmother, and how she deals with sudden danger and comes out a stronger person in the end.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Any one who loves horses will enjoy this, as the horse is a strong character in this book.   There is travel between worlds, other worlds and being, and some fun mythical creatures....and danger - there is DANGER.   And Campbell writes great fiction! And just look at that beautiful cover - that's the real life Sabaska pictured there.
BTW - there is a contest going on right now for swag to celebrate the release of this novel.

Current Reads

There's one main book that I've been reading, and there's a couple that I've started in my usual book A.D.D. fashion (B.A.D.D.)
The current read is from reading another person's blog, where they (she - why do we do that?  change a single person to 'they' when referring to a blogger or someone we really don't know in person...) had mentioned the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.  I went ahead and picked up the first of the series, luckily they had at B&N, and I bought it before I became irritated enough to impose a book buying ban from B&N - which makes it hard for me to shop since they are the one bookstore that stays open after 6 p.m. in my area - and they're the largest bookstore around.  I'll have to get creative and become for loyal to home-grown bookstores, which while they may be wonderful indie bookstores, don't usually carry a huge variety of novels, especially UF or SciFi, and they aren't open when I feel like moving around (see the nocturnal lifestyle note above, heehee)
Back to the book - I grabbed a copy of...
On Basilisk Station 
the first Honor Harrington novel.
Even though there are a few spots here and there where he goes on about politics, or a bit of info-dumping, it's not enough to turn me off from reading, and the rest of the story so far, is interesting enough to keep me engaged - though Honor is almost too perfect.....almost.
Of course, after I buy a print copy of this book, I THEN look it up on the Baen website, where it's available as a free download - the entire book.  Baen does this thing where they offer quite a few of their publications for free downloads.  It bypasses the
whole pirating issue - offering it up.  they also put up a donation button, so if you're feeling like you can, you can offer up some $$ for reading.  I'm going to take advantage of their free library when I'm ready to read the second book.  Then I think I'll keep my future purchases to their website - as far as SciFi novels.  Why pay stores like B&N - where all they care about is selling you a card you can use to save money yet don't actually care about you as a customer (sorry, mini-rant) - when you can buy directly from a company that has been offering free e-copies of their books way before Amazon began offering free downloads?  Sounds like a good company to support.
The next book in the Honor series is The Honor of the Queen, which is also available as a free book.  

Other current/coming reads:

Pretty Sacrifices by Devin O'Branagan (sequel to Glory)
novella - Show Dog Sings the Blues by Devin O'Branagan
This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

haha - I wish I had come up with this caption, but I didn't.  It's funny - love it.


  1. Hahaha I like your whole nocturnal reasoning, I do believe I'd make a good vampire, well a vegetarian one but I like the hours they keep. I enjoy my own company so being social (nice) to people in daylight hours is sometimes exhausting LOL.
    Have a wonderful week, happy reading and enjoy your nocturnal hours.

    PS would Sabaska's Tale be suitable for 10-12 year old?

    1. I've never been good at the social life. I'm fine with my own family, and people I'm used to - but new situations freak me out a bit.

      Sabaska's Tale is written for teens - from 13 on up. If your 12 year old is mature, then it's fine - there's no sex, just the beginnings of romance (nothing like a lot of the teen novels out there now) and there's a few places where Anna notices the build and bottom of a couple of the well built young men, and she totally blushes when she notices what she's looking at. There is one place where she uses the f word, but it's relative - she's at the end of her rope and feeling very frustrated, and she's a normal teen.

      I would have let my kids read it at any age - but then again, I've never been one to limit my kids' reading. ironically, my own daughter won't let her daughter watch sponge bob (but Twilight seems to be okay - can't figure that one out). I would say it's fine, but remember it's danger, lives are threatened and it's a bit intense in a couple of places, but nothing very graphic, and NO gratuitous violence/sex/lusting. It's all a believable part of the story and flow of events.

      It's only $2.99 right now on Kindle, and the reading flows - kept me interested and I read it within a day or two. So you might want to grab a copy and see what you think. But I think it has less of all the hot-spots than your average teen read, where the teen is thinking about sex ALL the time. LOL.