Sunday Post – 3rd July

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

It’s lovely getting a new desktop computer, of course it is. But… then comes the grotty bit – transferring all my files and software across from my elderly clapped-out model to this shiny new beast. I’d love to say it’s all gone smoothly, except it hasn’t. I endured the ‘blue screen of death’ on Friday when I messed up loading my anti-virus program and had to prevail on Number One Son to fix it for me via Instagram. At 3 am this morning I finally had the last of my files transferred AND on the right drive – which isn’t as straightforward as it should be, in my opinion.

As a result, I haven’t come within sniffing distance of Breathing Space and am looking forward to having a chance to getting down to resuming my line edit, ever conscious that the days are not so much ticking, as flying by…

This week I’ve managed to read:
thenightmarestacksThe Nightmare Stacks – Book 7 of The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
Alex Schwartz had a promising future – until he contracted an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain’s only counter-occult secret agency.
His first assignment is in Leeds – his old hometown. The thought of telling his parents that he’s lost his old job, let alone them finding out about his ‘condition’, is causing Alex more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student appearing in the local Goth Festival, who flirts with him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock. But Cassie has secrets of her own – secrets that make Alex’s night life seem positively normal . . .

This smart science fiction/fantasy mash-up goes on delivering cool new ideas and the whole series comes very highly recommended. I’ve already posted my review of this book.

 

Night Shift – Book 3 of the Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and nightshiftdramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…

I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting yet another favourite series and love the way Harris is quite content to leave us with a slew of unanswered questions about her community of paranormal oddballs, so they can unfold throughout this quirky series. I will be reviewing this book in due course.

 

The Ghoul King – Book 2 of The Dreaming Cities by Guy Haley
theghoulkingThe Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world – whatever that means, any more – to restock his small but essential inventory. After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest to find the secret to repairing her semi-functional robot. But the technological secret it guards may be one truth too many…

I hadn’t appreciated when I requested this offering from NetGalley that this was a novella and part of a series. However, Haley’s far too fluent and experienced to leave his readers floundering. The adventure whisked me up and pulled me into this disturbing, violent world – the only snag is that it ended too soon. The review will be appearing on the release date.

 

The Nest – Book 3 of Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space by Tom Huddleston
In a galaxy far, far away… With their parents held captive by the evil empire, the Graf kids could use thenestsome help. They trace their latest clue to a remote jungle world where a terrifying adventure unfolds. What will Milo and Lina find in THE NEST?

I’ve been grannying this week-end and Oscar and I have plunged back into this nail-biter. It’s been a joy watching him read with increasing fluency in his quest to discover what will happen next. I’ve ordered the other available books in the series, to his delight when he found them stacked up on my teetering TBR pile.

 

My posts last week:
Sunday Post – 26th June

Teaser Tuesday – The Nightmare Stacks Book 7 of The Laundry Files by Charles Stross

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Magic Bitter Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Real Neat Award

Friday Faceoff – Simply the Best featuring Among Others by the mighty Jo Walton

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Nightmare Stacks – Book 7 of The Laundry Files by Charles Stross

Other interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

This moving tribute stopped me in my tracks… Somme by Jean Reinhardt –
https://jeanreinhardt.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/somme/

Steph produces yet another informative article on the latest happenings in Space – I really love this series… http://earthianhivemind.net/2016/06/29/waiting-for-juno/

As I’ve been grappling with my computer this week, this particular blog by Ana caught my attention. I knew some of these, but others… https://anaslair.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/the-mystery-words-on-your-screen-by-dictionary-com/

This hilarious article by Katherine had me laughing aloud during a week when the atmosphere at Higbee Towers has been somewhat fraught… http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-signs-youre-in.html?spref=tw

This is the latest in Kristen Burns excellent discussion series – and should be required reading for all authors… http://blog.kristenburns.com/realism-in-books-big-things-vs-little-things/

Hopefully, I can put my computer tech hat back in the drawer this week and concentrate more on using the darn thing for writing and editing. In the meantime, the weather continues to be atrocious – thank goodness for that spiffy roof over the centre court at Wimbledon. I hope all of you across the pond have a lovely 4th July. Many thanks for visiting and taking the time and trouble to comment – and may you have a wonderful reading and blogging week.

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23 responses »

  1. I feel your pain, I’ve just got a new phone and have been in the process of transferring music, pictures and poetry over to it, it’s so time consuming, not as bad as having to transfer from one computer to another, but isn’t it the worst thing about getting something new, the transferring of old files. 😊

    • Oh it is! I’ve thousands and thousands of photos… not to mention over 5,000 songs on my iTunes a/c. It’s taken hours and hours! Thank goodness it’s done.

    • Thank you for swinging by, Tracy – I’ve just been over at your site. Love the idea of the ALA and hope you get plenty of time to read your new acquisitions. Have a great reading week, too:)

  2. Oh, I still recall the start-up of my lovely new laptop, Louisa May, after my desktop went to Computer Heaven. I had files backed up….but not as wonderfully well as they should have been.

    Now, should the inevitable happen at some point, I think I have a better back-up system, between my external hard drive and Dropbox.

    Enjoy your week, with all of that behind you.

    I’m curious about The Nightmare Stacks….and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Fortunately, my old computer hadn’t broken, so all my files were easily accessible – this one happened to be on special offer so as mine was steadily getting slower, I felt it was time to retire the old gal. That would have been a hassle of a different order! The Laundry Files series is definitely worth checking out – it starts out as a paranormal parody of James Bond, but rapidly turns into something else – Charles Stross is a very talented writer and this is him at his quirky best. Have a great week.

    • I highly recommend this one – I like the fact that this time around, Harris has gone for featuring a small group of unusual people and each book delves into their backstory and who they are, in amongst a major ongoing problem. Have a great week:)

  3. Transferring files can be the worst- hope the worst is over! And hopefully your weather improves too- it’s been nice here so I imagine that will change at some point! I like the look of Night Shift, the idea of a town that paranormals are drawn to is interesting. And I need to check out that article on space as well.

    • Yes – I can finally focus on using the computer properly. My fault for having sooo many photos and music stacked up, I expect. But I twitch at the thought of entrusting all of that to some nebulous ‘cloud’. Steph’s blog is really great if you enjoy keeping in touch with current space exploration. Have a great week:)

  4. Getting everything transferred over can be a bit of a pain, not to mention time consuming. I feel for you. I hope you enjoy your new computer now that it’s all set up!

    I love the cover of The Nightmare Stacks. It sounds like your reading has been quite pleasurable as of late. 🙂 I have three rather exciting books going right now, which makes choosing between them difficult. There are many worse problems to have though, right?

    I hope you have a great week, Sarah!

  5. I love getting new computers, but yeah the transfer thing sucks. Hope you get it all transferred and in it’s rightful place. Those books you read look interesting so I had to check out the first in series on them. 🙂

    Happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

  6. Ah yes, the transferring and setting up of a new computer is so time-consuming and frustrating. But at least you’ve gotten it over with now!

    The Ghoul King sounds like a very interesting book, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    Thank you for the kind words about my blog post, and have a great week!

    • You’re welcome – I enjoy reading your articles. Yes – if you enjoyed The Passage, then it’s worth tracking down The Ghoul King when it is released. Hope you have an enjoyable week, too.

  7. Oh I don’t envy you the transfer of files thing. My desktop is getting pretty old and I’m constantly backing up but worried what will happen when it’s time to get a new model!

    • It’s certainly a major chore! Thank goodness it’s now behind me for – hopefully – a good long while… Best of luck – and for what it’s worth, I’d advise you replace your computer before it falls over – it would have been so much harder if that had been the case!

  8. That’s the worst part of getting a new computer. The last time my (not very tech savvy) Mom got a new computer, she was so proud of herself for getting all her programs on the new one. She didn’t realize that the files hadn’t to be transferred separately though, so she had put the old computer in the attic and had to get it back out.

    • Yes! And when I think back, this is a chore that I think has got more onerous than it used to be back in the 90s, for instance, as we entrust more of our life and hobbies to our new best friend.

  9. We are getting a new computer soon and I’m dreading it because of the transfers but also we’re going from PC to MAC. Hope you are all sorted for this week. Emm

    • Oh my word! That will be a steep learning curve… Best of luck – my mother moved from PC to Mac some years ago and is now very happy with it, but it took her a while to get used to it.
      Thank you – yes, I’m now all sorted out, and loving the speed of the new machine, my producitivity has gone through the roof, given I don’t have to stare at the screen while it keeps dawdling. Take care and best of luck – I’ll be thinking of you!

  10. Ugh. Computer issues can be a pain. I have a hard time adjusting to “technological chances” myself sometimes – which explains why I’ve chosen not to upgrade my PC to Windows 10. I feel like I’m still getting used to 8.1! :S I hope those troubles end for you this week so you can get back to doing what you love.

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