Sunday Post – 30th July 2017

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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.

Now we are into the summer holidays, I am in major grannying mode as Oscar has spent the week with us. Last Monday morning I attended a meeting about Tim, so Oscar spent the morning with his aunty and we wandered down to the beach afterwards. In the afternoon, so we broke out the little plastic kite we found in the back of a cupboard and took it back down to the beach once John got back from work and went kite flying. Oscar loved it, so we were back there on Tuesday morning and phoned up to get my sister to join us – she’s now a firm favourite with Oscar. On Wednesday it poured with rain – but that was okay because Oscar, my sister and me went to watch Despicable Me III at Chichester. We all thoroughly enjoyed it – Oscar ticked us both off for laughing too loudly…

On Thursday, J’s parents came down for the day, so we all went out for lunch at the Harbour Lights café, where there are lovely views of the River Arun and during the meal Oscar was entertained watching children having yachting lessons on the river. In the afternoon, they took J’s new stunt kite out for a spin – but it broke, so the three boys, J, his father and Oscar spent the rest of the afternoon fixing it, which seemed to be almost as much fun as flying it, while his mother and I had a good old natter. On Friday, Oscar and I made his vegan pizza and a batch of banana bread in readiness for our trip to the Lego BrickLive exhibition yesterday at the ExCel exhibition centre. I was a bit worried about the journey – it took four changes of train/underground to get us there, so J came along, too. He carried all the food and took charge of the bags while Oscar and I roamed around the huge area, which helped enormously. Oscar loved it and we both had great fun – though he decided the brick pits full of Lego pieces were far too knobbly to sit in. Our favourite area was the Kingdom where we helped to build a huge castle and he also loved the Fan zone where there some fantastic models on display. Today we’re taking it easy…

This week I have read:

The Burning Page – Book 3 of The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Librarian spy Irene has professional standards to maintain. Standards that absolutely do not include making hasty, unplanned escapes through a burning besieged building. But when the gateway back to your headquarters dramatically malfunctions, one must improvise. And after fleeing a version of Revolutionary France astride a dragon (also known as her assistant, Kai), Irene soon discovers she’s not the only one affected. Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across a multitude of worlds, creating general havoc. She and Kai are tasked with a mission to St Petersburg’s Winter Palace, to retrieve a book which will help restore order.
Once again, Cogman whisks us up into her amazing worlds alongside Irene and Kai to face another full-on adventure where they get to save the world. Again. I loved it and am now very much looking forward to reading the next slice of the adventure – highly recommended.

The Cold – Book 5 of the Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series by Scott Cavan
Milo and Lina Graf have picked up the trail of their kidnapped parents–but an ambush in the depths of Wild Space leaves them stranded on a desolate ice planet. With an old enemy out for revenge, can they survive THE COLD?
Once again, I was impressed by just how well told this ongoing adventure is – and how genuinely exciting and scary the antagonists are. This time, they have to deal with the bitter cold and the prospect of a watery death. Review to follow.

 

 

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before.
A number of my fellow book bloggers were enthusiastic about this offering – so I was delighted when I saw it was still available on Netgalley. It took me a while to get into this one, but I was completely won over by the end, which was particularly impressive. Review to follow.

Crash Land on Kurai – Book 1 of the Hikoboshi series by S.J. Pajonas
Crash Land on Kurai is the first book in the Hikoboshi series, an action adventure, space opera series that explores the worlds settled by the Japanese who fled Earth a century ago. Culture, history, technology, and swords clash in a fast-paced future society on the brink of war.

Yumi Minamoto has the shortest fuse on the ship. She’s just whipped a bully and been confined to quarters, but she’s not staying there. A disgraced journalist trying to clear her name, her job is to document the mission to the Hikoboshi system, and she’s determined to get it right, despite all the trouble she causes. But when unknown vessels fire on their ship, and Yumi’s life pod crash lands on a dying moon, she’s separated from her family and friends, and her mission falls to pieces. Now she must navigate the unfamiliar and deadly terrain, deal with a society she doesn’t understand, and try to stay alive until rescue comes… if it ever does.
I read Lola’s fabulous review of this book and immediately zipped across to get hold of it. I really enjoyed reading this one – the way the culture has morphed under the pressures of a hostile environment and warring factions is both realistic and fascinating. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 23rd July 2017

Review of Chocolate Chocolate Moons by Jackie Kingon

Teaser Tuesday featuring Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Review of Sweep in Peace – Book 2 of The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

Review of Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood

Friday Face-off – The first cut is the deepest… featuring Beguilement – Book 1 of The Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Series I Have Continued or Completed in 2017 – Part 1

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

10 of the Best Poems about Stars https://interestingliterature.com/2017/07/28/10-of-the-best-poems-about-stars/ A lovely selection here…

Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Otherworldly Textures and the Patina of Decay (the SF art of Philippe Jean) https://sciencefictionruminations.com/2017/07/27/adventures-in-science-fiction-cover-art-otherworldly-textures-and-the-patina-of-decay-the-sf-art-of-philippe-jean/ Joachim always has something interesting to offer on this fascinating and information site – but I particularly enjoyed this article

Science Fiction, Horror & More – Why Speculative Fiction Matters http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/07/science-fiction-horror-more-why-speculative-fiction-matters/ As a confirmed fan of speculative fiction, I was interested to see what Kristen Lamb had to say on the subject, as she’s always worth reading…

5 New Playscripts to Look Out For https://librarystaffpicks.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/5-new-playscripts-to-watch-out-for/ Yet another informative article by this award-winning library site.

Bladdered or Shitfaced? The gentle art of word choice and the bogglement of page-proofing https://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/bladdered-or-shitfaced-the-gentle-art-of-word-choice-and-the-bogglement-of-page-proofing/ Talented author Jacey Bedford sets out the trials of editing in this entertaining article.

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site and may you have a great week.

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33 responses »

  1. Sounds like you had a fun week with Oscar visiting. I only have seen the first despicable Me movie so far. That Lego event sounds like fun 🙂

    That Star wars book sounds fun! I haven’t read any star wars books yet, there are so many of them. But I do own two Star wars books, both connected to the animated series characters if I remember correctly.

    I am so happy to see you picked up Pajonas’s book! I am glad you enjoyed it and I am looking forward to read your review!

    I hope you’ll have a great week!

    • Yes – we have had a great week – I highly recommend Despicable Me III and the BrickLive Lego exhibition was wonderful. I am hoping to post the review this coming week.

  2. What a lovely time you had–and you still got in some reading–remarkable! I subbed grandmotherly duties for a three year old’s BD breakfast. His BD was Saturday, so I took him, his mother, and his one year old sister to our local family grill for breakfast, complete with Mickey Mouse pancakes for him. He was delighted and his mom and I were able to catch up. Afterwards, we walked down the strip center on our way to Jack n Jill’s kid’s boutique to get some toys for his BD, and the place wasn’t open yet. so, we ran into the local haircut shop where a lovely Vietnamese man who was used to giving little Mexican-American boys haircuts and who bribed him with a lollipop cut his hair. Then, it was off to J n J’s where he picked out a huge Spiderman and a huge Captain America. His mom said the two “battled it out” and kept him occupied and out of her hair for the whole afternoon. Grandmotherly duties done—Grandmother Duties are the best, and it sounds like you enjoyed yours as did I.

  3. What a delightful week you had! All the adventures and activities are sure to be memorable for Oscar…and for you, too.

    Your books look interesting, even though they are not my usual genre. I am definitely curious about The Invisible Library series.

    Enjoy your new week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • You’re welcome Laurel. Although our reading tastes don’t often overlap, I always enjoy visiting your Sunday Post and reading about what you’ve been doing. And admiring the pics of your beautiful home…

    • It’s always hard living away from family – I feel for you as for years my sister has lived in France and it’s fabulous that she is now living in the same town:).
      I highly recommend The Invisible Library series – it starts with a bang and just keeps delivering…:) I hope you, too have great week, Jenea.

    • Yes – Oscar certainly thought so! Though there were children who were rolling around or sitting in the middle of them. Having said that, he is skinnier than the average child:)

  4. Those LEGO events can be awesome, we went to one a few years ago and it was a blast. Glad you’re having some nice grannying time. 🙂

    The Burning PAge and Crash Landing on Kurai both look good to me. Hope you have a great week!

    • Yes, I was very impressed at just how hands-on and activity-driven the exhibition was. Mind you – I was shattered by the time we returned home!

      I highly recommend The Invisible Library series and Crash Landing is a really strong read. Hope you, too, have a great week, Greg:)

  5. Glad to hear you had a great time with family and still had time to read some books. I was so busy I only read two books. I barely kept up with blogging.
    I hope you have another awesome week ahead and enjoy your new books. Happy reading, my friend. 🙂

  6. I agree with Oscar about the big vats of Legos not being good places to sit! We went to a Lego even there a year or two ago and it was such fun. I loved seeing all the different creations people had made. So detailed! I really wan to see Despicable Me 3. It looks so cute but my 7 year old is weirdly anti-Minion. Enjoy your summer break and your time with your grandson. Sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun. Have a great week!

    • Thank you! Yes… we had a wonderful time at BrickLive and you’re right – the models were amazing – there was a magnificent dragon that took nearly half a million bricks and 1,200 man hours to build. What a shame you won’t get to see Despicable Me III – there are some wonderful digs at the 80s fashion and dancing:). Have a wonderful week, Katherine.

  7. Sounds like you had another great week, with great weather (most of the time) and good company with your grandson. 🙂 Isn’t it amazing what some people can build with Legos?

  8. What a splendid week you’ve had, Sarah. I used to love flying kites. Still have some of my favorites hanging on the guest bedroom wall. Perhaps I’ll do that this coming weekend. I’m off to check out your review for Crash Land. Been thinking about reading that one.

    • Yes – we had a huge blast flying the kite. And now the stunt kite has been repaired, hopefully we’ll get plenty of chances to put it through its paces during the rest of the month:). I hope you find the review tempting – this is a really strong, intelligent read, Laura. Have a great week:)

  9. Oh sweet! Oscar for a week? That’s so nice. I love that you all enjoyed Despicable Me Three! That’s so nice.

    The Lego exhibition must have been incredible!

    Wow, you’ve been going through those Invisible Library books. I WILL GET THERE! 🙂

    Sounds like you had a great week and I hope you are having one that is just as good (or better!) this week!

    • It was a lovely week – I’m hoping this week will be just as good, if different as Oscar has now gone home. And it’s POURING with rain… Thank you for swinging by Di and hope that your week is also a good one!

    • It’s been a bit of a disaster – hence no Sunday Post last week as my sister was rushed into hospital after sustaining head injuries. She thankfully didn’t suffer any major trauma, but is black and blue with a follow-up appointment as they continue to investigate what went wrong…

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