Sunday Post – 20th August 2017


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.

Thank you, everyone so much for your kind good wishes for my sister’s speedy recovery – I have always maintained that book lovers are the loveliest folks and this is yet more proof… Your wishes on her behalf have clearly had an impact because I cannot believe how quickly she is healing – the bruising, though still spectacular, is improving day on day. The hospital were delighted with her when we returned last Tuesday and today we are attending an eye appointment at the local hospital. We have been so impressed at the excellence and kindness of all the hospital staff we have encountered throughout this whole episode – from the ambulancemen who stopped by in A & E to wish her well during their break on that first traumatic day, to the lovely doctor who suggested we have a coffee while waiting for the blood test – and then phoned to give the results while we were sipping our beverages.

Other than that, this week I have managed to write the course notes for my Creative Writing classes and complete some editing tasks. My marvellous writing buddy Mhairi came over for the day on Thursday and we talked through writing stuff in general as well as catching up with each other’s lives. On Thursday evening Himself and I went out for a lovely Chinese meal with my sister and her younger son who was visiting. On Friday I received the exciting news that my short story ‘A Dire Emergency’ has been accepted for the anthology Holding on By Our Fingertips.

This week I have read:

The Voyage of the Basilisk – Book 3 of The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal. Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.
This alternate history charting the life of renowned explorer and dragon expert, Isabella Trent is a joy. I was in dire need of excellent escapist fantasy fiction, preferably about dragons, and this offering was perfect.


Penric’s Fox – Book 3 of the Penric and Desdemona novella series by Lois McMaster Bujold
Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.
While this is actually the fifth book to be published in this series, chronologically the events occur after the second book, Penric and the Shaman. This intriguing murder mystery gives us yet another slice of this rich world as we get to see more of Penric’s gradual growth. An entertaining instalment in this impressive series that has become one of the few must-buy books Himself and I pre-order as soon as they come available.


The Real-Town Murders – Book 1 of The Real-Town Murders series by Adam Roberts
Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying. Alma’s partner is ill, and has to be treated without fail every 4 hours, a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the 5 minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few not to access the Shine.
So when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home.
Another storming read – a locked-room murder mystery that rapidly turns into a high-stakes conspiracy set in the near-future. I loved this one and am absolutely thrilled to note it is intended to be the first in a series.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 13th August

Review of The Last Straw – Book 3 of A Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

Teaser Tuesday featuring The Real-Town Murders – Book 1 of The Real-Town Murders series by Adam Roberts

Review of The Masked City – Book 2 of The Invisible Book series by Genevieve Cogman

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Penric’s Fox – Book 3 of the Penric and Desdemona novella series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday Face-off – Silver apples of the moon… featuring Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury

Discovery Challenge 2017 and Tackling my TBR – July roundup

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

The NHS saved me. As a scientist I must help to save it. I don’t normally tweet or comment on issues outside the book world, but after my sister’s recent seizure, I strongly echo Stephen Hawking’s sentiments

Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Clean Out Your Pile of Review Books?
As a fellow reviewer, I was very interested to see how someone else keeps tabs on their review copies

Where’s Cassini now? Countdown has just started
Another excellent, informative article from Steph about another exciting chapter in the exploration of our solar system

Tilted Poles I love this photo – I’m not sure why…

The Best Poems about Holidays As we are bang in the middle of the holiday season, this article seems particularly apt…

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.

34 responses »

    • She had a seizure a couple of week’s ago and ended up being rushed into hospital with head injuries. Thankfully, she doesn’t appear to have sustained any longterm damage:) Thank you for your kind concern. I hope that you, too, have a great week.

  1. How lovely to hear your sister is recovering so quickly, Sarah. Very happy for all of you. I really need to try the Lady Trent series. you sure seem to be enjoying them. Have a lovely week and enjoy your books:)

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  2. I am so glad to hear your sister is recovering well! And that’s nice you had such friendly hospital staff during her hospital visits. Congrats that your short story is accepted in an anthology! The real Town Murders sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for linking to my post about cleaning out your review pile! I hope you have a great week!

  3. I’m so happy to hear your sister’s recovery is going so well! That’s awesome. I’ll keep sending good vibes her way 🙂
    The books you read last week look good, I may have to check them out too.
    Well done on class preparations 🙂 I’m almost ready for my first week of teaching too – and I still have a week left.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    • Thank you, Lexxie – all postive vibes very gratefully received:)). I’m guessing you’re like me – I HATE all the preparation to the last minutes as I don’t produce my best thinking under time pressure.

    • Thank you Jenea – she is still very bruised and her tongue is sore where she’s bitten it, but I’m still so pleased there is no longterm damage. I hope you, too, have a wonderful week:))

  4. Glad to hear your sister is doing well! Excellent news. And congrats to you for the short story acceptance- yay!!

    I love going out for Chinese- such a treat!

    I’ve been wanting to read the Lady Trent series and that one in particular looks quite good!

  5. The Real Town Murders sounds quite good. I am so delighted to hear your sister is making a speedy recovery. I am sure your tender care had a lot to do with it. Enjoy the week ahead and your current reads!

    • Thank you, Sara – I hope you’re having a wonderful time:). I’m not sure the exact publication date yet… we’ve got the editing stage to get through and in my experience, an anthology tends to take quite a while. I’ll be letting everyone know once there’s a firm date, though:))

  6. Here I am reading this a day late (and a dollar short, in my grandmother’s words. I did not do my Every-Other-Sunday- (Evening) Post Sunday because I was just too busy with the shutting down of summer session at the college and the starting up there of the fall term, plus the starting of the fall term at the university. This WILL work out once I get everything uploaded, sent and trying to stay in compliance all at the same time. The college has a public shaming e-mail that goes out when someone does not meet a deadline–not nice at all. I thought I just didn’t like summer school there, but I’m beginning to think I just don’t like it there, period. I KNOW I won’t teach there in January. After that…who knows? Why should I get paid 33% less, have more students, and not have any back up of nice people to help a technologically challenged senior citizen because they are “…to busy; send me an e-mail.” Not exactly the best working environment!
    Am still keeping you and your sister at the top of my prayer list. Be sure to move my name up on yours.

    • Oh Rae – how horrible! You are right – the admin can be outright daunting, but then if we were experts in that field, we would be administrators, right? We’re not – we’re highly experienced, skilled folks who walk into a room, hold a group of disparate people’s attention and impart information to them in an inspirational way. So sorry you appear to have fallen into the hands of an organisation who refuse to acknowledge your skills and professionalism with the courtesy of offering sufficient support. I will definitely pray for you.x

  7. I know I’m still two months behind, but I’m glad to read she was healing well.
    I also hope that by the time I get around to reading about the flu you’ve mentioned in one of your comments, it’ll be long gone!

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