Camp NaNoWriMo: April Session

Hello everyone.

I said something a few months ago about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), found here, and about how I participate both in NaNoWriMo proper in November and also in the Camp NaNo sessions.

Well, it’s time for the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I will be participating, working on a new work that’s been bugging me for about a month or so now.  If any of you are participating, let me know and we can wish each other luck!

For information on Camp NaNoWriMo, check out the home page here.

To those participating, best of luck with whatever your project may be!

Top Ten Tuesday – Recent Gems and Rocks

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week, there’s a different topic.  Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.

This week’s theme was Top Ten of My Most Recent 5-Star (or 1-Star) Reads, but I haven’t given any books those ratings yet (not on this blog, at least).  So I’m giving you my Top Five Recent* Book Wows and Top Five Recent Book Disappointments.
*Please note, due to trying to keep things recent, I kept it to books I’ve read this year.  So things that otherwise might have made this list didn’t and books that might otherwise have been left off made it.

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Review – Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American HistoryThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Only weeks after President Jefferson’s inauguration in 1801, he decided to confront the Tripoli pirates who had been kidnapping American ships and sailors, among other outrageous acts. Though inclined toward diplomacy, Jefferson sent warships to blockade Tripoli and protect American shipping, and then escalated to all-out war against the Barbary states.

The tiny American flotilla—with three frigates representing half of the U.S. Navy’s top-of-the-line ships—had some success in blockading the Barbary coast. But that success came to an end when the USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor and was captured. Kilmeade and Yaeger recount the dramatic story of a young American sailor, Stephen Decatur, who snuck into the harbor, boarded the Philadelphia, and set her on fire before escaping amid a torrent of enemy gunfire.

Another amazing story is that of William Eaton’s daring attack on the port city of Derna. He led a detachment of Marines on a 500-mile trek across the desert to surprise the port. His strategy worked, and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time.

Few remember Decatur and Eaton today, but their legacy inspired the opening of the Marine Corps Hymn: “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land, and sea.”
 
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates tells a dramatic story of bravery, diplomacy, and battle on the high seas, and honors some of America’s forgotten heroes.

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Review – Fire Touched

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Haven’t Talked Up Enough

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week, there’s a different topic.  Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.

This week’s theme was Top Ten Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Enough (On My Blog).  Some of you might be relieved to find that a certain series I love and talk about all the time didn’t make this list. 😉

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Review – The Mirror Empire

The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga, #1)The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Synopsis from GoodReads:
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.

As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.

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Review – Marked in Flesh

I’m so sorry for not having this review up last week as intended.  It’s just been a little bit hectic, even though I’m technically on vacation.

Oh, and for those wondering where my reviews of the earlier books in this series are…. I read them before I started posting reviews on this site.  So yeah, they’re not here.  If you want to know what I thought of previous books in this series, hit me up in the comments.

Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop
Synopsis from GoodReads:For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs… Continue reading