WWW Wednesday – 8/31


It’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly reading meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.  To participate, answer the three w’s and link up with Sam’s masterpost.  No blog?  Leave your answers in the comments section.

The three w’s are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished?
What will you read next?

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Review – The Warrior’s Apprentice

The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Between the seemingly impossible tasks of living up to his warrior-father’s legend and surmounting his own physical limitations, Miles Vorkosigan faces some truly daunting challenges.

Shortly after his arrival on Beta Colony, Miles unexpectedly finds himself the owner of an obsolete freighter and in more debt than he ever thought possible. Propelled by his manic “forward momentum,” the ever-inventive Miles creates a new identity for himself as the commander of his own mercenary fleet to obtain a lucrative cargo; a shipment of weapons destined for a dangerous warzone.

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Review – Half a King

Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.

But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…

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Bout of Books 17 Final Report

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 17 is officially over.  My progress for Day 7:

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont – 1 ch/27 pgs (on track)
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold – 102 pgs

My final tally:
Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont – 7 chapters, 1 per day (goal achieved)
Reshirts by John Scalzi – started and finished
If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas – finished (started pre-BoB17)Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold – started and finished
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews – started and finished
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire – started and finished
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – started and finished
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold – started, at about 1/3

Page tally: 1,554 pgs

Bout of Books 17 Day 6

Bout of Books

Only one more day of Bout of Books 17 left after this.  My progress on Saturday:

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont – 1 ch/28 pgs (on track)
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – 92 pgs (book finished!)
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold – 18 pgs

Yay I got through three entire books!  Just have to read one more chapter of OST on Sunday and I’m good on all three of my goals.  I hope everyone else is doing well, too.

Review – Midnight Blue-Light Special

Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid, #2)Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Cryptid, noun:
1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.
2. That thing that’s getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also: “monster.”

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity–and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn’t quite work out that way…

But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there’s no way Verity can take that lying down.

Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ–assuming there’s anyone left standing when all is said and done. It’s a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit…and carnage.

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Review – If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American LibertyIf You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas
Synopsis from GoodReads:
If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America’s uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America’s greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be.  The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the “noble experiment in ordered liberty” that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It’s time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

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Review – Shards of Honor

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by Barrayars, mutineers against ship commander Aral Vorkosigan. Aral and Cordelia learn what honor means to the other, admire cultural differences, escape dangers.

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