November 11th, 2018

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September 2018 reading

September 2018 reading:

38. Curse on the Land, by Faith Hunter (328 pages)
Nell's life has been thrown into turmoil after Jane Yellowrock rocketed her into the modern world and PsyLED and into accepting her abilities. But her forest is ill--and she needs to find out why before the death overtakes them all. I almost enjoy this series more than the Jane Yellowrock series!

39. Burn Bright, by Patricia Briggs (308 pages)
When an SOS comes in from a lone wolf's fae mate, Charles and Anna arrive to interrupt the abduction of the lone wolf only for the kidnappers to kill her rather than let her live. They need to find the attackers and root out who is threatening the existence of their Pack--and they know it's someone close to home, who knows where the lone wolves are.

40. Tricks for Free, by Seanan McGuire (409 pages)
Antimony is on the run, and the best place to hide is in a crowd--which is how she finds herself at a Florida theme park working as a peon. But tragic events start happening that might be related to her powers, and she garners the attention of a shadow cabal that controls the park, themselves sorcerers, with dark plans of their own. Given little choice but to join them, with the opportunity to possibly learn to control her budding powers, she strives to survive the coming storm. Loving this series!

41. Night and Silence, by Seanan McGuire (368 pages)
Tybalt and Jazz are fragile after their experience in captivity, and October doesn't know how to fix things--especially with Tybalt pulling away from her in ways that devastate her. What she needs least of all is the kidnapping of her daughter, Gillian, or to be accused by her ex-husband of the act. She's forced on a path that will make all of them confront their demons, and will show her how many loose ends she's failed to tie up over the years, with potentially devastating consequences.

42. Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris (292 pages)
When Bill, Sookie's vampire boyfriend, disappears in Mississippi, she's sent after him to discover what has occurred. Her goal is to save him, if at all possible. What she doesn't expect is a betrayal that makes her question everything, and might kill her to-boot!

43. Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris (291 pages)
Sookie's life is vampire-free with Bill in Peru, until she comes across Eric running down the road on her way home naked and afraid--and suffering amnesia. She needs to find who did this, or things could get rough for the vamp community... and for her, in more ways than one!

44. Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris (297 pages)
Sookie's brother has changed, a transformation that puts him in danger when a sniper starts to pick off members of the local shifter community and anyone associated with them--which also puts Sookie in their crosshairs.

45. Definitely Dead, by Charlaine Harris (342 pages)
The time has come for Sookie to claim her late cousin's inheritance and put her affairs to rest. It's made more complicated by the fact that her cousin was the lover of the vampire Queen of Louisiana. Turns out, that makes it more dangerous, too, because Hadley had something a lot of people would kill for.

46. All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris (323 pages)
Sookie's presence has been required at the vampire summit. Not only are there complicated vampire politics to contend with, but also a large number of human fanatics who want to destroy all vampires--and anyone who associates with them.

47. From Dead to Worse, by Charlaine Harris (336 pages)
The supernatural community and its politics are about to go through some ugly and difficult upheaval as a result of the events of the last book. This leaves some dead, and Sookie with new connections.

48. Dead and Gone, by Charlaine Harris (320 pages)
The weres and shifters have decided to come out of the closet like vampires have been for years. At first it goes well, but then a were-panther is found dead and mutilated in the bar parking lot on a crucifix. But it turns out there are more than just shifters and vampires out there, and they're throwing their weight around, too. And Sookie might just be caught in the middle.

49. Dead in the Family, by Charlaine Harris (311 pages)
Sookie's dealing with new family, the trials associated with being Eric's lover, and the sudden return of Eric's vampire maker. After what happened with Bill's maker, Sookie's not too excited about the last one. She also has obligations to the Shreveport were pack, all while trying to recover from the events of last book.

50. Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris (325 pages)
When the bar is firebombed while Sookie is working, Sookie and Sam worry it could be a terrorist attack. At the same time, the Shreveport vampires want to get rid of their new master and have decided she needs to be involved.

51. Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris (327 pages)
When a woman Eric fed off of (to Sookie's disgust) turns up dead on his lawn shortly afterward, she needs to prove him innocent. And, as it turns out, find out who's gunning for her.

52. Dead Ever After, by Charlaine Harris (306 pages)
Sookie is framed for murdering Arlene and somehow has to clear her name. It will take all hands on deck to save her, and of course Eric wants to manipulate things to benefit himself.

53. A Touch of Dead, by Charlaine Harris (192 pages)
An anthology of some of the short stories connected to the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Some I had read before, others were new. They include the true first time Claudine and Claude were introduced.

54. Thief of Lives, by Barb and J.C. Hendee (410 pages)
Magiere would like to think she's done hunting vampires, but Leesil quitely knows better. So when a councilman's daughter is killed in such a way that points toward vampires in far-off Bela, and they learn of the vampire hunter, they send an offer to Miiska for her services. Badly in need of the gold after the events of the last book, the town leaders strong-arm Magiere into agreeing. She, Leesil, and Champ set off, and what awaits them is their destiny.

55. Sister of the Dead, by Barb and J.C. Hendee (405 pages)
Following events in Bela, Magiere comes to realize she needs to learn who she is, and Leesil learns tantelizing hints that his mother may still live. This sets them off first toward her homeland, to find the truth of who she is, accompanied by a young scribe. But that truth is more dangerous and terrifying than they realize.

September pages: 5,890

Pages to date: 17,955

Progress: 55/52

September 2018 comics/manga reading:

103. Twin Spica: Volume 10, by Kou Yaginuma (272 pages)
104. Harley Quinn: Volume 2, by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (144 pages)
105. Harley Quinn: Volume 6, by Amanda Conner (144 pages)
106. Black Canary: Volume 2, by Brenden Fletcher (144 pages)
107. New Suicide Squad: Volume 2, by Sean Ryan (144 pages)
108. Guardians of the Galaxy, New Guard: Volume 3, by Brian Michael Bendis (136 pages)
109. Afterschool Charisma: Volume 5, by Kumiko Suekane (208 pages)
110. Library Wars, Love & War: Volume 14, by Kiiro Yumi (189 pages)
111. DMZ: Volume 6, by Brian Wood (144 pages)
112. Ms. Marvel: Volume 9, by G. Willow Wilson (136 pages)
113. Otomen: Volume 9, by Aya Kanno (200 pages)
114. Case Closed: Volume 66, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
115. Bleach: Volume 70, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)

September pages: 2,253

Pages to date: 20, 465

Progress: 115/150
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October 2018 reading

October 2018 reading:

56. Flame in the Dark, by Faith Hunter (342 pages)
When there's an attempted assassination on a Senator, PsyLED is called in because the perpetrator is invisible to cameras. Nell discovers a trail of death that seems to follow the assassin. This case will challenge her team in ways they can't imagine, and will reveal secrets and powers no one expected.

57. Dark Queen, by Faith Hunter (432 pages)
Jane opens the door only to nearly get shot by a stranger--one who looks oddly familiar--and who believes himself to be her brother. She doesn't have time to deal with this new development, though. The Sangre Duello has started, and the New Orleans vamps thumb their noses at the European vamps' sense of decorum. This is taken as an insult, and in some cases leads to matches being won. Unfortunately, not all can be won, and Jane cannot save everyone--especially with witch magic enabling a saboteur. But Leo, as always, has planned for every possibility. Even the unthinkable.

58. The Burning Maze, by Rick Riordan (431 pages)
Apollo-turned-Lester Papadopoulos has started to realize just how many things he's let slide over the centuries, and how those lapses and indiscretions have snowballed. He doesn't like to admit that Zeus was right, but... Still tethered to Meg, who is forced to confront the childhood she lost, he has to make it through a burning maze and save one of the Oracles--but her last prophecy means one of their number may fall. Of course, she also said they need a cloven guide--and Meg knows one who fits the bill. Poor Grover.

59. The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories, by Charlaine Harris (368 pages)
This has more stories than A Touch of Dead, and some are from the perspectives of other characters, which is interesting. Definitely one to pick up. I'd read "If I Had a Hammer" before, and I really enjoyed "Two Blondes."

60. Brief Cases, by Jim Butcher (437 pages)
An awesome collection of more short stories following Harry Dresden, including all the Bigfoot stories, and an amazing novella from the point of view of Mouse and Maggie, going back and forth between their perspectives. I really enjoyed "Bombshells."

61. Traitor to the Blood, by Barb and J.C. Hendee (396 pages)
Having uncovered Magiere's past, it's time for Leesil to uncover his own. It means travelling back to the place he grew up, the place he was raised as an assassin, and the place he fled and abandoned his parents to an uncertain fate: the Warlands. And if the warlord, Dartmouth, learns of his presence, they may all perish. My main complaint with this was Dartmouth seemed really stupid and sealed his own fate through that.

October pages: 2,406

Pages to date: 20,361

Progress: 61/52

October 2018 comics/manga reading:

116. Monstress: Volume 2, by Marjorie M. Liu (152 pages)
117. Harley Quinn and Power Girl, by Amanda Conner (152 pages)
118. Video Girl Ai: Volume 8, by Masakazu Katsura (200 pages)
119. Wonder Woman: Volume 6, by Brian Azzarello (160 pages)
120. The Waking, by Raven Gregory (139 pages)
121. Black Butler: Volume 26, by Yana Toboso (176 pages)
122. Puella Magi Tart Magica: Volume 1, by Magical Quartet (160 pages)
123. Ooku, The Inner Chambers: Volume 11, by Fumi Yoshinaga (232 pages)
124. Star Trek, Boldly Go: Volume 3, by Mike Johnson (144 pages)
125. Swamp Thing: Volume 4, by Alan Moore (206 pages)
126. Invader Zim: Volume 2, by Jhonen Vásquez (136 pages)
127. Aria: Volume 6, by Kozue Amano (178 pages)
128. Kuma Miko: Volume 3, by Masume Yoshimoto (160 pages)
129. Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Mark Powers (146 pages)
130. Crossed: Volume 11, by Justin Jordan (160 pages)
131. D.N. Angel: Volume 12, by Yukiru Sugisaki (192 pages)

October pages: 2,693

Pages to date: 23,158

Progress: 131/150

(finally caught up)

Books 29 through 33

29. Haunted Savannah, by Georgia R. Byrd. This was one of the four books I bought when in Savannah. This was an entertaining read, and it was good to refresh my memory on the local ghost lore down there. Wish I would have read this before visiting the Squares and Tybee, because both areas are paranormal hot spots. Mind you, this city is a veritable hot spot for ghosts. 

30. Historic Haunts of Savannah. It's interesting to contrast this with Haunted Savannah by Byrd. While Byrd concentrates more on the ghosts and those who have encountered them, this one explores the histories behind the hauntings, and offers more in the way of historic fact. It weighs the veracity of the various legends surrounding the stories of Savannah's many ghosts. Really enjoyed this one. Again, wish I would have read this before my trip, but ah well. I hope to go back, and I'm bound and determined to go on a ghost tour or three.

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