Throwback Thursday: Wolfskin

WolfskinI’ve been reviewing since 2001, when I was employed at the local newspaper and my reviews appeared in their arts section on the third Thursday of the month.  When I started this website in 2011, I was amazed (and somewhat horrified) to realize that I had a decade of reviews to archive!  I’m still working on it to this day, and so my version of “Throwback Thursday” will feature some of those old reviews.  Just for fun, we’ll jump back to ten years ago this month.

Today, have a peek back at Juliet Marillier’s Wolfskin.  Click the cover of the book to read the review.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

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Wish List Wednesday, September 17

Today, we have a guest post from my husband!  He’s decided to create his own feature.  So without further ado, enjoy Wish List Wednesday.

The other week, I was reading my wife’s column about “Waiting For Wednesdays” and it got me thinking on what I was waiting for.  I’d just gotten done reading Lock In by John Scalzi, and a re-read of both of Anne Bishop’s Others novels (I love them so much I think I’m on my 10th or 11th re read right now).  Other than Visions Of Silver I’m not really waiting for much. And a lot of the things I would want aren’t even on the radar as far as waiting for an active project. The things I want aren’t always things that authors are working on right now (or even plan to period). So, instead of a waiting for list, I came up with a Wish List for Wednesday. I’ll start with a few long standing items..

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Waiting on Wednesday, September 17

StrikeToday’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is D. J. MacHale’s Strike, third in The SYLO Chronicles.  It comes out on October 14.  Here’s the blurb:

#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale is back with the third book in the SYLO Chronicles. Once again, Tucker Pierce and friends must fight for their lives against the better-equipped SYLO. All bets are off in Strike—with twists so big readers will never see them coming—while the action and pulse-pounding suspense remain as high as ever. Fans will be sure to devour this incredibly satisfying conclusion.

Tuesday Teaser, September 16

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

“She knew right then no one’s mind would change.

They were going back to Mars.”

–from page 212 of Andy Weir’s The Martian

Leave a comment with a link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or just leave the teaser in the comment if you don’t have a blog!

Monday Musings, September 15

So, I’ve gone into–and out of–a reading slump.  Me being less willing to read is really unusual, and often a sign of stress.  Conversely, another sign of stress is buying too many books, so there’s that little conundrum.

Basically, my work is very busy right now and will continue to be so through mid-October.  Last week, I was just picking at a book… kind of reading it, but not much at a time, and not concentrating on it very well.  I finally pushed through and finished it, and now I’m going full speed ahead on a novel I got from the library: The Martian by Andy Weir.  It’s some really good, grounded-in-real-science sci-fi, and I think I needed it as a transition from the non-fiction that I’ve been reading lately.

Either way, it feels good to settle comfortably into reading again.  :)

End of the week wrap-up

Spring OwlcatThis week on the Purrfect Prose blog:

There were also two new reviews: