Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.



Reading to Soothe the Soul

Don't look for anything high-brow from this quarter. I know that the next few months I will be filling the time with soul-soothing, light-hearted and purely escapist reading as we all collectively hold our breath and wait for the other shoe to drop in the new year. 

Found on Facebook

Shared from Facebook

on Audible

Two hundred titles on sale and not a single one of interest.


Free audio book

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi and read by Zachery Quinto is free on Audible.  It is a pre-order.




(reblog at will)

Reblogged from Chris' Fish Place
Lev Grossman on why there are no good books

Shared on FB: Lev Grossman to speak on September 3rd at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, Australia

So far.....
Bricking It - Nick Spalding, Ryan Napoleon, Heather Wilds

So far, I'm giving this book the honor of worst book I have read this year. It even beats some of the books in my DNF pile.

Found on Facebook

Read the full article here 



Importing to GR

What a slew of deleted expletives waste of time trying to import the books that I exported from BL into GR. A whole bunch were changed from their actual title to something new upon import, with no easy way of figuring out what books they were originally. Then there were another 75 or so that weren't recognized at all because of the B0 book number and only listed by number, so to figure out what didn't import, each book will have to be searched by number. Audio titles completely lost narrator information (sorry, that as important to me as the author).


Please, please, Booklikes, don't go away. GR isn't half as user friendly as you are.


Found on Facebook

You get the idea. ;-)



Today's daily deal...
Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin, Paul English

You have got to read this book!!! All of you! And you have to see the movie, too.


I broke my own rule with this book. Either I will see the movie or I will read the book but not both. But, after seeing the movie--with my mother, who said, "You have got to see this movie,"--I grabbed the book off her shelf because the audio was not available at that time. In fact, the audio has come and gone from the Audible shelves over the past few years because of "rights." So, when it showed up as today's Daily Deal, you know that it took me less than half a second to decide to buy it. The movie shows what the book tells but until you read the book, you don't really understand what the movie is trying to tell you, you don't understand the significance of all the details that are flashing across the screen.


This is not just the story of some ballet dancer whose name you might not recognize unless you are from Houston or maybe even Australia, where I believe he lives now. This is also the story of China under Mao as illustrated by the description of one man's childhood.


For the record, Li is his surname and Cunxin (pronounced Shwin-Sin) is his given name.



Razor Girl: A Novel - Carl Hiaasen, John Rubinstein

WooHoo!! There's a new Hiaasen novel on the market. Can not wait for the audio edition to be released.

It is a book splurgy kind of day...
These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer Civil Contract - Georgette Heyer The Masqueraders - Georgette Heyer Frederica - Georgette Heyer Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer

When members of my Georgette Heyer FB group announced that the Kindle editions were on sale, I rushed right out and bought my top five favorite titles--These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, A Civil Contract, Black Sheep and Frederica. And I just love the covers, too.


Update: and then this morning I realized that I had forgotten one, The Masqueraders.  So I bought that one, too.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel - Michael Chabon, Peter Riegert

I fell in love with Michael Chabon years ago when I saw the movie The Wonder Boys (Michael Douglas, Francis McDormand, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey, Jr. et al.)--but I didn't know it was Chabon I had fallen in love with until I found the book on Audible and read it.


I already have a hard-bound copy of YPU but just have never gotten around to reading it (along with a bunch more books I have bought but not read). So, today,when YPU turned up in the 2 for 1 credit sale pile, I bought it.


Unfortunately, I also bought The Fold because I got my authors confused and thought i was buying the new book by the author of Ready Player One. As it turns out, The Fold is listed as horror and I don't like horror stories at all. So, as soon as I can figure a substitute for The Fold, it is going back. Sadly, I'm going to have to buy something else that I don't really want because there isn't much else in the couple of hundred books in the sale pile that I have any desire to read--but it will be better than a horror story.

The reviews made me do it
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Christopher Guest, Carol J. Kane, Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner

I just bought this one. I read the reviews and had to have the book. My son loved this movie as a child and would watch it every morning. Three, four years old and he would get out of bed, turn on the VCR--yes, VCR -- and watch it. I'm not complaining; it kept him quiet in the morning while the rest of us were still asleep. And I'm not complaining because all his film watching gave him a career (not acting).

A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan

Murder by Death wrote about this one and I just had to have it. I don't know where I am going to put it, but I had to have it, hardbound, no less.