The linkity in which Mayhem went to Mars

Reading Update
Hidden (Alex Verus, #5)Hidden, Veiled (Alex Verus, #6)Veiled, Burned (Alex Verus, #7)Burned (Alex Verus 5-7) by Benedict Jacka. Good continuation of this urban fantasy series about a London mage specializing in divination, although you’d think his specialty was finding trouble! Taking a little break – things got too ominous for me.
A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound, #1)A Ferry of Bones and Gold (Soulbound 1) by Hailey Turner. Ok paranormal romance about a sort of burned out former military mage who now works for a government bureau that deals with supernatural crimes.
Bad Moon on the Rise (Six-Gun Shifters #1)Bad Moon on the Rise (Six-Gun Shifters 1) by Annie Bellet. This is the pretty good beginning of a series spun off from a minor character (a tiger shifter) in the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series.


“Mom, there is SOMETHING going on in the kitty room! I have concerns!!!! Why am I locked out of the kitty room??!??!!” -Mayhem

Kittens!

Introducing Harbinger (“Harry”) and Apocalypse (“Polly”). They’re still living in the kitty room as I slowly get Mayhem used to their scents and curious about them.

They were found abandoned in a field near the beginning of August 2020 and were bottle fed by their foster mom. They’re a bonded pair and they also LOVE PEOPLE.

“Whatcha doing, lady?” -Harry and Polly

Maybe it’s just me, but I think Harry looks an awful lot like Chaos. Harry’s eyes are an unphotographable amber (not green) and he has a perfectly normal tail (versus Chaos’ slightly short tail with its kinked tip). I would NOT recommend getting between Harry and a sparkle ball.

“Why did you stop petting me, lady?!” -Harry

“Does this scratcher make my ears look big?” -Harry

Polly’s a sweet goofball! Very snuggly and a bit more timid than Harry. Harry’s a bit more reserved than Polly.

“That was some good ‘nip, lady!” -Polly

“I guess I like you ok, lady!” -Polly

Whirlwind linkity from server update day

Reading Update
The Alex Verus Novels, Books 1-4The Alex Verus Novels, Books 1-4 by Benedict Jacka. Reread. Good urban fantasy series about a London mage whose power is divination. He’d be perfectly content to be left to quietly run his magic shop, but things never work out that way.
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & MagicThe Rules & Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic (Rules 1) and Monster of the Week (The Rules #2)Monster of the Week (Rules 2) by FT Lukens. Fun YA paranormal romance series about a high school senior who takes a most unusual part-time job – and still fines time to pine whilst crushing on the star football player. The first book is definitely the better of the two books in this series.
Balancing the Scales (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #10)Balancing the Scales (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress 10) by Annie Bellet. Good conclusion to the series.


“What??!” -Mayhem

Brief linkity of brevity

Reading Update
The Left-Handed Booksellers of LondonThe Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. Very good urban fantasy about a young woman who goes to London for art school, but things get very, very weird before she even attends a class.
Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, #1)Slouch Witch, Star Witch, Spirit Witch, Sparkle Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic 1-4) by Helen Harper. The first one was the best – unfortunately, in each subsequent book, Ivy seemed more and more like a caricature than a character.
Crimes Against Magic (Hellequin Chronicles, #1)Crimes Against Magic, Born of Hatred, Infamous Reign, With Silent Screams, Prison of Hope (Hellequin Chronicles 1-4) by Steve McHugh. Pretty good series about a private investigator/sorceror who woke up tabula rasa a decade ago. Will his slowly returning memory save him from his forgotten past?
The Stolen Letter: A Scottish Bookshop MysteryThe Stolen Letter (Scottish Bookshop Mystery 5) by Paige Shelton. Note to self – don’t bother continuing this series.
Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, #1)Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies, Hunting Season, Heartache, Thicker than Blood, Magic to the Bone, Dungeon Crawl, River of No Return (Twenty-Sided Sorceress 1-9) by Annie Bellet. Good series about a sorceress who runs a comic book shop in a small Idaho town with an awful lot of shifters in it. She’s trying to lay low and escape the notice of her evil ex (a sorcerer)…


*ignoring me with great focus* -Mayhem

(Mayhem definitely misses Chaos, but I just can’t go there in these photo captions.)

No linkity this week because sad

Thanks so much to everyone who’s offered comfort and let me know about the impression Chaos left on them. (If you missed my previous post…) Mayhem and I are both definitely feeling his absence – he was present for all but the first three months of her life, and he was present for nearly a third of mine. That’s his gloriously green eye at the top of this page (and it’s staying there, even though it just made me cry). (You can go back and read his origin story here.)

I’m pretty sure my usual posting schedule will resume soonishly, because there’s a certain comfort in routine.

Take care. Go hug your pets and family members.

Chris

Linkity’s just linkitying

Reading Update
Hell’s Spells (Ordinary Magic, #6)Hell’s Spells (Ordinary Magic #6) by Devon Monk. Another enjoyable addition to the series. I also read the two short stories in Dirty Deeds: An Urban Fantasy Collection.
The Archive of the ForgottenThe Archive of the Forgotten (Hell’s Library #2) by AJ Hackwith. It took me a little bit to get into this one (I didn’t remember much from the previous book), but then I read it in a single evening, so!
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Ghost and Mrs McClure, The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #3)The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #4)The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, and The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery #6)The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop #1, 3, 4, 6) by Alice Kimberly (Cleo Coyle). This series about a woman running a bookshop in a small Rhode Island town and solving mysteries with the help of the ghost of a 1940s PI starts kind of rough but improves book by book.


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

I DID check to make sure he was still alive before I took this picture.

Art Journaling Monday!

Welcome to Art Journaling Monday! I’ve included some of my recent favorites below. 🙂


*Mayhem’s tail, swishing*

*Chaos, annoyed at being thwapped by said tail*

Linkity’s breathing a sigh of relief after Wednesday

Reading Update
Dues and Don'ts (Ordinary Magic #0.5)Dues and Don’ts; Gods and Ends; Rock Paper Scissors: Ordinary Magic StoriesRock, Paper, Scissors; Dime a Demon (Ordinary Magic, #4)Dime a Demon (Ordinary Magic 0.5, 3-5) by Devon Monk. Decent fluffy paranormal romance series about a town called Ordinary, where the gods vacation without their powers.
Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story CollectionTales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection by Ben Aaronovitch. Enjoyable collection of short stories, most (but not all) from Peter’s POV.


*radiating malevolence* -Chaos

Art journaling, reading, knitting, and cat parenting. It's a wild life.