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Alien Taste, Tainted Trail, Bitter Waters, and Dog Warrior (Ukiah Oregon #1-4) by Wen Spencer. Not her best work (it’s pretty old), but at least the writing improved as the series went on. Unfortunately, this is the entire series and it doesn’t feel finished to me.
The Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, and Whispers Underground (Peter Grant #1-3) by Ben Aaronovitch. Rereading this excellent series again. Just as good (if not better) the second time around.


“That’s enough out of you, Mayhem!” -Chaos

“Mom!!!! The big kitty is being mean to me again!!!!!” -Mayhem

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No Excuses Watercolor: Painting Techniques for Sketching and Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield. I really can’t recommend this – glad I got it from the library. Definitely not worth $12/Kindle or $17/paperback from Amazon. This felt more like a series of vaguely connected blog posts than a book.
The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files #3), Overtime (Laundry Files #3.5), The Apocalypse Codex (Laundry Files #4), The Rhesus Factor (Laundry Files #5), The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files #6), and The Nightmare Stacks (Laundry Files #7) by Charles Stross. Since this was a series binge reread, I’m just linking to the series on Goodreads, from which you can find my reviews.
Exploring Watercolor: Creative Exercises and Techniques for Watercolor and Mixed Media by Elizabeth Groves. Very good introduction to watercolor – it has a bunch of techniques and ideas that I’m looking forward to trying!


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Wireless by Charles Stross. Good collection of scifi short stories, including one from the Laundry Files (which I’d already read as a separate ebook). Some of these were mindbending. As always with Stross, I skimmed all of the technobabble and jargon. 🙂
The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files #1), The Concrete Jungle (Laundry Files #1.5), The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files #2), Down on the Farm (Laundry Files #2.5), and Equoid (Laundry Files #2.9) by Charles Stross. Rereading the Laundry Files, which are mostly from the first-person point-of-view of applied computational demonologist Bob. I’m just linking to the series on Goodreads – if you’re curious, you can find my reviews from there. 🙂


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This week should make up for the utter lack of linkity last week

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A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook by Jude Siegel. Pretty good detailed description of how to keep a nature sketchbook/watercolor journal, with lots of specific examples from the Pacific Northwest (that bit got old by the end). I did get some great quotes on creativity out of this one.
The Nightmare Stacks (Laundry Files #7) by Charles Stross. Don’t start this one anywhere near your bedtime… D’oh! This is about one of the PHANG’s we met in a previous book, who is trying to adjust to working for the Laundry instead of for an investment baking firm.


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Linkity from the land of ice and snow

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Wolf Who Rules (Elfhome #2) by Wen Spencer. Any book that has me awake until after 2 am to finish it gets an automatic five-star rating. Will be rereading this one. (In fact, read it twice this past week.)
Elfhome (Elfhome #3) by Wen Spencer. Another one I basically read in a single sitting and will be rereading! (I really hate the cover, though.) (But read it twice this week anyway.)
Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood (Elfhome #0.9) by Wen Spencer. Very good free short that takes place as the first chapter of Tinker starts.
Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden (Elfhome #1.5) by Wen Spencer. Very good, very funny free short about a documentary film crew trying to film some of Pittsburgh’s dangerous flora and fauna.
Peace Offering (Elfhome #3.5) by Wen Spencer. Very good short that takes place during Elfhome #3.
Wood Sprites (Elfhome #4) by Wen Spencer. Very good tale of two twins in New York City who are from the same batch of fertilized eggs as Tinker, only implanted a decade later.
Project Elfhome (Elfhome #4.5) by Wen Spencer. Very entertaining collection of shorts and drabbles that expand on and tie up some loose ends from the four (so far) main books. (It includes the three shorts mentioned above.)
Endless Blue by Wen Spencer. Good tale of the outer space equivalent of the Sargasso Sea, with an unfortunately rushed feeling ending.


I’m not sure how he manages to be baleful and cute at the same time, really. Apparently it’s a gift.

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