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Congrats to Susan and Anita, who won Control by Cardeno C and Mary Calmes! Control is being released today by Dreamspinner Press.



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  • We had sevenish inches of snow Wednesday night… and it will be 73F on Sunday.
  • Chaos’ cornea is healed! Still have to put ointment in his eye through Sunday. Giving him a treat after each application of ointment means he comes running and sometimes purrs throughout.

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Tales from the Pittsburgh Penguins Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest Penguins Stories Ever Told by Joe Starkey & Mike Lange. Good collection of anecdotes from current and former players, coaches, and more. My only real issue with the book was how randomly the anecdotes were organized within the time period sections, so my logical brain kept trying to detect a pattern where there was none to be found.


*purring* -Mayhem

*SCHLURP* -Chaos

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The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin & Richard Panek. Very good nonfiction look at how thinking about autism has changed as our understanding of neurology and brain chemistry has increased. For me, the second part of the book (“Rethinking the Autistic Brain”) was far more interesting and useful than the neurology/brain chemistry first part. Just because people with autism think differently doesn’t mean that our thinking is wrong. It’s just different. And if researchers develop a “cure” for autism, what will be lost? There’s evidence suggesting that people such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo had high-functioning autism, as well as probably Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc. That doesn’t seem like “wrong” or “broken” thinking to me.

I’m glad that I’m old enough (47) that I made it through the education system as a “weird smart kid” instead of as someone with a disability, and that I learned I could take care of and support myself. All of it was through a pretty non-standard path, which I’m not sure would be an option today. My pattern-matching brain and ability to look at problems in a way that’s completely different from the way my coworkers do is valued by the company I’ve worked for for over 17 years.


Flashback to a few months ago, when there were leaves and green things… *sigh*

“SquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrelSquirrel!” -Chaos

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Congrats to Urbanista, who won the signed paperback copies of The Replacement Guitarist (2nd ed) and Home for the Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) (2nd ed) by Lori Toland!

Congrats to Marie, who won Christmas Serendipity by Liam LivingsChristmas Serendipity will be released by JMS Books on December 8.



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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh. Very good collection of Brosh’s clever, insightful, and sometimes poignant comics. I was disappointed that the collection didn’t contain the brilliant “alot” comic, but perhaps there will be a less autobiographical collection available in the future.


“Hello, bird!! I will stare at you!!” -Mayhem

“You see what I have to put up with?! That is absolutely a leaf, not a bird.” -Chaos

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Congrats to Kate, who won Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington!

Congrats to Helena, who won Taken (Stranded #2) by Andrew Grey! Taken will be released by Dreamspinner Press on October 28.



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A Casual Weekend Thing by AJ Thomas. ebook. Good m/m romantic suspense about a San Diego cop who’s on injured reserve when he has to go to Montana to deal with his estranged brother’s death. The characters were enjoyably complex and nearly made up for a few, relatively minor, rough spots in the plot and writing.

Hockey fics. Of course. :)


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

(Really, I think he’s sleeping with his eyes partially open.)

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Congrats to Fehu, who won Parting Shot (A Matter of Time #7) by Mary CalmesParting Shot is being released today by Dreamspinner Press.

Congrats to Max T, who won Fanning the Flames (The Match Before Christmas #2) (2nd ed) by Eden Winters!



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  • Oh, unpacking, how I do hate thee.

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One Coffee With (Sigrid Harald #1) by Margaret Maron. I can’t figure out why I liked this mystery so much the first time I read it roughly 10 years ago. It has not aged well.

Plus hockey fics. Of course. :)


“Whatcha doing, big kitty?” -Mayhem

“Being all manly. Go away, May!” -Chaos

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