The 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, 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, 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 (Scottish Bookshop Mystery 5) by Paige Shelton. Note to self – don’t bother continuing this series.
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.)
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- New releases: Tor.com (fantasy, scifi, YA SFF)
- Linkity from Smart Bitches.
- “Using neuroscience to understand reading slumps“.
- “A history of antiracist literature“.
- “Helping the princess“.
- A mash-up of Dr Seuss and JRR Tolkien.
- A bunch of little fics: Pevensies at Hogwarts, fantasy world field surgeon, not who the superhero expected would break into his place, the mysterious black door that’s only in the hallway in the middle of the night.
- Muppet 1984.
- Representation matters! The second story (the one in regular text, not screenshots from Twitter) REALLY got to me.
- A cursed human fact. Another one.
- I had never heard of karpati mutations before.
- Face mask comparison chart.
- Herd immunity poster.
- Kitten kindergarten.
- A saga of missing clouds found.
- “Art blamed in divorce suit (1947)“.
- Ok, it’s a little disturbing, but if you’re a knitter, it’s worse.
- Caffeine cryptids.
- Oh, SNAP, India!
Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This is a book to read in bits over time because it is dense and slow going. But I found the Jungian analysis and conclusions fascinating. I got the most out of the chapter on rage and forgiving (if you have trouble getting into the book sequentially, read this chapter first), and the chapter about the underground forest. If you’re a very literal thinker or if you don’t see any value in archetypes, you’re not going to like this book. (I would’ve hated it 25 years ago!)
Zen Pencils – Creative Struggle: Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity by Gavin Aung Than. Enjoyable graphic novel style book with quotes from creatives such as Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, and Nikola Tesla.
Carry On and Wayward Son (Simon Snow 1-2) by Rainbow Rowell. Amusing, absolutely NOT Harry Potter (AHEM) story of Chosen One Simon Snow and the wacky shenanigans he and his friends get up to at their British wizarding school (first book). In the second book, he and his friends visit the US over their university holiday and get up to more wacky shenanigans. Ends tidily, unless you read the epilogue, which sets up a sort of cliffie situation for the next book. Grrrr.
Death and Relaxation, Devils and Details, Rock Candy, and Paper Stars (Ordinary Magic 1-2, 4.1, 4.2) by Devon Monk. Ok paranormal romance series about the chief of police and her sisters (also cops) of Ordinary, Oregon, where the gods go to vacation without their powers.
“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos and Mayhem
Full lap! 🙂
- New releases: Tor.com (horror/genre-benders), Smart Bitches (romance)
- Linkity from Smart Bitches.
- Linkity from the Pen Addict.
- New example of the importance of the Oxford comma.
- “Magical Mind: The World of Terry Pratchett” (nearly an hour! be prepared before you start!).
- A good point to remember, writers! 😉
- Not cool, Disney.
- “I’m Going Back to Minnesota Where Sadness Makes Sense”.
- Turkeys, swans, kayaks, and more.
- Some cursed facts about bluefin tuna.
- On birds and teeth.
- Another way to keep glasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.
- 50+ vegetarian recipes.
- Cheesy chickpea bowls.
- Great response to someone not wearing a mask… from 1919.
- Perfect mask is perfect. And I’ve ordered one for myself! (They’re only on sale until Monday, November 23.)
- UGH, SERIOUSLY.
- ALSO unsurprising.
- Be stunned, amazed, horrified by this house in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Car with “a sunken rec room in back”.
- Roman Colosseum LEGO set.
- A character in a comic has an existential crisis.
- Baby Yoda in space!
- Oh, the revenge would be sweet.
- Very sweet xkcd. Hover cursor/long-press for caption.
- The tale of the cat prince…
- Melted clocks, melted cats.
The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. I definitely need to reread this and journal about the prompts and questions.
The Time of the Dark (Darwath #1) by Barbara Hambly. I enjoyed it as I read it, but I’m not sure I’ll read the rest of the series.
Lights on, nobody home in Chaos land.
The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. Be prepared to be horrified and enraged.
The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by AJ Hackwith. Good enough to suck me in, even though I never shook the comparisons to another series or two.
Flashback photo of Mayhem from 2015!