Category Archives: Reviewettes

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

Linkity is a sea shanty-free zone

Cross your fingers – I’m trying a different plugin for emailing comments because the old one was, um, REALLY OLD and kept preventing WordPress from updating.

Reading Update
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypeWomen 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!)

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

Linkity’s just trying to keep it together over here

Reading Update
Zen Pencils: Creative StruggleZen 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 (Simon Snow, #1)Carry On and Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)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 (Ordinary Magic, #1)Death and Relaxation, Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic, #2)Devils and Details, Rock Candy (Ordinary Magic #4-A)Rock Candy, and Paper Stars (Ordinary Magic, #3.2)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! 🙂

And a very linkity New Year to you!

Reading Update
Obviously WAY too long since I put one of these together. D’oh!
This Is How We FlyThis Is How We Fly by Anna Mariano. Good YA fiction about a high school student just trying to survive the summer before senior year without her stepmom melting down at her and leaving again. Her best friend gets her into real-life quidditch.
The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a TypewriterThe Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a Typewriter by Brian Sonia-Wallace. I gave up on this about 1/4 of the way through it. I just didn’t care. Perhaps due to my 2020 mood? Not sure.
Dead Lies Dreaming (The Laundry Files, #10)Dead Lies Dreaming (Tales of the New Management 1) by Charles Stross. Initially I was disgruntled about this being set in the Laundry Files world with a new set of characters. But then I got completely sucked in after a while, so… :shrugs:
Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1)Mark of the Demon, Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian #2)Blood of the Demon, Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian #3)Secrets of the Demon, andSins of the Demon (Kara Gillian #4)Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian 1-4) by Diana Rowland. Ok paranormal series about a police detective who secretly summons demons on the side. But then something goes awry…
Rivers of London Volume 8: The Fey and the FuriousThe Fey and the Furious (Rivers of London 8) by Ben Aaronovitch. Ok addition to this comic book series.
Silent City: A Claire Codella MysterySilent City, Forgotten City (Claire Codella Mystery #2)Forgotten City, and Unholy City (Claire Codella #3)Unholy City (Claire Codella 1-3) by Carrie Smith. Pretty good series about an NYPD detective who’s just returned after 10 months of treatment for lymphoma. (Not sure there will be any more to this series.)
Stuff I've Been Feeling LatelyStuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook. Good book of poetry with the first half of the book being the poems and the second half being the “remixes” (blackout versions of the poems).

 *blep* -Chaos, derpily

Linkity wonders if frazzled is my new pandemic state of mind

Reading Update
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-LoveThe 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 DarkThe 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.

Linkity is no more caught up or less frazzled than last week

Reading Update
The Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown. It was good, but I kept getting tripped up by her insistence on faith being nonnegotiable. I adore her podcast, tho!

*side-eyeing* -Chaos

*drowsing* -Mayhem

Falling back with linkity

Reading Update
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated AmericaThe 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)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!


Linkity’s hopeful next week will be less crazy

Keep your fingers crossed on that! 😀

Reading Update
19191919 by Eve L Ewing. An exploration of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (part of the “Red Summer” in the US) via haunting poetry.
Electric ArchesElectric Arches by Eve L Ewing. Some more haunting poetry from Ewing.
Other Worlds Than TheseOther Worlds Than These edited by John Joseph Adams. Pretty good collection of parallel world and portal stories that started out a lot stronger than it finished.

“Neener, neener, neener!” -Chaos

And another round of whirlwind linkity!

New releases: Smart Bitches (romance), (horror/genre-benders)

Linkity from Smart Bitches. And from the Pen Addict.

Notes from Isolation: A Soundtrack for Now“.

Scientists, 90s and today.


…simultaneously adorable and dystopian.

A wonderful last contact story.

Variations of Fawkes the Phoenix.

Neanderthals were plying.

Lord of the Rings game, but you play as the ring (not a real game, alas).

“2020 summed up in book titles”.

Well, it’s the reason I have black cats, so!

“Theory: Nobody who writes a physics textbook gives any fucks”.



Pumpkin tres leches cake.

The xkcd dialect quiz. Hover cursor/long-press for caption.

And xkcd’s ultimate all-in-one printer. Again with the hovering and such.

“Thanksgiving-flavored” candy cornAnd $49 pink pineapples. And desk tents. Least usable keyboard ever? Disturbing blazer is disturbing.

Reading Update
Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic WomenCamouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women by Sarah Bargiela & Sophie Standing. Cute short comic that combines some stats and some personal stories.
So You Want to Talk About RaceSo You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This was very good – I liked how she split topics into chapters (for easy reference later), and she covered some things I hadn’t seen covered in my previous reading.
Ballistic KissBallistic Kiss (Sandman Slim #11) by Richard Kadrey. A solid addition to the series. Was Stark more socially awkward in this than usual?!

“Shake my paw?” -Chaos

Whirlwind linkity of whirlwindiness

Reading Update
The Unkindest Tide (October Daye, #13)The Unkindest Tide (October Daye #13) by Seanan McGuire. At last we find out what the Luidaeg has been darkly hinting at regarding the Selkies!
Witches of Lychford (Lychford, #1)Witches of Lychford, The Lost Child of Lychford (Lychford, #2)The Lost Child of Lychford, A Long Day in Lychford (Lychford, #3)A Long Day in Lychford, The Lights Go Out in Lychford (Lychford, #4)The Lights Go Out in Lychford (Witches of Lychford 1-4) by Paul Cornell. I was kinda sucked into this series of novellas until the fourth book ended with a cliffhanger. HULKSMASH.

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Mayhem and Chaos