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Fathomless (Redemption's Heir, #2)Fathomless (#2) by Anne M Pillsworth. Very good continuation of this young adult trilogy as the kids head to Arkham to get some training for their magic and, of course, things get creepy and dangerous.
Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7)Chimes at Midnight, The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)The Winter Long, A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)A Red-Rose Chain, Full of Briars (October Daye, #9.3)Full of Briars, Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)Once Broken Faith, The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11)The Brightest Fell, and Night and Silence (October Daye #12)Night and Silence (October Daye 7-12) by Seanan McGuire. Obviously I’m really enjoying this series, since I burned through it in just a couple of weeks and now I want to reread the whole thing again immediately. But I was really, really anxious whilst reading the 11th and 12th book.
Poems for the End of the World: Endings and beginnings 2015-2017 by Sage Liskey. What is there really to say about poetry? You like it or you don’t – I liked this small collection.


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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6) by Terry Pratchett. Pretty good introduction to Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg – I suspect if I were more familiar with Shakespeare’s plays, I would’ve gotten a lot more out of this one.
Hazard (West Hell Magic, #1)Hazard and Spark (West Hell Magic #2)Spark (West Hell Magic 1-2) by Devon Monk. Good series about a world where those with supernatural abilities aren’t allowed to play in the NHL, so they play in paranormal-only league. The first two books are about two brothers, a wizard and a werewolf, who are getting their start in the league.
Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, #5)Chaos Choreography, Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6)Magic for Nothing, and Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7)Tricks for Free (InCryptid 5-7) by Seanan McGuire. Chaos Choreography: Once again, Verity’s part of a ballroom dancing reality tv show and things are, of course, complicated by her family’s work protecting supernatural beings. Magic for Nothing and Tricks for Free: Verity’s younger sister Antimony is sent to England to infiltrate the Covenant and things get complicated.
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeThe Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp. I just lost interest in it halfway through and have no interest in continuing.
Art MattersArt Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Excellent small collection of inspirational essays and illustrations – I’ve already purchased a copy for a birthday gift…
1,000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations1000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations by Dawn DeVries Sokol. Exactly what the title says! 🙂


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*sigh* -Chaos

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Just book reviewettes and a cat picture today – tired! Lots of reading too late this week! 🙂

Reading Update
An Artificial Night (October Daye #3)An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)Late Eclipses, One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)One Salt Sea, and Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)Ashes of Honor (October Daye 3-6) by Seanan McGuire. Really enjoying this urban fantasy series about changeling Sir Toby Daye, who happens to be a private investigator with a penchant for getting seriously injured.
Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid, #2)Midnight Blue-Light Special, Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3)Half-Off Ragnarok, and Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4)Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid 2-4) by Seanan McGuire. Good continuation of this series about a family who works to keep the magical beings and creatures of the world safe – including safe from an organization that wants to wipe all of them out.
Men at Arms: A Novel of DiscworldMen at Arms (Discworld #15) by Terry Pratchett. This was my in-depth introduction to the Night Watch. Love!


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Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre, #1)Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre #1) by Mike Shevdon. “The smarter, faster brother to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has arrived.” ??? LOLOLOL. Sorry, but no. It was an ok urban fantasy. I might read the rest of the series. I might not.
The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5)The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching #5) by Terry Pratchett. I’m not crying, you’re crying. I didn’t realize when I started reading this, the 5th Tiffany Aching Discworld book, that it was the very last Discworld book and indeed, the book Terry Pratchett was working on when he died.
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett. Good introduction to and start of the Discworld series. I loved the Luggage!
The Last Adventure of Constance VerityThe Last Adventure of Constance Verity (Constance Verity #1) by A Lee Martinez. I found it unreadable and only made it a few chapters in.
A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2)A Local Habitation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire.


“I’ll look at the camera if you feed me right now!!!” -Chaos

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Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire. Quite promising start to this series about a half Fae private investigator who’s involuntarily back into the investigation game after a 14 year…hiatus. (Apparently there’s an October Daye fanfic that Seanan McGuire has happily read.)
Hell Bent (Broken Magic, #1)Hell Bent and Stone Cold (Broken Magic, #2)Stone Cold (Broken Magic 1-2) by Devon Monk. Good spinoff pair of books about a formerly magic rich world nearly bereft of magic, except for a few people who are paired in Soul Complements.
Summoned (Redemption's Heir, #1)Summoned (Redemption’s Heir #1) by Anne M. Pillsworth. Very creepy young adult book about a teen boy who responds to an impossible ad in an old book and falls into the Cthulhu Mythos. Be warned that this gets off to a rather slow and somewhat plodding start, but boy does it pick it up speed as it goes!


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Marked (Mindspace Investigations, #3)Marked and Vacant ( Mindspace Investigations Novel, #4)Vacant (Mindspace Investigations 3-4) by Alex Hughes. Good continuation of this series about a telepath and recovering addict who consults for the police and, under duress, the Telepath’s Guild. Unfortunately, I screwed up and read book #4 before book #3, so I spent much of book #4 thinking my memory had gotten REALLY bad when things that turned out to have happened in book #3 were mentioned…
I Shall Wear MidnightI Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching #4) by Terry Pratchett. Very good continuation of this series as teenage Tiffany works in the Chalk amid rising anti-witch sentiment.
Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1)Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1) by Seanan McGuire. I liked it better upon rereading than I did when I read it four years ago!


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Congrats to Trix, who won Kick at the Darkness by Keira AndrewsKick at the Darkness was released on May 28 by KA Books.



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Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know about the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols, Gina Marie Moravcik, & Samara Pulver Tetenbaum. I skim-read this not as a parent, but as an adult with an ASD looking looking for better understanding. I do think this would be an excellent resource for parents – it’s very well-researched and practical.
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life by Cynthia Kim. Excellent book about the life-changing discovery that you’re autistic in your 40s. (Oh, how I could relate to THAT.) Based on Cynthia Kim’s blog, Musings of an Aspie, this book is packed full of everything Kim’s learned since her diagnosis, backed by research and supported by stories from Kim’s life.
Indexing by Seanan McGuire. Good contemporary fantasy about the ATI Management Bureau, an agency devoted to keeping fairy tale narratives from gaining power and warping reality. First person narrator and ATI team leader Henrietta Marchen is herself a Snow White in abeyance. (Maybe it was just me, but I definitely wondered if this story was inspired by the Thursday Next novels of Jasper Fforde).


Sad but true story – I can’t quite figure out whose tail that is. (It’s been over six months since I took the picture.) Chaos has a slight kink near the end of his tail, and there could sort of be a kink near the end of the tail in the picture, right??! Plus it looks more like his fur than May’s. I’m pretty sure…

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Under the Skin (Ritual Crime Unit #1) by EE Richardson. Ok shortish paranormal thriller about a 50-something British detective inspector whose people are trying to track down someone misusing ritual magic to make shapeshifters. Throughout the story, I was distracted by the point of view character always being referred to by her last name, yet her coworkers were referred to by their first names. It was just enough for me to feel distanced from the story.
Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) by Seanan McGuire. I only read a few chapters, then set it aside to come back to and never bothered.


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Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne. Ok urban fantasy about Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2000 year old druid running an apothecary in Phoenix and hiding from an old enemy. I found Atticus to be kind of annoying, actually…
Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1) by Seanan McGuire. Ok paranormal romance about a cryptozoologist living in New York City, trying to launch a ballroom dancing career, prove to her West Coast family she can live on her own, and help out the city’s cryptid/monster population. This had a couple of particularly amusing bits (the mice!), but I didn’t quite gel with the narrator.


*sniff sniff sniff* “Your woolly wooliness pleases me, sock.” -Mayhem

Sock without Mayhem (although that’s Chaos’s head and foot coming in frame):

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