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Vampire Michael having a new entry level job as the librarian assistant

The Librarian's Vampire Assistant: Volume 1 - Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Subject matter is important. I like vampire and librarian. It is fun to have these two subjects in one book.

 

Expected it to be a corny novel with this type of cover.  It is a bit unexpected to find a story written for afternoon TV with no sex scene and some obvious twits. 

 

Yes. Michael is a vampire. He met a librarian at a coffee shop.  He met her again and mistaken for someone who is applying for an entry level job at a library. 

 

Then things got a bit more violent as he witness an attack on this librarian. He saved her life and got involved. 

 

Now he was in town from another district because his maker was murdered.  

 

He is not supposed to investigate the crime as it is not his district. But the local vampire leader is useless.

 

So he stayed and try to find the killer. 

 

And he did. 

 

The language is not great. And it read like a make-for-TV movie. 

 

Still, it is not painful. I would be generous and give it 4 stars. 

 

Reading this for International Women for Mystery square/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quest to find the Eye of Zolter

The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde

A magical jewel. 

 

So that a powerful wizard would not kill the two remaining dragon.

 

The quest has Perkins in it. And a princess, and a smart tour guide. 

 

The princess while spoiled, know a lot about stock and economic. 

 

Spelling as lot by Perkins would cost his life. He is now getting older. Age without wisdom. 

 

So Jennifer agreed to go out with Perkins only to be interrupted by news of the arrest of Boo. 

 

So they are off to meet a spoiled princess and bring her along. And then go mythical place to find an unlikely to be true item.

 

The adventure is fun and imaginative and dialogue is humorous. A good book for reading if they are adults who know the risk seeking tourism that might result in death. The death rate is relatively low but anyone who don't sky diving know that this type of death is not being covered by travelling insurance. 

 

Is this type of tourism that bring Strange and her team into a territory of nice little kingdom with high mortality rate. 

 

Reading this for Read by Flashlight or candle light square. (I read under the cover with an iPad) 

 

 

 

 

Second Bingo!

 

Second bingo (last row). It takes so long to do this. Read one more book for the third bingo. 

 

 

 

 

Read Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde for Read by Flashlight or Candle Light square 

 

The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde     

 

 

Read Song of Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde for In the Dark Dark Wood square

 

  The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde 

 

Earlier read:  

 

 

Read Mythos by Stephen Fry for Free square. 

 

  Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry  

 

Read Skin Game by Jim Butcher for Spellbound square. 
 

    Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files - Jim Butcher  

 

 

  Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee  

 

 

Read The Expats by Chris Pavone for Psych square 

 

      Expats Ome - Chris Pavone

 

Read Cold Days by Jim Butcher for Supernatural square. 

 

   Cold Days - Jim Butcher

 

Read The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris for Creepy Carnivals

 

     The Magic Misfits: The Second Story - Lissy Marlin,Kyle Hilton,Neil Patrick Harris

 

Read Ratburger by David Williams for Dark Academia 

 

   RatBurger - David Walliams

 

Read The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman for A Grimm Tale. 

 

   The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

 

Read Knife by Jo Nesbo for New Release. 

 

  Knife: (Harry Hole 12) - Jo Nesbo  

 

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher for Ghost Stories. 

 

  Ghost Story - Jim Butcher  

 

Read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness for Paint in Black. 

   The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness    

 

Read   by Patrick Ness for  Relics and Curiosities. 

 

    The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

 

Read Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate for Black Cat. 

 

  Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate 

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde

it is the storytelling part of the book that is interesting. Here is Strange talking to the young dragon Colin. Colin is trying to explain what it is like living with humans. 

 

"I was just unprepared for the range of ridiculous excuses you lot use in its justification. It's somewhat bizarre to learn that many of you think that other humans are somehow different enough to be hated and killed, when in reality you're all tiresomely similar in outlook, needs and motivation, and differ only by peculiar habits, generally shaped by geographical circumstance." 

 

"We are not all bad," I said, suddenly finding myself defending my own species. 

 

"No," agreed Colin, 'some of you are hardly rubbish at all, and a few - there are always a few - are quite exceptional. Mind you,' he added, 'you can always take solace in the fact that humans are generally better than Trolls." 

 

Just the right kind of humor for me. 

 

Reading this for Read by Flashlight or Candle light square. As this is an ebook, I read it in the dark under the cover. 

 

 

 

Jennifer Strange in a magic contest

The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde

The second book of the series after the Last Dragonslayer. 

 

Jennifer Strange is running an agency to find wizards work. Paid work. The magic is not rich in the land and wizards are allow to do low magic only. Still, it is still magic. 

 

A wicked man Blitz is trying to do bad things. 

 

And there is a Quarkbeast looks just like the one Strange lost. 

 

It is a magic story about people who could use magic but act very much humans. 

 

The makeup stuff is pretty good. The style is light and quite a bit of playing with words. People look down on Strange because she is a foundling, a child without parent. But she is quite capable not only to take care of herself but the wizards around her.

 

The only problem is, strange is a bit too wise for a 16 yr old. That's the only down point. Some don't like it for this reason. 

 

There is also a magic ring, and a magic relate. 

 

Going to read the next one after that. 

 

Reading this for In the Dark Dark Wood. 

 

First Bingo!

Wow. Finally. My very first bingo. 

 

Read another 2 books to another bingo. 

 


Read Mythos by Stephen Fry for Free square. 

 

  Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry  

 

Read Skin Game by Jim Butcher for Spellbound square. 
 

    Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files - Jim Butcher  

 

 

  Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee  

 

Earlier read:  

 

Read The Expats by Chris Pavone for Psych square 

 

      Expats Ome - Chris Pavone

 

Read Cold Days by Jim Butcher for Supernatural square. 

 

   Cold Days - Jim Butcher

 

Read The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris for Creepy Carnivals

 

     The Magic Misfits: The Second Story - Lissy Marlin,Kyle Hilton,Neil Patrick Harris

 

Read Ratburger by David Williams for Dark Academia 

 

   RatBurger - David Walliams

 

Read The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman for A Grimm Tale. 

 

   The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

 

Read Knife by Jo Nesbo for New Release. 

 

  Knife: (Harry Hole 12) - Jo Nesbo  

 

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher for Ghost Stories. 

 

  Ghost Story - Jim Butcher  

 

Read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness for Paint in Black. 

   The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness    

 

Read   by Patrick Ness for  Relics and Curiosities. 

 

    The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

 

Read Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate for Black Cat. 

 

  Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate  

Reading progress update: I've read 292 out of 464 pages.

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Greek mythology with Stephen Fry style in language. 

 

So Zeus do a lot of sex and got a lot of goddess and women pregnant. 

 

Dialogue is funny as talked like they are drunk. 

 

A lot of incest and stories of jealous gods. As expected. 

 

It also reflected on how the Greek culture, the important of hospitality and manner of the guest. 

 

Enjoyable but slow read. As it is not a continuous story but many many stories thrown together.  

 

Zeus and Ganymede- well, Zeus did kidnapped him. But then Zeus give him immorality and a role as a cup bearer. 

 

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100+ pages to the finish and my first bingo. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 464 pages.

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Zeus is a corny god that Hera is a jealous goddess.

 

Men created stories, gods are like humans that kill, eat and mate. 

 

Some gods are beautiful, some are beautiful and smart. 

 

So far so good in the retelling of old tales. A story of where gods come from. All gods are from the imagination of humans. 

 

Like Harry Potters, stories provide a guide for values. The good are going to win because they are good. The bad are powerful, cruel and wicked but would still lost in the end because they are bad. 

 

Reading this for Free Square. 

Learning from book

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You Have to Fucking Eat - Illustrator Owen Brozman, Adam Mansbach

So much fun.  This one is read by Stephen Fry. 


Yeah. 

 

This is yet another book for adult who have experienced in feeding young children. 

 

So funny. 

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Go the Fuck to Sleep - Ricardo Cortés, Adam Mansbach

So this is not a children book. Not really. 

 

Samuel Jackson did a good job in reading this book for adults. Who has this shared experienced of bed time reading to a child who just refused to go to sleep. 

 

The tone of voice switch from smooth and nice to his normal what's the fuck are you up to tone. 

 

Like it. Going to listen to the next one. 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 46%.

The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde

Jennifer Strange is managing an agency for hiring out magic. 

 

Not big magic. Just regular magic to do everyday things. 

 

Like flying carpet. After law has banned carpet to carry passenger other than the magician personal user, it is now a pizza delivery service. 

 

In order to have magic to work, other new technology has to be switched off. Reminds me of flying on a plane. 

 

Interesting premise. Not sure where this is going yet. 

 

Reading this for In the Dark Dark Woods square. 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 464 pages.

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry retold of Greek myths. Fun read so far. It is a lot of incest and violence, which is the core of the myths when the gods have sex a lot. 

 

Just started reading this for the free square. Last book for the first bingo. 

 

 

 

Harry was on loan to work for the bad guy

Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files - Jim Butcher

On a heist. To steal from Hades. 

 

Fun.

 

He was trapped on an island with the thing in his head. 

 

And Mab used that this to manipulate him and loan him out to the bad guy.

 

So they found a team to do the job.

 

Of course he need backup. Murphy is there to help him.

 

And of course, he still need to see his daughter. 

 

Finally. 

 

And his realization of what's going on is fun. There is magic of friendship involved. And angels. 

 

Good story. Reading this for Spellbound. 

 

 

 

Loki mission to Midgard

Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee

So it is based on the Mavel movie Loki. Fine. It is Loki who is going to find out more about himself. 

 

But is he? 

 

Loki in this story is not sure if he want to get Odin approval. But Odin is not really the modern fatherly kind. 

 

Thor is dumb but still loyal. 

 

So who is going to be friend with? Another with like him.

 

So he was sent to London as a punishment. He didn't like it but has no choice. 

 

In the meantime, he found out about magical murders and who did it. 

 

But what he is going to do with this information? He want to prove to his father that he is good and could be king, as much as as his brother Thor. 

 

Did he? He really didn't do much. Still, it is an okay read and sort of keep to his character. 

 

Reading this for Darkest London square. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 53%.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee

A young Loki story when he is still a prince and learning how to work with magic.

 

Ordin mistrust of magic is well known. So he is being training together with his brother who is bigger and stronger than he is. 

 

Loki and Thor made a mistake during a diplomatic appointment. Thor was kept home while Loki was sent to Midgard, London.

 

The Earth environment does not have a lot of magic. So it is not a nice place for Loki as he couldn't use his magical strength to get him out of trouble, 

 

Interesting read so far. Reading this for Darkest London square.