Saturday, 19 August 2017

Sunday post 69; It's Monday, what are you reading? 55


The Sunday Post - a chance for a chat and catch-up with other bloggers - is hosted by Kimba, here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn over here: http://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Last week continued in much the same vein - some days I have to stop and think what the day is, or what the date is. 

There were, however, a couple of highlights. On Tuesday night a friend of mine and I - as a team of two - attended a book-related quiz at the library. For library week, the library has been doing all kinds of events and fundraisers with the proceeds going to Furever Homes, a local charity that fosters and cares for abandoned or lost pets.


There were only two of us on our team because we couldn't draft anyone else - lol. The idea was to pit teams against a team of librarians in a series of book-related questions. It was a lot of fun - and we won. Heh. :D We impressed the librarians I think - lol. It was a good night all around.

On Saturday at the library, the Furever Homes people hosted a kind of meet-and-greet and people who are fostering pets brought their dogs and cats in to the library for visiting. It was slightly chaotic, but also great fun. 

For reading - I finished volume one of the Saga graphic novel, and enjoyed that a lot. I'm still working on Hamilton, and I'm eyeing up Everfair by Nisi Shawl next.

So for this week - more job applications, housework, hopefully some blog posts, and try not to go quietly insane.

How about you? How's your week? What are you reading?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Mobile game review - Merge Dragons

I said I was going to start reviewing mobile games, and here is the first review.

So far I’m just going with games that I play and enjoy. Moving forward … who knows.

Anyway, first up is Merge Dragons: http://www.mergedragons.com/

Essentially it’s a match-3 game, but with dragons. So far, so good, right? Because dragons!

The first few levels are basically tutorial levels where you merge plants into higher level plants and merge eggs into dragons. There’s a handy in-game guide in the early levels that give you tips and you go from there.

We’ve all played Candy Crush and Candy Crush-adjacent match-3 games, but this is so much more fun. You can set up camp for your dragons and also use it to gather coins and bricks. Dragons merge and level up progressively.

There’s several levels, and the more you play through them the more rewards you earn that you can reap back at your camp.

It’s fun, and it’s a game that I can zone out on and play for ages.

It’s available on google play and on the app store.

The only negative, as far as I can tell, is that it does drain the battery, so watch out for that.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sunday post 68, It's Monday, What are you reading? 54


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and a catch-up - is hosted by Kimba here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: http://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Last week was more of the same ... job applications, housework ... actually, that's about it.

I finished Tongues of Serpents, and reviewed that. I also read Every Heart a Doorway, so will review that this week. I have a couple of posts cooling their heels - a review of the mobile game Merge Dragons, and an awesome ladies post, both of which just need a bit of tweaking.

Coming up this week I'm expecting even more of the same, with a quiz evening on Tuesday at the local library.

For what I'm reading, I'm still picking at Hamilton and trying to decide what's up next.

What about you? How's your week? What are you reading?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Review - Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik

Tongues of Serpents is the sixth book in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.

In book five, Laurence and Temeraire had struggled with being accused of treason, and in an effort to make the embarrassment go away, the British government send them to the new colony of Australia.

Neither Laurence nor Temeraire know what to expect from the new colony, but when one of the dragon eggs they are tasked with taking care of is stolen, they embark on a journey across the Outback.

I have to admit, as much as I love the series overall, this is not my favourite entry. I still enjoyed the relationship between Laurence and Temeraire, but the bulk of the book is a fairly tedious journey across the Outback of Australia. I spent chapter after chapter waiting for something to happen, and all the action seems to be crammed in the last two or three chapters.

Given that it's the sixth book in the series, it's maybe not surprising that the quality falters at times, but  you know ... dragons. Dragons are good.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday post 67, It's Monday, what are you reading? 53


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and a catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, here:
http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: http://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Let's see ... last week was pretty uneventful. I went to Winz to get the benefit process started all over again, and did a few hours' work at the community paper. Which is good but it's only five hours a week at most, and while J does start his fulltime job tomorrow ... it's not enough. So I'm looking and looking and looking ....

Anyway. Moving on.

Spawn spent Friday night at the home of a friend of his, so I took the opportunity to binge-watch season 2 of Versailles, which was a lot of fun. I love that kind of historical drama, although there's a lot more nudity than one would expect. Not as many boobs as you'd see in your average episode of Game of Thrones, but still, boobs were seen. And butts. (Heh. Butts.)

The series itself focuses on the creation of Versailles and on the life of Louis the Fourteenth, his brother Phillippe and of course the rest of the court and court intrigues.

And boobs.

I also played some Dragon Age Inquisition and went to my friend's house on Saturday night for our usual stitch-and-watch session.

We went to a fundraiser quiz night on Wednesday, and ended up coming second, which was great. We went to another one today, but placed out of the running in fourth. I love quizzing, and we're also going to a quiz next Tuesday, which is part of our local library's library week celebrations:
http://ilibrary.co.nz/whatson/library-week/

For what I'm reading - still chipping away at Hamilton, albeit very slowly, and I'm in the home stretch with Tongues of Serpents, which has been a battle. I love the Temeraire series, but this isn't up there with the best of them for me.

Coming up, I'm eyeing the fourth Game of Thrones book - once I've read that I'll dive in to series four, and I also want to read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

Other than that, I'll be applying for jobs, praying to the gods of employment, rent and groceries to get us through another week and ... learning how to be a domestic goddess, I suppose.

In terms of blogging, I want to get my next awesome ladies post up this week, and also a review for Tongues of Serpents. I also might start doing a mobile game review a week - see how I go, but I do play a lot of mobile games.

Got to keep the brain parts going somehow. :)

What about you? How's your week? What are you reading?

Monday, 31 July 2017

Review - Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett

Dean and Jason are best friends and room-mates in their last year of college. They think they know each other inside out and have no secrets, but when Dean stumbles across Jason in an intimate situation with another man at a party, he realises he doesn’t know his best friend as well as he thought.

For Jason, the struggles are much harder. He’s gay, but very much in the closet. He’s in love with his best friend, and he has demons from his past in the form of a priest who molested him as a young boy. When Dean finds Jason with another man, the proverbial really hits the fan.

I found this book extremely frustrating. It’s a great premise, I loved the premise, but the characters … *sigh*.

Dean, especially was frustrating because he spends at least half the book being a complete asshole and saying/thinking terrible things like this:

“I find Jason in the living room, sitting slack on the couch with his legs stretched out wide and a beer in his hand. He’s watching wrestling. Of course he’s watching wrestling … the gayest sport there is.”

And this is how Dean’s thought processes continue for an awful lot of the book. I start to wonder, to be honest, what the hell Jason saw in him and there were several times I nearly just peaced out of the whole thing.

I persisted, however, and there was some payoff. When Dean and Jason do get together, Dean stops being so much of a dick, and goes into full-on protective mode. Where was this Dean earlier???? There was no transition from dick!Dean to lovely!Dean and it kind of gave me whiplash.

Great premise, okay execution that was nearly undermined by bad characterisation.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sunday post 66; It's Monday, What are you reading? 52



The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and a catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, over here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, right here: http://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

I had a pretty unremarkable week, I think. Spawn was back at school after the holidays, and so I'm in the routine of applying for jobs and finding semi-productive ways to fill the hours. It's going ... sort of okay-ish. Well, apart from the job. Nothing on the horizon there, though I do keep applying.

I had lunch with my friend on Wednesday, and did a few hours' casual work proofing pages for the local community paper. Other than that ... hrm.

I did get some blogging done - I wrote a review of Abroad  by Liz Jacobs, and one of the app game, Monument Valley 2. Coming up this week I'll have a review of Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett, a book for which I have very mixed feelings.

Also this week I'm hoping to restart my awesome ladies blog posts, so I need to do some research for that.

J has another week off before starting his new job, so I think we're all just waiting to adjust to a new normal.

I'm still picking away at the Hamilton bio, and I'm about 2/3 of the way through Tongues of Serpents, so I'm hoping to finish that this week. Otherwise it's more of the same: applying for jobs, blogging a bit, reading .... if I'm feeling particularly feisty  I might do some cross-stitching.

What about you? How's your week? What are you reading?