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Reading Challenge Progress

January 29, 2015

The last time I checked in with the Popsugar Reading Challenge I had read three books for it.
A book set in a different country – The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood
A book by a female author – Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie
A book with nonhuman characters – The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Thanks to my trip to PAX South and a kerfuffle at the airport, I’ve managed to check off a few more from the list:
jigA book you can finish in a day – Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
Jig is a slightly smarter, but slightly smaller than average goblin. He has terrible eyesight, which means he spends most of his time doing children’s chores instead of going out with the raiding parties or patrols. When he finally does get tapped to go on a patrol he runs into a group of adventurers. Adventurers are the worst! They look at goblins as a minor annoyance to be dispatched and forgotten. However, these adventurers decide that Jig could be of use to them and proceed to drag him on their adventure with them. Before he knows it he’s facing down hobgoblin traps, necromancers, dragons, poisonous fish, and magical possessions. And frankly, he’d really rather just be back in his tunnel eating some mystery stew and avoiding anything that smacks of adventure.
This book kept me relatively sane and happy during a three hour flight delay, so props to it for that!

dangerousA mystery or a thriller – A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
I’m not going to talk too much about the next few books since they aren’t out for a bit yet. I’ll have fuller reviews closer to publication.
This is the eleventh Maisie Dobbs book. I will say that there is a bit of a time jump. Maisie finds herself in Gibraltar as the Spanish Civil War is heating up. A Jewish man has been murdered on the grounds of the fanciest hotel in town and Maisie, of course, discovered the body. She finds herself unable to continue her travels while the man’s murder remains unsolved.
A Dangerous Place will be out from Harper on March 17.

pocket apocalypseA book published this year – Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
This is Book 4 of the InCryptid series. This time Alex follows Shelby home to Australia where everything, including Shelby’s family, wants to kill him. There is a werewolf outbreak in Australia. This is potentially disastrous to an island ecology. Werewolves are not only apex predators, but during their change they are mindless killers. They could completely unbalance the Australian ecosystem in a matter of weeks if they get a secure foothold.
Since no one in the Thirty-Six Society, Australia’s cryptozoological organization, has ever dealt with a werewolf before Shelby asks Alex to come home with her and lend his expertise.
His presence is not received well. And then the werewolves show up and it all goes to hell.
Pocket Apocalypse will be out from DAW on March 3.

So, how are you guys doing with your reading goals for the year? Is anyone else doing the Popsugar Challenge or do you have other challenges that you’ve set for yourselves?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2015 12:13 am

    As an Australian, I think I might have to try the Seanan McGuire Series (maybe I can shoehorn them into the trilogy category!)

    • February 8, 2015 8:31 am

      She does have a trilogy under the name Mira Grant. It’s about zombies and has a novella set in Australia called “How Green This Land,” which is lovely. If you like zombies.

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