Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

Tuf VoyagingTuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize at first that George R. R. Martin wrote books other than Game of Thrones (which I haven’t read, but now kind of want to). This is a space drama, set into a series of short stories, featuring a rather unlikely hero and a cast of somewhat recurring characters.

While I enjoyed the characters, the world building, and the story lines, this ebook was also a great source of inspiration for me, creatively. I have so many ideas for things I want to do in my creative writing life now thanks to this book.

I found mine at an auction house I frequent, but you can find it online (even in Kindle format) at various book stores, and Amazon of course. I really like it for many reasons and I feel that fans of George R. R. Martin will like it too.

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Book Haul | Buying Books on Vacation

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1984 by George Orwell

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

Keep reading little book worms!

Thrifty Book Haul

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Mom and I have been enjoying our thrifting trips and I’ve found some books from my favorite authors!

1st to Die by James Patterson

James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women’s Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor’s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.

Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

A collection of short stories, several being published for the first time, offers a spine-tingling journey to the nightmare world created by a master of sheer terror and grotesque imagination.

Lasher by Anne Rice

The Talamasca, documenters of paranormal activity, is on the hunt for the newly born Lasher. Mayfair women are dying from hemorrhages and a strange genetic anomaly has been found in Rowan and Michael. Lasher, born from Rowan, is another species altogether and now in the corporeal body, represents an incalcuable threat to the Mayfairs. Rowan and Lasher travel together to Houston and she becomes pregnant with another creature like him, a Taltos. Lasher seeks to reproduce his race in other women, but they cannot withstand it. Rowan escapes and becomes comatose as her fully-grown Taltos daughter is born. The Mayfairs declare all-out war on Lasher and try to nurse Rowan back to heatlth.

Michael remains entwined in the Mayfair family and learns how he comes by his strange powers. Michael’s ghostly visiting from a long-dead Mayfair reveals the importance of destroying Lasher. In the investigation, Lasher’s origins are revealed, the new Taltos Emaleth returns, and the climax of death and life engulfs the family.

Baby-Sitters Little Sister #28: Karen’s Tea Party by Ann M. Martin

Karen and David Michael have the worst table manners ever. Karen burps at the dinner table, and David Michael makes rude noises with his armpit. Then Karen’s daddy sends them to charm school, and Karen makes a complete turnaround. David Michael, on the other hand, is a different story.

Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson are some of my favorite authors of all time. And I must admit that Baby-Sitters Little Sister is a bit of nostalgia for me personally.

Keep reading little book worms!

Two Books from the Dollar Tree

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More fun from the Dollar Tree! I’ve been enjoying the pre-back-to-school inventory at the Dollar Tree lately (seriously if you’re into journaling or stationary or related items you need to go check it out!).

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Evocative of Alice in Wonderland, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope. Perfect for fans of the author’s other middle grade novels: Liesl & Po and the Curiosity House series.

Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers—evil, spiderlike beings—came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.

Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick’s soul. Her quest is far from easy: she must brave tree-snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting scawgs before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers’ lair, where more than just Patrick’s soul is at stake.

 

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE.

Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—a high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure and the heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

It is 1903, and the world is divided between light and shadow. On the side of light is a wondrous science that has transformed everyday life by harnessing magical energies to ingenious new technologies. But each advance of science has come at the expense of shadow—the traditional realm of the supernatural.

Now two ancient powers are preparing to strike back. Blood-sucking immortal Nightwalkers and their spellcasting Alchemist allies have a plan to cover the whole world in shadow. All they require is the sacrifice of a certain young woman whose past conceals a dangerous secret.

But when they come after Elle, they get more than they bargained for. This enterprising young woman, the daughter of a scientific genius, has reserves of bravery and determination that even she scarcely suspects. Now she is about to meet her match in more ways than one: a handsome yet infuriating Warlock named Hugh Marsh, whose agenda is as suspect as his charms are annoyingly irresistible.

More Science Fiction and Fantasy novels for me to devour! Sorry for the sporadic posts, life has been distracting lately!

Keep reading little book worms!

Book Haul // The Dollar Tree

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Every so often I pop into my local Dollar Tree to see what new and interesting things they have for sale. And every so often I end up buying more books to add to my never ending list of ‘to read’ books. This is what I found on my last trip:

Pay Me In Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law #1) by K. Bennett

Hungry For Justice-And Brains

Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She’s not like those “Living Dead” losers you see in the movies. She doesn’t slobber, drool, or lurch-she’s smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she’s a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl’s got to eat. When Mallory’s not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecutor Aaron Argula, she’s in the seedy streets of Hollywood, hunting brain after brain. That is, until some psycho starts hunting zombie after zombie…

The Defense Never Rests-In Peace

The undead are decapitated, a letter “Z” carved in their flesh. Mallory doesn’t want to lose her head, but she’s worried. Like a lot of lawyers in L.A., she doesn’t have a soul-a side effect of being a zombie, not a defense attorney. If Mallory dies before she gets her soul back, she goes straight to hell. No appeals. Objection overruled. If the killer isn’t stopped, it’s case closed for zombies everywhere. But Mallory is an undying champion of justice. And she won’t go down-without a bite

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side by James Van Praagh

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn’t quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries—what happens to us after we die?

Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts, a subject that can seem to many of us both bizarre and terrifying. But when the world beyond is explained fully by an experienced guide, dismissal and apprehension can be turned into knowledge and inspiration. With incredible true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh challenges us to question our perceptions and shows us how we can live more fully through understanding the world of spirits. Including eerily accurate readings, the author’s development as a medium, and detailed how-to information, Ghosts Among Us is an all-encompassing guide to the supernatural.

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing #1) by Jason Henderson

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he’s descended from the world’s most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn’t the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he’s a visiting professor.

When two of Alex’s friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it’s up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back–alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots–and lots–of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker’s plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

1786, Jerusalem College Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds. Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth to investigate.

Its a very supernatural themed haul this time, but then, that’s what I lean towards when I’m reading for pleasure (I’ve also been watching quite a bit of Supernatural on Netflix, but that just might be a coincidence).

Keep reading little book worms!

Disclaimer: All books were purchased by myself, for myself, with my personal piggy bank. Hyperlinked book titles all open into new windows to the appropriate Goodreads book page. Supernatural opens in a new window to IMDB, and Neflix opens in a new window to the company website. I am not affiliated with The Dollar Tree in any way. I am not affiliated with IMDB, however I do have accounts on both Goodreads and Netflix. I do not earn any royalties or affiliate earnings if you click on any of the links in this post.