I was doodling and thought “Hey, that kinda looks like a pink fairy armadillo (Maybe? I think?).” So I looked up the animal, with its giant hands and flat shield butt, and needed to draw it for real.
Got a slightly different review this month. First, it’s not from the Nebulas, just one I’ve been looking forward to. Second, it’s an audiobook. Lately I wouldn’t have time to get any books in without audio as an option.
In the Labyrinth of Drakes is the fourth in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan, and I’d say it’s a great continuation of the story. I thought book three was probably the weakest of them, but book four built on what was good about book three, and completely mended the series in my mind.
I picked up the first book in the series because it’s about dragons. Or, rather, an 1800’s-equivalent naturalist woman who studies dragons. The tagline I heard was “if Darwin studied dragons instead of finches.” Which is pretty spot on. These are magical creatures, but animals of the “big, dangerous, and mysterious” variety. The illustrations on the covers of these books are gorgeous; they really set the mood for both scientific discovery and adventure.
Now, if you ever plan on checking this series out, I highly recommend the audio version. And this is regardless of whether or not you have the time to sit and read. It’s all about the narrator. She’s freaking perfect for reading as Lady Trent.
This fourth book finds Isabella in a desert region, researching how to breed of dragons. Tensions are high between countries, and dragons are seen as the key to winning any future conflict. She braves this task with the help of old friends, family, and new allies, but a brutal desert environment and dragonfire aren’t the only dangers she’s up against.
Something else I enjoyed about this book was the romantic angle. “What?! Really?” you ask, with a heavy (and fully justified) dose of skepticism. Look, most of the time I groan and flip to the next scene whenever the lovey-dovey stuff comes up. But this was such a slow build. It’s like the Commander Shepherd and Garrus romance in Mass Effect: a relationship of great friendship and respect that grows stronger until you realize it is love.
There’s only one book left in the Lady Trent series, where I’m guessing all the unresolved tension from this book comes to a head. I’m excited, if a little sad it’s all going to end.
My rating: Devoured! – Like adventure? Dragons? Pick this one up!
I really like argyle. I think it’s a fun pattern. I have a pair of black/gray/yellow argyle socks, and every time I wear them I end up singing “I like bumblebee, bumblebee argyle” (you know, like the tuna jingle, but not). So the other day I thought why not make a design out of it? …
So, I’ve recently been taking some classes (pertaining to a certain baby we’re having). This was my expression during a good portion of the preachy and awkward breastfeeding class.
I picked up The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet because I liked the doodles on the dust jacket. Yeah, I said it. I judged this one by its cover. I’m not ashamed. Especially not after I read it. It was really entertaining.
The book follows an author (the eponymous Murdstone) who gets roped into writing a high fantasy trilogy by his agent. After attempting to find inspiration, he gets further roped into participating in a very real fantasy realm. He might be using this fantasy world to write his books, but he’s being used just as much. Some might get annoyed with the amount of things Murdstone just falls into and goes along with, but he’s a guy who’s floundering in his career / life so I figure it fits perfectly.
At first I found the protagonist to be a whiny, pompous jerk, but as the story progressed, he mellowed out enough to be sympathetic. Once the fantasy stuff started up, I really started to love it. Not because it was fantasy (though, yay fantasy!), but because it was a refreshing take on the tropes. It’s a quietly, Britishly funny story, and I burst out laughing a few times too.
My rating: Devoured! – If you like humorous books about fantasy / writing, this is worth a try!
Have you ever been on hold so long that you turned into a freaky blob monstrosity? Oh! Also! A cool feature of the Procreate program I’m using is the instant replay. Want to see how this blobby blob was made? Watch below!
Another Terribleminds challenge story!
As If by Magic
Detective Redd flicked her thumb against edge of the badge on her belt.
“What exactly am I looking at?”
“Right now? Nothing.”
She narrowed her gaze at the officer kneeling next to the patch of strangely discolored earth. The very bit of public park that held a dead body less than an hour ago.
“So who moved him?”
“Nobody, ma’am, that’s the thing. We were setting up a perimeter, and when we turned around…”
“Bodies don’t vanish, Hank.”