Statement from SFWA on Black Lives Matter and Protests

The SFWA issued this statement after the recent protests. I thought it bears reblogging: “We give lip service to acceptance, as though acceptance …

Statement from SFWA on Black Lives Matter and Protests

Yes, this bears re-blogging. Interesting discussion in the comments as well.

Two Locus Award Finalists

I am pleased to share that my novel STORM OF LOCUSTS is a Locus Award finalists for Best Fantasy Novel, and, my short story „A Brief Lesson in Native…

Two Locus Award Finalists

I have to confess that I haven‘t looked at the Locus Awards at all. I looked at the nominees for the Nebula and Hugo and read some of those nominated short stories, but the Locus didn‘t even graze my horizon.

How about you, have you looked at it and do you have any recommendations?

Dewey‘s Readathon — Wrap-up

April 2020 Readathon Wrap-Up

And the 24 hours are up! I didn‘t read as long as I wanted, but the total is not bad. Maybe next time I will at least crack the twelve hours.

Total time read: 11h 32m, about 580 pages
 Ebook: 04h 23m, approx. 200 pages of this book— about 2 hours left.
Audio: 07h 09m, approx 380 pages — finished, review to come.

Releasing my inner nerd, that means I read about 50-90 pages per hour (depending on calculating it with or without the time I slept). That page count is pretty much on par for me. The whole calculation is highly subjective of course. Different fonts, page sizes, page layout, etc., skew the result…

Anyway, sorry for being a nerd! I will now catch up with Insta and Goodraeds and the rest of you guys in general…  Until the next Dewey‘s in October!

Dewey‘s — Recap of the last few hours

I’m up, I’m up!!! I slept through the last few hours. I had to, otherwise I would have been a total zombie today! Drawback: I will not even reach a total of 12 hours reading time. Here is a recap of the last few posts from Dewey‘s website:

Hour 23 – What motivates you to read?

What motivates me to read? I read a lot during work, which means I usually avoid non-fiction like the plague. It feels too much like work. I am trying to get better about that.

So traditionally I read for entertainment. Pure escapism, boldly going to places nobody has gone before. Well, no, I actually prefer to go together with others, therefore I have been very active on Goodreads for many years. There was a slump a few years back, but I rekindled my love of reading SF and found a great group on GR of likeminded people.

Hour 21 – Twenty-two Readathons Ago…

Do I remember my first readathon? Barely. It was a Dewey‘s Readathon as well, quite a few years ago. Back then I still used FB and Twitter and might have been active there. I don‘t remember if I stayed up or how many hours I managed to stay awake…

Hour 20 – why do you show up?

This time around I actually joined up wanting to connect and maybe find other reading enthusiasts with similar reading tastes. In my real life I don‘t really have that. Other readers, yes, but our reading tastes are very different and I have never managed to connect with them about books in a meaningful way. Reading SF and Fantasy is perceived as weird by many. No idea.   

Hour 16 – Do you want to be a kid again?

Nope, thank you. I never wanted to be a kid or a teenager again. I always enjoyed to be a grown-up. I am not a fan of YA and the only children‘s fiction I re-read fairly regularly is The Hobbit.

Hour 15 -Rachel Noel – Reading During Readathon

1. What are you reading right now?

I am still reading Behemoth and Monster 1983, as before. I might not finish them until the end of the readathon, but I plan to do so today.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Well, those two. I picked two chunksters for my readathon, hence a non-existing finishing list.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I spent most of it sleeping so far. I will try to read as much as possible until the finishing time. 

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

My parents called and I chatted with a friend. I gave up reading time for that, because people are important. The biggest interruption of my reading time was the readathon itself, with its updates, posts and Instagram. But it was fun.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How much I let myself get distracted, when reading.

My Instagram:

My Goodreads:

Hour 48: Just the Beginning

We’ve hit the end of our Social Distancing #StayHome24in48 Readathon and Kerry, Kristen, and I are truly astonished by the outpouring of …

Hour 48: Just the Beginning

From me as well a big thank you for initiating this! I clocked in at 13 hours and 39 minutes. Give or take half an hour, where I forgot to switch on my timer. It was fun to meet new people! As I installed the WordPress app for the occasion, I plan to be more active here in the future… I am open and interested in any kind of readathon…

Hour 24: the halftime show

Happy second midnight (well, for your east coast hosts), readers! 👋 Time is a weird thing these days with most of us isolated/quarantined, and …

Hour 24: the halftime show

I got in a little over 10 hours of reading so far. Did a little washing and cleaning, watched a little telly and texted with friends, as we are all pretty much stuck at home. Restaurants are completely closed now. Anyway, I might sit outside on my balcony for a bit, while the sun is still out and the sky is blue… I finished my audio of False Value, I finished the rest of Storm Cursed and read the first 100 pages of Smoke Bitten. I read a few pages of Walking Dead, Vol. #5. And I started The Tempest on this amazing app… Pretty cool. Not sure if that still counts as reading, but what the heck…


“Do you need help?” he asked.
“Always.” I sighed. “But it is too late for me. You just stood there watching when I went out on that bridge and started blabbing about the Tri-Cities being our territory to guard, when any idiot could have seen that I needed you to shove a gag in my mouth.”

Mercy is busy protecting the territory. That‘s what happens, when you kill trolls and make bold statements about protecting what is yours! Goblins, zombies, witches and black magic…

One of my favourite things about Patricia Briggs are her likeable, fun supporting characters. Zee, Tad, Uncle Mike, Wulfe, Marsilia, Sherwood and Larry are a delight.

My favourite scenes are the fight scene with the goblin in the beginning and the final fight. I am a big fan of that one creature popping up there at the end. The witches are very, very creepy.

This brings my Mercyverse re-read to its end. I started in January and read all of the full-length Mercy Thompson and Alpa & Omega novels, one prequel and a comic adaptation. I had fun and kept most of the ratings the same. Onwards to Smoke Bitten

Reading order of my chronological Mercyverse re-read:
Moon Called, ★★★★★, Mercy #1
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the same…
Alpha & Omega, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #0.5
Cry Wolf, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #1
Hunting Ground, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #2
Blood Bound, ★★★★★, Mercy #2
Iron Kissed, ★★★★★, Mercy #3
Bone Crossed, ★★★★★, Mercy #4
Silver Borne, ★★★½☆, Mercy #5,
River Marked, ★★★★☆, Mercy #6
Fair Game, ★★★★★, Alpha & Omega #3¨C27C- Frost Burned, ★★★★☆, Mercy #7¨C28C- Dead Heat, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #4¨C29C- Night Broken, ★★★★★, Mercy #8¨C30C- Fire Touched, ★★★★☆, Mercy #9¨C31C- Silence Fallen, ★★★★★, Mercy #10¨C32C- Burn Bright, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #5¨C33C- Storm Cursed, ★★★★★, Mercy #11

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:…

First read in 2019: ★★★★★

One by one,
Two by two,
The Hardesty witches
Are traveling through.
With a storm of curses,
They call from their tomes;
They will drink your blood
And dine on your bones.

A good title for this book could have been „Trouble with Witches“.

Zombies, vampires, werewolves, the fae, the mentioned witches and other critters that you have to figure out for yourself… And Mercy—“Not that clever. But I am a coyote and apparently stupid lucky.”—Thompson. I loved having so much of Zee, he has always been one of my favourite characters.

I had a lot of fun reading this! It might not have been terribly complex or twisty. But it had a cohesive plot, well-drawn characters, great action scenes, suspense, things to smile and laugh about, tension and some scary moments. Good fun, I was entertained!

Anything else would be spoilers.

Additionally I salute Patricia Briggs for ensuring that all of Zee‘s spells were worded in perfect German. They sound much better and more poetic in German, rather than in the translated English, by the way.

You wouldn‘t believe how much badly translated German can be found in English language novels. It’s terribly jarring, if you speak the language.

Water, be my friend,
come and stay by my side.
Flow, release, bind, grab,
entangle the witchcraft, catch it,
diminish the curse, decay the spell,
take it away, hear me.


#24in48: The Social Distancing Edition

No plans yet for next weekend? I do now…

Stay home.

Wash your hands.

Read books.

March 21 & 22.

And here is where you sign up:

#24in48: The Social Distancing Edition

I gave the blog my handles for Goodreads, Instagram and here — no promises, how diligent I will be with posting updates. I will try to manage 24 hours, again no promises. Last time I took part in something like this, I think I did 13 hours or so? Not sure, will have to look it up…

Anyway, this is the hashtag for it: #StayHome24in48

My GR is here:

And my Insta:
(No idea if that is the correct way of giving Instagram handles)

Oh, yes, since yesterday I am working from home, at least till the end of March. We‘ll see after that.

#StayHome24in48 #StayHome

Beauty with a bang!

The Beauty, Vol. 1The Beauty, Vol. 1 by Jeremy Haun
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story premise is unusual, something I haven‘t come across before. Crime Noir with a horror element, a possible apocalypse on the horizon. An STD turns you into a beauty, and possibly makes you self-combust. Bummer.

Conspiracy, intrigue, good cops, big business gone bad, scientists good and bad, a really nasty bad guy… a little bit of everything. And besides one pretty predictable thing at the beginning this is well plotted, believable and not boring.

For mature readers. A smart set-up with proper character development. Good sense of humour. Plenty of swearing and full nudity. Violence. Gore! Some yucky moments. And a Hollywood-worthy cliffhanger at the end. I will definitely continue. Good stuff!

Oh yes, and the artwork is good, too!

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