Wyvernfriend Reads

I read a lot of books, I like fantasy, romance and some non-fiction

I work as a librarian, I'm an avid knitter. I collect Dragons, fountain pens, notebooks and filofaxes. And Yarn, lots and lots of yarn.
The Jennifer Morgue - Charles Stross

It did keep me engaged but I wasn't really into it. The James Bond subtext was fun, particularly as we saw the Lazenby Bond over the weekend. When Bob Howard goes to a conference in Germany (and I laughed my way through his experiences with the Smart Car on the Autobahn) he's on the beginning of an adventure that will link him to a beautiful assassin and will require a lot of acceptance on his part.

Enjoyable but not really my cup of tea. Eldritch horrors from the deep really aren't my thing.

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting - Anne Trubek

I was enjoying this until I hit p.50 "The most beautiful of these hands may well be Insular, developed in Ireland by Saint Patrick, who had learned half-uncial in Europe and brought it to Ireland in the latter half of the fifth century." the small postits came out and there's a "citation please" note on it. Because, even though she annotates almost everything else this one came out of nowhere.  Having studied Early Irish Script in college this is unfounded.  Patrick brought Christianity and Latin to Ireland and from that came the Insular script; Irish scribes are also supposed to have introduced spaces and some of the common abbreviations.  Plus, while the Book of Kells is in Insular Script and resides in Ireland, common scholarship attributes it to somewhere in Scotland.

 

So after this I took a lot of what she said with a grain of salt. It misses the modern calligraphy revival, the proliferation of calligraphy on Pinterest, the use of pseudo calligraphy in a lot of places and the new discoveries about things like journalling by hand, like Bullet Journals and the resurgence in fountain pens.  It's an interesting read but lacks a certain amount of true depth.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much - Amanda Quick

Romance fell flat for me but the mystery kept me reading, secondary mystery also fell somewhat flat and was resolved very quickly at the end, almost as an afterthought.

— feeling horror
Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

This is horrific, the exploitation, the murders for profit and the terrible, horrible, attitude to Native Americans...

 

I was both speechless and wanting to talk to everyone about it. 

 

In the late 19th and early 20th Century the Osage Indians had oil under the reservation and that meant money, lots of money. Overlay that with an attitude that said that the Osage (and most Native Americans) were little more than children, don't regulate the situation and you create a situation where greed will cause problems.  This situation lead to the death of several people and the main story in this followed one family. One family whose deaths broke the silence about the situation and ended with just one person left alive, her husband and a relative of his in jail for murder and a community shattered.  Along with the beginning of the FBI as it is now this is an interesting argument for oversight by third parties of vulnerable people, of how power can corrupt and about how equality has to be for everyone.

Quicksilver - R.J. Anderson

Interesting main character but it took me a good while to get into the story.

Compromising the Duke's Daughter - Mary Brendan

I kept reading this expecting for the compromise to happen, it kept happening and then she kept getting away with it, it felt a little lost under the title and an awful lot of angst and then it was all resolved within a few pages.

Stranger of Tempest - Tom Lloyd

felt a lot like a first novel, too many characters viewpoints for my liking, Lynx's PTSD was well dealt with.  Please no more worlds with great god battle and dead god bodies for a while...

Fortune's Pawn: Book 1 of Paradox - Rachel Bach

Ooh that ending, this is SF with a sprinkle of fantasy, reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley and some earlier SF writers. Devi Morris is a mercenary with plans and training and now she wants more training and to find it she joins The Glorious Fool, where she might be able to get herself ahead quicker, that or dead. Many secrets and lies and I really enjoyed the read.

The Naked Swiss: The Nation Behind 10 Myths - Clare O'Dea

Clare O'Dea is well poised to write about living in Switzerland, an Irish woman who married a Swiss man who has learned how things work in this country and how, sometimes, democracy isn't fair or just.

 

She likes living there but acknowledges the flaws and issues with some of the past, neutrality, Nazis and sexism are explored and the country sounds like somewhere I wouldn't mind visiting but I'm not sure if I'd like to live there.

Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues - Emily Brightwell

Mrs Jeffries leads the man she housekeeps for to the truth of a murder. Lots of coincidences but interesting.

Oops, sounds like me.
Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:
"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read."

—Lemony Snicket

The Godless (The Children Trilogy) - Ben Peek

very meh, didn't really care about what was going on and probably too many characters with similar names, didn't really engage me. Plus I've read a few too many books with dying gods recently.

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 336 pages.

The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation - Ian Mortimer

Oh man, this is so smug, "Other writers have been so simpleminded and wrong about how this is approached, let me show you how I have been better and done proper research" I can only read so much before I want to yell at the author "Just the facts"!

Saint's Blood (The Greatcoats) - Sebastien de Castell

Falcio, Kest and Brasti are investigating what or who is killing Saints, Part of it seems to be an attempt to keep Aline from ruling. Falcio has no idea who, but he's determined to find out, even if it means sacrificing himself and many of the people around him, he's going to stand up for what he believes in and a world he wants to see.

 

The banter is mostly what keeps me reading. The characters have known each other so long and are so used to each others foibles that they work as a team but not without grousing and slagging each other off. I like it and enjoy them.

A Death-Struck Year - Makiia Lucier

The Spanish Flu outbreaks and Cleo Berry is in a boarding school temporarily, while her brother and his wife enjoy a trip away.  She's an orphan.  When the flu breaks out she decides to go home and then feels compelled to try to help, so she finds herself in a hospital, finds that it is truly terrible devastation that is happening with people, so many deaths and many of them start to be people she starts to know, it fells people so quickly.

 

It wasn't bad but I felt I wanted to know Cleo better. It needed more for me to be happier with it. It was an interesting look into that period and the complex issues. 

The Winter Witch - Paula Brackston

This story of a mute (by choice) woman, Morgana, who has powers she doesn't understand, who marries a widowed drover, Cai Jenkins, and finds space for herself in the relationship, but very little space in the village he lives in. There are forces at work here and it will take all her power to keep alive and to keep Cai alive.

 

I enjoyed the read, the characters were interesting but the villains were a little thin.

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