Archive Spotlight (1) / Chitchat (12) / Currently Reading (4)

Archive Spotlight (1)

Both Memory and Fyrefly have been doing sort of “retro review” posts and I find that HIGHLY inspiring. As in, I wanna do it, too! My older reviews occassionally get a bit of love (mostly from Google searches) and it might be interesting to drag forth my early reviewing efforts into the spotlight. Especially now that I’ve been blogging for four years! I’m planning on doing one of these every week or so.1

Let’s start with my very first review: The Time of Feasting by Mick Farren, originally posted November 10, 2008.

If The Time of Feasting was2 a movie, it’d be somewhere in the B range. Luckily, I happen to love B movies, so I had a lot of fun reading this. There’s a ton of interesting little details and action stuffed into it, so it moves fast and kept my interest ’til the end. The characters were entertaining (especially the creepy incestuous sisters, one tall and bald and the other like a demonic Shirley Temple), and the history of the nosferatu was interesting and different from other vampire books that I’ve read. Okay, I haven’t read a lot of them but certain details threw me for a loop. (Gotta avoid those spoilers!) Besides the vampires, there’s voodoo priests, fabulous descriptions of the mid-1990′s social scene,and, of course, NYC. I love NYC. I’ve never been, but I love the whole idea of it.

Read the rest of the review!

Chitchat (12)

Okay, so basically I’d forgotten all about Feedburner and if you’re reading this it’s probably still working. Yes? I’ve been trying to find alternatives to Feedburner that are a) free and b) somewhat nicer than “none” but so far all I’ve found is the built-in one that comes with any self-hosted blog. Anyone know of any plugins that’ll give me some RSS stats, or am I screwed?

On the one hand, I’ll never have to worry about how many subscribers I have again. On the other hand, it’s nice to know that sort of thing so I can include it in my stats info and stuff. Argh.

If you’re worried about not getting posts from my blog, please do resubscribe to my direct RSS feed here.

In happier news, the Book Blogger Holiday Card Exchange lives on under a new management. Judith of Leeswammes’ Blog and Courtney of Stiletto Storytime have taken over running the exchange for me, and I just know they’re going to do an awesome job. If you liked doing the exchange the previous two years and want to do it again, please go check out the info post at Judith’s blog! Yay!

Right now I’m working on catching up with my reviews (nearly there!) and reorganizing bits of my blog. I’m also sniffing around for news of any interesting reading challenges going on in 2013; I think participating in challenges will a) motivate me to keep reading instead of, idk, staring at the walls and b) help reconnect me to the community. Plus I haven’t actually DONE a reading challenge in, like, two years? So this should be really fun. Have any of you signed up for any 2013 challenges yet?

Currently Reading (4)

Poisoned Pen Press has been giving away lots of their books over the past few months, and one of those books was Corridors of Death by Ruth Dudley Edwards (now only $0.99 which is a VERY good deal, imo). I’m only about 10 pages into it and can’t really say anything about it except that I’m liking it so far. Here’s a description of the book from the publisher’s site if you’re interested in learning more:

Battered to death with a piece of abstract sculpture titled ‘Reconciliation,’ Whitehall departmental head Sir Nicholas Clark is claimed by his colleagues to have been a fine and respected public servant cut off in his prime. Bewildered by the labyrinthine bureaucracy of Whitehall, Scotland Yard’s Super-intendent Jim Milton recognizes a potential ally in Clark’s young Private Secretary, Robert Amiss.

Milton soon learns from Amiss how Whitehall works: that it can be Machiavellian and potentially homicidal, that Sir Nicholas was obnoxious and widely loathed, that he had spent the weeks before his murder upsetting and antagonizing family and associates, and that his last morning on earth had been spent gleefully observing the success of his plan to embarrass his minister and his department publicly. And they still need to discover who wielded the blunt instrument.

This is the first of Ruth Dudley Edwards’ witty, iconoclastic but warm-hearted satires about the British Establishment.

What’re you reading this week?

Footnotes

  1. although probably not on the same day as the chitchat/currently reading post, because WOAH is this post title long.
  2. oh god, should this be “were?” It should be, shouldn’t it. THIS IS FOUR YEARS OLD and nobody ever told me! EEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee
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5 Comments

  1. Yay! I’m excited that you’re almost caught up with reviews. I miss seeing you in my reader.

    How’s the job search going? (Isn’t your temp job ending soon?)

  2. I thought the rereviews was a great idea, too. I’m reposting reviews from my other blogs, though.

    If you want stats, your free option is Google Analytics. Otherwise you’ll need to pay for an RSS service. Mail Chimp will send out sub by mail for free up to 2k posts/month.

  3. Hahahaha, demonic Shirley Temple should be a real thing. Someone should do that SNL skit.

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