The Curse of Chalion

61886Title: The Curse of Chalion
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Genre: Fantasy, epic fantasy, political fantasy

Opening sentence:

Cazaril heard the mounted horsemen on the road before he saw them.

I picked this up because I had just finished reading Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen and was reminded just how much I adore fantasy that is all about politics. Not the politics of our world (though I like that as well) but the political games of second world fantasy. I like intrigue, spycraft and political maneuvering in my fiction. There is a reason why West Wing and Spooks are among my favourite tv-series. The Curse of Chalion had turned up in my recommendations when I based them on Trickster’s Queen. It had really good reviews from a stack of authors whom I respect so I thought, why not give it a go.

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What have I read in 2015

17a7c95b65337aafabfabb69c477becaI don’t know about you, but I like stats! Especially reading stats, so once again I decided to keep a close eye on what I am reading this year. At the end of the year I will review what I have read and compare that to my reading goals for this year.

My goals are: 50 novels, 100 short stories, all the Hugo nominated novels and 2 classic works of fantasy or science fiction.

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The Thief

7030046Title: The Thief
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: Fantasy

Opening sentence:

I did not know how long I had been in the king’s prison.

This book has been sitting in my to-read list for five years, ever since I came to goodreads, and I didn’t read it till this week. It was one of the books that Tamora Pierce had rated highly. Lately it kept coming up in my recommendations, so being out of book, I thought, what the hell I will go pick up the preview on kindle. So I read that and after half of it I bought the book and I just kept reading. Continue reading The Thief

Stories by T. Kingfisher

22877105Today and yesterday I read no less than three stories by T. Kingfisher aka Ursula Vernon who wrote Jackalope Wives. I started by reading The Dryad’s Shoe in Women Destroy Fantasy and loved it. I of course had to search out other works by her and it turned out that she wrote the novella Nine Goblins, which I discovered. I liked that one enough to keep going and read the first story of Toad Words and Other Stories, Toad Words, right away. I thought I would put my reviews of all her stories I read this week in the same post, or it will become a bit messy – I think.

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Pizza Dough

IMG_20150102_182406After trying a stack of different doughs for pizza I have settled on using one that I got from one of my friend. The edges crisp up, the bottom of the pizza is crispy rather than doughy and it taste good – and bonus the topping does not drop though the pizza! Now that is good pizza dough.

Sorry for the bad picture, I keep forgetting to take one in the kitchen because I just want to eat the darn thing.

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100 Short Stories in 2015

Because of my enjoyment of last year’s challenge 100 Short Stories in 2014 I decided to do the same challenge this year. Learning from last year I decided to set up the stats post right away, so I don’t have to go back halfway through the year and catalog 50 stories. This is one of those post that is mostly for my own amusement, but if you want to take a look, you are very welcome. I will link to my reviews of the stories so hopefully it can serve as an inspiration list as well.


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