Oct. 24th, 2014

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So, so tempted to do this with Robert. Or Elijah. But mostly Robert.
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I have now crossed Bitten off my to-read list and moved it to my read shelf. I enjoyed the book for the most part, but there were times where I wanted to throw the book across the room when Elena was whined a little too much about her human/werewolf problems.

Outlander ramblings under the cut. )

Not sure what to finish next on my currently reading or on-hold shelf. I'm tempted to finally finish The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow because I'm like maybe one chapter from completing it. That book has been in play since 2012. Yes, I'm not kidding. 2012. It's taken me that fucking long to read the damn thing and that's a shame. I usually love reading Lilith's stuff, but this book, while interesting was all over the place and glaringly put her trust issues to the forefront. That kind of smacked of my problem with Laurel K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake series. At one point I dropped it because the sex was getting in the way of the plot in my opinion. When your main character, who has tried their damnedest to be moral, gives little consideration to having sex with a near stranger? That's when you know they have a fucking problem. In this case, it's literal. But I'm digressing.

My difficulty in consistently reading The Iron Wyrm Affair was that, overall, it felt like a novel that started in the middle of series already in play and not like a first novel. It didn't read like an introduction of a new universe and explained things and I was left struggling to understand what was going on most of the time. Saintcrow would use terms without explaining them very well, not at all, or not until later. Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it's... incohesiveness will not have me rushing out to get the next book in the series as much as I'd like to be excited about the prospect. And honestly... when it's come to Steampunk-oriented novels, Gail Carriger's Alexa Terribotti, Devon Monk's Age of Steam, and even Cassandra Clares's Infernal Devices series have done a better job at explanations of such things than Lilith did and that's just disappointing when she's done such a bang up job in bringing to life her previous universes. It was like she forgot she was writing the first in a series of novels and it made for a very frustrating read.
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Have I told anyone how much I love Hark! A Vagrant and don't read it nearly enough? No? Ok, well it's true.

Ravelry is a black hole. It sucks me in with patterns, patterns, and more patterns. But, who am I kidding? Crochet has me way more interested than knitting ever did so I'm excited to find this stuff and add it to my library. I think I'm going to do this Easy Scarf pattern for most of my Christmas requests and this Eliza Scarf pattern for [insanejournal.com profile] themplusme. Speaking of which, I've made her two cute cozies for her Kindle Paperwhite! They aren't 100% done yet, though. I just need to find appropriate buttons and make the fastening straps for them:

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