Tuesday Treasure Trove  July 28, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

No notes this week, really. Business as usual and just minor steps in the remaining wedding stuff. So:

Tell me something awesome that happened to you recently!

Book Review: Fool’s Quest  July 23, 2015

Fool’s Quest (The Fitz & The Fool Trilogy #2)

by Robin Hobb.

Fool's Quest First things first, if you are new to Robin Hobb’s Realms of the Elderlings books, stop reading this blog post immediately and go pick up Assassin’s Apprentice. Then make your way through the rest of the Farseer trilogy, the Liveship traders trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy, the Rain Wild Chronicles, and then the first book of this trilogy. Yes, that’s 14 books before the events of this book, and even though that’s a serious long haul of a series, I promise you it is worth it. This is, I think, my all-time favorite fantasy series, just as good at book 15 as book 1. And if you know me at all, you know it’s a Big F’in Deal for me to say that. The world building is solid and amazing, and the characters… this is just hands-down, absolute top-notch character writing. These books will give you all of the feels. You will both laugh out loud, need Kleenex, whoop, and need to set the book down momentarily because of dread. I wish I could go into some of the details, but doing so and remaining spoiler-free across 14 books is impossible. So go read so we can geek out about these, please, before I burst at the seams!

Ahem. So, back to this newest book at hand. This series sees us back in Fitz’s life in the Six Duchies, after the detour of the Rain Wild Chronicles. Book 1 saw Fitz’s quiet retirement upset by some unexpected and violent happenings. Book 2 is much more intense and action-packed, since we are already past the overview/build-up establishing his quiet life. Robin Hobb had said on Twitter while writing this that she had waited 10 years to write a certain line, and I knew exactly which one it was. You will, too, if you’re a fan of the series. It’s been a long time coming. There were tears.

This book in general is where ALL the different storylines and characters and plot points from the previous 14 books really start to converge. AND IT IS SO SATISFYING. I don’t know if I can convey how satisfying if you haven’t read all of the books. The Fool is back, as is Lady Amber and a new character called Mage Grey. Malta and Reyn, Tats and Thymara all show up. Paragon is obliquely mentioned, which made me smile. We get a look at how the Farseer royals have matured. And none of the interactions are quite what you expect, especially with a pretty major political shift that happens midway through.

This book also threw a few surprises my way. The first book I knew exactly where it was going; this one I did not, which I like. Fitz is the main narrator, but the secondary narrator from book 1 also has some page time in this book. It did end on a double-cliffhanger, but all in all it was a good place to end this book. The pacing was right, and after the emotional intensity of this one it’s probably good that the rest is deferred to book 3. Book 3 is going to be EPIC, though.

In case you can’t tell, I highly recommend this book. It officially comes out on August 11th, so get crackin’ if you’re not caught up on the series!

I give it 5/5 stars.

I received a free Advanced Reading Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Fool's Quest

Tuesday Treasure Trove  July 21, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

Well, let’s see, what’s new? Wedding stuff: Honeymoon tickets have been officially booked, woohoo! Alcohol for the wedding is also ordered and ready to go. Still working on finding a wedding band that works with my ring, but I have hope. Other news: it’s been a long quest, but we finally found a grocery store (Fiesta, for the curious) that carried empanada dough, so this past weekend we made empanadas at home with this filling. They were AWESOME. And we stocked up on the frozen dough, because it’s a bit of drive to get there from Round Rock. *empanada party*

This week is all about sorting out some work stuff (revising my design packages), hanging out with some fellow freelancers, and watching those RSVPs roll in. 😀

What’s going on in your world?

Tuesday Treasure Trove  July 14, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

Lots of quotables make for a big ol’ list for you today! Some good reading there, though.

As for here, wedding prep continues apace. We started working on our vows, and have honeymoon dates figured out. I put together our table numbers this weekend, and started a rough layout of our seating chart (to be updated as people RSVP) and program. We even went shopping for wedding bands again, and it turns out finding something that looks good with the ring Ian designed for me is trickier than we thought. But even though the wedding to-do list has been giant, I feel like it’s pretty well in hand. I’m hoping that I’m so ahead of the game on the little things (like the table numbers) that I can take it relatively easy the few days before the wedding instead of scrambling. That’s the hope, at least.

What have you been up to this past week?

Tuesday Treasure Trove  July 7, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

I’m getting over the last vestiges of a cold here, so not too much news to report. Despite it having been a holiday weekend, not much happened beyond sleeping, watching stuff on TV, reading, and more sleeping. The boy, who was supposed to get a 3-day weekend, in fact got only a 1-day weekend, so that was a bit of a bummer. It was Sienna’s birthday on the 4th, so there doggy-appropriate presents – some new toys, a cushy new dog bed in our room, and some PB&banana snacks. We watched fireworks on the TV and called it a night. Exciting, I know. :)

What did you get up to over the weekend?

Tuesday Treasure Trove  June 30, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

Interesting reading above, if not exactly full of feel-goods. But it’s ok, because I had an AWESOME weekend! Not only did I finally trade in my old, janky, breaking-down car for a completely NEW car (not just new to me, but actually brand new), I also officially hit 100 sales in my shop. !!!! Woohoo! And Ian finally asked his final groomsman to be his groomsman, which has taken way longer than it should. Plus movie night and book club with friends. All in all, pretty dang sweet weekend. And yes, I love my new car, though I’m still getting used to all the gadgets. I successfully synced the built-in garage door opener, though, so I’ll get there.

How about you? Did you have an epic weekend as well? 😀