Current Reading – The Brindle Dragon series by Jada Fisher

The Brindle Dragon series by Jada Fisher, paperback or ebook 2018, YA fantasy

Book One: Chosen

The Blurb: Eist was born to be a dragon rider, she just knows it. When fate conspires to take her parents and leave her orphaned and injured, her future appears bleak. Unwilling to back down, she must overcome a system stacked against her. Even if she passes all the tests, there’s no guarantee she will ever fly on a dragon. Can she beat the odds and find her destiny or will she be stranded on the ground?

Chosen is the first book in the Brindle Dragon series which follows the story of a young girl and her most unusual dragon as they set out to defeat an evil they don’t even know exists.

Book Two: Awakened

The Blurb: Eist has her hands full with her truly unique dragon. With her grandfather, and mentor, out of commission, she has no choice but to embrace her training. And her destiny. But she can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is wrong. Can she figure out what before it’s too late for her grandfather?

Awakened is the second book in the Brindle Dragon series.

My Take: My reading has devolved to reading simple YA fantasy. I picked up this set for pennies and while the  writing isn’t great, it’s adequate for the story. Each book is about 150 pages, so it’s fast going. I have the whole 9 book set and am whizzing right along.

What have you been reading?

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House afire!

Yesterday afternoon we looked out the window and saw the neighbor’s house burning. The house is across the street, diagonally down from ours. Then came the sirens and fire trucks, and after awhile it was put out. Fortunately, everyone got out safely, no one was hurt, and the fire didn’t get to any of the trees on the back of the lot, nor were any other houses involved.

A scary sight, in person and up close! Barbara took these with her phone. A large part of the roof was burned, as well as much of the interior, it seems. This morning, the house is boarded up, and we’re guessing it will be uninhabitable for a long while. No idea how it started.

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A Bit of Cheer

I had set aside the book I’m reading for a moment to gaze out the window when I spotted this fellow, or one of his cousins. It’s a Song Sparrow, and it sang a sweet song. It really brightened my day! Do you have songbirds giving song this Spring?

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Monday, Monday


I’ve been feeling a lot of stress over the Covid thing, and it’s playing hell with my glucose numbers, so I’m cutting out as many carbs as possible and eating practically all protein. Still, we’re doing okay here in Portland, staying home except for our weekly trip to market during “senior hours”.

Otherwise, it’s some reading, some watching TV and a few old Morse episodes. I also find I’m doing a lot of staring out the window, and listening to mostly classical music.

A year ago, I’d just finished The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, a fantasy novel. Now, struggling through a mystery novel.

I’ve imposed a news blackout on myself, in an effort to stay sane. How are you doing? Getting any reading done?

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Reading, or not.

Freak out, man

Strange, upsetting times, and honestly, it’s getting pretty darned hard to maintain.

I usually have more than one book going at a time, unless possibly a novel and a short story anthology/collection.

But now I have five going, and it’s slow progress on each:

  • THE CASE OF CABIN 13 by Sam McCarver
  • THREE WORLDS TO CONQUER by Poul Anderson
  • A huge collection of The Thinking Machine stories by Jacques Futrelle
  • QUEEN OF THE PULPS by Laurie Powers
  • and I’m just starting TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT by Ernest Hemingway
  • Oh, and when nothing else seems to work, I’m rereading a few old graphic novels in the FABLES series.

You having trouble reading, and finishing, anything?

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a posting adjustment

For some time now, I’ve usually been posting on my current reading on Mondays, and putting up a Forgotten Book post on Fridays. But with things as they are, that’s feeling too regimented for me.

So this week I’m going to start just posting what and when as the mood strikes.

As always your comments are always very welcome!

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Computer problem solved (I hope)…

But I’m just plain frazzled. I’m reading a small mass market paperback but am only managing to read a dozen pages per day. I’ve stopped watching the daily Trump-fests called briefings.

A house that backs up to us is building a new structure, which gets larger every week and will soon be Right In Our Face. Damn.

We’re both well and staying isolated except for Tuesday grocery runs, that’s when Albertson’s has senior hours 7-9. Our bi-weekly cleaning lady is expected today, though we are cleaning a lot with disinfectant wipes and such. I’m downstairs listening to jazz (The Best of Wayne Shorter).

It’s rainy today, which I enjoy. Stay safe and healthy, everyone, and breathe clear.

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Computer probs, no current reading

We’re not sick, but the computer has a virus I can’t shake. I’d take it to the Apple store, but they’re closed. Apple support wait is 3 hours. So I’ll shut down. Email will still come in to my iPad. See you.

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FFB: The Great Merlini – The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective by Clayton Rawson

The Great Merlini, The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective by Clayton Rawson, Mystery short stories, 2012 Mysterious Press/Open Road Integrated Media ebook.

These stories were published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine over a period of twenty five years, beginning in 1946 and continuing until 1971.

The Stories:
” The Clue of the Tatooed Man” (1946)
“The Clue of the Broken Legs” (1946)
“The Clue of the Missing Motive” (1947)
“From Another World” (1948)
“Off the Face of the Earth” (1949)
“Merlini and the Lie Detector” ((1955)
“Merlini and the Vanished Diamonds” (1955)
“Merlini and the Sound Effects Murder” (1955)
“Nothing is Impossible” (1958)
“Miracles — All in a Day’s Work” (1958)
“Merlini and the Photographic Clues” (1969)
“The World’s Smallest Locked Room” (1971)

My Take:
I bought this ebook on the recommendation of Jeff Meyerson, and he didn’t steer me wrong (rarely does). I really enjoyed the stories a lot. Light, straightforward, fun, most of them are locked room, of one form or another, and those are always a lot of fun. As far as I know, this book is only available in ebook from Open Road. I didn’t mind at all, because they were so entertaining. There are several of Rawson’s novels also available, but I wish there were more stories. Unfortunately, these are all he wrote. Recommended.

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Current Reading: Deception Cove by Owen Laukanen

Deception Cove by Owen Laukeanen, Mulholland Books 2019 mystery novel.

After reading a thumbnail review of this in Mystery Scene Magazine, I got it from the library. It’s the first in a new series. Amazon shows this as the first volume of the Neah Bay Series, so I guess that’s the author’s intent.

The Blurb:

“A rescue dog, an ex-Marine, and an ex-convict are caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless gang in remote Washington state in this “first-rate thriller” (Associated Press)

Former US Marine Jess Winslow reenters civilian life a new widow, with little more to her name than a broken-down house, a medical discharge for PTSD, and a loyal dog named Lucy. The only thing she actually cares about is that dog, a black-and-white boxer mix who helps her cope with the devastating memories of her time in Afghanistan.

After fifteen years — nearly half his life — in state prison, Mason Burke owns one set of clothes, a wallet, and a photo of Lucy, the service dog he trained while behind bars. Seeking a fresh start, he sets out for Deception Cove, Washington, where the dog now lives. As soon as Mason knocks on Jess’s door, he finds himself in the middle of a standoff between the widow and the deputy county sheriff. When Jess’s late husband piloted his final “fishing” expedition, he stole and stashed a valuable package from his drug dealer associates, one of whom is the Deputy Sheriff . Now the package is gone, and the sheriff’s department has seized Jess’s dearest possession: her dog. Unless Jess turns over the package, Lucy will be destroyed.

The last thing Mason wants is to be dragged back into the criminal world. The last thing Jess wants is to trust a stranger. But neither of them can leave the dog, the only good thing in either of their lives, in danger. To rescue Lucy they’ll have to forge an uneasy alliance. And to avoid becoming collateral damage in someone else’s private war, they have to fight back — and find a way to conquer their doubts and fears.

My Take:

I liked the characters, the setting, the dog (although it plays a small role), the story. Things got a little stretched out in the middle, but the last third of the book kept me turning the pages. This is a pretty good one, and I look forward to more.

What have you been reading?

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