Cat of the Century

Cat of the Century (Mrs. Murphy, #18)Cat of the Century by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown 

The blue looking part of this cover is actually purple. I love the way Purple and green look together. Plus that silhouette of a cat at the top could be my black cat, it would just need a pink nose.

I forget how many books in this mystery series I’ve read so far. I know I started reading them because mom had read one of them (I think the first but not sure) and she said the animals ‘talked’.

Not to the people silly! They talk to eat other and I love how that sass each other. They ‘help’ solve the crime or try to at least get the humans to pay attention.

In this, there’s a big centennial celebration for one of Willams Woods University’s Alum. During which when everyone has shown up.  Mariah, one of the board members has not shown, Tucker smells something in the manure pile (not a joke on that one). Continue reading


Book Bind- Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey

See the source imageDragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey

Volume 1 of the  Dragonriders of Pern


Original copyright 1969

The ‘Dragondex’ in the back came in 1978.

(Thank goodness for finding that, I just wish it were in the front of the book)

There are still a few terms I’m still trying to figure out and the same goes for who some of the named Riders are and what dragon breed (and its name) they ride.

The dragon riders are supposed to, from my understanding uphold traditions in the land. I guess sort of like religious cops. They also protect Pern from ‘Threads’ these come every so often when the ‘red star passes’  (no it’s not the sun) these things if they are not seared in the air, they burrow in the ground, multiply and destroy the land.

There are 4 or 5 holds and one person has conquered and owns them all and that is against traditions. (I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a religious thing or what. I do like each chapter has a short poem (instead of a number or a title) this one should basically be on the back where the plot goes.

By the Golden Egg of Faranth

by the Weyrwomen, wise and true,

Breed a flight of bronze and brown wings,

Breeds a Flight of Green and Blue.

Breed rider, strong and daring,

Dragon-loving, born as hatched

Flight of hundreds soaring skyward,

Man and Dragon fully matched

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Book Bind – Demons are a Ghoul’s Best Friend

1284050A Ghost Hunter Mystery by Victoria Laurie

When Northelm Boarding school in the Lake Placid area of upstate NY is going under renovations, the spirit (or as the book says demon) of Hatchet Jack shows up to terrorize the school. When one of those children is M.J.’s Best Friend Karen’s niece, Karen hires the team to get to the bottom of things, even with the  Dean being uncooperative.

Mj is a medium who’s ghost hunting ‘scooby gang’  is made up of

Gilley Gillespie  (which I think is a gay or bi character which I think is cool. As I think this is the first book I’ve come across with that sort of character, well human one anyway) and

Doctor Stephen Sable or Dr. Delicious as MJ calls him. He’s from Argentina who is their investor and likes MJ. English is the Doctor’s 5th language and still does not have a proper hold on it, he says the wrong phrases which could get him in trouble or end up being comedic for instance saying ‘Frosting’ for frisking.

Karen – is MJ’s best friend  who hires the gang to investigate

Hatchet Jack- The Ghost they are Hunting at Karen’s niece’s school.  Which I’m thinking is just a malevolent spirit NOT a demon. (People have a bad habit of confusing the 2 or are just ignorant that they are different. Demons were NEVER human)

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2017 Avatar Awards

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WELCOME to the show!

First-time viewer? You won’t find your snooty critics’ choice here and will more likely find some of those “underrated” on here where they are not, or at least we do try.

Due to some technical difficulties, this year We are doing an abbreviated show.


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2017 Reading Challenge-Got some serious reading to do

Ready Player One

Plum Spooky    by Janet Evanovich

The World of Vikings    (TV series Coffee table book)

My Favorite thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Is your House Haunted

Hot Six

The Witch of Black Bird Pond

Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana by Jacob M. Appel

Strange but True VAMPIRES from beyond the Grave by Rowan  Wilson

Dog Gone, Back soon-Nick Trout

Fear  of Frying by Jill Churchill

How to get a date with a Vampire by Kiki Olsen

L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone, #12) by Sue GraftonL is for Lawless by Sue Grafton

War & Peas by Jill Churchill

Lover Avenged – J.R. Ward

 Addition by Toni Jordan

Goosebumps Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine

I read this one in a day and I read it just for that reason. Also If I catch the Goosebumps show on I still watch it. So sometimes its just nice to read a short book and I think I’ve heard of this story before. The kid finds an instant camera in an old house that takes photos of what will happen instead of what you are actually photographing. being it was just a bit over 100 pages I thought I’d cheat a bit and get another book finished for my Goodreads challenge (I think I have like 20 books to read and I have only read oops Only 10 and I’ve got 25 that was my target to finish)




My favorite thing is monsters by Emil Ferris

It’s supposed to be My Favorite Thing Is Monstersa graphic novel, but none like I’ve ever seen before!  I have the Crow Graphic novel, I’ve read Nikki Sixx’s autobiography (which I had said looks like one but it was better than that) This is like a hybrid of journal and Graphic Novel, though ‘Graphic’ I would consider being more art than just comic strips like some of these ‘Graphic Novels’ are.

I treated myself fr Halloween with some birthday money found from years past (when I hide something, I really hide it!) it’s an ongoing story but at the same time there are in a sense individual stories, which is accompanied by magazine/comic book style cover art.  There’s a mystery that starts in the first story and I am hoping will be solved by the end.

The girl that is drawing this journal is a werewolf . Here brother taught her how to draw before she was even walking. I love the work that went into this and would most definitely if any way would love to meet the artist.

I will have to make a video to look through there’s so much I can’t do a traditional review of this. I am enjoying it so far and am only reading 1 or 2 of the stories each night .


I guess the image on the left is an early cover for Volume 1 as this is the one you see the most. I also advise if you are interested in reading this book, get it from amazon as it’s the cheapest there. Here’s an image search  so you can see some of the art and such.(Barnes and Noble is still selling it for cover price and the book came out I think February of 2017…

keep in mind Volume 2 out October 27 2017. So usually stores have a sale which hooks consumers  buying the older one at half (price) and while they are there or maybe after buying that they’ll buy the new book at regular price. Even one of the stores Goodreads has listed called ‘Half Price’ or something like that SO do not even have it at half price! They are still selling it for the highest if at all maybe just a couple dollars less than cover price.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 2

Volume 2 ‘s cover is a bit funny looking. There’s a werewolf (Karen) on the cover which looks like its wearing a kilt.


or better yet SAVE BIG and get both at the same time! 



The World of Vikings (Book Bind)

The Coffee Table Book of the Vikings TV series

I had been coveting this book on Amazon for a  year or so, hoping someone would buy it as a gift. As it’s a hardcover and buying it new I sort of don’t blame them for not getting me a copy, but I wouldn’t have minded a used one. I bought mine used …I think (with birthday money)  and so it only cost me $7 plus whatever shipping. (A big difference from the 30-50 dollar price for a new one and it was still like new anyway  (thankfully).

The book is full of full color glossy pages, with many pictures. Many of the characters are covered as well as places, set pieces, and other areas pertaining to the show up to the end of season 3 actually I think even some of the first half of season 4 is included.

I have been slowly reading it between books, or while I’m reading another book for a break. It seems to finish off with what was covered up to the end of the first half of season 4. (as aside from Bjorn, the Sons of Ragnar are not included so I hope there will be a 2nd book maybe when the series concludes.

Order via Amazon

The contents

Would be best for me to list some rather than just using the sort of blurry photo of it.

Part 1 Scandinavia,

Viking Scandinavia, Chapters 1-7 which consist of Home, Family,People, Gods, Legends the law and the Sea with their own topics under each.  The stories of each character, designing the village and Dressing Ragnar are other samples of things this book covers.

part 2  England- chapters 8-10 Christian England, Christians, Kings, Rivals and finally part 3- Frankia who has the last 2 chapters.  Creator and writer of Vikings Michael Hirst wrote the Forward and afterword

(if you would like me to detail the contents a little more drop me a line)

There’s also a section of sources if you’d like to read the sags, myths and legends yourself. After all the show is part history part fiction. So Hirst did take some creative liberties like making Ragnar and Rollo brothers. I watched a Youtube video that said the sons on the show are not really in the order of the historical figures being born (one in which Ivar is the first born of Aslug)

In the Forward and I do quote… Creator Michael Hirst Explains

“The First thing I need to say about my own work on the vikings is that it is a drama and not a documentary. The second, and equally important, thing to note is that drama is based on historical research and historical record. These two ideas are not, as some might think, contradictory.

Long before I start to write, I spend weeks, even months, rummaging about in account of Viking life, society, and culture, teasing out story lines and watching as various characters eging to emerge from the material and claim my attention. In this process I’m helped by our historical adviser, Justin Pollard, an expert on the Dark Ages. Justin carefully guides me though the labyrinth of Vikings myth, legend and historical account so that I know my narrative is as credible and as authentic as I can make it.


There are some seriously epic pictures in here as well (I took mine with my kindle as its easier to upload them)

They explain the Blood Eagle with a short interview with ‘Jarl Borg’ and the director of the season 2 episode 7 titled Blood Eagle  as well as the Director of Photography.  Designing the boats, there’s a section on the different tongues of the series and ‘swearing’ in old Norse. Which is more insults than what one would consider swearing. For instance some sound more like someone was playing with a Shakespearean insults kit…. just a lot less poetic, and sounds more childish.

“You have ugly sticking-out teeth, bug eyes and a wide mouth”

I hope they will make another book when the series ends (or after another 3-4 seasons) this way then I’ll have Ragnar’s sons stories as well. Which as much as I love Travis Fimmel and absolutely dreaded the death of Ragnar (which was originally going to be the end of season 1) The sons especially Ivar and Ubbe , have made the loss of Travis on the show much less.

This is a great look into the Tv series for any fan. As I re-read this to add any other comments I’m thinking they didn’t mention anything on Hedmund played by Kevin Durand, and am now looking through the book to see if my hunch is correct (I’ve looked through it a bunch of times before I even started to read it, so I don’t think I can even call it a hunch that it’s not in there.) Nope No Kevin Durand. Yes his character was a minor one, which had an impact on Sigurd as well as Aslug and the women of Kattegat

Oh I left off to read on Jarl Borg and the Blood Eagle. I don’t know about how other ‘coffee table’ books are but the way this one is written I don’t think you have to read more than a page or 2 plus you have the beautiful photography to break things up besides the character spotlight and behind the scenes explanations.

I’m wondering if I should do a video flip through of the book to add to this post; now that I have a laptop.


If this book doesn’t interest you as a fan of the show… Rollo says you are Berserk!