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Martha Wells

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I've been sick for the past few days, but I think I'm finally getting over it. Stuffed nose, stuffed ears, sore throat, coughing up lungs, but no fever, so I don't think it was flu. Anyway, it's finally better.

For people who like audiobooks, John O'Neill of Black Gate Magazine posted a review of Dark Adventure Radio: The Shadow Over Innsmouth But it’s the audio drama itself that’s the real draw, and it is marvelous. The source material – a period mystery that begins as a tightly plotted detective story narrated by a highly observant and articulate student to his FBI contact, and ends as a tale of eldritch horror — is splendid, of course. But the adaptation, by Sean Branney with Andrew Lemon, voice acting (particularly Matt Foyer as Robert Olmstead) and the sound effects, are all top-notch.

I've been reading Quatrain and Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn and really enjoying them. Quatrain is a collection of four novellas, each set in a different world from her earlier books, and it's a great place to figure out which series/book of hers you want to start reading. She writes very strong romantic relationship stories set in very cool fantasy or science fiction worlds.

One of her newest is a YA fantasy Gateway As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring—and tells her that "black jade" translates to "Daiyu"—she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it's more than that; it's magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand...

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Sorry you've been under the weather. It seems like it's just that time of year...

Thanks. :) Yeah, almost everybody I know has been sick at least part of the last two weeks, or is getting sick now. It doesn't help that a lot of people went to cons in the last two weeks, which are such excellent places to pick up colds.

Ah, so there is some advantage to being boring and staying home...

The problem with Sharon Shinn books is that there aren't more of them! I read Quatrain and Gateway both last year when they came out (okay, I got Gateway at ArmadilloCon from her as a gift, so I read it before it came out). I especially liked Blood, and I'd love to see her return to that world and that story (no clue if she's planning to).

In the meantime, sorry you teh crud, and I hope you're able to shake it sooner, rather than later.

I just started reading her, so I have a lot to look forward to. :) I think I'm going to start the Samaria Angels series next.

And thanks :)

You are in a lucky place indeed. Enjoy!

And doh, I left a verb out of my original reply (I hate when I do that). But you were able to infer, I can tell. :-)

I loved those angel books.

I'm pretty sure I heard Sharon read part of that at the last ArmadilloCon. Very cool stuff.

I hope you're feeling better. I've had similar stuff off and on for the last few weeks and concluded it was allergies. Doesn't make it less miserable.

Yeah, it's hard to tell if its sinus or a cold or both. If the weather would ever calm down, it would be easier. :)

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Thanks :) And yes, she really does!

Ugh, sick is no fun; hope you get all better very soon now.

Gateway sounds great.

Thanks :) I'm better today, so hopefully this is the end of it.

I'm glad you're feeling better, and I hope you recover completely soon!

Get healthy soon! I can recommend fruit tea and peppermint tea with a big dollop of honey (I drink these in 500 ml mugs) and a hot water bottle at my feet. And Japanese mint oil on the back of my neck and on my chest.

This year I actually managed not to have a cold right now - but I had a cold two weeks ago, so I guess I'm due for not having one.

I love Sharon Shinn's Twelve House series, but though I've read them all, I don't like the Samaria books so much (probably because they're a bit more scifi and the romances are not so believable, and they're darker in tone). I adored Summers at Castle Auburn, though.

We've been having these huge weather fronts that move in and out in less than a day. It's giving my sinuses a workout they didn't need.

I haven't tried the Twelve Houses series yet, but I liked Summers at Castle Auburn a huge amount.

I think you gave it to me. Have head full of ick.

I think you gave it to me. Have head full of ick. How long before it goes away?

I had mine off and on for about five days. Hopefully it goes away soon!

Hope you feel better soon. Take care. This stuff feels awful. Drink lots of liquids, rest. Be well. Miss you.

Thanks; I hope you feel better soon too. And I miss you too!

Ugh, sorry you haven't been feeling well. Glad you're better, though!

Sharon Shinn's books sound really interesting! Thanks for sharing the recommendation!

Thanks! I'm hoping by tomorrow I can shake it completely.

I think you'd like her books. I'd especially recommend Summers at Castle Auburn.

Hope you get over the bug soon!

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