Ahoy there me mateys! With more NetGalley rejections piling up, I had a hankering to do another one of these posts. For those scalawags new to the crew, me blog started in January 2016. It originally took several months for me to learn about NetGalley and then attempt to use it. In fact, my first review was submitted to NetGalley on April 3, 2016. Weirdly, I didn’t post a review of that book on me blog at the time. Now, of course, I am a NetGalley junkie and am continuously perusing the loot and raising a celebratory glass whenever I get approved. It hasn’t gotten old. But even this pirate Captain has been declined at times. While trying to plan me eArc readin’, I was curious about how often I had been rejected so of course a tally was needed. When I originally tallied that number was 44 but has since increased to 133. Well me scalawags, here be Part Seventeen of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later. This post be surveying rejections 81 through 85. Hope ye like it. If not sod off cause I be enjoying meself . . .
Side note: all book titles link to Goodreads and the cover photos are from there too.
81. the deep (Rivers Solomon) – It is a sad but true fact that this writer’s writing style doesn’t work for me. I didn’t get this book from NetGalley but have tried to read it and two others by the author and have finished none of them. I adore the ideas of all of the books that I have tried but I cannot seem to get into any of them. I keep willing meself to try again and finish any of them and it never works. So I may just need to give up altogether on this author’s work. I wish I loved it, really I do. But quarantined this one goes.
82. novice dragoneer (E.E. Knight) – Dragons and a beautiful cover led me to requesting this one. I was sad to be denied. I did not know that this be a series and an unfinished one at that. I am not planning on picking this one up any time soon. The series would have to be finished and all book would need to have good reviews. So far books one and two seem to be enjoyed by the crew. So quarantined for now but who knows what the future will bring. Cause beautiful dragon covers mateys! Arrrr!
83. this is how you lose the time war (Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone) – This novella won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for best novella. I wanted to love this so badly but abandoned ship instead. What be wrong with me? I do not fancy trying to read this book for the third time despite it being an award winner multiple times over. I do, however, like the stories about how this written. Here be article one and here be article two. Enjoy!
84. will my cat eat my eyeballs (Caitlin Doughty) – I have a fascination with how humanity deals with death and how Americans, in particular, avoid dealing with it. Professionally, I have dealt with wills and estates. Personally, I have had to be the person making decisions for loved ones as they left the mortal coil as it were. As I get older and have more experience with both these realms of end of life care, I become more and more interested in books dealing with the topic. This one is geared towards the children and the fact that younger people are sometimes better equipped to deal with discussing death in its messy details. The author is funny and the illustrations are excellent. That said she also has compassion and sympathy. This book is reviewed here and her other excellent one for adults here. And if ye don’t have a will, power of attorney, or advanced medical directive, then get one (no matter yer age) because I have seen the horror of what happens when ye don’t. Arrrr!
85. dead voices (Katherine Arden) – This be the second book in the Small Spaces series. This was the second book. I loved all three books so far and am looking forward to the fourth (and final) book. One of the fun things about this series is how each book takes place in a different season. It is also fascinating because the adventures of the children in each book lead to consequences, physical and emotional, in the later books. I think how the author deals with friendship and trauma are so well written. Here be me reviews for books one, two, and three. Arrr!
So out of the five rejections in this set we have:
2 ports visited and unloved
2 ports visited and loved
1 port quarantined forever
Keep a weathered-eye out for more rejections and always remember:
Q: Why did the pirate go on vacation?
A: She needed a little Arrrr and Arrrrr!
Hardy har har!
x The Captain
Previous Log Entries for this Series
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