Friday Reads ~ in which it is all InCryptid, all the time

Yup. Still on the InCryptid series.

In fact, that’s ALL I have read this week. I have read all of the early short stories I can get my hands on (I haven’t yet gotten a copy of the anthologies holding a couple of the stories) and have moved on toward the “present day”, though I’m not quite there yet. And I’m still working on the third novel at the same time (which makes things occasionally slightly confusing, but not too bad). But. I haven’t listened to my audio book all week, nor have I read anything else.

I still blame the mice.


I have read a lot of InCryptid short stories. Pretty much all of the ones featuring Jonathan and Fran, and Alice and Thomas, except the couple which were published in anthologies instead of online. The official list (and download links!) can be found here: InCryptid Short Stories


I still have The Seventh Bride and Paid In Gold And Blood technically in my “currently reading” list, though they have been set aside in favor of the InCryptid series.

What I’m actively reading at the moment is Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid novel #3) and “Blocked,” a short story featuring Antimony Price (the youngest of the siblings). “Blocked” happens before “Bad Dream Girl,” which is in the Glitter and Mayhem anthology and I’ve already read.


Well, while I’m not done with the InCryptid series yet, I do want a little break from it or I’ll devour the whole thing and then be sad because it’s over. So my next paper book will be the next “Cat Who” book. That’s The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern.

As to the rest, I’m still leaning toward Astrophysics for People in a Hurry for my next audio book. However, I might start that one before I finish with The Seventh Bride, depending on how much I need a non-fiction break.


Friday Reads ~ in which the mice derail everything

Mice, you say? Well, I don’t mean mice invading my house (although that would derail things if that happened, too). I mean Seanan McGuire’s Aeslin Mice, which sound like amazingly cute and enjoyable characters. Even if a bit annoying.

Anyway, back when I read Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1) I really enjoyed it. But after I was done, I was able to put the series down and move on to something else. I did buy Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) so that I could read it when I was ready, but it took me a while to get ready. And when I did, the mice took over. Yes, if they were living in my house I would probably find them a bit annoying as well as cute. But since they’re not, I WANT SOME. I mean, sure, I like Verity and Dominic and Sarah and the other human/oid characters. BUT THOSE MICE, Y’ALL.

Yeah. I blame the mice that my reading this week has not gone at all as I planned last week.


I finished Midnight Blue-Light Special. I loved it. Devoured the book in a handful of sittings, and wanted more. (See below on that.) I’m not going into a full review here because of potential spoilers, but suffice to say it’s good.


I am reading Seanan McGuire’s Half-Off Ragnarok, InCryptid #3. This is a really fun series, and I’m glad there are several books already published and waiting for me so that I don’t have to wait for them. Ms. McGuire writes fast, but still. I read faster.  😉

I am also reading a bunch of InCryptid short stories. (And it’s all the mice’s fault.) Remember how hard it can be for me to remember that I have books and short stories on my e-reader? Well, it seems that all goes out the window when there are cute mice involved. Because I am remembering to read these! I’m going to lump them all in as one, though, since I can consider them a short story anthology that way. The only difficulty with that is I want to read them without spoiling the main series, so since some of the shorts come after the later books I can’t read them all yet.

Which means that while Paid in Gold and Blood (by Lazette Gifford) is still in progress, it’s not getting much love at the moment. Nothing against the story or its author. They just can’t compete with the prospect of Aeslin Mice.

And I’m still listening to The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher. I can’t help but feel that the narration isn’t helping on this one. I mean, the narrator is doing a good job of portraying a 15-year-old miller’s daughter. But that makes it difficult to believe her portrayal of the much older lord who the girl is supposed to marry. Bridging that big an age gap is hard for narrators, and very few do it really well. Still, the story is interesting, and there is a (probably magical) hedgehog. So it’s got that going for it.


Probably more of the InCryptid series. I don’t own any other books in the series yet, but that can be easily remedied.

On the other hand, I do own several other books which have been interesting me, so you never know. Something else might derail these plans, and I’ll end up on a completely new tangent next week.

Audio-wise, I’m still pretty sure Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will be next. I kinda want something a bit opposite of what I’ve been listening to lately.