Mercenary's Report, Misc

Nov 11- 17th

Life and Things

Well, my nutritionist visit this Monday past let me know that I’m still doing good with my weight loss, though not as well as my bathroom scales would have me believe. It’s 3 kg over. The visit did clear up a few things, though. Like, why do I crave carrots if I eat something sweet. Answer- because my body is trying to balance out the high levels of sugar with fibre to slow the sugar absorption and keep it from peaking really high.

Also, why do I hurt so much worse despite a healthier diet and mostly regular exercise? Answer- the body’s adipose stores toxins as well as fat, and I’m losing at a slow, even level, which means I’m releasing toxins back into the blood at a slow, even level. Livers process toxins. My liver doesn’t work properly. I get to look forward to this until I flush the toxins all out, and the liver begins to heal. 

But at least I know why now, so it’s easier to deal with. Drinking lots of water will help, so, incentive to reach my daily intake goal. In other fun news, my only eye has been having glaucoma pain, so I have a retina visit Monday to get it checked out.

Okay, for real fun news. I saw Thor: Ragnarok this week and it was awesome! I also went to see the Aladdin play. It was good, but I didn’t find it on par with Lion King, or Beauty and the Beast. I did get this cool plushie though 🙂


Books read, reviewed, and posted/scheduled this past week

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, 5*

Ultimate Expeditions: Rain Forest Explorer by Nancy Honovich, 5*


Favourite Read of the Week

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, 5*

‘Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. 

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.’

Read my review  


Current Read

Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan

A Goodreads Choice Award Nomination for Best Fantasy Novel of 2017

The gods have been proven mortal and new heroes will arise as the battle continues in the sequel to Age of Myth–from the author of the Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles series.

In Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched readers on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without–and bitter rivalries from within.

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid–a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan. There, an ancient adversary waits, as fearsome as it is deadly.

Yesses! I finally started it!


(Still reading Jungle Book manga, and The Rain Never Came

So… Funny story about that last… I finished what I thought was the book, but it felt so incomplete to me, like a character sketch. Turns out the file I was reading was incomplete. I have vague memories of the author contacting me about a file error. Now, I’m reading the correct file, and yeah… there’s a lot left!)


Next Up (maybe)

Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig, NG

Gauntlet Fall by Maddy Edwards, Oct 20, Xpresso

The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole, Oct 24, Independent

Your Crossroads, Your Choice by EP Apicello. ASAP

The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor  CBR

Besieged by Kevin Hearne CBR

How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci, CBR

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton. CBR

Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman

Season of Wind by Aimee Hyndman


Book Haul

Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (egalley)

‘“Dark and gripping and tense and beautiful.” —Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club and Pulitzer Prize finalist for We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves

Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics.

Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice. As Mary and Victor become increasingly attracted to each other, the Creature looks on impatiently, waiting for his bride. But where will Victor find a female body from which to create the monster’s mate?

Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her.

Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.’


The Raptor and the Wren by Chuck Wendig (egalley)

‘In the fifth book of the “wildly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) Miriam Black series, Miriam continues her journey to find answers on how to change her fate and begin to make right some of what she’s done wrong.

Armed with new knowledge that suggests a great sacrifice must be made to change her fate, Miriam continues her quest and learns that she must undo the tragedies of her past to move forward.

One such tragedy is Wren, who is now a teen caught up in a bad relationship with the forces that haunt Miriam and has become a killer, just like Miriam. Black must try to save the girl, but what’s ahead is something she thought impossible…’


Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson  (kindle)

‘In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together—and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past—even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.’

2 thoughts on “Nov 11- 17th

  1. I hope you release these toxins soon Aislynn! My liver also struggles and I have itchy patches of skin all over because of it, so I understand… Thor and Aladdin sounds like fun ♥️Good thing you caught that efile error!

    1. Ugh. Me too! Daily pain suuucckkss.

      Yea, faulty liver can cause a specific pattern of itching. I take zyrtec for it. It really helps!

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