The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-19-21

Do I start with cat news and pictures or end with the cat news and pictures? Decisions, decisions…

If you missed the story about Jorts, the not terribly bright orange cat, it’s here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/jorts-the-cat-unraveling-the-wild-saga-of-the-internets-kitty-du-jour/ and was pretty much all over the interwebs for a day. Jorts is adorable. And kinda dumb. But adorable.

George is also an adorable ginger cat. He’s also smarter than we thought. Or possibly hoped. A while back I posted this picture of the shoe cabinet we had to buy because George EATS shoelaces. Not just plays with them, but actually consumes them. Which has a bit too much potential for making a mess of his kitty insides. Kind of like the vet visit that resulted from buttering Jorts in the above story.

There were more than a few people who were on Team George after this picture, certain he would get the better of the cabinet, or us, or both at some point. He has. Friday Galen discovered that George had eaten his shoelaces while he was actually WEARING the shoes. He only discovered his shoelaces were just GONE when he went to tighten his suddenly loose shoes only to learn that there was nothing left to tighten them WITH.

I shelve my shoes among my books. So far, George hasn’t discovered them. At least not YET.

The Hugo Award winners were announced last night in a ceremony at the 79th annual WorldCon, DisCon III, in Washington D.C. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells won both the Best Series Hugo and the Best Novel Award for the latest entry in the series, Network Effect. If you have not met Murderbot, you are in for a treat. The Best Novella winner was the marvelous The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (technically not a Hugo) went to the absolute awesomesauce A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. For the full list of winners, check this link: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2021/12/2021-hugo-awards-announced/

One last bit before the usual recap and prognostication part of the Sunday Post. I normally post a “Best of the Year” list and a “Most Anticipated for Next Year” list. And I will be this year, but I’m holding off until just before the New Year in order to participation in an event hosted by KimberleyFaye Reads, Top 10 of 2021.  I may include the December 25 and December 26 topics as part of my Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post next weekend, but I’m all in for the December 30: Best of the Best and December 31: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2022 events. Hope to see you there and then!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dashing December Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Boundaries edited by Mercedes Lackey
A Review: Cyber Mage by Saad Z. Hossain
B+ Review: The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman
Dashing December Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Overlord by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (475)

Coming This Week:

The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman (review)
Ghost of the Bamboo Road by Susan Spann (review)
Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood (review)
Velocity of Revolution by Marshall Ryan Maresca (review)
The Last Daughter of York by Nicola Cornick (review)

2 thoughts on “The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-19-21

  1. The buttered Jorts story had me in stitches this week. My late ginger was definitely more Jorts than George on the intelligence scale (but I never tried to train–or butter–him since he was perfect just as he was).

    Next week’s lineup looks amazing. Especially eager for your Spann and Cornick reviews. (Really wish Spann’s books were available on audio since that’s increasingly my preferred format.)

    1. I think it was the HR response to the whole Jorts incident that had me ROFLOL. I’ve had two gingers before George. J.C. was too smart for everyone’s own good and Erasmus was absolutely dumber than a box of rocks. Really sweet, but very, very dim.
      I know what you mean about the Spann. I loved this series but missed this book completely. The one after it is up on Edelweiss so I’m hoping for an eARC. And the Cornick, well, I got hooked on that historical mystery after reading Tey’s Daughter of Time, so I’m really, really curious.
      Have a great week!
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