Friday, September 5, 2014

A peak into Nine Goblins

OMG - It's Friday!  Where did Thursday go? Or Wednesday? I would try to get a grip on this week but apparently I have already missed it. Good grief.

So for Book Beginnings on Friday, hosted by Rose City Reader I guess I will fangirl up the novella Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon). It may be short but it is totally awesome.

It was gruel again for breakfast.

It had been gruel for dinner the night before, and it would be gruel sandwiches for lunch, a dish only possible with goblin gruel, which was burnt solid and could be trusted not to ooze off the bread. It usually had unidentifiable lumps of something in it. Sometimes the lumps had legs.

For The Friday 56 hosted at Freda's Voice something from the 56% mark of Nine Goblins

Many people like animals in the abstract. Sings-to-Trees liked them in the way saints like lepers. He lived with them, he treated them, he patched them up and fed them and sent them on their way. In return, they kicked him and bled on him and oozed on him and had offspring in the middle of his bed, which was admittedly something that saints have rarely had to worry about from lepers. 

Ah - I usually post a nonfiction work too but, um, as you might have already guessed this week has been a bit of a train wreck for me. So instead have this amazing photo of the ongoing eruption in Iceland (the problem here is scale - this is BIG).

Bárðarbungu- Iceland Geological Survey

On 27 August an overflight showed a 4 to 6 km-long row of cauldrons 10-15 m in diameter south of Bárdarbunga. On 29 August a small fissure eruption started in Holuhraun along an old fissure about 600 m in length north of Dyngjujökull.

Lava again erupted starting on 31 August along a 1.5 km long fissure.

On 1-2 September a white steam and gas plume rose 4.5 km (15,000 ft) above sea level and drifted 60 km to NNE and ENE. Lava flowed north and lava plumes rose tens of meters.

On 2 September the lava had covered 4.2 square kilometers and was 4.5 km from the nearby glacier's edge.

Today reportedly two new fissures have opened up and are now erupting. They are closer to the glacier than the fissure that started erupting almost one week ago.

The lava field is just few days away from entering Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river. When it does it will create steam explosions and start to general some significant ash.

The eruption is ongoing and does not seem likely to end anytime soon.

From Sept 3rd via Twitter - Icelandair         @Icelandair

Here it is at night

The night footage here is amazing!

Just WOW!  Sorry this is a bit babbley - If you are interested in more information visit the Icelandic Meteorological Office Bárðarbunga information webpage.


  1. That book cover is quite something ha ha! I like anything with goblins though, never a dull moment with goblin stores; this one sounds. I'm wondering what "gruel" is ha ha!

    Also, I did hear something about the eruption in near Iceland, how close are you to the incident? Hope you stay safe :/

  2. I love the excerpts. Nine Goblins definitely looks like a fun read. I hope you're enjoying it! The Iceland eruption is both stunning and terrifying. I had hear something about it but wasn't aware of the scope.

  3. The goblin book sounds like fun, given the excerpts. And I had been watching the the buildup to the Bárðarbunga volcanic eruption, but I haven't checked the news in quite awhile -- that is really impressive!

  4. My thoughts are with Iceland. Hope you're safe from harm.
    As for the book, looks quite fun. I like goblins and this time of year, especially. :-)

    Happy weekend!

  5. Gruel with some lumps. Eww. Sounds delightful and such a cute cover.
    That is some eruption. I'm with Freda, I hope you are safe.

    Here is my 56 -

  6. That gruel sounds icky. The book sounds like it could be fun. Stay safe.
    Sandy @ Texas Twang


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