October 15th, 2008

Shakey - Quill

The Shadow of The Wind

Firstly, I want to thank cweb cweb for telling me to read this book above all others.

"A book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us"

If Julian Carax's words are true, then this book bodes well for my state of mind...

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Another gem of genius;;
"A story is a letter the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to disover otherwise"

Book #36


Book #36
Book Title: The Laughing Corpse
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Category: fiction; horror; mystery
# of pages: 293
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold's zombie--and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it. Notice to Hollywood: forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Anita Blake is the real thing.

My Thoughts: I really liked the first book in this series. However Laughing Corpse was just mediocre. The story really was not what I expected. I was hoping that Anita would be dealing more with vampires but she mostly dealt with voodoo and zombies. The storyline really was not that interesting and I do not know if I want to read any more books in this series.

Books read this year: 36/50. I'm 72% done!!!

Next read(s): I am about to start reading The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
the red queen.

Contest: 3 Free Copies of 'The Heretic's Daughter' available

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway of The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent! You can win one of three copies of the book! 

            Once upon a time in the dreary town of Salem, hysteria struck the people and blighted their reputation forever.   Regardless of what they’d done before, and what they accomplished since, Salem will forever be known for the witch hunts of 1692. The trials have been a black mark upon the community for generations, but as the years went by descendents of the families involved have begun to speak of the past’s traumas.   Kathleen Kent, a direct descendent of Martha Carrier, tells the story of her ancestor in her first novel, The Heretic’s Daughter.  (The book review is continued here...)

This was a fantastic book, capturing the hysteria and horror of the Salem Witch Trials.  It would make an excellent addition to a high school student’s book shelf, as they’re sure to learn about the Salem trials in class, and this book helps shine light on one of the darkest periods of American history. Additionally, it’s enjoyable and entertaining (let’s face it, there are a lot of high school students bored stiff by The Scarlet Letter) and might encourage the reader to do a bit of digging into their own family tree, to see what kind of secrets are lurking in the past.

To enter to win your free copy, click here!

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The Chucks

I've been reading these:

Downtown Owl
by Chuck Klosterman
Choke by Chuck Palanuik

D.O is told from 3 pov's and I think it speaks to me so much, because first of all, I've read all of Klosterman's other works, and secondly he has a great way of building character relationships in terms of qualifying them. He makes them human and identifiable. Sometimes I start to read a book, and I couldn't care less about what happens to the characters. And although Klosterman has a detachability from you and the characters, you keep reading. I like that.

How many books do you read?

Hi to all,

I've been wondering if I'm an average reader or an avid reader and would be interested in finding out approx how many books you read a month/year.

I'd like to read more but work commitments often do take over.

Currently reading Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, took me a little while getting into it and dealing with all the Swedish names but am now about half-way through and thoroughly enjoying it.

Kitty: Angry Calico

Armstrong, Kelley: The Summoning

The Summoning
Writer: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 390

The premise: Chloe thinks she's just a normal girl (who's mother died, who's father is rich, and goes to an art school--yes, I'm being evil when it comes to the definition of "normal," but don't let that alone keep you from reading) until all at once, she gets her period and sees her first ghost. Oh, and he sees her too, sending her into a screaming fit all through the school and convincing her teachers she's stark raving mad. In order to get her education back on track, Chloe has to get therapy, and she's taken to the Lyle House. There she learns she's not the only weird one around, and finding out why people want her to think otherwise becomes a matter of life-and-death, especially after her roommate is taken away.

My Rating

Buy the Paperback: it's an enjoyable, fast read, but if it hadn't been for the cliffhanger ending, I don't think I would've pursued this series, as I wasn't that attached to the world or the characters, which is ironic, since the world is the same one from Armstrong's adult UF series (which I've only read one book of, so give me a break). I'll continue to get the hardcovers since I'm already committed, but I think that unless you're a collector or just love hardcovers to pieces (or just a super big fan of any and everything Armstrong writes), you might be better off with a cheaper copy, possibly the trade.

The full review, which does include spoilers, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome! :)

REVIEW: Kelley Armstrong's THE SUMMONING

Happy Reading! :)
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Mysteries in the Stacks

As my sister and I wandered through Chapters, I decided to try and locate one of the Post Secret books. There, in the self-help section (not the first place which came to mind), were three copies. As I picked one up and thumbed through, I noticed a little piece of cardboard. It was a small, torn fragment and it was squished far in - only noticeable because of the difference in texture.
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Note: this is from an older journal entry that I wanted to repost in bookshop_love. It seemed rather bookish as well.

A latecomer's introduction to Agatha Christie

After disappearing from the net for say a fortnight or so, I have managed to squeeze in quite a lot of reading, and wonders of wonders, I read something other than British children fantasy books.

I have belatedly, very belatedly, started reading Agatha Christie. For someone who loves Sherlock Holmes to bits, this is a tad late, I admit. I completely fail. But I have wasted no time once I started, and ten Poirot novels, four Marple, three unserialised novels, two collections of short stories and three Tommy and Tuppence books later, (and I have not even made a dent into her massive collection), I am convinced that whereas she is the queen of whodunnit plots, she is horrid in what paltry attempts she had at communist/political thrillers. Tommy/Tuppence, I think falls in here. I found "Passenger to Frankfurt" interesting only in light of Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man - which had helped spark off youth revolutions that Christie would have experienced in her life time (and presumably disapproved) - otherwise, it was as Christie herself admits, completely fantastical, and I dare say, illogical and farcical. Poirot, in my eyes, is to Christie what Holmes is to Doyle - the ultimate creation, against which everything else falls short. Even Marple.

That said, "Ten Little Indians" ("And then there was none") was completely mindblowing even if it wasn't Poirot. Any one has any other Christie title I have to read immediately? The woman is so prolific I am rather spoilt for choice.

I am not certain if they write detective novels the same way since. If there is, someone please let me know. I like Christie's plots because the reader can actually attempt to guess for themselves - a genuine whodunnit - a lot of detective novels written for this modern day and age tend to be more thriller-like - where you are forced to live from page to page instead of trying to get ahead of the writer. I suppose part of it lies in the inventiveness of the likes of Doyle and Christie. After reading these classics, it is increasingly harder to come up with a plot that can outsmart the reader. For a while I thought Dan Brown's Angels and Demons could attempt to meet that ingenuity, but his books became more disappointing.