Blog Hoppy

March 18, 2013 2013, books 0

I was doing a bit of blog hopping the last couple of days and decided to share some of my findings! At Bunbury in the Stacks (a blog I found today!) I read that at BBC 4 you can listen to an audible version of Neal Gaiman’s Neverwhere and it has a quality cast (such as Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy and Natalie Dormer). The first episode which is one hour long is already available online. The rest of the episodes will be 30 minutes long and will broadcast each night this week Monday through Friday. I’ve listened to the first hour and love it! Very excited! Dear Author reported that… Read more »

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Kindle Daily Deal Alert!

Kindle Daily Deal Alert!

March 15, 2013 2013, books 0

The Science Fiction/Fantasy Daily Deal for today at Amazon is Bec McMaster‘s Kiss of Steel which I read in January and enjoyed. The book is only $1.99 which is a great way to try a new author. A new book by Ms. McMaster (Taste of Steel) is arriving in May. This book is more of a steampunk romance than urban fantasy, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. As I’ve mentioned in other posts I don’t like the romance to be the focus in my fantasy. To me when the emphasis is on the romance many times the worldbuilding suffers. Don’t get me wrong, I do like some romance just not too… Read more »

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New Author Challenge–Kate Locke

New Author Challenge–Kate Locke

March 15, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, mini book review 0

Last year I read lots of historical romance (13 by the end of February); this year it’s lots of urban fantasy (11 by the end of February). I’ve also found a number of new urban fantasy authors which makes me happy! Because I’m finding many new authors to try this year I’ve joined the New Author Challenge 2013 at the Literary Escapism blog. I’ve challenged myself to read 25 new authors this year. This is my first new author blog post. This new-to-me author is Kate Locke who is writing The Immortal Empire series. I’m so glad I found Ms. Locke and it’s all because the first book was on… Read more »

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Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR list!

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR list!

March 12, 2013 2013, Top Ten Tuesday 0

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish Blog When I looked over the list of books I want to buy and read this spring I had a hard time coming up with ten books! Many of the books on my list are hardcover editions and even as e-books they are $10 or more. I only buy a few of these books each year. Usually I will wait until they come out in paperback and hope that the e-book version is also reduced. It is frustrating when the paper version of the book is less than the electronic version, but this happens quite often…. Read more »

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Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

March 5, 2013 2013, Top Ten Tuesday 0

I found this Meme at the “The Broke and the Bookish” blog (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/) and I like the idea of making a list about books each week. After reviewing my list of series to start I realize I already have a number of these books and I need to start reading…so many books and never enough time! 1. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. 2. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. 3.The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin. 4. The Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold. 5. Shifting Circle series by Sharon Shinn. 6. The Sun Sword series by Michelle West. 7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by… Read more »

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March 2013 Books I Want to Read

March 2013 Books I Want to Read

March 2, 2013 2013, books, Books on my radar 0

These are the books I want to read in March: Title: Written in Red: A Novel of the Others Author: Anne Bishop Part of a Series? Yes (first in series) Genre: Fantasy Date Available: March 5 Publisher: Roc Formats Available: Hardcover, e-book, audio book Why I want to read it: This is a new fantasy series by Anne Bishop. Her Black Jewels books are among my favorites. It sounds like an interesting concept. Synopsis: “As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access… Read more »

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Two Urban Fantasy Series from 2012

Two Urban Fantasy Series from 2012

February 28, 2013 2013, mini book review 0

I ended 2012 and started 2013 reading lots of urban fantasy. I like urban fantasy because they are usually mysteries with a twist…some sort of magical world or elements. The authors have to do some world building as well as usually some sort of mystery. Two of my favorite new-to-me authors from 2012 were Ben Aaronovitch and Cassie Alexander. They both are writing an urban fantasy series that’s interesting and fun to read. Ben Aaronovitch is writing a series which takes place in London called the Rivers of London series. The three books in the series so far: Midnight Riot (called Rivers of London in the UK), Moon Over Soho… Read more »

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New Beginnings…Again

February 27, 2013 2013, books, new beginnings, reviews 0

I have tried blogging in the past and not been too successful. I’ve even had a book review blog before. My problem was I felt guilty when I didn’t get a book reviewed, but I also started resenting the time I spent working on a review instead of reading. And I didn’t feel I added anything to my reviews that hadn’t been said a hundred times before. This time I plan to write mini reviews of some of the books I read. Generally, if I read a book I enjoy it. Life is too short to read or finish reading a book I don’t like. I don’t love every book… Read more »

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