Giveaway: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Giveaways 4 Comments 22nd April, 2014

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Giveaway:  The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

When I was a teenager, Amy Tan was one of my favorite authors. Her provocative novels about the experience of Chinese immigrants and their children were an inspiration and gave me a glimpse into another culture. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Tan’s bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club. Penguin is releasing a new drop cap edition of the book, which will go on sale on April 30.   As part of the promotion surrounding the book, the publisher has offered to let me give away a copy of the Penguin Classics edition of The Joy Luck Club. Four… Read more »

What I Read, According to Other People

Articles, Lists, and Rants 3 Comments 19th April, 2014

Over the years both friends and other bloggers have made independent observations of what I enjoy based on what they’ve seen on my blog and/or bookshelves.  These observations are strangely accurate. All of your books have a picture of a girl’s head/neck on the front. Not *all* of them. Just a lot. Case in point - here, here, here, here, and here. You read a lot of books about robots eating things. Robots are awesome, and rogue AIs make for some great storytelling.  Like here, here, and here. You read a lot of books about sex slaves. This one isn’t deliberate…. Read more »

“Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson

Book Reviews 2 Comments 18th April, 2014

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  Steelheart is set in a world where superpowers are real.  People with superpowers are known as Epics, and nobody’s quite sure how they were created.  Some people think that the Epics were a product of scientific experimentation.  Others think of them as magic.  Either way, their arrival coincided with a strange new light appearing in the sky. This world is inspired by comic books, but with one major difference.  The Epics are all villains. I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us.  There are no good Epics.  None of them protect us. … Read more »

New Acquisitions: 4/15/14

Uncategorized 6 Comments 15th April, 2014

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New Acquisitions: 4/15/14

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve added several new books to my collection. Review Copies: “I Am Livia” by Phyllis T. Smith – Historical fiction set in ancient Rome. “The Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen – An exiled princess fights for her throne. Purchased: “The Dragonriders of Pern” by Anne McCaffrey – Anne McCaffrey was one of the first sci-fi writers that I ever read, and although the Pern books are her most famous, I still haven’t read them.  I stumbled across a volume with the first three books at a local used bookstore. “Ancillary Justice” by Ann… Read more »

“The Falconer” by Elizabeth May

Book Reviews 3 Comments 14th April, 2014

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  The daughter of a marquess does not charge out of the ballroom.  The daughter of a marquess does not abandon her partner in the middle of a dance. The daughter of a marquess does not hunt faeries. -The Falconer, by Elizabeth May Lady Aileana Kameron is a teenager living in a steampunk version of Scotland in the 1840s.  On the night of her debut, Aileana watched as her mother was murdered by a faery.  Determined never to feel so helpless again, Aileana spends her nights hunting and killing the fae, hoping to one day have her revenge.  By day,… Read more »

“Master of the Opera Act 6: Crescendo” by Jeffe Kennedy

Book Reviews 3 Comments 12th April, 2014

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  After much suspense, the conclusion to Jeffe Kennedy’s Master of the Opera serial is finally here!  For anyone who hasn’t been following the previous reviews, Master of the Opera is a serialized erotica novel that’s based on Phantom of the Opera.  You can see the review for Act 1 here.  This is going to be a very short review, because I don’t want to give away the ending. Crescendo starts off with Christine trying to come up with a plan to take down the Sanclaros, especially her jerkface fiance, and free the Master, a Native America god trapped beneath… Read more »

“The Kingdom of the Gods” by N.K. Jemisin

Book Reviews 0 Comments 10th April, 2014

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“The Kingdom of the Gods” by N.K. Jemisin

  I recently participated in a readalong of The Kingdom of the Gods, book three in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.  To conclude most readalongs, I like to post a spoiler-free review for anyone who didn’t read along but is curious about the book. The first two books in The Inheritance Trilogy are narrated by mortals, but The Kingdom of the Gods gives us the chance to experience the world from the gods’ perspective.  Sieh is a godling and the first child of the Three.  He’s the god of childhood, and like most children, he can can be a selfish little… Read more »

“Blades of the Old Empire” by Anna Kashina

Book Reviews 1 Comment 7th April, 2014

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  An ancient order of evil magicians called the Kaddim have risen from the ashes and threaten King Evan’s lands.  Only two people appear to be immune to their power:  Prince Kythar, and his bodyguard Kara.  Prince Kythar isn’t supposed to exist, because it’s forbidden for royals to have magical talent.  He should have been killed at birth, but King Evan had a soft heart.  His bodyguard Kara is an assassin in a guild called the Majat.  The Majat are superhumanly talented fighters, and the guild exerts total control over each of its members in order to keep them from… Read more »

March 2014: A Month in Review

Uncategorized 4 Comments 6th April, 2014

During March, I read/reviewed the following books: So, April reading plans… it really depends on when allergy season starts, to be honest.  During the past week or two, I’ve read less than usual because I’ve been busy spending time outside with friends.  It’s nice to get a chance to experience a couple weeks of misery-free spring. Enjoy the sunshine, everyone!