Sunday, 6 May 2012

Incoming!

AKA Showcase Sunday

There was NO POST yesterday which means no book-shaped parcels for three whole days as it's a bank holiday weekend. How will I cope? I had better just read some of the 100s I own already, hadn't I? Before the postal system failed me, I did receive a few books, mostly bought but one surprise one for review, Memory of the Abyss from Quercus. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig was a pre-order for the fabulous Joey HiFi cover (I hear the book is quite good too). I also received a replacement debit card that I had to check was working before I cut up the old one...and ended up buying one of the books from The Readers Summer Book Club line-up, Half Blood Blues.

The latest Sookie book was also out this week so picked that up and I've already read and reviewed. It's better than the last one if you're wondering. I probably wouldn't have read Never Mind but Simon mentioned it on The Readers podcast and then it appeared as a Kindle daily deal (but shhhh, don't tell him that) so I will give it a go...some day. Finally, Kingdom actually arrived in my inbox the week before but I forgot. As Hannah is organising the blog tour I promised to give it a mention this week.




For Review
Memory of the Abyss by Marcello Fois
Kingdom by Anderson O'Donnell

Bought
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Never Mind by Edward St Aubyn





Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.

8 comments:

  1. I forgot Monday was a bank holiday! Ah well sure we will cope. I have a few charlaine harris books on my tbr

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  2. I've no idea what's Kingdom about, Ellie, but it looks interesting! :) Enjoy all your reads, and I'm sure we'll survive bank holiday monday :)

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  3. I read a good review for Half Blood Blues over at Tiny Library. I'm anxious to read it once I get through some titles I have stacked for my current reading. Looking forward to what you think!

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  4. Oh so many shinies *strokes them all* I want to get my hands on Blackbirds (love Chuck Wendig and have never read any of his fiction) and Deadlocked (though I still haven't read 4-11).

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    1. PS. I completely forgot about post and bank holidays. Feel a bit silly for checking now!

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  5. Half Blood Blues is great, you are in for a treat :)

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  6. I keep seeing Charlaine Harris' books - I need to pick one of them up soon. Kingdom looks super cool!

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  7. This novel is really about Sookie's growth as a person and about her deciding what she really wants and her true identity. There is still a lot of action,yet a definite lack of romance. when taken in context of the story though, you can understand why. Sookie (with the help of Bill, Alcide, and others) need to figure out the mystery of a recent murder. Meanwhile, Eric is being 'courted' by a beautiful and powerful vampire queen who can give him power and save him from current problems.Tied into all of the murder mystery is the drama involving all of the Fae that have been left behind when the portals to Faery were closed. The story telling is smooth and it is refreshing to see some of the light and humor come back into Sookies life. Many bad things have happened to her in the past, which she evaluates constantly in "Deadlocked". Lots of people have wronged Sookie yet she uses this to become a stronger and happier person. Good things are happening to the humans in Sookie's life, so she seems to gain happiness and a sense of perspective.

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