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A few months ago I found this very useful website for tracking book series. It's called FictFact. I always had this hassle of keeping track of all the series I read, when the next book will be out and what it'll be called. This website does it for you. You search for your series, follow them and then within each series mark off which books you have read, which ones are to be read, what you want to skip and so on. The website will then tell you which book in the series you should read next (if you are so inclined to do it by order) or will inform you when the next book comes out. Makes my life very easy. Currently I have 18 series listed and it's sweet, no more trawling through Amazon or the Internet, trying to figure out on my own, when and what.... On each page listing a series the site will also recommend similar books at the bottom of the page, which so far I have ignore, I really don't need to find more stuff to get hooked on.

In an effort to diversify my reading a bit and get away from all those vampires, werewolves, witches and whatnot, I have followed a recommendation from my mum and got a copy of A Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt. At first I was not interested. The woman is married to Paul Auster, sounded way too artistic and heavy to me. But, praise be Kindle, I got a free sample of the first chapter and actually enjoyed it. And Amazon in Germany is having a summer promotion and reduced ebook prices on a lot of books. So this is now at the top of my summer reading pile.

Then I got sucked in. Part of the promo on the German Amazon site were three pages of book below or around 1 Euro. I trawled through those three pages and ended up buying all this:
(prices are all back up now, must have been my lucky day)

Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster -- I figured I might as well have a go at him and see what he's all about. The synopsis sounded interesting.

Open Season by C.J. Box -- mystery set in the woods of Wyoming, sounds nicely wacky.

Mercenaries by Jack Ludlow -- historic adventure, set in Normandy before the conquest of Britain. Not really sure about this one, we will see.

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake -- ok, ok, I said I wanted to get away from my usual stuff, but who could say no to blood sucking ninjas in feudal Japan? Amazon lists this under children's books, hadn't noticed when I bought it. Hopefully it's YA, the subject doesn't really sound appropriate for little kids.

The Harlot's Press by Helen Pike -- This is more the kind of book my mum would read. Historic novel set in Britain in the early 19th century, royalty, intrigue, drama, I would be very surprised if the heroine didn't meet a mysterious, darkly handsome stranger at some point...

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine -- first book of a series that has been on my wishlist for a long time, so I had to get it. Qualifies as Urban Fantasy I guess.

Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (New Scientist) -- "New Scientist"'s 'Last Word' celebrates all questions - the trivial, the idiosyncratic, the baffling and the strange. This selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening. -- sounded nicely silly and who doesn't want to know how long you can live on beer alone?

End of shopping spree!

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May. 27th, 2011 08:30 pm
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The Kinshield LegacyThe Kinshield Legacy by K.C. May

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Light fantasy. Our unwilling hero goes on an epic quest and in the process collects a merry band of diverse fellows following him along. The bad guy is a nicely evil wizard and a few ghastly monsters from another dimension are thrown in for chills as well.

Very likeable characters, simple and straight forward storyline. Good choice if you are looking for an entertianing and unchallenging read.

My only bone of contention -- the ending is wide open and the next book in the series / trilogy (?) is not available yet. I really want to know what happens to Gavin and his motley crew now, please!

If you are interested, it's downloadable on goodreads for free. I think I actually spent (very little) money on it over on Amazon... *head desk*
Anyway... Next time I know better.
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I just transferred my Kindle account from amazon.com to amazon.de. I noticed the German mirror site a few days ago, not sure how long it's been there. I hope I won't regret it. There seems to be a lot of content in English. All my settings moved as well, I just lost my Kindle wishlist. But I didn't have too many books on it, so it was a quick job to find those books again and create a new ebook wishlist. So far, so good.

I just pre-ordered Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. Delivery date 3rd of May. I hope I can get it straight away at midnight... The price finally dropped from an outrageous 23 dollars something to slightly over 16 dollars. In the German Kindle shop I save a few cents, but that'll probably vary with the exchange rate. The ebook is 1 Euro more than the paperback. I can live with that!

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Finally finished last night, just in time for Sookie:

Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake, #3)Sovereign by C.J. Sansom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Mysterious things are afoot in the town of York. A conspiracy of major proportions is tucked away somewhere.

As usual with Sansom, the story is alive with the sounds and smells of Tudor England. Descriptions are excellent. It's easy to get immersed into his world, you can almost feel, taste and especially smell it.

Page 122: "We walked to Stonegate as the sun rose up and the city came to life, keeping under the eaves as people opened their windows and threw the night's piss into the streets."

There is a surprising amount of swearing going on for historical novels.

When I read his books, it always makes me sad to contemplate how many beautiful things Henry VIII destroyed with his dissolution.

I keep jumping back to the computer to read up on historic events and characters mentioned in the books, it's always a very educational experience for me.

The whole question of succession regarding Richard III, the princes in the tower and the War of the Roses has always confused me a lot and now I get something else confusing thrown into the mix.

Some further reading that contains spoilers -- I suggest not looking at this until you have read the book:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_IV_o...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_%...
http://www.york.ac.uk/ipup/projects/york...

The last 200 pages dragged on a bit for me. At times Sansom's books seem to be a little too cosy, until the next twist hits you and the plot moves back to nail biting suspense.

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Gave up:

A Taste of Crimson (Crimson City, #2)A Taste of Crimson by Marjorie M. Liu

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Giving up on this one. I made it to page 80 with several stops and starts.

I do not like the vague SF setting. It bothered me already in the first book -- it's hinted at, but not really explored and somehow it feels confined and claustrophobic to me. I know, sounds stupid, but I don't know how else to explain it.

And that the two main characters suddenly decide that they are soul mates and in love with each other after they have just met and barely exchanged any words -- it could work and it has in other books I've read -- here it just feels silly.

Not for me. Perhaps it would have grown on me after another 100 pages, but I'd rather read something I enjoy from the start...

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