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May. 16th, 2011 01:20 am
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Forgot to post this one...

Dead ReckoningDead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked it better than Dead in the Family. It had more of a plot and at times was even fun. Ultimately there was not a lot of substance and I found the relationship with Eric as well as the ending of the book unsatisfying. The series might have run its course, there does not seem much left to tell. Maybe Charlaine Harris can prove me wrong with the next book...
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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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Interesting discussion again over on [community profile] ebooks on ebooks versus traditional publishing. The post is basically a collection of links to people that bash ebooks. Fairly entertaining. A big issue was the pirating of books.

I get the arguments and I can relate to some extent regarding piracy and how it damages sales and will maybe make books go away forever....!!?!

What I never get in this --people have always shared books, gotten them for free from others that got them for free from someone else. Just look at paperbackswap, bookcrossing, bookmooch and countless other sites like them. Nobody bitches that they damage sales. I have about 100 unread paper books on my shelf. I actually bought about 10 of them. Maybe 5 or so were presents, all the others I got through Bookcrossing and Bookmooch. How is that so different from downloading books for free from the Internet? Ok, piracy, illegal, sure. But the idea behind it is the same--someone gets a book and then shares it. Ok, Internet = higher turnover. But still... Maybe I'm naive.

Why not make it easier to lend and borrow ebooks freely? Why the restrictions? And don't give me the copyright argument. I mooch books from allover the world, surely those are copyrighted somehow as well and I still get them.

I am perfectly happy to pay for ebooks, if the prices are reasonable. In my case that means not more than the mass market paperback. Or Kindle bargains under 5 Dollars...

I am waiting for the new Sookie Stackhouse. Currently the ebook is listed at around 14 dollars for US residents and 23 dollars for others. I probably could have warmed up to the 14 dollars, if the paper book was only slightly cheaper. But over 20? No bloody way! It's almost as if they want to discourage peple from getting the ebook and push them onto paper.

In an ideal world I have bluetooth on my reader, you have bluetooth on yours and voila! I bought one DRMd book so far. I guess books bought in the Kindle store have DRM as well? I would prefer to boycott them completely, but that would limit my choices a lot.

I love that Calibre started collecting DRM-free books, I actually sent the guy a donation...

The read-a-thon starts in about 2 hours...
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Dead in the Family Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11--or #10, if you don't count Touch of Dead...)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The last one hundred pages or so were pretty good. Turns and twists and suspense. The two hundred-odd pages before that were meh. Not good, not bad, they flowed along pleasantly. Not much of a plot, really. Could Sookie have run her course? I guess the next book will show.

I have been watching reruns of the first two seasons of the show in the past few weeks and it's messing with my internal landscape. Fact that differ from book to TV adaptation make me go "Huh?" I wonder how Charlaine Harris deals with that? Do they have to ask her if it's ok to change something, does she have to sign off on it?

Reading next:

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

I just weighed this monster... 760 grams and it's huge. If this isn't an argument for switching to eReaders, I don't know what is.
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The Awakening & Other Short StoriesThe Awakening & Other Short Stories by Kate Chopin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

37% into the book, I give up. It was interesting in the beginning, but now it just bores me. I know, it is supposed to be an important feminist novella, but snoooore.

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Last weekend I started this one....

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


I worked late every day and I had to play a lot with my new toys, but still-- I should have made it further than page 49. The first book was ok. Perhaps I should have a rule of thumb--if the first book in a series is only "ok", don't get the next one...

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This might be the touch of death for Crimson City.... The next Sookie was in my mailbox this morning:

Dead in the Family  Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris


I am now debating the next book with myself. I could get it as a regular paperback in a month or wait for a year to get the mass market paperback for half the price. The Kindle edition costs a ridiculous 23 dollars. Do they not want people to buy ebooks or what is the deal here?
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From Dead to WorseFrom Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire #8) by Charlaine Harris.

Finished another Sookie Stackhouse novel. Number eight, I think... Not as good as the last one. It somehow felt like a go-between. It wrapped up some loose ends from the last novel and started some new storylines. Felt as if Charlaine Harris just used this to connect the dots. It was still entertaining, but felt a bit scattered.

I just pre-ordered the next one, Dead and Gone, via Amazon. Delivery in May 2010... Kitty's House of Horrors and Mercy Thompson #5 should be delivered in February 2010... Amazon Prime will be my downfall!
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ReadingStarted to read the third book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series by Charlaine Harris, "Three Bedrooms, One Corpse".

From Amazon:
"At loose ends after her adventures in A Bone to Pick , former librarian Aurora Teagarden pitches in to help her mother Aida, a busy real estate agent in Lawrenceton, Ga. On her first unofficial showing of a house, Aurora discovers the naked corpse of a rival realtor in the master bedroom. Somewhat daunted, Aurora and her no-nonsense mom determine that the culprit must be another real estate agent--someone who could have gotten the key from Aida's office without raising suspicion. Then the body of another broker is discovered in another house for sale. Adding to Aurora's distress is her growing attraction to mysterious Martin Bartell, whose company has transferred him to Lawrenceton to reorganize its plant. Plucky, charming Aurora must choose between the dependable, uncomplicated Episcopalian minister whom she has been chastely dating and Martin, whose responsibility for laying off workers makes him dangerous to know. Meanwhile she and her mother question Aida's staff, other brokers and friends to determine who killed the realtors. With the disbanding of the Real Murders Club (which informally rehashed true crime cases), Aurora has time to sleuth to her heart's content in this high-spirited Southern cozy."

Emphasis on "Started to read". I've been fiddling around with this for three days now and have progressed to page 42. It just doesn't interest me at all. It's not Charlaine Harris -- I love her Sookie Stackhouse books. Well, perhaps that's the problem: no vampires in this one. I have the attention span of a small child at the moment and it shows in my reading performance. It took me almost a month to read Northern Lights and I genuinely liked that book. Anyway, I decided there is no point with continuing this book, if I have to talk myself into picking it up just because it is a bookring and I feel obligated. Sod that, it's packed up and I will post it next week.
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Currently ReadingCharlaine Harris, All together dead
(#7 in the Southern Vampires / Sookie Stackhouse series)

From Amazon, because I am too lazy to write it up myself:
"Bestseller Harris mixes humorous Southern-fried fantasy with biting satirical commentary in her seventh novel to feature Sookie Stackhouse, the bubbly telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, La. (after 2006's Definitely Dead). Sookie attends an all-important central U.S. vamp summit on the shores of Lake Michigan as a "human geiger counter" for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of a Louisiana weakened by Katrina and who will be tried during the event for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but she's hardly prepared for other shocking murders, not to mention protests by the Fellowship of the Sun, a right-wing antivampire movement. Her sleuthing skills, along with those of her new telepath friend, Barry the Bellboy, are put to the extreme test. Harris juggles a large cast, including several romantic contenders for Sookie's heart, with effortless exuberance."

I started this one on Friday night. I did not read on the plane, opting to watch three movies instead. I eventually finished the book Monday. I took quite a long hiatus from Sookie Stackhouse, but after watching those two True Blood marathons at the hotel in China, I got all excited again about this series. I enjoyed it a lot, it was fun to get re-aqainted with all the characters, it was like meeting some old friends. This still hasn't gotten old or tired after seven books. The two novels following this one are on my wishlist already. But I have some other stuff in between, including two bookrings that are planned to go to [livejournal.com profile] morgaine77 afterwards...

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