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Here is my Books Read List for safekeeping, so I have it somewhere else besides my PC. Lost it before, when my computer died on me. I used to have it on BC, but lost it there for a while as well, when the website was redone.

I'm behind with my reading challenge for this year, but I have now read one book more than in the total of 2010, so it's not bad. I would be a lot further along, if I didn't read so much fanfic in between. But it's too much fun not to.

my read booklist with links behind cut for safekeeping )

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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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Oh, forgot to mention, on All Romance you can download one free romance novel per day until the 21st of April. Not sure about the quality and some of them sound incredibly cheesy. I download a supernatural one that sounds a bit like Harry Potter at a US college, a gay cop story and something with shapeshifters. Reading fodder for my Kindle!

Go here and click on the banner, it will take you to the free book of the day. You need to sign up with your address, but don't need to give any payment details, so I don't think that is a big deal. I did have to give them a state though, even after listing Germany as my country and they obviously only list the US states. So I now reside in Alabama! :-)
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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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Feb. 5th, 2011 11:54 am
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The Scent of Shadows (Sign of the Zodiac, #1)The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

*a little spoilery*

I didn't like it and I'm trying to figure out why. It has all the usual ingredients of Urban Fantasy. Strong heroine has something pivotal happening to her, turns into Superwoman and proceeds to kick some ass, with some porn thrown in.

It lacks the usual critters, there are no vampires, werewolves, other shifters or witches of any kind. It's good against evil or rather light against dark. Here is where she started to loose me. What are the evil dudes actually doing that makes them so evil? There is mentioning of some criminal activity, but it's just run-of-the-mill kidnapping and burglary (I think, it's all fading rapidly from memory--this could actually have been fun if she had elaborated on it). Surely for that you do not need to be an evil hell spawn.

Where do the bad and good guys come from, why are they fighting each other... Somehow it all seems so purposeless. Even the superbad Tulpa, evil boss of the dark, was just meh.

And in every town are 12 warriors for the Light and 12 for the Dark forces... Really? Isn't that a bit silly and overly contrived? Oh, and the moment where I rolled my eyes and started the speed-reading to get through this quicker: Comic books as manuals on how it all works.

I just thought the premise of the book and the plot were silly, sorry. Other people thought this book was great, so don't let me stop you...

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Jan. 28th, 2011 01:45 am
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On the ProwlOn the Prowl by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally caved in and got the precursor to the Alpha & Omega novels. My excuse is that I wanted to try out my new eReader. And as expected I really liked the first story, although I already roughly knew what to expect from the story. I guess that is the nice thing about book series. You make friends and it's familiar and nice to meet them again.

The second story by Eileen Wilks was pretty good as well. Interesting idea of the borders between realms breaking down and talents emerging. The heroine should appeal to fans of Patricia Briggs or Carrie Vaughn. There were some odd changes in tenses a few times, throwing me off. But the plot and characters made up for it.

I read two books in the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance, so the world in the third story was not new to me. The story was ok, but did not really captivate me. Until the ending, that was unexpected and fun. But all in all the story lacked a red thread. The ending didn't feel as if it belonged.

Story number four was supposed to be great for fans of Laurell K Hamilton, if the blurb is to be trusted. But believe me, Anita Blake this was not. Neither early nor late Anita. The style felt antiquated and stuffy, the sex was lacklustre, it felt like a summary of another book and you were fiercly hit over the head with an ad for the next book in the series. I skimmed this very quickly.

So, #1 was nice and comfortable, #2 might be a potential new author for me. #3 was ok, but nothing great. #4 did nothing for me.

(PS: Read as a .pdf on the Sony Reader Touch)

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In other new my WLAN router arrived today! Took me about an hour to set it all up. The stick was plug and play, very simple. For the box I followed the instructions on the CD and ended up with the router plugged in between the modem and the PC. Some head scratching followed and some swearing at the screen, then I unplugged the whole thing and connected the router to my modem and it worked 5 minutes later. I happily pulled that nasty network cable from above the footboard and around my kitchen door. Much better! I need to buy something to plug up all the holes the nails left behind.

My iPhone is insanely fast connected to the net by WiFi and I could finally register my Kindle. Downloaded a book preview from the Kindle store and it was pretty much instant delivery. I'm a happy camper! I really like the Kindle. But I'm pretty sure I will keep the Sony as well. The glare is a bitch, but I realised that .pdf-files display much better on the Sony. Plus I found some sites were books are cheaper than on Amazon.

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