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!
Finally finished last night, just in time for Sookie: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.
Gave up: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...