Hello and welcome to another reading roundup.  Since my last roundup I have read two pretty good books which I’d like to share with you. [book-info]I received an Advance Reader Copy of The Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott at BEA.  It’s been on my TBR for a while, but it’s only recently I read it.  The Poisoned Blade is the second book in a planned trilogy (I believe) and continues the story of Jessamy, a young woman caught between two cult...

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The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks is the fourth in a planned series of five epic fantasy books.  The series has a wonderfully imaginative magic system in which magic users can turn light into a physical substance. luxin.  Each spectrum of light (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) produces luxin with different properties and uses.  If you’ve not yet started this series, I heartily recommend it.  Go start with The Black Prism.  ...

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Empire of Storms is the fifth and penultimate book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass in which a former assassin uses her skills and her magic to save her kingdom.  Being the second to last book in the series, it focusses very much on getting our protagonists into the right place for the finale. What I liked The pacing.  Despite the fact that Empire of Storms is primarily focussed on getting the team into place for the final confrontation...

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Court of Fives by Kate Elliott is a YA fantasy book and one that I found myself being sucked into even in the middle of a reading slump. I found the protagonists engaging and loved the world. I found it had a bit more substance than some YA fantasy novels. What I liked Cultural tensions. This is very much a tale of being caught between two cultures.  Our protagonist, Jessamy, is the child of a Saroese father and Efean mother and struggles to fit...

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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine is the second in The Great Library series and is the sequel to Ink and Bone, which was one of my favourite reads from last year.  I realised I never did a full review of it.  Bad Evelynne.  Paper and Fire was also one of my most anticipated reads for 2016 and it did not disappoint.  For those of you not familiar with this series, it is a contemporary alternate reality/fantasy in which the Great Library of Alexan...

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Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia is a new book/audiobook/app series from the creator of Downton Abbey.  It is set in the Belgravia quarter of London in 1841 with a prequel set in Brussels in 1815.  The lives of two families, the rich, titled Bellasis family and the nouveau riche Trenchards are brought together at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball and the effects are felt down the years.  It is available in ebook format, as an audiobook and as an a...

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The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence is the third and final book in his Red Queen’s War trilogy.  It continues the story of Jalan Kendeth as he continues to follow the path upon which fate has set him. The Red Queen’s War trilogy is set in the same world as, and dovetails with, Lawrence’s earlier Broken Empire trilogy.  In some ways that is both a blessing and a curse.  It’s a blessing because the world in which the trilogies are set i...

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is a YA sci-fi mystery in which teenager Marguerite Caine must use technology developed by her parents, the Firebird, to chase her father’s murderer across multiple dimensions.  She finds out that things aren’t as they first seemed. I picked this book up partly because of this concept and partly because I’ve enjoyed books (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray.  Thanks to Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice I pi...

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is the fourth in the Austen Project of modern retellings of Jane Austen’s novels and attempts to bring her classic Pride and Prejudice into the 21st century.  Having read the other three Austen adaptations, I was intrigued to see how Sittenfeld would update the story of Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane and Bingley.  From experience I know that Austen adaptations, when done well, can be wonderful. (check out The Lizzie Benn...

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Now, pretty much anyone who has an interest in popular culture is aware that the first Star Wars movie since 2005, The Force Awakens, was released on December 18th 2015.  Full disclosure: while I consider myself a fan of Star Wars, I have only dabbled in the Extended Universe/Legends supplementary material.  Like many, though, I was anxious to see what J.J. Abrams would make of Lucas’ legacy and booked my ticket to a showing on release day. ...

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A Tale of Three Sherlocks
Miscellaneous / January 9, 2012

Over the last few days I have watched three very different productions of Sherlock Holmes; an episode of the 1980s Granada television series starring Jeremy Brett, the modern day BBC production starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr's return to the role in the movie Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.  All of these are excellent in their own way, but are very, very different from each other. Of the three, the Jeremy ...

Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy – Review
Miscellaneous / December 24, 2011

Today I went out to the cinema despite the freezing cold to see this movie.  Technically, it was excellent, with some superb performances, Gary Oldman and Benedict Cumberbatch both giving standout performances.  Of course, it helped that all the main leads are very easy on the eye. However, as a woman, I was shocked by how darned chauvinistic it was.  There was barely a single female character who wasn't a) simple ar...

Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy – Review
Miscellaneous / December 24, 2011

Today I went out to the cinema despite the freezing cold to see this movie.  Technically, it was excellent, with some superb performances, Gary Oldman and Benedict Cumberbatch both giving standout performances.  Of course, it helped that all the main leads are very easy on the eye. However, as a woman, I was shocked by how darned chauvinistic it was.  There was barely a single female character who wasn’t a) simple arm candy for...

Мои твиты
Uncategorized / December 20, 2011

Пн, 23:21: finished Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin and gave it 4 stars http://t.co/VJNcY1vT #Kindle Пн, 23:29: 4 of 5 stars to Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin http://t.co/LTQNkb3N...

eBook borrowing with Overdrive
Tech Reviews / December 1, 2011

A past blog entry of mine related my frustrations with borrowing from the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec. I expressed my frustration at the difficulty I had finding a book and loading it onto my Kobo eReader.   Recently, the BAnQ moved to the Overdrive ebook lending system, and I have to say it's a HUGE difference in ease of use.  Last Saturday my husband and I went to see the movie The Help and as I enjoye...

eBook borrowing with Overdrive
Tech Reviews / December 1, 2011

A past blog entry of mine related my frustrations with borrowing from the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec. I expressed my frustration at the difficulty I had finding a book and loading it onto my Kobo eReader. Recently, the BAnQ moved to the Overdrive ebook lending system, and I have to say it’s a HUGE difference in ease of use.  Last Saturday my husband and I went to see the movie The Help and as I enjoyed it I dec...

My tweets
Uncategorized / November 26, 2011

Fri, 18:33: “@WTFuckFacts: An average person will consume 12 pubic hairs in their fast food annually.”. Eeew Sat, 00:48: finished Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris and gave it 4 stars http://t.co/XJIkBG8W #Kindle...

My tweets
Uncategorized / November 25, 2011

Thu, 13:34: finished Domes of Fire: Book One of The Tamuli by David Eddings http://t.co/N7En17K4 #Kindle Thu, 17:46: finished Domes of Fire: Book One of The Tamuli by David Eddings and gave it 4 stars http://t.co/N7En17K4 #Kindle Thu, 17:56: 4 of 5 stars to Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris http://t.co/2GSPvuhz...

My tweets
Uncategorized / November 23, 2011

Tue, 22:23: finished Outlander by Diana GABALDON and gave it 4 stars http://t.co/ccMYzcm2 #Kindle...

Мои твиты
Uncategorized / November 22, 2011

Пн, 18:57: RT @CatFoodBreath: Thanksgiving approaches. Don’t forget to be thankful for your cat. Пн, 22:39: RT @emlynchand: I’m sorry, but the part of Breaking Dawn with the wolves was… messed-up. Here’s my letter to Jakey boy http://t.co/DVx …...