It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Things were quiet here on the blog and on the reading front last week due to the curse of the computer worker, a horrible neck & back pain. So this week I mostly stayed standing up and tried to do something that involved moving around.

I am currently reading


Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
From: My bookshelf

Shades of Milk and Honey is a fantasy book set in Regency England. I read the first chapter yesterday and it was really charming. In Austenish fashion there is a family with two daughters who must be married off since they can’t inherit. What makes this fantasy is the existence of magic in the world – the manipulation of glamour is an essential skill for a lady.


The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
From: The library

I’m still reading this sci-fi book about a master thief as part of my Science Fiction Challenge. I made no progress last week due to the above mentioned back & neck pain.

Last week I read

Last Monday I finished Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the second Hunger games book, which I really enjoyed. After that I didn’t get any reading done until the weekend, when I was feeling better and could sit down for short periods of time and finish a couple of graphic novels.

Runaways vol.4: True Believers by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona and Craig Yeung, is a super hero comic set in the Marvel Universe. I thought I was reading the first volume due to weird issue numbering, but it was the start of a new story arc and the character’s were properly introduced, so I wasn’t confused.

B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs 1 by Mike Mignola et al, takes place in the Hellboy universe and focuses on the other characters in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. I enjoyed it even though I haven’t read any Hellboy GNs before.

 

“It’s Monday, what are you reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

I knew I shouldn’t have posted any “I plan to read” books last week, ’cause I ended up reading completely different ones! The reason why I didn’t read Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake was because I wasn’t feeling like it, and I want to read it when I’m in the right mood so as not to spoil the experience for myself.

This week I’m reading a red book and a blue book. The pictures take you to GoodReads as always.

I am currently reading


The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
From: The library

A science fiction novel about a master thief called Jean le Flambeur who is rescued from prison by a woman called Mieli with her spidership Perhonen. So far it has been a very weird, very different, and very interesting read. I’m only a few chapters in. The writer is Finnish, btw, but this was still originally published in English! I’m reading this as part of my 2012 Sci-Fi Challenge.


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(The Hunger Games #2)
From: My sister

I don’t think this book needs an introduction: It’s the second Hunger Games book, continuing the saga of BAMF Katniss Everdeen against the Capitol. My sister loaned me this ages ago, but I only now got around to reading it. I’m almost finished. Like the first book, this one just sucks you in and you’ve read a couple of hundred pages before you know it.

Last week I read


Kadonneet kyyneleet (“Lost Tears”) by Mike Pohjola
From: The library

A Finnish YA fantasy book that takes place half in a fairytale-like world of flower, tree and mushroom spirits, and half in our modern world, where a depressed teenager tries to deal with her father’s death. I liked the book well enough, although it was a bit uneven.

Last week I posted

Thoughts on Forsaken – My review of Jana Oliver’s Forsaken
Thoughts on ‘Salem’s Lot – My review of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot
Cold Days gets release date – News about the upcoming Dresden Files book

 

“It’s Monday, what are you reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Thoughts on Forsaken


Forsaken
The Demon Trappers #1
by Jana Oliver
Known in the U.S. as ”The Demon Trapper’s Daughter”
First published in 2011

Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she’s already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it’s tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated.

Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he’s God’s gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her life.

One thing’s for sure – if she doesn’t keep her wits about her there’ll be hell to pay.

First off, you need to know that the synopsis is totally misleading (I wonder if it was only on the copy I read, ’cause the ones on GoodReads sound a lot better). It makes the book sound like it focuses on romance and some sort of love square, so to speak. I’m surprised they didn’t throw a couple more of the guy characters in there. So, let me clarify: It’s not tough for Riley to be the only girl because she can’t decide which guy she wants to be with – it’s tough because many of the other trappers believe a girl shouldn’t even be taught the profession.

This book is about Riley and her relationship with her father, about her growing up and learning the profession she wants to practice, of being tough when faced with adversity and doubt. About a world of demon trappers and necromancers, angels and demons, masters and apprentices. There was a lot going on and the book left me wanting to know more.

The main character Riley was more likable than many other YA heroines that I’ve come across. Riley actually apologized when she said something hurtful, and if there was something she wanted to know, she asked. It was refreshing. Now, she could be dense and did get things wrong, so she isn’t perfect. There were also lots of other characters whom I liked or who intrigued me.

I really enjoyed reading Forsaken and will definitely pick up the second volume in the Demon Trappers series. I want to know what happens next to Riley, and who is behind everything that was going on in the first book.

By the way, does anyone know why the different titles for the book in the U.S and the U.K? I have to say that I prefer Demon Trapper’s Daughter, it sounds so much cooler.

Favorite character: Simon. It’s refreshing to see a nice and polite male YA character for a change.

Cold Days gets release date!

Jim Butcher’s website just confirmed a release date for his next Dresden Files novel, Cold Days. The hardcover release is scheduled for November 27, 2012 from Penguin/Roc publishing. I can’t wait!

Don’t click on the official news post link if you haven’t read all the previous books in the Dresden Files series, since the synopsis for the new book contains MASSIVE spoilers for the series.
The official post at Jim Butcher.com

Now my only problem is that I want to read this as quickly as possible, but I want to own the paperback version…

Thoughts on Salem’s Lot


‘Salem’s Lot
by Stephen King
First published in 1975
(click the image to go to GoodReads)

‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to ‘Salem’s Lot hoping to cast out his own devils… and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

I like vampires a lot. I also like to read different authors’ takes on them. What I don’t like is reading about regular people doing petty evil things. Unfortunately for me, ‘Salem’s Lot contains both of these elements.

I was cautiously intrigued in the beginning. Ben Mears, the author who moves into ‘Salem’s Lot after many years away, was an interesting enough character, and I did like him. Ben learns that some people have bought the local murder house. Late one night, he sees a light in the window. The people have moved in. My, doesn’t that sound delightfully creepy and intriguing! Now let me tell you about the milkman and the farm boys for a while!

Yes. I was intrigued by the vampire, and even more so by his henchman, Straker. I liked the main protagonist group who tried to stop them. It was everyone else I didn’t care about, and often King chose to write about everyone else. I didn’t like the villagers, and there were long chapters that followed many different villagers, usually doing nasty things. I don’t want to know about the dump owner who shoots rats while pretending that they are townspeople. I don’t even particularly want to follow the grouchy milkman who isn’t doing anything wrong, but is just delivering milk and being grouchy about it.

About 300 pages in, halfway through the book, things start to happen and the pace picks up again. This was too late for me to become very invested in the book. The main characters’ story is still interrupted by accounts of the villagers. Although on some level I do understand what King hoped to accomplish by adding those chapters into the book (emphasizing the shift from natural to the supernatural that was taking place in the town), it still doesn’t make me care or be interested.

In short: Wasn’t feeling it. This book was not for me. I might have liked it better if a lot of the chapters about the villagers were taken out.

Favorite character: Mark Petrie. That little boy was bad ass.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? / SWUR Wrap-Up

Last week I took part in the Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon. My goal was to read the three books below, and as you can see, I did it! Yay! I had also hoped to start the B.P.R.D: Plague of Frogs 1 graphic novel, but that didn’t happen (I pretty much didn’t read anything on Saturday, I wasn’t at home). I’m not currently reading anything, ’cause I finished Forsaken just before going to bed yesterday.

Update: Oh, I won a copy of Water for Elephants from the SWUR Participant give away! Has anyone read it? What did you think? I like circuses and carnivales, so I could like this.

Last week I read

North End - Niskaan putoava taivas Forsaken
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King | North End – Niskaan putoava taivas by Laura Lähteenmäki | Forsaken by Jana Oliver
(click the pictures to go to GoodReads)

I wasn’t really feeling Salem’s Lot OR Niskaan putoava taivas, so my reading week was saved by Forsaken, which was fun, entertaining and well-written. I will definitely pick up the sequel. I’ll share more thoughts about the books later.

This week I plan to read

I don’t normally make TBR posts, but since I’m not currently reading anything, I thought I’d show you some books that are waiting for me to read them. I’m not sure if I’ll pick them up this week, but it’s probable.

Girl of Nightmares
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake | B.P.R.D: Plague of Frogs 1 by Mike Mignola et al.

Last week I posted

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon Update post

 

“It’s Monday, what are you reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
The Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon was hosted by In Between and Some Like It Paranormal.

SWUR Update

Salem's Lot
Yesterday I finally finished reading Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I have to say I wasn’t that impressed with it.

Right away this morning I started reading Niskaan putoava taivas by Laura Lähteenmäki.

Girl of Nightmares
When I came home last night, my Book Depository order had arrived, including Kendare Blake’s Girl of Nightmares. Let’s see if I can keep myself from starting to read it on top of the other books I wanted to read this week…

I’ve taken part in the following challenge: Mackenzie @Oh For the Love of Books! – Summer Party Challenge

Update 9th Aug

North End - Niskaan putoava taivas
Finished Niskaan putoava taivas by Laura Lähteenmäki. Bit of a let down, I was expecting for more fantasy in this Finnish YA dystopia. It was more of a regular teen book with future specific stuff thrown in.


Now I will continue with Forsaken by Jana Oliver. I hope it will rescue my Read-A-Thon week by being more suited to my tastes than the other books so far. I’m already 60 pages in (I “sampled it” last week), and the first few chapters were promising.

I took part in the following challenge: Christina @ A Reader of Fictions – Dystopian Challenge

Check out the full Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon schedule over at In Between and join in:
Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon