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Library Day

In Library Day on May 31, 2013 at 12:58 pm

So, it’s been a pretty craptacular week. Nothing specific has happened; it just seems like nothing has gone my way causing frustration upon frustration. Yes, poor me.

The one bright spot in my week was going to be my trip to the library. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the library. There’s a really nice one which is only a 20 minute walk from work and it’s my favourite place to go during my lunch hour. (Yes, I will walk quite a distance for a good library and no, I don’t go every day.) However, things  at work conspired to keep me from going there until yesterday.

Off I went, a skip in my step, headphones firmly in place as I anticipated the joy I would feel as I entered the building. Alas, it was not meant to be. Books just weren’t leaping off of the shelf at me. I was only able to find four and I wasn’t too excited about them. (I say ‘only’ because I usually bring home 6 -8 and have to ruthlessly decide between which ones must be left behind.) I decided to ask a member of their staff for help on finding one of the books I wanted. That was a mistake. He was really surly and condescending and talked to me as though I had never been to a library before. I’m no library rube! I practically have a cot set up in the sci-fi/fantasy section.

Perhaps I ruined my trip with the negativity I’ve felt all week and should have waited until today to go. (I’m in a much better frame of mind today, you’ll be pleased to know.)

At any rate, here are the four books I found:

Genesis by Karin Slaughter

Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Shaka the Great by Walton Golightly

Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty by Karl Shaw

I’ve just consulted my TBR list on Goodreads and have discovered, in this very moment, that the Genesis that is on my list is by Bernard Beckett not Karin Slaughter. I’ve picked up the wrong book… I did wonder, yesterday when I was looking at the book, why I had put it on my TBR list. Not that I don’t like thrillers. Who knows? It might be good. I’m actually much more excited about my selection now that I’ve purged the negative thoughts that plagued me for the past four days.

What a week.

Anyway, I will be finishing up at least one of my current books this weekend and will post my thoughts about it on Sunday. Hope to see you then!

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Currently Reading…

In Library Day on May 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I usually have a few books on the go at any given time. I always have a book which I read on my daily commute (Don’t worry, I’m not driving. I take the train.) and one which I read at home. Here’s how I decide…

I usually go to the library and get a pile of 6 or 7 books. I sort them by size and put them on my TBR (To Be Read) shelf by the bed. For my home book, I choose the biggest and my commute book  the smallest.

School's Out Forever    My current “home” book is School’s Out Forever by Scott K. Andrews. A whopping 727 pages. This one might take me a while. I’m already a couple of hundred pages in and wow, it’s pretty stressful, but in a good way.

Ring    My current “commute” book is Ring by Koji Suzuki. Not sure about this one yet. I think that I expected it to be a bit scarier. A lot of the action is happening “off-screen”  and I’m not really a big fan of that. Hopefully it will pick up soon.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve finished them.

Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles

In Book Reviews on May 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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Titan Books 2011

“I own I might have twirled my moustache. I know it’s a tiresome old look-at-me-I’m-a-roué stage gesture, but -dash it- I’ve got a moustache (a big one too), and it’s there for the twirling…If you don’t twirl the ‘tache then, you might as well not have whiskers at all.”

I must admit that I’ve only read two other books by Kim Newman so far (the other one being Anno Dracula) but I am totally on the verge of going into fangirl mode. I love this guy. Mr. Newman’s books are witty and just plain fun.

In Professor Moriarty, we follow the exploits of Sebastian “Basher” Moran as told by himself in journal format. Recruited by Moriarty, he is, essentially, a paid assassin.

The thing I love the most about this book is that it’s told from the point of view of the villain. Or rather, his henchman. Moran is a terrible person. He kills for sport (both animals and humans), he gambles and he chases women with no actual feelings for them beyond the physical. He’s repulsive. Yet, I couldn’t help but root for him and when he got into his inevitable scrapes, I didn’t actually want him to die. The fact that the entire book is narrated by him gives us insight into his personality and makes him somewhat human. Partially, at least.

His first assignment from Moriarty was to assassinate a man whom we might consider a “good guy”. A good ‘ol do-gooder cowboy from the wild west with a woman and child to protect. This was where things got awkward. I cringed, knowing it was going to be a case of only one or the other surviving. Since it was the beginning of the book and we were effectively in Moran’s journal, I was reasonably sure that he wouldn’t be killed off. I steeled myself for the inevitable and was surprised by the outcome. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that Mr. Newman kept me guessing until the end.

I was quite pleased to find out that Sherlock Holmes wasn’t mentioned until the last 30 pages of the book or so. I must confess that I’m not actually a Sherlock fan. I’ve only read one Sherlock book many years ago and it just didn’t interest me.

It’s quite possible that this book could be riddled with references to various Sherlock Holmes books/cases, but I would have no idea. I was able to enjoy this book thoroughly even though I possess little to no knowledge of Sherlock lore.

The one thing (and it’s a very small thing) that I didn’t like about this book were the end notes. Perhaps these contained references to the Sherlock lore which eludes me. I don’t know. I didn’t read them. When I’m doing research, I’m happy to read end notes and footnotes but I find it to be very jarring in a novel. When I’m reading, I don’t want to know that the author exists. For me, a story should be captivating and all-consuming. I’m all about escapism. I don’t want anything to interrupt the flow. In fact, I’ve been told (by a highly reliable source) that when I’m nearing the end of a book, I tend to shoot eye darts at people who try to talk to me. It’s probably true…

My point is that I don’t like distractions when I’m reading and certainly not from the author.

Overall, I can say that I have nothing but love for this book. Fun, action-y with no silly love triangles. I’m pretty easy to please.

An opening apology

In Book Reviews on May 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

You may have arrived at this blog with the expectation that it would contain posts about a famous vampire slayer we all know and love. For this, I must apologise. Although some of my future posts may discuss vampires (I’m certainly not opposed to reading about them), I feel that I must inform you that I have never staked anyone in the heart and have no special affinity for the supernatural. I tell you this in an effort to save you from any disappointment you might feel upon finding this out as you read further.

So, to sum up:

Vampire slayer = No

Martial arts expert = No

Real/given name Buffy = Yes

Intense book fanatic with worn out library card = Yes

Well, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I will tell you the reason for starting this blog. I love books. And I love talking about books. I am also writing a book. I have so much to talk to you about, so let’s get started!

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