black_queen (black_queen) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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Hi all,
I am very happy to have found this community. And since this is my first post, I feel the need to say a few word about myself. I am an omnivorous reader. And with a Kindle, my addiction has ony grown worse :) I have never counted though, so I am not sure if I had ever made it to 50. So I thought it would be fun to join: to count and to see what others are reading.
I've decided to starting from May 2012, and next time I will have a much smaller batch, I swear.

#1 Anne o'Brien: 'The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers' (2012) 4/5
I love historical fiction. And this book, besides, being very well written, is about Alice Perrers. A girl, who has become a mistress of Edward III with, it appears, approval (and almost at the instigation) of his wife Philippa. A bit of a change from the Tudors, which seem to be the main topic of historical fiction nowadays.

The only problem I had was in the development of relationship between Alice and her husband Windsor. Reminded me a lot of Scarlett and Rhett: He loves her and tolerates all her eccentricities, she is unable to let anyone love her, because she is so independent. Oh well... still a good book

#2 Hilary Mantel: 'Bring Up the Bodies' (2012) 5/5
Another historical novel. Although, that's wrong. It is completely different from anything I have read before. Apart from the Wolf's Hall obviously. The fall of Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Cromwell.
One would think that the story has been written so many time in the past 10 years, that nobody can make it fresh anymore, but apparently Hilary Mantel can. And I actually got an audio book for this one, and really enjoyed listening.

#3 Kristen Britain: 'Green Rider' (2012) 1/5
After seeing praise from Terry Goodkind on this book, I have expected something way more dark and adult. But this fantasy has nothing to attract even a teenager, I suspect. And it's not only the lack of politics and sex. I found the story itself extremely tedious and boring. There are under 10 characters in almost a 1000 pages (yes, secondary characters included).

#4 Ngaio Marsch: 'The Nursing Home Murder' (1946) 4/5
Ngaio Marsch is a kind of New Zealand Agatha Christie. She wrote a long series of detective novels with detective inspector Alleyn, and I have been hooked on them ever since listening to a couple of abridged versions read by Benedict Cumberbatch. (Yes, I know, he can turn anything into 5/5) But audio books aside, I love the old-fashioned language of the books, I love the well thought out intrigue, I love small bits of New Zealand here and there, and I love detective inspector Alleyn. So, definitely continuing with this.

#5 Carrie Fisher: 'Wishful Drinking' (2009) 3/5
Carrie Fisher (widely known as princess Leia) talks about her life. Entertaining and occasionally touching

#6 Walter Moers: 'Labyrinth der Traumenden Buecher' (in German) 1/5
I have heard so much praise for this author and his world. Unfortunately, this, second book in the series, is a huge disappointment. I have heard, he had pressing deadlines or something like that, so in the end this reads like a collection of disparate essays, plus a long retelling of the first book. Would do better without it.

#7 Timothy Zahn: 'Choices of One' (2011) 4/5
I love Star Wars, but I almost never read SW books. With the exception of Timothy Zahn. Because he is brilliant. And because of admiral Thrawn. There is not much of him in this book, but he is there. And not where I actually expected him to be - Zahn had really managed to deceive me this time until about chapter 10, and I have enjoyed it so much!
Tags: fantasy, foreign language, historical fiction, sci-fi

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