May 29th, 2010

9/50

1.Mister Monday by Garth Nix
2.Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
3.Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
4.Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
5.Bleak House by Charles Dickens
6.Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
7.Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
8.Wake by Lisa McMann



9.Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Barnes and Noble Synopsis: Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson (the Mistborn series) pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue and dangerous magic. To keep a treaty made long ago, the king of Idris must send his daughter to marry Susebron, the God King of Hallandren. Loath to part with his eldest daughter, Vivenna, King Dedelin instead sends his youngest daughter, tomboyish 17-year-old Siri, who struggles to make sense of the schemers and spies in Susebron's court. Hoping to rescue her sister, Vivenna joins a group of Idrian operatives with questionable motives. As Vivenna comes to terms with her magical abilities, resurrected hero Lightsong questions the role of the undead Returned Gods, who command Hallandren's mighty army of zombie soldiers. Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.

My Review: I finally got to read this! I was waiting for it to get to paperback. As much as I LOVE Brandon Sanderson, I can't pay $30 for a book. Plus, paperbacks are so much easier to hold. Anyway, on to my review. It took me a bit to get into this one but I loooooove Brandon Sanderson. He creates such complicated magic and his world creation is amazing. His characters and divinities are so dynamic and well rounded. Even the very minor characters, the ones in the background, the Lifeless in this novel, have an existence that is explained and they are set on a level that makes you respect them. I got so attached to the characters that I felt betrayed when they were. Sanderson sucks you into his books and when it's over, you want more. His style is amazing and so refreshing and I get so caught up in the world he creates. An amazing writer, I recommend everything he's ever written. Seriously.
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I got a couple of easy reads done, yesterday.

The first was a graphic novel...Air: Pure Land, the third of this comic. Not bad, but not great, and I'm starting to think that I may drop this from my want list...

Second, was Osprey Fortress #95: Ottoman Fortifications 1300 - 1710 which deals with another area of history that my prior education did little to cover. Some interesting maps as well.
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BOOKS 16-20





BOOK 16: True Evil by Greg Iles
This book was ok. Not the best murder mystery I've read but not the worst either.





Book 17: The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver

I quite enjoyed this book . It is a murder mystery with lots of action.



BOOK 18: Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole

This is the first book I've read of Martina Coles. It was alright but I got sick and tired of the justification of violence.



BOOK 19: What the dog saw by Malcolm Gladwell

This is a short story collection of Malcolm's stories. I have read some before but the ones I hadn't all contained interesting information. Not his best book but still entertaining



BOOK 20: Changeless by Gail Carriger
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9. Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link

Stranger Things HappenTitle: Stranger Things Happen
Author: Kelly Link
Year: 2001
# of pages: 266
Date read: 2/11/2010
Rating: 3*/5 = good

Description:

"This first collection by award-winning author Kelly Link, takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new, strange, and wonderful territory. The girl detective must go to the underworld to solve the case of the tap-dancing bank robbers. A librarian falls in love with a girl whose father collects artificial noses. A dead man posts letters home to his estranged wife. Two women named Louise begin a series of consecutive love affairs with a string of cellists. A newly married couple become participants in an apocalyptic beauty pageant. Sexy blond aliens invade New York City. A young girl learns how to make herself disappear.

These eleven extraordinary stories are quirky, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. Each story contains a secret prize. Each story was written for you." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very good collection of fantasy stories with a twist. I especially liked the stories "Travels with the Snow Queen," "Flying Lessons," and "Shoe and Marriage."
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10. Marooned in Real Time by Vernor Vinge

Marooned in Real Time
Title: Marooned in Real Time
Author: Vernor Vinge
Year: 1987
# of pages: 269
Date read: 2/13/2010
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

"Fifty million years in the future, all the time in the world might not be enough to save mankind. . .

The Extinction happened at some point in the 23rd century. Beyond that point, all that remained of humankind survived locked in timeless limbo inside spherical force fields known as 'bobbles'.

The rebuilding of civilisation and the rescue of survivors fell to the 'high-techs', themselves survivors of the technologically advanced decades just before The Extinction.

When they reached the 'bobble' where the last members of the Peace Authority lived on in stasis, one of the 'high-techs' was murdered, cruelly abandoned in real time.

Wil Brierson, the last detective in the world, was called in to handle the case. Seeking the murderer through a complex web of mysteries, he stumbled on a plan for a new -- and final -- Extinction . . ." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This book had a good mix of mystery and science fiction. I liked how Wil and Della Lu learn who abandoned Marta Korolev in the past and who was still a danger to them in the present.

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20 / 100 books. 20% done!


3215 / 30000 pages. 11% done!
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Books 20-23

Title: An Acceptable Time
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Themes/Topics: Religion, Fate, Mortality
I thought this a nice way to wrap up the Austin series. I would have appreciated a more active role with the characters I had grown to love, but seeing their daughter/granddaughter was nice too. It was interesting to see more space exploration but I would have figured that by fiddling in the past it would have affected the future.

Title: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation
Author: Cokie Roberts
Themes/Topics: Non-fiction, History
This was an interesting read because of the information it provided about the role of women in the history of the United States. From what I recall of elementary and high school education there is little mention of women. This book provided information that I didn't have, and I appreciated the knowledge. The stories of women were fascinating, especially hearing of the obstacles they had to overcome.

Even though the material was compelling, the book was a tough read, or listen, if you choose the audiobook. Cokie Roberts jumped off the page a lot with her own perspective which was entertaining, but very distracting. It was a little hard to focus with her snarky commentary popping up, but again, the material was interesting.

Title: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Themes/Topics: Family, Regret, Legacy
Wow. Wow wow wow.

This was an outstanding novel. Margaret Atwood weaves together a book within a book that take the reader on a journey through the entire lives of two sisters, and their complicated family history. At times heartbreaking the novel is often surprising and beautifully written. Atwood really is a master of the English language.

Fantastically creative, it's the type of novel you could read time and again and rediscover new things and re-remember beautiful phrases.

Title: Outcasts United: A Refuge Team, an American Town
Author: Warren St. John
Themes/Topics: Refugees, Small-town Diversity, Soccer
read this book because it is the summer reading book for MTSU and I'm glad that they picked it. It is the story of a woman who spends her life coaching boys soccer teams with members that are refugees from all over the world. Her story is outstanding but the best thing about it is that she isn't trying to be extraordinary: she's just trying to do her best.

Beyond that, this story is about a small town in the south and the struggle of its citizens to find a place in a changing global landscape.

The novel is written by a journalist who came across the story through a friend. He has a great writing style and is a wonderful storyteller. He manages to mix the present day soccer struggles and the past history's of the boys into an engaging and educational tale.