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One, Two, Theme challenge 2011

One, Two, Theme challenge

For the One, Two, Theme Challenge 2011 I have finally decided on my three topics. I went through my TBR pile and built my themes around it to make sure I get some books read that have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time.

My three themes are Wicca, WWII and Relationships.

Now, what books to choose?

 

1. Wicca

I went to a site Poppy Red recommended (Witchvox.com) and found out that one of the books I already owned is one of the most popular ones as well. Lucky!

I plan on reading:

  • The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
  • The Real Witches Handbook by Kate West (already have that one as well)

I might add

  • Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham that Angelique suggested.

That leaves me with one fiction book I still need. Does anyone have any recommendations?

  • After a look around and from recommendations I might read "The Forest House" by MZB.  

 

2. WWII

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Joseph Goebbels by Kurt Riess. This is a biography that came out in 1950. Kurt Riess was working for the US Army at the time; he searched archives and spoke to people who worked for Goebbels etc. right after the war.

 

3. Relationships

  • He’s just not that into you by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
  • Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
  • Important artifacts and personal property from the collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including books, street fashion, and jewelry by Leanne Shapton

    This book – as non-fiction as it sounds – is a fictional auction catalogue that portrays the rise and fall of a four-year-relationship.

I think this is going to be a fun challenge for the next year.

 

 

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I was a bit too fast

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I thought I was done with my reading challenge planning for 2011, but, as always, something else came up. At Poppy’s blog I saw that she joined the Gothic Reading Challenge. The lowest level “A little Madness” is just the right thing for me. You are only required to read one book and that suits me just fine.

I have two books on my TBR list. Depending on which one I can get my hands on cheaper I will either read “The Castle of Otranto” or “The Mysteries of Udolpho”. Not sure I will be able to stomach more than one. I am somewhat wimpy when it comes to suspense.

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Challenges for 2011

I was thinking about what challenges to join in 2011. Not too many since I am not very good at sticking to things.

Apart from my own Steampunk Challenge I am considering the One, Two Theme Challenge. It sounds like a fun idea to explore certain topics, I just have to come with a few that I WANT to explore. One of them will definitely be Wicca. I already have a few books at home about it, but never really got into them. The other topics I still need to think about.

Is anybody else joining this challenge? If so, what topics are you choosing?

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Book Beginnings on Friday

There is a German book called “Der schönste erste Satz” (The most beautiful first sentence) about a contest where people could send in the sentence which they thought was the best first sentence in a book. A wonderful idea, because for me, if the first sentence doesn’t attract me, usually I am not too fussed on the overall book either. The winner of the contest, by the way, was the first sentence of “The Flounder” by Günther Grass.

The reason I am telling you this is because it explains why I decided to join the “Book Beginnings on Friday” event (a day late, I know). I never thought the Teaser Tuesday was much good, since any sentence out of context wouldn’t say much about a book, whereas the first sentence does.

So, without further ado, here is my first sentence:

“This is terrible,” Mom moaned, fussing with her hair as we inched down the Long Island Expressway, a line of cars, as far as the eye could see.

summer From this alone it is obvious it is a YA book. It is one that I have been wanting to read for quite some time. “The Summer of Skinny Dipping” by Amanda Howells. I liked it because it already hints at some things, especially about “Mom” who so far turned out to be quite a terrible mother and/or person.

I am not a YA reader in general, even though I have read a few and it seems that the whole genre has changed quite a bit since I was a young adult. As an in between read I quite like those books, easy, fast reads, not too complicated (I am not saying simplified) and pleasant. I think I will definitely enjoy this one.

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What I like…besides books: Digital scrapbooking

A couple of day ago I talked about a digital scrapbooking kit “Read and Relax” for the scrapbookers among us. My first Weekly Geeks post ever was about it as well. Even so my passion for it has somewhat decreased I still like to create digital art and collages, especially with poetry or quotes.

One book related page I created was for a contest that took place in 2008, The Amazing Digiscrapping Race. The requirement simply was to create an altered art page and this is what I came up with.

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If you would like to have a look as to how to get from a blank white page to the end product, you can do so here. And if you would like to see more of my crafty side you can go to my (badly neglected) blog Rikki’s Teleidoscope. I really should resurrect that one again. It’s not that I’m not creating anything, I’m just not posting it.

 

Credits: Background book pages from an old German atlas, Vintage couple on ship: art.e-zine.co.uk, Papers for ships, waves: Laura Ping – Slightly worn, Polka Dot Potato, Anchor: Saxon Holt, Corin’s library card, Edge overlay: Rikkiscraps’ 2 page inked edges, Stamp: Jani Crowley – Havana, Clock stamp: Rikkiscraps’ Trainspotting, Scale 1-0: Rikkiscraps’ Ocean Drive, Compass stamp: Yin designs, Fonts: Chancery Cursive, X-Files

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Comparing covers: A thousand splendid suns

I read this book quite some time ago for a reading group that never was that successful, but I am grateful that I joined simply because I probably wouldn’t have read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini otherwise.

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Even though the yellow covers might reflect the title in  a better way I prefer the other English version. I love the sky and the colors on that one.

I suppose you could translate “splendid” as “strahlend” even though that word would not have come to my mind immediately. To me the German title definitely lacks something, a two-syllable adjective would have been better, because as it is now it just won’t flow. But I am nitpicking here.

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More prizes

Here are pictures of some more prizes to choose from for the Steampunk Flash Fiction Writing Contest. Kristi from Northwyke Creations has done a great job again.

Eight more days to send me your submissions for the contest.

Remember to come back on the 29th to read all the entries and vote for your favourite.

Steampunk pin 

Universal pin for all sorts of purposes, for the lapel, neckerchief, tie – it’s up to you.

 

Steampunk jewellery

Large clear smokey quartz stone with lots of antique watch gears and cogs and one jeweled watch piece attached, hanging from gold chain and gold headpin. Beautiful piece, a definite conversation starter! Total 2 3/4 inches in length.

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Sunrise over Texas by M. J. Fredrick

Blurb:

Texas Frontier, 1826

Kit Barclay followed her husband into the wilds of Texas only to be widowed. Stranded with her mother- and sister-in-law to care for, with no hope of rescue before winter sets in, Kit has only one goal: survival. So when a lone horseman appears on the horizon, and then falls from his mount in fever, Kit must weigh the safety of her family against offering aid and shelter to the handsome stranger.

Trace Watson has lost everything that ever mattered to him. Trying to forget, he heads to the frontier colony of San Felipe, not caring if he lives or dies. But when he wakes to discover he’s being nursed back to health by a brave young widow, he vows to repay her kindness by guiding the three women back to civilization, no matter what the cost.

Soon, Kit and Trace are fighting the elements, Indian attacks and outlaws-as well as feelings they both thought were long buried…

My thoughts: 

This is another story that I am not quite sure about. There were several points that I was not happy about.

I liked Kit’s character. She was down-to-earth, in control and hard working. Trace came over as just the right kind of man for her. Their situation was tricky and by working together they managed to get to safety. That was all good.

If there hadn’t been, for example

  • Kit’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Those two got on my nerves. They might have been used to better living conditions, but so was Kit. So I don’t really see any reason why they let her do all the work and give her a hard time on top of it. When they prepare to leave the fort and plan what to take with them her mother-in-law wants to take her French china, for crying out loud! What’s wrong with the woman? Talk about priorities.
  • John, Kit’s deceased husband. He takes his wife and his two female family members with him to Texas, even though they are used to living in New Orleans. Then he leaves them alone again back at the fort and dies when out on some mission. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to leave his family at home for the time being?
  • Then the commanding officer of the fort who leaves them alone with two soldiers and a cow. No wonder, Trace ends up in jail for attacking him.
  • Kit’s and Trace’s sudden problem talking to each other once they got to the settlement. All the time before they were perfectly good together and talked about everything.
  • The author’s obvious feeling that a separation was in order and what better way to achieve it than by resurrecting the supposed dead husband? I didn’t feel very charitable towards him, but at least it was good to see that the poor chap did not desert his wife on purpose but couldn’t help it. But now that he was back the next problem arises. How would Kit and Trace reunite? Easy! Husband obligingly dies after a couple of months. This time for good.
  • Kit’s and Trace’s communication problems once more. What’s wrong with the man? He is not the first person who has to deal with loss and he won’t be the last. Why does he want to suppress his feelings like that? I wanted to throttle him.

So once more I’m very ambivalent about the story. For fans of Western historical romance this is definitely worth a read. If you don’t like meddlesome relatives and sudden misunderstanding out of the blue, you might want to give this a miss.

Title Sunrise over Texas
Author M. J. Fredrick
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426890543
Buy link Buy Sunrise over Texas
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Scrapbook your reading

Some of you may know that besides reading I also like to scrapbook digitally. Maybe this would be a good “what I like…besides reading” post, but today I would like to show you something pretty neat. A friend of mine who designs digital scrapbooking kits has recently released a very nice reading themed kit. So, if anyone feels inclined to scrapbook their reading habits, favourite book, a memorable visit to a bookstore, library or anything else book related, you might want to take a look at Nina’s “Read and Relax” kit.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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Blurb:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

 

My thoughts: 

Even though I am not into YA in general I read Shiver along with Carin because I have heard a lot of good things about it. I like the "lovers who can’t stay together due to circumstances" topic, so I was not disappointed with the general idea of the story.
Grace and Sam have been in love for what seems like forever, even though they didn’t know each other in person. Very romantic. I liked the uncomplicated plot without many twists and turns which made for a quick and pleasant read, I suppose this is quite typical of a YA story where there are not obstacles at every corner (and given the situation there could have been A LOT of them).

I already said in my update #1 of the readalong that I didn’t get the Fahrenheit degrees at all, which supposedly took some of the building tension away. In retrospect I am pretty sure knowing my way around Fahrenheit wouldn’t have made a big difference. OK, it got colder and change was coming closer – I got that without the exact temperature info, especially since the indicators of when Sam would change were more than unreliable anyway.
It seemed the wolves changed at random, yes, based on the seasons, but nobody knew exactly when they would change, when they would change back, when they would stay a wolf for good etc. I found this quite confusing. It wasn’t as if with the temperature reaching a certain point the change would invariably happen, so I am not sure what the temperature was supposed to tell us exactly.

The fact that Grace’s parents were totally oblivious to the fact that Sam was practically living in their house was strange to say the least. OK, they left Grace pretty much to her own devices but how can parents be so clueless and uninterested? This could have been one source of conflict that was not fully explored here. Grace deals with it in her head, but never confronts her parents.

I have heard from someone that a few people have complained about Grace having no backbone. I really have no idea where those people are coming from. I liked her. She was matter-of-fact, independent, reliable and quite practical when it came to helping Sam out in tricky situations or when she was with Jack and had to think of a way to get help for herself.

Another thing I had also read somewhere before was that Sam was constantly writing song lyrics reflecting his emotions. That sounded rather interesting, but somehow I didn’t particularly care for them. The choice of poetry that Sam read to Grace was equally unsatisfactory to me. I love poetry but Rainer Maria Rilke wouldn’t have been my first choice if I wanted to introduce someone to either poetry or German.

One side character I particularly liked was Isabel, Jack’s sister. Even though at first she is the condescending, rich and spoilt girl with her little dog in her purse, she later turns out to be helpful and sincere. Her snappy way and bitchy attitude could not hide the fact that she is a good person after all. From what I read she will be also a major character in "Linger", the sequel to "Shiver", and I am really looking forward to reading more about her.

I’m not sure whether I liked the ending. First of all, the whole cure theory and the execution of administering it was more than dubious. Was it realistic how Isabel got the blood? Was it realistic how they got them all to the hospital and out again? That all sounded very half-baked and it was happening too fast.

The re-unification of Grace and Sam was, well, nice, but I was missing some sort of explanation as to what happened to him after he ran away. Grace assumed he was dead, and then, all of a sudden, he returns and that’s it? That was anticlimatic. I can only hope that "Linger" will pick up exactly at this point and will deliver what I have been missing. 

 

Title Shiver
Author Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher Scholastic
ISBN 978-0545123273
Buy link Buy Shiver

 

Want to read what others think about this book?

Read Carin’s review of Shiver. Her thoughts went along a totally different line.

Here is Leeswammes review of it.

And this is what Iris has to say about it.  

Chachic’s thoughts on it.  

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Her kind of hero by Kathleen Dienne

Blurb:

Kissing him is better than nothing.
Young widow Vanessa Bingham is ready to stop mourning. She misses the intimacy and tenderness of a man’s touch. It’s obvious her old friend Derek Lane wants her, so why does her first attempt at seduction cause him to flee?
Kissing her is a dream come true.
Derek has been in love with Vanessa forever. His feelings have kept him from having a serious relationship-or a casual one-with any other woman. So when she finally turns to him, he doesn’t want to settle for being friends with benefits.
But Vanessa is a hard woman to resist for long…
Someone doesn’t want them kissing at all.
Just as things with Derek begin heating up, disturbing photos start to arrive at Vanessa’s door. Someone is watching her every move: someone she may know. Terrified by the stalker’s very real threats, Vanessa soon realizes that Derek may be just the hero she needs after all.

My thoughts: 

This sounds like your run of the mill “budding love vs. creepy stalker” story. It was quite nice though. If more so called boring guys were like Derek, they would be in much more demand.

Derek is thoughtful, considerate, a DIY wizard, strong, smart, reliable, has a face like a model and the body of a god. Anything else? Vanessa knows what she wants and has no problem with saying it, too.

Very soon, however, it is obvious that Derek has some issues, because he doesn’t want to give Vanessa what she craves. Not a big surprise here. The reader already knows where he is coming from way before Vanessa does, which made her look a bit slow in my eyes.

The stalker problem is another thing. First of all, it is more than obvious who the stalker is. You don’t have to be an experienced mystery reader to figure that one out. Vanessa, however, is oblivious. Fair enough. What I didn’t understand was how she and Derek could be so nonchalant about the threat coming from the stalker. Derek frequently leaves her alone at her house even though it is by no means certain she is safe there. If I had a crazy stalker watching me 24/7 AND if I was mad about Derek, I’d take every opportunity I could get to sleep over at Derek’s house, especially since he was offering. That didn’t make any sense to me.

Anyway, Derek’s little problem solved, the stalker under lock and key, everybody is happy and we end up with a proposal. I could have done without that, but I suppose, given Derek’s nature, Vanessa had it coming. Unless it is a historical where a wedding seems to be a sine qua non, a proposal or wedding always adds a bit too much sugar for my taste. But that is me.

 

Title Her kind of hero
Author Kathleen Dienne
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426890789
Buy link Her kind of hero will be available on 11/22 at the Carina Press website
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Steampunk writing contest prizes

Like I said before, one of the prizes for the Steampunk Flash Fiction Writing Contest will be a piece of Steampunk jewellery created by Kristi from Northwyke Creations. If you have not checked out her Etsy store you really should go and do so. Her creations are absolutely lovely and unique.

She sent me a few pictures today so you will get a better idea about what the winners can choose from.

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A gorgeous genuine set of 7mm white pearls on 14k gold-filled studs, accented with antique watch gears.

 

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One 17-inch necklace with an antique Elgin watch plate, a flywheel, gear and a 2mm round cut AA quality Mozambique garnet with gold headpins and a gold fill chain and clasp.

 

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A pair of cufflinks on brass bases with three gears from antique pocket watches.

Don’t they look awesome? I am totally in love, especially with that necklace. So, if you are still undecided whether to enter the contest, what are you waiting for? Great prizes to be had and nothing to lose. 

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Comparing covers: A short history of tractors in Ukrainian

I read this book by Marina Lewycka a few years ago and thought it was so so. I liked the title and found the synopsis quite interesting, but somehow it didn’t live up to my expectations. What drew me to the book in the first place was the retro style of the cover (which was continued with “Two Caravans” and “We are all made of glue”).

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It seems the Germans liked the cover since they kept it, apart from that second one which is a book club edition. The same with the title which is a literal translation of the original one.

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Shiver readalong update 1

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Somehow twitter just doesn’t give me enough room to tell my readalong buddies what I think about Shiver so far.

It is an easy and fast read, that’s for certain.

Carin, who is about as far as I am, said it had similarities to Twilight, but I can’t really agree. Yes, ok, the neglected girl theme is a bit similar, but Grace is a totally different type than Bella in my eyes.

Two things bother me. It is obvious I bought the US version, because there is always the degrees Fahrenheit at the top of a chapter. It is meant to build up some tension as to when it is going to be too cold for Sam to stay human. Nice try, as far as I am concerned. The Fahrenheit measure means zilch to me. I have no idea whether 49 degrees is cold, warm, almost winter, still summer. I have no clue. So the degree info is totally wasted on my. And the tension just won’t come.

Second I haven’t quite figured out when the wolves change anyway. It depends on the age and the season. But the seasonal hint seems to be a bit off. The explanations as to when Sam changed back and forth in the past and when he will change again in the future are somewhat wonky.

All that being said, so far I am liking it. What does everybody else think?

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Thursday 13: Champagne bottle nomenclature

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I am having a look at the nomenclature of Champagne bottles today.

We start with the smallest bottle available and will work our way up…

Name content in litres
Piccolo 0.1875
Demiboite 0.375
Standard 0.75
Magnum 1.5
Jeroboam 3
Rehoboam 4.5
Methuselah 6
Salmanazar 9
Balthazar 12
Nebuchadnezzar 15
Melchior 18
Solomon 20
Sovereign 25

I know, there are two more, but then we would have more than 13, wouldn’t we. And, honestly, who keeps bottles with 27 and 30 litres of Champagne (Primat and Melchizedek) in the house anyway?

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The Princess Bride readalong, part 4

princess bride graphicOctober is over and I have failed miserably as far as the readalong is concerned. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the Princess Bride this time. It was a re-read for me and maybe I was not in the right mood for it. Maybe you have to be younger in order to enjoy it. Maybe you have to be sillier. I have no idea what it was, but I stopped reading after part three of the readalong and had only speed read that third part.

 

One thing that must have happened was that the memory of the film has somehow fogged up the memory of the book and it appeared better than it actually was. Second, Buttercup so got on my nerves, it was not funny anymore. What a stupid twit! And the romance angle was not quite as believable as I remembered it.

So, no, I don’t think I will re-read the book any time soon. I don’t believe my view of Buttercup will improve in the next years. Rather the opposite I am afraid. Instead I will be content watching the film, enjoying Wallace Shawn and the cute looks of Cary Elwes.

You can find more posts and opinions on The Princess Bride at Chrisbookarama who hosted this readalong.

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Reading corner at Thalia

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In my post about Thalia, one of the big bookstores in the city, I never got around to showing you a nice little reading corner. I am not sure it was even there at the time, at least I never noticed it. Only today my son discovered this cozy little place. It is a bit hidden, so you can probably lie there and read for hours without being detected. German bookstores are really nice to their customers.

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

My thoughts: 

This is the first book I read for my Steampunk challenge. Everybody talks about the Parasol Protectorate series, of which this is the first book with Changeless and Blameless to follow. Two more sequels, Heartless and Timeless, will be released in the next two years.

Since this is the first steampunk book I have ever read (except a m/m novella which I don’t count here) I have no idea how to rate it as far as the steampunk factor is concerned. It is set in an alternative Victorian London; werewolves, vampires, ghosts and other supernatural beings have come out years before and are now an official, if not 100% popular, part of society. The plot revolves around mysterious appearances and disappearances of supernatural beings and it is up to Alexia and Lord Maccon to detect what is going on (if only by accident and with the help of a few delectable dandies).

Alexia is a preternatural, the only one known in fact, who can neutralize supernatural powers merely through touch. I found this an interesting twist. In no paranormal story I have read so far did I come across anybody who could negate the supernatural at all, let alone this easily. Her interactions with her paramour-to-be were delightful. Both thoroughly dislike each other – or so they think – and that made for some very agreeable banter.

The other main characters are all fleshed out and, if not likeable, at least believable. The typical werewolf – vampire differences are in place. The vampires are refined to foppish, the werewolves down-to-earth to rough and boisterous. I absolutely loved Lord Akeldama and his drones. I hope I will see more of them in the future.

One thing I could have done without were the descriptions of the experiments in the club. I hate that sort of thing and I would have known that those scientists were rather crazy, fanatical and dangerous without reading all that. So I skipped some of it, even though I am sure I missed out on some great machinery ideas that way.

The idea to lock Alexia into the cell with the biggest werewolf gave a chance to throw in a lovely scene between her and Lord Maccon. Strange how people in love are inclined to kiss and pet even in the worst circumstances. But then, I suppose they were locked in and could only wait. So what better pastime than to make out?

I very much enjoyed reading Soulless and will definitely continue with that series. If you like the paranormal, romance (not too explicit), an element of humour and a lot of entertainment, get it!

On Gail Carriger’s website you will find a page about Alexia’s London, along with sketches of characters and outfits, deleted scenes and more. A nice addition to the reading experience.

Title Soulless
Author Gail Carriger
Publisher Orbit Books
ISBN 978-0316056632
Buy link Buy Soulless

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

WANT TO KNOW WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT OF THIS BOOK? HAVE A LOOK AT:

Heather at Books and Quilts 

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Aquamarine by Sara Bell

Blurb:

Derek is an award winning football player who also happens to be out as a gay man. His college and his coach are behind him, as is his best friend and fellow player, Ford. The only person who doesn’t seem to support him is his boyfriend, and the other teams aren’t fond of him.

When his promising career is cut short, Derek has to re-evaluate his whole life. Everyone gathers around to support him, but some things he has to figure out for himself, like his relationship with his boyfriend, and his friendship with Ford. Will Derek make the right choices and find a way to get everything he wants?

Originally published as the Birthstone Aquamarine.

My thoughts: 

When I read the blurb of this re-release I had to get it right away. It sounded just too nice to give it a pass.

This story was just so sweet. It is short and there is no conflict to speak of, it still is captivating. You just have to love Derek and Ford and absolutely hate Paul, Derek’s boyfriend. Ugh, what a superficial, selfish, career driven bastard. By rights Derek should have sent him packing months ago. But then, I could see why he held on to this lacklustre relationship when he thought he can’t have what he really wanted.

First I was wondering whether this would turn out as a gay for you story, but it didn’t. The reason for Ford’s rejection of Derek that was given was valid; it was not some far fetched explanation that would have made the whole plot unrealistic.

I am not sure whether the ending and the fact that Derek was an officially gay football player to begin with isn’t a bit too good to be true. I don’t know anything about American Football, but if it is anything like soccer over here there is probably a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in place that makes it extremely hard to come out. So this aspect of the story might be a bit too optimistic, but it was definitely enjoyable to read for once about a successful athlete who doesn’t need to hide his proclivities.

I wasn’t familiar with Sara Bell before, but after reading Aquamarine I definitely will check out her backlist. If you like a quick read with two lovely young guys who finally realize what they really want, a supportive family and a super sweet ending and epilogue, get it!

Title Aquamarine
Author Sara Bell
Publisher Torquere Books
ISBN 978-1-60370-308-6
Buy link Buy Aquamarine
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Thursday 13: Shakespeare

Today I’ll tell you a few phrases and expressions that Shakepeare  coined.  shakespeare_chandos

  • The “green-ey’d monster” made its first appearance in print in Othello (III.3)
  • Ever wondered what you saw in a man when it was over? At the time you’ve probably been in your “salad days” like Cleopatra. Antony and Cleopatra (I.5)
  • Aldous Huxley revived the “Brave New World” from The Tempest (V.1) in 1932
  • “A Dish fit for the Gods” is not necessarily a delicious meal, as we know from Julius Caesar (II.1)
  • It is up to you to decide whether “Her Infinite Variety” is a good or a bad thing in Antony and Cleopatra (II.2)
  • Macduff’s family was erased in “one fell swoop” by the hell-kite Macbeth. Macbeth (IV.3)
  • When you say “the play’s the thing”, you might not have exactly the same intention as Hamlet had. He wanted to get proof of fratricide, after all. Hamlet (II.2)
  • Let us hope you will never have to give “a pound of flesh” when defaulting on a debt. The Merchant of Venice (IV.1)
  • Ever seen “a sorry sight”? Probably it won’t be as bad as the one Macbeth is talking about. Macbeth (II.2)
  • “Sweets for the sweet” are not always candy for the cutie you are going out with. Hamlet (V.1)
  • Better not express your desire of “too much of a good thing” in public. People might be embarrassed by it. As you like it (IV.1)
  • On the other hand Lady Macbeth’s wish that scheming spirits “unsex me [her] here” has no sexual connotation at all. Macbeth (I.5)
  • The first “wild-goose chase” was one of wits, namely Romeo’s and Mercutio’s. Romeo and Juliet (II.4)

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