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Books, Books, and more BOOKS!

After saying I would not buy another book in October, as I still have several yet to read. Especially after buying THE CITY OF BRASS last weekend, as I thought it would take me a while to read it at 530+ pages (it didn’t — my review will be coming next week). What did I go and do while we were out today? I bought two more books … THE WHISPERER — Donato Carrisi A MAN CALLED OVE — Fredrik Backman I blame Norrie … I wrote several new names and books down on my list after reading one of her posts last week, and, as it happens, while looking over the shelfs at forbidden fruit, I saw one of the books she’d mentioned: A Man Called Ove. All this because I was looking for BEARTOWN by the same author! Well, of course, I had to buy it. And I couldn’t buy just one novel. I had to buy two because, you know, you have to, right? Isn’t it written somewhere in stone … isn’t it? So, …

First Impressions Friday: THE CITY OF BRASS

It’s that time of week, again, which means, it’s First Impressions Friday. For those of you who are unfamiliar, #FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading then share your first impressions, predict what you think will happen, and then say whether you think you’ll enjoy it. I picked up a copy of THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty, last weekend, but was only able to start reading it late Tuesday, so I didn’t get very far. But, oh my, have I been binge-reading ever since. So much so, I really, and I mean, really, don’t want to put this book down to eat, drink, or sleep! I was sucked in from the very first pages and am hooked on Nahri, Ali, and Dara’s stories. This is an immense One Thousand and One Arabian nights kind of tale full of myth, magic and mystery. At once compelling and intriguing, brimming with action and adventure and yes, elements of horror too—ghouls …

There Is A Time To Read …

And a time to buy! And, as my To Buy list had gotten so unruly these last few months, I’ve had to go through it and pare it down to a manageable size. As a result, I know have three lists: To Buy, Am Considering, and, of course, the ever growing Wish List, which is almost 300+ books in total. Thanks in part, to all the recommendations from everyone out there. You’re killing me, people! This weekend saw me create a new master—to buy list—over on Indigo Chapters, so I can also keep track of just how much money all these wonderful books might cost me. I can also decide, by reading the reviews and the back cover blurb, whether or not books are in the right list. Or if they should be moved back to the Wish List. You know how it is, procrastinating over what you think you want, and what in reality, you can afford. Anyway, I can now play virtual shuffle board with books from one list to another, without sacrificing …

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Tropes I Want More Of!

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday created by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: 5 Tropes I Want More Of! Which means, for me at least, all my favourite SF tropes. #1 : Robots I love me a good robot story. I mean, who hasn’t read and loved Isaac Asimov’s robot novels? There are so many angles to this trope that are yet to be discovered, as science catches up with science fiction. Endless possibilities as we think artificial A.I. or humans becoming Cyborgs. #2 : Interstellar Travel The first books and series that comes to mind is Frank Herbert’s DUNE saga, and Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series. Both galaxy spanning sagas that cover thousands of years of futuristic history. #3 : Transformation This can come in many guises, not least of which is the one and only original, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, right on through to today’s super heroes like the big green Hulk. Transformations can be small …

The City of Brass

I did it … I went and bought myself a copy of The City Of Brass, by S.A. Chakraborty. Why? Because so many of you have already read it, and reviewed it and … love it! After reading one to many duds this last couple of months that resulted in my either putting aside and or outright DNFing a number of novels, I wanted something completely different. A change from reading crime fiction, and or suspense novels. Even though I’ve read some excellent books this last month, FORCES OF NATURE by Jane Harper and THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley (review coming on Monday), I decided I wanted to read a sprawling fantasy, something filled with magic for October and Halloween. Not that I’m a big fan of Halloween, but that aside. Chakraborty has created a mammoth 500+ pages of a world filled with magic, and Djinns … a world akin to Arabian Nights, Excuse me while I take flight on my Persian carpet!