Waiting on Wednesday : Boneyard (Deadlands #3) by Seanan McGuire

Posted On 13 September 2017

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : Boneyard (Deadlands #3) by Seanan McGuire  – this sounds great, plus I love Seanan McGuire and just check out the cover!

deadlands.jpgThe newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!

Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.

Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.

The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.

A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group

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2011 – what a year!

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During ??

I’ve gone for 2011 – this was a good year for me and the first that I started really listing my books so it’s easy to flirt back and see at a glance what I read.  Here are my 10 favourites roughly in the order they were read during the year (I read approximately 111 books that year these are the ones I’ve just chosen for this weeks TTT:

  1. Soulless/Blameless/Changeless by Gail Carriger
  2. Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch
  3. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
  4. The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Moon Called/Blood Bound/Iron Kissed/Bone Crossed/Silver Borne/River Marked by Patricia Briggs
  6. Witch Light, Susan Fletcher
  7. Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch
  8. A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin
  9. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
  10. Prince of Thorns, Mark Lawrence

Was that a bloody impressive year or what!!!

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1)

analchemyI’m pleased to say that I loved An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors.  It was a great read, the storyline is rich with drama and intrigue, the world building is eloquent and the characters, well, I simply fell in love with them.  I picked this up hesitantly, I didn’t really know what to expect but here is a story of love, a story that will undoubtedly spring to mind old time classics but which brings a modern feel and includes elements of steampunk and blood magic.  An ageing Musketeer, a courageous princess, a dark and twisting plot and court intrigue aplenty.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot really.  We begin with a birth and almost a death.  Isabelle is born with a deformed hand which nearly seals her fate until Jean-Claude steps in.  Jeane-Claude is the King’s own Musketeer.  He travels the world on missions and relaying messages and on the day in question, in intervening and saving Isabelle’s life (by default in the King’s name) seals his own fate to become Isabelle’s protector and confidante.  He remains on the Isle des Zephyrs until Isabelle’s hand is sought in marriage and the two of them travel to the Kingdom of Aragoth to meet Prince Julio.  This is the start of their adventure, and when I say adventure I really mean their fight to stay alive and prevent a war.

The world here is rich and imaginative.  Huge floating islands make up the kingdom.  People travel via airship.  Conflicts and intrigue are the flavour of the day and people switch sides with supreme indifference.  The nobles can be cruel and ambitious, their own magic used ruthlessly to kill and sometimes to steal the will of the victims they choose.

I really loved the main characters. Isabelle is an intelligent woman.  She adores maths and can hold her own but given the world in which she’s born into she must mask her ability and play down her smarts.  She gives her father a wide birth, he’s a cruel man who has no time for a daughter born with a deformity and even more so one with no magical ability.  Jeane-Claude is an ageing Musketeer who is more than aware that he’s not quite as agile as he once was.  He’s tenacious and clever finding relevance and clues where others failed to look.  The two of them together are a great combination to read.  They care so much for each other, in a none romantic way, but they have the sort of partnership that means they both go off and do their own thing.  Isabelle isn’t sat around waiting to be rescued, she’s pursuing her own objectives whilst Jean Claude is himself risking life and limb in pursuit of would-be assassins.

So, great characters and an amazing world.  What more could you possibly want.  Oh, maybe a beautifully written story that puts you in mind of the likes of Dumas, easy to digest prose, vivid descriptions and a slippery eel of a plot that is huge in scope but that comes together in a very satisfying way?  Well, if that’s what you’re looking for then prepare to be happy because it’s all here in abundance.

In terms of criticisms.  Not really a criticism but an observation.  This is not a story that you can rush through, you have to savour the politics and come to terms with the different families and their own hierarchies.  If you’re looking for a speedy read then you might want to bear that in mind before picking this one up.

A mash up of European alternate history and steampunk told with flair and absolutely wonderful to read.

I loved this.

I received a copy courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

Weekly Wrap Up : 10/9/17

Posted On 10 September 2017

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I’ve had another busy week and weekend.  Changes at work have meant I’ve had little free time and this weekend apart from a party on Saturday evening we’ve been moving our daughter into her university accommodation and also spent all Sunday visiting relatives – so the week has flown and I’ve had very little reading time, plus I’m shattered now!  I did manage to finish An Alchemy of Masques and Shadows which was just excellent and I’m now reading and enjoying the other two books I was hoping to finish: Godsgrave and Sea of Rust.

What I’ve read:

  1. An Alchemy of Masques and Shadows by Curtis Craddock:

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What I’m hoping to finish next week:

  1. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  2. Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill

 

 

Hope you all had a good week.  Let me know what you’re reading.

‘This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are’

Posted On 8 September 2017

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

That great condenser of moral chaos, The City (A cover which features a city)

And I’ve chosen The City & the City by China Miéville

My favourite this week is:

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Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a black and white design

Future themes:

15th September 2017 – ‘Checkmate’ – a cover featuring a black and white design.

22nd September 2017 – As purple as the heather – a cover which is mostly purple

29th September 2017 – Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady – a cover featuring a heart

6th October 2017 – ‘Then let the crabs be cursed by Odin’ – a cover featuring a Viking ‘

13th October 2017 – You have nice manners for a thief, and a LIAR!’  – a cover with a dragon

20th October 2017 – ‘Me and my….’ – a cover featuring a Shadow

27th October 2017 – “Thus with a kiss I die” – a cover featuring a couple

3rd November 2017 – ‘Desperate affairs require desperate measures’ – a regency style cover

10th November 2017 – ‘zip it, lock it and throw away the key – a cover featuring a key

17th November 2017 – Snap! – a cover featuring a double image or reflection

24th November 2017 – ‘I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently’ – a cover featuring snow

1st December 2017 – The pen is mightier than the sword – a cover featuring a fancy font

8th December 2017 – ‘Do not go gentle’ – a cover featuring the night…

15th December 2017 – Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a portion/perfume bottle

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