‘January brings the snow’… a quick recap

This is going to be my monthly round up post.  A quick catch up.

Books read:

  1. Transmuted, Karina Cooper – also reviewed by Lisa (Over the Effing Rainbow)
  2. Tempered – Karina Cooper
  3. Engraved – Karina Cooper
  4. Atlanta Burns – Chuck Wendig – also reviewed by Tammy (Books, Bones and Buffy)
  5. The Ice Twins – S K Tremayne
  6. The Just City – Jo Walton – also reviewed by Lisa (Tenacious Reader)
  7. Owl and the Japanese Circus – Kristi Charish – also reviewed by Mogsy (Bibliosanctum)
  8. The Eterna Files – Leanna Renee Hieber – review to follow
  9. Sorrow’s Isle – Jen Williams – review to follow

Backlist:

  1. Engraved – Karina Cooper
  2. Tempered – Karina Cooper

Unfinished series completed:

  1. Transmuted – Karina Cooper – No.6 of the St Croix Chronicles and end of series 1/10 completed

Books Bought:

  1. Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson – recommended by Sleepless Musings Thank you!!
  2. The Deaths of Tao – Wesley Chu
  3. Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marilier
  4. Sorrow’s Isle – Jen Williams
  5. The Fire Mages – Pauline M Ross

Review Books:

  1. Golden Son – Pierce Brown
  2. The Way Inn – Will Wiles
  3. The Bees – Laline Paull
  4. The Ship – Antonia Honeywell
  5. Inspector of the Dead – David Morrell
  6. Flex –  Ferrett Steinmetz

Vintage Sci Fi at the Little Red Reviewer and Sci Fi Experience 2015 at Stainless Steel Droppings

I was hoping to do better with this as I only completed two books but I was simply too unorganised!  There’s always next year though 😀

  1. A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  2. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Cover spotlight:

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Woman’s best friend????

Art it Up.  This is a weekly meme hosted by Tabitha over at Not Yet Read.  The idea being to see if you can come up with some inspiration for a little sketch or doodle from your last week’s reading or just anything else in general. this week I’ve been reading Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig and The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne.  I’ve taken my inspiration from Atlanta Burns and tried a sketch of Whitey!

The Topic for Tough Travel at Fantasy Review Barn this week was Law Enforcement.  Check out this week’s books!

Check on over to Tabitha’s place – her artwork is always quite gorgeous!!

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Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig

Posted On 26 January 2015

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Just finished reading Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig and woah, wow and oh my giddy aunt all rolled into one!

Atlanta Burns is a young girl.  At the start of the story she’s just returning to school after a break of some months.  The reason why she’s been away from school will soon be made apparent to you the reader.  In the meantime all I can say is that she’s gathered something of a reputation and people are a strange mix of in awe, scared and confrontational towards her.  Getting a reputation has it’s drawbacks but Atlanta isn’t too worried – she’s all up for going stirring up a can of whoopass!

This is a difficult book to review because I don’t want to give away too much about the plot.  In fact I don’t really want to talk about the story other than to let you know that Atlanta is going to become the hero of the underdog!  And a most unexpected hero at that with a smart mouth and a heart of gold that she hides beneath a prickly exterior.

I liked Atlanta.  She’s a mixed up girl but that’s no wonder considering her past.  She gets involved in all sorts of adult badness that she shouldn’t even be aware of and on the outside she appears tough.  Yet, she does get afraid, she doesn’t want to be in scary situations and more often than not she just wants her mum!  She is vulnerable and yet she’s also determined.  I don’t think you could fail to like her really. She’s all about championing the misfits and probably in recognition of this they naturally navigate towards her.

And, oh my word, there’s a lot of rescuing to be done here and no shortage of heartache frankly.  If you’ve read Wendig’s Blackbird series you’ll be no stranger to the gritty realism that he portrays so well and this book is no exception.  Within this story you’re going to get mixed up with all sorts from the lower echelons of society to the society darlings and you’re going to bear witness to extreme poverty and some rather seedy living.

This is without doubt a brutal read and you can believe me when I say that.  Through this story you’re going to be reading about bullying, homophobia, violence, suicide, rape, torture, a bunch of fascist podunk hicks, dog fighting and dog baiting!  Some of the people involved are down right nasty and don’t flinch at all sorts of repugnant behaviour – and if that’s going to be a turn off for you then I’m giving you fair warning right now!  I’m not trying to deter you from reading this book because frankly I was hooked to the page and at the end of the day this may be a downright dark and gritty look at areas that are not always pleasant to be reminded of but it was also a book with hope threaded throughout.  Atlanta is a misfit, she’s more an anti-hero than anything else but it’s sort of reassuring that she wants to do the right thing.

In terms of criticisms I think the only thing I would mention is that this can be bleak (see above!)  There are very few really nice people to latch onto and you certainly won’t be having any deep belly laughs while you read this.  Like I said though, I found it totally compelling, shocking and then uplifting in a strange sort of way and absolutely unputdownable.

I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this with the above provisos.

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