All good things to those that wait.

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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:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

A few books that I’m looking forward to being released before the end of 2017.  I just highlighted a number of my upcoming reads for the beach read post so I’ve gone for some different releases that I’m also very eager to check out:

  1. The Five Daughters of the Moon by – Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.
  2. The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford – All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion’s outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child
  3. Darien (Empire of Salt #1) by D F Iggulden – TWELVE FAMILIES. ONE THRONE. WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF SALT.
  4. Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald – Set on the ragged edge of a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…
  5. The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J Walker – Every dog has its day…  And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be.
  6. Devil’s Call by J Danielle Dorn – On a dark night in the winter of 1859, three men entered the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unfortunately for them, his wife, Li Lian, hails from a long line of women gifted in the dark arts–the witches of the McPherson clan.
  7. Swarm and Steel by Michael R Fletcher – To escape the hell she created, a woman must team up with a novice warrior and return to her homeland in this gritty epic fantasy where delusions are literally made real.
  8. Godblind by Anna Stephens – The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.
  9. The Last Tudor by Philipa Gregory – The latest novel from Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.
    Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason. 
  10. City of Brass by S A Chakraborty – Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.

Here be dragons…

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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:

Cover Theme Freebie (I’ve opted for covers with dragons)

No problem finding 10 this week, in fact the problem will be making myself stop. I’ve gone for a selection of covers from books I’ve read, some from my tbr and also from my wishlist:

1. The Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan – because these have got to be some of the most outstanding covers ever!  I’ve read the first three and have bought the fourth and fifth.  Just need to now read them:

2. The Copper Promise series by Jen Williams – this is an absolutely excellent series that I highly recommend:

3. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:

4. Jacqueline Carey’s Naamah’s Kiss

5. Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan – I’ve not read this one yet but I did purchase a copy – check out these two covers – which is your favourite

6. Heartsone by Elle Katharine White – a thoroughly enjoyable retelling of Pride and Prejudice – with dragons no less.

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7. Chasing Embers by James Bennett is the first in the Ben Garston series which got off to a good start.

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8. The Blood Dragon Empire by Andy Remic – not for the feint hearted this one.

9. The Temeraire series by Naomi Novak – I’ve not read these but they are on the wishlist (I’ve gone with the first three book covers in the series)

10. The Dragon’s Blade series by Michael R Miller – I haven’t read these yet but they’re on my wishlist and the covers are gorgeous.

 

 

‘You had me at epic fantasy’

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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:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

  1. Blogger recommendations – I find so many good books this way.  Once you find your own favourite blogs to follow with people who, not only have similar tastes, but also whose opinions you trust – it’s such a great way to pick up new book recommendations.
  2. Author – I have a number of authors who I would automatically pick up: Mark Lawrence, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Pinborough, Patrick Rothfuss, Alice Hoffman, Scott Lynch, Lauren Beukes, to name a few  – the list could go on but I’ll stop there.
  3. Publisher – let’s face it I follow quite a lot of publishers and keep my eye on their anticipated releases and new authors.
  4. Cover – I know it seems fickle but I do love a great cover and it is the thing that initially draws me to the book.
  5. Hype – I can deny it all I like but eventually any really, seriously, hyped book will eventually get to me and I will crumble in the face of popular demand!
  6. Part of a series – obviously, if I’m reading and loving a series I am eager for the next instalment.
  7. Genre – I know that authors don’t really like to be pigeon holed, but if a book falls into any of the following: fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, horror, alternate universe, urban fantasy, or any of a number of other sub genres then I’ll probably pick it up.
  8. Content – if a book happens to have vampires, fae, magic, dragons, goblins, witches – you get the picture – then I pretty much more than likely want to read it.
  9. Grimdark – a description that is a tad over used – but still it works like a charm for me and always makes me want to pick up the book in question.
  10. What did I miss?

Breaking the mould..

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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:\

Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Okay, unique books.  Well, I’ve had a good think and this is what I came up with:

  1. Alice in Wonderland.  I read this book many years ago and the one thing I initially recall was thinking how very ‘out there’ it was.  Seriously, was Lewis Carroll on some sort of mind bending hallucinogenics!  Seriously.  Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe….. (I rest my case – even though I do love, LOVE, that poem – do you have any notion how long it took just to type those 13 words – the number of auto correct words that took over?  What the shagging hell is is a slithy tove anyway?)
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Now this was another fairly early read for me and I think the whole idea of allegory went over my head so fast that it probably had some sort of butterfly effect on the other side of the world.  Anyway, animals, running the farm – and those blinking pigs!
  3. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  Now this is one of those books that I picked up on a sale.  I really enjoyed this and I thought it was very unique – in fact I gave my copy to somebody in work and she actually cried (which was more emotion than I probably showed) – but, yeah, we both loved it.  So unexpected.
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t mind admitting that I didn’t like the idea of this book at all.  I couldn’t get my head around the idea of a games arena where children fought to the death.  Nope.  Too much.  I thought simply that it was going too far but, eventually, I picked it up and it was the very opposite of what I expected.
  5. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – creepy as.  OMG.  This is a scary little number.  I haven’t caught up with the series yet and I like to keep telling myself ‘I haven’t had time’ – who am I kidding – I’m scared.  I will though.  I can do this – face your fears and all that.
  6. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis – this is such a great book.  I’m going to completely confess that I didn’t really think I would like this, the reason, yes, *hangs head in shame*, I didn’t really feel drawn to the cover – there it is – but, I’m very pleased to say that this book was absolutely brilliant.  I loved it.
  7. Flex, Flux, Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz.  An excellent series, unbelievably unique, jaw droppingly brilliant, packed with excitement and danger and this fantastic combination of fantasy and games all mashed together.  I loved this.
  8. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – what a tour de force this is, maybe not for everyone but I loved it.  The history, the fantasy and the vision.  What a phenomenal piece of work.
  9. The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence- Prince, King and Emperor of Thorns.  Undoubtedly unique.  Dark and gritty, violent and yet compelling, well written and with a sweeping vision.  I love this series – maybe not for everyone but it really blew me away.
  10. This one is for you – choose your unique novel?

Short and Sweet

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Every Tuesday over at the  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:

Read In One Sitting : top ten books I read in one sitting

  1. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  2. City of Wolves by Willow Palecek
  3. The Amber Isles by Ashley Capes
  4. The Book of Apex edited by Lynne M Thomas (a collection of short stories)
  5. In Calabria by Peter S Beagle
  6. The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
  7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  8. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  9. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  10. Poison/Charm/Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
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