Santa Clause is coming to town..

Posted On 19 December 2017

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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 Books I Hope Santa Brings

I’ve picked below ten random books that are still on my wishlist.  I’ve narrowed this down already this year as I had a rather good gift card and it was all spent on books:

  1. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  2. Austral by Paul McAuley
  3. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
  4. Royal Bastards by Andrew Schvarts
  5. Ararat by Christopher Golden
  6. The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin
  7. We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory
  8. Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
  9. False Hearts by Laura Lam
  10. Your choice??
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‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’

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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:

‘Books On My Fall TBR List’

This is such an easy topic *runs to shelf*:

  1. Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire
  2. The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
  3. The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood
  4. A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M Harris
  5. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  6. Artemis by Andy Weir
  7. The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle
  8. The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
  9. The Tiger’s Daughter K Arsenault Rivera
  10. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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?
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