Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday's Beginnings (39)

Here we are again... another Monday.

How are you faring in reading at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting a new book or finishing one up?

Reading have been on the slow side for me this past week.  Last weekend I was sick so not much reading done.  This week past was just kind of yuckie for my reading.  It just seemed that we had some sort of running or something going on.  Thursday was school picnic day, whole day spent at the amusement park.  Friday was a day of cleaning because Saturday was a cousins wedding (who lives about an hour away).  But, with all that running I did get Before They Are Hanged By Joe Abercrombie done and the review up, click here.  And I did get the review for the graphic novel/ comic of Hopeless up as well, click here.  Sunday, well Sunday I ended up sleeping in a little bit and at the doctors.  I have another sinus infection and my son has passed me his pink eye he got from his friend at school.  But the doctors have said with this virus for the cold it too has settled to cause pink eye for some people.  

So, today I have stayed home and rested.  I did finish Dante's Journey By JC Marino today.  So I am hoping to do the review for it here very soon.  I am hoping to get started into The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett here this evening.  I am really looking forward to this book.

As for my Wishlist... I think I had a light week on myself.  I added 4 books.  I am loving it all these books I am adding, now I just have to find time to read them all.  And I think the authors would be pleased with you all too.

Books I received this week...

I won a signed copy of Hunted By Others By Jess Haines at Abigail's blog All Things Urban Fantasy.  Thank you! I am looking forward to this one.

Book Synopsis:
They are the Others - the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they're stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again...

In a town like this, being a P.I. can be murder

Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knos her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend - a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing - and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil - whether she likes it or not...

Another cool win for me was Empire In Black and Gold By Adrian Tchaikovsky. This sounds like a cool Fantasy read.

Book Synopsis:
The city-states of the Lowlands have lived in peace for decades, bastions of civilization, prosperity, and sophistication, protected by treaties, trade, and a belief in the reasonable nature of the neighbors.

But meanwhile, in far-off corners, the Wasp Empire has been devouring city after city with its highly trained armies, its machines, its killing Art... And now its hunger for conquest and war has become insatiable.

Only the aging Stenwold Maker, spymaster, artificer, and statesman, can see that the long days of peace are over. It falls upon his shoulders to open the eyes of his people, before a black-and-gold tide sweeps down over the Lowlands and burns away everything in its path.

But first he must stop himself from becoming the Empire's latest victim.

This is another great sounding book, Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells, I won at Fantasy Literature.

Book Synopsis:
In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin - the only profession fit for an outcast - doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now.

Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal...

So, do you think that is enough books for one week?  No! Okay, I have one more to add to the list.

So, I had $5 towards my next book at Borders.  So, since it expired today I had to stop yesterday when I went to the doctors and spend it.  I was surprised to see this book on the shelves as it isn't due to be out until June 1st.  So I picked it up to add to the stack here for June.  I did enjoy the first book in this series and was curious to see where book 2 goes.  Would you like to read my review of Lord of the Changing Winds, click here.  Would you like to enter the GIVEAWAY for Lord of the Changing Winds? It ends May 31st, click here.

Book Synopsis:
The epic adventure of griffins and mortals continues...

Gereint Enseichen of Casmantium knows little and cares less about the recent war in which his king tried to use griffins and fire to wrest territory from the neighboring country of Feierabiand. Now, his kingdom's unexpected defeat offers him a chance to escape from his own servitude.

But now that the griffins find themselves in a position of strength, they are not inclined to forgive and the entire kingdom finds itself in deadly peril. Willing or not, Gereint is caught up in a desperate struggle between the griffins and the last remaining mage...

So, these are a lot of books for me in one week but all ones I really wanted.  I am going to have to go through my shelf and reorganize here soon.

So, now to you... How are you faring this week so far?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

Here is to hoping you have a great week in words and pages.


Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Popping in to see how you are doing honey! And how life is going for ya! Hope all is well!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hey Cecile! *waves* I was just thinking of you the other day. I wanted to stop by tonight to say hello. Hope all is going well for you. I've been a little under the weather here lately, but hope to bounce back here quickly. :) Hope you are doing well and all is great for you.

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Aww honey, I am sorry to hear that you have been under the weather lately! ***I am sending some good thoughts your way*** I send some prayers you way too... it can't hurt!
Love ya honey!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

You are a sweetie Cecile. :) Thanks! I appreciate the thoughts. Luvz to you!

Alexia561 said...

Sorry to hear that you had a rough week. Hope next week is better for you! Loved Red-Headed Stepchild, so hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a great week! :)

WonderBunny said...

I hope you get feeling well. I liked Red Headed Stepchild and have the next waiting for me to read.

Downloaded the sample of Lord of the Changing Winds, I keep hearing about this but haven't picked it up yet. So I'm going to give a try.

David Wagner said...

Started my first David Gemmell book... figured I'd start with the first in the Drenai series, about Druss the Legend. In fact, it's called Legend... it's a great read so far...

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Still not feeling so well, I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully with a good week of reading in front of me, I think I'm going to attempt Wolf Hall.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Anyone wanting flies yet? ;) Hope you are feeling better soon!

Btw, I'm not doing well with my reading. Had a bad migraine and was out to the big city for a graduation. So, I'm behind and one is due today. So what do I do? I surf the net and read blogs, naturally! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Alexia - Thank you. If you loved Red-Headed Stepchild, I think I will as well. :) I have heard many great things of the book and author and I think I will love it too. Have a great week.

WonderBunny - Thank you. Glad to hear you enjoyed Red-Headed Stepchild. I think I will love this one too. Hope you enjoy the second book as well. :) I'm not sure if you live in the US or Canada, but if you do enter in my giveaway for the Lord of the Changing Winds. :)

David - I know I have heard of David Gemmell, but at the moment I'm not placing it. I will have to look it up again. Glad its a great read so far. Hope it stays that way for you. Have a great week.

Petty Witter - I have heard Wolf Hall is a great read. I hope you enjoy it. A few of us on twitter do a book discussion, tuesbooktalk, and this is the next book we will be starting to discuss on June 1. We read just a few chapters and discuss them then read a few more chapters for the next week. I look forward to seeing what you think of it. Hope you have a great week!

Melissa - They have eaten all the flies around here. :D Thank you. Sorry to hear you had a migraine. Those really suck. Well, browsing the blogs always makes me feel better. Hope you get through the book you are needing done. Hope you have a better week as well. :)

cari_tx said...

I like the cover for Jaye Wells. I think I might pick it up.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Cari - I have heard so many great things of the Jaye Wells book too. If you pick it up I hope you enjoy it. :) Thank you for stopping by.

Simcha said...

Just stopping by to say hi. I've been so absorbed this week by all my website and blog problems that I haven't been around to visit any of my blogging friends.
I've heard good things about Adrian Tchaikovsky and this book and I look forward to hearing your opinion of it.
I just finished the Maze Runner, which was so-so and I just started Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey which I'm really enjoying. I'm also listening to the second Dresden Book and I'm still wondering why everyone is making such a fuss about these books. They are not that great. Another of life's mysteries I guess.
I hope you are feeling better and are getting some good reading done. Though amusement parks and weddings are fun too :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi Simcha! Sorry it took so long ro respond. It has ended up to be a crazy week for me. Sorry to hear you were having so many problems with the blog. Hope it is all well again. :) I am curious of the Adrian Tchaikovsky book as well. It sounds like an interesting read. I'm sorry to hear Maze Runner wasn't more than average sounding. It sounds like a great book. I think the second one will be out some time here. I can't remember what I heard about when though. Fforde sounds like some great books. I almost picked one up at the store the other day. I wanted to check on the order of the books though. As for the Dresden series. I read a short story in an anthology that goes with the series, and I hate to admit - but I didn't feel a pull to the story. I know it was only a short story, but it didn't feel all that wonderous to me. Maybe a whole book would be different though. *shrug shoulders* I may have to give it a try some time. But I am feeling much better thank you. :) Hope you had a great weekend.