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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 E-Book Challenge

I am signing up for "Obsessed" at the 20 book level.

July 19th.  Challenge Completed.  
Once a Nook girl through and through, I am now the proud owner of and a almost complete convert to the Kindle 3.  While the challenge is complete, I have over  500 books loaded up on it so my ereading will continue.  My Kindle is also ready to go camping and the beach with my handy dandy new Trendy Digital waterproof case.  Highly recommend one for all you ereader lovers of nature out there.

Weeks 22-29
James Patterson's YA series, Maximum Ride.  There is one more not pictured here as well, Angel.  They were enjoyable, not great literature, but very readable.  I liked the characters very much indeed. 
Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment, James Patterson 
Maximum Ride, Max, James Patterson
Maximum Ride, Fang, James Patterson
Maximum Ride, Angel, James Patterson

Rob Lowe's autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, was an ok read.  The most interesting stuff in it, for me, was the behind the scenes dirt on The Outsiders.  Beach reading, better to just skim for the good stuff.

Wil Wheaton's, Just a Geek, was more interesting than I thought it would be.  If you are a fan I would definitely say it is worth the read, if not, don't know why you would. 

Total beach reading, these were like reading a great "B" movie.  I was pretty much done with them after the 2nd one but I have completion issues and finished them all.  Yeah, the covers sum them up.  The first one was actually pretty good.  Only the 2nd two were available as ebooks on Amazon.
Meg, Steve Alten
The Trench, Steve Alten
Primal Waters, Steve Alten
Hell's Aquarium, Steve Alten

Week 21
The Mercy Thompson series were recommended by a friend who is also a Dresden Files fan.   While technically in the same genre and quite enjoyable so far, they are no Dresden Files.  On their own merit though, Mercedes is a highly likable character with a great supporting cast.  Interestingly, the fae have "come out" to some extent in these books and the consequences are only just beginning to reverberate through as the werewolves also reveal themselves.
I am now in the third book and will happily continue the series, they are a nice addition to the paranormal genre. I also very much appreciate that the content, so far, is 'PG". I like to share good stories with my teenager but a lot of paranormal crosses a line I am not ready for her to cross as yet.
Iron Kissed
I plowed through these and loved them and went right into Brigg's Alpha and Omega series when I was done.  Mercy is a fabulous character and I can't get enough of these.  While they don't have all the humor of the Dresden Files, these are stand out books, especially as you keep reading.  Great fun, highly recommended.
Bone Crossed
Silver Borne

River Marked

From Patricia Brigg's website, the seventh and last in the series is due out Spring 2013

Alpha and Omega series

Cry Wolf

Hunting Ground

Due out  January 2012,  Fair Game

Week of April 18th
Part Surfer Magazine and part scientific journal this book was a grand read from start to finish.  Susan Casey hangs with the greatest surfing talents out there and moreover,listens and learns from them managing to convey their respect and awe of the ocean they challenge.
She regales with tales and solid facts from salvage captains, surfers, photographers, scientists of all types. Combining meteorology, climatology, oceanography along with riveting stories of high seas adventures and derring-do I enjoyed this book more than I would have imagined

April 5th Check in Post
Rogue Angel Book 1 Destiny, Alex Archer
Just started this series and so far I am a fan. Indiana Jones, Laura Croft, Daniel Jackson and Amelia Peabody rolled into one exciting character. A little history, a little paranormal, a little action adventure and you have a winning combination. Can't wait to read the next in the series. I gave it 3 stars because it takes me a little while sometimes to fall in love with a series but I did enjoy it very much.
Oxford History of the United States, Grand Expectations, James Patterson
I love James Patterson and I came across this just when I wanted to brush up on modern history.  He wrote the next in the series as well taking me up to Bush vs. Gore in Restless Giant Which I will also be reading.
 March 28th Check in Post
Well, I finished Clash of Kings and then went insane.
Consequently, I have now read through, I Am Ozzy for no reason I can fathom and am now almost finished with Rush Limbaugh, An Army of One by Zev Chafets. Both were incredibly readable and oddly, I enjoyed them very much.

March 21st Check in Post  

 A Clash of Kings, Book 2, A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
This is book two of the epic fantasy series and I read them years ago.  It is worth the re-read even though they average about 700 pages.  These are fantasy at it's finest.  The first book came out in 1991 and here at last, the 5th, A Dance with Dragons is finally available for pre-order on Amazon with a July publication date.  Additionally, HBO is coming out with a series based on the books on April 17th that looks amazing.  Sean Bean as Eddard Stark.  No bad there. I have just done a little research on the series and am almost wishing now that I had waited to read these again.  With a track record of 6 years between books these days, George R.R. Martin plans to have this series go to 7 books all told.  I hope it doesn't end up being another Wheel of Time. 
*this is not kids reading, lots of adult themes

February 27th Check in Post.
22.  City of Bones, Mortal Instruments Book 1, Cassandra Clare
23. City of Ashes, Mortal Instruments Book 2, Cassandra Clare
24. City of Glass, Mortal Instruments Book 3, Cassandra Clare

I really enjoyed Cassandra Clare's world.  I grew more and more engaged with the characters as they developed more fully.  I quite liked the new twist on the very popular faery, lycanthrope, vampire, and angel fiction that is so very prevalent these days.  In a time where it has begun to be , done to death, so to speak, her work is original and satisfying.  Definitely a fan of this series. Holly Black, a favorite of mine, said it better than I could,
"Cassie's writing makes my toes curl with envy. She is the rare writer who can write fast-paced dramatic fantasy with gorgeous language and memorable characters that you grow to love and worry about, as well as really funny bits that will make you honestly laugh and remember them and repeat them to your friends. It is rare to find someone who can do any one of those things well; to find someone who can do them all is just dangerous."
- Holly Black, author of Tithe and Valiant

City of Fallen Angels, Casandra Clare
bought this for my Nook the day it came out, I have been dying to read it.  Read it in 6 hours.  It was worth the wait.  The characters were more fully developed, the storyline rich and satisfying and the action literally had me on the edge of my seat.  I love this series.

Got lots of gift card so I loaded up my Nook!
January 10th Review
This week I read Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey Series.
The Iron King, Winter's Passage, a prelude to the sequel, and The Iron Daughter. 
I read a lot of YA and fantasy is my favorite genre.  I almost didn't read them when I saw "Harlequin Teen".  I hate Harlequin books, I despise the entire Romance genre.  I don't object to romance, naturally but I want it to stem from a great plot line and story, not BE the plot line and story.  
In any case, I couldn't resist these due to their premise.  King Oberon had a half fey daughter who discovers who she is on her 16th birthday when her 4 year old half brother is exchanged for a changeling.
An avid Shakespeare lover, who could resist delving into a world with Oberon, Titania, Queen Mab and the irrepressible Robin Goodfellow?  
Add into the Nevernever a plot twist stemming from technology and gadgets in our world and you get a whole new world of faery.  Julie Kagawa did an amazing job putting together a highly engaging story and I look forward to reading more of her work.


La Coccinelle December 28, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

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