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Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

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By: Malinda Lo

Published:  September 18th, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Company

Language: English

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For this week’s read I delved into Malinda Lo’s sci-fi paranormal book Adaptation. I will admit that it was not my initial book I was planning to talk about but sadly it did not keep my attention and I felt that I was reading the book out of order. Despite the book being the first in the series. So I put down that one and picked up this one, hoping for a better reading experience and I was not disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Review

 

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Review: A Cast of Stones (Book 1 in The Staff & The Sword series)

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By: Patrick W. Carr

Published: February 1st, 2013

Company: Bethany House Publishers

Language: English

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Today I am going to be taking a look at Patrick Carr’s novel A Cast of Stones, the first book in his The Staff & The Sword series. While the events and the story did not surprise me (not to say that I did not thoroughly enjoy this book), what did surprise me was something behind the book itself that I was not aware of until I sat down to write this review and took a glance over at the reviews on Goodreads. Something that, had I known beforehand, may have coloured my judgement, and kept me from reading this book to begin with. I would like to remind everyone that my opinions are of my own, I do not mean to offend people by them, and apologize if my opinions do cause offense as it is not my intention to offend.

Blurb:

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny

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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Review

 

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Shadowplay Promotion

Merry Christmas to everyone to celebrates this wonderful holiday!! I hope that your holidays have been filled with joy and wonder. And to my fellow Canadians, Happy Boxing Day! May your day be filled with either peace and quiet… or crazy shopping! For those unaware, Boxing Day is a huge shopping day for Canadian consumers. You can find great deals on things and if you get money (or gift cards) from loved ones as presents, it is a great time to use them since they may go farther then any other day. Personally myself, I stay home and away from the crazy shoppers.

Today’s post is going to be more about helping spreading the word about Laura Lam’s upcoming book Shadowplay, the sequel to her successful novel Pantonmime. You may recall I reviewed this book earlier this month (if not, check it out here), but recently she posted on her blog a heartfelt plea for people to help spread the word about this book. I encourage you to check it out.

To help promote the book, Laura has started posting teasers of the opening quotes from each chapter, plus a preview at the first couple of pages of Chapter One. Click here to read the teasers and check out the preview of Chapter One. Feel free to share the teasers across your social media networks!!  As well as that, follow her on her Shadowplay blog tour leading up to the release of Shadowplay. She will be visiting 23 blogs between December 20 and January 12.

I have posted below the pre-order links for the book (courtesy of Laura’s blog) but added two of my own for Canada. I would also like to suggest that you pre-order (or order) the book (if possible) from your local bookstore. While the chain bookstores are easiest for people to shop and order books, it is easy to forget the local bookstores who do not have websites. The book is scheduled to come out January 7 so you would not have to wait too long for it to come out!

Pre-order:

UK: Amazon – The Book Depository
US: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Indiebound – Powell’s
Canada: Amazon – Indigo – KoboBooks (TBD?) – Mosacic Books
Australia: BookAdda
NZ: Fishpond

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a safe and wonderful holidays and I will see you all next time!!

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Review

 

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Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女)

Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui, David Karashima (Translator)

Published: 1967 (Japanese), 9 May 2011 (English)

Company: Kadokawa Shoten (Japanese), Alma Books (English)

Language: Japanese (Original), English (Translated)

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Review

 

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First bite into the Cookie

Greetings and warm salutations, wandering spirit to my humble little corner of the Internet.

My name is Cookie and here I plan to be talking about the wide and vast genre of science fiction and fantasy (plus the genres that are in between) novels. I plan to post a review every Monday and something extra during the week. Maybe a rant that’s burning away in my mind, a look at what other people are talking about in the community (science fiction, fantasy, blogging, etc), or even me talking part in one of the weekly book blogging memes that are floating around.

You’ll notice though that I don’t use any numeric rating system in my reviews. Having done reviews elsewhere in the past, I found that my numbers never really changed all that much. Instead I’d like to focus on the content in the books themselves rather than trying to fit it on some arbitrary number system. I always find myself more interested in what the book is about and what the content is about then what number a reviewer gives it.

If you have any suggestions for books or blogs that you want to share and spread the word about, please put it in the comments below!!

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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