Saturday, 20 September 2014

What I am up to

Yayy, it is spring! I am so so happy that this winter is over. People might expect it to be nice and sunny in Australia all over the year but not in Victoria where I am living. So I am really glad that it's getting better now. We had a couple of 20-degree-days already but next week should be even better with up to 25 degrees! My partner and I already prepared our garden, tidied up outside and planted lots of veggies and herbs. We also adopted two little rabbits ;-)

I can't wait to read outside in the sun again.

I am almost done with American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Still not sure what to think about it. On the one hand it has some really cool ideas, the language is pretty and I like the Interludes. But the main plot is slow and the main character could be a bit more emotional and less like a machine^^ 

I also felt like reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson again so I started re-reading the first book, Gardens of the Moon. It's been a while since I finished the series and I might actually read the whole thing again as it is probably my most favourite complete fantasy epic.. I enjoy the re-read so far - I noticed that I forgot lots of things. It's so good to read about all those awesome characters again, especially the Bridgeburners. Quick Ben is still my favourite character :-)

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan is a book I was very curious about and after buying it last week, I decided to read a couple of pages.. there I was, on page 200 :D Can't wait to get back to it after I'll finish Gaiman, as it is very gripping and fun to read. 

I also got a new ebook:
Inferno Park by J.L. Bryan

Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.
Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park...something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.

Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.
Sounds good, hey? I love haunted places, in movies and in books and I can't wait to read it! It's for the HALLOWREAD I posted about earlier.

I also did a lot of crochet work - currently I am crocheting a shirt and a teddy bear, will show my last projects some other time, when I have a new camera :)


Friday, 19 September 2014


Seen on All about books and hosted by What She Reads.

I thought this was a cool idea and the first book that was chosen (Inferno Park by J.L. Bryan) sounds really interesting. You find the rules and all the information here.

The HALLOWREAD is a read-along in October and will cover several books on several blogs - most of the books still have to be revealed ;-)
Everyone who is interested is welcome to join and share their opinion about the books! 

Can't wait till it starts, yay!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Anyone watching Outlander?

..The adaptations of Diana Gabaldon's famous Highland Saga?

I am! And I really like it so far.. So far is episode 2 :D 
I tried reading the first book years ago but it wasn't for me.. Too much romance, time travel.. nah!

On the other hand, I actually enjoy watching girly shows now and again and Outlander is exactly that! It has a likeable female lead character who is not a traditional Hollywood Beauty, a wonderful setting, a really awesome opening theme with pretty pictures aaand of course a hot Highlander! Jamie is very fine, isn't he? And all the romance and drama to come! Keeps me entertained until Downton Abbey comes back ;-)

I am struggling with the accents sometimes but I am sure I will get used to that! 

So.... is anyone else watching it? Or reading the books?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

New on my wishlist

During the last weeks some more books got my attention and found their way to my wishlist!

Flesh and Spirit. The Lighthouse Duet #1 by Carol Berg

I recently remembered reading Transformation, the first part of Berg's Rai Kirah Trilogy, which I quite liked but never continued as I wasn't happy with the developments towards the end of the story. She wrote some more books and I really want to give it a try again as I especially liked the way she presented her characters. Flesh and Spirit is only part of a duology which finishes with Breath and Bone.

The first book of a duology introduces Valen of Navronne, the pure-blood scion of a long line of diviners and magical cartographers, who hates his heritage. He ran away as a youth, lived as a rogue, and wound up, badly wounded and owning nothing but a magical atlas, at a monastery. Offered sanctuary, he finds his maps, rumored to chart the way to the realm of angels, plunging him into intrigue instead of the retreat, however temporary, that he wanted. Navronne is beginning to unravel, starting with a battle for the succession between heirs of the late king. Omens and divinations are foreboding, and even the monastery contains several factions, each trying to use Valen and his maps. Berg touches a shop-worn situation with originality and limns Navronne and the characters well--Valen is unquestionably memorable--in what is definitely a dark fantasy as much concerned with Valen's internal struggle as with his conflicts with others.

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I had a look at this book in a local bookstore and it sounds like something very different. Definitely curious about this one and I think I will get and read it very soon.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

The Falcon Throne. Book 1 of the Tarnished Crown 
by Karen Miller

A new release that sounds very promising. After reading Empress I wasn't too sure about ever reading anything by Miller again but I can't walk past this description. I hope it's as good as it sounds.

In a divided Kingdom, some will do anything to seize the crown.
A BASTARD LORD, rising up against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for.
A ROYAL CHILD, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne.
A DUKE'S WIDOW, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who'd control them both.
And TWO BROTHERS, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.

All of this will come to pass, and nothing will remain as it once was. Royal houses will fall, empires will be reborn, and those who seek the Falcon Throne will pay for it in blood.

The Godless by Ben Peek

I found it on a blog and immediately liked what it was about. I like reading about fallen gods, gods walking the earth and of course merceneries. Sounds like a fun read!

Fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods and their corpses now lie scattered across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. While some see these powers as a gift - most call them a curse.
When Ayae - a young cartographer's apprentice in the city of Mireea - is trapped in a burning building, she is terrified as a dormant power comes to life within her. The flames destroy everything around her but she remains unscathed - fire cannot touch her. This curse makes her a target for the army marching on her home - an army determined to reclaim the body of the god Ger, who lies dying beneath the city, and harness his power for themselves.

Zaifyr, a man adorned in ancient charms, also arrives in Mireea. His arrival draws the attention of two of the 'children of the gods', Fo and Bau, powerful, centuries-old beings who consider themselves immortal. All three will offer different visions for Ayae's powers - and whatever choice she makes will result in new enemies.

Meanwhile, as the army approaches ever closer to Mireea, the saboteur Bueralan and Dark, his mercenary group, look to infiltrate and learn its weaknesses. Alone in a humid, dangerous land, they find themselves witness to rites so appalling they realize it would take the Gods themselves to halt the enemy's attack - and even they may not be enough.

Blood Song. Raven's Shadow #1 by Anthony Ryan

I always hear how awesome this one is and how many good reviews it gets. I checked if there are elves or dwarves involved but there are none so it went on my list ;-)

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order—a caste devoted to battle. Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the Realm, but the world.