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The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves

When looking for something a little more literary to read to get away from the pressures of school and keeping up house and the unending list of things that I do, I came across this title, The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.  The name intrigued me and when I read the description I decided to give it a try.  The description of the book said there were painters, psychiatrists and French Impressionism.  I was hooked. Read more…

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

There are many people that believe contemporary romance or romance erotica are trash.  Well, here is the book to prove them wrong.  Come Unto These Yellow Sands is one of the best romance books I have ever read, and that includes regular romance.  I should qualify, that it is one of the best books of romance I’ve read written by an author of contemporary times.   I was introduced to Josh Lanyon, the author of Come Unto These Yellow Sands by a friend writer of mine. This author writes GLBT fiction (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual fiction), although to be fair it is mainly gay romance and erotica.

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Angelology

Angelology

While browsing through the fantasy section of the nookbooks store of Barnes and Noble, I came across this title by Danielle Trussoni.  It seemed promising.  It had ANGELS in it, so I shelled out the ten dollars for the electronic version and bought it. Read more…

Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest

Juliet Marillier brings us a lovely mixture of fantasy, Celtic lore, paganism and the wonderful retelling of the Six Swans legend as told by the Brothers Grimm in Daughter of the Forest.  She brings about a new kind of historical fantasy romance where there is an actual plot to the stories.  I admit it, I am a sucker for romance, sometimes I just want to read a saccharine story and read about a happy ending.  Like literary refined sugar, it gives you a momentary high, and a bit of energy to keep going, but too much of it and you will start becoming sluggish, used to fast, happy endings, the avoidance of important issues, and most importantly, it makes us addicted to pop-style books that drain our wallets and add nothing of value to our brains.  Not bad for  occasional reading, but it should not be the main body of the things you read. Read more…

Ivory

Ivory

Lately, I’ve been reading many e-books that have been published independently by their own authors.  Ivory, written by Steve Merrifield is one of them.  It was listed on the Science Fiction section of the Barnes and Noble website, and it was FREE!  Since it was free and I was curious, I decided to give it a try, and I am very glad I did.  It has been a long time since I have gotten a little uncomfortable while reading a mystery/horror book.   This book managed to make me squirm a little and look over my shoulder. Read more…

The Red Queen

The Red Queen

No, I did not read the same book twice.

This is The Red Queen, a historical fiction book written by Philippa Gregory.  The very famous Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty and the grandmother of the infamous Henry VIII.  The woman that gave birth at age twelve and had the grit and backbone to put her son on the throne (Henry VII) and become mother to a King of England. Read more…

Rebecca

Rebecca

Randy, one of my online buddies, recommended I read  this classic of Gothic Romance written by Dame Daphne Du Maurier.  Since I have been so faithful to not keeping up with the reading list I set up for myself I decided to give it a try.  Rebecca is a lovely, old fashioned book with a solid plot and some very interesting characters.  We have the narrator of the story, a young, naive girl that works as a companion for a rich American woman, and Maxim De Winter, a forty something widower, owner of Manderley — a great old estate in Cornwall.  He is haunted by the dead of his lovely, sylph like wife Rebecca and goes to  the South of France on a holiday.  He meets the narrator there  and marries her in a whim.  He takes her to his great estate Manderley to be the new Mrs. De Winter, but the shadow of Rebecca haunts her every turn.  What exactly happens… well, you have to read it to find out! Read more…

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I am an online shopping junkie, especially when it comes to books. I buy books compulsively, and as a result I have a very long queue of books I absolutely “must read” since I have spent so much money on them. I am really bad when it comes to borrowing books from the library. I always forget to return them on time and end up paying many times over what the original book actually costs. I couldn’t resist browsing Amazon.com. I get free shipping; as a result many of the books are significantly cheaper than at the bookstore. The website recommended I check out several titles by Ian McEwan based on my shopping and browsing history . I was impressed by Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love so much that I decided to buy not one but two more books by him, Amsterdam, was one of them. Read more…

Swordspoint

Swordspoint

I am an avid fanfiction reader and sometimes writer. While interacting with other readers and writers in the fanfiction world, a name was brought to my attention more than once, Ellen Kushner. Some of my friends are fascinated by her works; she has made a name for herself in some tough niches, like the writers of slash fanfiction -same gender fiction. It tickled my curiosity and prompted me to buy her famous Swordspoint novel. I have just finished it and wanted to write my impressions while it was still fresh in my mind. Read more…

Next book

Next book

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The title has always puzzled me. We’ll see how I like it in a few days when I am done with it. Read more…

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Vivian has read 23 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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