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text 2017-02-27 17:31
Book Haul
The Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Kama and His Nation - Susan Williams
Saga, Volume 1 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan
[ Saga, Volume 2 Vaughan, Brian K. ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2013 - Brian K. Vaughan
Snuff - Terry Pratchett
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

My husband came home from work this morning (got to love midnight shift) and asked if I wanted to accompany him to the bookstore.

 

Well, duh!

 

What I bought:

1. Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Kama and His Nation by Susan Williams (my copy has the movie tie-in cover with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike) - this is the true story of a heir to an African kingdom (modern day Botswana) named Seretse Kama and a white English insurance clerk who fall in love in early post-WWII England and their journey through apartheid and independence for his country. This became a film (A United Kingdom by BBC Films) recently and Waterstones had it as a featured book on the history shelves. I already peeked at the pictures in the book and their kids are freaking adorable (and now, they are probably adorable adults).

 

2. Saga Vol. 1 and 2 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples - cause everyone else is reading this series, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.  I will wait and add these two volumes to my 24in48 read-a-thon TBR in July.

 

What hubby bought:

1. Snuff (A Discworld Novel) by Terry Prachett

2. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimen

3. Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

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text 2017-01-06 13:04
7 "Gotta-Get" Books
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies - John Langan
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman
Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared - Christopher Fowler
The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith,Stuart Galbraith IV
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Thus far, I've been talking about books I already own that I need to read. As much as I want to focus on that, there are quite a few books out there that I very much want to get and read this year. These aren't new releases, rather books I just haven't gotten to yet. Some are from legends in their respective fields, some are from fave authors, and some just seem nifty.

 

1.The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies - John Langan  The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies - John Langan  

 

    Just recently, I read Langan's The Fisherman, and was quite fond. Though I liked the book as a whole, the centerpiece story-within-a-story just floored me. As well, Langan's "Red Death" riff that I read in a Poe-inspired anthology was fantastic. As such,I want to get into more of his shorter works.

 

2. Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay  Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay  

 

    I read two of Kay's novels last year, and adored them. So I'm going to pick up at least this one in '17, possibly another as well.

 

3. Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb  Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb  

 

    Hobb is well-known and loved in the fantasy scene, and this is the first book in the trilogy that launched her over-arching world. I have a love-hate relationship with high fantasy, but this just sounds fun.

 

4. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman  The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman  

 

I am a massive fan of Gaiman, have been since reading American Gods far too many years ago. Also, I dig pop-cult essays a la Hornby and Vowell. So this is a no-brainer.

 

5. Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared - Christopher Fowler  Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared - Christopher Fowler  

 

    I dig books about books, and stories of near-success are often more fascinating than either pure success or failure. And, I like history.

 

6. The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith,Stuart Galbraith IV  The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith,Stuart Galbraith IV  

 

    I love movies, how they're made, who makes them, the whole shebang. Also, I like exploring unfamiliar cultures. Mix two strong personalities with long, interesting careers, post-war economics and fears, and various technical and creative challenges... Dude, I am so there.

 

7. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith  The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith  

 

    Like many people, I read and loved the Harry Potter series. Combine that with the fact that I am a long-time mystery fan, especially P.I. novels, as well as the general praise heaped upon this series, and it's surprising I haven't read  this yet. That changes this year.

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review 2016-09-11 22:16
nice read
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom

What did I think of it:
4 stars
First off I would like to say thinks to my Goodreads friends Lindsey Rey and Kaitlin for introduce this series to me because with it out them I wouldn't have ever thought about picking it up or any book by Robin Hobb. With that said lets get in to what I thought of it plus I would also like to say that this is the first time I've over read anything by Robin Hobb.
1: it was kind of slow getting in to for me, I don't know if its Ms. Hobb's still of writing or if it was just me ,but as I got farther along in the book it eventually did pull me into the story and had me some what hooked
2:Interesting magic and Political intrigue ( political schemes, treachery, betrayal and complex diplomatic relationships)
3:Convincing, vivid characters, that Ms. Robb brings to life so much that its like you can actually feel their pain ,and their struggles
4:emotionally draining
with that said I will be getting the rest when I can to see what happiness next.

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review 2016-08-18 00:00
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince - Robin Hobb The only lie I ever told her was my undoing, and hers, and the Stablemaster’s. Such is the power of a lie given to one you love.
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review 2016-07-23 12:37
Legends II. An Anthology of Fantasy Stories and Novellas
Legends II - George R.R. Martin,Raymond E. Feist,Robin Hobb,Neil Gaiman,Elizabeth Haydon,Terry Brooks,Tad Williams,Robert Silverberg,Diana Gabaldon,Orson Scott Card,Anne McCaffrey

Robert Silverberg has made an amazing anthology, in which everyone can find their cup of fantasy, so to speak.

 

There were only a couple of stories I didn't like, but I suppose someone had.

 

Those I did like a lot and will reread in the years to come are The Happiest Dead Boy in the World and Homecoming.

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