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Weekly Meme: WWW Wednesdays (July 20)

July 20, 2011 18 comments

Haven’t done WWW Wednesdays since June 1, so I thought I’d play along again today with this weekly meme WWW Wednesdays (via the Should Be Reading blog) where I answer three (3) questions:



What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five by George R.R. Martin … as slowly as I can. I read just a couple of chapters a day, so I read another book after I’m done with my ration for the day 🙂 For people unfamiliar with the series, you may have heard of the HBO fantasy series A Game of Thrones? Well, it’s based on the first book from this series which made me a life-long fan of George R. R. Martin.

Why am I doing this? I thought that A Dance with Dragons would never get released what with George R.R. Martin taking forever in releasing the books from his series (Book 4, A Feast for Crows, came out in 2005!), so I have no idea when Book 6 will come out. I’m just trying to enjoy Book 5 for as long as I can!



What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) by Henning Mankell (Author), Steven T. Murray (Translator).

This is the sixth book in Swedish crime author Henning Mankell’s celebrated series starring inspector Kurt Wallander. I’ve been working my way through the books, and by this time, Kurt Wallander is almost like family to me. The series has been adapted for TV in the UK (BBC One) with Kenneth Branagh in the lead role. I hope that a DVD gets released since I really want to see Branagh’s interpretation of inspector Wallander.



What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters next. This is a Classic/SciFi mash-up of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina with steampunk elements, and I really wanted to read it, so I was so happy to see it at a huuuge discount right now at Amazon (just $0.99!) as part of Amazon’s Big Deals on Over 900 Kindle Books SALE! (If you like bargains, be sure to browse through The Big Deal SALE since books are discounted from $0.99 to $3.99)

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Weekly Meme: WWW Wednesdays (June 1)

June 1, 2011 18 comments

Haven’t done WWW Wednesdays since March, so I thought I’d play along again today with this weekly meme WWW Wednesdays (via the Should Be Reading blog) where I answer three (3) questions:



What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1) by Robert Liparulo. It was a free Kindle book offered by Amazon in late 2010, and I thought it was about time I read some of the free downloads I got off Amazon.

House of Dark Shadows is the first book in a series by Robert Liparulo. It’s a pretty creepy book geared to young adults, and judging from my reaction to the prologue/first chapter, to adults too! Fifteen-year-old LA’er Xander and his family move to the town of Pinedale (where his dad will be the new principal in the town’s school) and end up in a grand Victorian fixer-upper that may either be magical or nightmarish. Judging by the prologue where a young mother gets abducted in front of her family and disappears into an unknown portal in the house 30-years-ago – I’m expecting that the King family will be up for a nightmare soon enough….



What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading Sun and Shadow: An Erik Winter Novel by Ake Edwardson (Author), Laurie Thompson (Translator).

I’m into Swedish crime fiction nowadays so I decided to check out another Scandinavian crime writer Ake Edwardson. Sun and Shadow is the first of a series of books that star chief inspector Erik Winter and his team. I was surprised by this one – even though it said ‘An Erik Winter Novel’ in the title – the book covers a whole lot of characters. It was kind of like the book version of a Hollywood ensemble movie. There’s a lot of moving parts and we shift from different points of view – from the victim(s), to the murderer, to the ‘witnesses’, to the investigators and even the investigator’s family. And there was A LOT of attention spent on the personal lives – so much so that I felt that the crime elements took a backseat in the narrative. Very weird for a crime novel.



What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn next. I’ve always been fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy, but most of what I know about her is from her life as the first lady or even a bit from when she became Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis. I thought it would be interesting to read about her life afterwards when she was working in publishing in the latter part of her life. I don’t really know what to expect with this one 🙂

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Weekly Meme: WWW Wednesdays (Mar 30)

March 30, 2011 18 comments

Thought I’d play along with this weekly meme WWW Wednesdays (via the Should Be Reading blog) where I answer three (3) questions:



What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer. But I don’t think I can actually finish this book. The writing is not up to par to what I’m used to with YA-geared books.

I bought it since I thought the story sounded interesting – it’s about a messed up teen who is sent by her parents to the Hidden Oak boarding school to get rehabilitated. The twist is that the school may have their own agenda for the girls. I’m about more than halfway through… and I’m about ready to throw in the towel. The author could not have written a more unlikeable main character (Angela Cardenas) and I spend most of the time wishing the book was written from the point of view of another more interesting secondary character (the rebel Juin). Since the book is narrated in the first person by Angela, it’s getting to be a chore for me to read it…



What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.

I borrowed this one from the NYPL – it’s about 15-year-old Jane Johnson who realizes that the little missing girl’s picture on the milk carton is her when she was three. What a nightmare, right, to discover that the parents you love may have kidnapped you from your real parents? I found it really weird that Jane just doesn’t get all her answers from a google search (which would have reduced the book to one chapter, I guess), until I checked the book’s publication date and turns out this was published way back in 1989 (where you actually do your research in microfilm). I found Jane a fairly irritating character with her passive-aggressiveness and being always in denial, but who am I to judge? I found this one a bit of a chore to finish too, since the writing style (written in Jane’s voice) was so weird, with really short chopped up sentences. I have another book by Caroline B. Cooney (Family Reunion) which is written in a very different, more appealing way – so maybe it’s an isolated character-driven thing.



What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES: A Novel (Earth’s Children) by Jean M. Auel next. It’s the final book in Jean Auel’s bestselling Earth’s Children series, and the fans (like me!) have been waiting forever for the next installment in Ayla’s story to come out. My quandary is that I read the previous books years ago, and they’re all fuzzy in my mind now. I might have to either read all the earlier books first OR find some sort of Cliff notes to help me remember the details I’ve forgotten… Wikipedia here I come, I suppose 🙂

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Weekly Meme: WWW Wednesdays (Jan 26)

January 26, 2011 17 comments

Thought I’d play along with this weekly meme WWW Wednesdays (via the Should Be Reading blog) where I answer three (3) questions:



What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

I received a copy as a gift last Christmas (I’m a known SciFi and Dune fan), and I finally managed to squeeze it in my TBR pile. I loved Frank Herbert’s magnum opus Dune and Dune Messiah, but the events in those two books were separated by a decade. Paul of Dune is supposed to bridge that time gap and give fans more info about the bloody Jihad that swept the galaxy.



What did you recently finish reading?

I actually re-read my copies of Frank Herbert’s Dune and Dune Messiah over the holidays.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read them, so I wanted to be sure about the characters and events, before I went ahead and read Paul of Dune. Usually, I’m disappointed when I re-read a book I raved over when I was a kid, but Frank Herbert’s writing and imagination is as exceptional now as it was the first time I read him. Total genius!



What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) by Jeanne DuPrau. I’d read a marvelous review of this YA dystopic future story about two teens on a race to save their dying underground city via Anastacia’s Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog, so I’ve added that to my TBR pile!

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