Bookshelf

With the days already getting shorter and remarkably colder my desire for a mind boggling fantasy epic story grows. After starting this year with The Name of the Wind and Desert Spear, I ¬†read the first of Stieg Larssons Millenium triology, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A nice change of scenery, but nothing compared to a good fantasy story. Someone recommended me Brandon Sandersons Mistborn triology which I finished last week. Not a bad story, but to me it felt a bit too long, and the ending was quite esoteric. So its an ok read, but I guess I won’t remember the story for long.

So when there is no new book in the queue, I head to Amazon, search my favorite books and check out what other people bought also. A bit frustrating since anything Joe Abercrombie leads to Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V. Brett, Brent Weeks, and some other names I already know. Brent Weeks has a new one out, Black Prism, but currently there is no way to get an ebook version in Switzerland. Pisses me off, but well… Be patient padawan.

So my current read is from Michael J. Sullivan, The Crown Conspiracy. Its the first part of the Riyria Revelations which comes in six parts. According to the authors website all books are already written, but so far only four have been published. The fifth should follow next month. Can’t say much about the story yet, but at least its written in a funny, ironic style. By far no Joe Abercrombie, but I guess it’ll make me laugh. Speaking of Joe. Next year The Heroes should be out. I guess I won’t be that lucky again, and get a signed copy before the release date. Patrick Rothfuss next one should also be out next year… I hope the Riyria Revelations keep me busy until then.

Thankfully my absolute favorite chick-lifestyle-fashion magazine is now available on Zinio. No, I’m not going to mention which one.

Currently there is only the UK version, which I find even better than the US or German version. And it gets even better: a Swiss issue bought at the newspaper stand is about 7Sfr. The UK version is about 15Sfr. A one year subscription to the UK version on Zinio now cost me 30$ (currently about 34Sfr.).

And it gets instantely transfered to my iPad.

And I don’t have to recycle the magazines.

Maybe I should add a subscription to Geo International, and I never need to hit a newspaper stand again.

Working on becoming greener with a multimedia electronic device

Ps: The book reading experience on the iPad currently is a bit tampered since there are still no non-Gutemberg books available on the iBookstore, and the Kobo and Amazon eBook stores don’t offer the book series I’m currently reading. The weird part being that the book in paperback is available in Switzerland. There are also eBook versions of my book series in the named stores… I just can’t buy them in Switzerland. Obviously you need different contracts for eBooks than physical books. It drives me crazy to wait until they work that out…

No holidays, but still something to read…

After the holidays I reported two must reads. The Painted Man has a follow up, Desert Spear. Even a bitmore thrilling, but the end leaves you quite hanging dry. More questions unanswered, and actually the book ends with what I expected to be within the book. So we need to wait for the third and proclaimed final book.

And the other discovery is quite a public one: even I am about to finish the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, of the Millenium triology by Stieg Larsson. I’m not a crime reader, but that one is quite catchy. Just had a sneak peek at the movie. The Salander character seems perfect, but Bloomkvist? That’s not how I imagine him at all. I hate that. It will bug me the whole movie. Maybe even better to not watch it at all.

Holiday reads

Two new must reads:

Both are the beginning of a series. The sequels are on their way.

Painted Man is about three characters, and the threat of so called demons.

Name of the Wind is mainly about the life of one character Kvothe. Sort of a biography.

I liked Name of the Wind a tiny bit better because the story seems more multilayered and detailed. You get to know the characters a bit better, which makes it more comfortable to live in their world.

But nonetheless: both a must read.

The Dice Decided

Oh boy. I honestly never win anything. As far as I remember the last and probably only thing I ever won was a book back in kindergarden.

Now I won a book again. From one of my favorite authors. Before the book is even on the market. Hand signed. And seriously … when do you find an email of one of your favorite authors in your inbox anyway?

Well, I didn’t win because I did something special. For once the dice decided my fate, but why bother? Winning is winning, right?

It is the last day of February and, as foretold, today the Gods of Fate, with the help of my olde percentile dice, shall pick the first winner of a signed, lined and dated proof of Best Served Cold. Can you taste the tension?

To date there have been 218 hopeful entrants from across the globe, some of them funny, some of them sad, and many of them, frankly, lame. But, at least at this early stage of the contest – as with so many things in life – success isn’t about quality, it’s about luck. Therefore I will employ one of my many d6s to make a d3 for the hundreds column. Man, it’s just like being 13 again. Well, thinking about it, it’s not quite like that. My skin is better, my language is worse. I weigh about four stone more. I have children of my own. I live in London, not Lancaster. I write fantasy books rather than read them. I don’t play loads of computer games any more.

Alright, you got me, I was kidding about that last one.

In any case. The dice say the winner of the first proof of Best Served Cold is…

The 0 hundredth…

And…

40th entry. Which is from…

Drum roll please…

More drum roll…

Elke.

That’s all it says. Elke. Who apparently MUST read Best Served Cold before everyone else because…

“…it’ll deport my sorry ass out of the January depression, it’ll make the man I’ve fallen in love with notice that there are other men that mind boggle me (notably you) and finally you’ll sell a couple books more, because I already infected four of my friends with the genius output of your mind and I intend to infect more.”

Yes, Elke, yes, infect all your friends. You should be in receipt of an email from me requesting your address and desired message. The proof itself will soon follow. But don’t forget those 217 of you who were disappointed, there will be more winners, and they MAY ALREADY BE AMONG YOU. The dice will pick another in but a couple of weeks, then finally, on April Fool’s day, talent will win a rare victory over blind chance when I select the completion(s) of the sentence “I MUST read Best Served Cold before everyone else because…” that please me the most. Anyone who has been foolish enough not to enter, may find the details of how to do so here.

Looking forward to Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie!

Best Served Cold

Reading through the last 200 pages of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final part of the Twilight series, I find that the quality lost with each book. I still can’t put it down. I just have to know the end, but the story is getting weird and the dramas seem quite overdramatized.

Felt like having a look at one of my current favorite writers. Or actually my writer of the year: Joe Abercrombie. And there is light at the end of the tunnel: he’s working on a new book due June 2009 in the U.K. Best Served Cold. Artwork is ready as well.

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Infected as well

It took me one week and two days to get through 3 of the current 4 parts of Stephenie Meyers Twilight series. Every book between 400 and 600 pages. Ok, I was on vacation, but still I’d say it says enough about how much I liked them.

Looking very much forward to the last book Breaking Dawn, and theres also a movie coming up a day after my birhtday. The trailer doesn’t do the book justice though.

Endless Nights

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I guess I perfectly fit into the clich√© of it people loving fantasy and science fiction. Though I’ve recently met several exclusions of that rule.

Never mind. Found another book series worth mentioning: The First Law Triology by Joe Abercrombie.

Currently I’m almost through the first book. I’m not sure where the story is going, but the main characters are sensational. All three of them.