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I’m failing Avidbookreader‘s TBR Challenge 2010.

This month’s TBR book, Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley, was very appealing.  Loved the blurb, liked the non-white heroine/protagonist, enjoyed Chen’s debut, Nothing but the Trusth (and a Few White Lies).  But I couldn’t get past the half way point of Girl Overboard.  There wasn’t anything wrong with it, truly, I just kept picking it up and putting it down.

For a review from a reader who loved Girl Overboard, check out Jia’s post at Dear Author.

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Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief

Tweets yesterday from @angelajames and @courtneymilan reminded me of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, one of my favorite reads in the past few years. Had to dig it out and do a re-read.

Reposting my review from April 2006, which can be found here with comments. It’s a bit spoilerish in the end and there’s a mark where the spoilers start.

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Another year to wait

Fans of Megan Whalen Turner’s Thief series have been waiting for the fourth book of the series patiently. (Mostly.) It has been three and a half years since The King of Attolia was released. What happened to Sophos? What will happen with the Medes? Is Eddis going to give in to the pressure to wed Sounis in order to secure the stability of the region?

In late winter/early spring next year, readers will find out the answers to some (likely not all) of their questions. Or so says Amazon Canada. Amazon US doesn’t have any information, nor does Barnes&Noble or even HarperCollins, MWT’s publisher. Or MWT’s website (which, frankly, is not very user-friendly, IMO).

And from the 2009 HarperCollins Foreign Rights catalog at the Bologna Book Fair:
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner
Ages 10 and up, 400 pp, Pub 4/2010

Sophos, heir to the throne [of Sounis] has never wanted to be a prince, much less a king. He would rather continue his studies than learn swordplay or combat. But Sophos is his uncle’s only heir, so he has no choice — until he is kidnapped.

Sold into slavery, set to work building walls on the estate of one of his uncle’s enemies, Sophos could remain anonymous for the rest of his life. But his country would crumble under the mounting conspiracy, and Sophos realizes that he cannot abandon his people. So he fights back. Battling his way out of slavery, battling through the conspirators’ army, Sophos turns to the only person he knows will help him. His friend — Eugenides, former Thief of Eddis and now king of Attolia.

An exhilarating companion to Megan Whalen Turner’s lauded The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings is an action-packed, heart-stopping adventure. Finally, longime fans will discover what happened to Sophos while Eugenides was winning his throne and the queen of Attolia’s heart. Old and new fans alike will be left breathless by the battles of sword and wit that the two friends mount against the traitors, in which nothing is what it seems. Sophos, the shy, dreamy scholar, is no longer someone to be disdained or overlooked. He is a force to be reckoned with. He is a king.

Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the three previous books in the Attolia sequence, Newbery Honor book The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and ALA Notable The King of Attolia. She has also written a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes.

Courtesy of the [info]sounis community.

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TBR day

Whereas today is the third Wednesday of the month,

And whereas I am participating in Keishon’s TBR challenge,

It is encumbent upon me to post about the books I dug out of the TBR pile.

Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light

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Holiday reading

The holiday weekend in books: not very felicitous.

1. Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair. CBA –> DNF. Which is a shame because I’m sure this is a good book. 

2. Under the Rose: An Ivy League Novel by Diana Peterfreund. C. I didn’t hear much about this follow up to Peterfreund’s debut, which was promoted all over the place. No budget? Or was she burned by the overexposure? (I thought it was average.) Also curious about the format change – from hardback to trade paperback. The book itself? Eh. I didn’t mind spending 3 hours on it; I’m glad it was a library book, though. It seemed predictable to me, and I have an inkling about where it is going in the future (also predictable). Mostly I just felt impatient with the narrator, who never struck me as being as smart as I was told she was. 

3. If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern. DNF. Pretty cover. But if I had known from the backblurb that Ivan was imaginary, I wouldn’t have bothered even borrowing it from the library. Imaginary friends are okay for children but scream mental health problems to me in adults. Requires a suspension of disbelief that I can’t manage. 

4. Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson. C. Interesting glimpse of turn of the century Chinese-Irish community. Okay mystery. All of the personal stuff that is hinted at between Sarah Brandt and Det. Sgt. Malloy? Eh. In the indelicate words of my impatient grandfather: piss or get off the pot. UST shouldn’t be stretched out forever; my limit is about 4 or 5 books; this series is long past that point. 

5. The Food of Love by Anthony Capella. DNF – not because it was bad but because I realized that I’d already read it. Went looking for a copy after reading Capella’s The Wedding Officer; realized I’d already read it a couple of chapters in. Good but not really worth a re-read IMO. B-/C+ 

6. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. I actually have a bit to think about and to say about this book, but I’m saving it for Monday’s SBD. Unless I come up with something better for SBD, then I’ll post my opinion about Sugar Daddy earlier.

However, I did receive a Barbapapa book for Christmas! And a copy of Allende’s YA book La ciudad de las bestias. And two Borders gift  cards.  Yay!


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A groiny beat?

What is a “groiny beat”? I’m assuming a sexy, dancable rhythm, but I’m not entirely sure. [Proof that I’m a dork when it comes to popular music.] Plus, the image that it puts in my head is not at all hot or sexy. When I read it, I thought of groin pulls and of big football players being carried off the field in little golf carts, which is probably not the mental place the author wanted me to go at that point in her story. Definitely not hot.

Where’d I read it? In Caridad Ferrer’s It’s Not About the Accent and Adios to My Old Life. I’m really enjoying this second YA book; I think Ms. Ferrer is going to become an autobuy for me.


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Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer

I finished this last week, before HP7 was released, but didn’t have a chance to post before.


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No NYT #1 for HP7

I’m not going to write about any HP7 content, I promise.  No spoilers here.  Just posting to share a link — apparently Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, no matter how well it sells, cannot be #1 on the NYT list.  (H/T to Walt, who posted the link over at SBTB.)


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A new drinking game

I’ve been put on another project at work (in addition to my regular work, because clearly I need more than a regular work load). I’ve spent hours listening to a bunch of IBM consultants talk about internal controls. The result? A new drinking game: every time we hear the word “leverage” or “process” or “documentation”, we must take a drink. I’m pretty sure we’d all have been passed out cold by the end of this morning’s meeting.

On the reading front, I finished Caridad Ferrer’s YA from MTV Books (via Pocket), Adios to My Old Life. A- from me, and sooner or later, depending on when my laptop is repaired or replaced, I’ll post a full review. Also currently reading Daughters of Juarez, a nonfiction chronicle of the investigation into the disappearance of 400+ young women from Ciudad Juarez, the city sitting opposite El Paso across the Rio Grande. Interesting book, but a little scattered: does it want to be a true crime book? an indictment of sloppy Mexican police work? an indictment of the sexism and patronism existing in Mexican and American institutions when it comes to poor, politically-unimportant, young Mexican women? I’m not sure.

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HP spoilers

Jane has posted a link to a spoiler to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A hacker claims to have gotten access to the publisher’s network and posted spoilers. I’m not including a link, because that would be too much temptation for me. My mouse hovered over the link over at DA before moving away.

My speculation about HP.


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