Book Reviews, Literary News, and Thoughts on Life
This weekly series is inspired by the In My Mailbox series over at The Story Siren (see link in right sidebar) and chronicles the books I purchased, got from the library or received in the mail throughout the week. These books will more than likely be reviewed eventually, so be sure to check back later!
Check out this old school cover. Groovy, isn’t it?
Piemur – Dreamer of Fire Lizards, Apprentice of Drums
Once again Pern was in danger. The air trembled with rumors of deadly Threadfall. And, from within, there was another peril. The restless Oldtimers, who once battled the shimmering Thread, were now banished to the Southern Hold, and breeding rebellion. Piemur, his great singing career thwarted by the changing voice of youth, was now a drum apprentice, his messages sounding from the heights. The wily lad, vowing to help his beloved Pern, would survive Threadfall and acquire, at long last, the little fire lizard of his sun dreams.
The enchanting fantasy begun in Dragonsong and Dragonsinger continues in Dragondrums, the third volume of the Harper Hall trilogy.
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon – when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach – an “outlander” – in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidding Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life . . . and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire . . . and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
So excited to finally have all four of the non-ridiculous cover version of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. These books are a hilarious spin on the traditional fairytale outlook on dragons and princesses. I have a big girl crush on Cimorene, let me tell you.
“Mother taught me to be polite to dragons . . .”
Daystar never thought he’d be walking through the Enchanted Forest with a magic sword, a fire-witch, and a baby dragon. He never dreamed his mother, Cimorene, would tell him to leave their home and not to return until his task was complete. Or that he alone held the power to release King Mendanbar and the Enchanted Forest from the wizards’ evil spell. He doesn’t even know who King Mendanbar is.
But Daystar learns quickly – and that’s good, because he’s about to encounter magic and wizards and dragons. Quite a deadly combination.
LibraryThing Early Reviewers
I entered the Early Reviewers program last month and actually was selected for one of their giveaway ARCs. Holy Cow, I couldn’t believe my luck. I never win anything! Woohoo!
Lucy hails from a long line of matchmakers known as Valentine, Inc. According to family legend, the Valentines have been blessed by Cupid with the psychic ability to help couples find true love. Trouble is, Lucy’s powers were zapped away by an electrical surge and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You’d be surprised. In a big city like Boston, love is a mystery – and Lucy’s upstairs neighbor, Sean Donahue, is a hot private eye whose job is murder. With a little luck, she can help solve the perfect crime and find her own perfect match – with Sean.
Nothing this week, save for the books I bought for my parents for Christmas (The Road and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – are these any good?). Everyone in my family is getting books for Christmas – except my sister, who got a sweater. Poor sister.