Japanese Literature Challenge

Yes! I know! I joined another one! anybody else who is insane like I am want to join in too? go here

The goal is to read ONE book of Japanese origin. So my choice is:

All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

However, if I do get to read more these will be my other choices:

Grotesque – Natsuo Kirino
Out – Natsuo Kirino
Crossfire – Miyuki Miyabe
Shadow Family – Miyuki Miyabe
The Devil’s Whisper – Miyuki Miyabe

So join in on the fun! I’m willing to try!


Friday Finds 7/31

Today is Friday Finds and let’s see…as usual I found a lot but I’ll narrow it down to three that stood out for me the most:

The Black Tattoo – Sam Enthoven
London teen Jack leads a not-very-interesting life. His friend Charlie is none too bright and is blinded by his anger over his parents’ divorce. Jack stands by his best mate through thick and thin, even when Charlie, possessed by a demon, crosses into Hell itself. Khentimentu, also known as the Scourge, has been trapped in the roots of an ancient tree for thousands of years by a secret society called The Brotherhood of Sleep. Charlie, thinking he is being recruited into it, unwittingly becomes a host for the escaped Scourge, manifested in a writhing, black tattoo. With Charlie’s help, the demon kills all the members of the Brotherhood except the young warrior-woman Esme. When the demon and Charlie escape into Hell, it is up to Jack and Esme to rescue Charlie and save the universe from Khentimentu’s evil plan. Enthoven has created an interesting and original universe and a gripping story. Hell is a demon-populated Roman empire at its most decadent, complete with gladiators and an all-powerful emperor. (Amazon.ca)

I’m in the mood for some dark stuff. That suits it perfectly.

Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller – Arnaldur Indridason (Author), Bernard Scudder (Translator)
When a lone septuagenarian is murdered in his apartment in the Nordurmýri district of Reykjavík, detective inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is called in, along with partner Sigurdur Óli and female colleague Elínborg. Everyone is related to everyone else in Iceland and refer to one another by first name, even formally. Erlendur is about 50, long divorced, with two kids in varying degrees of drug addiction. The victim, a man called Holberg, turns out to have been a nasty piece of work, and Erlendur is disgusted by the series of rapes Holberg apparently committed. The rapes and the deaths of a number of young women may be connected, and the search brings Erlendur to the forensic lab, whose old “jar city,” since disbanded, held research organs. Meanwhile, Erlendur’s daughter, Eva Lind, is pregnant and still using; she flits in and out of his life angrily, but may be crying out for help. Reykjavík’s physicality, and the fact that crimes are relatively rare in Iceland, gives things a defamiliarizing cast. The writing, plot and resolution are nicely done, but remain fully within genre boundaries.(Pub. Weekly)

There’s a trend in foreign detective novels so I figured I might as well jump on the wagon and see how it goes.

The Plantation – Chris Kuzneski

One by one, in cities across America, people of all ages are taken from their homes, their cars, their lives. But these aren’st random kidnappings. They’sre crimes of passion, planned and researched several months in advance, then executed with a singular objective in mind. Revenge. (Amazon.ca)

Like I said, I’m in the mood for real dark stuff.

These three are available at the library so I’ll have to wait until perhaps next week’s trip. We’ll see 😀 I have quite a bit to read (quite a bit being a major understatement!)

What did you guys find?

Booking Through Thursday 7/30

Today’s Booking Through Thursday and the question is:

What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

– Hmmm. I don’t really read funny books. There were parts in the book that make me laugh but if you’re thinking of being genre specific then that’s just not possible. However if you were to ask me which one of the recent books I’ve read that made me giggle and snort it would be Medicus by Ruth Downie. A lot of parts in that book just made me laugh out loud. One particular part where the main character is hopping about after being hit in the head and his toe got stubbed I was laughing so hard my boyfriend had to shut me up. Then there’s that toenail part (let’s just not go there) it’s actually making me smile and snicker even now.

What about you guys? what made you laugh?

Review of Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels

First things first, I love the title “Rebel Angels” it’s magnificent. It just sounds..awesome. Second I love the cover. I liked the first cover (A Great and Terrible Beauty) and this one is just as good. Enough about that let’s just get on with the review.

It is strongly recommended that you read A Great and Terrible Beauty first as it introduces you to the characters and the actual start of the big picture. I really enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one as I had so many unanswered questions left when I finished it which is why I rushed like mad to find Rebel Angels. It does a good job giving you more information on The Order and the Rakshana and their little magic world that’s just behind “that door”. So now with that good amount of information the plot in this book goes very smooth and combined with the action and mystery, it makes for a very good Victorian Gothic style book to read.

There is enough mystery and intrigue in this book to keep you guessing who’s really the “bad guy” here and when you finally do figure it out you might probably feel a bit of shock at first because you thought you knew all along or you may not be surprised at all. It’s hard to say. I had quite a few guesses but my first initial guess was wrong so I suppose it was a pleasant surprise for me. If I was right it would have been predictable and perhaps boring. However I liked how you were given options on who might be behind it all so chances are maybe it’s meant to be written that way so it won’t be so predictable.

Gemma is extremely more likable every time she opens her mouth or has a witty thought. If you liked her in the first book, you’ll like her even more here. I liked her sense of independence and she did have this extra spark in her personality which made her stand out against the rest of the other characters. Speaking of wit, despite the real serious dark tones in the novel, there’s little bits of comedy here and there that made me chuckle several times. I think it was because you can also hear what Gemma is thinking and some of the things that run in her head is actually quite funny (especially when Felicity and Ann decide to pick at her and laugh).

The ending of the novel leaves you with wanting more. You know that the fight isn’t even over. They’re just taking a break before the big one begins. If you have ever seen Lord of the Rings The Two Towers remember the ending? yeah, it feels like that. You know there’s something big that’s going to happen in the grand finale. I’m really looking forward to how this ends.

I give this book a 9 out of 10.

Wishful Wednesday 7/29

Today is Wishful Wednesday and what I want to buy for this week but probably won’t get until much much later 😛 are:

Black Magic Woman – Justin Gustainis (caught my eye, heard some people talking about it on Twitter)

Moonlight (Dark Guardian #1)  – Rachel Hawthorne (saw this somewhere on a blog and added it to my list, sounded really interesting and they don’t have it at the library)

Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) – Rachel Caine (Another one that caught my eye. Not offered at library either. Hmm seems my library has been slacking off a bit when it comes to these kinds of books)

What’s on your wishlist? 🙂

Teaser Tuesday featuring Fear the Worst

Today is Teaser Tuesday hosted by Should be Reading and today I’ll be getting my teaser from one of the ARC’s I’m reading: Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay.

“I know you’re not a detail guy, Tim, that you kind of let things slip a bit, that that’s how you lost the business and all, but you gotta pick up the ball and run with it this time, you know what I’m saying?”

I wanted to slam his head into the Hummer.

Why I chose that particular passage? because I felt the same way as the character…I wanted to slam the douchebag with a sledgehammer into the Hummer 😛

Mailbox Monday and Library Find 7/27

Today’s also Mailbox Monday and my own Library Finds. I put them both together today as they’re both small this time around!

The only thing I received last week was Intertwined by Gena Showalter (Thanks Harlequin Teen!)

and at the library I took these out:

The Godfather – Mario Puzo (for Suspense & Thriller Challenge)
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey (YA Challenge)
The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory (Last one of the Tudors by Gregory!)
Contagious – Scott Sigler (WOOT! can’t wait to read this one, sequel to Infected)
The Poet – Michael Connelly (Suspense & Thriller Challenge)

that’s it! not bad for the week 🙂