Friday Finds

Today is Friday Finds hosted by Should Be Reading well, I found quite a few books I could add! I think I’ll just stick to these two:

Poison Study – Maria V Snyder

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman’s noose.But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia’s food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander’s food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position. (Amazon.ca description)

– I actually found out about this book while surfing through book blogs. It interested me and looks good.

The Russian Concubine – Kate Furnivall

The experiences of the author’s mother inspired this debut novel, a somewhat improbable tale of star-crossed love in 1928 China. Valentina Ivanova and her 16-year-old daughter, Lydia, White Russian refugees, live in grinding poverty in the International Settlement of Junchow, subsisting off whatever presents Valentina can charm from gentlemen admirers and the profits Lydia makes from pawning stolen goods. When Lydia inadvertently attracts the unwelcome attentions of a criminal gang, the Black Snakes, she finds a rescuer in Chang An Lo, an English-speaking Communist and kung fu master. Danger is never far as the two fall in love. Lydia’s travails are mirrored by those of Theo Willoughby, the British headmaster of her school. Theo’s struggle to preserve his school and his happy life with his Chinese mistress, Li Mei, drives him to collude with Li Mei’s estranged father—the leader of the Black Snakes—to run opium into Junchow. Violence is more prevalent (and graphic) than sex, and the narrative has extended periods of inertia during which there is much action, but not of the plot-advancing sort. Despite these flaws, Furnivall vividly evokes Lydia’s character and personal struggles against a backdrop of depravity and corruption. (Amazon.ca, Publishers Weekly)

– I know…I know!!!! it sounds like something I would NEVER EVER EVER read. However recently I’ve noticed I’ve been opening up my book horizons. (I think surfing book blogs and looking for something new has something to do with it) so I’m willing to give this a try just as long as no one I know personally doesn’t see me with it 😛 har har.

I found so many others! but, I’ll just leave it with these two. Have you read these? what do you think? 🙂

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