Sunday, December 6, 2009

Book Purchases

It's certainly nice to be able to afford new books. And I think I may be getting addicted. For all that I've been thinking of keeping my reading queue down to a few books at a time, I just always jump at a chance to get new books. And only 6 days into December, I already replenished my reading list with 6 new books:

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This book seems to be all over bookstores and book blogs. I recently read a very good review for the book at Fyrefly's blog and I find we usually like similar types of books. So I am taking the dive to see what the hype has been all about.

2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart

This book was recommended to me as part of the 4R's challenge. This is much too late for the original challenge's time frame, but I expect I may still enjoy the book. I was a little disappointed with the amount of suggestions generated during the challenge's recommendation phase, but this certainly sounds like an interesting book, so I am giving it a chance.

3 & 4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet / Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn.

I give in. I am hooked on Kitty, Cormac, and Ben. I am going to continue reading until Carrie Vaughn inevitably will become Laurell Hamilton and then I will give up in disgust. But until then, I am sure I'll get to enjoy a couple more Kitty stories.

5. Soulless by Gail Carriger

I saw some pretty good reviews of this new author, and the tagline sounds pretty catchy too: "A novel of vampires, werewolves, and parasols". It's either going to be seriously stupid or ironically hilarious. I guess I am going to find out which one it is.

6. Ringworld by Larry Niven

This one is to fill out gaps in my classic science fiction. I've heard so much praise for Larry Niven and so many references to Ringworld in particular that I want to read it for myself. I am hoping it's a good read. For all the enjoyment I get out of kick-ass heroines, classics often end up being a great treat.

So now I am looking forward to all this great reading. I don't think I am going to hit my yearly goal by the end of the month, so I will just relax into reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell slowly.


  1. A great pile of books there. Having not read Hamilton, I have to ask what you mean by the comparison? I've seen The Girl everywhere as well and it looks and sounds like one for the list. I will be anxious for your thoughts on Ringworld. I read it last January and enjoyed the experience. I just went back and reread that review a few days ago and it makes me want to read the next book in the series, which I bought just after finishing Ringworld.

  2. Laurell Hamilton is a pretty well-known author of an early urban fantasy series about Anita Blake. A lot of urban fantasy has very similar themes: strong herioines, vampires, werevolves, mystery sort of deal. Fortunately, when you start reading the series usually there are enough new interesting things about the character/world/situation that the reading is pretty enjoyable. However, after book 6-7 at least with Laurell Hamilton, things went downhill a lot since every book she sort of had to up the ante on what's happening to characters and I ended up not even liking the main heroine anymore.

    I've seen similar things happen to other series as well. And I am afraid that Carrie Vaughn might be moving in the same direction. But for now, I am enjoying the series and hoping it won't degrade quickly.

  3. This is my first visit to your blog, which I found on another blog's blogroll. I hope you will read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I read and reviewed it on my blog, and now my mother is reading this book!

  4. Welcome to the blog, Suko. I am looking forward to reading it. It sounds like many people who don't normally read mysteries enjoyed the book. Plus, if it turns out to be good, I might forward it to my mother as well :). She enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind very much when I passed her the book after enjoying it myself.

  5. Maria, I wish you and yours the very merriest of Christmases. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!