Book Addicts Main
Just a quick reminder that this month we are reading and talking about The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Both fantastic books and both discussions have just started so there’s plenty of time to join in.
In December we can look forward to 1984 by George Orwell and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
Both The Virgin Suicides and Into the Wild will also have a book-to-movie discussion included.
Also this month we are featuring the Richard and Judy New Writers Club book, The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama, which is described as Jane Austen in India. I have reservations that anything should be compared to Jane Austen but we’ll see. Grab it and check it out for yourself, it looks like quite a quick read, and is apparently the start of a new series.
The December book for this New Writers Club is Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. Don’t even get me started on the trouble I went through to get this book with the cover I wanted lol. First edition was out in June, second edition with hideous cover came out in October, and quite honestly I wouldn’t want to read a book with a cover like that, so I made it my mission to track down a copy of the edition with the cover I liked (it is btw now out of print but you might still be able to find it in individual bookshops) I know I know, don’t judge a book by its cover :p
Paranormal Social Club
The votes have been counted and the results are in, and November’s PSC book is Pleasure Unbound (A demonica novel) by Larissa Ione. A book that is apparently full of wit and wicked hot demons! First book in a brand new series, so come and join us.
What I’ve been reading
What I’ve been reading recently includes The Time Traveler’s Wife both in print form and as an audio book and I have to say that it is the best audio book I’ve “listened to” in ages. The narrators were superb, completely faultless and utterly compelling. I was just blown away and listened to it for 18 hours!!! There is also an abridged version but I just hate abridged books. Just started on The Virgin Suicides for the book group and just finished the third instalment of David Wellington’s excellent vampire series, Vampire Zero. Horror is not usually my thing and these are classed as horror/thriller. I discovered them accidentally when browsing on Amazon and the second one was recommended to me. I liked the cover, then discovered it was a sequel and hunted down the first book. Kept them on the shelf for about a year lol before finding them again (there’s a lot of books there and a chair in front). Read the first and the second and then couldn’t wait for the third one to be published here and ordered it from the US. The vampires are not sexy, they are bloodthirsty fiends. There are no superpowerful female characters, and no other type of supernatural creatures at all. There are just cops and state troopers doing the best they can with what they have. There is quite a lot of death and blood and gore but nothing to give you nightmares, they are really pretty exciting! The books are:
23 Hours (is due out next year)
99 Coffins is an interesting book because it is billed as a historical vampire novel and it’s set in Gettysburg, so there is a lot in it about the civil war including flashbacks and historical references.
A bit more about the author I think is in order too since he’s very generous with his writing. If you go to his website you will be able to read approximately six of his books online for free. Yes, FREE. Some of his books including 13 Bullets started off life as online serials which he wrote as a kind of test to see if it would work. He has also written three zombie novels in the same way which are all available to read for free on his site, as well as for purchase in printed form. Monster Island, Monster Nation, and Monster Planet – I think the titles might be an indication of how bad things get lol. There is also another couple of books on there too, one called Plague Zone which features a Seattle librarian as its hero, and Frostbitten, a werewolf novel, which I am currently reading inbetween everything else, and it’s the first of his books that I’m reading for free on his site. I’m about a third of the way through and I’m liking it so far. Interesting take on the werewolf mythology.
Oh yeah and I forgot to upload a new audio to my phone so I got caught on the train yesterday with nothing new to read, so I started listening to American Gods again. It’s not Mr Gaiman narrating this time but the dude who is reading it is just perfect. Another audio I would highly recommend. I’m slowing collecting all of his audio books, so far I have six – The Graveyard book, Fragile Things, Stardust all read by the author, and Good Omens, Anansi Boys and American Gods. On some of them there are some great interviews with Neil Gaiman which are just such a bonus to listen to. The Anansi Boys is read by an British Comedian/actor called Lenny Henry who is very well known here but maybe not be so well known overseas. He is just brilliant with all the Caribbean accents and really brings a unique flavour to the book. I would of course, recommend them all 🙂
And now I need to go read more…