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WWW Wednesday 6th April 2016

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WWW Wednesday

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always ๐Ÿ™‚

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What I’m currently reading

WWW270116.1The Name of the Wind

I’ve put this off for long enough, so it’s about time I get around to this! The size of it still intimidates me and I doubt that’ll have changed by the time I’m done, but I’m really looking forward it. I’ve heard so many good things and can’t wait to see for myself! Because this is such a long book I don’t expect to have another WWW in two weeks time, but we’ll see!

I’m not even one hundred pages into it but I’m madly in love and you’re right, it is a fast read! It’s so hard to put this down and I’m devouring it!

Blurb:

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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What I recently finished reading

Get me! I read two books since the last time I posted! TWO! It’s a new personal record! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s what I read:

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A Gathering of Shadows

If I remember correctly, I finished this book shortly after my last WWW post (in-the-same-day shortly). I posted a review the Thursday after that, so I won’t go into detail here.

Blurb:

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kellโ€™s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Hollandโ€™s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Gamesโ€”an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countriesโ€”a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen againโ€”meaning that another London must fall.

I also read this:

The Siblings

The Siblings

I received an Advanced Reader Copy from A. Morgan, and will have a review ready for tomorrow. Since this is his debut novel and I knew that he wasn’t done editing when I received my copy I was a little nervous, but my nerves were unnecessary.ย It was a very fast-paced, action-packed story which left me wanting more in the sequel. But, as I said, there’ll be a review tomorrow, so look out for that!

Release date: 12th April

Blurb:

The sky has fallen. The world has been left in ruins, with only a few spots still prospering. Jest and Fer, brother and sister, wait out for the world to come to an undignified end. But in the commotion, havoc wreaks. The two are separated, taken on separate journeys by different factions.
Fer, pregnant, taken under the custody of the nefarious Operation, the political leaders of the new world, must fight for release in an attempt to reach her brother.
Jest, beaten and left for dead, is brought to safety by a surreptitious military group that know more of the new world than they are letting on.
The Siblings must persevere and fight through unimaginable obstacles to be reunited before it is too late.

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What I think I’ll read next

I’m still a little undecided. I’ve got a couple of sci-fi novels waiting on my bookshelf, and since I haven’t read much sci-fi until now I will read one of them, but I haven’t decided which. It’ll be one of these two gems:

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The Caves of Steel

Blurb:

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the “R” stood for robot–and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

Or possibly:

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Consider Phlebas

Blurb:

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

It’ll probably be a last minute decision, but right now I’m leaning more towards Asimov since his book is shorter, and I’ve already got a long read ahead of me now.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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17 Comments

  1. One work I read from Patrick Rothfuss was a short story about a trickster. I forgot what title it was but I remember enjoying it so much that I wished it was a novel. He’s been on my top list of TBRs and I’m still not sure why I haven’t read him yet.

    Great reads as always~ I’m eyeing Asimov but really, I always have a hard time reading Sci-Fi. I never seem to get along with them =/

    • Well, you can’t enjoy every genre. That’d be impossible! Asimov and Banks were recommended to me when I asked on twitter, and I know they are popular books so I thought I’d start there. The Caves of Steel is pretty short, so if I don’t enjoy it I won’t spend weeks on it at least ๐Ÿ™‚

      I didn’t realise how many novels he has published until I looked him up! I’ll be adding more to my TBR list for sure, I’m in love with his writing style <3 It's such an effortless read!

      • Ah hear hear! Rothfuss is smoooth, I forget I’m reading.

        I’ve been seeing Asimov everywhere. It’s like nature (the spirit? fate?) is telling me to read him. Guhh

        • Maybe you should? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just read the first page and see if it draws you in ๐Ÿ™‚
          Goodness, that he is! Reading this book feels so personal, like he’s telling me the story himself! It’s such an honest way of writing!

  2. kay kay

    So happy to hear you’re enjoying The Name of the Wind. I’ve been a little slow at it because I keep having to stop and do other things. So far, I am loving it too! Excited to hear you liked The Siblings. I’m looking forward to reading that. I’ll keep an eye out for your full review. Hope you have a great week. Happy reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I really am, and I’m flying through it! I haven’t picked a great time for it though, what with NaNo and prepping my book for publication. I’d love to have so much more time for this, I’d happily do nothing but read. How far are you?
      The Siblings will be out very soon now, so you haven’t got much longer left to wait! I hope you’ll enjoy it when you get to it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed AGOS. I can’t wait for books 3 which promises to be epic! I’m hoping it turns out that Lila is some kind of super-charged Antari, she blows into White London, snags Kell and together they send the darkness back to Black London where it belongs! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t think I’ve read any Asimov. I’m not sure how I’ve got this far without doing so!

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/www-wednesday-6th-april-2016/

    • That’s what I’m expecting, Lila is clearly something special! I just don’t want to expect too much again but I think I’ve got a better understanding of it now ๐Ÿ™‚

      I know! But did you know, I still haven’t read Pride or Prejudice or Wuthering Hights, either!

  4. I haven’t read any of these but I do have AGOS on my tbr, once I’ve finally read ADSOM. I’ve heard such good things about the series so I’m hoping it’ll live up to my expectations once I start!

    Here’s my WWW.

    • That was my issue with it I think. I’ve read so many good things about it praising it as the best book ever that my expectations were far too high! It’s a great series but if you go in expecting something life-changing you’ll likely feel let down. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

      • Thanks! It will probably be a while until I get on to it as I’ve just started a series and am desperate to finish that first! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I probably will read Asimov first just because it’s shorter. The Name of the Wind is incredible but long. Really long. It’d be nice to have something short afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I got it for Christmas and had no idea how good a present it was! My friend who got it for me hadn’t read it, either, so it was very lucky. I hope you enjoy it if/when you get it!

  5. Sam Sam

    I hope you enjoyed ‘A Gathering of Shadows.’ It looks so good! Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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