July 13, 2011 20 Comments
I’m getting unsolicited books now. I must have gone up in the world. And that at a time when I have too much to read already. So glad it’s the holidays! While I’m not able to reat at read-a-thon standards, I do get through a few more books than normally!
The Quarry by Johan Theorin
This book was sent to me by the publishers, Transworld Books. From their website:
“[…] Per Morner […] receives a phone call from his estranged father, Jerry, begging for help. Per finds Jerry close to death in his blazing woodland studio. He’s been stabbed, and two dead bodies are later discovered in the burnt-out building.
When Jerry dies in hospital a few days later, Per becomes determined to find out what really happened. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more danger he finds himself in. And nowhere is more dangerous than the nearby quarry…”
Heather Farm by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen
Dorte is a fellow bookblogger from djskrimiblog. She reads mainly mysteries and when she offered her blog readers a free download of her short story Heather Farm, I downloaded it from Smashwords straight away. It’s still available there for free.
“A short story of love and suspense with a dash of the supernatural.”
The Lens and the Looker by Lori S. Kaufman
This was a free Kindle download from Amazon. From an interview with the author on Curling Up By the Fire: ” It’s the story of three spoiled teens from the 24th century who are kidnapped back to 14th century Verona Italy. There they must adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The 24th century where these youths come from is an almost perfected society, where there is no pollution, strife, hunger or degradation of human or natures spirits.”
Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook
Description from bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “From the bestselling author of “Must Love Dogs” comes the story of two grown-up sisters who fight like cats and dogs–but call each other at least twice a day.”
Books I bought
Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag
I bought this from a second-hand book fair. The book sale was a bit of a disappointment: I only came away with two (2) books!
Description from bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “A judge’s unpopular ruling places her at the center of a killer’s sight. Now, Minneapolis detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska must protect the judge in a case where no one is who they seem and everyone is at risk.”
The Double by José Saramago
This was the other book I got from the book fair. I read Blindness last year and loved it. So I was really pleased to find another book by Saramago and it sounds interesting too.
Description from bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “What happens when Tertuliano M-ximo Afonso, a 38-year-old professor of history, discovers that there is a man living in the same city who is identical to him on every physical detail, but not related by blood at all. And what happens when each of these men attempt to investigate each other’s lives? How do we know who we are? What do we mean by identity? What defines us as individual, unique people?”
When God was a rabbit by Sarah Winman
I heard so much about this book, so I bought this at Amazon when my husband needed a book for work. It cost… almost nothing!
Description from bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.”
From Bookmooch (bookswap site)
Tulipomania by Mike Dash
Description from bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “This is the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted–and beautiful–commodity in Europe. Historian Mike Dash vividly narrates the story of this amazing flower and the colorful cast of characters–Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers–who were centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but who all had one thing in common: tulipomania.”
Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor
Description from bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Meridith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.”
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?