New Arrivals!

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!

For review

The Quarry by Johan Theorin

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…”

Free downloads

Heather Farm by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen

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

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

Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook

This was a free Kindle download that was pointed out to me by Lena of Lenasledgeblog who runs a feature every Friday with a selection of free downloads that she’s found around the internet.

Description from (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

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 (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

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 (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

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 (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

Tulipomania by Mike Dash

Description from (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

Star of the Sea  by Joseph O’Connor

Description from (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?


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20 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Cindy says:

    A good batch, I think I will go and buy ‘When God was a Rabbit’.

  2. Tes says:

    I have heard about “When God Was a Rabbit”, too. It sounds like something I wanna read over the weekend…but now I’m so intriguing by “The Quarry”

  3. I should stop visiting your blog, or stop working and studying, So much to read, so little time…
    Thanks for putting me on the track for at least three books that sound like must reads.

  4. Misha says:

    The Quarry and Star of the Sea sound really good! I am interested in When God was a rabbit as well. I love the title and the premise. The reviews for it have been great too.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Misha, I ordered When God was a Rabbit at the same time as my husband ordered a book for his work, and so the receipt showed this book too. He got a lot of “What’s THAT book?” from his colleagues. The title is rather strange and intriguing.

  5. Oh! I have read the first two 🙂
    No comments on the second, but I was not as impressed by Theorin´s third as by his first two. Many Danish reviewers see it as too slow, but it seems English readers love it so let´s hope you agree with the latter.

    I might be tempted by Life´s a Beach. I love my sisters very much today, but perhaps not quite so much when we were teenagers 😉

    • Leeswammes says:

      Dorte, we’ll see about The Quarry, I loved the first book (but didn’t read the second). I’m looking forward to your book, but as it’s an ebook it goes on the ebook TBR and that’s a totally different story than the paper-TBR (just as slow, though).

  6. Lizanne says:

    When God was a rabbit is absolutely fantastic!

  7. Melody says:

    Star of the Sea is one of my favorites (check out my review). Not only was it a unique way to tell a story, but the writing felt refreshingly classic. I hope you get around to reading it!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Melody, I will read your review after I read the book. I’m looking forward to reading it, although the copy I have is a little battered, so not so attractive.

  8. Suzanne says:

    I have to learn to read more closely — until I saw Cindy’s comment I thought the book was called When God Was a Rabbi. Either way, the book sounds interesting
    Tulipomania looks good too.

    I read Star of the Sea, I thought it was ok but not one of my favorites.

  9. I think I would like to read When God was a Rabbit — been seeing that one a lot lately –enjoy

  10. Lena says:

    Those are some great choices. I still haven’t read Life’s a Beach, but I did download it for later. Thanks for shining some light on my free book feature. I appreciate it. 🙂

  11. Corri says:

    So many books to read! I have not read any of the ones on your list, but I have a list a mile long already!

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