October 9, 2011 7 Comments
For a few months, books arrived at my house at a pace I could keep up with: in fact, I read more books than I received. So, the TBR pile got a small dent, which was nice.
Nicer even, is the stream of books that arrived in the last week or so. They should keep me happy for a while!
Books for review
The Bomber by Liza Marklund
I received this for review from Transworld Publishers in their Transworld Group Reading Challenge.
From amazon.co.uk: “Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon is woken by a phonecall in the early hours of a wintry December morning. An explosion has ripped apart the Olympic Stadium. And a victim has been blown to pieces.
As Annika delves into the details of the bombing and the background of the victim, there is a second explosion. […] When her police source reveals they are hot on the heels of the bomber, Annika is guaranteed an exclusive with her name on it. But she is uncovering too much, and soon finds herself the target of a deranged serial killer…”
The Trout Opera / Forellenopera by Matthew Condon
I received the Dutch translation from Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers (formerly Ailantus publishers) for review.
Description: Wilfred Lampe is a 99-year old Australian living in a remote village on his own. The Olympic Committee claim him as their example of an average Australian man and plan to feature him in the opening of the Olympic Games. But they find Wilfred in his garden, unconscious on the ground. They take him with them to a hospital and plan to keep him there until the Games.
Wilfred is happy enough there and thinks back to the time that he played a trout in a school opera. But his great niece, who has to give her permission, can not be found. She has problems to deal with before she can play happy families.
Fauna by Alissa York
I got this book (a proof copy) in Dutch for review from Signatuur publishers.
From amazon.co.uk: “The wide ravine that bisects the city is home to countless species of urban wildlife, including human waifs and strays. When Edal Jones can’t cope with the casual cruelty she encounters in her job as a federal wildlife officer, she finds herself drawn to a beacon of solace nestled in the valley under the unlikely banner of an auto-wrecker’s yard. Guy Howell, the handsome proprietor, offers sanctuary to animals and people alike: a half-starved hawk and a brood of orphaned raccoon kits, a young soldier whose spirit failed him during his first tour of duty, a teenage runaway and her massive black dog. Guy is well versed in the delicate workings of damaged beings, and he might just stand a chance at mending Edal’s heart.
But before love can bloom, the little community must come to terms with a different breed of lost soul – a young man whose brutal backwoods childhood is catching up with him, causing him to persecute the creatures that call the valley home.”
Books I won in a giveaway
I’ve been very lucky and won two giveaways with a total of four books!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book has been hyped up so much! I hope it really is that good. I won it from Heather at Capricious Reader in her BBAW Giveaway.
From bol.com (Dutch on-line book store): “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. ”
Low Town by Daniel Polansky
I won this book and the two below from Adam of The Roofbeam Reader in his Labor Day Celebration Giveaway.
From bol.com (Dutch on-line book store): “Welcome to Low Town. Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found. Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You’d struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his. But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley. And then another. With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he’s the only man with a hope of finding the killer. If the killer doesn’t find him first.”
Echo City by Tim Lebbon
Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis
From bol.com (Dutch on-line book store): “Filled with relentless drinking in seamy bars and glamorous nightclubs, wild, drug-fuelled parties, and dispassionate sexual encounters, Less Than Zero – narrated by Clay, an eighteen-year-old student returning home to Los Angeles for Christmas – is a fierce coming-of-age story, justifiably celebrated for its unflinching depiction of hedonistic youth, its brutal portrayal of the inexorable consequences of such moral depravity, and its author’s refusal to condone or chastise such behaviour.”
Books I got from the library
The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
Next weekend, a small group of Dutch bookbloggers are coming together in Groningen. Last time, two people had brought The Wasted Vigil as we were asked to show off our favorite book. So, reason to discuss it at the next meeting.
From bol.com (Dutch on-line book store): “A Russian woman named Lara arrives at the house of Marcus Caldwell, an Englishman and widower living in an old perfume factory in the shadow of the Tora Bora mountains. It is possible that Marcus’s daughter, Zameen, may have known Lara’s brother, a Soviet soldier who disappeared in the area many years previously. But like Marcus’s wife, Zameen is dead; a victim of the age in which she was born.
In the days that follow, further people will arrive at the house […]. The stories and histories that unfold – interweaving and overlapping, and spanning nearly a quarter of a century – tell of the terrible afflictions that have plagued Afghanistan.”
De dag dat ik Johannes Klein doodreed
[The Day I Killed Johannes Klein While Driving My Car] by Elle van Rijn
This was a free download from Dutch publisher’s Ambo | Anthos.
From their website (translated and adapted by me): The story tells about one day in the life of three people. Vanessa is a young woman who goes very far in her wish to become a mother. John, a successful traveler, is waiting in a New York airport for his delayed flight while 10-year old Johannes is getting ready to go to school.
The book is about a young woman struggling with infertility, a man who is running away from his past and a young boy who is looking for his mother.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?