Winner of the giveaway of Blood on Borrowed Wings

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The winner of Blood on Borrowed Wings by Darren Stapleton is:

Mary Preston

Congratulations, Mary. I’ll get the book to you as soon as possible.

Everyone else, thanks for entering.

You can find more information about the book HERE.

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Read: Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja

Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja Amazon says: “From a wartime brothel to the intricate high society of 1870s Brussels, Under the Poppy is a breakout novel of childhood friends, a love triangle, puppetmasters, and reluctant spies.

Under the Poppy is a brothel owned by Decca and Rupert. Decca is in love with Rupert, but he in turn is in love with her brother, Istvan. When Istvan comes to town, louche puppet troupe in tow, the lines of their age-old desires intersect against a backdrop of approaching war. Hearts are broken when old betrayals and new alliances—not just their own—take shape, as the townsmen seek refuge from the onslaught of history by watching the girls of the Poppy cavort onstage with Istvan’s naughty puppets . . .

Under the Poppy is a vivid, sexy, historical novel that zips along like the best guilty pleasure.”

I got this book from my old (in blogging terms) friend Adam, the Roofbeam Reader. This is one of his favorite books, and I was so pleased to receive a copy – I think I won it in a giveaway on Adam’s blog. It took me a while to start reading it. Recently, I found out that it’s part of a  series, and if it was really that good, I’d be in for a nice time, right?

Unfortunately, I didn’t share Adam’s enthusiasm for the novel. In fact, I didn’t get beyond page 100 or so. I tried, but could not get into the story. To me, the characters weren’t likeable, there was a lot of changing of perspective from one character to the next (annoying and confusing), and the story didn’t grab me either.

Now, that’s odd. I went into this book fully expecting to love it, so the fact that I didn’t love it, couldn’t have been because of me. It had to be the book. But it should be good – it just had to be. I struggled and felt sorry for Adam, for having sent this book to an ungrateful reader who tosses his precious book away like an old rag doll. Not so, but if a book grows on me – in a negative way, where I find out (without trying) more and more I don’t like about the book – it’s time to throw the towel in the ring and hope for better times. The book won’t change, but maybe I will. And then, I’ll try again.

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Read: Armada by Ernest Cline

armada I loved, loved Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If one could marry a book, this would be “the one” for me. So, when I saw Armada in the book shop (well, a department store in The Hague, to be precise), I had to buy it straight away, even though I should not buy any more books.

I read it during the Readathon (April 2016), and it was OK. It was OK. That’s it. Unbelievable and a little childish – as in, boy dreams come true – and I never really suspended disbelief. What a pity after the great, great RPO! It reminded me of Ender’s Game, which works great as a movie, and I’m sure Armada would (will!), but I wasn’t convinced this is a great book for adults.

The publisher says: “As [the novel] opens, high-school student Zack Lightman glances out his classroom window and spots a UFO. At first he thinks he’s going crazy. A minute later he’s sure of it, because the ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada,—in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.  

Zack is sure he’s lost his mind. But what he’s seeing is all too real, and his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save Earth from what’s about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can’t help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little too… familiar? 

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Book read: Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party by Alexander McCall Smith

fatty I read this very funny book for the Readathon (April 2016).  This short book was highly entertaining and ideal for the readathon.

Fatty O’Leary is a well-proportioned American of Irish descent. Together with his wife Betty, he spends a holiday in Ireland, hoping to find his roots. However, Ireland isn’t prepared for people of Fatty’s size and many things go wrong for him. Is it him or is it the Irish?

Read this when you need a good laugh and see what you think: is that Lord Balnerry playing tricks on him, or is he really just friendly?

The publisher says: “[Fatty O’Leary’s] loving wife Betty plans a trip to Ireland for his 40th birthday and almost immediately things go wrong: the seats in economy class on the plane are too small; Irish bathroom furniture is not as commodious as he’d have liked. And all the time Fatty must put up with the unthinking cruelty of strangers.

In an hilarious and touching portrayal of a kindly and misunderstood soul, McCall Smith has created yet another memorable character who will become an instant favourite to his many fans.”

 

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