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(Semi)Book Review: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Rating: 4.5/5

As a MASSIVE Juliet Marillier fan I feel privileged to live in Australia as it means I was able to buy her newest book Shadowfell earlier in the month (apologies to US fans who have to wait until September!). And I devoured it. I would have posted about reading it earlier, but I’ve been busy recovering from the book-hangover it induced.

It is marketed as a young adult novel, but I would argue (and my mother would agree!) that Shadowfell is the kind of book everyone can enjoy, no matter their age.  I really enjoyed this novel – in particular the main character Neryn and Flint, and the Good Folk who surround them. As usual, Marillier’s novel is brilliantly crafted and entirely gripping. aplaceformorethoughts

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April Short Reviews

So I’ve decided to start doing short reviews of the books I have read each month. Just something to keep myself (and hopefully any readers out there!) entertained. So off we go!

Featured this month:

On the Edge – Richard Hammond

Lucky Man – Michael J Fox

Beauty – Robin McKinley

Midnight Pearl – Debbie Viguié  (Once Upon a Time series)

Before Midnight – Cameron Dokey (Once Upon a Time series)

Muzzle Flash – D.D. Marks

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I thought that …

I thought that this was particularly appropriate given my last post… Just change ten to thirty. 😛Image

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March 31, 2012 · 7:20 pm

Oh the horror!

The most unimaginable, horrible thing has happened to me lately… I – traditionalist, lover of all things paper and bound – was forced to do the unspeakable. The unspeakable being not only downloading a Kindle reader, but also purchasing and reading several e-books…

I know, I’m so ashamed.

And yet, you may ask, if the very idea of purchasing e-books is so repulsive to me (and trust me, it usually is), why then would I download, purchase and read them. The answer is actually quite simple.

His name is Christopher Ruz.

And he’s a good friend of mine. Ruz has been an aspiring writer for many years. In fact, in the past I have helped him by (happily!) proofreading several of his novels and short stories. Unfortunately, he has been unlucky in finding a publisher for his works, so recently decided to self-publish his stories as e-books, exclusively to the Amazon store.

I held off for as long as I could, but eventually I caved, my desire to support a friend far outweighing my prejudice against e-books. And I wasn’t disappointed.

I generally stick to works in the fantasy genre, but there’s something about Ruz’s work that I still find captivating… If you’re interested in short stories in the genres of horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, the paranormal or black comedy (and just about any combination therein), then Hayes-Kossman might just be your kind of author! I’d encourage you to take a chance, either way.

Don’t get me wrong, I still badger Ruz to make hard-copy versions of his work every time I see him, but until he does, I know that I’ll be supporting my friend and getting some fantastic (and fantastically cheap) reads in the meantime.

Even if that does mean having to purchase e-books… 😛

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Upcoming…

BooksBooksBooks!

That is exactly what my mind is screaming at me… In an excited, fan-girly way, naturally. It is the National Year of Reading, and there are so many books awaiting publication that I am looking forward to getting my hands and my eyes on!

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Morris Lessmore

This is the sweetest, most beautiful thing the Internet has ever given me. Ever.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Watch it!

Also, visit the website – here!

(And yes, Mother, I know, I’m obsessing. :P)

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Reading a book?

I came across this video earlier today, suggested as a useful and hilarious clip to watch with students.

Not sure how I feel about the whole ‘stealing books from the librar’y aspect of it…. Still, it’s definitely entertaining!:)

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