Saturday, March 23, 2013

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

After reading The Vampyre by John Polidori, I was pleasantly surprised by Carmilla.  This is another piece of early vampire literature -- predating Dracula, which is often considered the father of the genre -- which I decided to read as part of my research for the vampire series I am currently writing.  Unlike The Vampyre, however, it was told in a friendly, conversational narrative by the main character, Laura, who is being preyed upon (without her knowledge) by the vampire Carmilla.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Vampyre by John Polidori

As part of my research for the vampire series I am writing, I decided to read some classic vampire literature.  The first on my list was John Polidori's The Vampyre, which is a fairly short tale about a man who unwittingly befriends a vampire, resulting in the death of several women close to him.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

The Heroes was a book we read last year in our sci-fi/fantasy book club -- a book my husband, Michael, suggested the book club read, since he really likes the author.  (In fact, he has suggested another of Joe Abercrombie books as one of the book club's selections this year: Red Country, the next book in the same universe as The Heroes and Best Served Cold.)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hunt at the Well of Eternity by Gabriel Hunt

I got the ebook of Hunt at the Well of Eternity for free quite some time ago, shortly after I started on my digital reading journey in fact.  Back then there was a free category in Barnes & Noble's ebook store that I would check regularly, and I downloaded this during that time.  A year or two ago, I also bought and downloaded the other five books in the series, since the publisher was reportedly going out of business and the ebooks would no longer be available once that happened.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Get The Da Vinci Code for free!

The ebook version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is currently free to promote his next book, Inferno, coming out in May.  The ebook of Da Vinci Code also has a short (10-page) excerpt of Inferno.  This is a fantastic deal -- you rarely ever see big sellers like this offered for free!  Supposedly you'll find the free price at all the major retailers -- I downloaded my copy from Barnes & Noble, and I know it's free on Kindle, too.  Don't hesitate to download this one ASAP -- no telling for how long it will be free!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander

I have gotten a little behind on my daily book posts lately, partly because of how busy I've been with other things, such as my horses and the novel I am working on.  I'm still reading Les Miserables, which you'll remember was on my list of books to read in 2013, so all of these daily posts are actually catch-up reviews of books I read last year but forgot to blog about.

His Mistress by Christmas was a holiday romance about a widow who is looking for someone to have an affair with -- she doesn't want to give up the independence she has thoroughly enjoyed since her husband died.  Her choice of a lover, on the other hand, is more interested in marriage than she is.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The 1920s by Shmoop

I bought this inexpensive ebook early on when I was researching the 1920s for my novels.  In retrospect, I could have saved my money, even though I did pull a couple of useful facts out of the book.  It was just too short, with too little (and too generalized) information -- it was essentially the Cliff Notes of history books, although I didn't know it at the time.  It might be a good source of information for someone in middle school or high school who is doing research for a project, but for anything more, it just doesn't give enough information.

Short books equal short reviews I am afraid, so that's all I have to say about this one!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston

Since I'm a bit of a 1920s nut -- I have a blog about my 1920s-themed wedding, and I'm writing a series of novels about vampires in the 1920s -- I was thrilled to see a story on NPR about The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.  It's described as "a novel in pictures," and the NPR story says that Preston bought old images from more than 300 eBay sellers in order to illustrate her novel.  This is incredibly interesting to me, since I've been using 1920s French photo postcards as representations of my characters, and as images for my website and (future) book covers.

Friday, March 8, 2013

How to Unspoil Your Child Fast by Richard Bromfield

I got this ebook for free a while back, but because of my occupation as a nanny and a babysitter, I was very interested in the message.  A lot of the parents I work for spoil their kids without even knowing it, just by giving in to their whining and crying, and otherwise rewarding bad behavior.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Trapped by Michael Northrop

I can't believe I never blogged about Trapped!  I had had it on my wish list, but I finally bought and started reading it during a big snowstorm we had -- last winter, I guess it was.  I was thinking we would get snowed in, and decided to read a book to match!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

I was a big Anne Rice fan when I was in high school, so when The Wolf Gift came out last year, I jumped on it.  Having done vampires and witches, Anne Rice is now doing werewolves!  It seems to be the trend in vampire fiction lately, that you can't just do one kind of supe -- the more the merrier, especially if they are all in the same book (Sookie Stackhouse comes to mind).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Playing catch-up

I was going through my list of posts on my blog recently and realized how many drafts I have.  Some are books that I meant to read but never did, or started but never finished, but most of them are books that I read and never got around to blogging about.  As a little bit of spring cleaning, I am going to go through these posts and start blogging about the ones I read, and delete the ones that I never read or only partially read.  (I don't often quit books once I've started them, but as I've gotten older I've realized that with as much as I want to read, forcing myself to finish books I don't like is a waste of time that could be spent on books I do like.)

NPR's kids' book club selection for March

Just the other day there was an article on NPR about the kids' book club choice of the month, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  (I didn't even know that there was a kids' book club at NPR, but apparently they are called the Backseat Bookclub.)  I am thinking about reading this book in March along with the book club -- I've always meant to read it, but have never gotten around to doing so.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Happy Read an eBook week!

I had a busy weekend, so I actually missed the first day of this -- Read an eBook Week started yesterday (March 3-9).  But even though I'm a little late to the party, I love Read an eBook Week -- not only do I feel proud to be part of the movement they are trying to promote (moving to digital), but there are also great deals to be had on ebooks during this week, from publishers as well as indie authors.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Young Al Capone by William Balsamo and John Balsamo

After reviewing several thrillers -- two of which, Still Missing and Dark Places, I read right in a row (Gone Girl I read months ago) -- I decided to take a break and review a few other sorts of books while I read Les Miserables.  Young Al Capone was a biography I read as part of the research for a series of novels I am writing, which take place in 1920s Chicago.  Although much of this book was about the years before Capone moved to Chicago, it still looked like it would be full of information for my novels -- which, of course, it was.