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Roundup: September 2013

It’s time for a look back at the past month on the Oaken Bookcase. Can you believe it’s October already? It’s been a very busy month and seems to have flown by. I’ve read a fair bit more this month but the towering to-read pile still doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. It’s a […]

Review: Crystal Venom, Steve Wheeler

Crystal Venom (Goodreads) Author:  Steve Wheeler (website) Rating: What will you do when the hand that nourishes you starts choking you?  The crew of Basalt, the interstellar frigate, are major media heroes, famous beyond their wildest dreams. The various factions of the Administration, the Games Board, the Haulers and the corporate Gjomviks all want a piece of their […]

Review: City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (Goodreads) Author:   Cassandra Clare Follow @cassieclare Rating: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of […]

Review: Happy Hour in Hell, Tad Williams

Happy Hour in Hell (Goodreads) Author:  Tad Williams (website) Follow @tadwilliams Rating: I’ve been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I’m actually going. My name’s Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn’t a great place for someone like me – I’m an angel. They don’t […]

Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Goodreads) Author:  Scott Lynch (website) Follow @scottlynch78 Rating: Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can’t run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on […]

Roundup: August 2013

It’s time for a look back at the past month on the Oaken Bookcase. I realise it’s already the 5th and I completely missed the end of August. No excuses, it’s just that things have been so frantic around here that I totally forgot. Several things have been going on that have disrupted both my […]

Review: Kinslayer, Jay Kristoff

Kinslayer (Goodreads) Author:  Jay Kristoff (website) Follow @misterkristoff Rating: A SHATTERED EMPIRE The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more […]

Review: Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm (Goodreads) Author:  Leigh Bardugo (website) Follow @Lbardugo Rating: Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his […]

Review: The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (Goodreads) Author:  Samantha Shannon (website) Follow @say_shannon Rating: It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting […]

Bout of Books 8.0: Goals

The Bout of Books is on again! It starts this coming Monday and there’s still plenty of time to sign up. Here’s a bit of info about the read-a-thon: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon […]
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