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Clock Rewinders (9)

I haven’t done a Clock Rewinders since before the start of July, so it’s about time I get back into it. This feature is based on the original Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge.

Note: You can now comment on this post! Sorry about that, I still have no idea why WordPress turns comments off 🙁 If anyone can shed any light on that I’d love to know how to fix it!

Last Week on the Bookcase

Since the Discover Australian Fantasy month ended on Tuesday, it’s been fairly quiet around here. I’ve joined in with the Review Copy Cleanup during August but I’ve barely had a chance to read anything over the last few days.

I posted an excerpt for Traitor, Megan Curd yesterday – the giveaway still goes for a few more days so get your entries in.

Speaking of giveaways, congratulations to the two winners for the Discover Australian Fantasy giveaway, Heather and Marlene!

Reviews:

  • Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas – Really great young adult fantasy – loved it!

 

Around the Community

 

Book Loot

So.. I have a month’s worth of book loot here, but I’ll try to keep it brief – these are just the review books.

This month I was super-excited to actually receive print review copies from publishers for the first time! I’m just a couple of weeks away from my six-month blogaversary here so I was completely over the moon!

For review:

 

Search terms

So I finally got some funny search term hits… I’m surprised it took this long to be honest.

  • “snowed under with books” – You and me both, mate.
  • “hiccup and rapunzel” – Is this some kind of strange erotic fan-fic? I’m a bit scared to go look myself since individually, these two are from two of my favourite movies!
  • “matt shirvington running” – Haha! Poor Jessica Shirvington, she probably is never allowed to forget the stir her Olympian husband caused while running. I’m not linking to it, but go youtube. A warning – you cannot unsee 😛
  • “i thought it was friday” – Oh, I’m so sorry! I do this all the time.

 

Currently Reading

 

Legends of Australian Fantasy

Come to Erith, to a faerie tale with a sting, or to Obernewtyn, long before the Seeker was born. Revisit a dark pocket of history for the Magician′s Guild or get caught up in the confusion of an endlessly repeating day in the Citadel. Cross the wall, where Charter magic is all that lies between you and death. A trip with a graverobber can be gruesome, and it′s hard to share the fear of a woman who must kill her husband if her child is to rule …

A collection of eleven short novels set in worlds already created by Aussie fantasy authors, or new worlds they are creating. Includes stories by Garth Nix, Trudi Canavan, Juliet Marillier, Isobelle Carmody, Kim Wilkins, Sean Williams, DM Cornish, Ian Irvine, John Birmingham, Jennifer Fallon and Cecilia Dart-Thornton. It’s quite a tome at almost 550 pages but I’ve really enjoyed the first few stories.

 

Legends of Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff, Terry Brooks

Five hundred years have passed since the war that almost exterminated humankind. But now the cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has vanished. When Sider Ament, last surviving Knight of the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, and Trackers find two of their own gruesomely killed, there can be no doubt: the once safe haven of generations has been laid bare…

I’m listening to the audio version of this book off and on at work. Epic fantasy requires concentration to keep track of the details, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve read a Shannara book, but I’m getting there!

Coming up

Glitch, Heather Anastasiu

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

Random Photo

 

My Sproutling loves the library – and the librarians love him! *wince*

Have a great week, everyone!

Clock Rewinders (2)

Hello once again! It’s Sunday, so it’s time for a look back over the last week with Clock Rewinders. This feature is based on the original Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge.

This Week on the Bookcase

This week, I was in a bit of recovery mode from the Spring Fling giveaway hop. So many new visitors! Congratulations to the winner – @jaevenstar! She chose a copy of Immortal Rules.

Reviews:

  • Aurorarama, Jean-Christophe Valtat – Amazing Arctic Steampunk Fantasy.
  • Insurgent, Veronica Roth – the much-anticipated sequel to Divergent. Young adult dystopia.

 

Around the Community

  • This week has begun the wind-up to the Bout of Books, starting tomorrow, Monday May 14. I’m looking forward to participating in my first read-a-thon! See my goals post for a list of the books I’m hoping to read this coming week.
  • I apologise for the lack of links here this week… I’ve been off sick all week and haven’t done much of anything that resembled work of any kind, so I’m very unprepared. I promise I’ll have a better community round-up next week.

 

Book Loot

No books for review from anywhere this week!

From Giveaways:
A freebie from the author:
And one from the library (seriously, I need to stop going there):

 

Currently Reading

The Six, K B Hoyle

When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her…

I’m nearly finished The Six – this middle-grade/young teen fantasy has been a great read, I just wish I’d had more time to devote to it! It’s just the type of book I loved to read when I was thirteen or there-abouts. My review will be coming very soon.

 

This Week

This week is all about the Bout of Books read-a-thon. You can visit my goals post to find out the books I’m planning to read this week!

 

Random Photo of the Week

And finally, here’s a photo of my little boy reading my Kindle. Okay, so he’s pressing the buttons and chewing on the corners… but I like to think he’ll read it one day.

Have a great week, everyone, and best of luck if you’re joining in the Bout of Books!

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