Daughter of Hounds

ISBN: 9780451461254
See also: Author’s blog ; Synchronicity swirls and other foolishness

The ghoul lady takes out her white linen handkerchief and uses one corner to dab at her watering left eye. It’s an old wound, a relic of her spent and reckless youth, but it still bothers her sometimes, especially when the weather Above is wet.

I bought this on impulse. I vaguely recalled seeing the author’s name mentioned on Neil Gaiman’s blog. And it has an interesting title. Then again I was put off by the cover, and the fact that it seems to be the third in a ‘verse of books. Not a series though, so in the end I decided what the hell and shelled out the cash.

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Wash this blood clean from my hand

Image of Wash This Blood Clean from My Handtrans. Sian Reynolds
ISBN: 9780099488965 See also: Strangley Connected ; Thorasbook ; Dave’s Fiction Blog ; Lizzy’s Literary Life

Leaning his shoulder against the dark basement wall, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg stood contemplating the enormous central heating boiler which had suddenly stopped working, two days before.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I’m a huge fan of Fred Vargas’ work. And this book is no exception. The star, once more, is Commissaire Adamsberg. The plot revolves around a series of murders, the first in 1943, the latest takes place in the present of the book. Adamsberg has a special interest in this case, and the judge he believes to have committed these crimes. In each case the murder victim is killed by three stab wounds. And in each case an assailant has been found, always suffering from amnesia but also having a murder weapon in his possession. In each case the police decide that this individual is responsible and, there you go, case closed. Adamsberg is not so sure.

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Old skool man

Yesterday a quiz, today a meme, it’s almost like going back in time. Stolen from xaosseed: 1. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The first article title on the page is the name of your band. 2. Go to http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album. 3. Go to […]

Been a while

Since I’ve done one of these quizzy things, and seeing as I’ve been fairly quiet recently what better way to blog without really blogging than to post a quiz-thing? From the Beeb’s what am I like quiz: Your answers suggest you are an Idealist The four aspects that make up this personality type are: Spontaneous, […]

Juno

Juno

Juno is 16. And pregnant. At first she thinks she’ll have an abortion, but changes her mind, she’ll continue to be pregnant but she isn’t interested in being a Mommy. She’ll give the baby up for adoption. So she takes a look in the PennySaver, which I’m guessing is similar to our Buy & Sell, and finds a couple she thinks will make good parents.

Don’t you just hate plot summaries? Rarely do they make a film/book sound good. But don’t let that put you off, go see this film.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

Author: Scott Lynch
ISBN: 9780575079755
Book 1 of The Gentleman Bastards Sequence
Scott Lynch’s site ; Shards of Delirium ; Ficsation ; The Core Dump ; Speculative Horizons ;

At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-Seventh Year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.

Locke Lamora doesn’t meet the usual standards of fantasy hero. He is slightly built, doesn’t have much skill with a sword, and then of course there is the fact that he is a thief and a conman. A conman even to the other thieves of Camorr. To them he is a small time gang leader, competent but insignificant. And if they were to learn that he was the real person behind the legendary Thorn of Camorr he’d be in quiet a bit of strife. He, and the other Gentleman Bastards spend their lives hiding who they really are, and the fortune they have amassed through their cons. But trouble is heading their way. Capa Barsavi, leader of the thieves of Camorr, is facing an outside threat. A figure known only as the Grey King is killing off various gang leaders. And pretty soon Locke finds himself trapped in the middle of the conflict.

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Of the way we were

Sheila pointed out that today is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. She was born on 7th Feb 1867. And reading Sheila’s post I remembered how much i loved those books as a child. Unlike Sheila I have no idea how old I was when I read them; I know that B#1 read them before me. The […]