Showing posts from July, 2012

197. A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 384
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 20, 2012
First Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Historical Fiction, China, 1920s
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "I unhappily report that even Bicycling for Ladies with hints as to the art of wheeling - advice to beginners - dress - care of the bicycle - mechanics - training - exercises, etc., etc. cannot assist me in this current predicament: we find ourselves in a situation."

Publisher's Summary: "It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva’s motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, she is ready for adventure.

In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad…

171. Sunset by Christos Gage

Sunset by Christos Gage. Art by Jorge Lucas. Introduction by Duane Swierczynski (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 23, 2012
First Published: Jul. 31, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: graphic novel, crime, mafia, noir,
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Mr. Bellamy?" "Hunh?" "I was asking what you did during the war."

Publisher's Summary: Sometimes all you can do is go out with guns blazing! In the noir tradition of Chandler and Spillane comes Sunset, a two-fisted tale of revenge and redemption. On the surface, Nick Bellamy looks like any other veteran retiree left behind by a modern world. In reality, Nick is a former enforcer, who stole a fortune and years of freedom from his former mob boss. Now, in the twilight of his life, Nick will lose everything he cares about except two things: revenge... and the chance to die with his guns blazing! Writer Christos Gage (Avengers Academy, GI Joe: Cobra) and artist Jorge Lucas (The Da…

196. Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster

Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 320
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 16, 2012
First Published: Jun. 5, 2012
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: mystery, thriller, Gothic, psychological suspense
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "They should be home."

Publisher's Summary: "When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits an isolated North Yorkshire cottage, they leave the bustle of London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam vanishes without a trace, leaving their baby daughter, Millie, in her stroller on the doorstep. The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village on the untamed heath.  Everyone—the police, her parents, even her best friend and younger sister—is convinced that Adam left her. But Grace, unable to let go of her memories of their love and life together, cannot accept this explanation.  She is desperate for answers, but the slumbering, deeply superstitious hamlet is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace hunts through forgotte…

195. Shadow of the Titanic by Andrew Wilson

Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survivedby Andrew Wilson (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 416
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 15, 2012
First Published: Mar. 6, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: non-fiction, history
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "The sound of the screaming was the worst thing, they said."

Publisher's Summary: "IN the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, the icy waters of the North Atlantic reverberated with the desperate screams of more than 1,500 men, women, and children—passengers of the once majestic liner Titanic. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, an even more awful silence settled over the sea. The sights and sounds of that night would haunt each of the vessel’s 705 survivors for the rest of their days.

Although we think we know the story of Titanic—the famously luxurious and supposedly unsinkable ship that struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to Amer…

194. Xenoholics, Vol. 1 by Joshua Williamson

Xenoholics, Vol. 1 by Joshua Williamson. Art by Seth Damoose (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 126
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 14, 2012
First Published: Jun. 5, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction
Rating: 2.5/5

First sentence: "I said ... TAKE ME TO YOUR F*CKING LEADER!"

Publisher's Summary: "The critically acclaimed series is collected in trade paperback!
Are you addicted to aliens? Late night encounters? Abductions? Probes? Then become a member of Xenoholics Anonymous! Members of a support group that claim to be victims of alien abductions try to solve the mysterious disappearance of the Doctor who led their group but find themselves involved in a larger conspiracy. X-files and Fire in the Sky meet Chew in this exploration of the xenoholic subculture.

Collects XENOHOLICS #1-5"

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley

Reason for Reading: The publisher's summary caught my attention.

This starts off pretty lame. Rath…

DVD Break: Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World

Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World - (2005) - (DVD) - (animated) - (library)
Originally released in 2004 this contains three episodes from Season One of the Justice League Unlimited (JLU) TV Series that ran from 2004-2006. It contains the pilot episode 1 "Initiation" which brings the story of how Green Arrow joined the League. Next is episode 4 "Hawk and Dove" which introduces to the audience the brotherly superteam of Hawk and Dove who join with Wonder Woman to fight against Aries the God of War and his robot "The Annihilator".  Finally, this disc ends with episode 3 "Kid Stuff" which has founding members Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman turned into kids to battle against Mordred after he has removed all adults from the world.  This was great!  Ds and I both loved it.  It's a more polished and slightly more mature series than the one we watched previously.  This one is rated PG, while yesterday's was G.  JLU cont…

193. Dreams of Gold by Jonathan Chamberlain

Dreams of Gold by Jonathan Chamberlain (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 230
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 14, 2012
First Published: Jan. 2, 2012
Publisher: Long Island Press
Genre: comedy, British farce
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "The carp in the pool swirled in a sudden frenzy for the crumbs of dried bread that the man scattered over the surface."

Publisher's Summary: "Heart-warming, surreal and very, very funny.
How The London 2012 Olympics were saved from the bizarre schemes of a mad dictator
P.G.Wodehouse meets Tom Sharp with a dash of Spike Milligan.
Wales - the land of poets and sporting heroes . Rowan Jones, the up-and-coming Welsh poet, accidentally finds himself attracting a motley crew of disaffected athletes from all over the world to his eccentric farmhouse deep in the heart of Wales.
There's Jeremiah the Tennessee backwoodsman, Marguerite the French existentialist, Yoshi and Toshi, the Japanese identical twins, Leonardo the Italian h…

DVD Break: Justice League - Secret Origins

Justice League: Secret Origins - (2002) - (DVD) - (animated) - (own)

Originally released in 2001 as the first 3 episodes of Season One of the Justice League TV Series that ran from 2001-2006.  This pilot movie introduces how the Justice League came to be with the introduction of J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, though he's never referred to by his superhero name in these episodes.  Totalling 60 mins. we love this episode.  Neither of us has watched it since ds was much younger, but it all came back as we re-watched it. This is a good production, intense but not dark with plenty of humour, suitable for the younger crowd as well.  My favourite character is Hawkgirl; I just love her weapon.  I usually love Flash but here he's portrayed mostly as a doofus who rushes into things without thinking first and an eye for the ladies, especially newcomer Princess Diana, who has not been named Wonder Woman in this episode.  The other characters are already established: Batman, …

191. Super-Pets Showdown by Sarah Hines Stephens

Super-Pets Showdown by Sarah Hines Stephens. Illustrated by Art Baltazar (US) - (Canada)
DC Super-Pets

Pages: 49
Ages: 6+
Finished: Jul. 12, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Genre: children, early chapter book, superheroes
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Inside the Hall of Justice, Streaky curled into a ball on Supergirl's chair."

Publisher's Summary:  "While the LEGION OF SUPER-PETS is busy protecting the universe, their KENNEL OF JUSTICE is attacked! The LEGION OF PETS hopes to pull the heroes' headquarters out of orbit and send it crashing down to Earth. Thankfully, PROTY, the shape-shifting SUPER-PET, is still aboard the doomed den. However, before he can save the world, this spineless specimen must prove he's more than just a pile of goo."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing.

Reason for Reading:  Ds loves this series and read this to me as his reader.

This is a special story in a way as it gat…

DVD Break: Transformers

Transformers - (2007) - (DVD) - (own) - This is the first movie and ds and I have both seen it more than once.  We originally saw it in the theatre and the whole family thought it was spectacular; the big screen is definitely the place to watch this one for full effects.  We all went to see #2 in the theatre but I was underwhelmed, the guys liked it though and for number 3 I stayed home and the guys said it wasn't that great but they still enjoyed it.  So the best thing about this is the Transformers themselves; the special effects are fantastic and I just love every moment they are onscreen.  There is lots of humour and we laughed and had a good old time with this, not stellar, but simply fun! sci-fi/action movie.  After watching it ds decided that he did not want to donate it but would rather keep it with his movie collection for future viewing in case the desire should arise.  Rated PG-13 for the language used, needlessly coarse, but mostly the "tamer" curse words.

190. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Tim Conrad

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Tim Conrad (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 48
Ages: 16+
Finished: Jul. 11, 2012
First Published: Jul. 24, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: graphic novel, classic, historical fiction, romance
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "On January 6, 1482, the city of Paris reverberated with the tumultuous clanging of bells."

Publisher's Summary: "Tim Conrad adapts Victor Hugo's classic romance about a beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda, who is framed for murder by the infatuated Archdeacon of Notre Dame. Only Quasimodo, the hideously deformed bell-ringer of the cathedral, can save her.

Religious extremism, class distinction, fate, destiny, and sexual dynamics are played out in a rousing yarn of intrigue within the walls of the Parisian cathedral of Notre Dame."

Acquired:  Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Reason for Reading: I enjoy reading graphic adaptations of the classics.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one classic which I lov…

188. Reed Gunther by Shane & Chris Houghton

Reed Gunther,The Bear Riding Cowboy: Volume 1 by Shane & Chris Houghton (US) - (Canada)
Reed Gunther, Volume 1

Pages: 184
Ages: All Ages (10+)
Finished: Jul. 9, 2012
First Published: Nov. 22, 2011
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: graphic novel, western, humour, paranormal
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Life on the road, huh Sterling? Life on the road."

Publisher's Summary: Everyone's favorite bear-riding cowboy gallops into his first collected edition! REED GUNTHER and his trusty grizzly bear steed bumble their way through the wild west fighting giant snakes, hoards of mole creatures, a resurrected John Henry zombie, freak show freaks, special government agents, and all sorts of wild monsters created by an ancient mysterious Idol! This colored collection of excitement, friendship, and adventure is fun for folks of all-ages!"

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Reason for Reading: Just my kind of mix!  Western, humour and monsters a…

187. Captain Awesome To the Rescue by Stan Kirby

Captain Awesome To the Rescue by Stan Kirby. Illustrated by George O'Connor (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Captain Awesome, #1

Pages: 167
Ages: 5+ (Suitable for older struggling/reluctant readers up to 12)
Finished: Jul. 9, 2012
First Published: Apr. 3, 2012
Publisher: Little Simon
Genre: superhero, adventure, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Where's my Captain Awesome cape?" Eugene grumbled as he searched his closet.

Publisher's Summary: "Eight-year-old Eugene McGillicudy is an imaginative boy who loves comic books and superheroes. Eugene also has his very own supersecret superhero alter ego named Captain Awesome. MI-TEE!

When the McGillicudy family relocates to a new town called Sunnyview, Eugene starts a new school, finds a best friend, and even finds time to defend his toys from his two-year-old little sister, Molly! Luckily for Sunnyview, Captain Awesome is there to protect the town (and the universe) from a hilarious cast of comical “bad guys.”

With easy-t…

180. Under the Bright Lights by Daniel Woodrell

Under the Bright Lights by Daniel Woodrell (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Bayou Trilogy, #1*
*my copy was contaned in this current omnibus edition.

Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 1, 2012
First Published: 1986, omnibus edition: Apr. 28 2011
Publisher: Mullholland Books
Genre: southern fiction, crime noir
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Jewell Cobb had long been a legendary killer in his midnight reveries and now he'd come to the big town to prove that his upright version knew the same techniques and was just as cold."

Publisher's Summary:  When a city councilman is gunned down, Rene Shade refuses to write off his death as a burglary-homicide as he is ordered to do. Now, Shade's quest for the truth leads him on a chilling chase through a treacherous swamp of leeches and cottonmouths--while dodging his own unresolved past.

Acquired: Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan.

Reason for Reading: I am in the process of reading all of the author's works.  This is…

186. The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 368
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 7, 2012
First Published: Dec. 27, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: thriller,
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Ian Hunt is less than an hour from the end of his shift when he gets the call from his dead daughter."

Publisher's Summary: From the author of the award-winning debut crime novel Good Neighbors - a white-knuckle thriller about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.

The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months.

So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven years ago, and a basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase from Texas to California along Interstate 10- a wild ride in a 1965 Mustang that passes through the outlaw territory of No Country for Old Men…

184. Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppel

Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppel. Illustrated by Barbara Reid (US) - (Canada)
Peg (#2)

Pages: 32
Ages: 4+
Finished: Jul. 6, 2012
First Published: 2004
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Genre: picture book, Canadian author
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Peg was born upon the bright blue sea."

Publisher's Summary: "Peg, who was born on the bright blue sea, figures she’s spent enough time sloshing around the bottom of the world. She’s determined to climb the world’s tallest mountain, because, as she’s heard, the view is quite something. Despite the warnings of other climbers -- “You’ve got no gear!” “There’s wind storms!” “They say there’s a monster up there: the Yeti!” -- Peg continues to climb.

Several close encounters with a grumpy Yeti don’t discourage Peg one bit, especially when she finds the Yeti has a yen for her tasty pork scruncheons. Now Peg wants to get onto the summit, but the Yeti won’t go away."

Acquired:  Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason f…

183. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 432
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 6, 2012
First Published: Jun. 5, 2012
Publisher: Crown
Genre: thriller, psychological suspense
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "When I think of my wife, I always think of her head."

Publisher's Summary: "Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of li…

181. Bloody Chester by JT Petty

Bloody Chester by JT Petty. Illustrated by Hillary Florido (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 153
Ages: 18+
YA Appeal: Yes, the main character is 15/16, but beware this is violent and does contain the f-word.
Finished: Jul. 1, 2012
First Published: Jul. 3, 2012
Publisher:  First Second Books
Genre: graphic novel, western, horror, mystery
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Pancakes.  And a whisky."

Publisher's Summary:  A deliciously gruesome horror tale set in the old west.

This isn’t John Wayne’s heroic old west.
This is the real deal: a filthy, disease-ridden frontier populated by losers, lunatics, and murderers. And when you’re a skinny teenager with no family and a name like Chester Kates, your options are limited. It’s stand up and fight or roll over and die, so Chester, aka “Lady Kate,” is set to fight until it kills him.
It isn’t much of a life, but it’s at least straightforward.
Until things go all cockeyed when Chester is hired to ride his horse (also named Chester) to…

DVD Break - Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones - (2001) - (animated/real life) - (DVD) - (own) - Ds has seen this multiple times but I however had manged to make it up to this point without ever seeing this before.  Ds enjoyed as much as he probably usually does laughing at all the toilet-type humour jokes and getting grossed-out when they went a little too far.  I'll admit to even thinking this wasn't too bad (I've seen worse).  The inside-the-body parts were even educational at times.  A science class could possibly get away with watching this as curricula.  Cute, not bad, not a movie I'd watch more than once and even though ds has seen it multiple times he is plenty fine with donating it to the library.  I was a bit tickled to recognize David Hyde Pierce's voice as the cold/flu pill as he fit the character well.

179. The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel

The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel. Paintings by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 32
Ages: 4+
Finished: Jun. 29, 2012
First Published: May 25, 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: children, picture book, humour, food
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "My name's Max, and I eat like a king."

Publisher's Summary:  Max is the cook’s dog. And because he is also the king’s taster, Max gets to feast on wild boar! cheese pies! rose pudding! No wonder Max loves his job. Who wouldn’t want to dine on these delicious dishes? The new king, that’s who. Max and the cook must find a new recipe—and fast. Otherwise, if the new king has his way, they’ll be losing more than just their jobs!

Acquired: Borrowed from my local library.

Reason for Reading:  I am reading all of the author's books.

This is the first time I haven't been thrilled with an Oppel book.  I have to say this one did nothing for me.  The boy king behaves like a spoiled brat throwing …

178. Jack Vance's The Moon Moth by Humayoun Ibrahim

Jack Vance's The Moon Moth by Humayoun Ibrahim. Foreward by Carlo Rotella (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 128
Ages: 13+
Finished: Jun. 29, 2012
First Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction, mystery
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Ser Thissell?  The Moon Moth before me possibly expresses Ser Edwer Thissell?"

Publisher's Summary: A classic science fiction tale finds new life in this graphic novel adaptation.

A fascinating blend of murder mystery and high-concept science fiction, The Moon Moth has long been hailed as one of Jack Vance’s greatest works. And now this intricately crafted tale is available in glorious full color as a new graphic novel.

Edwer Thissell, the new consul from Earth to the planet Sirene, is having all kinds of trouble adjusting to the local culture. The Sirenese cover their faces with exquisitely crafted masks that indicate their social status. Thissell, a bumbling foreigner, wears a mask of very low sta…

DVD Break: The Raccoons: Vol. 2

The Raccoons: Vol. 2 - (1987) - (DVD) - (own) Ds and I are going to watch some of our DVDs that we plan on donating to the library.  These are ones we/he haven't watched in ages or just don't really feel the need to *own* but would like to watch once more before they go.  And if we want to watch more we can always borrow them  from the library!  This vol. contains three episodes from Season 2 of the classic Canadian cartoon that ran from 1985 to 1991.  These are Episode 4 in which Cedric Sneer dams up the river to create his own electricity because his has been cut off due to non-payment. Episode 6 in which Melissa discovers some prehistoric cave paintings and Cedric Sneer scams to turn them into a money making tourist trap and finally, Episode 7 in which Cedric Sneer incorrectly overhears the doctor and thinks that he is dying instead of only having a cold.  With only a few days left to live the Raccoons set out to honour him in a big way.  I used to watch this with my eldest…

177. The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths

The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths. (US) - (Canada)
Ruth Galloway Mystery, Book 3

Pages: 368
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 28, 2012
First Published: May 3, 2011
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Genre: mystery, British police procedural
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:"Two people, a man and a women,are walking along a hospital corridor."

Publisher's Summary: In the third novel in the Ruth Galloway series, shoreline erosion at the village of Broughton Sea's End has revealed the skeletons of six men, their arms bound. From the mineral content of their bones, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway can tell that they were all Germans. Most likely, DCI Harry Nelson reckons, they were killed by the local Home Guard when they tried to land during the Second World War. This is just the first complication in a story brimming with surprise twists, not all of them stemming from these murders. Ruth is a new mum of a daughter she adores but whose existence is raising eyebr…

176. Emma's Emu by Kenneth Oppel

Emma's Emu by Kenneth Oppel. Illustrated by Kim LaFave. (US) - (Canada)
A First Flight Reader, Level 4: Chapter Book

Pages: 54
Ages: 8+
Finished: Jun. 27, 2012
First Published: 1999
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Genre: early chapter book, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:"Emma opened the envelope with shaking hands."

Publisher's Summary: Emma is contest crazy. The only problem is, she never wins anything. Then one day a huge crate arrives on her doorstep. This must be the best prize ever, thinks Emma. Breathless with excitement, she opens the crate to reveal - an emu!
What will Emma do with her remarkable new pet? And what on earth will her mother say?

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library. .
Reason for Reading: One of my goals this year is to finish reading Oppel's backlist.

This is an extremely satisfying early chapter book.  Oppel's books nowadays are aimed more at teens and are rather dark and thought-provoking, that it is fun to see …

175. Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf

Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles by Arne Bellstorf. Translated by Michael Waaler (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 198
Ages: 18+
YA: 15+ with interest in real-life tragic romances (minor language & s*xual situations)
Finished: Jun. 26, 2012
First Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: First Second
Genre: biography, history, 1960s, music, rock, celebrities
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Klaus?" "You won't believe where I've just come from!"

Publisher's Summary: A fascinating, exhilarating portrait of the Beatles in their early years.

Meet the Beatles . . . right at the beginning of their careers. This gorgeous, high-energy graphic novel is an intimate peek into the early years of the world’s greatest rock band.

The heart of Baby’s In Black is a love story. The “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session dur…

174. Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth, Volume 01 by Gerry Finley-Day

Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth, Volume 01 by Gerry Finley-Day & Alan Moore. Art by Dave Gibbons, Cam Kennedy, Brett Ewins, Colin Wilson, Mike Dorey & Eric Bradbury  (US) - (Canada)
Rogue Trooper, Vol. 01

Pages: 400
Ages: 15+
Finished: Jun. 25, 2012
First Published: 1981-1983 (this edition May 15, 2012)
Publisher: 2000AD
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction, warfare
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "The planet Nu Earth. Nu Earth -- Just another battle-ground in a galaxy-wide war ... its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons."

Publisher's Summary: "Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. In this battle-scarred landscape, the Norts and the Southers fight where only the Genetic Infantrymen can survive unaided. Rogue is one such soldier and these are his tales...

When three members of his unit are shot on a mission, Rogue pulls the bio-chips from their bodies and inserts them into his gun, backpack and helmet. Thus equ…

172. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 229
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 24, 2012
First Published: Apr. 1, 2012
Publisher: Random House Canada
Genre: literary, historical fiction
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Dead, and no one told me."

Publisher's Summary: An automaton, a secret love story, a man and a woman who can never meet, and the fate of the warming world are all brought to incandescent life in this haunting new novel from one of the most admired writers of our time.

When Catherine Gehrig, a museum conservator and clock expert, finds out that her very married lover of thirteen years has dropped dead, she has keep her grief a secret. But with no outlet other than vodka, her sorrow is close to driving the hyper-rational Catherine mad. The only person who knew of their affair--her boss--tries to distract and rescue her by giving her a project that demands all of her attention: the reconstruction of an elaborate nineteenth-century automaton. In the…

Victorian Challenge 2012 - COMPLETED

ETA - July 4. I have now read 6 books and have completed this challenge.

Laura's Review's is hosting this challenge. The Victorian Era is covered between 1837 and 1901. We can read books written during this time period, taking place during this time, or non-fiction about the people, history, culture, etc. of the time period. We can even watch movies with a Victorian theme. I pretty much read something Victorian every month so this is a good challenge for me. And the goal is to only read/watch between 2-6 Victorian items. Other than reading YS Lee's new Agency book, I'm just going to go with the flow on this one and see what comes my way. I'd like, of course, to get another Victorian true crime read, always a favourite topic of mine.


1. The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure
2. The Best Ghost Stories, 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology edited by Andrew Barger
3. The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee
4. The Puppet by E…

170. The Yard by Alex Grecian

The Yard by Alex Grecian (US) - (Canada ) - (Kindle)
Murder Squad, Book 1

Pages: 422
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 21, 2012
First Published: May 29, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genre: mystery, crime, police procedural, serial killer, Victorian, historical fiction
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Nobody noticed when Inspector Christian Little of Scotland Yard disappeared, and nobody was looking for him when he was found."

Publisher's Summary: Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . . .

When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a stran…