Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/28/2014

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I've been swept up with research and my creative thesis project over the past few weeks, and have neglected to post what I've read! So here is the update, which will be more of what I've read this month. <3 Hope your weekend was great!

Here are the books I finished since last month:

Set in Azeroth, this is about how the Scarlet Crusade, in its zeal to eradicate the Scourge from the world, fell to corruption from the inside. We get to see a more personal picture of the paladin Alexandros Mograine and his sons, Darion Mograine and Renault. The forging of the legendary Ashbringer weapon is finally brought to Light. See my review.

In terms of storytelling, this fantasy, swords-and-sorcery adventure of two half-orc brothers is quite delicious, even though it uses the classical tropes and doesn't deviate from Tolkien's race designations (elves are beautiful and smart, orcs are slightly stupid and brutish, and humans make a lot of babies). I really enjoyed the story and ended up scarfing it down fast. See my review. Also, it's free on Amazon.

Storytelling was okay but didn't pull me into a sinful all-nighter sesh. Perhaps a sign of my YA dystopian burn-out: I read it and groaned when I came across the layout of the city into five personality qualities. I had trouble believing that a futuristic society with advanced technologies would have children swearing to their new faction with such an unsanitary practice of cutting open your hand and letting blood drip on a glass. Gross. 

A vampire novella that strongly influenced Bram Stoker's Dracula, featuring a female vampire who sneakily infiltrates into a family and then proceeds to take away everything from a girl, including her sexual innocence and credibility. Read this for my vampire literature class. (Haven't been able to find a free copy on Amazon, but I'm sure it's on Project Gutenberg somewhere.)

A Victorian novel about the tensions between the industrialized north of England (particularly Manchester) and the aristocratic southern countryside. I read this for my British literature class, and enjoyed the social commentary and family/romantic drama a lot. There is a BBC show based on this, and it's free to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime! The ebook is free on Amazon.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunday Scoop - 4/6/2014

Photo Credit: "Bookish Afternoons" by Inessa Emilia

Welcome to the Sunday Scoop. This is a compilation of scoops from this week and the previous one, so it will be one beast of a Sunday Scoop.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Publisher Price-Fixing Lawsuit: Amazon Issues E-credits to Customers Who Overpaid

Last week, Amazon started sending out ebook credits to customers as a result of the lawsuit against several publishers for collaborating to fix the price of ebooks. These credits will compensate customers who overpaid for books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. 

Book Review: THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by David Daglish (The Half-Orcs #1)

The Weight of Blood
by David Daglish
(The Half-Orcs #1)
Published: 2010
Genre: Dark Fantasy

What first drew me to this book was the intriguing cover with the two half-orc brothers lurking along the edge of a camp. The second attraction was the fact that this series is about half-orcs, not something I think about too often - most of the cute YA fantasy novels I've been reading tend to feature half-human, half-fae or half-elven main characters. The third thing was that the ebook is free on Amazon (also free on Nook, if that's how you roll) and has decent reviews. Being the cheapster that I am, the freebie status cemented my interest.