Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire

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I just finished Stieg Larsson’s book The Girl Who Played With Fire and loved it!  I liked it so much that I immediately posted this review.

This book is the second in a series.  The first book in the series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,  introduces Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.  Lisbeth is a strange character and in the book we learn that she most likely has Asberger’s syndrome (a form of autism).  This makes her an especially interesting heroine!  Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist and friend of Lisbeth’s.  Although as the story opens, it seems that Lisbeth is not fully aware of Mikael’s high regard for her…

Stieg Larrson died in 2004 after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.  The final book is not in print yet in the United States.  If you can read Swedish, you are good to get a copy and enjoy, but you will have to wait awhile for the english version of the third book.

Update:  The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is set to be released in May 2010 in the United States.

Book Details:   Published by Knopf, 512 pages, ISBN-10: 0307269981, ISBN-13: 978-0307269980

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Book Review: The Angel’s Game

imagesThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I just finished reading “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

The story takes place in 1920s Barcelona.  The protagonist,  David Martin, is born into poverty.  He is recognized for his literary talent and with the aid of a patron, Pedro Vidal, quickly becomes become a crime reporter and then a hugely successful pulp novelist.  David longs to leave the world of pulp novels for more meaningful literary pursuits and accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger.

The pace of the story is quick and I had a difficult time putting the story down.  My one complaint is that is does not come with a “nice, neat ending.”  I tend to prefer that all the loose ends be tied up.  Read “The Angel’s Game” and let me know what you think.  Have you read it already?  Then please leave a comment and give me your rating!

Book Details:   Published by Doubleday, 544 pages, ISBN-10: 0385528701, ISBN-13: 978-0385528702

Sony Launches Two New Readers

On August 4th, Sony launched two new e-book devices.

The Reader Pocket Edition weighs only  7.76 ounces, is designed to be the e-book for everyman or woman.  It comes in three colors: blue, rose, and silver.  The best part is the price – $199.  Compare this with the Reader Touch Edition, Sony’s earlier e-book device, and the Kindle from Amazon.

The Reader Touch Edition has a touch screen, clear navigation and finger or stylus enabled note taking.  The Touch Edition has adjustable font sizes, an onboard Oxford American English Dictionary, and memory slots for SD cards and Memory Sticks.  The price for the Reader Touch Edition is $299. This price is closer to the pricing we’ve seen for e-book devices in the past.

Sony also plans to reduce the price on all new releases and best sellers at its e-book store.  The price will be $9.99 each, down from $11.99. Sony will also offer access to Google’s public domain library.  Sony will have access to more than 1 million books for use on its e-book devices via a deal with Google announced last month.

I think the Reader Pocket Edition might be a good idea, even if you never bought a book.  Just the access to free books on Google’s public domain library and the portability might make it worth it.  Then again, why not read on your iPod or iTouch?  (See my article dated June 22, 2009 entitled “Do you Love Reading or Do You Love Books?”).

Are you going to buy one of these?  If so, why?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Good Reads Set in Victorian England

I recently left a comment on blog that reviewed Michael Cox’s novel The Meaning of Night.  The blogger liked the book very much and so do I.  The Meaning of Night is set in Victorian England.  This seems to be a popular setting for many readers and I thought it might be helpful to those of you looking for books set in this time period to list them here!

 The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox

 The Glass of Time: A Novel (sequel to The Meaning of Night) by Michael Cox

The Observations by Jane Harris

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Dectective by Kate Summerscale

Count Magnus & Other Ghost Stories by Montague Rhodes James

The Haunted Dolls’ House and Other Ghost Stories by Montague Rhodes James

 These are all great books and I highly recommend each and every one.  They are all fiction, with the exception of Kate Summerscale’s book. 

If you have any to add to the list, please leave a comment!  I would love to hear from you.

Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I just finished reading this book by Katherine Howe and loved it!  The setting is in Massachusetts in 1991 and the late seventeenth century.  The main character, Connie, is very likeable.  She is a graduate student just about to begin research on her dissertation and this is when the story gets interesting!

Connie is asked by her mother, Grace, to go to the family’s old home in Marblehead, MA to ready the family home for sale.  Connie finds a clue that could lead to some new and exciting research – a name, “Deliverance Dane,” in an old Bible with a key.

I hope I’ve given you enough to get you interested in this book.  I throughly enjoyed it and if you are looking for a quick, east summer read by all means pick up “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,” by Katherine Howe.

Book Details:   Published by Voice, 384 pages, ISBN-10: 1401340903, ISBN-13: 978-1401340902

Experience the Oldest Bible

For those of you that love books (see my post “Do You Love Reading or Do You Love Books?”), there is a new book online.  The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world according to its Website (http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/).

The Codex Sinaiticus is made up of  just over 400 large leaves of prepared animal skin and contains about half of the Old Testament and Apocrypha (the Septuagint), the whole of the New Testament, and two early Christian texts not found in modern Bibles.

I think this Website will primarily be of interest to academics, but for those of you who love books – it is worth a visit.  The Website also contains links to The British Library, the National Library of Russia, St. Catherines Monastery, and the Leipzig University Library.  Have fun with this one booklovers!

Do you judge a book by its cover?

MissingDo you often decide which book to read based on the cover?  I do!  My latest pick based on the cover is “The Missing” by Tim Gautreaux.  This book is currently on my night table and I hope to post a review soon!

I first saw this book at Costco and couldn’t wait to read it!  As my mother is a librarian, I put in my request and picked it up a couple of weeks later.

Let me know if you choose books based on the cover and if so what your most recent picks were.  I can’t wait to hear from you!