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Friday, June 1, 2012

New To-Be-Read Pile



Behold! I have returned from the untamed lands of Barnes & Noble, and returned with copious amounts of treasure!

Normally, I restrict myself to 2 (absolutely no more than 3) books per visit, but for some reason book madness was upon me.

I eagerly snapped up The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by the duo Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. I'd read and absolutely adored their first novel, a great, fun book full of steampunk derring-do. Gun-toting, explosives-handling Kiwi Eliza Braun is back with the scholarly Head of Archives Wellington Books in another adventure! Huzzah!

The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper was a random pick from the shelf, mostly because I'm on a steampunk kick and the cover looked super nifty. (Yes, I'm easily swayed by kick-ass covers. Don't judge me).

The Minority Council by Kate Griffin was another one I instantly nabbed from the shelf. This is Matthew Swift book number four. I absolutely love where this series is going, and fell in love with the urban style of magic that's really unique. Instead of witches using ancient powers you have magic in traffic wardens, the London Tube, and monsters made out of litter. My mother refers to Matthew Swift as "a hero who needs a serious shower and a hospital by the end."

The Final Evolution by Jeff Somers is a book I've wanted to read, but have been avoiding because it's supposed to be the end to a series I've really enjoyed. I know it's stupid to avoid the end of something, but hey, that's how I cope. When I want to read something dark, gritty, futuristically dystopian, and really kick-ass (and I get to revel in characters dropping swear words as much as punches in awesome-sauce combos), I read an Avery Cates novel. If Matthew Swift needs a hospital and shower by the end, then Cates needs a bottle of vodka and an ER triage team. Also, Jeff Somers is anti-pants (therefore he has my vote as Captain of the Anti-Pants League).

Any book recommendations, my ninjas?


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