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Melanie's Week in Review - July 21, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - July 21, 2013


Another week has gone by in the UK's first real summer since 2008.  Yes, we have actually had consecutive days of super warm weather. I did feel a little bit like a ice cream walking to the tube last Monday. I started out with a spring in my step, nice and cool and ended up a hot, sweaty mess when I got on the train. It was sooo hot on the train I thought the heating was on which in turn made reading impossible.

Well, that is the excuse I am going to use this week for only reading 2 books. For those of you who read my Week in Review last week I had just bought The Glass God by Kate Griffin. I think I am going to be reviewing this book so I don't want to give too much away but to share a secret *whispers* go buy it quickly!

Melanie's Week in Review - July 21, 2013
I also read both of the new short stories by Michael J. Sullivan - The Crown Tower and The Rose and The Thorn.  They are billed as short stories but they are quite long. I don't really remember the rules on length of short story versus novella but suffice to say they take long enough to read for them to feel like a full fledged book. I will also be reviewing these so not even going to give a hint away.  Sorry!

I started but  not very far into All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen. It is a steampunk version of Twelfth Night by none other than William Shakespeare (Bill to his friends). It has started out quite interesting so I have high hopes for it.  Stay tuned until next week when I hope to have finished it.

I am in a tad of a quandry of what to read next. London Underground + 30C = not much concentration. I really need a great book to get me through the tube journey.  Any and all suggestions are gratefully appreciated.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 21, 2013In other bookish news I tweeted Stefan Petrucha to find out when the next installment of the Hessius Mann series was out.  He told me that they are waiting to hear about the movie/TV show.  HOW EXCITING!! If you haven't read either Dead Mann Walking or Dead Mann Running then rush immediately to your local book store or your computer and get buying them. Books that combine social commentary with humour so well are few and far between.  Petrucha quite cleverly mixes themes such as racism, bigotry and social exclusion with a nail biting murder mystery.  I hope that putting these stories on either the big or small screen doesn't change the message (s) that Petrucha is trying to get across.

Well enough hot weather rambling for me. I am off to go out and enjoy the sun.  Until next week Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 14, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - July 14, 2013



I almost can't believe another week has gone by.  Another week of lovely summer weather. It was a scorching day today which had me snoozing instead of reading in the sun. I did manage to get a few things read this week though.


Melanie's Week in Review - July 14, 2013
I finished Three by Jay Posey but will be reviewing it so don't want to give too much away.  I started The Havoc Machine started by Steve Harper. It had one of the funniest author's 'forwards' I have ever read.  I wish the book was as amusing. I will be reviewing this one as well and haven't finished it so I don't want to speak too soon.  Don't be fooled by the cover.  Its not one of my favourite covers and doesn't really give you an impression of how gritty the book really is.


Melanie's Week in Review - July 14, 2013 I also read the newly released Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones. I have been enjoying this series more for the quips and the chapter titles as much the plot. This books finds the grim reaper Charley with the son of Satan, Reyes, as a next door neighbor. Things heat up in this, thefifth book of the series....literally with lots of 'assignations' for the pair. In fact, remind me never to go over to Reyes's for dinner. I am sure what they were doing with the kitchen utensils was in violation of a few health and safety rules. While I enjoyed this installment I thought it was a tiny bit weaker than some of the previous books. Jones, seemed to want to cram one too many sub-plots into the mix this time although everything gets wrapped up with a bow at the end.


Melanie's Week in Review - July 14, 2013I was also super naughty and added more books to my TBR. I found out that The Glass God, the 2nd book in the Magical Anonymous series, by Kate Griffin was out so I had to buy it.  This is a fantastic series and completely funny. 


I also found 2 new books by Michael J. Sullivan on NetGalley: The Crown and The Rose and The Thorn. Both novels are part of the  Riyria Revelations series. I can hardly wait to read them.  I love this series. That is all from me. I have quite a few books to read so better get to them. Until next week Happy Reading!





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