Library Loot: with mini-reviews

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries

My most recent library haul included The Girl on the Train (300+ wishers at my library), Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (just released!), and Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon (also a new one). It’s been a good week!girltrain

The Girl on the Train is a suspenseful mystery with an unreliable alcoholic narrator who is both slightly repulsive and yet a sympathetic character. As her backstory unfolds, we start rooting for her to solve the mystery: not only the surface mystery of what she saw from the train, but the mystery of what happened in her life. The resolution was fast-paced and exciting, as I’d read from other reviewers. I’m just not sure whether alcoholism and depression is really so easily resolved.dhbriggs  leaveberlin

I’m now halfway through Dead Heat, and it’s wonderful. Briggs has managed to change the setting, the characters, and the rules, all while satisfying my need for more Charles and Anna. The couple has traveled to an Arabian horse farm in Scottsdale, Arizona to visit an old Navajo friend that is tied in to local werewolf and witch culture. There is a deep distrust between the Navajo and witches, but (I’m guessing here) they will all have to learn to play nicely together in order to defeat a greater evil.

Finally, I haven’t cracked Leaving Berlin yet, but it’s a post WWII suspense novel. I’m not familiar with the author. I was just looking for something outside my usual. If you’ve read it, please leave a comment!

What did you pick up this week?

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Library Loot: Short Stories? Really?

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries

 

 

I don’t like short stories. Don’t like writing them, don’t like reading them. So why did I come home with two books of short stories this week?

The best worst part is that I’m really into the first one, Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs. The quality of her writing is so good – and I really needed a Mercy fix, since her next installment isn’t out until 2015.

I also picked up Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood – another new release of short stories by a favorite author.

No complaints here – I’m just surprised at how much I’m enjoying this week’s loot!

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Do you have a favorite length for stories or books? Are there some that you avoid?

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Love this idea… especially since I always feel like I’m getting away with loot when I leave the library. This week, I made off with:

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Ha’penny by Jo Walton: I have an author-crush on Jo Walton. If you don’t know who that is, please go read her blog and her Nebula and Hugo award winning book Among Others, and then come back here.

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs: I win! I think I’m the first one to get this waitlisted new release from the library.

Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirezzvani: I’ve started volunteering as a shelf reader at the library. Starting in the A’s, I ran across this book that was on my to-read list a couple of years ago, and later forgotten. Historical fiction about a strong-willed Iranian princess in the same time period as the Elizabethan era – yum. I can’t wait to see what turns up in the B’s.