Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Book Purchases End Feb 2017

Well, it's a nice sunny cool day today. I'm just getting over a bit of a cold. Not sure where I might have obtained it, but it left me feeling a bit crappy the past couple of days. The other night the missus had to leave the bed as she said I was snoring like a freight train.. lol.. Well, not so funny for her, I think.

Our front hallway has been basically finished. The new baseboards will be installed when we pick the flooring we want to install. I've been slowly putting books on the new built-ins in the extra bedroom and we've been selling off some of the extra furniture and stuff we've acquired over the past 15 years. The room that Jo will be using as her office/ crafts room is pretty well emptied of the furniture that we wanted to get rid of. Now it's just a matter of painting it and maybe installing some hard wood. Then that room will be all ready as well. So everything is progressing nicely. The house is starting to feel less like a warehouse, what with furniture and stuff lying all about and in the next few weeks we'll be back to normal and can focus a bit on the garden..

So there you go, a bit of an update. Now on to book stuff. I've been avoiding updating my book purchases for the past month as I've waiting for a small book order to arrive that I could include in my update. But it's a bit overdue so I'll just provide an update on the books I've purchased locally since my last update at the beginning of February.

The first four books were purchased at Second Page Books, a used book store I frequent in Courtenay. The other four were purchased at my used book store in Comox, Nearly New Books. So here you go...

1. Wycliffe and the Four Jacks by W.J. Burley. This is the 12th book in the Chief Superintendent Wycliffe mystery series set in the Cornwall area of the British Isles. I've read 4 or 5 so far and always enjoy pulling one down off the shelves. I've still got lots to go so I don't have to worry about running out of them.

"David Cleeve lived the way a bestselling novelist should live - in an opulent house set in a beautiful corner of Cornwall. But beneath the successful fa├žade he lived a private nightmare. For at regular intervals a sinister and mysterious warning arrived - a single playing card, the Jack of Diamonds.
The day came when - ominously - the card arrived torn in half, and that night a murderer struck.
Chief Superintendent Wycliffe - on holiday in the area - found himself drawn into the investigation of the murder - which became a double murder, arson, and a series of crimes that stretched back over many years."

2. This Perfect Day by Ira Levin. I enjoyed reading Levin's Rosemary's Baby so much last year that I've found a couple of his other books, This Perfect Day and Sliver, in the past few months, so I can try his other works.

"The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.” The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will—men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night."

3. Background to Danger by Eric Ambler. Sometimes I just like to try an new author. This book cover attracted my attention and I do enjoy a good spy novel. This is the second Ambler book I've purchased recently. Now to read them.

"Kenton' career as a journalist depended on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics, and his quick judgement. Where his judgement sometimes failed him was in his personal life. When he finds himself on a train bound for Austria with insufficient funds after a bad night of gambling, he jumps at the chance to earn a fee to help a refugee smuggle securities across the border. He soon discovers that the documents he holds have a more than monetary value, and that European politics has more twists and turns than the most convoluted newspaper account."

4. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. I enjoyed Bauer's first book, Blacklands, very much. This is her fourth book. Her second, Darkside is next on my list to read.

"Winner of the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime novel of the Year Award, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and one of the Guardian's Best Crime and Thrillers of the Year, Rubbernecker is a can't - put - it - down page - turner from one of the finest voices in UK crime. "The dead can't speak to us," Professor Madoc has said. But that was a lie. The body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. But no one hears what Patrick hears, and no one understands when he tries to tell them. Life is already strange enough for Patrick - being a medical student with Asperger's syndrome isn't easy. But as he learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many more lies much closer to home."

5. Lonely Road by Nevil Shute. On the Beach and Pied Piper have long been two of my all-time favourite books. In the past few years, I've reread both and then started trying others of Shute's books and he's fast become one of my favourite authors. Lonely Road was first published in 1932.

"She was a dance hostess in a grimy northern town, a professional partner for lonely men. He was rich, an ex-Naval Officer and a bachelor. Linking their fates, a burning lorry that had carried a cargo of guns... Lonely Road has all the hallmarks of brilliance and excitement that have made Nevil Shute's novels consistent world bestsellers."

6. The Murder Stone by Louise Penny. I've read the first two Inspector Gamache mysteries so far and enjoyed them both very much. I like that they are set in Canada, Quebec to be exact, and I like the community described in the first two books. This is the fourth book in the series.

"Beneath a scorched summer sky, the wealthy Finney family have gathered at a lakeside manor to honour their late father. But when the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake - and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache finds himself with a building full of suspects..."

7. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. I do like this genre of Young Adult fantasy fiction. I enjoyed The Hunger Games books, The Scorpio Races and I'm looking forward to trying this series. The Scorch Trials is the sequel to The Maze Runner which is currently awaiting my attention.

"Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.
Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated - and with it, order - and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious diseases known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim ... and meal.
The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned - out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Thomas can only wander - does he hold the secret to freedom somewhere in his mind? or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?"

8. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. This is the final book in the Inkheart trilogy. The first book was excellent.

"Ever since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the enchanted book Inkheart drew Meggie and her father, Mo, into its chapters, life in the Inkworld has been more tragic than magical.
The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead, having sacrificed his life for his apprentice Farid's, and now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy-tale land is in bloody chaos, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Even Elinor, left behind in the real world, believes her family to be lost - lost between the covers of a book.
Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. There yet remains a faint hope of changing the cursed story - if only he can fill its pages fast enough."

So there you go, my latest purchases. I'm expecting that now that I've finished this post my shipping order will arrive today. Ah well, I can always update that tomorrow.. :)

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