I have no idea how long it’s been since I posted anything. It’s now 2017 and I just can’t believe how quickly time has passed! I was hoping for some R&R during the holidays, but that was all it was and nothing more.
Anyway, this is my first post for the new year. Happy 2017 my dear readers!
The Book Haul
I will start this haul with book that I bought from Book Depository.
1. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
This is a bind-up of the first two books in the Riyria Revelations series. Now I finally own the entire series and I am ready to read them.
I’ve been seeing these books in my recommendations pages for ages, so when I saw Regan from the PeruseProject talking about it on her channel, I decided to buy the books and finally read them.
Tip: These books are huge. Can easily be used as weapons to protect oneself from burglars, thiefs and other criminals.
THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY CHOSE POORLY.
There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.
2. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
This book has been on my wishlist for more than 2 years now. I just never got around to buying it. But when I made my last order from Book Depository, I was going through my wishlist and looking to see if there were any cheap books on it that I might want to add in it. (I wouldn’t make an order for just one book that didn’t even cost more than 10€. So I wait and add those books in with my bigger orders.) So, that was when I saw that Illusions of Fate was on discount, which meant that it was even cheaper for an already cheap hardback. To be honest, I was between this one and another book but I finally bought this one and I have to say that I am soooo happy with my choice. This is a BEAUTIFUL book!
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
3. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
This is the only book I was missing fro this series apart from The Blood Mirror, which has recently come out. I don’t know if I’m going to wait until I have bought that one too or if I’m going to start reading the series before that. I will probably have it on my bookshelves before I have finished reading the first three books, so I’m not too worried about it. Anyway, I’m just so excited to read this series. I have heard so many good reviews on it and I really want to see for myself if it’s as good as people are saying.
Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left–now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.
These were all the books I got from Book Depository. Now I’m going to show you a couple of books I bought from my local library’s book bazaar.
4. Μετάβαση στο Σοσιαλισμό (Transition to Socialism) by Andreas Papandreou
This is a book that was published in 1977. It’s an old book that was written by a very well-known politician of that time. Why did I buy it? To be honest, I bought it on a whim. I’ve heard so many people talk about Andreas Papandreou and I just wanted to learn a little bit more about his beliefs and his vision for my country.
Okay, okay, I will admit that the thought that my hardcore communist grandfather’s reaction if he ever found out that I own a book like that did factor a little bit in my decision. What can I say? I love finding new ways to disagree with my grandpa in my mind! (Because no one dares to disagree with my grandfather in real life. NO ONE! You don’t want to do it. Trust me.)
Why do I write specifically about Greece? Why don’t I use a more general wording? For the very simple reason that an abstract plan of the transition to socialism could only be of academic interest. Every country is characterized by a specific social structure, a specific correlation of political forces and is in a specific stage of economic development. The socialist transformation is always a transformation of a historically given socio-economic structure. The more knit the strategy for the socialist transformation is with the “initial conditions” -the “starting” conditions- that characterize a society, the more efficient and effective will the strategy be.
Warning: This is my own translation of the summary at the back of the book. Read it at your own peril.
5. The Last Woman in his Life
This sounded like mystery. It’s also a very short book. Do I need any other reason to get it? NO!
John Lovering Benedict had more than most men, most of all more women–including 3 ex-wives with little in common but their extraordinary physiques. For Ellery the question was which one of them had bashed in Benedict’s skull with a hunk of iron statuary? The clues were many, but puzzling. All had been planted at the scene of the crime, but by whom, and for what purpose? And who was the last woman in John Benedict’s life?
And lastly, I have some books that I got from raiding my parents’ library.
6. Wildcat Under Glass (Greek: Το Καπλάνι της Βιτρίνας) by Alki Zei
This book was a gift that was given to me when I was a child. I remember that I hated it when I first read it. However, this is considered an amazing book written by a renowned contemporary Greek author. So, when I saw it in my parents’ library, I had this strange urge to pick it up and read it. I would like to re-read it as an adult and see what I think of it now that I’m older. Also, if you are looking for a Modern Greek recommendation to read, then you might be interested in looking this up.
Wildcat Under Glass, first published in 1963 and translated in about 35 languages, is internationally acclaimed as a classic work having been successfully and repeatedly published in many countries apart from Greece until today.
The story is set on an island in Greece during the 1930’s as the nation is forced into a Fascist dictatorship. It is told through the eyes of a young girl named Melia, who relates the experiences of her family as they are forced to accept life under a repressive government. The book provides an interesting look at an important period of Greek history and tells it from a child’s unsophisticated perspective. The naturalness and liveliness of the dialogue is combined with the seriousness and depth of the meaning. In a playful atmosphere, the reader is aware of and enjoys a mature thought that deals with and analyses social visions while trying to discover the threads that move them. The value of the book consists in precisely this combination. One of its virtues and what makes it universal is that the narration, although set in Greece at a particular period of time, seems somehow spaceless and timeless.
7. Θεανώ η Λύκαινα της Πόλης by Lena Manta
This was a book that was recently recommended to me and I knew that my mother owned a copy of it, so I snatched it out of her library. I’m not really sure that I’m going to like Lena Manta, but this book came highly recommended by a person I trust, so it doesn’t really hurt to just give the author a chance.
Unfortunately, the only translation I could find was in Turkish, which makes sense I guess, since the book talks about Constantinople.
Κωνσταντινούπολη… Ιστανμπούλ… Βασιλεύουσα… Με όποιο όνομα κι αν την πεις, μία είναι η Πόλη, μαγική, μοναδική, υπέροχη, βαφτισμένη στα μυστήρια της Ανατολής!
Στον τόπο αυτό γεννιέται η Θεανώ. Μία κοπέλα που κουβαλάει μέσα της κάτι από τη μαγεία της Πόλης και κάτι από το ανυπότακτο πνεύμα της. Η Θεανώ θα μεγαλώσει, θ’ αγαπήσει και θα παντρευτεί. Τη νύχτα της 6ης Σεπτεμβρίου 1955, θα βρεθεί μέσα στη δίνη των Σεπτεμβριανών. Μια μαύρη σελίδα στην Ιστορία των Ελλήνων της Πόλης γράφεται με το αίμα πολλών. Θύμα της αγριότητας των Τούρκων και η Θεανώ. Όταν συνέλθει, τίποτε δεν θα είναι πια όπως παλιά. Μία λύκαινα θα γεννηθεί εκείνο το βράδυ και όποιος από δω κι εμπρός την πλησιάσει για να της κάνει κακό, θα γίνει κομμάτια από τα κοφτερά της δόντια.
Δέκα χρόνια μετά, η Θεανώ θα ζήσει τον εφιάλτη της απέλασης στην Ελλάδα και τον πόνο του ξεριζωμού, και θα έρθει αντιμέτωπη με το ρατσισμό και την καχυποψία. Η λύκαινα θα ξυπνήσει και πάλι, και όσοι έφταιξαν θα πληρώσουν ακριβά. Ή μήπως θα πληρώσουν και αθώοι;
Μία ιστορία για μία γυναίκα που βίωσε την αγάπη και το μίσος, κι έγινε αγρίμι για χάρη των αγαπημένων της.
So these are all the books I got in the past couple of months.
Now it’s your turn…
What books did you get recently? Did you like this book haul? Which book would you like me to write review about?