The wonder that is BookBub…

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My discovery of the lovely service that is BookBub has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because I’ve found so many titles to fill my Nook. A curse, because I keep adding titles to my Nook.

This is what the inside of my Nook looks like.
Actual depiction of the inside of my Nook.

I have a propensity for collecting books. I go to book sales, I fill my Nook with free titles, I make long lists of what to track down at the library, and every now and then I buy brand new ones at Barnes & Noble. Whether I’m collecting just titles and authors, or gathering actual books, it doesn’t seem to matter. Sometimes I wonder if I like collecting them more than reading them…

So, when I got my Nook a while back, I wanted to use it primarily to read indie books, since so many of them are strictly ebooks. One day, I stumbled upon BookBub, which so graciously offered to dig around barnesandnoble.com for me and present me with free and discounted ebook titles from the genres I’m interested in. (Just to be clear, BookBub is a free website/service, not a sentient being, where I signed up, chose where I wanted to shop from, and what authors and genres I like.)

Every day I get a little email with a list of titles for my perusal. So far, I’ve mostly stocked up on freebies and the occasional $.99 title.  I already have more than 75.

I absolutely love being presented with book options every day, but I’m a little worried about my current rate of digital hoarding. But, when you hoard towers of digital books, you don’t have to worry about them falling on your head, so that makes it ok, right?

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Book Sale Haul VI

Wow, I’ve done six of these already? Time flies. I’ve been learning to restrain myself a bit more at these book sales, since I’m really running out of room, so this time I have 21 new books to share with you. Behold the literary splendor! (click for larger images)

Apparently I'm collecting The Wheel of Time books now...
Apparently I’m collecting The Wheel of Time books now…so far I’ve got 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 11. That’s a start.
Two more Shannara books for the collection and some fantasy/scifi...
Two more Shannara books for the collection and some fantasy/scifi…
Elizabethan espionage, sherlock, thrillers, and Ian M. Banks since I really liked The Algebraist...
Elizabethan espionage, Sherlock, thrillers, and Ian M. Banks since I really liked The Algebraist
Tarot and math make an odd combination, but I've always had an interest in forms of divination, as well as a fear of math. It says it's painless, so maybe I'll learn something.
Tarot and math make an odd combination, but I’ve always had an interest in forms of divination, as well as a fear of math. It says it’s painless, so maybe I’ll learn something.

So there you have it, my restrained book sale finds. I’m pretty happy with it and since my personal library seems to be growing at an alarming rate, I’ve decided to focus on reading what I already have for the time being. There will be no more trips to the library for a while, since I get distracted so easily. I’m almost done with The Wise Man’s Fear so there will be some new reviews in the very near future, including an indie or two, so please look forward to them! Until next time…happy reading 😉

I got a nook for Christmas!

nookNow, I know e-readers aren’t a new thing anymore, but that doesn’t make me any less excited! This means that I’ll be doing more indie reviews in the near future. I’ve wanted to review more independent publications as a way of paying it forward, since, someday in the future, I just might manage to write something worth self-publishing. Whenever that happens, I would like people to read and review my work as well. The tricky thing will be sifting through the not-so-ready-to-be-published titles and finding the authors who really took the time to do it right, so if anyone has any recommendations for me please let me know!

I’m also looking forward to being able to read really long, and therefore quite heavy, books, like Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart, without having it dig into my legs while I read it. As much as I prefer the real thing, this little device will come in quite handy.

The holidays have delayed me a bit, but I’ve got several new reviews coming up soon! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season! And I wish you happy reading in the new year! 🙂

Snowpiercer

Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige

I’ve never reviewed a movie on this blog, and it’s not something I plan on doing regularly, but there was something about this one that I just had to share.

I may love books, but what I really love are stories and imagination and that comes in so many forms: books, movies, TV, games, anime, manga, and even in art. So when I come across an amazing story, whatever its form, I’m going to have to talk about it.

The entire movie had a short story feeling to it, the kind of stories that examine the best and the worst in humanity in a new and interesting way. The premise is this: Human intervention in global warming freezes the world and the only people left are on a train that travels around the entire world in one year. The passengers are organized according to class, which leads to the usual tension that brings.

Now this is a seriously violent movie, and normally that’s a bit of a turn off for me, but there was something so captivating about the world building and the characters that I didn’t care. It was quirky and dark with an epic feeling to it. The fight scenes were amazing, but the thing that kept me so interested was the train itself and the journey through it. Each car contained a new surprise, and since my interest in so many things is driven purely by curiosity, I couldn’t wait to see what they would stumble upon next.

It was a really brilliant movie, in my humble opinion, and everything I love about storytelling. Definitely worth seeing.

Book Sale Haul V

Here I present to you, once again, pictures of books. Enjoy!

Some lovely hardcovers...
Some lovely hardcovers…
The one in the upper right is Sapphique, the sequel to Incarceron. The X-Files book is there because I just couldn't help myself, since I was a huge fan of the show.
The one in the upper right is Sapphique, the sequel to Incarceron. The X-Files book is there because I just couldn’t help myself, since I was a huge fan of the show.
Some lovely paperbacks...
Some lovely paperbacks…

I think I managed excellent restraint this time. I’m trying to be a bit more realistic about how many books I bring home, since I’m desperately out of space. But how can I not bring more books home? Books are awesome. Until next time…

Book Sale Haul IV

Another book sale has come and gone and once again I probably got too many books. Can you really have too many books? Anyway, I did manage to restrain myself a little better this time and ended up with 34. Click on the pictures to make them bigger. 🙂

Some random Shannara books.
I’m trying to collect all of the Shannara books.
I now have the firs four Sword of Truth novels.
I now have the first four Sword of Truth novels. (Since I got the first one last time)
The first five Age of Fire books.
The first five Age of Fire books. It was pretty cool finding all these in a pile together.
A couple of classics.
A couple of classics.
A few hardcovers. I always like to get books that are practically new.
A few hardcovers. I always like to get books that are practically new.
A smattering of trade paperbacks. I'm most intrigued by Jinn, since I believe they just made it into a movie.
Some trade paperbacks. I’m most intrigued by Jinn, since they just made it into a movie.
Random paperbacks.
Random paperbacks. Stormlord Rising looks promising and The Name of the Rose has been on my list for a while now.

I got some good stuff, it was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait till the next one! Until next time…

Happy Reading!

Patrick Rothfuss has a way with book endorsements…

Mr. Rothfuss has graced the front cover of Stormdancer and the back cover of Libriomancer, two of my favorite recent reads. What I love so much about his quick blurbs is how they’re not your average endorsement. Normally, you get something like “a gripping tale of heroism” or “so and so has taken the fantasy genre to a new level” or whatever, but Mr. Rothfuss’ comments are much more personal.

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Stormdancer: “What’s that? You say you’ve got a Japanese steampunk novel with mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female protagonist? I’m afraid I missed everything you said after ‘Japanese steampunk.’ That’s all I really needed to hear.”

Libriomancer: “I picked up the book meaning to read a few pages. My first thought was, ‘This is a cool concept.’ The second thing I thought was, ‘This is really, really clever.’ The third thing I thought was, ‘I should have gone to sleep three hours ago.”

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See what I mean? They’re personal with a touch of humor. It feels more like he legitimately enjoyed the novel and wants to convince others to read it, while other book endorsements just seem flat and stale. While I would have bought Stormdancer and Libriomancer regardless of what Patrick Rothfuss thought of them, these brief quotes convinced me to add The Name of the Wind to my short list. The man seems to love the kind of books I love, and seems clever and genuine as well, so how could I not enjoy his work?

If you are somehow lucky enough to be publishing a book, do everything you can to get Patrick Rothfuss to endorse it. Then you’ll be all set!