TBR Thursday #3

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TBR Thursday is rapidly becoming my favorite weekly post.  This meme was started by Bionic Book Worm.  If you aren’t following her yet, well, you really should be.  Not only does she do great reviews and bookish posts, she’s an all-around lovely person.  All book summaries are courtesy of Goodreads.

 

The Rules

  • Have a set list of genres that you typically read
  • List one book for each genre that you want to read
  • Give a quick description of the book
  • Fall in love, read, and repeat!
  • If you want to participate in TBR Thursday please link one of my TBR Thursday posts – it would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to use the blog graphic as well. Just adjust the genres to the types of books you enjoy.

 

 

Science Fiction

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Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive…and even evolve.

I’ve been wanting this book ever since I set eyes on its amazing cover. Now that it has been nominated for all of the 2016-2017 awards, I’ve decided I have to bump it up the TBR pile. It sounds like such a wonderful, new take on the spacefaring science fiction story.

 

Fantasy

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The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn and the time has come to pick up its sequel. Ahdieh creates a world and characters that are so far from the ordinary – she’s high on my list of authors who writes amazing women. Sharazhad is a strong, stubborn, difficult woman who commands respect. She’s not a shrill, idiotic character who gets herself into trouble because of her stubbornness. I can’t wait to complete this duology.

 

History

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Debs at War: How Wartime Changed Their Lives by Ann De Courcey

Pre-war debutantes were members of the most protected, not to say isolated, stratum of 20th-century society: the young (17-20) unmarried daughters of the British upper classes. For most of them, the war changed all that for ever. It meant independence and the shock of the new, and daily exposure to customs and attitudes that must have seemed completely alien to them. For many, the almost military regime of an upper class childhood meant they were well suited for the no-nonsense approach needed in wartime.

This book records the extraordinary diversity of challenges, shocks and responsibilities they faced – as chauffeurs, couriers, ambulance-drivers, nurses, pilots, spies, decoders, factory workers, farmers, land girls, as well as in the Women’s Services. How much did class barriers really come down? Did they stick with their own sort? And what about fun and love in wartime – did love cross the class barriers?

I really enjoy Anne De Courcey’s books. She has a knack for taking the fluffy bits of history and combining them with the more serious side of society, creating a full vision for the period she’s writing about.  She also uses as many first-hand sources as possible, so you get the stories directly from the women who lived them. Debs at War takes on the changing role of women in the 20th century during the First World War.

 

Fiction

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Laura by Vera Caspary

In the doorway of an elegant New York apartment, blood seeps over a silk negligee, over the polished floor and the plush carpet: a beautiful young woman lies dead, her face disfigured by a single gun shot.

But who was Laura? What power did she hold over the very different men in her life? How does her portrait bewitch even Mark McPherson, the hard-bitten detective assigned to find her murderer?

One stormy night, Mark’s investigation takes an unexpected turn…

Laura is one of my all -time favourite movies. It’s a black and white noir film that follows the story of NYPD detective Mark McPherson as he investigates the murder of Laura, a beautiful young woman who was murdered in her apartment. It features a young Vincent Price and one of the best plot twists ever. So imagine my surprise when I discovered it was based on a book! I bought Laura while on holiday in Edinburgh, and I think it is going to get shuffled to the top of my TBR. I cannot wait to dive in!

 

That’s it for this week!  What books are gathering dust on your shelves?  Do you have a huge TBR pile?  Let me know!

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  1. So how come my TBR pile on my beside table is growing instead of shrinking? I was doing pretty well by not visiting a book shop and staying off Amazon for more than a month. Then I pulled the first novel of the War of the Roses series. I read it and had to read the other two novels in the series which increased my pile by two books. We did not have the fourth book so we had to go to Waterstones on our trip to Edinburgh. After not visiting a book store for over a month, I see all sorts of interesting books at the store. I end up leaving the store with six books. I am going backwards.

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