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31 January 2011

Manic Monday: The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod & Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Each Monday (or the closest I can get to Monday) I will be posting a Past/Present/Future Reading Post called Manic Monday. Don't hate me if I post it on a Tuesday - it just indicates how "manic" my Monday really was! If you want to see more of what I have been reading, I try and update my Goodreads account with each book I am reading.

What I just finished reading
Embrace The Night Eternal by Joss Ware
Stars: 4/5

Blurb from Goodreads:
Everything they knew is gone.

From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They must learn how to survive this dark, ravaged world . . . but they cannot do it alone.

Simon Japp will never forget his violent past. But when civilization is all but destroyed, he sees his chance for redemption. Blessed with a strange "gift," he's determined to help the resistance against the Strangers, the mysterious force that stalks them at every turn. He can't afford to get distracted, even by the stunning, soft-spoken woman fighting by his side . . . Sage Corrigan has learned to be careful where she places her trust. But she sees something good in Simon, even if he can't see it in himself. Posing as lovers to infiltrate a group key to their fight, they find that their staged affection soon develops into a desire that will leave them fighting for their lives in the night eternal . . .

Why I picked it up: Rosie (@fangbooks) got me onto Joss Ware, and I loved the first book in the series.
Why I finished it: A mix of dystopian fiction and paranormal romance - what is not to like! Did I mention there were zombies?
I'd give it to: Friends who like PNR and dystopia.

What I am reading now

The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod

My friend @my_lheage gave me this for my birthday last month.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Genevieve Taylor is a sidhe - one of the noble fae - and she's unusual even in a London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with humanity...

Genny is a rising star at, where she finds the "M" in magic - which can mean anything from mischief to malice to murder. The spellcrackers are run by the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. And that's just fine with Genny, who wants as little to do with the bloodsuckers as possible.

But when a sinfully sexy vamp is accused of killing his lover, an old debt forces Genny to help prove his innocence, risking her job, her safety - and the exposure of her own dark secrets. Genny soon realizes that she and her client are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle. And it's not just her own neck at stake but the lives of all of London's supernatural beings.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Blurb from Goodreads:
The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.
Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.

This is for book club and I am really liking it’s writing style so far. I wish I hadn’t seen the movie, because I know the twist already. This does not detract from the story as much as you would think, as I am noticing how the twist is catered for through the entire book, word by word.

What I am reading next
I am not sure. I have a big pile of books and I am having trouble choosing. It is the opposite of the problem I was having four months ago. I wanted to cry then and I want to cry now. I just received my Galaxy gift voucher too, so I have another $35 to spend on books (even though I spent about a third of 2010 on a book buying ban!). I really want to get the new Nalini Singh and the new Tracey O'Hara, so I may get those and bump them to the head of the queue. A book addiction is a very very nasty affliction. Trust me!

I want to concentrate on a dystopian novel in the next month. I tell myself I can either read them all at once or pace them out... I have to buy I am Legend for book club, so that will be on my list for February.

What do you want to see on my blog? Advice wanted!

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