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May Review Round-up

Time flies when your having fun. This how I best can describe the month of May. Again I have been able read a great number of books, some that were challenging and took a bit more time and for some others that were just too short. All in all I haven't encountered any books that I particularly disliked in any way. Instead by alternating the reading between the different genres, there isn't a build up of always reading the same.  Not only was reading a lot of fun to do, I was also back in the game, well starting half of May, for training again for my marathon that is planned on the 20th of October later this year. The training runs are becoming more demanding in terms of longer runs averaging between 45 min to 2 hours, 3 times a week. It will cause me to have to cut back a bit on my reading time. Hopefully not too much though. Still got a many great titles waiting in line.  I think for everyone the Review Round-ups should be known by now, but for some new readers here is

Oathbreaker's Shadow

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch, The Knots Sequence #1 Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed. Set to be released in the June 2013, The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is the debut young-adult book of Amy McCulloch, who is a commissing editor for Harper science fiction and fantasy department Voyager. The Oathbreaker’s

The Fractal Prince

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi, The Quantum Thief Trilogy #2 “The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to.” A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution. And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not. The Fractal Prince is the second book in the Quantum Thief Trilogy written by the Finish author Hannu Rajaniemi. What got me first interested in his series was promise of it. The usage of heavy mathematics themes and quantum effects to bolster the Science Fiction side of his story. Now unfortunately I haven’t been able to read his debut book “The Quantum Thief”. so I cannot relate any events that transpired in the first book. I dived straight into


Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, The Clockwork Century #1 Sixteen years ago, gold brought hordes to the frozen Klondike. Fanatical in their greed, Russian prospectors commissioned Dr. Leviticus Blue to create a machine to mine Alaska’s Ice. Thus the Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine was born. But the Boneshaker went awry, destroying downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas. Anyone who breathed its fumes turned into the living dead. The devastated city is now walled in to contain the blight. But unknown to Briar, his widowed mother, Ezekiel is going in. His quest will take him into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive. Steampunk is genre that comes in many shapes and sizes, and in my endeavors I have read the classics Victorian London inspired with secret agents steampunk, New York themes superhero steampunk and a few more. Now Boneshaker again show

Thieves' Quarry

Thieves’ Quarry by D.B. Jackson, Thieftaker Chronicles #2 Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay, September 28, 1768 When one hundred sailors of King George III’s Royal Navy are mysteriously killed on a ship in Boston Harbor. Ethan is thrust unto dire peril. For he-and hot Boston’s premier thieftaker, Sephira Pryce - is asked to find the truth behind their deaths. City Sheriff Edmund Greenlead suspects conjuring was used in the dastardly crime, and even Pryce knows that Ethan is the better equipped to contend with matter of what most of Boston considers dark arts. But even Ethan is daunted by magic powerful enough to fell so many in a single stroke. When he starts to investigate, he realizes that the mass murderer will stop at nothing to evade capture. And making his task more difficult is the British fleet’s occupation of the city after the colonias’ violent protest after the seizure of John Hancock’s ship. Kaille will need all his own magic, street smarts, and a bit of lu