Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Topp ti tirsdag; Undervurderte bøker i fantasy-sjangeren

Ny tirsdag og på tide med en ny topp ti liste, takket være bokbloggen The Broke and the Bookish. Siden denne ukens tema var undervurderte bøker innen valgfri sjanger, fant jeg ut at jeg ville skrive en topp ti liste over undervurderte bøker innen fantasy.

Min liste er denne;

Wytchfire av Michael Meyerhofer

Haven av Katherine Bogle

The Tenth Muse av Silje Haarr

Almana av Julayn Adams

The Vengeful Half av Jaclyn Dolamore

Forests of the Fae: Devlin's Door av K. Kibbee

Endangered by Dani Hoots

The Laird of Duncairn av Craig Comer

Rose Petal Graves av Olivia Wildenstein

Murder in Absentia av Assaph Mehr

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Omtale; Forliset av Frode Granhus

I jakten på nylig utgitt norsk krim, endte jeg opp med å låne Forliset av Frode Granhus på biblioteket, og nå kommer omtalen av romanen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Ny krim fra Riverton- og Bokhandlerprisnominerte Frode Granhus De fleste holder seg innendørs i sprengkulda som har festet grepet om Lofoten, men det vakre lyset lokker en fotograf ut i isødet. På en av turene oppdager han en tønne som stikker opp av isen. En tønne med et makabert innhold. Rino Carlsen får etter hvert mistanke om at tønnefunnet har sammenheng med et forlis som rystet det lille kystsamfunnet for flere år siden. Et forlis som krevde flere ofre. På den isolerte institusjonen Tennholmen vokser spenningen for hver dag, og det kan virke som enkelte av beboerne vet mer om saken enn de vil innrømme.

Mine tanker om boka
Forliset var en spennende krimbok, og såpass spennende at jeg endte opp med å lese den ut i løpet av en kveld. Forfatteren kan det med beskrivelser, spesielt av været og naturen, noe som gjør at en nesten føler at en hakker tenner sammen med karakterene i boka. Hvis en har lyst til å lese en krimroman som IKKE foregår i en av de større norske byene, kan denne boka anbefales.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Bokturne; A Confabulated Compendium of Anecdotes av Melissa H North


A Confabulated Compendium of Anecdotes
by Melissa H North
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy


A Confabulated Compendium of Anecdotes is a Steampunk speculative collection of tales. The stories, herein, provide a glimpse into the imagination of a most anomalous Author.


Be swept away, if you dare, by sultry maidens with mechanical gadgets, hi-tech flying machines and grinding gears. Peculiar alien forms hell-bent on saving the earth, and a conglomerate of Vamps lead by Count Valdo.

Howbeit, why wait for me to tell you more, turn the book atop and be absorbed in the unputdownable.

CLOCKWORK BRIDE
Nephele's first marriage ended in tragedy. And her second marriage seems to be headed in the same direction. Why do her husband's die? Is she cursed? Or is she hiding a secret?


CREEP-TACULAR
Valdo, a direct descendant of Dracula must enlist the help of beautiful Genevieve, a renown Professor. His coven is in peril and without her, their existence will end.


SHADOW WALKERS
Jacques and his hired help, Bertram, find themselves crash landing to Earth, where they realise the extensive damage humans have inflicted upon the fragile environment, and who they thought were enemies, could actually be their friends.


MURDER BY COMIC BOOK
Broderick is a private investigator and his assistant Abbey is an Automaton Humanoid prototype. When a series of murders in the small township of Whiteridge have Broderick baffled. The only clue, the last words of a dying man - Comic Book. He must use unconventional methods to solve the crimes.








Writing has always been a hobby and cathartic experience for me. Turning my passion into a fulfilling career as an Author has been one of my greatest dreams. I write because creating something that didn't exist before is as close to magic as I'll ever get. All you need is imagination.
I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories I feel are worth writing about. I am a curious and proactive Author, interested in preserving the foundations set by classical literature by adapting them to modern themes and trends.



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Friday, 25 August 2017

Book Blogger Hop; Books in a Foreign Language vs English

It's a new Friday, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop-post, thanks to the blogger behind Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

The question of the week was "Have you ever r ead a book written in a foreign language you might be fluent in, and then read the same book in English?"

In my case, it depends largely on the original language, as I can read both Danish and Swedish fluently, besides English and Norwegian (the latter one is my mother tongue). If the book is written in a language I'm fluent in, I read that version only, as I've seen that it often varies how good the translations are (please don't even get me started on all those stupid bloopers I've seen throughout the years in terms of English to Norwegian translations - it ruins the whole experience).

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Omtale; Av hele mitt hjerte: tekster om kjærlighet redigert av Håvard Rem

For en liten stund tilbake fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av diktsamlinga Av hele mitt hjerte: tekster om kjærlighet redigert av Håvard Rem fra forlaget, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I denne vakre boken har poeten og gjendikteren Håvard Rem samlet et kresent utvalg av noe av det fineste som er skrevet om menneskets evne til å gi og motta kjærlighet. 

Her finnes et hundretalls tekster om kjærlighetens mange faser, fra forelskelse og lyst, via omsorg til sorg og savn. Tekstene omfatter lyrikk og prosa, og spenner fra 1001 natt til Märta Tikkanen til Shakespeare og Anaïs Nin. 


Mine tanker om boka
Det er en fin bok med et variert utvalg av tekster, men jeg savnet et litt større spekter i tekstene, både når det gjelder tidsepoker og geografi, da denne var temmelig sentrert rundt vestlige forfattere, i tillegg at den kunne vært litt jevnere når det gjaldt kjønnsfordeling.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Topp ti tirsdag; Bøker jeg leste som universitetspensum

Ny tirsdag og på tide med en ny topp ti tirsdag-liste takket være bokbloggen The Broke and the Bookish. Denne ukens tema var valgfritt innenfor det overordnede temaet "Back to School", så jeg vil ta for meg bøker jeg leste som universitetspensum.


Min liste er denne;

Maus by Art Spiegelman

The Picture of Dorian Gray av Oscar Wilde

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas av Hunter S. Thompson

The Fall of the House of Usher av Edgar Allan Poe

The Bluest Eye av Toni Morrison

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Great Expectations av Charles Dickens

Dracula av Bram Stoker

Wuthering Heights av Emily Brontë

Frankenstein av Mary Shelley

Cover Reveal; Chicks Dig the Accent av Roxanne D. Howard


Chicks Dig the Accent
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: NA Romance, Modern Day Fairytale

Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, Molly gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing boyfriend, Sean, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris. She is desperate to shake things up--and find that sexy foreign man.


She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her let her hair down and become more Parisian and hip to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English prof’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.




Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.







Sunday, 20 August 2017

Omtale; Luisa & ugla av Lisbeth Dreyer og Gustav Kvaal

For en liten stund siden kom jeg over bildeboka Luisa & ugla av Lisbeth Dreyer og Gustav Kvaal i en bokhandel, og siden jeg ikke klarte å motstå fristelsen, endte jeg opp med å kjøpe den og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Luisa og Ugla er veldig ulike: Luisa er ei jente, og Ugla er ei ugle. Dei er alltid i lag. Og når Luisa spelar fiolin, då flyg Ugla dansande glad rundt henne. Men når Luisa høyrer dei andre kviskra at ei ugle og ei jente jo ikkje kunne vera venner, blir ho lei seg. Så reiser ho for å finne nokon som passar til ho. Undervegs møter ho både meir og mindre rare vesen, og ho kjenner at ho er einsam. Men kanskje ho ikkje er heilt åleine? Ei hjartevarmande forteljing om ein litt uvanleg venskap.

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig synes jeg at det var en veldig sjarmerende bok, spesielt med tanke på at den viser at selv om en er vidt forskjellige, kan en allikevel være venner. En ekstra bonus var at Luisa & Ugla var skrevet på nynorsk.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Bok Blitz; The Devil's Revolver av V.S. McGrath


The Devil’s Revolver
V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1)
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.
The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.
A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.
Book trailer:
EXCERPT:
Hettie couldn’t say what had woken her; her eyes had simply snapped open and she’d known something was amiss.
Sure enough, she found the rope had been chewed through, the frayed ends still wet. Dammit, Abby. This was the third time in two weeks. She yanked her coat over her thin nightgown, grabbed her boots and Winchester and padded quickly down the stairs. Outside, she pushed her bare feet into the cold, hard leather and checked her rifle’s action, loading it quickly. Coyotes were often seen roaming the ranch, and there’d been rumors of a pack of wolves roving the hills. But out here, it was men Hettie was more afraid of.


Author Bio:
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Book Blogger Hop; Disappointed in Lack of Books?

It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, thanks to the blogger behind Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don't see any bookshelves, or any books on the coffee table?".

It depends a bit on the person, but there is a fair chance I would get somewhat disappointed.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bokturne; Love on the Vine av Roxane Smith


LOVE ON THE VINE
by Roxanne Smith

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 7/18/2017


Love is in bloom . . .
Straightforward Kay Bing has never been one for subterfuge, although she did embellish her resume just a bit to land a design job at Free Leaf Concepts, a cutting edge botanicals firm. Determined to make a good first impression, she’s exploring the highly secure company greenhouse when her assistant—the much too attractive Oliver Pierce—confides that he’s actually working undercover to investigate whether Free Leaf has created a potent new street drug. Kay doesn’t believe it for a minute—until someone plants designer mushrooms in her salad. Suddenly she and her sexy colleague are teaming up to unearth the roots of a dangerous operation . . .
Oliver not only has a personal stake in the investigation, his entire career in law enforcement is on the line. Stubborn, sensible Kay is a distraction he can’t afford, but as they dig deeper into the case, they discover a chemistry that’s too heated to deny. When even one wrong move could be deadly, Oliver may have to risk it all to keep Kay from harm—and convince her they should be partners for good.


A Florida native, Roxanne Smith has called everywhere from Houston to Cheyenne home. Currently residing in Roswell, New Mexico, she’s an avid reader of every genre, a cat lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games, Doctor Who, and her dashing husband. Her two kids are the light of her life and provide ample material for her writing.



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