Review: City of Thieves

Posted 8 July, 2009 by Li in Books / 2 Comments

City of Thieves
By: David Benioff

I found out about this novel back in January when it was first released on paperback. The cover was interesting and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it: the novel follows Lev Beniov, a resident of Leningrad during WW2 who was caught by the Red Army for looting. He and a fellow prisoner, Kolya—the handsome and confidant soldier charged for desertion—are sentenced to find a dozen chicken eggs for the colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake. So they set off across the war-torn Russian countryside in search for a dozen eggs, encountering resistance fighters, victims of war and German soldiers along the way. Read More

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 7 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) โ€œteaserโ€ sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesnโ€™t give too much away! You donโ€™t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

My teaser for this week: “‘My men say there are no eggs in Leningrad, but I believe there is everything in Leningrad, even now, and I just need the right fellows to find it. A pair of thieves.'” – p. 35, City of Thieves by David Benioff.

My teaser this week sounds a bit out of the blue but if you read the synopsis, it’ll make sense. I finally am reading the book (been eyeing this book for months since it came out on trade paperback) and it’s pretty good so far ๐Ÿ™‚

Review: The Farseer Trilogy

Posted 5 July, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a bit of reviewing, haven’t I? I’ll likely post another one of those massive book review catch-ups, but in the meantime, here’s a review of the latest books I’ve read:

The Farseer Trilogy
By Robin Hobb

The Farseer trilogy consists of three books: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest. It follows the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard son of Prince Chivalry in the Six Duchies Kingdom as he navigates through royal plots and intrigue, threats from the coasts by Sea Raiders and growing up into his own person despite of the baggage of being a bastard son. He is secretly trained to be an assassin to the Crown, thus complicating his life but also bringing him into the fold in a way that his status as a bastard could not.

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Meme: Another Book Meme

Posted 3 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Snagged also from book_memes ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s the oldest book you own?
In terms of publication, I have a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare dating back to 1924. In terms of the oldest book that I’ve purchased, that may be my Snoopy comics (in graphic novel format) from when I was 10, lol.

What’s the newest book you own?
In terms of publication…probably Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In terms of purchase, Ted Bell’s Tsar ๐Ÿ™‚

Name a book that you like to have easily accessible?
Oh gosh, I don’t know…everything’s within reach, I guess, LOL

Name a book that you like to have easily noticeable (for reasons of pretension or ’cause it’s pretty)?
More like my shelf filled with books on Russian history and politics xD Makes me look hardcore that way (which, in a way, my studies are)

What’s the nicest book or set of books that you own?
I have these small hardcovers of most of Jane Austen’s works, a hard cover of Russian fairy tales with pretty Russian-style illustrations and my black-cover LOTR boxset (even though they’re not hardcover).

What’s the most battered, most loved book that you own?
Hmm, all my books are actually in good condition so I dunno…

Have you encountered a book that felt especially nice to hold?
Probably the hardcovers, lol.

Do you arrange books by author, title, genre, vibe, colour or not at all?
These days I arrange them by height, really; my bookshelves are crammed, I’m literally squeezing books in wherever there’s space now xD

Do library / borrowed books feel as nice as books you own?
No

What format of book do you most like holding? (ie, paperback, hardback, trade paperback, graphic novel…)
Paperback and trade paperback; they’re easy to hold especially when you’re lying down.

Do you have any hidden books?
My copy of Twilight (which I bought out of pure curiosity last year; I kept on hearing about it so I decided to find out what all the hype is about) is hidden behind some of my textbooks on my bottom shelf xD

What books would you keep in your (real or hypothetical) spare room for guests to read?
Good question…probably something related to Russian history, like the Chronicles maybe, or probably a classic like Dickens or Austen or something ๐Ÿ™‚