On My Reading List #2

Posted September 21, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I’ve added more books to my reading list on Goodreads. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. I’m obsessed. I’m also half-asleep. So any grammatical errors or stupid things I may say cannot be held against me.

 I’ve decided to sort of turn this feature into showcasing lesser-known books I have added or books that haven’t gotten a lot of publicity yet. I get sick of seeing the same books on everyone’s blog on the same day. It sucks.

First up is Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1). This one was published in 2009 and it has been out for awhile. It’s definitely a book I never would have been interested in before I became a book blogger. But I am always trying to unearth new interests when it comes to books, and this one sounds very different and very interesting. The cover is gorgeous and it’s steampunk and I am really starting to enjoy steampunk. So there you have it. Here is the cover and summary:

Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
Summary: Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womanizer and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn’t just a nuisance anymore – he’s public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don’t. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he’s going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It’s going to take all his criminal talents to prove he’s not the criminal they think he is …

Then there is The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish. I was immediately drawn in by the spooky cover and then I found out it was a ghost story. And middle-grade. What? I’m in. I’m always trying to find more middle-grade that I enjoy. I saw it on Michelle Harrison’s page I think. And then I added it. And based on the reviews it seems like it might actually be scary, too! The sooner I can get a hold of this one, the better. Here is the cover and summary:

The Hunting Ground
Summary: When Elliott and his brother move into the old and crumbling Glebe House they don’t expect to find themselves sharing it with ghosts. But soon sinister events are unfolding. An old diary reveals glimpses of the mansion’s past – and of a terrible tragedy. An old woman talks to ghosts – but is she in fact being controlled by them? And what of the sinister East Wing – a hideous labyrinth devised by a truly twisted mind? Can Elliott and his family escape the clutches of Glebe House? Or will they end up trapped in the endless maze of corridors, forever hunted by the dead?

Finally, there is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. This book kind of has a story with me. I know it’s long and other bloggers who have read it have loved it, but realize it is really a time investment. It’s 944 pages. Here’s the thing though. I literally see this book everywhere I go. On other blogs, out in stores, it randomly pops up on Goodreads, etc. So I think it is calling me. I didn’t want to read it, but then I told myself, “If I see this book anywhere else today I am adding it to my list.” And guess what? Yup, it popped up again, so I had to. If you have read it, I would be very interested to hear what you thought about it. Here is the cover and summary: 

Summary: “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. 

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. 

The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas—this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

And that is it for this edition of On My Reading List. Feel free to comment or discuss down below.

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