The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation…
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of. When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door, she’s on the run from two assassins in black suits and she comes from London Below. His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth and an Earl who holds Court in a Tube train. It is strangely familiar yet utterly bizarre.
The name’s Fetch Phillips — what do you need? Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure. Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I’ll give it shot. Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband’s murderer? That’s right up my alley. What I don’t do, because it’s impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back. Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep asking me to fix the world. But there’s no magic in this story. Just dead friends, twisted miracles, and a secret machine made to deliver a single shot of murder.
So today I thought I would talk about the types of genres I tend to lean towards more and the kinds of genre that I am not the biggest fan of! This post doesn’t include all genres but does include some standout ones for me.
A month of ups and downs this time round! I read some all-time favourites and I also DNFed a bit. Let’s get into it!
I read 6 books this month.
I DNFed 2 books this month.
I continued with my challenges and read 1 book for my ONTD challenge, 1 book for my sequel challenge and 5 books were from my Physical TBR from the beginning of the year.
In terms of genre I read; 2 classics, 2 fantasy, 1 urban fantasy which was also a murder mystery and 1 contemporary drama/thriller. We had a lot of cross over this month!
I read 1 ARC, 4 paperbacks and 1 hardback.
2 books that I read this month were a gift.
The Great Gatsby – F Scott. Fitzgerald (DNF)
I wanted to pick this book up after watching the movie and falling in love with the story. That being said the love stopped at the movie and did not pass over to the book! I found the writing really boring and slow paced and I lost interest very quickly!
I normally don’t do reviews of DNFs but this book was an ARC so I must give a review for this book. My main struggle was the writing style. The writing was quite flowery and I couldn’t really grasp what the characters were saying.
Yeah… this was not it. Normally I tend to give 2 stars to books I don’t finish as I tend to not give low ratings but this was it. Had some good elements but the overall sexist vibe just ruined the story for me.
Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get . . . interesting.
Titles in italics denotes book/series I am currently reading.
Underlined titles denotes books I would like to read eventually but don’t own.
A single asterix (*) denotes books I own and plan to read.
So, let’s get into it. I will give a bit of info along the way.
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien Got to be honest here. I read The Hobbit and absoutley loved it. I also read The Fellowship of the Ring and wasn’t as fussed about it, I struggled with the pacing a lot. Finally, I read The Two Towers but I couldn’t finish it. The pacing was so slow and even the action sequences couldn’t get me into the story.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Ender’s Games – Orson Scott Card
The Dune Chronicles – Frank Herbert
A Song of Ice and Fire series – George R.R. Martin
1984 – George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
American Gods – Neil Gaiman*
The Princess Bride – William Goldman I read this book due to the movie. I plan on re-reading this book next year as I unintentionally DNFed it. I didn’t consciously decide to DNF it but I was reading multiple books at that time and I left it for too long. So I want to re-read it and a bunch of other DNF’s.
The Wheel of Time Series – Robert Jordan I am currently reading The Eye of the World and I am loving it. It is taking more time than I anticipated, due to my Netgalley reads, but I am still loving it. I am also listening to the Wheel Weaves podcast which is a great spoiler-free companion podcast.
Animal Farm – George Orwell I read this for school and enjoyed it. Wasn’t my favourite story but still enjoyable.
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Watchmen – Alan Moore
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Phillip K. Dick
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Dark Tower series – Stephen King
2001: An Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
The Stand – Stephen King
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
The Sandman Series – Neil Gaiman
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Dragonflight – Anne McCaffery
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
The War of the Worlds – H.G Wells
The Amber Chronicles – Roger Zelazny
The Belgariad – David Eddings
The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson So I put this title in italics and underlined. It’s in italics as I am currently reading the series. I read The Final Empire earlier this year and loved it. But it’s underlined as I don’t own the next two books.
Ringworld – Larry Niven
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
The Silmarillion – J.K.K Tolkien
The Once and Future King – T.H White
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
Contact – Carl Sagan
The Hyperion Cantos – Dan Simmons
Stardust – Neil Gaiman Very similar situation to The Princess Bride, an unintentional DNF. I also read this book after watching the movie. I read this at the beginning of the year and I did not enjoy it.
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stehenson
World War Z – Max Brooks
The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
Small Gods – Terry Pratchett Very similar to the Mistborn series. I am currently reading the series only on book 5. But I don’t own any of the unread books.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever – Stephen R. Donaldson
The Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold
Going Postal – Terry Pratchett
The Mote in the God’s Eye – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Sword of Truth series – Terry Goodkind
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell – Susanna Clarke
I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
The Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist
The Sword of Shannara Trilogy – Terry Brooks
The Conan the Barbarian series – Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
The Farseer Trilogy – Robin Hobb
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
The Legend of Drizzt series – R.A. Salvatore
Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Rendevous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
The Kushiel’s Legacy Series – Jacqueline Grey
The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
Wicked – Gregory Maguire I DNFed this one. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style and the pacing was very slow.
Malazan Book of the Fallen Series – Steven Erikson
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Culture series by Ian Banks
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain. I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me: 1. Sobriety costs extra. 2. My services are confidential. 3. I don’t work for humans. It’s nothing personal–I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help.
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