It's Monday September 22nd 2014! What are you reading?

0 reacties
It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

We had some great weather still last week feeling like summer but the leaves are starting to fall. I love autumn though I would not mind if less spiders would pick my garden for their new house. I finished 4 books last week! First obviously the book I was reading last week All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. After I picked up The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott, Neil Gaiman's The Last Temptation and The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winter.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott

The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winter

I am currently reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.



I am not sure yet what is next either The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan or The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter.

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

What are you reading?

Review: Gutenberg's Apprentice, Alix Christie

2 reacties
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Gutenberg's Apprentice, Alix Christie
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.”
Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop and he orders Peter, his adopted son, to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.”
As his skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures: the generous Fust, who saved him from poverty after his mother died; and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery.

Alix Christie was born and raised in California, studied philosophy at Vassar College and got a degree journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She has reported for newspapers in California and from Europe as a foreign correspondent, including the Washington Post, The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com. Christie currently reviews books and arts for The Economist.

I received this book for review and it is by far one of the most beautiful ARC's I ever received. The cover was so pretty I stared at it for a few minutes. The chapters are all starting with a beautiful print leaving no doubt that this book is about the art of printing.
As I am Dutch I have been taught that Laurens Janszoon Coster is the person discovering the art of printing but I was aware of other stories and a lot of people were working on this technique at the same time.
I really loved Peter. He might be to soft most of the story though. I would not have mind if he had stand up for himself more but I think that is just me not really understanding his position towards both Fust and Gutenberg.
I enjoyed the atmosphere in the story. It was easy to imagine the city and the people. The way people would react if they would find out about the art Peter and Gutenberg were performing. The excitement about the work and the inventions they were working on.

Gutenberg's Apprentice
Author: Alix Christie
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062336010
ISBN-13: 9780062336019
Harper: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook
Gutenberg's Apprentice
4 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: The Cure for Dreaming, Cat Winters

1 reacties
Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women.

First thing I saw was the cover. Next the title which intrigued me a lot and reading the synopsis I became very curious about this book.

It's Monday September 15th 2014! What are you reading?

2 reacties
It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

Last week we did a lot of maintenance around the house. Those things that take up to much time to do in weekends put are perfect for the last few days of your holiday. Today is back to work though and I did not read as much in my holiday as I had hoped which obviously is my own fault as I decided to pick up some big books meaning I am still way behind on my challenge for this year but I loved the books I read which is more important!
I finished The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker last week.

The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

I am currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Next up is The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott.

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott


Review: Victus, Albert Sánchez Piñol

1 reacties
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Victus, Albert Sánchez Piñol
Why do the weak fight against the strong? At 98, Martí Zuviría ponders this question as he begins to tell the extraordinary tale of Catalonia and its annexation in 1714. No one knows the truth of the story better, for Martí was the very villain who betrayed the city he was commended to keep.
The story of Catalonia and Barcelona is also Martí’s story. A prestigious military engineer in the early 1700s, he fought on both sides of the long War of the Spanish Succession between the Two Crowns—France and Spain—and aided an Allied enemy in resisting the consolidation of those two powers. Politically ambitious yet morally weak, Martí carefully navigates a sea of Machiavellian intrigue, eventually rising to a position of power that he will use for his own mercenary ends.

Albert Sánchez Piñol was born in Barcelona in 1965 and is an anthropologist and writer. His writing has appeared in several journals, and Cold Skin is his first novel. Already translated into fifteen languages, it won the Ojo Critico Narrativa prize on its original publication in Catalan in 2003.

On twitter you have been able to follow my struggle with this book. I loved it and hated it at the same time.
I will start with explaining what I hated as that is something personal and I know a lot of people who can handle it perfectly well. There are a LOT of characters. I always have trouble keep people in their correct place and if names look alike I easily start to wonder why that person suddenly pops up in this situation distracting me from the story only to find out three pages later that I had the wrong character in mind and need to replace the whole scene in a different perspective. And yes this results in it taking ages for me to read this book.
BUT BUT.... I just had to know the end. Early in the story Marti is asked a question which he cannot answer. In his search for the rest of the answer the rest of the story develops. As reader you simply have to know what that answer is and if Marti is ever going to find it out.

Victus
Author: Albert Sánchez Piñol
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062323962
ISBN-13: 9780062323965
Original title: Victus
Harper: eBook | Hardcover
Victus

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Get widget