Library Loot (20 October 2011)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

So on Thursday morning, after finishing The Knife of Never Letting Go, I immediately downloaded book two, The Ask and the Answer. But to my horror, book three, Monsters of Men, wasn’t on the Singapore Overdrive catalogue! I quickly checked my physical library’s catalogue. And phew! There it was. And better yet, it said ‘check shelf’ next to it. Yay! So as soon as the library opened (and as soon as wee reader woke up from his morning nap), we whisked off to the library and there it was, right where it was supposed to be. Of course I had to get some fun books for the little guy, and also picked up a book I had requested earlier. So for once, I managed to hold back and not browse the shelves! Amazing!

Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness

Although, now having read about half of The Ask and the Answer, I’m not all that eager to get to this book….!

In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.

As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1)

I’ve finally finished watching Buffy! Was Season Seven a fantastic season or what! Of course I had to go check out the graphic novel, especially since Joss Whedon himself was involved.

Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers – newly legion – have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything’s fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the “Buffy” decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own. Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series. The bestselling and critically acclaimed issues #1-5 are collected here for the first time, as are their covers by Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty.

So here are the e-books from Overdrive:
The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two – Patrick Ness

Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard — and secrets are never safe.

Reaching the end of their flight in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen/A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Mary Russell Novels) – Laurie R. King

I’ve been interested in trying out more mystery (detective?) novels recently, and have heard much good about this – via the blogosphere of course!

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes–and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator’s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary–a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership. Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries is “wonderfully original and entertaining . . . absorbing from beginning to end” (Booklist).

And here are wee reader’s board books!

Baby’s Colors – Karen Katz
Rocket Town – Bob Logan
The Night Night Book – Marianne Richmond

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
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  1. I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice! I’ve read and enjoyed the first five or six books in the series but have definitely fallen behind lately. It’s a series I’m hoping to go back and reread again soon!


    1. I’m about a third through and am enjoying myself so far! Unfortunately, the Overdrive collection is so scanty. Book 1, then it skips to Book 5, then 7!
      Looks like this requires a trip to the physical library!


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