Library Loot (24 December 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.

I clicked my heels in glee (or something to that extent) when I realised that the library was still open on Christmas Eve and when the husband said he’d watch wee reader. It was lovely and quiet and warm. And there they were, the books I had on hold. What a sight to behold. 🙂

Anyway, hope you’ve all had plenty of good food and company over the holiday season. And that there will be more to come when celebrating the new year!

A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes – Laurie R. King

It is 1921 and Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes’s brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology–is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective. Russell’s attentions turn to the New Temple of God and its leader, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw on the young theology scholar is irresistible. But when four bluestockings from the Temple turn up dead shortly after changing their wills, could sins of a capital nature be afoot? Holmes and Russell investigate, as their partnership takes a surprising turn.

Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated) – adapted by Nancy Butler, illustrated by Sonny Liew

Not entirely sure how a Jane Austen graphic novel will fare but I’ve been interested in checking out the art of Sonny Liew, who is Malaysian, lives in Singapore, and is probably most famous for his creation, Malinky Robot (which unfortunately isn’t available in my library system!)….

Alongside incredible artist Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland), Butler brings to life the world of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two daughters without parents or means, forced to experience hardship, romance, and heartbreak, all in the hopes of achieving love and lasting happiness.

Enchanter (The Wayfarer Redemption, Book 2) – Sara Douglass
Ok. So while I noted that this isn’t an extraordinary fantasy series, I’m curious as to how the story plays out. So here’s book two and three.

The stunning sequel to The Wayfarer RedemptionAxis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by becoming the StarMan, he now must reunite the three races inhabiting his world.

It is his destiny to lead an army against his evil half-brother, to regain control of Tencendor, once the greatest land in the world.

It is his destiny to be caught between the two women he loves, one the epitome of gentility, beauty, and intelligence, the other a fierce warrior with a cunning wit.

And it is his destiny to be thwarted at every turn by the vicious Goragel, an insane monster bent on destroying all that Axis works to preserve . . .

Enchanter is the riveting sequel to Sara Douglass’s spell-binding first novel The Wayfarer Redemption, and winner of the 1996 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Sara Douglass has taken America by storm with this powerful tale of love, prophecy, battles, and revenge.

Starman (Axis Trilogy, Book 3) – Sara Douglass

Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis’s path through war and destruction to the creation of Tencendor.

The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother and lay claim to the land that Tencendor will be created upon. The Prophecy told of the traitor in Axis’s camp-Faraday’s champion, Timozel.

And the Prophecy foretold many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny . . . but neglected to mention the choice between the beautiful and courageous Faraday, his late half-brother’s wife, and the feisty and hauntingly enchanting Azhure.

To Faraday, he had pledged his love and a place by his side as ruler of Tencendor; to Azhure, he had given his children, his time, and his devotion.

His love for both women is what the last twist of the Prophecy relies on. While Azhure explores her newfound powers as an Icarii Enchantress, and Faraday replants the ancient forests of the Mother, the evil Gorgrael is plotting Axis’s downfall, invading the sky with ice and terror and the flesh-hungry Gryphons. His most daring move is to follow prophecy, to taunt Axis with the pain of his beloved.

But which beloved woman will Gorgrael choose . . . and will she be the one whose death will distract Axis from saving the world?

A Day in the Life of the American Woman: How We See Ourselves – by Sharon J. Wohlmuth, Carol Saline, Dawn Sheggeby

I read about this in Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.

On April 8, 2005, dozens of the world’s foremost female photographers spent 24 hours capturing “a day in the life” of American women. The best of their shots, collected here, reflect the variety of lives that 21st-century women lead. These 200-plus photographs include images of celebrities and unknowns; women at work, at home, and at play; and mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters.

An Overdrive e-book
Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror – Chris Priestley

Hmm… perhaps not all that suited as an e-book? Not sure if there are e-llustrations!

This spine-tingling, thrill-packed novel has more than enough fear-factor for the most ardent fan of scary stories. Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house, but regular visits from his nephew, Edward, give him the opportunity to recount some of the most frightening stories he knows. As each tale unfolds, it becomes clear that something sinister is in the air. From the account of a curious boy who intrudes on Old Mother Tallow’s garden to a shy girl’s ghostly encounter during an innocent game of hide and seek, a pattern emerges of young lives gone awry in the most terrifying of ways. Young Edward begins to wonder just how Uncle Montague knows all these ghastly tales, and ultimately discovers that his mysterious uncle’s life has a darker side than he ever imagined. This cleverly wrought collection of stories-within-a-story by Chris Priestly is perfectly matched in darkly witty illustrations by David Roberts.

Books for wee reader

Counting Peas (Baby Max and Ruby) – Rosemary Wells

Clifford’s First Christmas – Norman Bridwell

Press Here – Hervé Tullet (highly recommended! For the child inside all of us!)

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What would you suggest I read next?

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  1. I have such a soft spot for the Mary Russell series. I started reading the books as the series was still five or so books long, and it was such a long wait between new releases (well, for someone like me who reads a book per couple days, it was very long!) that I ended up drifting away from obsessively refreshing the amazon page–at least with that series. I need to go back and see what’s come out since. I’m glad you reminded me of it.

    I haven’t read any Sara Douglass yet (courtesy of some reviews I’ve read), though the covers keep catching my eye, each and every time.


    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
      I’m so glad that I finally found Mary Russell… although I am indeed quite quite far behind! Time to catch up. 🙂


  2. Surprise library hours are the best, aren’t they? Especially when you get there and the library is empty since everyone else clearly assumed it would be closed. Looks like you used the trip well to pick up some great titles, particularly the Laurie R. King and the Clifford book :). Enjoy!


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