Library Loot (March 20 to 26)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! It’s Wednesday again! And time to show us all what you got from the library!

 

Beastie Boys Book – Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz

You might remember that I had this out from the library last week. That was the audiobook version. But I decided that  I would also request for the hard copy so that I could look at the photos! The audiobook by the way, is truly amazing. There’s Bette Midler! And Elvis Costello! There was one section that was full of photos and the photos were described by the photographer in the audiobook (that was such fun) but I just wanted to have a look at the photos too.

The Fated Sky – Mary Robinette Kowal 

Claire was right! This is an awesome series.

The Fated Sky continued the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. It is 1961, and the International Aerospace Coalition has established a colony on the moon. Elma York, the noted Lady Astronaut, is working on rotation, flying shuttles on the moon and returning regularly to Earth.
But humanity must get a foothold on Mars. The first exploratory mission is being planned, and none of the women astronauts is on the crew list. The international Aerospace Coalition has grave reservations about sending their “Lady Astronauts” on such a dangerous mission. The problem with that is the need for midjourney navigation calculations. The new electronic computation machines are not reliable and not easily programmed. It might be okay for a backup, but there will have to be a human computer on board. And all the computers are women.

At Dusk – Hwang Sok-yong

This book is on the Man Booker International Prize longlist. I had read (and reviewed) Hwang’s The Old Garden previously. 

 

Park Minwoo is, by every measure, a success story. Born into poverty in a miserable neighbourhood of Seoul, he has ridden the wave of development in a rapidly modernising society. Now the director of a large architectural firm, his hard work and ambition have brought him triumph and satisfaction. But when his company is investigated for corruption, he’s forced to reconsider his role in the transformation of his country.

At the same time, he receives an unexpected message from an old friend, Cha Soona, a woman that he had once loved, and then betrayed. As memories return unbidden, Minwoo recalls a world he thought had been left behind — a world he now understands that he has helped to destroy.

In At Dusk, one of Korea’s most renowned and respected authors continues his gentle yet urgent project of evaluating Korea’s past, and examining the things, and the people, that have been given up in a never-ending quest to move forward.

 

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

I didn’t realize that Seanan McGuire = Mira Grant! Also, this won many awards like the Hugo Award.

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost

 

 

 

 

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What did you get from your library this week?

 

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8 Comments

  1. I do like books set in Korea (Pachinko is a good example, and of course The Vegetarian). And this is one of the International BM prizes that is available in paperback, so I have got this and am looking forward to it.

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  2. Ohhh!! I think I would really like to read about Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children!
    I like the Kid’s Loot. I will have to snap a picture of my son’s ‘loot’ and add it to my post!

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    1. I hope you do add your kid’s loot next time! I wanted to comment on your post today (wanted to do it earlier in the week but I’ve been sick and not online as much) but I just saw that you’ve closed comments on it! But wanted to say thanks for linking up!

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