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May 2014 - My Book Month
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman 20,000 Leagues under the Sea - Jules Verne Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher Shadow and Claw - Gene Wolfe

Such a great month bookwise! In the last couple of weeks I read an unbelieveable fairy tale for adults, took a journey under the sea, had a fangirl moment, dived back into the magic part of Chicago and finally finished the first two books of a science fiction classic. To find out which books I read, just click on "more" and continue reading :)

"I don't care whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family."

Proven Guilty (Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher

"Laughter is good for you", I said. "Nine out of ten stand-up comedians recommend laughter in the face of intense stupidity."

Proven Guilty (Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher

Dresden Files Hype
Skin Game (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher

The newest book of the fantasy/p.i. series Dresden Files by Jim Butcher featuring the wizard Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is out now. Book number 15 seems to have triggered quite a Dresden Files hype when you check out the NYT Bestseller List - the top 20 books include five novels of the Dresden Files! 


If this isn't enough evidence for you to finally start this series, maybe I can convince you, because I can highly recommend those books. The only tricky part is, that the series has a little bit of a slowish start. So don't judge the author or the series by the first two books. After the second or third book, the story gets better and better with every next book. The characters are just great and I love the humour that Jim Butcher included. If you like the fantasy genre, chances are high that you are going to like the Dresden Files, because you definitely find something interesting in one of those books: there are vampires, demons, faeries, wizards, werewolfs and a lot more I didn't discover so far ;)


So if you're interested now, here's the list of books that have been published so far:

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Ghost Story
  14. Cold Days
  15. Skin Game


Have fun exploring the magical world of Chicago :) 


Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (Supernatural) singing Eye of the Tiger


I just had to share it ;-)

Nebula Awards
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie Die Maschinen - Ann  Leckie

The Science Fiction and Fantasy writers of America once again came together and voted for the best novel, nevella, novelette and short story. This year the winner of the best novel is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie which already won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel. Btw. next year Ann Leckie's novel is going to be published in German under the title "Die Maschinen" - the cover looks really good, especially in comparison to the original one. 


This year seems to be the year of the women: The best novella is The Weight of the Sunrise by Vylar Kaftan which was published in the magazine "Asimov's Science Fiction" and can be read here. The Nebula Award for best short story goes to Rachel Swirsky's If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love (you can find it here) and the best novelette is The Waiting Stars by Aliette de Bodard. If you are interested, you can find it on the authors website.


btw. I totally forgot, Gravity won in the category for best movie!


Now let's wait until August to find out who the winners of the Hugo Award will be :)


Source (in German)

Source (in English)

Nebula Awards

The 50 Coolest book cover

I think I would add some more to this collection. 


Reblogged from Bookish Quotes
And for about the millionth time in her life she felt an overwhelming gratitude for her best friend. Because she knew he wouldn’t mention this afterward; she knew he wouldn’t take it as a sign that she was losing her nerve or was in too deep. There weren’t many people in this world who would let you be vulnerable and still believe you were strong.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

And the Arthur C. Clarke Award goes to...
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

... Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


It's the first book of the Imperial Radch trilogy which also includes Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy. So far Leckie's debut novel already won the BSFA Award for best novel and is also nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards which are awarded in May and August this year. (source)


"They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship's AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people. 
The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation. Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale. 
But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her."(source)

April 2014 - My Book Month
Noah - Sebastian Fitzek A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov Qualitative Religionsforschung: Religionsethnographie in der eigenen Gesellschaft (Uni-Taschenbücher S) - Hubert Knoblauch

Religion was the monthly theme for April and therefore I read a really interesting thriller that kind of reminded me of Dan Brown's Inferno, accompanied a bunch of monks through time and last but not least dived into past Moscow where I met the Master and Margarita and a lot of other characters. If you want to find out more about those books, just keep on reading :)

Neue Ausgabe der Science Fiction & Fantasy Rundschau

Auf gibt es wieder eine neue Ausgabe der Science Fiction und Fantasy Rundschau. Wenn ihr etwas über den dritten Band des Graphic Novels "Saga" lesen wollt oder wissen möchtet, warum Andy Weirs "The Martian" an "MacGyver auf dem Mars" erinnert, dann solltet ihr euch die neueste Rundschau definitiv mal genauer anschauen. Weitere Bücher, die dieses mal besprochen werden, wären unter anderem "Nach dem Sturm" von Michael Farris Smith, Adam Sternberghs "Spade Man" oder auch "Roter Mond" von Benjamin Percy.


Viel Spaß beim Lesen und vielleicht ist ja das eine oder andere interessante Buch für euch dabei :)

The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You’re asked an unexpected question, you don’t even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you away. But the truth, alas, has been disturbed by the question, and it rises up from the depths of your soul to flicker in your eyes and all is lost.
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate. Past sages have affirmed it. They did nothing to unseat him. Tomorrow a new prince shall rule. Men of understanding, men of science shall stand behind his throne, and the universe will come to know his might. His name is Truth. His empire shall encompass the Earth. And the mastery of Men over the Earth shall be renewed.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

He had never seen a "Fallout", and he hoped he'd never see one. A consistent description of the monster had not survived, but Francis had heard the legends.
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Read Me Challenge April

As mentioned before I take part in a challenge where every month has a specific topic and I have to read at least one book according to the chosen theme. And since april just started, I wanted to tell you which books I'm going to read in the next couple of weeks. Btw the topic is religion. So I had to brainstorm a little bit to find books with a story that involves religion in some way, a book that has a religious word in the title or religious artifacts or something similar on the cover. At first I thought that this is going to be the month, were I have to use a joker topic, but after some researching, I think I found some quite promising books:


The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov: I wanted to read this book for a while now, and since it seems that the devil appears in the story, it's definitely a perfect fit for this month.


Noah by Sebastian Fitzek: It's quite a coincidence, because Noah is the book we read in a group this month. And it took me some time, until I realized that this book can be counted too, because of its title. 


A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller jr.:  Just read the description :) it has to count:

"Down the long centuries after the Flame Deluge scoured the earth clean, the monks of the Order of St. Leibowitz the Engineer kept alive the ancient knowledge. In their monastery in the Utah desert, they preserved the precious relics of their founder: the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list and the holy shrine of Fallout Shelter. Watched over by an immortal wanderer, they witnessed humanity's rebirth from ashes, and saw reenacted the eternal drama of the struggle between light and darkness, life and death." (source)


Three books are more than enough, but I'm curious which books you would have chosen. Do you have any ideas of other books I could read this month?


If you want to find out more about this challenge and the topics for each month, please visit my booklikes page for it or just ask :)

Definitive Science Fiction Reads Challenge

Since I plan to explore the science fiction genre this year, this ongoing challenge hosted by Rinn Reads is a great addition for me. Rinn made a list that includes not only science fiction classics but also newer books and young adult sf. I'm really looking forward to it, because the chosen books all sound quite interesting. The only annoying part is, that I probably won't read any ot those young adult books, because I try to read less YA stuff this year. But that doesn't really matter, because there is always the next year ;) If you are interested in this challenge, just keep on reading, to find out which books are on Rinn's list.