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Soulless | Steampunk fun

Soulless | Steampunk fun

“Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. ”

With a description like that things can only get better. This little book was one of the best finds I’ve had in a while. Ms Carriger writes a very tongue in cheek account about life as a spinster during the Victorian age.
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Weekly free eBook!

John Scalzi - Agent to the StarsAs an avid reader without access to a good library, I’m constantly looking for ways to feed my habit without breaking the piggy bank. This has become much easier now that books are available in electronic format. There are actually quite a few sites that host only FREE ebooks. No strings attached. How awesome is that?

Often a lot of the work is in the public domain because it’s just so old, but if you’re a fan of the classics, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Fortunately there are a few sites, like ManyBooks,  that also have some very interesting contemporary offerings. One of these (and the review for today) is John Scalzi’s Agent to the Stars.

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New Urban Fantasy

I recently came across a new urban fantasy author, Gena Showalter. She sold her first book 4 years ago and already has a range of 13 books available, with more in the pipeline. That is a very short time in which to become a New York Times best seller.

The book reviews I found for her looked interesting and I decided to try the first book in her Alien Huntress series, Awaken Me Darkly. The story follows Mia Snow, and alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. A series of strange killings (as if there are ever any normal killings) has her and her partner, Dallas, hunting a particularly nasty alien. Do yourself a favour and do not read the official book synopsis – it doesn’t do the book justice at all.

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