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Breakfast & Books

Posted 30 March, 2011 by Heather in Breakfast & Books / 6 Comments

Breakfast & Books

In my last Breakfast & Books post, I told you that I probably wouldn’t be writing another one for a while because I have so many books to read.  Eric and I didn’t even go to Barnes & Noble after breakfast last week, and we only stopped there today because Eric was looking for a specific magazine.  Well, I broke down and bought two books.  Actually, as Eric is also  interested in these particular books, it was more like a joint purchase.   In fact, I only pointed out the newly-released second book in the series and told him where I’d heard about it, and he’s the one who read the inside flap, tucked the book under his arm and went off in search of the first book in the series…

Picture of books by Patrick Rothfuss

I first heard about the The Kingkiller Chronicles and their author, Patrick Rothfuss, from a friend on Twitter (@graff_king).  The first book in the chronicle, The Name of the Wind, was published in 2007 and he was excited that the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, had finally been released.  When he asked me if I’d ever read the first one, I had to admit that I’d never even heard of the author.  He assured me that the first book was fantastic and that he was really looking forward to reading the second book, and highly recommended both to me.  So I wrote the author’s name down and figured I would look into them the next time I was in the market for a new book or two.

Then last Wednesday, Alex (a book friend I “met” through blogging), posted his review of The Wise Man’s Fear and gave it a 5-star rating.  He also included a link to his review of The Name of the Wind, which he had also given 5 stars.  I’d been following his blog for a bit, so I knew we tended to share the same taste in books.  Now the books had been recommended by two people whose tastes in books I admire, so I decided to check them out the next time I was in B&N.

When we got to B&N today, I headed straight for the new releases and found The Wise Man’s Fear.  I picked it up to see how big it was, flipped through it to see how many pages were in it, then put it back down.  I really wasn’t planning on buying it because I have a bookcase full of other books to read.  Then Eric joined me and I pointed it out to him and started telling him about the reviews I had read and the recommendations I had received.  As I said at the beginning of this post, it was actually Eric’s decision to buy both of them.  So, we ended up leaving B&N with two new books.  I didn’t think I’d be able to get to them right away, but Eric is on vacation next week and we’ve decided to work out a plan to read the first one together so we can discuss it as we read.  I’m really looking forward to this because Eric doesn’t usually get a lot of time to read, and it isn’t often that we can read the same book within the same time span.  Usually he’s reading books that I’ve read months–or even years–ago, so this is going to be fun.

If you think you might be interested in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, check out Alex’s reviews.  I also learned some interesting things about Patrick Rothfuss from his official website and the Wikipedia page about him.

Until next time… happy reading!

H.L.

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Book review: The Becoming: Safe House by Jessica Meigs

Book review: The Becoming: Safe House by Jessica Meigs

Safe House is the second book in Jessica Meigs’ series, The Becoming, about a nasty virus that is turning people into flesh-eating psychos (read: zombies).  And her zombies are kick-ass.  Gone is the slow-moving, shuffling, stumbling, seemingly idiotic, only-eats-flesh-it-can-out-muscle zombie.  Meigs’ flesh eaters are fast, intelligent, sneaky and calculating.  And it seems as though the majority of the population in the affected areas has been infected, so there are HORDES of these things.  THAT is terrifying. I plowed through this […]

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Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

I skipped last week’s Breakfast & Books post because I had just ordered a bunch of books from Amazon and I vowed not to buy anything at Barnes & Noble… and I kept my vow.  Therefore, I really didn’t have anything to write about.  I almost skipped this week’s post, too, because now I have so many books on my TBR pile that it’s going to take me weeks to get through them all.  But alas, while at BN today, […]

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Book review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Book review:  Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I actually finished reading this last week, but it didn’t make a huge impact on me, so I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I would like to say about it.  Let’s start with the stuff that I definitely liked about it… Neil Gaiman’s imagination is definitely one of a kind.  In Neverwhere, the people who “fall through the cracks” are homeless people and/or people who don’t necessarily fit in with society.  Their world is London Below, an […]

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Book review: The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow

Book review: The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow

  The death penalty is a touchy subject for most people.  If you have an opinion about capital punishment, as most people do, it’s likely you are not going to change that opinion any time soon.  I would also venture to say that most people’s reasons for opposing or supporting capital punishment are rooted in emotion.   While I can very easily discuss the economic, political and judicial reasons for not supporting the death penalty, the conversation will usually end up […]

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What should I read next? (Poll closed)

Hey, everyone! It’s time for me to start a new book, but my TBR pile is huge and I’m having a hard time deciding which book to read next.  I thought it would be a neat idea for my friends and readers to help me choose, so without further ado… The poll will be open through the weekend and I’ll let everyone know on Monday which book was chosen by the majority.  Thanks for voting! UPDATE: The poll is officially […]

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Breakfast & Books… lots and lots of books.

Breakfast & Books… lots and lots of books.

This week’s breakfast was nice and uneventful.  Everyone was using their inside voices and no one offered me a free kids meal.  The food was delicious and I ate too much, as usual.  It has been a VERY good week for book purchases, too. These are the books I bought at Barnes & Noble.  I’ve been putting off buying Madame Bovary for some reason, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss out on the hardcover edition, so I […]

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