Bout of Book 17 Day 5

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Bout of Books

Here’s the info:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Today’s Challenge

Book in a Song – at Janey Canuck

She wants us to talk about what connections you have between a book and some music.  Anything goes, really.  Some suggestions to get you thinking:

Rename your book with a song
Give a lyric that sums up the plot of your book
A song or album that is forever associated with a particular books in your mind

I don’t actually connect books to music much. However, one of the books I finished this week, Murder in G Major definitely had a musical connection. Not only is the main character a violinist/conductor, she hears Tchaikovshy’s “Pathétique” every time danger is headed her way, which is pretty often. It’s a shame the warning usually comes to late for her to react, or she just ignores it. Amateur detectives are prone to ignoring warning signals.

Day 4 Update:

Books/Stories finished: “The Invisible Man” by G. K. Chersterton

In the middle of:  The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Pages read: 144

Time listened: 1 hr 47 mins

Running Total:

Books/Stories finished:

Good Morning, Superman! by Michael Dahl

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

“The Musgrave Ritual” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

“The Invisible Man” by G. K. Chersterton

Pages read: 304

Time listened: 6 hrs 47 mins

Bout of Books 17 Day 4

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Bout of Books

Here’s the info:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Today’s Challenge

Titles in the Tabloids

Laura at The Book Junkie is challenging us to take some of our book plots and make them into fun tabloid headlines.

Day 3 Update:

Books/Stories finished: Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

Books/Stories started: The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

In the middle of:  “The Invisible Man” by G. K. Chersterton

Pages read: 45

Time listened: 50 mins

Running Total:

Books/Stories finished:

Good Morning, Superman! by Michael Dahl

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

“The Musgrave Ritual” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

Pages read: 160

Time listened: 5 hrs

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

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The Rook by Daniel O’Malley The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Narrator: Susan Duerden
Series: The Checquy Files #1
Published by Hachette Audio on March 1, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 17 hrs, 51 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save herself, she encounters a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy.

Loved this book! Granted it’s not perfect – there’s a fair amount of info-dumping made palatable by the whole amnesia bit. It’s kind of a paranormal, sci-fi-ish spy thriller, with a dollop or two of humor.

As the blurb says, Myfanwy wakes up with no memory  surrounded by dead bodies. She is guided back into her life as one of the heads of a secret paranormal agency by letters she wrote to herself, having known she would lose her memory thanks to the warnings of a variety of psychics, including a duck. So she fakes her way, but also discovers she has an AWESOME power that the old her barely made use of. She’s a character to root for, the underdog due to her amnesia and that people underestimate her and never truly respected the old her. Oh and she’s facing an enemy who has been waiting for revenge on England for centuries and has all kinds of yucky, nasty and dangerous things/people/fungi at their command.

The agency is full of inter-office politics, jockeying for position/power, uncomfortable Christmas parties.Oh, and someone she works with probably wants her dead, or at least out of the way, but the old Myfanwy never figured out who, so the new Myfanwy can’t be sure who to trust. Some of the supporting characters could use a little more development,but with such a large cast, that’s probably to be expected.

The plot moved quickly, except for when the letters bogged it down. I personally enjoyed the format, but I could see where it might annoy some people. I listened to the audio and really enjoyed the narrator’s reading. She nailed Myfanwy’s new personality for me, especially the sarcastic and amusing comments.

The mystery of who stole Myfanwy’s memory and why was well-done. I was surprised, but the whodunnit made sense given the clues. I’m looking forward to listening to the second in the series.

About Daniel O’Malley

Dan O’Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master’s Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.

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