Free Chocolate & Rum!

Ha-hah! You clicked here because you thought you would get free stuff, eh?

Well you can’t because I don’t have either of those things. And I don’t know is the answer to the question you are asking (“Why is the rum gone?”). Suffice to say, I wanted to draw you in and then cocoon you in my weblog to read this post. I promise you’ll be released as soon as you’ve finished reading.

What I did want to do, however, is ask for recommendations…

I’m looking for some new books to read, but I can be quite picky. I like sticking to certain authors once I’ve decided I like their work.

My favourite genre is fantasy as well as dystopian literature. Authors I’ve read from include Philip Pullman, Kelley Armstrong, Cliff McNish and Garth Nix. So maybe that will give you a clue as to what I’m aiming to find.

Kelley Armstrong would have to be my favourite out of that very short list. Her style is just awesome. There’s always some element of danger, romance and darkness. This especially comes across in her novels with Elena as the main character, because the dark side of humanity stirs and creeps in that little bit more.

I confess that I like werewolves and, as such, I did buy Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. The plot seemed to meander and it only just began to get interesting for me at the end.

I don’t like slow stories. Things have to be complex and I have to be able to sit there totally immersed in everything, lost to reality, trying to figure things out ahead of the characters but still be surprised when something happens. That’s why I love Kelley Armstrong’s books and that’s what I want to find in something else.

So my request is… Do you have any books you could recommend to me and why do you like them/do you think I’d like them?

Thanks. I’m really curious to see what everyone comes up with.

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4 thoughts on “Free Chocolate & Rum!”

  1. The Magic Cottage by James Herbert. Because it has plenty of magic and intrigue in it, it could quite easily be real and Herbert is one of those authors who manages to keep you hooked. I'd also recommend Ghosts of Sleath and The Secret of Crickley Hall by him too, provided you like reading realistic ghost stories 🙂

  2. I'll chuck my hat in the ring for this one and recommend "Sixty-One Nails" and "The Road to Bedlam" both by Mike Shevdon. Bought them on a whim (and 'cos Book Depository had 'em cheap) and lost a whole weekend; I couldn't put them down. There's also Emma Newman's forthcoming (next month if memory serves) debut novel "20 Years Later," a tale of a dystopian future London, I've listened to some of it as a podcast and it's excellent. Hope that helps. 🙂

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