Books from my Mailbox

febbooksI’ve had some very exciting book deliveries in the past few weeks. Nothing puts a smile on my face quite like checking my mailbox and finding a brand new book inside!

Artificial Culture by Tama Leaver was sent to me by the author for review. I’m very excited about this one since Dr Leaver is one of my lecturers at Curtin University, and I will hopefully be able to put Artificial Culture to good use over the course of my studies. Thank you very much Tama.

artificial cultureDescription:

Artificial Culture is an examination of the articulation, construction, and representation of “the artificial” in contemporary popular cultural texts, especially science fiction films and novels. The book argues that today we live in an artificial culture due to the deep and inextricable relationship between people, our bodies, and technology at large. While the artificial is often imagined as outside of the natural order and thus also beyond the realm of humanity, paradoxically, artificial concepts are simultaneously produced and constructed by human ideas and labor. The artificial can thus act as a boundary point against which we as a culture can measure what it means to be human. Science fiction feature films and novels, and other related media, frequently and provocatively deploy ideas of the artificial in ways which the lines between people, our bodies, spaces and culture more broadly blur and, at times, dissolve.

Building on the rich foundational work on the figures of the cyborg and posthuman, this book situates the artificial in similar terms, but from a nevertheless distinctly different viewpoint. After examining ideas of the artificial as deployed in film, novels and other digital contexts, this study concludes that we are now part of an artificial culture entailing a matrix which, rather than separating minds and bodies, or humanity and the digital, reinforces the symbiotic connection between identities, bodies, and technologies.

The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien was sent to me by Harlequin Books Australia and I won my copy in a giveaway organised by Shelleyrae at https://bookdout.wordpress.com/ Thanks guys. I’m a big historical fiction fan, so I’m really looking forward to it!

thekingssisterDescription:

1382. Daughter of John of Gaunt, sister to the future King Henry IV, Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England’s most powerful men. In a time of political turmoil, allegiance to family is everything. A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father’s wishes. Yet headstrong Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage. Rejecting her duty, Elizabeth weds the charming and ruthlessly ambitious Sir John Holland: Duke of Exeter, half-brother to King Richard II and the one man she has always wanted. But defiance can come at a price. 1399. Elizabeth’s brother Henry has seized the throne. Her husband, confident to the usurped Richard, masterminds a secret plot against the new King. Trapped in a dangerous web, Elizabeth must make a choice. Defy the King and betray her family. Or condemn her husband and send him to his death. Sister. Wife. Traitor. She holds the fate of England in her hands.

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And last, but not least, I won a copy of Deadly Obsession by Karen M. Davis from Simon & Schuster Australia in a giveaway that was organised  by Carol at https://readingwritingandriesling.wordpress.com/ I love discovering new (to me) Australian authors, thank you very much!

deadly obsessionDescription:

A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands – and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket.

Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home.

The dead girl was a work colleague of Lexie’s ex-husband, who is now a paramedic – and she was also a friend of the woman who broke up Lexie’s marriage. Struggling as she is with her breakup with Josh Harrison, who pushed her away after the suicide of his sister, and the numbing flashbacks of the violent attacks she’s suffered in the past, Lexie throws herself into the case. When she’s handed the lead on the investigation, Lexie sets out to solve the murder and prove she’s up to the job.

When Lexie’s ex-husband becomes a suspect, she refuses to believe it. It also becomes startlingly clear there are similarities in the deaths of Josh’s sister and the murder victim. But when Lexie determines a link between the women and a doctor working at the same hospital, he becomes her main suspect, fuelled by her discovery of a prescription drug racket.

Just when Lexie is beginning to make headway on the case, Josh turns up. He’s determined to find out what happened to his sister – and he also wants Lexie back.

Piecing together the identity of the killer with the help of her old bikie friend, Rex Donaldson, Lexie and her colleagues set a trap in an ambitious police operation. But there’s a big difference between naming a suspect and catching a killer, and Lexie’s about to find out just how deep some grudges can go.

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Book Review: Husband Hunters by Genevieve Gannon

Husband HuntersTitle: Husband Hunters

Author: Genvieve Gannon

ISBN: 9781460704707

Published: December 1st 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Genre: Romance, ChickLit, Romantic Comedy

Pages: 278

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Description:

Clementine, a psychologist specialising in couples counselling, is reeling from the discovery that her boyfriend is married. Annabel, an ex-model, only seems to attract men who want her as a trophy. Daniela, a civil engineer, is stuck in the friendzone.
Abandoning the romantic notions of true love that haven’t worked out for them, the three decide to use their considerable professional skills to find a partner. This isn’t about hearts and flowers; it’s about being practical.

Warm and witty, Husband Hunters is about what happens when you try to engineer love.

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Husband Hunters by Genevieve Gannon is a refreshingly funny and honest romantic comedy about three school friends, Clementine, Annabel and Daniela, who reunite at a friend’s wedding. They decide that they are sick of being single and it’s time for them to get serious about finding husbands so they from the Husband Hunters, a club dedicated to finding each one a suitable husband.

The story is told from the POV of each of the three members of Husband Hunters, which I thought worked really well. Being able to read about each one from the others’ perspective means that you really get to know each them much better than if you were only getting one side of the story.

I really enjoyed reading Husband Hunters. There is plenty of romance, lots of laughs and well-developed and likable characters.

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Not One, But Two Blog Awards!

The very lovely Author S B Mazing at https://authorsbmazing.wordpress.com/ was kind enough to nominate me for two blog awards. Thank you so much!

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Real Neat Blog Award Rules

1. Put the Award Logo in your post

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc)

Here are the questions I’ve been asked and their answers:

1. If you could travel to any place you want to, where would you go to?

The Greek Islands.

2. Who would you like to have a conversation with: Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Toothfairy, Tinkerbell or Olaf the Snowman?

Tinkerbell, because I would like to borrow some fairy dust!

3. If you would be the main character in a book, what would it be called?

Tales of the Crazy Cat Lady.

4. If your life would be turned into a movie, which actor would play you?

Jennifer Aniston. Not because she looks anything like me, but I like her sense of humour.

5. What would you like to change in this world?

Ignorance. Imagine how many things would be changed if people actually began to pay attention to what is going on around them!

6. What inspires you the most?

All kinds of things, but mostly people, random conversations, thoughts, or things I read.

7. Are you happy?

In general I think I am fairly happy most of the time.

premiodardosdardosMy Nominations:

  1. Holly at https://bookaholicconfessions.wordpress.com/
  2. Stephanie at https://stephaniesbookreviews.wordpress.com/
  3. Marjorie at https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/
  4. Teagan at https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/
  5. Suzie at http://suzie81speaks.com/
  6. Book Diva at https://bookdiva.wordpress.com/
  7. Jenny at https://jennyinneverland.wordpress.com/
  8. Cindy at http://cindyknoke.com/
  9. Dardenitaaa at https://fictionalforevers.wordpress.com/
  10. Christy at http://poeticparfait.com/
  11. Sarah at http://sarahfairbairn.com/
  12. Debbie at http://debs-world.com/
  13. Carol at https://readingwritingandriesling.wordpress.com/
  14. Mistral at http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com.au/
  15. Julie at https://juliestock.wordpress.com/

N.B: I could have easily nominated 100’s of other people!

My seven questions:

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
  2. What is your favourite holiday destination?
  3. What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
  4. Who is your secret celebrity crush?
  5. Do you have a favourite sports team?
  6. What is song is guaranteed to get you up and dancing?
  7. Do you have any pets?

Book Review: Out of the Light of Darkness by Edward M Donnnelly

Title: Out of the Light of Darkness   out of the Light of Darkness

Author: Edward M Donnnelly

Published: March 27th 13 by Createspace

ISBN: 1467901539

Genre: Short Stories

Pages: 138

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Description:

Out of the Light of Darkness is a compelling collection of short stories that deal with ephemeral moments, unforgettable relationships, and death. The longest story, a novella, tells the story of a teen trying to understand and find good in his father. Readers will be pulled into the story as they see Matty struggle to see light in a man who is shrouded by darkness.

My Thoughts:

Out of the Light of Darkness by E M Donnelly is a collection of short stories about life, ephemeral moments, relationships and death.

The longest short story is also titled Out of the Light of Darkness and is a short glimpse into 17 year old Matty’s life and his relationships with his alcoholic father, long suffering mother, sullen sister, trouble-making best friend and his girlfriend, Laura who is always trying to lighten him up a little. I really enjoyed this story, it is quite dark, but also raw and the character’s were very authentic.

The shorter stories were almost dream like. It felt like I just happened to turn up at specific moments and the author chose to reveal a brief snapshot in time. Just the right amount of detail and imagery, but left plenty to the imagination.

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