Showcase Sunday #4

Showcase Sunday is a feature on Vicki's book blog, Books, Biscuits and Tea, which shows off the books which one has acquired in the past week, from any and all sources. Whether purchased online as an ebook or in hardback from a brick and mortar store, received for review or as a gift, it's just another way to make all your blogging acquaintances jelly.

I've been overseas for two months and have successfully amassed an auxiliary library while I was away from the internet. Hold onto your brains, it's going to be a long one.

City of Lost SoulsCity of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.
Bit of a no-brainer since I bought the first three already. I have reviews in the pipes for the first two I've read, and will be reading the third one soon. Not much else to say, Cassandra Clare knows how to entertain.
How about that movie, huh? 

Not pictured: Time-traveling children detectives.
Now granted, this looks like a mess, but its mostly the books acquired at the annual flea-market in town. I'm going to not mention most of them, children books and two mystery classics, because the picture is so big, you can zoom in and see them if you want. Notables incude:

Pippi Langstrumpf by Astrid Lindgren

Die Märchen von Beedle dem Bard by JK Rowling

Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
A German classic I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into. Yay for depressing classics!

Aimée & Jaguar by Erica Fischer
The tragic love story, told in letters, of a Nazi's wife and a Jewess.

Die Wilden Hühner in der Liebe by Cornelia Funke
Perhaps not widely known outside of Germany, this series of books is about a group of friends, illustrated by the author, calling themselves The Wild Chickens. It is also the only Cornelia Funke book I could lay my hands on at the flea market. It's the second in the series. Pooh.

Pagan's Crusade by Catherine Jinks
A spur of the moment purchase, another author from Australia, and apparently the books are slow to be published overseas! I think this one came out in 2005. The title was what caught me, but it's about a young boy who goes on terrific adventures in those turbulent middle ages. Sounds good!

Lots of ebooks as well, most of which I've already devoured, and may not review, or else I'll try mini-reviews, or six-word reviews, if I dare:

Wicked Sexy, Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander
The Chancellor's Bride by Kirsten Saell
Ménage, the first two were... novellas. I'm hoping for an improvement to romance level plot in The Chancellor's Bride. The first two... were a little light on that aspect.

Without Reservations, With Caution, With Abandon by J.L. Langley
From Langley's With or Without series, conjuring strains of that U2 song, every time.
I started with With Abandon and am skipping over the first one, With Love because apparently it was pretty boring, and the characters were totally different. I may regret this.

Captain's Surrender by Alex Beecroft
Described to me as: Master and Commander if it was gay.
Possibly my favorite movie, one of the best friendships I've seen portrayed on screen, and combining it with historically accurate forbidden romance? Be still my beating heart!

Oh, I was going to mention this cool coffee table book I got, but I was so excited about Alex Beecroft that I, ah, I need to go listen to Bach's prelude for Cello Suite nr 1. (Since we're here, I think Paul Tortelier plays the definitive version, and his master class on it is superb, making you appreciate the music in a whole new way - provided you watch it with subtitles or have a decent grasp of French.)

I'm afraid to say I have more books on the way, which means, more reviews soon, and another Showcase Sunday next week!