Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- September 2021

Fantasy:  Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green I came to this book via the second book in this series with a completely different set of cast and I think I prefer the next book better because it’s more my cup of tea in term of the genre blending in fantasy with mystery (I actuallyContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- September 2021”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2021

I’m really going well with reading this year thanks to COVID and I’ve updated my goodreads goal to 20. Opening up 8 more slots. Anyway, below is my summary of reading done since March, by rough genre as defined by me.  Literary fiction:Cloud Atlas by David MitchellThis is a bit different from my usual genreContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2021”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- March 2021

I seem to have mostly split my time between fantasy and mystery this quarter. So I might as well split it by genre in this post so you can only read the relevant genres for you.  Fantasy  Den of Wolves by Juliet MarillierI do think this is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy even thoughContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- March 2021”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- December 2020

The Hollow by Agatha Christie  It started off quite unlike any other Christie story- each of the opening chapters read almost like a character portraiture but in an interesting way. But overall, it’s up to normal Christie standards. Hard to say that I really liked this story above any other of hers but it’s notContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- December 2020”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- September 2020

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marrillier I’m not disappointed with the second book in this standalone series and is very glad to find out the backstory to Grim. Overall, a satisfying read for me, with the same blend of magic, intrigue and compelling character background as book 1. I have book 3 on my to-readContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- September 2020”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2020

Desecration by J.F Penn I think it’s a solid work, with a clipping pace and it’s a nice plot-driven detective mystery which is always to my preference. The book delves into a very dark theme but that’s okay, I can handle it. A murder was announced by Christie Agatha As a Christie Agatha mystery, IContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2020”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- March 2020

I’ve been slacking off in reading published books due partially to the ease of phone reading on the train but also due to some weird conflict between fantasy reading and writing that’s unique to me. Besides the completed reads, I also tried to read The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu but decided I wouldContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- March 2020”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2019

I tried to read Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty series but because the book was so thick I ended up delaying it to July when I would get a one week break. As of the time this is published, I am reading book 1 of Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn quartet- The Dragonbone Chair. IContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2019”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- March 2019

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay Firstly, as an ethnic Chinese reading this novel, I commend Kay on his research and besides minor quibbles, I really think his fictional Northern Song Chinese setting came across as authentic and compelling. I had never read him or Chinese historical fantasy before so I had little expectationsContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- March 2019”

Moonlake’s Book Discovery- Dec 2018

I was going to do another book discovery back in Oct but then I decided I wanted to save it for end of the year so that I can do book discoveries in Mar, Jun etc. as opposed to odd months like this year. It appeals to my sense for order. Anyway, below is whatContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discovery- Dec 2018”