Sunday, April 20, 2014

BW17: Pick a random book

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Happy Easter!  With the end of lent, my book buying ban for the year is officially over.  Unofficially, the ban didn't work very well, nor did my books cooperate as they reproduced like rabbits.   I have a tendency to shop when I'm depressingly stressed because it makes me feel soooo much better.   After finishing the taxes and writing a humongous check to the IRS last week, I had the need to meander through the Barnes and Noble shelves without any certain book destination in mind.  It's an interesting exercise because you'll never quite know what book is going to call your name.  This one by Mike Shevdon, a new to me author,  jumped out at me and after reading the first page, had to get it.

Synopsis:  After a heart attack, Niall Petersen is revived on the London Underground by an old lady who tells him he’s not entirely human. The old lady turns out to be much older than she appears, and explains that he has inherited the bloodlines of the Feyre, creatures of myth and folklore.

Now one of those creatures is hunting him and he must find a way for him and his daughter to survive. To succeed he must discover the secret of the two knives, one blunt, one sharp, the six horse-shoes, and why there are Sixty-One Nails.

I also tried out an interesting experiment in the science fiction/fantasy section by counting over 3 sections and down 2 shelves to the 15th book in the section.  There I found Anne Bishop's Written in Red and was instantly captivated.  

Synopsis:  As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. 

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow. 

So, my challenge to you this week is go to the library or book store and pick a book based on its cover or its position on the shelf.  To choose a book based on its position on the shelf, decide in advance -  the genre, two numbers between 1 and 5,  and then a 3rd number between 1 and 30. Using those numbers, count over that certain number of sections in the aisle, go down that number of shelves and count to the 3rd number and that's the book you'll get.  Have fun!

Link to your most current read. Please link to your specific book review post and not your general blog link. In the Your Name field, type in your name and the name of the book in parenthesis. In the Your URL field leave a link to your specific post. If you have multiple reviews, then type in (multi) after your name and link to your general blog url.


  1. Interesting challenge. I will have to try this!

  2. I brought home two books from the library this week--the first one--Whispers of Vivaldi by Beverle Graves Myers--was based on the cover.

  3. I love picking books by their covers, and it sometimes works. The book of love poetry that I read this week sure worked! It's based on the Song of Solomon and is a real treat.


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