Friday, January 27, 2012

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Urban Fantasy |

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Urban Fantasy |
Whispers Under Ground, by Ben Aaronovitch (Feb. 28, Del Rey)

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects—except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world. Third in the Peter Grant series.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Finished Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding

The third book in the Ketty Jay series and the best yet. The first two books are great as well and I can't wait for the next book. Things are finally looking good for Captain Frey and his crew. The Ketty Jay has been fixed up good as new. They've got their first taste of fortune and fame. And, just for once, nobody is trying to kill them. Even Trinica Dracken, Frey's ex-fiancee and long-time nemesis, has given up her quest for revenge. In fact, she's offered them a job - one that will take them deep into the desert heart of Samarla, the land of their ancient enemies. To a place where the secrets of the past lie in wait for the unwary. Secrets that might very well cost Frey everything. Join the crew of the Ketty Jay on their greatest adventure yet: a story of mayhem and mischief, roof-top chases and death-defying races, murderous daemons, psychopathic golems and a particularly cranky cat. The first time was to clear his name. The second time was for money. This time, Frey's in a race against the clock for the ultimate prize: to save his own life.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Best Android eReader - 5,000,000 downloads

Best Android eReader |
5-million download is a pretty big number for a single app on a single mobile platform. Last December, thanks to all Aldikoans around the world, the Aldiko Book Reader app free version exceeded 5 million downloads. This is a big milestone for us. The Aldiko Book Reader app continues to be users’ eBook app of choice when it comes to reading on Android devices. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all aldikoans for their support. We can’t wait to see where this accelerating growth takes us in 2012.

Still the best eReader app out there.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Finished Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton - a slow start

Finished Nights of Villjamur (Legends of the Red Sun 1) by Mark Charan Newton. It was a bit of a chore to get through it. There were no compelling characters. If any of the main protagonists had died off by the end it wouldn't have been a big deal. The coming ice age, or slowly dying world scenario is depressing and Newton did nothing the ameliorate that with bright or witty characters. Nevertheless the writing is competent and I am mildly curious as to how the rest of the trilogy will play out.

X-mas fave read: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

A great story. Interesting characters and a fast paced story. I practically read it cover to cover in one sitting. The rules of Mistborn magic is the same by the era has changed from feudal era to turn of the century industrial revolution. While rumours are that Sanderson wants to write urban fantasy and a far-future Mistborn books I would not be at all unhappy to see more books in this era.