TBR Confessional

SadbookcaseSo last week Renay tagged me in a game of book tag about out To Be Read piles and I thought it would be fun to fill it out. I had somewhat of a hard time with some of the questions, but in the end I came up with answers for all of them. And it’s made me even more desperate for a time turner so I can catch up on my reading. So here are my answers:

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Author Query – Peter C. Harley & Giveaway

petercharley-underherumbrellaLast month Austin Macauley published Peter C. Harley’s debut novel Under Her Umbrella. It looked like an interesting thriller and I was curious to ask the author some questions. Peter agreed to be interviewed and you can find the result below. Additionally, the publisher has made it possible for me to run a giveaway for my readers, which you can find at the bottom of the post. Enjoy this Author Query!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Peter C. Harley?

Peter C. Harley has a degree in Surveying and works in the residential property development sector. He lives alone and has one daughter who is severely autistic. Under Her Umbrella is his first novel, although he has plenty more ideas and his second is well on the way. His main interest is writing about the interconnections, intersections and interrelationships of the journey through life.  Read More …


N.D. Gomes – Dear Charlie

ndgomes-dearcharlieEngland, 1996.
Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed. Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.

School shootings are a sad phenomenon of our time and have been the subject of numerous YA novels in the past years. I’ve read two of those, Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Marieke Nijkamp’s This is Where It Ends. Both are gripping, emotional novels, each dealing with different points of view on the matter. Quick’s book is written from the point of view of the shooter, while Nijkamp’s novel shows us differing perspectives of teens involved in a school shooting. Dear Charlie takes a very different tack, though its story is equally compelling and emotional. N.D. Gomes focuses her novel on the aftermath of a school shooting and what happens to the family of the culprit.  Read More …


Author Query – Jamison Stone

stone-runeoftheapprentice-6x9-cv-ft_hiresJamison Stone’s Rune of the Apprentice sounds like a book I’d very much enjoy  — and I one day plan to — but since I’m already terribly behind on my reading, I asked Jamison whether he’d be willing to answer some questions about the book and his writing. Luckily, he said yes, so here we are. Hopefully you’ll enjoy his answers as much as I did and check out Rune of the Apprentice!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Jamison Stone? 

Hello everyone! I was born in Massachusetts and raised throughout New England on a healthy diet of magic, martial arts, and meditation. I live with my loving wife and wolf, but expect to have our pack grow soon. When I am not getting distracted by video games, I am the director of Apotheosis Studios. Rune of the Apprentice is my first novel, however, there are more on the way.  Read More …


Guest Review: Lois McMaster Bujold – The Warrior’s Apprentice

Wiebe is back with another review and this time he is tackling a classic!

loismcmasterbujold-thewarriorsapprenticeMiles Vorkosigan’s physical infirmities have destroyed his lifelong dream. After flunking the physical and being dropped from the Barrarayan military academy, he takes what he thinks will be a pleasure trip. However, Miles has a towering talent for leadership-and for chaos-and he and his companions soon run afoul of spacegoing mercenaries. One thing leads to another until miles, now a self-appointed admiral with an alias, finds himself leading his mercenaries on an impossible mission. If he can’t be an officer in the Barrarayan military, perhaps miles will make a very good space pirate.

There is still one problem, however. Miles is a member of the Barrarayan aristocracy, and the law of his home planet forbids members of that class from having their own armed forces…and breaking that law carries a death sentence. 

My wife, the Fantastical Librarian, suggested Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Warrior’s Apprentice to me when we were shopping in the Forbidden Planet in London. Read More …


Barbara Barnett – The Apothecary’s Curse

barabrabarnett-theapothecaryscurseIn Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die.

Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.

When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?

The Apothecary’s Curse is Barbara Barnett’s debut novel. When I read the synopsis for it, I was immediately intrigued, as it reminded me a little of Deb Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, because of the mixture of alchemy and the past and current timelines. Once read, The Apothecary’s Curse turned out to be quite different, but an equally fabulous read. I loved the book; its characters and its theme captured my heart and of course I couldn’t resist the fact that one of the mysteries at its heart is an ancient manuscript.  Read More …


Author Query – Barbara Barnett

barabrabarnett-theapothecaryscurseI’m really excited about today’s interview. I read Barbara Barnett’s The Apothecary’s Curse last month and I loved it. (Look for a review of the book tomorrow!) So I was happy to be able to ask Barbara some questions about her debut novel. I got to ask her about alchemy, research and her love of everything Holmes. I hope you enjoy Barbara’s answers and check out The Apothecary’s Curse.


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Barbara Barnett? 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to speak to you and your readers!!  Read More …


Author Query – Ruth Downie + Giveaway

Cover Image Vita BrevisHistorical crime fiction is my jam — well one of them — and while I mostly read books set later in history, I have a soft spot for books with a Roman setting. Ruth Downie’s Medicus series featuring Gaius Ruso is one that I wasn’t familiar with, but given that Vita Brevis is the seventh book in the series, I’ve got some catching up to look forward to. Today, I’m happy to be part of the Vita Brevis blog tour with an interview with Ruth and a giveaway for a copy of the book. I hope you enjoy Ruth’s answers as much as I did and do check out the other stops on the blog tour.   Read More …


Guest Review: Jack Campbell – Lost Fleet: Dauntless

jackcampbell-lostfleetdauntlessToday’s review is a guest review. Wiebe has caught the review bug and has started writing up some reviews for A Fantastical Librarian. For those of you not familiar with his name, Wiebe is my husband, who also loves SFF and watches a lot of anime. And he’s got opinions. So sometimes he just needs to write them out in a review, which I happily co-opt for the blog. Today he reviews Jack Campbell’s Dauntless, the fist in the Lost Fleet series.  Read More …


Big Book Bonanza 2016

bbbcatalogueLast week I was invited to attend the Big Book Bonanza, an event co-hosted by Van Ditmar Boekenimport, a big, Dutch book supplier, and Harper Collins UK and US. It was the first time I’ve attended such an event here in the Netherlands, as usually UK/US publishers don’t give these sorts of presentations in The Netherlands and if they do, they don’t invite bloggers. However, Van Ditmar and HarperCollins are looking to change this which is why yours truly was invited.  Read More …