Saturday, February 13, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 2.13.16

Stacking the Shelves
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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



The Kill Artist
(Gabriel Allon #1)
by Daniel Silva
-Mystery, Spy Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

Gabriel Allon is an art restorer persuaded out of retirement by Ari Shamron, Israeli spymaster, to kill Palestinian Tariq before he assassinates old comrade Yasir Arafat.

Tariq's role in the murder of Gabriel's wife and son draws in Gabriel and his mistress, French model Sarah Halevy. Sarah infiltrates Tariq's inner circle. Before Gabriel can rescue her, tables turn.

=====> This series is now at book 15 and still going strong. Knowing two people who are enamored with this series, I decided to give book 1 a try. Let me know your thoughts on this if you are a fan.

Ooodles of fun from fellow book bloggers:

These Broken Stars by by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
cover art lego mashup!
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Just discovered a set of SUPER COOL lego art book covers created by Friends Are Fiction (here).


From Powell's Indiespensable club package (details & signup):
Powell's subscription club delivers the best new books, with special attention to independent publishers. Signed first editions. Inventive, original sets. Exclusive printings.... Every six weeks, another installment to read and admire. Plus, every package is stocked with exciting surprises!

Box #57 includes:
- A signed first-edition of Mr. Splitfoot in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
- A collectible booklet featuring the interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Samantha Hunt
- ARC of Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos
- Tony's Chocolonely Milk Caramel Sea Salt chocolate with 100% slave-free, fair-trade ingredients

Mr. Splitfoot
by Samantha Hunt
-Gothic Thriller
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.

Ruth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth’s niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who — or what — has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?

In an ingeniously structured dual narrative, two separate timelines move toward the same point of crisis. Their merging will upend and reinvent the whole. A subversive ghost story that is carefully plotted and elegantly constructed, Mr. Splitfoot will set your heart racing and your brain churning. Mysteries abound, criminals roam free, utopian communities show their age, the mundane world intrudes on the supernatural and vice versa.

Fever at Dawn
by Péter Gárdos
-Historical, Romance
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Twenty-five-year-old Holocaust survivor Miklós is being shipped from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to Gotland, Sweden, to receive treatment at the Larbro Hospital. Here he is sentenced to death again: he is diagnosed with tuberculosis and his doctors inform him that he has six months to live. But Miklós decides to wage war on his own fate: he writes 117 letters to 117 Hungarian girls, all of whom are being treated in the Swedish camps, with the aim of eventually choosing a wife from among them.

Two hundred kilometres away, in another Swedish rehabilitation camp, nineteen-year-old Lili receives Miklós’s letter. Since she is bedridden for three weeks due to a serious kidney problem, out of boredom — and curiosity — she decides to write back.

The slightly formal exchange of letters becomes increasingly intimate. When the two finally manage to meet, they fall in love and are determined to marry, despite the odds that are against them.

Based on the original letters written by Miklós and Lili (ninety-six altogether), Fever at Dawn is a tale of passion, striving, and betrayal; true and false friendships; doubt and faith; and the redeeming power of love.

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

Tournament of Books 2016
Bracket PDF is now available (here) - woot!

=====> March Madness (for books) starts on March 7!

AND watched: on Netflix, Oscar nominee

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Director: Liz Garbus
Starring: Nina Simone
- Documentary, Biography, Music | imdb | my rating: 4

On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. The story of her life leading up to that event poses the question, 'how does royalty stomp around in the mud and still walk with grace?'

=====> The last third of the movie made me feel the title of this film. However, I did like learning about this amazing singer/pianist and hearing her earlier works.

AND watched: online, Oscar nominee

Amy (2015)
Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Amy Winehouse
- Documentary, Biography, Music | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

=====> This movie made me start listening to Amy's two albums (for the first time) and loving them. Previously, I did not know anything about her other than her name. Another documentary on an amazing female singer.

AND watched: on DVD, Oscar nominee

Sicario (2015)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
- Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 4

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

=====> Some realities of the war against drugs from FBI perspective. Sad.

AND watched: in theatre, Oscar nominee

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015)
Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Starring: Saba
- Documentary Short, Pakistan | imdb | Website | my rating: 5

More than a 1000 women are killed in the name of 'honor' in Pakistan every year. A Girl in the River: The price of forgiveness follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.

=====> At this showing, the audience was treated to a Q&A with the director. This film is an eye-opener for those who do not already know about honor killings in Pakistan.

AND watched: in theatre

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
Director: Burr Steers
Screenplay: Burr Steers
Based on book by: Seth Grahame-Smith
which based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley
- Action, Horror, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge -- an army of undead zombies.

=====> Fun and better than I expected for what it is. Also just as enjoyable as the book with the right amount of romance, kick-ass female fight scenes and zombies ;-)

fyi: Mr. Darcy was indeed, darcylicious


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  1. I've been in two minds about the Amy Winehouse 'film' as her dad says a lot of the stuff in it is lies. Well I wouldn't know anyway! I'll see it at some point I think. Need to find more time to watch films and things!

  2. You've had a busy week! Have you read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies too? (I have neither watched nor read, but am curious how they compare.)

    How does the March Madness for books work?

    Hope you enjoy your hauls and have fun with the March Madness :)

    My STS

  3. Fun haul! I hope you enjoy your books.

    Diane @ Diane’s Book Blog

  4. These Broken Stars looks good, and I want to see P&P&Z :)

  5. I've been on the fence about seeing Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. It sounds fun, but I don't like super gory movies. I'm glad you were able to the The Girl In The River. It looks like an important film. What a treat to be there for the Q & A. Have a great week.

  6. Those stories picked for the Indiebox from Powell's look fascinating. That's funny about the lego These Broken STars.

    Glad PPZ was a hoot. I will probably watch it at home.

  7. Great haul! I hope you enjoy all of the books you got!

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading


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