Sunday Post #14 – 11/23/14

Sunday Post

 

 

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news.
A post to recap the past week on your blog,
showcase books and things we have received.
Share news about what is coming up on your blog
for the week ahead.
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Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

This has been another busy week with lots of classes, translations, and the conclusion of the garden season:
this year for the first time we had planted this tiny little piece of Jerusalem artichoke that some friends had given us.
You can take them out very late, even after the frost. I finally did it on Friday, and from this tiny piece, I got 7 pounds!
I already cooked some fried, it was delicious. Next on the menu will be gratin, then soup. I even created a Pinterest board with some yummy recipes.

This week, it was really neat to see live online the National Book Award. I think the presenter was quite despicable, not sure why people try hard to be funny to make something interesting, so that did not work for me, but the authors’ speeches were good, especially Gaiman’s presenting the award to Ursula K. Le Guin.

BOOKS JUST READ

Bed of Nails     Irene

click on the covers to know more about them

CURRENTLY READING

Light And Dark      The Innovators

  1. Light and Dark, by Natsume Soseki. I won it on some blog months ago,
    and am finally reading it for The Japanese Literature Challenge
  2. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution,
    by Walter Isaacson – audiobook received from Simon & Schuster for review. FA-BU-LOUS!

BOOKS UP NEXT

Alex The Shadow of the Wind

  • Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre, another book shipped by Quercus!
    Pierre Lemaitre won last year le Prix Goncourt for
    Au revoir là-haut, historical novel on WWI.
    Before that, he was most famous for his thrillers,
    and Irene that I just read was so fabulous. This is the sequel
  • Next audio book: The Shadow of the Wind,
    soon now, almost done with my long current audio

 LAST WEEK ON WORDS AND PEACE
and FRANCE BOOK TOUR

COMING UP ON WAP and FBT

  • 11/24: Tour quotations for The Shiro Project, by David Khara
  • 11/25: The Shiro Project: giveaway winner
  • 11/28: Beginning of Black Friday Bonanza – come back here for awesome giveaway. We are 64 bloggers on the hop so far!
  • Some reviews and possibly memes

 

BOOK REVIEW MOST READ THIS PAST WEEK

Bed of Nails

click on the cover to know more about it

 

POST MOST VIEWED ON FRANCE BOOK TOURS

100 Places in Franceclick on the cover to know more about it
and enter the giveaway!

 

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS      100 Places in France  Sharp Hook of Love  Deadly Tasting

click on each cover to access the giveaway entry form

BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR

       20821284  20631808  343
plus 17 more

BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

  nothing, but I have plenty on my plate

 CHECKED OUT AT THE LIBRARY

This year, I will try to read a few Christmas mysteries, so I chose:

  16349 933487 16339

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

Spotlight and giveaway: The Shiro Project

 

Shiro project cover

The Shiro Project

by David Khara

(thriller)

– translated by Sophie Weiner –

Release date: November 18, 2014
at Le French Book

250 pages

ISBN: 978-1939474247

Website | Goodreads

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SYNOPSIS

When yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and when mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past, what can a lone man do against the madness that is bound to follow? After his mentor is kidnapped, a Mossad agent teams up with his worst foe, but first must face himself. He is enlisted against his will in a fight that’s not his own and takes him from present-day Czech Republic to past Manchuria. He has to put an end to the activities of a mysterious group who have gotten their hands on weapons of mass destruction. What do Japanese war camps, US Army research and an annihilated modern-day Czech village all have in common? [provided by the publisher]

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shiro project David KharaFrench author David Khara, a former reporter, top-level sportsman, and entrepreneur, has always been a writer.
After studying law, he stepped into journalism working for Agence France Press,
and then became creative director for several advertising companies.
He loves new technologies and started his own company at the age of twenty-four,
becoming an online business pioneer for French industries.
He then focused his life on writing fiction.
In 2010, he published The Bleiberg Project, which became an immediate success in France.
David Khara is also an accomplished athlete in fencing and rubgy, and he even played football as a linebacker.
He acknowledges that his culture is a much American as it is French, since he spent a lot of time in West Virginia and Manhattan,
and is an avid fan of writers such as Dennis Lehane.

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ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.
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TO READ OTHER REVIEWS, GUEST-POST, EXCERPT

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5 copies:
print or digital for US residents.
Digital for all other residents

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will give you 5 extra entries each time!
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Book review: Bed of Nails. I love France #123

I LOVE FRANCE!
I plan to publish this meme every Thursday more or less!.
You can share here about any book
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Bed of Nails

Bed of Nails
In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Bed of Nails
By
Antonin Varenne
Translated by Sian Reynolds

Publisher: Quercus
US Pub. Date: November 4, 2014
Originally published in French in 2009
ISBN978-1623651251

PagesHC, 244
Genre:
Crime Fiction

Prix Michel-Lebrun,
Prix Sang d’encre 2009,
Prix du meilleur polar de Points 2010

Source: Received
from the publisher

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

   books-on-france-14 my-kind-of-mystery-2014 New author challenge

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Quercus has graciously accepted to send me some of the books they publish translated from the French, and here is the first I am happy to present to you!
Bed of Nails is a great typical French crime fiction, in the sense that it would be tough to get it more black. Don’t expect to be uplifted by French contemporary crime fiction, but rather prepare for a rocky ride outside your comfort zone maybe. That’s when reading becomes a real adventure, isn’t it?
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