Book review: Civilizations

CivilizationsCivilizations
by Laurent Binet
Grasset
08/14/2019
The book is not yet available in English
Literary fiction/Historical fiction
370 pages

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As Civilizations is not yet available in English, and I got it through Netgalley.fr, I will do a bilingual review here, with the French first.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié deux livres de Laurent Binet: La septième fonction du langage et HHhH, pas encore recensé. J’ai donc saisi l’occasion lorsque j’ai découvert qu’il venait de publier Civilizations. On dit Jamais deux sans trois, mais en fait ce n’est pas toujours vrai, et j’ai été très déçue par celui-ci.

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Mailbox Monday October 7, 2019

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I didn’t post last Monday, because I wanted to use that day to post my September recap, and now I have 5 books to post about!

BOOKS RECEIVED THESE PAST TWO WEEKS

Scare Me

Scare Me, by Richard Parker
Thriller
Published September 2016,
by Endeavour Press,
who sent me a free e-copy

“When did you last google yourself, Mr Frost?”
Will Frost, successful businessman and happy family man, is woken to a disturbing midnight caller who asks him just that question.
Unnerved, but hoping that he was simply a victim of a twisted prank caller, he goes back to sleep in readiness for his pregnant daughter, Libby, and her boyfriend’s arrival at Gatwick the next morning.
When Will goes online, he finds a website has been set up in his name, showing photographs of the inside of his home, along with photographs of six houses he’s never seen before.
In the first of these strange houses, a gruesome murder has already taken place.
Will is then told that his own family is in mortal danger.
The only way he can keep them safe is to visit each of the houses on the website in person – before the police discover what has happened there.
Seven houses.
Seven gruesome homicides.
Seven chances to save his daughter’s life…
Will must embark on his twisted journey, encountering grisly murder after murder, as his torturer plays with his fears of losing Libby in a sick scavenger hunt.
But can Will ever save his daughter?
Scare Me is an arresting thriller that will keep you in suspense until the very end.

Keto in 30 minutes

Keto in 30 Minutes:
100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes
to Keep You on Track,
by Jen Fisch, editor
Rockridge Press
1/22/2019
Nonfiction/Cookbooks

I already reviewed it here.
My verdict was:If you want to launch into the keto diet, this is the book!

I received this e-copy through The Callisto Publisher’s Club.
And I won another book by them, I’ll tell you about it when I receive it (mail).

And I received three upcoming novels:

Supernova Era

Supernova Era, by Cixin Liu
Science-fiction/Chinese
US release date: October 22, by Tor Books

I won a print copy through BOOKishFirst

From Cixin Liu, the New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author of The Three Body Problem, comes a new science fiction masterpiece.

In those days, Earth was a planet in space.
In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth.
On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end.
Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die.
And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge they’ll need to keep the world running.
But the last generation may not want to carry the legacy of their parents’ world. And though they imagine a better, brighter world, they may bring about a future so dark humanity won’t survive.

Lady Clementine

Lady Clementine, by Marie Benedict
Historical fiction
US release date: Jan 7, 2020
by SourceBooks
I received an e-copy through Netgalley

Yes, a new one by Marie Benedict!

In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill saves her husband.
Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the brilliant and ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

Dreamland

Dreamland, by Nancy Bilyeau
Historical Fiction
US release date: Jan 16, 2020
by Endeavour Quill
I received an e-copy directly from the publisher, who enjoyed my review of her amazing The Blue.
Now, this book is about 625 page slong, so I hope it’s just as good!

The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to the luxurious Oriental Hotel a mile from Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.
Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.
Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.

ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ ANY OF THESE?
DO YOU LIKE THESE AUTHORS?
WHAT BOOK(S) DID YOU RECEIVE?

The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale: giveaway winner

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Doubtful Diaries winnerAMY

won a copy of

Mistress-Yale-David-EbsworthThe Doubtful Diaries of
Wicked Mistress Yale
(historical fiction)
by David Ebsworth
255 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1798711811

Release date:
April 8, 2019
at SilverWood Books

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SYNOPSIS

1721, and elderly Catherine Yale discovers that second husband Elihu’s will has left her no bequest except the slur of branding her a “wicked wife.”

True, her private journals are filled with intimacies: her inner thoughts about life in Old Madras, where the East India Company’s intrigues are as complex as any in the Mughal Emperor’s court; and the espionage she has undertaken, despite the danger into which it has thrust both herself and her children.

Perhaps it’s time for her to read them afresh, to go back before the days when Elihu first betrayed her, before she was betrayed by her enemies, and betrayed by the friends who should have stood at her side – before she determined to wreak her revenge on them all.

The Yale Trilogy

The second part of the Yale trilogy, Mistress Yale’s Diaries, the Glorious Return, is due for publication during the autumn of 2019, and the third and final book, Wicked Mistress Yale, the Parting Glass, during the summer of 2020.

Elihu Yale, Welsh nabob, East India Company merchant adventurer, collector, philanthropist – and slave trader – gave his name to one of the world’s most famous universities. His biography has been written many times, most notably by the American academic, explorer and politician Hiram Bingham, who is generally credited with the discovery of Machu Picchu. Yet Yale’s biographers have consistently paid scant regard to his wife, Catherine, who was married to him for 41 years.

If poor Catherine gets a mention at all, it’s because of Yale’s last will and testament in which he most notably wrote: To my wicked wife… and then left a very large blank, not even giving the poor woman her name. Yet, with a modest amount of research, Catherine’s story turns out to be at least as intriguing as Elihu’s own tale. And The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale begins to tell that story in a way you’ll never forget.

IS THIS A HISTORICAL NOVEL
YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO READ AND REVIEW?
IF SO, PLEASE