Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday What Are You Reading is weekly meme which is started by Sheila fromOne Persons Journey Through a World of Books.

Last week I read Maximum Ride : The Final Warning by James Patterson
and The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas. I am going to write the review soon

I also have posted my second English review of The Evolution Calpurnia Tate

Now I am reading The Spellman File

Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman.

Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go -- a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life.

The Spellman Files is the first novel in a winning and hilarious new series featuring the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos

This Week I plan to read

Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time

Both of them have been translated to my language. For The Spellmen Files, I found no confusing words. Thanks to the translator. I enjoy her works. Unfortunately, the local publisher decided to bring out only the first book. Whereas there are three books. :(

14 comments:

sapidudunk said...

calm down, aleetha, you can find out the e-book version, eh? the spellmen files is young adult novel i think :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh wow does The Evolution Calpurnia Tate look good! Hope you enjoy all your reads this week!

IntrovertedJen said...

I want to read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and I just loved Good Omens. Enjoy your week!

alitareads said...

That's great you could get translations of these books. Happy reading!

Jan von Harz said...

I have read all of Patterson's Maximum Ride series and while the first three were quite good the last three were just OK. I am looking forward to the seventh one Angel. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Nina said...

The Spellman File sounds like a fun book. I have not heard of that one before. I think the cover is cool. :) Enjoy!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate has been one I've been eyeing...hope you enjoy all of your books.

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Misha said...

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is on my TBR. I hope to read it soon. Hope you have a great reading week ahead!

Moonlight Gleam said...

Looks like you will be busy this week! Enjoy!!!

Lucia said...

These all look like good books! I've only read Maximum Ride.

Check out what I'm reading this week. :)

Lucia
iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.

southernfiberreads said...

The Spellman Files was a great book! Here's what I'm reading this week: http://southernfiberreads.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/its-monday-what-are-you-reading/

Cat said...

The cover of Calpurnia Tate took my eye and I went and read your review. It sounds a lovely book - will have to see if I can find it here.

Happy reading!

Mari said...

Have a wonderful week - I'm so happy that you have found books translated for you.

jennylikesbooks said...

Oh, I love Good Omens! I hope you enjoy it! I'm glad you're able to get your hands on such good books- that stinks though that the other books in the Spellman Files aren't translated. Hopefully they get on that, because if I were you I wouldn't want to wait!