Friday, January 24, 2014

Auggie-Talk Spotlight: "The Medea Complex" by Rachel Roberts

Happy Friday, freezy friends!

 
AUGGIE TALKSPOTLIGHT
Today I am happy to introduce you to Author Rachel Roberts and her debut  novel "The Medea Complex".

The Author is giving away 5 eCopies and 1 signed physical copy via an uber special giveaway! The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.

 (Scroll the bottom of the post for rafflecopter). 


Title:  The Medea Complex
Author:  Rachel Roberts
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publication: June 18, 2013
Pages:   246

Synopsis:
  




Based On A True Story
Anne wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. Slowly, she realizes she is in a lunatic asylum.

1885. Anne Stanbury - Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems?

Edgar Stanbury - the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life.

Dr George Savage - the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne's future wholly in his hands.

The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses' were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

 
BOOK TRAILER


This trailer is going in the running for most compelling I've ever seen.




 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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British born and raised, Rachel Florence Roberts is a registered nurse, fiancée and mother of one based in Malta, EU. The Medea Complex was written shortly after the birth of her son, and took almost two years to complete. She suffered with postnatal depression in a country that did not understand her, and was henceforth the inspiration behind the novel. The Medea Complex will make anyone who has ever thought, lived, laughed, and loved, question the importance of those and everything around them.






 
LINKS


Can't wait to read it?



 
GIVEAWAY





a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Gathering #29

Hello book lovers!

I wish I wish I wish I could have done a video blog for this book gathering. Alas, no. All of the books I have to present for this week are Kindle books and my Kindle Fire screen does not play nice with the camera.

Not to mention it's already late in the evening and I've got many of many things to get done still (*dramatic* And miles to go before I sleep).

Anyway.

I'll give you a quick rundown of the goodness that I acquired this past week(ish) and we'll call it a Sunday!

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Book Gathering #29



I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!

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ARC and Copies
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(Click on each book cover to go to its Goodreads Page)


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Until Next Blog,

Read On! 
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review: " The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman

Happy Tuesday,  my little snowblossoms!

Are you reading up a storm during this cold weather? Nothing else to do, right?

REVIEW

Title:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pages:   246

Synopsis:
 

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

 




As a dedicated Neil Gaiman fan I waited patiently for this title to release and was ectatic when it did. I then had to wait MONTHS to get a hold of the title because of personal-life juggling. I would have just gotten the title from my local Book Borrowing Institution (Library, people. Library) but the wait list was insane. 

At any rate, I finally got to read the thing with the belief that if Neil Gaiman wrote it, it's probably wonderful.

I have to say that out of all of the Gaiman works that I've read this one was a little "Meh" for me, mostly because it was caught somewhere between the world of Juvenile Fiction and Adult Fantasy. Though imaginative (as usual, Mr. Gaiman) this title wasn't as gritty as his adult novels (though there were a few notable "Yikes!" moments. The whole adultery thing for example.) Since the majority of the book is voiced from the perspective of a child I guess it's understandable, but honestly barring the mentions of nudity and that one split second steamy scene we could have shelved this in Juvenile or YA and called it a day.

That's not really a complaint. I LOVED "The Graveyard Book" and "Coraline", passionately. As a Juvenile Fiction work I think this one would have been on the level of those two, but with the random adult content thrown in (I don't mean explicit content, I'm talking about a case or two of violence mostly and then the mention of nudity) it just seemed to fall somewhere in the gray middle. Not as gritty as his adult works, but not as appealing as his Juvenile Fiction works.

Despite the above it was still a great read and as usual the story was imaginative and intelligent with references to all sorts of things that you either just have to naturally understand or really think about to grasp. Deeper meanings prevail and reading between the lines is a readers best bet, though if you're not interested in feeling intellectually stimulated the story is entertaining enough to read without considering all of the potential discussion questions.

This book definitely makes you think, makes you wonder, about all of the memories you've lost over the years. All of the memories that seemed to escape your head as you grew from a child to an adult. Who can really remember their younger days? I mean REALLY remember them? Not just the vague fuzzy fogginess of remembering that can be manipulated by suggestion, but the true remembering... the way you remember what you had for breakfast this morning (which, I admit, is also sometimes difficult).

Gaiman's works are always Fantastical and full of unexpected questions about human nature, existence, and what it means to even be alive. What does it MEAN to be human anyway? Do we have it all wrong? Are we blind to the real world? Those deep, dark, ancient things that surely existed... are they still THERE?

Or is it all just one big giant symbol for the way that we exist as people... some to harm and some to heal. Some to dream and some to trudge through life with no creative thought in their heads. Some to crawl and others fly.


Now, you see, I've worked myself up into giving this a 4/5. On the surface it's a 3... but when you start the considering and the discussing the rating scoots itself on up.

Definitely recommend, especially for Gaiman fans and anyone who likes to think to themselves "I don't know a darn thing about anything, do I?".



Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Wrap-Up and Day 12 Blogger Challenge


Salutations, Book Babes!

It's the end of Bout of Books 9.0 and I at LEAST made my goal for this time around. Since I managed to squeeze by on this one I think I'll set my sights a little higher for the next read-a-thon. Hm. I was wondering... does academic reading count? Because all of this "Organization of Knoweldge" mess that I'm reading now totally would have put me up there on the page count! 

Pfffft. Nah. Let's keep it fun! Leisure reading for leisure and Academic reading can stay where it is... In academia (though it is a place I also love).


BOUT OF BOOKS
DAY 7
 
Last day of BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0, readers! I'm so proud of all of my fellow bloggers who really read the heck out of some books this week!

I reached my goal of 2 books read. I didn't quite get to finish the "extra" goal of finishing up a book I'd already started. I mean, I still have some hours until midnight where it could be possible. So we'll see!


Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
As a reminder here's my GOAL POST
PROGRESS 
 
(As of 5:20pm Day 7)
 

DONE!
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256/ 256 pages. 100% done!

DONE

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400/ 400 pages. 100% done!
 
Goals completed!

Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 656
 
Day 12 of Parajunkee's New Year Blogger Challenge. Hazzah!

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How Do You Plan To Get More Followers This Year?
Huh. Sure, followers are nice to have (I love and appreciate every single one of you!) but that isn't all that book blogging is about. Auggie-Talk's 2014 plan to ENGAGE READERS is b
y providing awesome reviews and posts for all the people out there in bookland to enjoy! Reading and sharing awesome books, blogging with passion, supporting authors, and enjoying the book community. That's what this is all about!
 
There are some awesome awesome awesome things to come,  my bookish loves. 

2014 Book Blogging has already been fantastical with the Bout of Books Read-a-thon and these wonderful reading opportunities. 

If you haven't guessed there's no "Book Gathering" this week!

It's a new week, and just because the Read-a-thon is over doesn't mean you don't have every justification to READ READ READ!

Enjoy!

Until Next Blog, 
Read On! 


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Auggie-Talk Things, A Peek into My TBR and Bout of Book Updates

Working non stop in the glorious glory that is the blogging world.

So far this year has been full of fantastic opportunities and new adventures and I'm reading up a storm (in so many different genres).

Let's have an update for our Challenges and Read-A-Thons and then it's back to work! (Even at this late hour!)


BOUT OF BOOKS
DAY 6
 
It's the final stretch, readers! Have you been tackling that reading pile of yours? Scaling the walls of literature to find new and exciting horizons? Of course you have! It's not over yet, so keep on reading!


Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
As a reminder here's my GOAL POST

PROGRESS 
 
(As of 11:00pm Day 6)
 

DONE!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15783514-the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-lane
256/ 256 pages. 100% done!

NEW BOOK!
I received an ARC copy of "The Mark of the Dragonfly" and couldn't wait to get started on it! So it became the 2nd book in my READ A THON goals. Hopefully I'll get to "House of Hades" as well, but that book is now Outside of my goal.


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200/ 400 pages. 50% done!

BOOK 3 TO BE DETERMINED

So as part of my goals listed originally: I really really wanted to FINISH a book that I've started but hadn't yet completed reading. There's only 1 day left and a lot of pages to be read, but I think I can do it!




Day 10 and 11 of Parajunkee's New Year Blogger Challenge. Woo!

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New Things You'll Be Doing This Year

Are we talking just the book blogging year? Because if we go in to the new things happening in 2014 for this book-reader we'd be here for quite a few pages. Okay, let's see. Auggie-Talk newness.

First thing there will be Author Services offered starting soon and hopefully by the end of the summer I'll be able to offer my lovely blog-peers website development services as well.


Trilogy Tuesday is being set aside because I honestly haven't been able to find enough Trilogies that I LOVED enough to keep reading (it's so sad! If you know of some that you think I'd go gaga over, please recommend!)

Auggie-Talk will be cross blogging and offering more Guest-Blogs this year. The Cross-Blogging will mostly be coming from "Sweet Talk Revolution" during the book review posts for health/wellness/self help books.

In general there's a LOT of growth going to be happening and I'm SO HAPPY that you're here to enjoy all of it with me. I love you so much. No. Seriously. I love you.


 AND

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TBR Shelf: How Many?

Oh. Oh my. Let's see... right now? NOT counting the books that I haven't officially entered in to the TBR shelf calculator thingy (Good Reads is wonderful) 296. And it grows every day!


On my ACTUAL Physical  shelves there are about 160 TBRs that I own.

That's a rough count. I might have missed some.


Here's a bit of a breakdown of General Genre for you. 

YA: 31Romance: 30
Juvenile Fiction: 29
Wellness/Spiritual: 23 

Mystery: 16
Fantasy: 10
Historical Fiction: 9
  Horror/Suspense: 6
Regular Fiction: 3
Classics: 2
Memoirs: 1


Okay okay. To explain why I have so many Romance books. They're CHEAP. You can grab them up at a book sale for like $.50. It helps feed my apparently out of hand book buying addiction when funds are tight. 



So many exciting new developments and enjoyable book adventures are coming! I'm looking forward to continuing this beautiful book journey with all of you! In closing for today's post I would like to submit the following interpretive movements representing my elation in being able to participate in such incredible literary shenanigans with all of you. *Deep breath. Moment's pause. Happy Dance.*

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Book A Thon Day 4, Double Date Book Challenge, and Book Blogger Challenge

Woo!

Happy Thursday, sweet-tarts!

Busy lately with some fun developments for Auggie-Talk. *excited finger wiggling*

So let's see about where we are with the challenges and Books A Thons today.

BOUT OF BOOKS
DAY 4
 
I missed yesterday's update post. I went out of town to spend some quality time with my fam and got distracted by the relaxation that is "home".  Catching up now!


Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
As a reminder here's my GOAL POST
PROGRESS 
 
(As of 7:00pm Day 4)
 

DONE!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15783514-the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-lane
256/ 256 pages. 100% done!

NEW BOOK!
I received an ARC copy of "The Mark of the Dragonfly" and couldn't wait to get started on it! So it became the 2nd book in my READ A THON goals. Hopefully I'll get to "House of Hades" as well, but that book is now Outside of my goal.


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67/ 400 pages. 0% done!


(The "We'll see how things go" read-a-thon book)
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0/ 597 pages. 0% done!

BOOK CHALLENGE
Writing My Own Fairy Tale hosts our lovely book challenges today!



Double Date Book Challenge!
The Rules for the Challenge:
You must pick two books that you would recommend someone read together (like a double date!) and explain your reasons for the recommendation. You can recommend the books because they are in the same genre, one is a retelling of the other, they deal with the same issues, or maybe they're complete opposites, whatever you want as long as you can explain why they should be read together. Just one exception: they cannot be books from the same series. 

My Picks
 34284Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)


I suggest reading "The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Volume 1" and Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone" together. Diana Wynne Jones, Queen of the Fantastic, wrote the Chrestomanci Series back in the 80's. You are whisked away to a magical world where two young, gifted, boys are believed to be ordinary, or at least not that spectacular  but are actually both extraordinary, powerful, and ready to rise to the occasion to save the people they love and the world they know.

In the 90's Harry Potter was released featuring a magical young boy who believed himself to be "not so special" but ended up being the key to destroying an evil that threatened to bring darkness to the world.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" series has expressed that Diana Wynne Jones was an inspiration to her.  Both series include magical schools, witches, wizards, and harrowing adventures.



Day 8 and 9 of Parajunkee's New Year Blogger Challenge. Bam!

Day 8
Favorite Book Blogger Moments

I have so many! I enjoy doing this so much and there are so many benefits and joys that come from being a part of this book world. I'll name two in particular that come to mind: 

 My first ARC from a big publishing company. That was definitely a milestone!

  Another one... the first time someone ever said to me " I read your blog! "
 AND

Day 9
Con Or Events You Hope To Attend

None thus far. Though, who knows! Maybe something will catch my interest and I will be making book-event attending plans this year!






Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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