Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Birthday Wrap-up

*** Edited to Add Link to a Review of Wolf of the Plains.***

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! Sorry I did not get a chance to share what books I received, I had worked all day and then gone out, so I was not home a lot. Now I am sneaking in between my new job, which I just got off of, and my old job, which I have to work one of my last shifts in. It is going to be a super long day, but I think I am really going to like my new job.

So, I suppose people are wondering what I got for my birthday. So, I will share.

My sister bought me Standard of Honor by Jack Whyte. I picked it out. Yesterday. When she bought it. She also gave me money towards the third season of House.

My mother bought me the first and second season of House. And, then she gave me money and told me to buy books with it. I also received a twenty-dollar gift card from a friend, so this is what I bought:

The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Widdershins by Charles de Lint (this was a last minute addition because it was a bargain book).

I also got an Egyptian history book that has not arrived yet.

Then, I received Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley. I placed the order for all these books, the next day, I received an email. I had won six books! One of them was Winterbirth, so I tried to cancel it, but I was too slow. I am going to take it to the store and exchange it for something else.

So, what did I get in my prize pack? New books from Orbit, a company that just branched out to the U.S. I strongly recommend this company, and I have not even read them yet! I hear such good things about their books all the time, and now I have six to enjoy. So, besides Winterbirth, I received:

The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller (book 1 in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology)
The Devil's Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow (book 3 in the Dante Valentine series)
The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow (book 2)
Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow (book 1)

Cool, huh? I had all of them on my wish list, so I am super excited to read them! The pros with Orbit, having never read them this is just judging them by the cover. The fact that they are very clearly numbered! I can clearly notice that ALL of the books that are part of a series are part of a series. This is a plus. The con, I think their cover art is a bit, um, dreary. I think I will have to comment on that more when I get around to reading them!

I also bought Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden with some of my birthday money. I can safely say, without a doubt, this is the best historical fiction book I have read all year. This is one of my favourite reads of the year. I think I am in love with this series, and I cannot wait until book two comes out next year! Do yourselves a favour, read him! I am all psyched up to read his other series, which is about Julius Cesear. This series is about Genghis Khan. It is sooo good that I reviewed it already! My Review on Historical Tapestry.

Anyways, I have to run to my other job, but there is a run down of my birthday goodies. Surprisingly enough, everything was very affordable. I am starting to notice a difference in book prices.


  1. Happy belated birthday, Kailana. I hope you has a lovely day. That's quite an impressive list of books. It sounds like you have some great reading ahead of you.x

  2. Oh my must be in heaven amidst all those new books! Hope you get some time off work soon to read some of them!

  3. Happy belated birthday! And I hope your new job goes really well.


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