I think the reason I prefer print books over e-books are the covers. I understand that an image appears when browsing through the endless e-book catalogues, but there is something unique and almost magical about being able to hold that cover in your hands and soak in all its nuances. With this in mind, here are my five favourite book covers based on my reviews of 2013. The list is, as usual, is in no particular order they are just covers that made me really want to read the book.
Title ~ Those Who Save Us
Author ~ Jenna Blum
ISBN 13 ~ 9780156031660
Pub Date ~ April 5th, 2004
Publisher ~ Harcourt Books
Description ~ For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald.
Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life.
Comments ~ Reviewed August 26th, 2013
Title ~Under the Black Ensign
Author ~L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN 13 ~ 9781592123391
Pub Date ~September 8th, 2008
Publisher ~Galaxy Press
Description ~ Long before Captain Jack Sparrow raised hell with the Pirates of the Caribbean, Tom Bristol sailed to hell and back Under the Black Ensign. That’s where the real adventure begins.
Bristol’s had plenty of bad luck in his life. Press-ganged into serving aboard a British vessel, he’s felt the cruel captain’s lash on his back. Then, freed from his servitude by pirates, his good fortune immediately takes a bad turn . . . as the pirates accuse him of murder—and leave him to die on a deserted island. Now all he has left are a few drops of water, a gun, and just enough bullets to put himself out of his misery.
But Bristol’s luck is about to change. Finding himself in the unexpected company of a fiery woman and a crafty crew, he unsheathes his sword, raises a pirate flag of his own, and sets off to make love and war on the open seas.
Comments ~ Reviewed November 19th, 2013
Title ~The Web
Author ~Richard Stephans (Steve Burns)
ISBN 13 ~ 9781483977812
Pub Date ~June 12th, 2013
Description ~ Ute was dead! The police asked if she had any problems – if she was depressed. They said her death looked like an accident but it could also be suicide. Her friends couldn’t believe it. They knew Ute. Suicide was impossible – it had to be an accident! It was two years ago that the four of them had first met at the NPD meetings, a right-wing extremist political party in Munich where they had quickly become good friends. Ute was the expert on the violence of the right-wing extremists. Her brother had been an active part of the skinhead violence against foreigners and asylum seekers and was now in prison. She understood the dark side of the NPD. Anya was the intellectual – the historian. She knew about the past – the legacy of the right-wing extremists and she understood their push for power. Anya, Ute and their two friends had joined the NPD out of curiosity and were now trapped in a dangerous web of extremism where hate, racism and lies were the strands that held it together and gave it strength. Could they escape? And what about Ute? Anya said she had a secret that no one knew about – and now she was dead! Was it really an accident – or was it suicide? “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana.
Comments ~ Reviewed October 17th, 2013
Title ~ The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1)
Author ~ Frank Beddor
ISBN 13 ~ 9780803731530
Pub Date ~September 26th 2006
Publisher ~Dial Books
Description ~ When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.
Comments ~ Reviewed September 5th, 2013
Title ~ Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
Author ~Ann Mah
ISBN 13 ~ 9780670025992
Pub Date ~ September 26th, 2013
Publisher ~Pamela Dorman Books
Description ~ When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.
Comments ~ Reviewed September 3rd, 2013