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The idea of hell always fascinated me. I love reading about demons, the Devil and the Inferno. I enjoy reading about sins, eternal punishment and basically anything diabolical. That is the reason why I have no hesitation to get this book as soon as I read its premise and summary.

I read this book with much excitement and much anticipation. I was not disappointed at all. From the first page, the story unfolded very easily. It is fast-paced for me and not at all boring. Victoria Wells, the main character, moved Heaven and Earth and went straight to the center of Hell itself just to save his husband who was tricked into giving up his immortal soul. I enjoyed how the author tackled this story. It is truly an exercise of a very creative mind. I could not put this book down. I am so eager to know everything that happened next. His descriptions of the novel’s conflicts, of Hell or the Lower Astral Plane, all details in the book are done so eloquently.

Despite the fantastic premise, I see this novel as a beautiful love story, a story of love so great that a person would go beyond what is expected in order to save her beloved. This novel put a smile on my face as I read because I cannot help but sympathize with Victoria Well’s position. I also have loved someone so much that I am sure that I would do anything for him. Giving any more details of what Victoria Wells had undergone in this very enjoyable novel will be sinful. I highly suggest that you should grab a copy yourself and find out! Truly this is a read that I cannot forget! I hope to read more works by this author!

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I always love anything Celtic or Irish. I am so attracted to their culture because it seems so bloody and violent, and yet so relentlessly beautiful all at the same time. My first exposure to Celtic culture in novels is from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Aside from that, I have read a lot about Celts, especially the ancient pagan human sacrificing Celts. I had a book all about them in French. The Irish Gaelic language is also very wonderful for me that I even bought a dictionary and a grammar book to study this very mysterious and difficult language sung by my beloved Enya.

So in short, I am an absolute Celtophile. So I expected a lot from a book called Celtic Storms which I saw as an ebook. Without caring much about reading the summary, I downloaded it since I had a feeling that this would be good because of the word Celtic in the title.

I was not disappointed. It is really really really good! It is actually like a family saga, about two clans joining together as one through the marriage of some important members. Although this is not about the pagan Celts I would have preferred, I still found this very interesting because I learned a lot from reading this book. This is set sometime in the earlier centuries, when Christianity was still somehow new to the Celtic setting and there was still magic and mysterious rituals mixing with the popular religion. This was the time when there were still family feuds and feudalism was still practiced. This was the time when the rich lived in castles, but not as far as when Arthur lived.

In short, it was like a fairy tale, but with a modern way of telling it. No non-sense at all. The novel is well-crafted. I cannot put it down. Well, because I am a human being, I still have to sleep but I look forward the next day to read it again. The descriptions are vivid and the story flows well. There are a lot of characters but their names are really beautiful so it is easy to follow their plot lines and their roles in the whole novel.

I do not want to spoil anything so I just advise you to get a copy of this book and read it for yourself. if you like romance, read it. If you like historical fiction, read it. If you like a wonderful novel to spend some time with, this is it. You would definitely discover a lot of precious gems in this treasure chest of a novel. And you know me, if I review a book, I am passionate about it especially if it is worth writing a long review such as this. I really believed that this novel is great and I cannot wait for more of this! Congratulations to the author!

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I am not really a fan of political thrillers or suspense novels, especially espionage ones. I can name a few that i really like, but then, I do not look for books in this genre. But being an open-minded reader, I was intrigued with the plot of Trading Secrets. First thing that actually attracted me is the name of the author, Tadeusz Sas, which sounded so foreign and cool. Yes, call me shallow but author names in their native languages and with very unique and magical-sounding spellings in appealing to me as a pretty book cover. So without further ado, I got the book and started reading this with high expectations…

Which were all met by the way. And even set my expectations beyond what I would expect from a suspense/thriller novel. This is really good. Reading this book is like watching a movie unfolding before your eyes. The author described scenes in great detail and aside from that, I learned a lot about espionage, politics, spies, warfare, technological advancements and other related things throughout the whole narrative. I like learning new stuff and since this is about a triple agent and a clandestine society, it really made me happy to discover such a gem. Plus, I love anything Russian-related and the main character, Mishka, a son of the czar’s brother, is one of those characters that you would not forget.

This novel really has the makings of a good book. And possibly a movie. The author surely knows what he is writing about and the disclaimer about this novel being based on real events and information with some names changed really adds up to the mystery and excitement. It kinda makes you feel intrigued and wondering if everything is true or just a figment of the author’s wild but amazing imagination. Suspense/thrillers should definitely be written in a way that readers would think the book is very credible, believable and also possible.

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When I got the book, the premise of the whole novel was very interesting enough for me to pick it up and read. I was not mistaken at all. I am so glad that I have picked this enthralling book that is so intriguingly called Erased. What is it about? Why is it entitled like that? And what is erased or will be erased in this novel?

Apparently, the novel is about a woman named Sara Murphy who thought she was living a good life as a lawyer and was happily in love with his boyfriend when suddenly she found herself awakened on a roof with a gun and a dead activist. Then, the thrill starts. Why was she there? Why does it seem that she does not remember anything? Why has been her memory erased somehow?

Erased is a very easy read. Action-packed and full of surprises, it is a book that one can enjoy in one sitting because it totally is gripping and exciting. I read it in three hours maximum and I rarely do that. I think this book is well-written and there are a lot of well-researched details. Although the plot may have been explored and written before, this book certainly showed another angle and its own unique way of portraying brainwashed assassins and political conspiracies.

I would definitely look forward for more books by this author. Or I hope Erased will have a sequel. Whatever it may be, I recommend this book for those who like adventure. This book is like a reasonably good action film and has lots of potential for a series or even a real movie.

Thank you for the pleasure of reading this!

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THE BIBLIOKLEPTOMANIAC’S DEFINITION: An obsessive and insane thief-hoarder of books that is so addictive that actually you get you a lot of bliss and you are so proud of your crimes that you even tell your friends with a haughty and smiling voice about it because you have no remorse and are a thrill-seeker whore =P

i hope to create weirder and yet more beautiful-sounding words than this.

Anyway to start the plagiarism, I will list several interesting infos about bibliokleptomania from various websites:

bib·lio·klep·to·ma·niac

  noun 
\ˌbib-lē-ō-ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyək\
 

Definition of BIBLIOKLEPTOMANIAC

: a kleptomaniac involved in a morbid tendency to steal books

 

(a person who has an uncontrollable desire to take books based on a strong fondness for them)

 

  • Bibliokleptomaniac Crime Is As Old As the Written Word

  • As long as there have been book lovers, there have been book thieves.
  • Egypt’s Ptolemy II is said to have withheld wheat from Athens’ starving citizens until they allowed him to borrow and make copies of rare Greek manuscripts.
  • The philosopher Aristotle showed sympathy towards those who stole books for the pleasure of reading, though he condemned the “unnatural” criminals who sold them for profit.
  • In medieval libraries, religious works were chained to stands and shelves to make sure they stayed where they were placed.
  • The most widely employed deterrent in the Middle Ages, however, was not the chain but the curse.
  • One monastery threatened prospective thieves with damnation with Judas, Ananias, Caiaphas, and Pilate; while others invoked anathema, the most solemn ecclesiastical curse, leading to excommunication.
  • A colorful example, from the monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona, goes like this:
  • “For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails … and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.”
  • The advent of national libraries increased public interest in printed treasures rendered priceless by their antiquity.
  • One of the more audacious thefts of recent years involved the taking of a �one million goatskin-bound edition of Shakespeare’s first folio, published in 1623, from Durham University.
  • A Cambridge graduate recently stole more than 400 old books from three libraries and was jailed for four years.
  • William Jacques, 33, plundered the British Library and Cambridge University library.
  • Among the works he put up for auction were Kepler’s Astronomia Nova, dating from 1609, worth �75,000, and two copies of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica,printed in 1687 and put on sale for �135,000.
  • Even popular 20th century literature has been looted.
  • The British Library admitted that hundreds of comics, dating from 1924 and featuring Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat, vanished from its newspaper storage branch in north London.

 

bibliokleptomaniac

1. a kleptomaniac specializing in books.
2. a biblioklept. — bibliokleptomaniacn.
 
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     גניבת ספרים נמצאת סביבנו בכל, ואין כמעט אדם שלא שאל ספר ובושש להחזירו. “האמת היא,” כתב אלבר קים, “שהשואלים היו בכל עת וכל מקום, יותר מהחולדות, העכברים או העשים, יותר מהמים ומהאש, אימת הביבליופילים” (Cim, 1903 p. 3 cited in Thompson, 1947 p. 44). גנבי ספרים שיטתיים אולם, מהווים קבוצה מוגדרת שניתן לדון בה בנפרד וסקירה זו מתמקדת באלו שמניעם הוא הביבליומניה, התאווה לספרים.
     מקורות נדירים רבים העוסקים בביבליומניה מוצעים במלואם ברשת, בתעתיק או בפקסימיליה, על ידי גנזך האינטרנט, פרויקט גוטנברג, גאליקה, פרסאוס ואתרי האוניברסיטאות. מתקבל הרושם שמגפה זו לא שכחה עם המעבר לטקסט האלקטרוני, בו לספרים אין מידה, משקל או “כריכת עור מרוקו ארגמנית עם גימור בדוגמת גְרוֹלְיֶר” (Field, 1896 p. 140). בכל המקרים העדפתי את מראי המקום המקוונים על העותק המודפס בשל נגישותם לקורא, והשתדלתי לצרף לפקסימיליות קישור לגרסת טקסט.
     מקור מרכזי אחר לספרים בתחום הוא אוסף הורודיש באוניברסיטת תל-אביב. אברהם הורודיש, שהיה מוציא לאור בגרמניה ואחרי עלית הנאצים בעליה של חנות ספרים משומשים באמסטרדם, אגר כשמונת אלפים כרכים על תולדות הספר שרבים מהם, כנהוג אצל אספני הספרים, לא נקראו מעולם: בכמה מחוברים עוד הדפים הסמוכים בשוליהם, כפי שקופלו הגליונות המודפסים לפני הכריכה, בלא שיפריד איש את העלים כדי לקרוא את תוכנם. כדבריו של גנב הספרים רוברט הוקר בספרו של רוזנבך: “ספרים נדירים נועדו שנטפחם בשים לב בימי חיינו ונעבירם לאלו שיוקירום לאחר מותנו. רק מורים, סטודנטים, למדנים ושאר טיפוסים ממין זה קוראים ספרים” (Rosenbach, 1917 p. 106). אחד מספרים אלו, שדפיהם בתולים, הוא אוסף מגרסאות סיפורו של דון וינסנט, הביבליומן הרוצח, שאף הוא לא נראה מעולם קורא ספר מאוספו היקר (Miquel y Planas, 1928).
     הבט מענין נוסף של הנושא היה הופעת מקורות בדויים מאת מחברים שונים כאילו היו אמיתיים, בספרים ובאתרי אינטרנט. כך למשל, מצוטטת קללת גנבי הספרים מתוך “אלמנך הספרן הזקן” של פירסון כדוגמה של ממש על-ידי ניקולס בסביינס (Basbanes, 1995 p. 35) ואחרים, ואפילו חיבורו הדמיוני של אריסטו מאת אנדרו לאנג מצוטט כיצירה של הפילוסוף הגדול בכמה מקומות, כמו בכתבתו של אוון בות’ ב-Booth, 2002) BBC).

 

 

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