Today I am hosting the 57th Edition of the Bookworms Carnival. My theme is Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror). Various bloggers have sent me their reviews to share with you! Hopefully you will find some great new books to read :)


TJ from ‘Dreams and Speculation‘ wrote a review of Kraken by China Mieville, which she gave 9/10.

“Despite any trouble I had with the book, I loved it. There’s something too clever and too bold, to not love despite the moody pace. From the dialogue, to the vividly drawn cast, to the tangled story…”


Julie from ‘Manga Mania Cafe gives us her thoughts on The Enemy by Charlie Higson – OMG! Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this book. The entire time I was reading it, I was consumed with the need to know what happens to the characters.”

Julie gives another Grade A rating to Nomansland by Lesley Hauge – “This is one of those books that consumed my thoughts, even when I wasn’t reading it. I had to know what happened next, and how it would change Keller.”


Amanda from ‘A Bookshelf Monstrosity reviews a classic: 1984 by George Orwell – “I recognize this book’s extreme importance in the field of dystopian literature, and I found parts of it to be truly terrifying.”

Another review from Amanda of Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve, a retelling of the King Arthur legend – “It is through Gwynna’s eyes that we the readers witness the real story behind the legends of Arthur, from the Lady of the Lake to the sword in the stone to Guinevere.”


Kate from ‘YzhaBella Bookshelf‘ gives us three reviews: Night Myst by Yasmine Galenom, Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready and Starlight by Bryan Davis.

“This story may have been written with the younger reader in mind, but this 30 something mom couldn’t put it down and finds the wait for book two interminable!” (Shade review)


Kay from ‘Dead Book Darling also gives us three reviews: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – “There are so many things about this book that make it a classic. Besides the humour – which there is plenty of – the social commentary is extraordinarily insightful.”

The Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells – “The universe is a super complicated one and even though we are tossed straight into the action, it is still an easy verse to get a handle on.”

Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur – “Despite 300-odd pages in her POV, I don’t know Riley. One minute she is all touchy-feely “oh gosh, I hate to kill”; the next she is eagerly dressing up as a prostitute while psychically forcing two guys to rape each other (and no I don’t care if they deserved it).”


And last but not least, Amanda from ‘Opinions of a Wolf gives us a wide selection of reviews: Year of the Flood and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, The World Inside by Robert Silverberg, Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad and Ethan: Site 39 by Otis V. Goodwin.

“This is a book about mistakes. About how thinking we own the Earth and its creatures could cause our own demise. About how sleeping with the wrong man just once can haunt you for years. About how loving the wrong man can hurt you for years.” (Year of the Flood review)


So that’s it! Make sure you check out the next couple of editions of the Bookworms Carnival – info below!

Edition 58 hosted by: Vasily @ 1330V
Deadline for submission: July 16, 2010
Theme: TBA
To submit a post, email: tba

Edition 59 hosted by: J.T. at BiblioFreak
Deadline for submission: July 30, 2010
To submit a post, email: j.t.oldfield AT gmail DOT com

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Dwayne July 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

This is a fun post! Great new reviews to read, I like!


TJ July 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

The Bookworms Carnival is really interesting! I'll have to read the other featured reviews–and thank you for including Dreams and Speculation. :)


J.T. Oldfield July 6, 2010 at 4:22 am

Great carnival! And I almost forgot that mine is coming up soon. hahahaha!


Book Chick City July 6, 2010 at 6:26 am

Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed the post. It was fun reading all the reviews :)


Laura Summers July 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Great post – I've added a new book to my TBR list after reading this :)


A Bookshelf Monstrosity July 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for including my reviews :)


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