Friday 19 February 2010

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at You Should Be Reading and you can find it here. MizB does a fantastic job with this meme every week, so do pop over and pay her a visit.

1) The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson

I found this one over at Ladybug's site Escape in a Book

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

America is on the brink of war with England, and Fin Button is about to come undone. She’s had it with the dull life of the orphanage, and she’s ready to marry Peter and get away from rules, chores, and a life looked after by the ever-watchful Sister Hilde. But an unexpected friendship forms between Fin and the fiddle-playing cook, Bartimaeus, which sets her on a course for revolution.With Bart’s beloved fiddle and haunting blunderbuss as her only possessions, Fin discovers her first taste of freedom as a sailor aboard the Rattlesnake. She’s hiding some dark secrets, but there are bigger problems for the crew—they are on the run from the Royal Navy, and whispers of mutiny are turning the captain into a tyrant.When Fin finally returns home, will she find Peter still waiting, or will she find that she’s lost everything she once held dear?

2) Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw.

I found this one over at Ladybug's site too. She is finding some fantastic books lately.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

Ten years ago Kate Winters’ parents were taken by the High Council’s wardens to help with the country’s war effort. Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane – the High Council’s most feared man – recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council’s experiments into the veil, and he’s convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft – a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft.

3) Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann

I found this one at Book Chick City and fell in love with the US cover of this steam punk novel.

Here is the blurb from Fantastic Fiction.

1926. New York. The Roaring Twenties. Jazz. Flappers. Prohibition. Coal-powered cars. A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe. Yet things have developed differently to established history. America is in the midst of a cold war with a British Empire that has only just buried Queen Victoria, her life artificially preserved to the age of 107. Coal-powered cars roar along roads thick with pedestrians, biplanes take off from standing with primitive rocket boosters and monsters lurk behind closed doors and around every corner. This is a time in need of heroes. It is a time for The Ghost. A series of targeted murders are occurring all over the city, the victims found with ancient Roman coins placed on their eyelids after death. The trail appears to lead to a group of Italian-American gangsters and their boss, who the mobsters have dubbed 'The Roman'. However, as The Ghost soon discovers, there is more to The Roman than at first appears, and more bizarre happenings that he soon links to the man, including moss-golems posing as mobsters and a plot to bring an ancient pagan god into the physical world in a cavern beneath the city. As The Ghost draws nearer to The Roman and the center of his dangerous web, he must battle with foes both physical and supernatural and call on help from the most unexpected of quarters if he is to stop The Roman and halt the imminent destruction of the city.

4) Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu

I found this one over at Nymeth's blog Things Mean ALot.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

In Uncle Silas, Sheridan Le Fanu's most celebrated novel, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naive heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from the moment the enigmatic older woman is hired as her governess. A liar, bully, and spy, when Madame leaves the house, she takes her dark secret with her. Later in the book,once again, she encounters Madame, whose sinister role in Maud's destiny becomes all too clear.With its subversion of reality and illusion, and its exploration of fear through the use of mystery and the supernatural, Uncle Silas shuns the conventions of traditional horror and delivers a chilling psychological thriller.

They are my finds this week. What did you find?


  1. What a pity that the amazon blurb for Uncle Silas has spoilers :/ A lot of that only happens about halfway through the book. Why, publishers, why?

  2. I have to say I am in love with all the covers this week. Yum!

  3. It's been a while, but I remember reading a great review for The Fiddler's Gun.

  4. I love love love the covers for The Fiddler's Gun and Ghosts of Manhattan! How striking. Thanks for helping me add to my TBR pile :)

    My Friday Finds are over at bookwanderer!

  5. Nymeth - I have sent you an email regarding the Amazon blurb.

    Carmen - you are a cover girl just like me!

    Bermudaonion - The Fiddler's Gun just sounds awesome.

    Blodeuedd - glad you like them

    Bookwander - I think I am more of a hindrance to people's TBR piles than a help!LOL

  6. Great picks! I just love the first cover, it's wonderful and mysterious. My find is at The Crowded Leaf.

  7. I absolutely love the cover of The Fiddler's Gun, but think the other titles may be a bit too spooky for me. :)

  8. Uncle Silas sounds good.

    My Find

  9. Four books I haven't heard of before - nice finds!

  10. I like your finds, Vivienne! =D

    I haven't heard of Uncle Silas before but I do like the sound of it. Therefore it goes onto my wishlist. I'm so glad to see that you have discovered some new great books over at my blog :)

    Have a great weekend!

  11. Your Friday finds sound fantastic, Vivienne. Happy weekend to all!

  12. Fabulous find! Wintercraft is one I'll definitely have to check out!

    Here are my finds this week: Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick

  13. Alayne - it was the cover I fell for first. I definitely have cover crushes.

    Alyce - you know me and spooky.

    MarceJ - it does, doesn't it.

    Mary - thanks

    Ladybug - your books were definitely a hit with me this week.

    Suko - thanks

  14. I love your finds!
    I'll probably add all of them on my list :)
    Here are my finds:

  15. Great finds, Vivienne! You always make me add books to my never ending wish list!


Hiya, thanks for stopping by, it is always nice to hear what you have to say, so do leave a comment if you have time.