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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Academ's Fury (The Codex Alera #2) by Jim Butcher + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my current #BeatTheBacklist reads, Academ's Fury (The Codex Alera #2) by Jim Butcher.  I read the first book in this series, Furies of Calderon, years ago and I absolutely loved this Ancient Rome inspired epic fantasy.  I don't know why I put off continuing the series for so long, but I'm glad to finally be back now.  Plus, I'm glad to have a new-to-me full length novel from Butcher after catching up on The Dresden Files, except for some short stories.

Beginning:

Wind howled over the rolling, sparsely wooded hills of the lands in the care of the Marat, the One-and-Many people.  Hard, coarse flecks of snow fled before it, and though the One rode high in the sky, the overcast hid his face.

56:

Bernard frowned.  "For fury's sake, Aric.  I'm still the same man I was two years ago, title or no.  You shouldn't worry about bothering me when it's hold business."

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Book Set In A School


Favorite - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - How could I choose anything else?


Least Favorite - The Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman - It's not that I really had anything against Brakebills itself, but the characters were so irritating.  I have to admit though that I do like the tv adaptation.

Have you read any of these books?  What are you reading this weekend?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Comments

  1. Ha ha, I couldn't even finish The Magicians, I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't like it!

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  2. I have heard such mixed things about The Magicians, both book and tv show! I'm interested enough to pick both up, but I have no idea when, haha. :) I hope you love Academ's Fury as much as the first book!

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  3. Great choice. I have the Codex Alera books on my keeper shelves. I haven't read The Magicians. Based on your comment, I don't think I'll be adding it to my stack. This week I am featuring Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Happy reading!

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  4. Great excerpts! I also love grabbing "back list" books to enjoy. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Sounds quite good!! Happy weekend!

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    1. It was pretty fantastic, Freda. Thanks for coming over. :)

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  6. I haven't yet read the Codex Alera books by Butcher, but I do want to. I love his Dresden Files. The Harry Potter books were my favorites too. :-) I haven't yet read The Magicians or seen the show--except the first episode. I kind of want to read the books before I watch the entire show though. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you'll like the Magicians more than me at least - and like the show, too!

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  7. I haven't read high fantasy in a few years. This looks good.

    Yay Harry Potter!

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  8. I've tried to read The Magicians several times, but I just can't get into it. The TV show is awesome though. Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

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  9. I've been wanting to try this author but maybe not start with this book:)

    My Friday 56 from The Monster Museum

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  10. I must be about the only person on the planet who has neither watched the Harry Potter films, read any of the books, or have any interest in the cult following the series has attracted - so I apologise to all you fans!

    The Jim Butcher books probably aren't for me either, although I do like this particular suite of cover art over some of the others. It seems as though the 'Codex Alera' might have come to an end, as there has been nothing since the the 6th installment, way back in 2009.

    I hope that you have the chance to get caught up with the series and thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne
    xx

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    1. Yeah, there are six books in the series - and I'm finally jumping back into it. :)

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  11. Beat the Backlist is probably a challenge I should participate in. Hard to keep up with everything though, so can't blame you for putting this off for a little while. Hope you enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! It's a good way to work my way through my tbr. :)

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  12. I really like the opening line! Harry Potter is probably my favourite book set in a school as well!

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  13. I never read anything by Jim Butcher but I've heard good things and that cover is intriguing.

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  14. Yep! I guessed it! HP has been the most popular pick this week! I knew it would be. I still need to read The Magicians and watch the tv show because it looks cool from the trailers I've seen.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I'm not surprised! :)

      Happy reading/ watchin, Carrie!

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  15. Yes HP is such a classic! JKR really got the perfect school atmosphere down and because of the length of the series and the continual setting, we get a really good look at the school structure itself. Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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