August 2012 Book Haul – Part 1

I had the really bad urge to buy some books last week and so I went in search of some – mostly fantasy a confess and here’s part 1 of what I brought. I’ve had to divide it up because there are 9 books all together and it would just be too much for one post.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

RRP: £7.99
Price Paid: £1.00

Synopsis: This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom points Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transformation power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

This is not the kind of book I normally go for but I’ve seen it around such a lot that I thought I’d give it a go. Plus at 161 pages it’s really not that long.

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

RRP: £8.99
Price Paid: £1.25

Synopsis: In The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of ‘Intelligent Design’ and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the ‘time clocks’ of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution.

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while and I finally decided to get it when I saw it for just £1.25. I think it will be quite a heavy reason sometimes so I will have to leave plenty of time to read it.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

RRP: £7.99
Price Paid: £0.50

Synopsis: Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘cemetery of lost books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out ‘La Sombra del Viento’ by Julian Carax.
But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax’s work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind.

The synopsis of this book really caught me eye, the story just looks so intriguing! I mean a book about books… what’s not to love!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

RRP: £14.99 (hardback)
Price Paid: £0.50

Synopsis: The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Another one that totally caught my eye with the synopsis! I can’t wait to read this one.

What was the last book you brought?

12 thoughts on “August 2012 Book Haul – Part 1

      1. My mom and a friend read his second one too and said it was exactly the same as this one. His latest one is just out and when you’ve read this one and then read that synopsis, it sounds as if it’s exactly the same thing too. Pity, because this first one is brilliant.

                1. Seems like that’s the reason – you get a formula that works, you follow it. :\ Can’t see how you can be a best selling author if all your books are the same though!

    1. I found it in a charity shop. All hardbacks are £1 and paper backs 50p. Buy one get one free. Since I had this and a paperback, this cost me just 50p. They don’t always have books I like but they are definitely worth checking out, my copy is like new.

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