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Bookworm [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Nuttall
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training but she’s very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer – the most powerful magician of them all – is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn’t have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the Great Library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift doesn’t give her greater power, but it does give her a better understanding of magic, allowing her to accomplish far more than ever before.
It’s also terribly dangerous. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge locked away in the Great Library was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations represented by her newfound knowledge, all the while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread.
But a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Unless she can unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, and discover the truth about her own origins, there is no hope for those she loves, the Golden City or her entire world.

Bookworm has won the GOLD award in the Adult fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.


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About the Author

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has published a number of novels through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Bookworm is his second fantasy novel to be published by Elsewhen Press. Chris is currently living in Borneo with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha.

Product Details

  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Elsewhen Press (January 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2GBYWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the idea of this book. February 4, 2013
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The book had an interesting concept and seems to hint that there may be more coming. I really liked the way the author linked mysogeny to a deficiency in male genitalia.

However, I have some serious complaints about the failure of the heroine to evolve. The heroine always seemed to be waiting for someone to tell her what to do. She adamantly refused to question authority in any significant way even when confronted with real atrocities. (There was some after-the-fact pointless whining about how they let her be badly treated as a child). With a few exceptions, things went best when she thought for herself and acted on her own initiative. However, she stubbornly clung to her prior identity. What will it take for her to stop letting people make decisions for her when so few of those decisions are actually in her best interests?

I was mostly disappointed because the heroine actually regressed instead of stepping forward. She was changed and she said she believed she grew, but at the end of the book, she recklessly tossed any personal growth in the rubbish heap and, bewilderingly, decided that enslavement was a good look for her, meekly agreeing to being placed in an even more powerless position than she was at the beginning of the book. Having someone treat a normal person like that would have turned him or her into exactly the kind of person they feared; he/she would have crushed them like bugs while they were still weak. She felt she needed to be punished for having the ability to perform terrible acts even though she repeatedly demonstrated that she had neither the personal capacity nor inclination to do so??!!?? Crazy. Even if she didn't want to assert herself, she didn't have to stay. She could have taken her money and left, finding her own way and her own adventures.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge is power January 27, 2013
By mark
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I enjoyed this and can't wait for a sequel (hint hint). My only real complaint is that I kept waiting for the main character to grow a spine. She's spent her entire life being victimized and marginalized, and then gets vast knowledge to supplement her limited magic strength. She consistently doesn't use it until backed into a corner or rendered helpless. A little preparedness on her part would have gone a long way and been much less frustrating. When she does cut loose she kicks butt though!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The premise to the story is awesome! A librarian is suddenly infused with all of the information in a magical library. The author shows great promise, too! The main character was just horribly frustrating. Being given a wealth of information after a magical curse, she proceeds to whine her way through page after page until I was reduced to rooting for the evil characters to put her out of my misery! I gave it three stars because of the great idea and the skill of the author in developing the story and other characters.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good February 13, 2013
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I came across this book last night while I was wandering around Amazon looking for something enticing to read. I started reading the first 4 chapters offered through the preview and got hooked. So I bought it and finished it today. It was definitely a book with twists. I probably could have done without the sexual encounters because quite frankly, I could have offered the book to some of the teenagers who hang out with my daughter but for obvious reasons I cannot do that with those parts. However, for an adult looking for a good fantasy book with undertones regarding knowledge and power, this book is a great read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting good. January 26, 2013
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I've been following this author for a bit now and hes really starting to get a good grip on writing things. Not really clear on which of his books are connected though. A lot of his fantasy books seem to be set in almost but not quite the same universe.

Pretty soon though, this author will be at a skill level were I will actually go around recommending him in real life instead of just on the internet.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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On the whole, if I deleted about 3 pages worth of stuff from this book and did some minor editing I probably would have given it at least 3, maybe 4 stars. I am not an overly critical reader as far as writing style and such, but I really enjoy a good story. This has a good story; it was fun, it was fairly cleverly pulled off, and while there may have been a few too-obvious "well why didn't they just do such-and-such" moments it didn't significantly hamper the story.

The main thing I was really disappointed about was that this book has several completely gratuitous sex scenes in it that are both far too explicit and don't actually add meaningfully to the story. In fact, if anything they distracted from the main purpose. Perhaps the author was using them as a crutch to avoid having to do as much actual character development. I wouldn't want a teenager -- definitely not a younger teenager -- reading this book. I understand that different people have different places of where the "line" is as far as how much sex to include in a book and how much to leave to the imagination of the reader, and I could perhaps forgive the author in this case if it had actually added to the plot, been important to the development of a character, or otherwise had a good reason behind it. Actually, I take that back -- it went too far for even that. But I could see some people forgiving it. In this case, though, the only people who won't mind it is people who think all books need a little eroticism to keep it moving.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottled Sex
If you could take all of your best sexual experiences, distill them, mix it with lemonade and bottle it.....you would put that drink down to focus on reading this book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like how the author develops the characters in this series
I am very hooked on the series. I like how the author develops the characters in this series. Very good read. I can't wait until the third book come out.
Published 6 days ago by Timothy E. Winsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting plot line, bit of a to be continued ending
Published 21 days ago by MarquessaX ^_^
1.0 out of 5 stars A ridiculous attempt at portraying a young woman....
I have not finished this book. I simply could not. The ridiculous descriptions of what the author seems to believe women think and act upon, is toecurling to bear witness to. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jan_t
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reading. Can not wait for the sequel.
Published 1 month ago by George V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Christopher Nuttall's books!
Published 1 month ago by melissa rice
1.0 out of 5 stars Mom
This book on magic attracted a 10 year old Girl who loves to read.
It saddens me that the author takes his sexual fantasy out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K Ingersoll
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite tales from Christopher Nuttall
Along with Schooled in Magic, my favorite tales from Christopher Nuttall.
Published 1 month ago by Billy Mccorkle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
seller gave fast svc
Published 1 month ago by hoppisa - kindle
1.0 out of 5 stars Naive female character subjected to ridiculous poorly scripted and...
Outlandish and offensive. Naive female character subjected to ridiculous poorly scripted and unconnected series of horrible events ends up saving the world in days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Frank
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More About the Author

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has published eighteen novels and one novella (so far) through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

Professionally, he has published The Royal Sorceress, Bookworm, A Life Less Ordinary, Sufficiently Advanced Technology, The Royal Sorceress II: The Great Game and Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling with Elsewhen Press, and Schooled in Magic through Twilight Times Books.

As a matter of principle, all of Chris's self-published Kindle books are DRM-free.

Chris has a blog where he published updates, snippets and world-building notes at http://chrishanger.wordpress.com/ and a website at http://www.chrishanger.net.

Chris is currently living in Malaysia with his partner, muse, and critic Aisha.

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