“Clariel” by Garth Nix

Book Reviews 2 Comments 21st July, 2014

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  Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy.  I read and re-read Sabriel and Lirael until the paperbacks very clearly showed how much they’d been loved, and jumped for joy when Abhorsen was finally released.  Nix’s stories had everything to love–undead villains, strong protagonists, sarcastic kitties, bardic weapons, and enchanted paper airplanes that you can really ride in. Now, almost a decade later, Garth Nix is finally releasing Clariel, a prequel novel set several hundred years in the past.  Clariel‘s release date is set for October, and… Read more »

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month

Reading Challenges and Events 0 Comments 20th July, 2014

20 July
Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month

  This summer, Angry Robot’s young adult imprint Strange Chemistry and mystery imprint Exhibit A abruptly shut down.  Strange Chemistry was my favorite YA imprint, and it was a place that I could go to look for quality young adult sci-fi and fantasy that featured grand adventures rather than tired love triangles.  I’m very sad about Strange Chemistry’s loss, and many other bloggers feel the same.  [Note: I don't really read many mystery/crime novels, so I don't know enough about Exhibit A to do more than just mention them.] Little Lion Lynette’s is hosting a Strange Chemistry & Exhibit A… Read more »

Guest Post by Marian Perera – Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy

Guest Posts 2 Comments 17th July, 2014

17 July
Guest Post by Marian Perera – Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy

Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy Guest post by Marian Perera, author of the Eden series I was browsing articles on Wikipedia one day (that site is almost as bad as TV Tropes for me) and I came across a picture of brain coral. “What would happen if that acted like a real brain?” I thought, and imagined it transplanted into some unfortunate person’s skull. That gave rise to a monster which fitted perfectly into a series of sharkpunk novels I was working on, and which I want to bring back again in the future. It was just that disturbing—and… Read more »

On Why I Don’t Support Book Buying Bans

Articles, Lists, and Rants 6 Comments 12th July, 2014

I was reading an article over on Book Riot a few days ago about one columnist’s unsuccessful book buying ban.  As a book addict, the article made me think about my own book buying habits. Even though I have an overflowing TBR pile, I refuse to go on a book buying ban. As a book blogger, many if not most of the books that I read come from other channels.  That’s a good thing, because if I spent all my money on books, I’d be living in a fort constructed entirely of books instead of in my air-conditioned apartment–and DC… Read more »

“Feather Bound” by Sarah Raughley

Book Reviews 4 Comments 10th July, 2014

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  True story:  I picked up this book because the protagonist shares the same name as my sister. When Deanna attends the funeral of a family friend, she discovers a ghost from her past.  She thought that her childhood crush/friend Hyde was dead, but now he’s mysteriously reappeared and is fighting to reclaim his stepfather’s company.  Deanna had already mourned his loss and is now trying to sort out her feelings.  Of course, she’s got bigger problems, like trying to keep her broken family afloat because her alcoholic father can’t hold down a job.  And Deanna’s problems are about to… Read more »

“Hard to Be a God” by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

Book Reviews 1 Comment 8th July, 2014

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  The Strugatsky brothers are among the classics of Russian/Soviet science fiction, most famous for their novel Roadside Picnic, which became the basis for the film Stalker and its later videogame adaptation.  When I saw that another of their novels was being translated into English, I jumped at the chance to read it. Hard to Be a God is a bit less accessible than Roadside Picnic, but I ended up loving it just the same.  It’s set far in the future, where Earth has become a technologically advanced utopian communist society.  Don Rumata is a historian, and he’s visiting another… Read more »

June 2014: A Month in Review

About My Blog 3 Comments 3rd July, 2014

June has been a slow month for me in terms of blogging. As you can see, I reviewed fewer books than usual.  I’ve been reading a lot, but haven’t been home long enough to sit down and write reviews.  My mom came down to visit me, which is very exciting, and while she was here were were busy going out and enjoying the city.  I’m going camping in Pennsylvania this weekend far away from internet (or even cell phone service), but hopefully I get home early enough on Sunday to play catch-up and have a blog-writing marathon. Even though I… Read more »

Giveaway: “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Giveaways 3 Comments 26th June, 2014

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Giveaway: “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert

  One book that’s new to my TBR pile is The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It’s about a woman living in the 1800s who discovers a passion for science and becomes a botanist.  Sounds pretty cool, right?  Yay women in science!  I’ve never read anything by Elizabeth Gilbert before, but her memoir Eat, Pray, Love is incredibly popular and I’ve heard lots of good things about it. Penguin released a paperback version of The Signature of All Things this week, and in celebration, they are partnering with White Flower Farm to offer a sweepstakes where winners receive a… Read more »

New Acquisitions: 6/22/2014

New Acquisitions 0 Comments 25th June, 2014

  I’m trying a new format for my “New Acquisitions” post this week. Rather than just mentioning the book, I’m going to post a longer description. All descriptions are taken from Goodreads. Let me know what you think! Review Copies: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but… Read more »

Giveaway: “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness

Giveaways 10 Comments 23rd June, 2014

23 June
Giveaway: “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness

As many of you know, The Book of Life comes out on July 15.  I’ve been incredibly excited about the conclusion to this trilogy and can’t wait to read and review it!  I’m delighted to be able to offer a giveaway of the book.  The giveaway will be open from now until July 14, and is open to entries in the US only. Enter here using the Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway Praise for The Book of Life: “Harkness proves to be quite the alchemist as she combines elements of magic, history, romance, and science, transforming them into a compelling journey… Read more »