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Short Fiction Friday, Oct 29

Weirdly enough, this week's post is less about specific stories I liked and more about story sources!

Unfinished 'Piper' story by Maggie Stiefvater.  One, in the least creepy way, I want all three of the Merry Sisters of Fate to be my BFF. Honestly, they're so adorable and funny.  Two, Maggie Stiefvater turned this thirty year old-ish lesbian into a werewolf fangirl who now slightly crushes on teenaged boys in YA novels.  I know, even my teenaged brother-in-law can't stop rolling his eyes.  Three, this story rocks, and I would say that even if I didn't think Ms Stiefvater was all that and a bucket of ice cream.

Library of America (who publishes those very solid looking editions by a single author, all black, with a red ribbon bookmark, if I'm recalling correctly) now posts a new piece of short fiction a week at their Story of the Week blog.  In honor of Halloween, I'm ignoring this week's story and directing everyone to 'The Devil and Tom Walker

Kiss Me Deadly - Trisha Telep

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Title:Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
Author: Trisha Telep, editor

Genre: Fiction (Paramornal Romance - Short Stories )

Love/Hate?: Love. (Dare I say, deadly love?)
Rating: 4/5
Did I finish?: Oh yes.
One-sentence summary: Thirteen paranormal short stories with a fringe of romance.

Why did I get this book?: Paranormal romance is kind of my guilty pleasure these days.
Source: Won it from Good Choice Reading

Do you like the cover?: Sure, it's very pretty but it doesn't seem particularly dark, romantic, or deadly to me.

Did... I find a whole new host of supernatural creatures to crush on?: YES. Djinn anyone? Angels? Unicorn hunters?

Did... I decide to add every single author to my TBR?: YES. I'm already a dyed-in-the-wool Stiefvater fan, but now my list of authors I'm slavishly reading has grown!

Did... I find I was even excited to read about vampires?: YES. I'm still not 100% in the vampires-are-awesome camp, but this collection made me pretty happy to have o…

Teaser Tuesday, Oct 26

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ohemgee, for serious, this week's book so far is amazing.  I'm reading Thaisa Frank's Heidegger's Glasses, a historical novel set during the Holocaust.  This scene comes right from the opening: Elie Schacten is a Polish Catholic plucked to work for the Nazis because of her perfect Aryan looks.  She has just smuggled three Jewish children into Switzerland and is trying to collect some goods to use for bartering in the future.

As always, my teaser is a little long.

Stay the night, said the officer, patting a confiscated couch.  I'll keep my hands off you.  I promise.


You have …

Mailbox Monday, Oct 25

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Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page but is currently on tour. For the month of October it will be hosted by Avis at She Reads and Reads.

Ohmygoodness, I've had an amazing mail week -- seriously, some absolutely drool-worthy goodies, and so many!  It's a bit like Christmas here -- I literally spread out the books around me on the bed so I could lay there and savor them.

Penelope's Daughter, won from The Burton ReviewLaurel Corona, the author, has been doing the circuit through many of the blogs I read, and I've just loved her humor and attitude in all her interviews.  I'm so excited to read this one! 


From Passages to the Past, I was so very lucky to win every book by Susan Holloway Scott.  Every one.  Last year, I read Royal Harlot and adored it-- it was the kind of historical novel that made me remember why I love the genre.  Through Ms Scott's writing, I knew Barbara Palmer, and I felt familiar with a historical era that was previously e…

Sneak Peek Review - Kiss Me Deadly

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I've reviewedKiss Me Deadly over at Read All Over Reviews -- my first guest blogging stint!  Check it out and Teresa's other fabulous 31 Days of Halloween posts: reviews, recipes, and of course, giveaways!

Wandering Wednesday, Oct 20

This week has been breezing by!  I'm in a bit of a reading funk; finishing up Kiss Me Deadly which is great so far, but I find after each short story I keep pausing to savor/digest, and I'm getting through it very slowly!

This week's wanderings include...

A New York Times piece on touring writers' houses.  Interesting -- but I was shocked by the author's suggestion that there are only 73 writers' houses open to the public.  That's it?  But then I thought back to the few literary pilgrimages I've made in the last few years -- Dashiell Hammett, H.D. -- and I remembered their houses weren't available for tour, so...maybe 73 is all there is!

The Guardian reports on Google Translate's foray into translating poetry!  To make things easy, the example used is Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky'.

Beacon Press, one of my favorite publishers, has a fabulous blog; one of their employees blogs about arranged marriages and 'liberated' Indian wom…

Mailbox Monday, October 18

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Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page but is currently on tour. For the month of October it will be hosted by Avis at She Reads and Reads.


So many delicious books!  The top two are from the Hard Case Crime series of books (not related books but just pulp reprints) and were book swaps.  Hooray!

Heidegger's Glasses is one I'm so sososososo very excited about; not only does the premise sound amazing, but I'm doing it in conjunction with my very first book blog tour!  (Or is it blog book tour?)  I can tell you now, I'll be doing an interview and giveaway in November so stay tuned!

And finally, Valley of the Dead (sadly cut off in the picture), is from vvb32's awesome September Zombies giveaway.  Inscribed by the author!

Tell me about your haul!

The Best American Noir of the Century

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Title:The Best American Noir of the Century
Author: Otto Penzler, editor

Genre: Fiction (Noir - Short Stories )

Love/Hate?: Nearly love.
Rating: 4/5
Did I finish?: Ish.  I read about half the stories, skimmed the others.
One-sentence summary: Forty American noir stories from the last century.

Why did I get this book?: One giant collection of noir?!  Sign me up!
Source:NetGalley

Do you like the cover?: Eh.  The image doesn't exactly make sense to me; it looks like an ad image for secretary school, not a volume of noir.

Did... I feel "repulsed and titillated" while reading this, as James Ellroy claimed I would?: YES.  Forget horror, noir is the best way to get a chill up one's spine!

Did... I find myself crushing on all the wrong people?: YES.  There's something so deadly sexy about a good femme fatale!

Did... I feel very grateful that I had this as an e-book edition?: YES, mostly.  At 731 pages, I wouldn't have been able to carry a hard copy around on my com…

Blameless by Gail Carriger

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Title:Blameless
Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: Fiction (Steampunk / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance)

Love/Hate?: A great deal of relieved affection.
Rating: 4.5ish/5
Did I finish?: Yes!
One-sentence summary: Alexia Maccon battles Templars and ladybugs.

Why did I get this book?: The sequel to Changeless
Source: My public library!
Challenges:Support Your Local Library

Do you like the cover?: Yes.  I'm pleased the publisher has kept the same model/style to each cover.  Very sharp.

First line from book: How much longer, Mama, must we tolerate this gross humilation?

Did... I find this one more enjoyable than Changeless?: YES, blessedly. Very little Ivy and no Angelique, although still too much Madame Lefoux and not nearly enough Akeldama.

Did... I discover I have a burgeoning crush on Professor Lyall?: YES.  Why is he so adorable?  I don't have words.

Did... I find the entire side plot with Biffy and Akeldama to be deliciously poignant?: YES.  I'm getting teary just remembering.

Review:

Teaser Tuesday, Oct 12

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Moved, finally, and I even found some time to read (my earlier plan of reading all day Mon didn't come to fruition, sadly).  This week's teaser is from Gail Carriger's Blameless, which I'm enjoying more than Changeless (thankfully).

"Really, Genevieve, must you go for the eye?  It's so unsightly."  Monsieur Trouvé appeared to agree with Alexia's disgust.

"Only if you promise not to use a pun like that again."

Wandering Wednesday, October 6

Some very interesting articles this week; I've two days until my big move.  Soon I'll stop mentioning it in every post I make.
From Jezebel: 'Read Edith Wharton's Surprisingly Steamy Erotica!' - Not the Wharton you read in high school; it is decidedly PG13+ for those who care.  I'm unsurprised Wharton had a sexy side! Having written just last week about the new Madame Bovary translation, NPR reviews it.For anyone eager to be on the cutting edge of the newest, up-and-coming novelists, the Guardian posts Granta's list of the best young Spanish-language novelists.  Probably a list worth watching; Granta previously held up a young Salman Rushdie as an author to watch in the '80s! In an awesome coincidence, after I named Sigrid Nunez as one of my top ten authors, Bookslut posted a new interview with her!And finally, my newest book website addiction, thanks to Media Bistro: a website that tracks book series for you!

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

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Title:Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars #1)
Author: Kersten Hamilton

Genre: Fiction (Young Adult - Paranormal/Supernatural)

Love/Hate?: Something very close to love.
Rating: 4.5ish/5
Did I finish?: Yes!
One-sentence summary: Teenage Teagan fights local jerks, evil goblins, crush on cute boy.

Why did I get this book?: The Blake reference. I couldn't resist!
Source:NetGalley

Do you like the cover?: Yes. It actually quite relates to the book and resembles, I imagine, the art of Aileen Wylltson (the heroine's mother).

First line from book: Please, Teagan Wylltson's fingers curled in American Sign Language as she spoke.

Did... I find everyone but the hero to be appealing and engaging?: YES.  Finn was sadly one-dimensional; a recurrent tertiary character had more heft than he did.

Did... I like, admire, and cheer for Teagan, our heroine?: YES.  Much like Aislinn from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, Teagan problem solved and kicked butt, cried and felt fear, fell in love and kept her spunk.�…

Top Ten Tuesday, Oct 5

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.



This week's Top Ten Tuesday is our favorite authors.

How to limit myself to ten?! This is worse than the top ten couples! Can I include Anonymous?! In seriousness, though, my top ten is literally my top ten of today, and I guarantee I'll feel differently later!

Diana Abu-Jaber: Start with her autobiography Language of Baklava because it's poignant and hilarious and includes very, very delicious recipes. Her novels are marvelous, too -- Crescent has some of the sexiest food descriptions I've ever read.



L.M. Alcott: What can I say about Alcott that's original?  Nothing.  I love her 'blood-and-thunder' tales the best, like A Long Fatal Love Chase, but I do have a sentimental soft spot for Eight Cousins

Djuna Barnes: First, she has a fabulous name (the 'd' is silent), and secondly, she lived a horrifically sad life and wrote painfully repulsively scathing novel…

Teaser Tuesday, October 5

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is from Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars #1) by Kersten Hamilton, a paranormal YA that's growing on me. While I'm sort of 'eh' on the hero (Finn; other than being of mythical blood, he's rather unimpressive), I like the heroine (Teagan) and her very-adorable-and-preternaturally-clever younger brother (Aiden). He's such a charming character, in fact, I can forgive the precocious genius thing. Anyway, today's tease (which is more than two sentences, as usual!):

The man looked at the inner tube in Teagan's hand, then dropped Aiden beside the w…

It's Monday, what are you reading?, October 4

A new meme from Book Journey: It's Monday, What Are You Reading?.

Last week I finished Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick, and unfortunately, I've been pretty unmotivated to read the last few days -- packing still for my move this coming weekend!

Still, I've got a few things in progress: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton, Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love edited by Trisha Tele, and The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi. I suspect my reading will be slow this week but I swear, come Monday, I'm spending the day in bed with my books!

Short Fiction Friday, October 1

Only one selection this week, and it's really not short fiction so much as a bunch of short fiction...

From Cabinet des Fées, a new edition of Scheherezade’s Bequest. Poetry, short fiction, essays, all relating to fairy tales. I've enjoyed every issue; this one is sure to be wonderful. I'll do a review later this week when the pressing drama of moving prep (boxes, boxes, and more boxes!) is over.