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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Bloom County Complete Library Volume 1 by Berkeley Breathed

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

My "can't-wait-to-read" selection for this week is:

Bloom County Complete Library Volume 1 by Berkeley Breathed

From Amazon:
"Berkley Breathed's Bloom County was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of all time. Bloom County ran from December 8th, 1980 to August 6th, 1989 and was published in an astounding 1200 newspapers on a daily basis. The huge popularity of Bloom County spawned a merchandizing bonanza, as well as two spin-off strips, Outland and Opus. The Bloom County Complete Library Volume 1 highlights the first time the entire run of the immensely popular Bloom County strip has been collected in beautifully designed hard cover books with exceptional reproduction."

Bloom County Complete Library Volume 1 will be released on October 6, 2009 from Idea & Design Works LLC.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

50. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein



Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 321
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 stars
Finished: 8-15-09

In The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein takes us on the amazing life's journey of an equally amazing hero, Enzo. Enzo is a dog, and he tells The Art of Racing in the Rain, describing his life from his early years with Denny to his adjustment to family life when Denny marries Eve and they have a daughter, Zoë, through Eve's passing and his final years with Denny and Zoë. The story is so much more involved that this simple synopsis, though. We experience all of Enzo's emotions; his thrills with riding in a race car with Denny, his growing love of the family that he perceives was forced upon him, his struggle to understand the human side of things so that he can be a better dog. Ultimately, the story is about a dog and his love for his human, and how he will do whatever he needs to do for his human to be happy.

Even though Enzo is a dog, quite frequently he comes through as the most human character in the story. His insights into human behavior and his own response to that behavior is a beautiful thing to watch unfold. He would have a lot to say about the human nature of others, but since he is a dog, he cannot speak. His inability to speak, however, gives him an opportunity to observe what is going on around him, and over his lifetime he gains an exceptional understanding into life and the nature of people. That, and his hours of being able to watch TV when no one is home.

There are so many times in the story where Enzo's thrill just to be alive practically leaps off the page. Not everything that happens in his life is as it should be; just like in real life, there are happier times and not so happier times, but it is how Enzo works his way through the problems and adapts and grows, making sure his is always there to do what Denny needs that really shows his love for his human.

You cannot talk about this book without discussing the other aspect of Denny's life, racing. Denny has the ability to become a world famous race car driver, but one setback after another prohibits him from ever fully realizing his dream. The title of the book comes from Denny's love of driving, and the theme of racing and driving are prevalent throughout the book, almost becoming a metaphor for the way to react to situations the characters find themselves in.

If you see this book on the shelf and are questioning it, don't hesitate to pick it up. Find a comfortable place and immerse yourself in the story. Just make sure that you have tissues at hand. Enzo's story is not always one of pure happiness, but it is one of pure love; the love that he has for Denny and that Denny has for him. Stein has created an amazing story for dog-lovers everywhere, and even if you aren't a dog person, you'll still find yourself cheering for Enzo and his adventures.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Book release: After by Amy Efaw


Jut a reminder that After by Amy Efaw is released today.** You can read my review of the book here.

** I think. According to Amazon and the Shelf Awareness ad that I saw for this book the other day, the release date is August 11, 2009. However, inside the actual book it says that it will be released on August 20, 2009, so if it isn't out today, it will be on the 20th.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim by Anne Rice

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

My "can't-wait-to-read" selection for this week is:

Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim by Anne Rice

From Amazon:
"Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in time past—a metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins.

The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O’Dare—a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of aliases—just now: Lucky the Fox—and takes his orders from “The Right Man.”

Into O’Dare’s nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. O’Dare, who long ago dreamt of being a priest but instead came to embody danger and violence, seizes his chance. Now he is carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear . . . In this primitive setting, O’Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love."

Angel Time will be released on October 27, 2009 from Knopf.