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Monday, March 31, 2014

March 2014 Month Recap

Books Read
  1. Infinity by Jonathan Hickman, art by Jim Cheung, Jerome OpeƱa, & Dustin Weaver
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past by by Chris Claremont, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Alan Davis, & John Francis Moore, art by John Byrne, Jackson Guice, Terry Shoemaker, Chris Wozniak, & Joe Bennet
  3. Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke
  4. Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland adapted by Rod Espinosa
  5. The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White

1936 pages total

Gender of author
4 male
1 female

Year of Publication
1981 - 1
2013 - 1
2014 - 3

Books Acquired
12 Total
2 - hardcovers purchased at signing at B&N
5 - paperbacks purchased at signing at B&N
1 - hardcover purchased at signing at local Indie
1 - paperback purchased at signing at local Indie
2 - hardcovers received as birthday presents
1 - ARC received from publisher

2013 Year to Date Totals
Books Read: 30
Pages Read: 6146
Books Acquired: 37
Books Acquired Read: 8

Sunday, March 23, 2014

In Time Like Air by May Sarton


Title: In Time Like Air
Author: May Sarton
Copyright: 1958
Pages: 80
Publisher: Rinehart & Co
Format: Hardcover


There is anxiety hot in the throat,
The dark wood where even lovers get lost,
The axe held loosely, dangerous in the hand,
That might slip, those cloudy dreams of threat.
There is always ahead some next, more awful test,
Or again the bog, indifference, dragging quicksand;
There is the never-ending battle with
The unforgiven, unforgiving self for truth.
It may all prove untenable for lack of hope,
Something we cannot deal with or escape—

These are the things we lie awake to ponder.

There is in each of us a healing mother;
There is the hand cradling the axe, breaking
Dead wood down, held lightly with clean grace;
There is the help we can give each other,
And every morning, light at our first waking
As if each day a blessing did take place.
Despite all fumbles, bungling, we endure,
Manage to go on building the hard inner core,
A free self that might harbor faithful love.
There is more in us than we have learned to give.

These are the things we lay awake to ponder.

My favorite poem from the collection.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shannon Hale talks about her new book, Dangerous, and is delightfully excitable!

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OK, so I've never read anything by Shannon Hale before, but she is one of Sarah's favs so when we heard that she was going to be at Schuler Books, we knew we were going to see her. What I didn't know about Shannon Hale is that she is a certified nerd/geek of the finest quality, and I was immediately smitten with her! And she is delightfully excitable! (It's really hard to get a pic of her mid-talk, because she's so excited about everything she's talking about that she never really stops moving! Her excitement is addicting.) And I can't wait to read Dangerous, as she is one of those authors that actually takes the time to talk to scientists to make sure that the science fiction in her book is grounded more in science than fiction, because, you know, science is cool and all that.

So, there is it is. We just got back a short time ago from the signing, and I've still buzzing in author fan-girling afterglow and it's time for me to try to go to bed!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest, from Roc Trade

You guys! YOU GUYS!! Maplecroft has a cover!!! & I LOVE IT!!!!

Jump on over to Cherie Priest's blog for more info on the book. September can't get here quick enough!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes, from Hallowed Ink Press

Title: Contact
Author: Laurisa White Reyes       
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Expected Release Date: June 23rd, 2014

It takes only half a second…

 …Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.

“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth.

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

After earning her B.A. in English in 1995, Laurisa White Reyes spent many years writing for newspapers and magazines before gathering enough courage to live her dream of writing novels. Contact is her third published book. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in creative writing, is a book editor for Hamilton Springs/Xchyler Press, and is the Editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine. She lives in Southern California with her husband and five children.