Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A TON of New Books

There are a whole lot of these, more than I think I can handle at any given time, but I'll give it a whirl.

A new graphic novel--newer than yesterday's batch because this one came downstairs this morning--Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton.

I am usually not hugely into graphic novels, because I read too fast to concentrate on all the pictures (it's a hard life). But this one is so cool! Come and look at the art--you'll love it.

The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson is all about boarding school and Nazis, never a good combination.

But there's dancing and standing up to bad things, so that's good.

Also, we have new-new paranormal chick-lit, Bite Me by Melissa Francis

Teenage vampire, ex-boyfriend becomes new step-brother, and a former classmate she may or may not have turned into a vampire. Oops. Here's what the publisher says, "The fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands."

I like.

And Whip It, by Shauna Cross, which is now a movie.

This is what happens when your mother wants you to be in pageants, but you'd rather be elbowing people at high speed--roller derby. I want to see the film when it comes out on DVD, but I'd better read this first. It's a rule, that one should read the book prior to seeing the movie. And if such rules were enforced, some of you would be in trouble...

Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup is one of our Rosie Nominees!

Emma's eighteen and she randomly wins the lottery--50 million dollars, and she's just getting started. Those of us with college loans think this sounds rather nice. But Emma only wants to not be lonely, and that's something money can't help her with.

Ditched and punched in the face by her (ex) best friend and crush-of-a-lifetime...this could be a good one.

If you don't know it already, I am currently enjoying all of Maureen Johnson's books, and I thought you might like to do the same. We just got the two novels of hers we didn't already have--The Bermudez Triangle

In which friends Nina, Avery, and Mel face their first summer apart, right before senior year starts. Not too bad, since they'll be back together soon. Nina comes back from a summer program at Stanford to find that Mel and Avery aren't just friends anymore, and now Nina is the odd one out.


Girl at Sea in which Clio Ford is drug onto a boat in the Mediterranean where she must spend the entire summer...with her father. What she'd much rather be doing is spending time at the art store with her crush. Instead she's coping with her dad's friend Martin, his partner Julia, her daughter Elsa, and Aidan, Julia's assistant.

I hope these will get me through the wait for the sequel to Suite Scarlett!

We also have book one of the Chaos Walking series: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

The town where Todd lives is a great deal different from most--everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts for one. They call this Noise, and right before his birthday, Todd stumbles across a spot that goes quiet--no more Noise. Just like that.

Too bad that now he knows it's around, everyone's trying to kill him.

On a much lighter note, the third installment in Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's Edwardian wizardry series, The Mislaid Magician, Or Ten Years After: Being the Private Correspondence Between Two Prominent Families Regarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Levels of Government and Security of the Realm.

LAURA'S WORD TO THE WISE: If you have not read Sorcery and Cecelia or The Grand Tour, check them out first. I have from several trusted sources that this book will be confusing if you don't have a little back story.

However, I refuse to give you back story, because reading it yourself will be more fun. These books will make you laugh, really laugh, and I will not give you a bland description of all that funny.

Of course, we still have more new books, but I'm done fighting this computer for a little while, that vein in my temple is doing the thing where it shoots wave after wave of pain through my cranium, something that might lead to my head popping like an egg in the microwave.

Thought you might like that image.


Tim Hamilton said...

Thanks for giving the Fahrenheit adaptation a mention!

Tim Hamilton

wabashteens said...

Happy to!