Archive for October, 2012

Croak & Scorch by Gina Damico

Croak & Scorch by Gina Damico

Cindy: Teen literature is full of stories in which teens are exiled from school or home for bad behavior. Hidden Talents by David Lubar, Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan, Holes by Louis Sachar, Bad by Jean Ferris, and The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Shrefer are just a few. But Lex Bartleby of Croak (Houghton/Graphia […]

Q & A: David Moody
By October 31, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Q & A: David Moody

David Moody, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, is the author of the Hater and Autumn series of post-apocalyptic novels. He’s also written a standalone novel, Trust, which features a group of aliens stranded on Earth. While very different in many ways, his books share a common theme: ordinary people tossed into […]

Choices, choices

Choices, choices

All the book groups I’m in and have connections with are getting ready to solidify next year’s titles. One of the tools we’re using to make selections is the latest edition of Reading Group Choices 2013. I’ve been a fan of these handy guides since 1995 and I’ve kept every copy since then. These are […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Hostile Questions: Jonathan Maberry
By October 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Jonathan Maberry

I could begin this by listing all of Jonathan Maberry‘s books, but that would be a bona fide tragedy for Hostile Questions fans, because it would take me several weeks and by then I’d be, you know, dead. If anyone could resurrect me, though, it would be Maberry, the literary world’s go-to guy for all […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis

Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis

Cindy: It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite page in this book. Okay, maybe I am partial to the grasshopper opposite the title page. The angle of the photograph makes it appear as if the little guy is flying overhead. But there’s no poetry on that page, so that can’t be my favorite. 2011 […]

Rockers Top Book Charts

Rockers Top Book Charts

Three musicians fill top spots on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list this week–Who Am I by Pete Townshend, In the Pleasure Groove by John Taylor (of Duran Duran fame) and Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young. Help your readers discover more stories behind the songs with these beat-keeping bios. Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung  […]

Posted in: Backlist
Planesrunner by Ian McDonald

Planesrunner by Ian McDonald

Lynn:  Picture this:  me, one chapter into Planesrunner (Prometheus/Pyr 2011) leaping around the room in sheer joy at finding a terrific science fiction book with real science for teens.  Huzzah!!!  I was positively giddy with the discovery that adult author McDonald both respected his teen audience and wrote REAL science fiction for them in his […]

Fighting Napoleon (with Dragons)
By October 26, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Fighting Napoleon (with Dragons)

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series follows the dragon Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, on adventures around the world as they seek to further the cause of the British in their battle to hold out against Napoleon during his expansive wars. I’ve read the first three in a series that stretches to seven titles so far. […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Horror Writers Association

Web Crush of the Week: Horror Writers Association

Bubble, Bubble, Books and Trouble. If you want to catch up on what’s new in horror writing, there’s no better place to start than the Horror Writers Associaton. Find out about the Bram Stoker Awards (including the new Vampire Book of the Century!), new releases, conferences, and a great FAQ that answers the question, “What […]

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Freebie Friday World Series Edition: Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey
By October 26, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday World Series Edition: Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, narrated Ben Hunter, is today’s give-away from Christianaudio. The start of the World Series is the perfect time for this memoir from the New York Mets starting pitcher. Christianaudio describes this audiobook as the story of a man “Sustained by his profound Christian […]

Posted in: Audiobooks