Stacking the Shelves (169)

April 2, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 0 Comments

OH MAN. What a week. I didn’t get a whole lot done on the blog but I’m surprised I got ANYTHING done considering I worked damn near 70 hours last week. I’m really glad March is over, to say the least. I got a few books in the mail including a really awesome box from Big Honcho Media which alas, isn’t included in this post because I didn’t have a chance to get a picture yet. Next week though! This week is all about American Gods. 🙂

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]

Purchased
Anansi Boys (American Gods #2) by Neil Gaiman [Purchase — Only $1.99!]
Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite [Purchase — Only $0.99!]

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Recommended Reading 101: Graphic Novels

April 1, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 3 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Graphic Novels 101

With the rise in graphic novel popularity, these are a few I feel have been glanced over but are definitely deserving of a read.

 photo 26351_zpsyyvxap7n.jpgIf you’re looking for a story about a housewife that is more than she seems…

Lady Killer is the story of Josie Schuller, a picture-perfect wife and mother who kills people in her spare time before picking the kids up from school. This one is a ton of gritty fun with some unexpected laughs and gorgeous (yet bloody) illustrations. Volume 2 comes out in a few short months.


 photo 11489682_zpswjy8wrgc.jpgIf you’re looking for true crime in the form of a graphic novel…

…then you should pick up Green River Killer. This is the true story of a serial killer in the 1980s, responsible for the deaths of dozens of women in the Seattle area. The most interesting thing about this novel is the author is the son of Tom Jensen, the detective who was put in charge of this case.


 photo 20495212_zpskta3fkoi.jpgIf you’re looking for a story about zombies that isn’t The Walking Dead…

Revival, Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends is the introduction to a small town that is put under quarantine after the dead come back to life. They’re far from the people they were in life, but they aren’t the straight-forward out for brains zombies. After a brutal murder though, the dead coming back to life are suddenly the least of their worries.


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Life’s Too Short: Lincoln in the Bardo, Exit West, The Wanderers

March 30, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, Life's Too Short 9 Comments

Life’s Too Short: Lincoln in the Bardo, Exit West, The WanderersLincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
Published by Random House Audio Publishing Group on February 14th 2017
Length: 7 hours and 25 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

DNF @ 3%

Me: “Wow! 166 audiobook narrators seems insane but that could be really cool. Like a full-cast play!”

Me mid-listen: “Well, it’s kind of convoluted but not too bad. It’s not really interesting though, at least so far. And when the other narrators speak up they kind of sound like they’re detached from the main production… if that makes sense. Like, floating disconnected voices. I’m intrigued though!”

“When we are newly arrived in this hospital-yard, young sir, and feel like weeping, what happens is, we tense up ever so slightly, and there is a mildly toxic feeling in the joints, and little things inside us burst. Sometimes we might poop a bit if we are fresh. Which is just what I did, out on the cart that day: I pooped a bit while fresh, in my sick-box, out of rage, and what was the result? I have kept that poop with me all this time, and as a matter of fact–I hope you do not find this rude, young sir, or off-putting, I hope it does not impair our nascent friendship–that poop is still down there, at this moment, in my sick-box, albeit much dryer!”

Sorry, but uh, that definitely does impair our friendship, kind sir.

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Published by Riverhead Books on March 7th 2017
Pages: 240
Genres: Magical Realism, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

DNF @ 15%

I had high hopes for this one. Romance + war + magical realism… honestly anything magical realism makes my ears perk up even though little of it ever works for me. I wanted to know more about the war itself, the state of the world and how they had reached the point they were at, but by 15% the most detailed information given was about Saeed’s mom and dad’s sex life before he was born. Which, no thanks.

I also had a bit of an issue with the writing that I could have easily ignored if the story itself was captivating. But lines like this:

“He was an independent-minded, grown man, unmarried, with a decent post and a good education, and as was the case in those days in his city with most independent-minded, grown men, unmarried, with decent posts and good educations, he lived with his parents.”

…hilariously reminded me of this meme:

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Life’s Too Short: Lincoln in the Bardo, Exit West, The WanderersThe Wanderers by Meg Howrey
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 14th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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In four years Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation every created.

Retired from NASA, Helen had not trained for irrelevance. It is nobody’s fault that the best of her exists in space, but her daughter can’t help placing blame. The MarsNOW mission is Helen’s last chance to return to the only place she’s ever truly felt at home. For Yoshi, it’s an opportunity to prove himself worthy of the wife he has loved absolutely, if not quite rightly.

Sergei is willing to spend seventeen months in a tin can if it means travelling to Mars. He will at least be tested past the point of exhaustion, and this is the example he will set for his sons.

As the days turn into months the line between what is real and unreal becomes blurred, and the astronauts learn that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The Wanderers gets at the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.

DNF @ 5%

There isn’t anything particularly wrong with this one, but when you compare it to The Martian, I’m going to have certain expectations. The Wanderers is more character study than anything and isn’t anywhere close to humorous. The dialogue felt stilted, there was a lot of talk about creating suits for space which could be cool but really wasn’t. I also read a slight spoiler that made me convinced I made the right decision View Spoiler » All in all, it was a snooze fest and I just wasn’t in the mood.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

March 29, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-LesnevichThe Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Published by Flatiron Books on May 16th 2017
Pages: 336
Genres: True Crime, Memoir
Format: Hardcover
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Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears him speak of his crimes―she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime.

But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s.

An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, The Fact Of a Body is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed―but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe―and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

About Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which will be published by Flatiron Books (Macmillan) in May 2017. It is also forthcoming from publishers internationally. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and Rona Jaffe Award recipient, she has twice been a fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo. Her essays appear in The New York Times, Oxford American, Iowa Review, and many other publications, and were recognized “notable” in Best American Essays 2013, 2015, and 2016. She earned her JD at Harvard and now teaches at Grub Street and in the graduate public policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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It’s been ages since I’ve read any True Crime but this one sounds like an original twist to the genre.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

March 28, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is all about the authors I’d love to meet. This list could have gone far beyond the requisite ten, but I condensed it down to five authors that I could actually meet someday and five that I’d have to meet in the afterlife.

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There’s no one I’d rather talk about zombies with.

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If he’s anything like he is on Twitter, he’d be a fun guy to lunch with and bash on Trump.

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There’s something about Atwood that I find endlessly fascinating.

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Maas always seems like such a down-to-earth person and chatting about swoony boys in fantasy would be the best time.

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Of course I’d want to discuss her fascinating stories but really we’d just end up chatting about cars.

Maybe in the afterlife?

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Honestly, could you meet anyone crazier? I bet he was a riot.

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A man of science that believed in séances and fairies would be all sorts of interesting to talk to.

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One of the only people capable of making science fun for me. Any conversation with Crichton would have been fascinating.

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Little is known about Borchardt, the lesser known sister. I’d love to hear about her how her stories came to be.

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Same goes for Nabokov, I’d love to see how such twisted stories come about from seemingly normal people (The Collector).

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 27th, 2017

March 27, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 6 Comments

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of March 27th, 2017

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

100 Hours (100 Hours #1) by Rachel Vincent [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

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The Body Market (The Wired #2) by Donna Freitas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HarperTeen

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Scholastic Press

Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Scholastic

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Dream Forever (Dream Walker #3) by Kit Alloway [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Overturned by Lamar Giles [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Scholastic

Bull by David Elliott [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HarperTeen

Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HarperCollins

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Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Algonquin Young Readers

Vigilante by Kady Cross [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Finding What’s Real (Escaping Perfect #2) by Emma Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

What Girls Are Made of by Elana K. Arnold [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 1st 2017 by Carolrhoda Books

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Honestly Ben (Openly Straight #2) by Bill Konigsberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Great Wave of Tamarind (Tamarind #3) by Nadia Aguiar [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HarperCollins

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 1st 2017 by Skyscape

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Immortal Unchained (Argeneau #25) by Lynsay Sands [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Avon

Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlín R. Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 31st 2017 by Subterranean Press

The Awakening (Graveyard Queen #6) by Amanda Stevens [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Mira

The First City (The Dominion Trilogy #3) by Joe Hart [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

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Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Forge Books

A Perfect Obsession (New York Confidential #1) by Heather Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Mira Books

My Darling Detective by Howard Norman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Bridge by Stuart Prebble [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Mulholland Books

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency (Hettie Bagshot Mysteries #1) by Mandy Morton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Minotaur Books

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The Satanic Mechanic (Tannie Maria Mystery #2) by Sally Andrew [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Ecco

The Devil’s Feast (Avery & Blake #3) by M.J. Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by William Morrow

The Girls of Ennismore by Patricia Falvey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

It Happens All the Time: A Novel by Amy Hatvany [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Atria Books

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Dial Press

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel by Marita Golden [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Arcade Publishing

City of Friends by Joanna Trollope [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 1st 2017 by Pan Macmillan

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A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Pocket Books

An Extraordinary Union (Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Kensington

The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Avon

Highland Barbarian (Murray Family #13) by Hannah Howell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Zebra

It Started with a Kiss (The Worthingtons #3) by Ella Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Zebra Shout

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Stacking the Shelves (168)

March 26, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

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New Books

New Celeste Ng! So very excited for this one after how much I loved Everything I Never Told You. Attachments is my favorite Rowell and I’ve been thinking about a re-read so I knew I needed to snag it for my personal collection. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams is a Plath I never heard of but I do love her so and I’ve been dying to get my hands on some more Christie and I got this one from my used bookstore for $2. 🙂

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For Review
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Purchased
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell [Purchase – $1.99!]
Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie

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Recommended Reading 101: Magical Realism

March 25, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 4 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Magical Realism 101

 photo 22535489_zpsq6g2rpnc.jpgIf you’re looking for mythology + magical realism…

Bone Gap is the gorgeously written retelling of the abduction of Persephone myth. It’s cryptically written but it’s also fanciful and unconventional. Mythology + Magical Realism + Romance = Bone Gap. There’s a reason this was a National Book Award finalist in 2015.


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Perfume is the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a boy born with an astonishing sense of smell. He grows up and becomes an apprentice to a master perfumer who teaches him the art of making perfume. His desire to create the ultimate perfume takes him down a very dark path. This remains one of my all-time favorite reads.


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Sarah Addison Allen was my first introduction into the sweeter form of magical realism and I adore everything she’s written. Sugar Queen, the story of Josey Cirrini who has an insatiable sweet tooth, is my favorite of hers. Romance + fairy godmother + delicious sweets = a most delectable tale.


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Short & Sweet – Everything Box + Wrong Dead Guy

March 23, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 2 Comments

Short & Sweet – Everything Box + Wrong Dead GuyThe Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
Series: Another Coop Heist #1
Published by Harper Voyager on April 19th 2016
Pages: 368
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Funny-ha-ha
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Dead Set

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Reminiscent of the edgy, offbeat humor of Chris Moore and Matt Ruff, the first entry in a whimsical, fast-paced supernatural series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim novels—a dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again.

22000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn’t get to do field work, and if he does well, he’s certain he’ll get a big promotion.

And now it’s time . . . .

The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.

“Crap.”

2015. A thief named Coop—a specialist in purloining magic objects—steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn’t know that his latest job could be the end of him—and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn’t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him.

It’s a doomsday device. They think . . .

And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.

Thousands of years ago, God decided to destroy the Earth and all who resided on it. Fortunately, us pesky mortals are pretty good survivalists and we didn’t all perish as was intended. This time, God sends an angel named Qaphsiel to Earth with a special box that would take the rest of us out for good. Except all didn’t go as planned. Qaphsiel lost the box.

“So, you’re the angel of Death?” The angel shook his head, a little embarrassed. “I don’t have that honor. In Heaven, I’m the celestial who bears the great golden quills, the silver Chroma, the holy vellums upon which the Lord God inscribes the fate of the universe.” Tiras’s eyes narrowed. “You’re in charge of office supplies. You’re the angel of office supplies.”

Thousands of years after the box was lost, we’re introduced to Coop. Coop has had it a bit rough lately. He’s a thief who was hired to steal some documents because his natural aversion to magical booby traps made him the perfect man for the job… but things didn’t turn out so well and he was soon thrown in prison for an undetermined amount of time. An old friend pulled some strings to get him out but only because a man by the name of Mr. Babylon requires Coop for a job. A job to steal a mysterious box. But once he does steal it, he’s instructed to steal it back for a secret government group that goes by the name of the Department of Peculiar Science, or else it’s straight back to prison. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Problem is, there are two doomsday cults trying to get the box so they can trigger the apocalypse, criminals who want to sell the box for money, a mysterious stranger that only brings destruction, and the original angel that misplaced the box in the first place trying to get it. Coop wants nothing to do with it but he’s soon embroiled in a world-ending conflict.

“I’m not sure I should smile at people anymore.”
“Yours is a little strained these days,” said Morty.
Sally came up with a drink in each hand. “Definitely don’t smile at people. You do look like you wonder what their liver tastes like.”

The pending apocalypse has never been more fun. Kadrey brings a bizarre sense of humor (and magic) to the end of the world and Coop is the hilariously witty spokesperson. The focus is less on worldbuilding and more on extending the hilarity for as long as possible (and sometimes beyond) but I can’t complain because this story made me laugh far more than I expected it to. The multiple storylines were handled well without getting too convoluted but again, the focus was on the humor at all times and the bit players were, for the most part, a ludicrous bunch and it wasn’t vital to keep a close track on exactly who was who. The Everything Box is a refreshing variation on the Urban Fantasy genre that feels much like a Men in Black/The Italian Job mashup in all the best ways.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet – Everything Box + Wrong Dead GuyThe Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey
Series: Another Coop Heist #2
Published by Harper Voyager on February 28th 2017
Pages: 432
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Funny-ha-ha
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Dead Set

three-stars

In this fast paced sequel to The Everything Box—the second entry in Richard Kadrey’s comedic supernatural series—chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not- quite-dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magic

Coop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device—heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top secret government agency that polices the odd and strange. Now Woolrich, Coop’s boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf. With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that’s half-cat, half-robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch.

It’s not Coop’s fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus they didn’t find the mummy they were expecting. Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn’t exactly dead—and now it’s escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn’t encountered before. Being a boss, Woolrich blames his underling for the screw up and wants Coop to find the missing Harkhuf and make it right, pronto.

Digging into Harkhuf’s history, Coop thinks the mummy is hunting for an ancient magical manuscript that will help him bring his old lover back to life.
Which wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t a warrior sorceress hell-bent on conquering the world with her undead armies.

Coop would very much like to run from the oncoming chaos. It’s one thing to steal a mummy, but another to have to deal with head-hunting bureaucrats, down-on-their luck fortune tellers, undead mailroom clerks, and a rather unimpressed elephant. Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to run. If he wants the madness to stop, he’s going to have to suck it up and play hero one more time. But if Coop manages to save the world AGAIN, he’s definitely going to want a lot of answers. And a raise.

“Really, Cooper, you’re in good hands. We can’t afford any more employee homicides until the next fiscal quarter,” said Woolrich.
“If you try just a little harder, I think you can be even less reassuring.”

Coop is back! And this time, he’s left his days of thievery behind for a day job with the Department of Peculiar Science. He’s involved in yet another race against the clock to save the world just replace the box with a mummy and its undead army. When Coop and his team are instructed to steal a mummy from a museum, the plan, of course, does not go according to plan and Coop ends up being cursed by the newly awakened mummy, Harkhuf, they were supposed to steal. On the sidelines, Coop’s nemesis from the first installment, Nelson, is stirring up trouble at work by stealing office supplies and just being a general nuisance but is clearly leading up to something big.

The Wrong Dead Guy is yet another thrilling tale of humor and sarcasm, but it felt like the subdued version of the jokes already told in The Everything Box. Coop’s wit also proved to be infectious because every major and minor character seemed to sound exactly like him, making this wide cast a bit hard to differentiate at times. The one new bizarro character that proved to be quite a laugh was Dr. Lupinsky, the deceased Egyptologist that inhabited a robotic octopus and a cat that was constantly requiring new batteries. (Because that’s what happens when you mess with the wrong sort of magic.) Which brings me to what I love most about Kadrey’s stories: they all include these outrageously preposterous tidbits that make them so uniquely him. There isn’t very much room to breath, plot-wise, because of the non-stop action so take a big deep breath before diving into this one. You won’t want to put this one down till it’s all said and done.

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Waiting on Wednesday – If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

March 22, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – If We Were Villains by M.L. RioIf We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Published by Flatiron Books on April 11th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.

About M.L. Rio

M. L. Rio is an author, but before she was an author she was an actor, and before she was an actor she was just a word nerd whose best friends were books. She holds a master's degree in Shakespeare Studies from King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. When she's not reading, writing, or explaining why the Authorship Question is actually just a conspiracy theory, she fills her time with friends and family, wine and whiskey, and music made twenty years before she was born.

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Anything that gets compared to The Secret History makes me both cringe and hopeful. Cringe because those are some big boots to fill (especially for a debut!) but hopeful because I need more books like TSH in my life. Plus, that cover is all kinds of amazing.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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