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New Releases? No, not today…

Greetings Literary Comrades!

This week in new book releases is a sparse one, at best, so I’ve opted not to put together a post. Mostly because there isn’t a post to put together! There’s a whole slew of romance releases, Nora Roberts and maybe some other namely persons that I do not know of, but nothing that was particularly standout for a sort of head’s up. A rather depressing day for literature, methinks, unless I’m missing something. That is ENTIRELY possible! If you know of any good books coming out this week, give us a head’s up on them in the comments, eh?

Since it’s a slow week, why don’t we try something fun for this Tuesday? A mini book review, of sorts! What’s your favorite title? What’s it about? Why do you love it so much? WHY DON’T YOU MARRY IT — errr. Right. Let’s hear it, nerdlings! Favorite book, reasons why: this is your assignment.

Now go! Illuminate our minds!


  • My favorite book:
    The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs

    I think Jacobs’ quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a year is inspiring and hilarious. The book is compendium of the whole britannica written in entries just like the encyclopedia but even more interesting. Love the book because you learn a lot through the entries and you laugh even more. The random facts contained in the encyclopedia are disclosed by Jacobs in a hilarious/humorous way, like for example the fact that Rene Descartes had a thing for cross-eyed ladies. Also there is a story behind the story. It gets really personal as he also chronicles, using smartly certain entries, his personal experiences with his wife. So, in conclusion, funny as crazy book and you’ll learn a lot of information (some useful, other random).

  • I’m going to recuse The Hitchhiker’s Guide books since it just wouldn’t be fair.

    But recently I’ve been nuts about Anansi Boys. Neil Gaiman uses mythology and fantasy in such interesting ways, and still manages to be hilarious. Plus, the way it’s structured is so cool…it’s like a spider web, meeting in the middle.

  • I’ve gotta give a shout out to the whole Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I guess it’s become kinda trendy, but I just love the damn characters so much. The history is well researched, you actually learn things along the way, and she doesn’t skimp on content. Plus she does a kickass job of combining history, romance, sex, time travel and medicine. Sounds crazy, but for me it totally plays.

  • Tatham Mound by Piers Anthony

    A completely different base compared to Anthony’s bread and butter, Sci-Fi novels, Tatham Mound is a wonderful read. It’s a Native American novel about a young man rise into manhood. Excellently descriptive and beautifully written, the book brought a then relatively unknown world to life. Anyone who asks me about what they should read I always recommend this book, and everyonecomes back says they loved it too.

  • I really like my friend Jason Malott’s book called _Evolution of Shadows_. Why do I like it?

    It’s beautifully written, for one thing. I know that’s kind of a cop-out, in that there’s no way to really describe “good writing,” but there it is. It’s a war story as well as a love story, but a love story without being a romance.

    I went to writing school with Jason, and so perforce have an insight on his process. The way he works shines through in the way this gripping story comes forth. It’s a perfect combination of almost poetically beautiful prose with the seat-edge need to know what happens next!

    I don’t want to go into more, b/c I don’t want to spoil the plot (which I found to be surprising and satisfying at the same time). Just get it. Read it. It’s immersive, beautiful, good storytelling.

  • Picking just one book is far too hard, but seeing as I just finished reading it for the third time, I’d have to say Lolita by Nabokov. For some reason it has become my annual summer reading, which might be borderline creepy. It’s just about the opposite of a light summer read, but the complexity of the metafiction and intertextuality blows my mind every time. Nabokov is the most verbally dexterous writer to have ever lived. That is an indisputable fact. (Unless you want to dispute it, because hey, it’s all subjective.)

    On another note – I want to get into Terry Pratchet. Does anyone have a recommendation for a Pratchet novel to read first? Does it matter?

  • I have to agree w/ Trude…the Outlander series by Diana has everything a male and female would want to read in a story… murder, time travel, revenge, drama, sex, twisting plots, sex, love, history, war, did I mention sex? I’ve known men and women to read and love this story. These are the kind of books you WISH hollywood would turn into a movie, just to see who they would cast as Jamie and Claire.

  • While my favourite books are the 7 Chronicle of Narnia books, one book I read recently and fell in love with was The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. I loved it because it took the fairytales that I loved when I was little and brought them back in an adult(ish) way.

    Others may not find this book all that great, however, since it is directed at a “young adult” audience.

  • Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.

    Reading through it is tough, but after the first or second time it really hits ya and you learn something new every time you read it!

  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Truly opened up my imagination when I was little, and I continued to read the sequels even after I graduated from high school. I recently bought a box set that I hope my son will enjoy as much as I did (in a few years… he’s only 3!).

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