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Comments for On My Wishlist: February 26, 2011
Reading wishlist books is so fulfilling. Last weekend when I wasn't entertaining my in laws or working on my papers, I had my nose in Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand. If you haven't read the book and like urban fantasy / horror, you must!
Much of my wishlist reading right now is curtailed by a project I'm working on for school. I have to put together a themed list of twelve books on astronomy for the ages five to eight. The books have to be spread across nonfiction, picture books, a chapter book, poetry, biography and mythology. Also two of them have to be DVD or audio books. For the books, they have to be in print and hardcovers. I can't just compile the list, I also have to read all the books. This means I'm checking out lots and lots of books to compile the list.
What this means to my wishlist reading project is two fold. One, I have about twenty books checked out right now just for this project. Two, much of my extra reading time is going to this project.
I do though have a couple wishlist books at home to read soon. They are Almost Single by Advaita Kala, Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand, The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez and The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss.
My ten new wishes are actually from last month.
Blue Beetle Vol. 1: Shellshocked by Keith Giffen & John Rogers and illustrated by Cynthia Martin & Cully Hammer (recommended by impatientape)
Collecting THE BLUE BEETLE #1-6! Tearing its way through the events of DAY OF VENGEANCE and INFINITE CRISIS, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab has chosen its new guardian: teenager Jaime Reyes! But supernatural powers can be a blessing or a curse, and when it comes to the powers of the Scarab, you don't get one without the other.
American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction by Dale Bailey (Recommended by IRoSF)
When Edgar Allan Poe set down the tale of the accursed House of Usher in 1839, he also laid the foundation for a literary tradition that has assumed a lasting role in American culture. “The House of Usher” and its literary progeny have not lacked for tenants in the century and a half since: writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Stephen King have taken rooms in the haunted houses of American fiction. Dale Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. The author concludes that the haunted house has become a powerful and profoundly subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American Dream.
What happens when you wish for something terrible ... and your wish comes true? Young Sarah is about to find out. Left at home to mind her baby brother, Toby, she finds herself trying to comfort a screaming infant as a wild storm rages about the house. In a fit of temper, she wishes that the goblins would come and take the child away. Unfortunately, they do.
Sarah then plunges into a whirlwind adventure. If she cannot reach the center of the mysterious Labyrinth within thirteen hours, Jareth — King of the Goblins — will keep Toby forever. In the twists and turns of her dangerous journey to Jareth's castle, she meets an extraordinary variety of strange characters, some more friendly than others. But none of them will be able to help her unless she musters the courage to challenge Jareth -- no matter what the odds.
Natural History by DK Publishing (Recommended by Freida's Voice)
A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth's natural history. Giving a clear overview of the classification of our natural world-over 6,000 species-Natural History looks at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. Featuring a remarkable array of specially commissioned photographs, Natural History looks at thousands of specimens and species displayed in visual galleries that take the reader on an incredible journey from the most fundamental building blocks of the world's landscapes, through the simplest of life forms, to plants, fungi, and animals.
The Devil's Share by Kris Farmen (Recommended by The Black Sheep Dances)
Can we ever own land — or does the land instead possess us? That question underpins this elegantly written account of a young man's action-filled year in the Wrangell-St. Elias wilderness, where mountains rise to pierce the sky. There he faces the dangers hidden behind both the smiles of humans and the beauties of the vast country where Canada and Alaska meet.
In the spring of his eighteenth year, Jack enters those mountains to work at a lakeside wilderness lodge near his birthplace — a homestead from which his family had been evicted by federal action when he was a toddler. What starts out as a simple summer job assisting a family friend with his guiding business becomes a complex struggle for survival among the snares set by bears and glaciers, smugglers and park rangers, bitter weather and one beautiful, troubled young woman. Jack's adventure makes for a unique coming of age story; a genuine mountain man cannot fit comfortably in the early years of the twenty-first century, and he becomes truly a man out of time.
Alaska author Farmen, who has lived and worked in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, knows both the mountain landscape and the corners of the human heart; here his knowledge fills the pages with gripping prose.
(Taken from the publisher's website) http://www.alaskafiction.com/mbtitles.html
City of Fire by by Laurence Yep (Recommended by A Fantatic's Book Blog)
When her older sister dies trying to prevent the theft of one of her people’s great treasures, Scirye sets out to avenge her and recover the precious item. Helping her are Bayang, a dragon disguised as a Pinkerton agent; Leech, a boy with powers he has not yet discovered; and Leech’s loyal companion Koko, who has a secret of his own. All have a grudge against the thieves who stole the treasure: the evil dragon Badik and the mysterious Mr. Roland.
Scirye and her companions pursue the thieves to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island being created by magic. There, they befriend Pele, the volatile and mercurial goddess of volcanoes. But even with Pele on their side, they may not be able to stop Mr. Roland from gaining what he seeks: the Five Lost Treasures of Emperor Yu. Together, they will give him the power to alter the very fabric of the universe.
(Laurence Yep is one of my favorite children's authors)
Native Star by M.K. Hobson (Recommended by The Allure of Books)
In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses history, fantasy, and romance. Prepare to be enchanted by M. K. Hobson’s captivating take on the Wild, Wild West.
Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart.
The Seer of Shadows by Avi (Recommended by Eating YA Books)
Newbery Medalist Avi weaves one of his most suspenseful and scary tales—about a ghost who has to be seen to be believed and must be kept from carrying out a horrifying revenge.
The time is 1872. The place is New York City. Horace Carpetine has been raised to believe in science and rationality. So as apprentice to Enoch Middleditch, a society photographer, he thinks of his trade as a scientific art. But when wealthy society matron Mrs. Frederick Von Macht orders a photographic portrait, strange things begin to happen.
Horace's first real photographs reveal a frightful likeness: it's the image of the Von Machts' dead daughter, Eleanora.
Pegg, the Von Machts' black servant girl, then leads him to the truth about who Eleanora really was and how she actually died. Joined in friendship, Pegg and Horace soon realize that his photographs are evoking both Eleanora's image and her ghost. Eleanora returns, a vengeful wraith intent on punishing those who abused her.
Rich in detail, full of the magic of early photography, here is a story about the shadows, visible and invisible, that are always lurking near.
The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton
In a time of grand airships and steam-powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page. But part-time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister's murder. When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance—even against the advice of Constable Al Grant, who takes her protection surprisingly to heart.
Lady Law puts Scotland Yard to shame. She's apprehended Jack the Ripper and solved countless other cold-case crimes. No one knows how she does it, but it's brought her fortune, renown and even a title. But is she really what she claims to be—a genius at deducting? Or is Al right and she is not be trusted?
Julia is determined to find out the truth, even if it means turning sleuth herself—and turning the tables on Lady Law.
Emily's Surprising Voyage by Sue Purkiss and illustrated by James de la Rue (Recommended by Library Mice)
Emily is prepared for a long, monotonous voyage to Australia, but then she meets Thomas - and notices a small head and two beady eyes peeking out from his pocket. It seems that adventure may lie ahead after all! Emily and her parents have embarked on the famous SS Great Britiain, the first-ever iron ship, designed by the great Victorian engineer, Brunel, and are bound for Australia. Emily assumes the journey will be long and boring, but soon she meets Thomas and his pet rat, Barney. It has become increasingly difficult for Thomas to look after his pet and so he asks Emily to help. Then the children hear about a ghost.
Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Recommended by Sacramento Book Review)
The wind and I play
The wind is winning. When you’re a guy, nature is one big playground—no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to swordfight with in the winter.
Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuff—like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school.
Comment #1: Saturday, February, 26, 2011 at 10:06:05
Hopefully you can get back to reading wish list books soon. And who knows, maybe something you end up reading for your school project might be interesting!
Comment #2: Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 20:21:00
Fortunately I like reading picture books so I don't mind the project. I just have to be careful to have enough wiggle room on my card so I can get books for the project as I need to.
Comment #3: Saturday, February, 26, 2011 at 15:34:55
I've heard interesting things about Lady Law and Native Star. Hope you get all your picks this week!
Comment #4: Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 20:27:53
Oh no. Not this week. No way. I'm reading through my list oldest to newest. So it will probably be close to a year before I get to this week's list!
Comment #5: Saturday, February, 26, 2011 at 18:52:00
You always have such a fascinating list of books :-)
Comment #6: Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 20:28:22
Comment #7: Saturday, February, 26, 2011 at 19:55:54
Great wish list! I'll have to check some of these out!
Comment #8: Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 20:28:35
Wonderful. Maybe we can compare notes later.
Comment #9: Saturday, February, 26, 2011 at 21:46:13
You've got a bunch of books that I haven't seen before here. Native Star by M.K. Hobson sounds especially interesting.
Comment #10: Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 20:29:14
Maybe we'll both read them.
Comment #11: Sunday, February, 27, 2011 at 04:24:34
The Seer of Shadows and Native Star sound like excellent novels, and I'm pretty sure I would love reading them. I also like the book about the haunted house in in American fiction. I never really thought about it, but haunted houses are very popular in fiction, so much that they are practically a genre on their own. Excellent choices!
Comment #12: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 21:25:42
Haunted house novels are certainly their own subgenre of horror and I love them.