Around the Interwebs: Volume XLVIII

28 Jan

Cats + Literary Puns = The Only Makeup You Will Ever Need (via Bustle)

Catssic Literature

Catssic Literature is the only collection of eyeshadow and lip balm you will buy from now on. Because when you buy Call Me Ishmeow, Edgar Allan Prrr, Jane Pawsten, Purrian Gray and the Great Catsby, how could you ever go back to normal makeup ever again? You can buy the whole collection at Hello Waffle Cosmetics.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: January 20, 2014

20 Jan

See How SmallSee How Small by Scott Blackwood

A riveting novel about the aftermath of a brutal murder of three teenage girls, written in incantatory prose “that’s as fine as any being written by an American author today.” (Ben Fountain)

One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the three teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. SEE HOW SMALL tells the stories of the survivors–family, witnesses, and suspects–who must endure in the wake of atrocity. Justice remains elusive in their world, human connection tenuous.

Hovering above the aftermath of their deaths are the three girls. They watch over the town and make occasional visitations, trying to connect with and prod to life those they left behind. “See how small a thing it is that keeps us apart,” they say. A master of compression and lyrical precision, Scott Blackwood has surpassed himself with this haunting, beautiful, and enormously powerful new novel.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: A horrifying true crime story from the 90s meets the best-selling novel The Lovely Bones.

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Tattoos Fade: Cassie-la Gets Drawn into the World of “Inked” by Eric Smith

19 Jan

Inked Eric SmithInked by Eric Smith (Galley)
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Genre: Fiction, young adult, dystopia, fantasy, magic, action and everything else you would expect to find in a YA dystopia
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Summary: The day of Caenum’s Inking is fast approaching, and he’s more than a little terrified about the profession his Ink might force him into. Prepared to leave his family and childhood friend, Caenum is ready to flee the life he loves for a future of his own choosing when his plans go awry. Will he be able to control his own fate, or will the magic-fearing Citadel achieve their ultimate goal of controlling his destiny for him?

We have a long history with Eric Smith here at Bibliomantics, from his social media work with Quirk Books to his self-published novel about writer’s block (Textual Healing), to his non-fiction guide to dating the geek way — all the way until now with his first foray into young adult fiction, a digital tale snagged by the imprint Bloomsbury Spark.

Inked has everything you expect from a young adult dystopia: romance (with accompanying sexual tension), ridiculously prophetic names, a high-stakes rebellion and a protagonist who blacks out just when things are getting good — although something has me convinced that Smith is making a tongue-in-cheek nod to other YA tropes rather than writing clichés in a number of these instances.

For example, when a young girl with fire for hair is revealed to be named Flycker, one character can’t help but say something to the effect of, “Don’t look at me, I didn’t name her.”

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: January 13, 2014

13 Jan

Last American VampireThe Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith returns with the follow-up to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter–a sweeping, alternate history of 20th Century America as seen through the eyes of vampire Henry Sturges.

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln’s shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia’s October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: In this order: Nikola Tesla, Jack the Ripper, Bram Stoker, Rasputin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Elliot Ness and Mark Twain. Can the third book please be called Nikola Tesla: Thomas Edison Hunter?

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We Need to Talk About the Illustrated “Harry Potter” Books

13 Jan

Hermione IllustratedEven though the newest edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone won’t be out until October, drawings from the first fully illustrated Harry Potter series have already hit the web.

Get ready to fall in love with Hogwarts all over again!

Assuming you ever fell out of love. We know, we know. Impossible.

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Based on this First Look, Rob Thomas’ ‘iZombie’ is the Undead Veronica Mars

11 Jan

If you were not yet aware, the CW teamed up yet again with “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas to adapt the Vertigo comic series iZombie into a television show of the same name.

In anticipation of the brand new show — which is premiering on March 17 — the CW released a first look at the series.

It’s very “Veronica Mars,” in that the main character is cute, blonde, provides voice-overs and has a knack for solving crime. The main difference? She’s a zombie who solves crimes by eating the brains of the deceased and imbibing their memories.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s 2014 Best (and Worst) of Reading List

7 Jan

Jaws the Revenge2014 shall forever be known as the year I failed my reading goal for the first time since deciding I was going to start setting them. Rest in peace reading goals.

Regardless, I still smashed my reading totals from 2008-2010, even if I couldn’t mimic the success of 2011-2013.

I suppose this is what happens when you’re juggling a full time job and a part time job. Reading 150 books in a year and still keeping your life in order just isn’t feasible.

Despite the change in circumstance, in 2014 I read a grand total of 96 books (see full visual list HERE), failing my 150 book goal abysmally. 21 of those were novels, 5 were anthologies, 1 was non-fiction, 35 of them were young adult novels, 26 were graphic novels and trades, 5 were middle grade books, 2 were children’s books and 1 was a poetry collection.

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