Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: August 6, 2013

The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane AustenThe Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford

“Where would I begin to explain it all…?”

Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen’s hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane’s close friend, has decided at last to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder…

Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford’s fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen’s mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen’s early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford’s vivid novel delves deep into Austen’s world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Here on Bibliomantics we’ll pretty much read anything Jane Austen. Assuming of course that it’s not just a sequel with an excuse to write some Mr. Darcy porn. Let’s not ruin the public domain completely people.

Big Egos S.G. BrowneBig Egos by S.G. Browne

Call him whatever. Call him whomever. He can be any legally authorized fictional character or dead celebrity he wants for six to eight hours, simply by injecting a DNA-laced cocktail into his brain stem. It’s called Big Egos and it’s the ultimate role-playing fantasy from Engineering Genetics Organization and Systems (aka EGOS.) And, as one of the quality controllers for EGOS, he’s the ultimate ego-tripper, taking on more artificial identities than advisable—and having a hell of a time doing it. Problem is, he’s starting to lose the ability to separate fact from fiction. His every fantasy is the new reality. And the more roles he plays, the less of him remains. Sure, it’s dangerous. Yes, he’s probably losing his mind. Okay, hundreds of others could be at risk. But sometimes who you are isn’t good enough. And the truth is, reality is so overrated

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: The short story this novel was based on was a fun and witty romp, so we can’t wait to see how it was transformed into full, blown novel form.

The Land of Stories Chris ColferThe Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Okay, so we’re not that excited since we disliked the original so much, mostly we just want to petition the cover artist to provide work for some actually decent novels. PLEASE!?!

Twittering from the Circus of the Dead Joe HillTwittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill

Come one, come all. The show’s about to begin. Step right up for the Circus of the Dead: where YOU are the concessions. #CircusoftheDead

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Joe Hill anything is well worth a read, but this eBook only short story sounds extra creepy. We especially love that it’s about a family vacation gone wrong told in the form of tweets. GENIUS! Bonus: the movie rights have been acquired so one day in the future it may be a movie. Not to be confused with the upcoming Horns adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe which keeps getting unfairly bogged down in production hell.

Infinityglass by Myra McEntireInfinityglass: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire

No time like the present.

No time in the present.

No time left.

From the moment the Hourglass group violated the rules of the space time continuum to rescue a murdered loved one, time has been in flux. People from other centuries slide into our time, intruding into our space, threatening our world.

Frantically seeking a way to turn back this tide, the Hourglass begins a search for the legendary Infinityglass, tracking it to the city of New Orleans, a place where the past rests easily with the present.

Quiet, reliable Dune, the group’s favorite geek, is selected to travel to the Crescent City and somehow retrieve the renowned object.

But there’s a problem.

Because the Infinityglass is not an object, it’s a person.

A beautiful, headstrong dancer named Hallie, a girl so enticing Dune can’t take his eyes off her.

And time is not on her side.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: A young adult series about time travel? Hells yes, sign us up! Also, in our head canon this is Reba McEntire’s poorly chosen pen name.

The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn TurgeonThe Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

In this kingdom, only one fairy tale can end with happily ever after.

In an enchanted forest, the maiden Rapunzel’s beautiful voice captivates a young prince hunting nearby. Overcome, he climbs her long golden hair to her tower and they spend an afternoon of passion together, but by nightfall the prince must return to his kingdom, and his betrothed.

Now king, he weds his intended and the kingdom rejoices when a daughter named Snow White is born. Beyond the castle walls, Rapunzel waits in her crumbling tower, gathering news of her beloved from those who come to her seeking wisdom. She tries to mend her broken heart but her love lingers, pulsing in the magic tendrils of her hair.

The king, too, is haunted by his memories, but after his queen’s mysterious death, he is finally able to follow his heart into the darkness of the forest. But can Rapunzel trade the shadows of the forest for the castle and be the innocent beauty he remembers?

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: We already read a galley copy (to be reviewed soon) so really you should be the excited one! This book is a richly woven tapestry combining the tales of Rapunzel and Snow White in a unique and compulsively readable way. BUY IT!

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