Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Most Anticipated Releases in the First Half of 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.

This week’s prompt was Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2017.

You can check out the 2017 January to June releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on (complete with official synopses) below!

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‘Geek Love’ Author Katherine Dunn Passes Away

Geek Love Author Katherine Dunn

The world was saddened today to learn of the death of Katherine Dunn, who is best known for her spectacular 1989 cult classic Geek Love. She was 70-years-old.

According to her son, Dunn passed away on May 11 due to complications with lung cancer.

In addition to her seminal novel about a family of carnival oddities, Dunn was also an avid boxing fan who took up the sport and wrote about it on the web for the Cyber Boxing Zone and in a column for the Willamette Week.

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Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Best Books Cassie-la Read in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday Best 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.

This week’s prompt was Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 and because I also read a lot of great graphic novels and trades, I chose to compile this list with only novels in mind.

As per usual, my annual best of the year list — which is much more comprehensive — will be up in late 2015/early 2016 complete with my favorite short stories and comic books.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s August 2015 Wrap Up

August 2015 Wrap Up

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Creepy, atmospheric and beautifully illustrated, Through the Woods is full of haunting, occasionally fairy/folktale-esque stories (that may leave you wanting more) and a strong color scheme. You can get a brief taste over on my Instagram.

Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham

After a series of disappointing volumes in its latter run, I am not necessarily sad to see Fables go. Much like its predecessors, the final volume had some great moments but was also stuffed with a lot of unnecessary filler. I mourn for the Fables that was, not what it became.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Anyone who loves mermaids, circuses and post-apocalyptic landscapes should read Kirsty Logan’s gorgeously written story about a world destroyed by rising sea levels and the two girls who dream of something better. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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Till Human Voices Wake Us and We Drown: Cassie-la Dives Into ‘The Gracekeepers’ by Kirsty Logan

Gracekeepers Kirsty LoganThe Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, circus, mermaids, absolutely nothing to do with Waterworld
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

SummaryThe world was forever altered by a sudden rise in sea levels, dividing the planet into two groups: the powerful landlockers and the sea-faring damplings. Lonely dampling North has only known her life aboard the circus boat the Excalibur with her bear, while landlocker Callanish has chosen isolation and performs burials at seas. When a storm brings the two girls together, they begin to dream for the first time of a brand new world.

Kirsty Logan’s beautifully written debut novel The Gracekeepers is perfect for fans of mermaids, circuses, fantasy worlds and prose that sings from line to line.

It’s set in a fully realized post-apocalyptic world where rising sea levels have destroyed cities and created a brand new landscape dominated by the ocean. Because of this global warming allegory, those who own and live on land (landlockers) have more food and resources and thus more power, while the 99 percent (damplings) are forced to live at sea.

Both classes resent each other, with the always hungry damplings being forced to wear bells to distinguish themselves when they’re on land and the damplings insultingly referring to landlockers as clams for their insistence on clinging to the old ways.

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