Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)
The second book in The Nevernight Chronicles takes the assassin school storyline to the next level, with plenty of assassinations and 100% more gladiator stuff. From a surprise LGBT love story, to a murderous antihero you can’t help but love, plenty of sexy times, all the revenge, and four amazingly huge twists at the end of the novel (only one of which I was able to guess), you are in for one wild ride. Who will survive? What will be left of them? And will we ever find out who is writing the hilariously sassy footnotes?
This prequel to the gorgeously written and plotted Every Heart a Doorway follows the story of teacher Miss Lundy, way back when she found her own door that took her to the magical world of the Goblin Market. A fun but sad tale, In An Absent Dream — the technical first book in the series chronologically — is beautifully written and heart breaking. Read: another great addition to this absolutely perfect series! Fifty more books in the Wayward Children series, please and thanks!
Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian (★★★★☆)
The short story Cat Person appeared in the New Yorker and went crazy viral, with women recognizing something of their own love lives in the story and men totally missing the point. Now featured in Roupenian’s brand-new short story collection, You Know You Want This, I figured it was the perfect time to see what all the buzz is/was about. While I enjoyed this short, I can definitely understand why this oftentimes uncomfortable read is so polarizing.
Taylor’s latest series follows Lazlo Strange, an orphan who wants much more than his provincial librarian life … and gets it when he’s whisked on an adventure to the great, wide somewhere. Lushly told and beautifully written, Strange the Dreamer is the super imaginative, incredibly romantic first book in the fantasy duology of the same name that everyone keeps calling “a must read.” Spoilers: they are not lying, it is a must read. One with an ending that will leave you screaming, “Xfhskfdhdfkshfkahsfk!”
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is the first book in Laini Taylor’s upcoming duology Strange the Dreamer.
So what’s it about? A city named Weep, gods, monsters, moths, a librarian and definitely more of the beautiful prose we’ve come to expect from Laini Taylor.
Can’t wait to read it? Too bad, Strange the Dreamer isn’t set to appear in stores until September 27, 2016.
So here’s hoping the date gets pushed forward or a Barnes and Noble near you releases it early by mistake!
Keep reading for a sort-of book synopsis, or head to Entertainment Weekly for a sneak peek.
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Oh happy day (oh happy day), when Bryan Fuller wrote (when Bryan Fuller wrote) all our favorite shows (oh happy day)!
News hit the internet today that Bryan Fuller will work as a showrunner (alongside Michael Green) on the Neil Gaiman book turned television series “American Gods,” set to air on Starz.
Fuller will write the script for the pilot and he and Green will serve as executive producers (along with Gaiman).
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In addition to American Gods landing an adaptation (not to mention Sandman), Neil Gaiman has gone on record to say that the BCC is making the American Gods sort of spin-off Anansi Boys into a mini-series.
If a refresher course is necessary, Anansi Boys follows the sons of trickster Mr. Nancy from American Gods as they discover the existence of one another. As expected, shenanigans ensue.
Don’t they always?
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After being mired in production hell for what seemed like an eternity, Neil Gaiman’s fantasy road trip novel American Gods is finally being produced for a small screen near you. That’s your television if you’re confused.
Even better? Gaiman himself will be serving as executive producer on the project.
Great Odin’s raven is this really happening!?!
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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Genre: Fiction, mythology, humor, fantasy, for people who love jokes about Jesus
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: Greek mythology is alive and well in modern day London. That is to say that Artemis, Aphrodite, Apollo and gang share an apartment, fight incessantly, and ruin the lives of mortals despite the fact that no one believes in them anymore. With the belief of them dying, the gods are struggling to stay alive anyway they can, or face a three-headed dog and their relative Hades if they can’t.
Back in June, The Atlantic Magazine started a book club called 1book140 on twitter, with the aim to be the largest online book club. This idea stemmed from a summer book club that founder Jeff Howe had put together where everyone read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I’m kicking myself for missing that one! They currently have 38,000 members and are still growing. One of the perks of 1book140 is that it doesn’t take up a lot of time, especially considering you’re reading the book over the course of a month. Plus you get to interact (or not, you don’t have to) with other readers and see what they’re saying through twitter hashtags. Or not, you can just be a hermit and read. Alone. With all your cats.
This is the second 1book140 book club I have participated in, the first one being geared toward Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. Trust me, this book was a hell of a lot more uplifting, and it focused on something I love: GREEK FUCKING MYTHOLOGY!
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