Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rita Awards!

This year's Rita finalists (for romance, duh) were announced approximately a hundred years ago.

Chasing Brooklyn, Lisa Schroeder
The Clearing, Heather Davis
Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, Erin McCahan
The Iron King, Julie Kagawa
Rules of Attraction, Simone Elkeles (who won last year for Perfect Chemistry)
The Summer of Skinny Dipping, Amanda Howells

Hideous-looking statuettes to be distributed July 1st. at the Romance Writers of America's annual conference in NYC.

Edgar Awards!

I missed another award.  Ack!
Here are the  nominees for the Edgar Award in the YA category.  Edgars is given by the Mystery Writers of America, and the winner will be announced tomorrow!

The River, Mary Jane Beaufrand
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
7 Souls,  Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando
The Interrogation of Gabriel James, Charlie Price
Dust City, Robert Paul Weston

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Los Angeles Book Awards

Holy s***.  I am bad at my non-job job.
Did I miss the L.A. Times book award finalists???  Months ago?  Really?!  I have been so out of it for so long that I feel like I'm just sticking my head out of my cave and looking around to see what's happened.

Ok. Here they are.  (I only finally discovered this because of my recent obsession with Rick Yancey's The Curse of the Wendigo.  I can't believe it took a 40% off Borders coupon to get me to find out that it even existed.)

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science, Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, Stephanie Hemphill
The Ring of Solomon, Jonathan Stroud
A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
The Curse of the Wendigo, Rick Yancey

Winners announced Friday!

The Last Little Blue Envelope

I'm a sucker for anything free, so I totally grabbed my free kindle copy of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes a few weeks ago, even though I already read it a few years back. (It's not too late to get yours, FYI.  Hurry!) So because it was on my kindle, and because I had just finished reading The Curse of the Wendigo, and because I didn't check anything new out of the library this weekend, I started re-reading it on the subway this morning and instantly got completely sucked in. I remember enjoying it before, but suddenly I'm ready to sublet my apartment and buy a ticket to Europe right this second!  For real—though to be fair I've been feeling that way for awhile now, so it's not entirely the book's doing.  I spent the evening googling some options, which goes against the spirit of the envelopes, but whatev.

Obviously, the free book offer is a promotion for The Last Little Blue Envelope, which came out on Monday.  And of course I totally fell for it.  Good work, HarperTeen marketing department!  I didn't even check the library catalogue before buying the kindle version this afternoon.  I needed it now.  Can't wait to actually read it!  (Too bad about the cover, though, but at least I won't be caught dead on the train with it...  Book anonymity is the best thing about e-books, hands down.  Like, a couple weeks ago I got through 3/5 of Jean Auel's new one with no public shame before finally giving up.)

Poly Styrene

Oh man. Poly Styrene died yesterday.  She was only 53.
I'm sort of shocked to find myself getting a little teary.   I was a toddler when Germfree Adolescents came out and it took me way too long to discover her, but eventually I figured it out, and whenever an X-Ray Spex song randoms up on my ipod, it makes me happy...

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Curse of the Wendigo

I have the day off work.  "Easter Monday," whatever that is.  So I slept until 10:30 for some reason, which never happens.  I slept so long that the cats went from their panicking-about-getting-breakfast mode, to morning-sleep mode without me ever having to get up to feed them.  And when I finally did, the cat just threw it up on the rug and went back to sleep.

But whatever.  Guess what I read this week?  The Curse of the Wendigo!  It's Rick Yancey's sequel to Printz-award-winning The Monstrumologist, and I was pretty excited to see it on the bookstore shelves.  (Apparently he's really cranking these things out now, because according to the internet, a third one called The Isle of Blood will be out in September.) Not that it matters, but I don't approve of the new cover designs.  I kinda liked the original Monstrumologist hardcover; it looked like what it was.  I was a little embarrassed to be seen on the subway with this new one.

Good book, though.  Rollicking, even.  The continued adventures of Will Henry, twelve-year-old orphan and assistant to famed monstrumologist Dr. Warthrop.  In this installment, we learn about the doctor's romantic past (I know!), attend an elegant monstrumologist convention in New York City, and try to figure out whether or not an old friend of the doctor's—a fellow monstrumologist—has answered the call of the mythical wendigo.  Lots of faces gets sliced off, I'll warn you now.

And speaking of sequels I'm excited about, The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan is out now!  I've been a little off my YA game lately, or I would have read it a month ago, but still.  It's totally next on my list.