Happy #BookBday (1/14/14 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (1/14/14 Edition)

It's time to celebrate another batch of book birthdays! Today we wish a very happy #BookBday to:

THE BALLAD OF BARNABAS PIERKIEL by Magdalena Zyzak
Set in the quaint (though admittedly backward) fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939, Zyzak's "wild ride" (Library Journal) of a debut novel follows the misadventures of a young swineherd, Barnabas, and his short-legged steed, Wilhelm, as they try to woo a voluptuous Gypsy concubine. After the mysterious death of an important figure in the community, a witch-hunt ensues, and the tide starts to turn in Barnabas's beloved hometown. 

THE RISE OF THE TUDORS: The Family That Changed English History by Chris Skidmore
With all the relentless deceit, betrayal, treason and bloodshed in a season of "Game of Thrones," British historian Skidmore unfurls the epic story of the Tudor family. "An engrossing, probably definitive background to one of the most powerful dynasties in British history." – Kirkus Reviews

LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen
We know we're a week early, but we can't resist wishing this LibraryReads pick a happy birthday! “Allen’s trademark magic is woven throughout the story and can be found in the lake, the town, and the people, but at its heart, this story is about finding home—something we can all relate to.” – Ally Watkins, Central MS Regional Library System, Pearl MS

Now can we all have some cake, please?
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Three stars for DANGEROUS WOMEN!

Three stars for DANGEROUS WOMEN!

We'd like to think that we're a couple of dangerous women, but we're softies at heart, kinda like these guys (awww...). The thing we're the most hazardous to is your "To Read" pile. 

spooning kittensWith that warning in mind, we've got a doozy for you: DANGEROUS WOMEN, an awesome collection of 22 original short stories co-edited by A Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, featuring contributions from bestselling authors, including Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, and Martin himself. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or suspense, women are the stars, from feisty heroines down to villainess vixens.

Speaking of stars, DANGEROUS WOMEN already has THREE starred pre-publication reviews!

"Venerable editors Martin and Dozois (Warriors) have invited writers from many different genres of fiction to showcase the supposedly weaker sex’s capacity for magic, violence, and mayhem. These 22 brand-new short stories prove that women are men’s equals—at least—in lethal potential. This meaty collection delivers something for nearly every reader’s taste as it explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"VERDICT: The wide selection of authors guarantees something to please almost every reader's tastes." Library Journal, starred review

"When genre collections include this many big-name authors, they’re typically a grouping of series outtakes and Easter eggs. Readers...will surely be satisfied by these [series-related stories] and other entries. Everyone will find something to like here."Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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