Monday, September 21, 2009

Weekly Book Roundup

 Another week whizzed by, another post to share what I've gathered1.


Beka Cooper is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won’t let anything—or anyone—jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won’t be enough for Beka be her usual “terrier” self. She’ll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. . .

 I requested this one from ye olde librarian, and they pulled through for me! I've been dying to read this book for like a year now, so it's a good thing I finally got my hands on it or I might not have made it to Christmas.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

 I got this book because it's illustrated by the same dude who did wonders with The Savage, Dave McKean. I was flipping through it at the library, and I stumbled across one of the illustrations and it was like, "Wait a second, I know this guy..." So turned it over and sure enough, there was Dave McKean scrawled across the cover. I got it without a second thought.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires... 
The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden.
 Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.
 Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think...and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

I'm reading this in honor of Banned Book Month which is going on right now and also because I've really wanted to for quite some time now. If you want to read some great posts on the topic censorship, click the Freadom badge on my sidebar. So far it's fantastic and thought provoking, and I totally recommend it even though I haven't finished it yet. Bradbury's style is unique.


 Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
 Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

I pretty much inhaled this book, it was so good. I'll be reviewing it some time this week.

Well, that's what I got this past week. I'd say it was a pretty good week!
Happy reading,
Zombie Girrrl

1  Kudos to The Story Siren for starting and promoting the IMM meme!


Becky said...

I have the children's version of the Graveyard Book on my TBR pile. It has had so much good press since it won the Newberry Award but I'm told the adult version is better illustrated than the kids.

I'll be interested to see if we both enjoy it.

Happy reading!

Orchid said...

Loved The Graveyard Book hope you enjoy it too. :)

Happy reading.

Lauren said...

I love Fahrenheit 451, but haven't read it for years. You've just reminded me it's way overdue for a reread!

Storyheart said...

Some interesting books, looks like you'll have some fun reading



Nice books! I can't wait for your review on the Graveyard book, I heard good things about it. Happy Reading!


vvb32 reads said...

you're gonna love Neil Gaiman! after the Graveyard book definitely read Neverwhere! that is the book that really got me hooked.

Zombie Girrrl said...

Thanks, Velvet, I'll keep an eye open for Neverwhere! :)

hmsgofita said...

I saw this one in Barnes and Nobles and really thought it looked good! So glad it is!

The Book Resort said...

Tamora's book sounds like a good one. Thanks for the heads up.

Enjoy your week.

patricewilliam said...

An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

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