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10 May 2006

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sassymonkey

I have to tell you, I've had you in my blog feeds for a few months and you are a very, very dangerous woman. Several times a week I find new books to add to my list from you. You are wreaking havoc on my personal Mount ToBeRead.

I think you need to add a warning label to your blog. ;)

*slumps off to add another book to her list*

Leila

Well that totally made my day, if not my week. Thanks! (And sorry, sort of.)

c.c.

Hah! I keep thinking about it; jeez it was good. Gabe read it (after removing the offending cover) and he thought it was great too. I want more books BY her, but I don't think I want a sequel.

Wasn't the thing with the cows so great? I could totally relate. A highly educated cow, but a cow nevertheless.

Leila

The cow thing was perfect. I loved that.

I loved that her conscience was Oprah Winfrey.

And I do want a sequel, as frightening as that is... I want more. Not just of D.J., but of the whole family, and even Brian, and I loved the brief glimpses of the guys on the football team. Beaner and horrible Justin Hunsberger? C'mon. You know you want to read more about them. Even if CGM decided to write about the same characters from a different perspective -- I'd be cool with that. I just don't want to let go.

sassymonkey

It's ok. You generally redeem yourself by alerting me to these books early enough for me to get near the top of the request list at the library.

And I'm guilty of reading and blogging about books from small Canadian publishers that no one in the US can easily find. You know, the type that's only in about 10 library world wide and 8 of those are in Canada. lol

Hilary

Out of curiosity, what would be a recently published book with good cover art? I think cover art these days is pretty much universally dreck.

Leila

Most recently, I liked The Death Collector cover. Look! The Robot Zombie Dinosaur is about to eat Big Ben! Well, not really, because BB is in the background, but the artist lined it up juuuuust right. Love that.

I really love the Hard Case Crime covers, but those are total throwbacks, so you might not even count 'em.

Colleen

I loved DJ also - I have a review of "Dairy Queen" in my column next month at Bookslut (the theme is "Surviving High School"). I really thought it was cool that it was set on a dairy farm, something that hardly ever shows up in YA literature and also that the family story was just as intriguing as all the teenage angst. I loved it a lot and I hope that we get more from this author. (A sequel would be excellent - I want to know more about all the brothers and the whole family dynamic.)

As for the cover question, "Death Collector" is amazing. I also just got "The Looking Glass Wars" today and it is very cool (and even has a soundtrack included - it's due out in September). For nonfiction I am in love with a title from Tundra Books, "You Can't Read This". It's a history of reading and has a big chain and padlock across the cover. What YA wouldn't want to read a book that looked like that?

Leila

Ooo. Sounds cool. I have a copy of Looking Glass Wars on the way -- I'm really looking forward to it.

Ali

That 'Fly by Night' cover is terrible! The Canadian one is much more appealing, especially since they have priced it in the adult range.

I am with sassymonkey though. My pile is getting precariously high!

Ali

I hope you all get this cover of 'Looking Glass Wars,' rather than this one. I cannot sell that book to save my life!

Colleen

How weird Ali - the ARC is actully a kind of combination of the two covers. It has a background picture similar to the first one (in color and content) but the overlay is the symbol of the four suits from the second one (although certainly not in those garish colors! ugh!)

I really like the ARC cover best I think - I'll be interested to see the final US cover on the shelves.

I also want to recommend the cover for Snow, Fire and Sword, a fantasy set in an alternate Indonesia. It's red and yellow so it screams out from the shelf, but it also has a helicopter winging overhead making you wonder just what the heck the whole thing is about.

Is it just me or is there some great YA Fantasy out these days?!

Ali

That Snow, Fire and Sword cover is really cool! I hope it is better than that stupid Conch Bearer, which I was all excited about due to it being set in a non-Europe-esque locale. I will be interested in hearing what everyone thinks of the Looking Glass Wars. I enjoyed it, though I think Beddor was writing a book for boys, with a female protagonist, which is where the whole thing fell down. I had a hard time getting anyone to look at it just because of the cover, and then boys weren't into the girl as main character, and girls didn't seem to be interested in all the violence.

jmfausti

I am listening to Crutcher's 'Athletic Shorts' (my library only has is on audio). I do not know how I have not read anything by this man before. I am completely in love with him.

Leila

Practically everyone I know that has read Whale Talk (or Ironman or Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes or his autobiography) has elevated him to Secret Boyfriend status. Join our club!

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grrlpup

In case anyone is reading this several years late, like I am, the audiobook of Dairy Queen is terrific. Natalie Moore gives it those flat Midwestern vowels and renders characteristic phrases like "if you want to know the truth" perfectly.

I was so excited when I found out tonight it's a trilogy!

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