Friday, October 21, 2016

Pg. 69: M. Tara Crowl's "Eden’s Escape"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: Eden's Escape by M. Tara Crowl.

About the book, from the publisher:
Eden's greatest wish has finally come true. No longer confined to her lamp, she begins a spectacular life in Manhattan with her new guardian, Pepper, a bubbly genie alum who's also a Broadway actress. Eden only gets a taste of the city's wonders before she's whisked away for a wish granting--she is still a genie with a job, after all.

David Brightly isn't like other wishers Eden has met. The owner of the world's leading tech company seems more interested in tapping into the lamp's power than making his first wish. Trapped in Brightly's laboratory and unable to get to the lamp, Eden has no choice but to escape and go on the run.

She finds herself on the streets of Paris, nowhere near out of danger. Brightly has half the city searching for Eden, claiming she is his kidnapped daughter. She manages to don a disguise and get word of her predicament out to the loyal genies on earth. But Paris is also headquarters of Electra, a group of former genies bent on revenge against Eden, and it seems the scheming Sylvana has teamed up with Brightly to seize the lamp's power once and for all.

Eden embarks on a dangerous mission to retrieve the lamp and protect the centuries-old genie legacy. But Brightly has more tricks up his sleeve than any mortal Eden has met. Soon, every genie will have to pick a side in an epic showdown against the greatest threat the lamp has ever faced.
Visit M. Tara Crowl's website.

The Page 69 Test: Eden's Wish.

The Page 69 Test: Eden's Escape.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Six of the scariest ghosts in middle grade fiction

At the BN Kids blog Melissa Sarno tagged six of the scariest ghosts in middle grade literature, including:
The Girl Behind the Glass, by Jane Kelley

In this novel about a set of twins who move into a gloomy old house on Hemlock Road, a vengeful and mysterious ghost narrates the story and becomes more unstable and menacing as the book progresses, driving the twins apart, and haunting their family. The suspenseful tale will keep readers guessing, wondering who or what the ghost might be.
Read about another book on the list.

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Pg. 99: Keally McBride's "Mr. Mothercountry"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Mr. Mothercountry: The Man Who Made the Rule of Law by Keally McBride.

About the book, from the publisher:
Today, every continent retains elements of the legal code distributed by the British empire. The British empire created a legal footprint along with political, economic, cultural and racial ones. One of the central problems of political theory is the insurmountable gap between ideas and their realization. Keally McBride argues that understanding the presently fraught state of the concept of the rule of law around the globe relies upon understanding how it was first introduced and then practiced through colonial administration--as well as unraveling the ideas and practices of those who instituted it. The astonishing fact of the matter is that for thirty years, between 1814 and 1844, virtually all of the laws in the British Empire were reviewed, approved or discarded by one individual: James Stephen, disparagingly known as "Mr. Mothercountry." Virtually every single act that was passed by a colony made its way to his desk, from a levy to improve sanitation, to an officer's pay, to laws around migration and immigration, and tariffs on products. Stephen, great-grandfather of Virginia Woolf, was an ardent abolitionist, and he saw his role as a legal protector of the most dispossessed. When confronted by acts that could not be overturned by reference to British law that he found objectionable, he would make arguments in the name of the "natural law" of justice and equity. He truly believed that law could be a force for good and equity at the same time that he was frustrated by the existence of laws that he saw as abhorrent.

In Mr. Mothercountry, McBride draws on original archival research of the writings of Stephen and his descendants, as well as the Macaulay family, two major lineages of legal administrators in the British colonies, to explore the gap between the ideal of the rule of law and the ways in which it was practiced and enforced. McBride does this to show that there is no way of claiming that law is always a force for good or simply an ideological cover for oppression. It is both. Her ultimate intent is to illuminate the failures of liberal notions of legality in the international sphere and to trace the power disparities and historical trajectories that have accompanied this failure. This book explores the intertwining histories of colonial power and the idea of the rule of law, in both the past and the present, and it asks what the historical legacy of British Colonialism means for how different groups view international law today.
Learn more about Mr. Mothercountry at the Oxford University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Mr. Mothercountry.

--Marshal Zeringue

Ten top books about borders

Marcus Sedgwick's books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, he has been shortlisted for Britain’s Carnegie Medal six times, has received two Printz Honors, for Revolver and Ghosts of Heaven, and in 2013 won the Printz Award for Midwinterblood.

His new YA novel is Saint Death.

One of Sedgwick's top ten books about borders, as shared at the Guardian:
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

Such musings are echoed by a line in the middle book of the excellent Border Trilogy. In the scenes in which young Billy Parham heads south on horseback, with a bound and wounded wolf in tow, McCarthy tells us they “crossed sometime near noon the international boundary line into Mexico, State of Sonora, undifferentiated in its terrain from the country they quit, and yet wholly alien and wholly strange”.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Crossing is one of Rose Tremain’s five best novels about arduous journeys. The Border Trilogy is among Rick Bass's five top books about Texas.

--Marshal Zeringue

J. M. Tyree's "Vanishing Streets," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie: Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London by J. M. Tyree.

The entry begins:
As a writer, I blend personal and creative writing with my academic interest in cinema. In Vanishing Streets, I originally planned to write a series of essays about the Free Cinema movement of British documentary that flourished in London in the 1950s. But the book quickly spiraled out of control into a highly personal project that includes my autobiography and my photography as well as my notes on traveling to film-related and literary locations in London. As far as I wandered, I found my own experience was inescapable, and that I would need to write about my life, my marriage, and my friendships as well as my journeys if I wanted to be honest about my own research and writing process.

This is a roundabout way of saying...[read on]
Learn more about Vanishing Streets at the Stanford University Press website.

My Book, The Movie: Vanishing Streets.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ten top noir novels

Ken Bruen is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades.

One of his ten favorite noir novels, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
The Shark-Infested Custard by Charles Willeford

This is a longtime favorite. Willeford said it was his own favorite of his novels. Set in the seventies, it describes four sociopathic swingers in Miami. Told in four parts, it begins with one of the characters needing sixty bucks to pick up a woman and an ensuing robbery that leaves two dead. The mayhem and hilarity continue from this. It is pure noir and reads almost like a Tarantino script. The title alone makes this minor gem worth tracking down.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

What is Tabish Khair reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Tabish Khair, author of Just Another Jihadi Jane.

His entry begins:
As I teach for a living, I often have to re-read books that are a bit like friends one has known since childhood: one is fond of them, but sometimes dreads listening to the same jokes and anecdotes yet once again. So I won’t list those.

However, one old novel I had never read in the past, but have almost finished reading now is John Fante’s Ask The Dust. I came to it through Charles Bukowski, whose novels are old friends one does not mind listening to once again. Bukowski ranked Fante (little known then, and only a bit better known today), and this novel by Fante, as a seminal influence. I finally got down to reading it this week, and I can see why Bukowski thought so highly of it: it has the same grittiness as Bukowski’s work, and a spare but finely honed writing style, which appeals to me as well. Depressing at times – Fante sees human nature as even more vile than...[read on]
About Just Another Jihadi Jane, from the publisher:
A novel about friendship, faith, and alienation, Just Another Jihadi Jane tells the tale of Islamist radicalization from the inside. Two children of Muslim immigrants in England's industrial north--thoughtful Jamilla and rebellious Ameena--become best friends, and find in religion and social media a community as welcoming and encouraging as their public education is estranging. After Jamilla's father dies and her brother marries, the two girls leave England and join the Islamist cause in Syria. The intellectual and emotional poverty as well as the violence they find there creates a story as gripping as it is heart-wrenching. As did All Quiet on the Western Front, Tabish Khair's novel reminds a new generation that heroism and sacrifice are not limited to one side in a conflict, and that the first victims of a murderous regime are those who live within it.
Visit Tabish Khair's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Thing about Thugs.

My Book, The Movie: The Thing About Thugs.

Writers Read: Tabish Khair.

--Marshal Zeringue

Six top memoirs by defectors from closed societies

At the B&N Reads blog Kat Rosenfield tagged six incredible memoirs by defectors from closed societies, including:
The Girl with Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee

Since the end of the Korean War, North Korea has been a country shrouded in secrecy, and best-known by the average American for being the butt of various jokes by irreverent comedians and filmmakers. But for people like Hyeonseo Lee, who grew up with famine, fear, and public executions of anyone who dared criticize her country’s dictatorial leadership, life in North Korea is anything but funny. In The Girl with Seven Names, Lee tells stories of her life under the Kim Jong-Il regime and her harrowing escape through China, an experience she relived vicariously when she conspired to help get her mother and brother out of North Korea years later. Lee was initially made famous by a TED talk in which she described her struggle to defect; now, she works to help deprogram other escapees from North Korean oppression.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 69: Jan Fedarcyk's "Fidelity"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: Fidelity by Jan Fedarcyk.

About the book, from the publisher:
A gripping debut novel from “the FBI’s First Lady” (Vanity Fair) Jan Fedarcyk, featuring a brilliant young Special Agent named Kay Malloy, whose assignment to the Counterintelligence Program in New York City has devastating consequences—both personal and professional.

Kay Malloy always knew hers would be a life of service. Following the tragic death of her humanitarian parents, Kay and her brother, Christopher, were raised in a world of wealth and culture by their godparents. With ambition and selflessness, Kay joins the FBI to honor her parent’s legacy, even while Christopher’s life grows increasingly aimless.

Paramilitary and male-dominated, the FBI could be an intimidating employer to anyone less confident, devoted, and insightful than Kay. But after early success in the Violent Crime Program in Baltimore she struggles working counterintelligence in New York. When Kay is assigned to investigate the loss of Russian government double agents, she sees this as her chance to prove herself. As pressure mounts and conflicting leads cloud the investigation, Kay discovers she must make the impossible choice between those she loves and the country she’s sworn to protect.

Filled with vivid detail from retired FBI Special Agent Jan Fedarcyk, Fidelity is both a thrilling, authentic look into the workings of the FBI and the gripping story of one woman’s fight to honor both love and duty.
Visit Jan Fedarcyk's website.

My Book, The Movie: Fidelity.

The Page 69 Test: Fidelity.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What is Kay Honeyman reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Kay Honeyman, author of Interference.

Her entry begins:
I just finished Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. I didn’t know this until after I finished the book, but it is the fourth of six books by contemporary authors reimagining Jane Austen’s six novels. All of the previous books have been written by British authors. Sittenfeld’s is the first by an American, and it tackles Pride and Prejudice. It was wonderful to see familiar characters placed in modern American society. I loved how Elizabeth Bennet ...[read on]
About Interference, from the publisher:
As a Congressman's daughter in Washington, D.C., Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants -- what some people might call "interfering." But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father's campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don't slam the star quarterback's hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy -- and a little clever interference -- she'll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.

Terrifically funny and sweetly romantic, with whip-crack dialogue and a wise perspective on growing up, INTERFERENCE is the perfect next read for fans of Jenny Han, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Eulberg, or Sarah Dessen.
Visit Kay Honeyman's website.

The Page 69 Test: Interference.

Writers Read: Kay Honeyman.

--Marshal Zeringue

Ten top fantasy novels

P.C. Cast’s newest epic fantasy novel is Moon Chosen. One of her ten all-time favorite reads for fantasy fans, as shared at the BN Teen blog:
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

These books hooked me immediately because of how much I appreciate their 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is my favorite type of hero—a reluctant one. She does what she believes is right, first for her family, and then for her world. And in the end, I was pleased to see that she also grew and matured and did what was right for herself, too. And I do love me some Peeta!
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Hunger Games also appears on Keith Yatsuhashi's list of five gateway books that opened the door for him to specific genres, Catherine Doyle's top ten list of doomed romances in YA fiction, Ryan Britt's list of six of the best Scout Finches -- "headstrong, stalwart, and true" young characters -- from science fiction and fantasy, Natasha Carthew's top ten list of revenge reads, Anna Bradley ten best list of literary quotes in a crisis, Laura Jarratt's top ten list of YA thrillers with sisters, Jeff Somers's top eight list of revolutionary SF/F novels, Tina Connolly's top five list of books where the girl saves the boy, Sarah Alderson's top ten list of feminist icons in children's and teen books, Jonathan Meres's top ten list of books that are so unfair, SF Said's top ten list of unlikely heroes, Rebecca Jane Stokes's top ten list of fictional families you could probably abide during holiday season and top eight list of books perfect for reality TV fiends, Chrissie Gruebel's list of favorite fictional fashion icons, Lucy Christopher's top ten list of literary woods, Robert McCrum's list of the ten best books with teenage narrators, Sophie McKenzie's top ten list of teen thrillers, Gregg Olsen's top ten list of deadly YA books, Annalee Newitz's list of ten great American dystopias, Philip Webb's top ten list of pulse-racing adventure books, Charlie Higson's top ten list of fantasy books for children, and Megan Wasson's list of five fantasy series geared towards teens that adults will love too.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Murray Pittock's "Culloden"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Culloden by Murray Pittock.

About the book, from the publisher:
The battle of Culloden lasted less than an hour. The forces involved on both sides were small, even by the standards of the day. And it is arguable that the ultimate fate of the 1745 Jacobite uprising had in fact been sealed ever since the Jacobite retreat from Derby several months before.

But for all this, Culloden is a battle with great significance in British history. It was the last pitched battle on the soil of the British Isles to be fought with regular troops on both sides. It came to stand for the final defeat of the Jacobite cause. And it was the last domestic contestation of the Act of Union of 1707, the resolution of which propelled Great Britain to be the dominant world power for the next 150 years.

If the battle itself was short, its aftermath was brutal - with the depredations of the Duke of Cumberland followed by a campaign to suppress the clan system and the Highland way of life. And its afterlife in the centuries since has been a fascinating one, pitting British Whig triumphalism against a growing romantic memorialization of the Jacobite cause.

On both sides there has long been a tendency to regard the battle as a dramatic clash, between Highlander and Lowlander, Celt and Saxon, Catholic and Protestant, the old and the new. Yet, as this account of the battle and its long cultural afterlife suggests, while viewing Culloden in such a way might be rhetorically compelling, it is not necessarily good history.
Learn more about Culloden at the Oxford University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Culloden.

--Marshal Zeringue

Stephanie Gangi's "The Next," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie:: The Next by Stephanie Gangi.

The entry begins:
Cinematic, cinematic, cinematic, that’s what readers say. That’s what the literary agents say. That’s what the CAA guy says.

I’m still waiting for the call, Hollywood. Female directors, hellooo?! I’ve given you a complex woman and her younger lover. There are hipster sisters. For goodness sakes, there’s an irresistible dog! The plot serves up revenge, magical realism, the mysteries of love and loss and a haunted dive bar in Manhattan. Bonus: a soundtrack featuring Fleetwood Mac, the Roots, Gotye, Citizen Cope, U2, Elvis Costello and Fiona Apple, Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones, Patti Smith. And Adele. Adele!

Here are my picks for above-the-line players:

  • Jane Campion for Top of the Lake and everything
  • Lisa Cholodenko for Top of the Lake
  • Sofia Coppola for...[read on]
Visit Stephanie Gangi's website.

Coffee with a Canine: Stephanie Gangi & Enzo.

My Book, The Movie:: The Next.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, October 17, 2016

Five top deceivers in fiction

Nicholas Searle grew up in the southwest of England and studied languages at the University of Bath. He spent more years than he cares to remember in public service before deciding in 2011 to leave and begin writing fiction. He lives in the north of England.

Searle's debut novel is The Good Liar.

One of his five favorite deceivers in fiction, as shared at the Waterstone's blog:
Rick Pym (A Perfect Spy by John le Carré)
Read about another entry on the list.

A Perfect Spy is among Ted Koppel's six favorite books, Ann Patchett's favorite books, Jonathan Miles's five best books on the secrets of espionage, and Philip Pullman's forty favorite books. Ted Scheinman calls it le Carré's greatest novel.

The Page 69 Test: The Good Liar.

My Book, The Movie: The Good Liar.

Writers Read: Nicholas Searle.

--Marshal Zeringue

What is J. R. Johansson reading?

Featured at Writers Read: J. R. Johansson, author of The Row.

Her entry begins:
I'm currently lucky enough to be reading new/upcoming releases from some amazing authors I'll be going on tour with. The books are P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil and...[read on]
About The Row, from the publisher:
Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she can’t forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.
Visit J.R. Johansson's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Row.

Writers Read: J. R. Johansson.

--Marshal Zeringue

Six top YA novels for fans of John Hughes's movies

At the BN Teen blog Sona Charaipotra tagged six YA novels for fans of John Hughes's old school teen classic movies like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club, including:
The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

National Book Award winner Alexie’s classic centers on misfit Junior, a kid from the reservation who escapes a pretty dark fate—if his family’s fortunes are any indication—by going to a school off-res. He’s pretty much the only non-white kid there, and that’s just the beginning of all the ways he doesn’t fit in. He’s an artist, has epilepsy, is smaller than most of the other students, and is decidedly geeky to boot. His new kid in school experience teaches him way more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian is among Jenny Downham's ten top grandmothers in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 69: Meera Lester's "The Murder of a Queen Bee"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: The Murder of a Queen Bee by Meera Lester.

About the book, from the publisher:
All abuzz about murder...

Former police officer Abigail Mackenzie has made a fresh start as a beekeeper and farmer in picturesque Las Flores, California—but she never suspected her new hometown would prove to be a hive of criminal activity.

When Abby invites her free-spirited friend, Fiona Mary Ryan, owner of Ancient Wisdom Botanicals, to her farmette for lunch, she never imagines that Fiona’s no-show will lead to a murder investigation.

Only hours after their lunch date, Fiona’s body is found in a burning car in what at first appears to be a tragic accident. But after the coroner’s report is issued, it’s clear she was dead before being placed in the vehicle. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a murder. But who—and why?

Driven by her loyalty to her friend, and her deeply ingrained skills as a trained investigator, Abby sorts through suspects—who seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Speculating that Fiona’s herbal business might hold the key to motive, Abby isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to smoke out a killer...
Visit Meera Lester's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Murder of a Queen Bee.

The Page 69 Test: The Murder of a Queen Bee.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jamie Lee Curtis's six favorite books

Jamie Lee Curtis is an actor and author. Her latest children's book is This Is Me. One entry on her list of six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
King Rat and Shogun by James Clavell

When I was 13, I was stranded on the island of Sardinia with my father, his young wife, their baby son, a nanny, my older sister, and our two younger half-sisters who didn't speak English. I found a copy of King Rat on a bookshelf and it saved me. Historical fiction then became my favorite genre. Shogun was the first book I devoured as an adult.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Eric Jager's "Blood Royal," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie: Blood Royal by Eric Jager.

The entry begins:
As the story opens in the year 1407, King Charles VI is insane, and his brother Louis of Orleans rules in his place, sparking rivalry in the royal family, outrage among nobles whose wives Louis has bedded, and hatred from the heavily taxed populace.

One chilly November night, shortly after leaving the queen’s palace, with whom Louis may be having an affair, he is attacked and cut to pieces in the street by a gang of masked men who leave his bloody corpse on the pavement and disappear into the night.

Guillaume de Tignonville, the provost of Paris and the city’s chief law-enforcement officer, is soon at the crime scene. He and his men examine the victim’s body, collect physical evidence, and summon neighbors to give sworn statements about anything they saw or heard. As the Paris gates are closed to stop the assassins from escaping, a city-wide manhunt begins.

The possible suspects are many: nobles enraged by Louis’s adulteries, foreign agents in the city, jealous royals, even the insane king — who once threatened Louis — and the seductive, scheming queen.

In his sleuthing, Guillaume is methodical, rational, even scientific — like a modern detective. We know this from a surviving parchment scroll, a kind of fifteenth-century police procedural. It contains his autopsy report, his detailed notes on the case, and sworn statements he and his men collected from several dozen ordinary Parisians.

Within days, Guillaume targets a prime suspect and sets a trap for him. Cornered, the suspect confesses — but then manages to escape! A new chase is on, and the quest for justice suddenly seems far more daunting.

My top choice for the detective is Tom...[read on]
Learn more about Blood Royal.

My Book, The Movie: Blood Royal.

--Marshal Zeringue

China Miéville's six favorite books

China Miéville is the award-winning author of The City & the City, Perdido Street Station, and other books. One of his six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Did we really need another haunted-house book? It turns out we did. Oyeyemi's bravura work combines sincere respect for this narrative tradition with a radical modern take that never diminishes the fear a literary haunting should evoke. Very much the opposite.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Gísli Pálsson's "The Man Who Stole Himself"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: The Man Who Stole Himself: The Slave Odyssey of Hans Jonathan by Gísli Pálsson.

About the book, from the publisher:
The island nation of Iceland is known for many things—majestic landscapes, volcanic eruptions, distinctive seafood—but racial diversity is not one of them. So the little-known story of Hans Jonathan, a free black man who lived and raised a family in early nineteenth-century Iceland, is improbable and compelling, the stuff of novels.

In The Man Who Stole Himself, Gisli Palsson lays out the story of Hans Jonathan (also known as Hans Jónatan) in stunning detail. Born into slavery in St. Croix in 1784, Hans was taken as a slave to Denmark, where he eventually enlisted in the navy and fought on behalf of the country in the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen. After the war, he declared himself a free man, believing that he was due freedom not only because of his patriotic service, but because while slavery remained legal in the colonies, it was outlawed in Denmark itself. He thus became the subject of one of the most notorious slavery cases in European history, which he lost. Then Hans ran away—never to be heard from in Denmark again, his fate unknown for more than two hundred years. It’s now known that Hans fled to Iceland, where he became a merchant and peasant farmer, married, and raised two children. Today, he has become something of an Icelandic icon, claimed as a proud and daring ancestor both there and among his descendants in America.

The Man Who Stole Himself brilliantly intertwines Hans Jonathan’s adventurous travels with a portrait of the Danish slave trade, legal arguments over slavery, and the state of nineteenth-century race relations in the Northern Atlantic world. Throughout the book, Palsson traces themes of imperial dreams, colonialism, human rights, and globalization, which all come together in the life of a single, remarkable man. Hans literally led a life like no other. His is the story of a man who had the temerity—the courage—to steal himself.
Learn more about The Man Who Stole Himself at the University of Chicago Press website.

My Book, The Movie: The Man Who Stole Himself.

The Page 99 Test: The Man Who Stole Himself.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Five YA novels about artistic ambition

At the BN Teen Blog Dahlia Adler tagged five YA books about artistic ambition, including:
Tiny Pretty Things, by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Gigi, Bette, and June are three of the star ballerinas at the American Ballet Company, and like all their classmates, they’re determined to be on top, no matter what it takes or who gets hurt in the process. But soon they’re the ones getting hurt, whether through dirty tricks by their competition or the self-harm of an eating disorder. Stardom for the trio has never been closer at hand…or so far out of reach.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 69: J. R. Johansson's "The Row"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: The Row by J. R. Johansson.

About the book, from the publisher:
Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she can’t forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.
Visit J.R. Johansson's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Row.

--Marshal Zeringue

What is Genevieve Cogman reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Genevieve Cogman, author of The Masked City.

Her entry begins:
I’m one of those people who always has several books on the go at once. It’s not a deliberate form of gluttony – it’s just that I may be reading different things at different points in the day, or I may be sidetracked by an entirely new book, or I may go to look up a reference in an older book and then find myself rereading large chunks of it. (It wasn’t my fault. I was sucked in. The book made me do it.)

Take today. I was trying to get a bit further into The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione (translated by Charles Singleton) – a book in which the author discusses the ideal “Perfect Courtier” (and Court Lady), and in doing so gives an informative and interesting description of...[read on]
About The Masked City, from the publisher:
The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time...

Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear....
Visit Genevieve Cogman's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Masked City.

Writers Read: Genevieve Cogman.

--Marshal Zeringue