Monday, March 14, 2011

Tuesday Tomorrow

Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Published by: Harper Teen
Publication Date: March 15th, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages
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The official patter:
"It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.

This was the tip of a rapier.

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure. The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.  

Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn."

Carrie Vaughn is expanding into YA, looks like fun!
Michael Palin Diaries 1980-1988: Halfway to Hollywood by Michael Palin
Published by: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 680 Pages
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The official patter:
"The second volume of Michael Palin’s diaries covers the bulk of the 1980s, a decade in which the ties binding the Pythons loosened—they made their last film Monty Pyton’s Meaning of Life in 1983. For Michael, writing and acting took over much of his life, culminating in his appearances in A Fish Called Wanda, in which he played the hapless, stuttering Ken, and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. Halfway to Hollywood follows Palin’s torturous trail through seven movies and ends with his final preparations for the documentary that was to change his life—Around the World in 80 Days.

During these years he co-wrote and acted in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits as well as spearing in Gilliam’s follow-up success Brazil. Palin co-produced, wrote and played the lead in The Missionary opposite Maggie Smith, who also appeared with him in A Private Function, written by Alan Bennett. In television the decade was memorable for East of Ipswich, inspired his links with Suffolk. Such was his fame in the US, he was enticed into once again hosting the enormously popular show Saturday Night Live. He filmed one of the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys as well as becoming chairman of the pressure group Transport 2000. His life with Helen and the family remains a constant, as the children enter their teens.

Palin’s joy of writing is evident once more in Halfway to Hollywood as he demonstrates his continuing sense of wonder at the world in which he finds himself. A world of screens large and small."
I have been waiting what seems like forever for the second installment of Palin's Diaries to come stateside. FINALLY!

The Evil Garden by Edward Gorey
Published by: Pomegranate
Publication Date: March 15th, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 32 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"Great-Uncle Franz, beside the lake, is being strangled by a snake.

The peaches, apples, plums, and pears are guarded by ferocious bears.

Alexa watches while her aunt is pulled feet first inside a plant.

A happy, naive family enters the Evil Garden (free admission!) to spend a sunny afternoon in its inviting landscape, lush with exotic trees and flowers. They soon realize their mistake, as harrowing sounds and evidence of foul play emerge. When humongous hairy bugs, famished carnivorous plants, ferocious fruit-guarding bears, and a sinister strangling snake take charge, the family's ominous feelings turn to full-on panic—but where's the exit?

Edward Gorey leads us through this nefarious garden with a light step. His unmistakable drawings paired with engaging couplets produce giggles, not gasps. Perhaps The Evil Garden is a morality tale; perhaps it's simply an enigmatic entertainment. Whatever the interpretation, it's a prime example of the iconic storytelling genius that is Edward Gorey."

I love all the is Edward Gorey. And that's all that needs to be said.

Whedonistas by Women Who Love Joss Whedon
Published by: Mad Norwegian Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2011
Format: Paperback, 192 Pages
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The official patter:
"In Whedonistas, a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible s Sing-Along Blog). By discussing the impact of Whedon's work, their involvement with his shows fandoms and why they adore the worlds he's created, these essayists aim to misbehave in Whedon's rich, fantastical worlds. Essay topics include Sharon Shinn (Samaria series) and Emma Bull (Territory) elaborating on the perfection of Firefly, Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong Chronicles) revealing Buffy's influence on Anna Strong, and Nancy Holder (October Rain, The Watcher s Guide) relating on-the-set tales of Spike menacing her baby daughter while Riley made her hot chocolate. Other contributors include Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Elizabeth Bear (Chill), Catherynne M. Valente (Palimpsest), Maria Lima (Blood Lines), Jackie Kessler (Black and White), Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics), Sarah Monette (Corambis), and Lyda Morehouse (AngeLINK Series). Also featured is an exclusive interview with television writer and producer Jane Espenson. "

Ever since this group of ladies did their tribute to Doctor Who, I've been waiting with baited breath for this one. While Doctor Who is fabulous, Joss made me who I am... I only wish they could have gotten the cartoon on the front to look a little bit more like my master.

William and Kate Paperdolls by Tom Tierney
Published by: Dover
Publication Date: March 15th, 2011
Format: Paperback, 32 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"To Commemorate the Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29th April 2011."

Ok, I'll admit, this is a little cheesey, and I'm not sure of my feelings towards Kate, but I love Tom Tierney. I used to collect all his paperdolls and all the ones he did in magazines. He is an amazing artist and I am still bitter about the incident with the mold in my basement that distroyed them all.


I preordered Steel, so yay for that. Also, I waaaaaaaaaaaaant the Gorey book. And I am in love with the cover.
And Whedonistas? SO adding that to my wishlist.

Gorey is good. I'm really excited for Wedonistas, but they keep selling out on Amazon!

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