Monday, July 15, 2013

Tuesday Tomorrow

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant
Published by: Random House
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 528 Pages
To Buy

The official patter:
"The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels—The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan, and Sacred Hearts—has an exceptional talent for breathing life into history. Now Sarah Dunant turns her discerning eye to one of world’s most intriguing and infamous families—the Borgias—in an engrossing work of literary fiction.

By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.

Cesare, with a dazzlingly cold intelligence and an even colder soul, is his greatest—though increasingly unstable—weapon. Later immortalized in Machiavelli’s The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is the prime dynastic tool. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages, and from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player.

Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood and Beauty is a majestic novel that breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless."

Ever since 2005 when I read and fell in love with Dunant's The Birth of Venus I have been in love with her books. So how excited am I that she has a new one? Very is the answer... she is one author I really look forward to.

The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente
Published by: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
Format: Paperback, 304 Pages
To Buy

The official patter:
"Science fiction and fantasy stories about Japan by the multiple-award winning author and New York Times best seller Catherynne M. Valente.

A collection of some of Catherynne Valente’s most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella Silently and Very Fast and the Locus Award finalist “13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time,” with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection."

This isn't so much a "go buy this book" (which I probably will anyway, it's Cat Valente afterall) but a STOP USING THIS FONT! It's one of the fonts from the Lost Type Co-op... and yes, they are beautiful, but so overused that now every time I see one I cringe.


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