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December 2012 Voting

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Here are the books for December 2012 Voting. I went with the unusual fairytale twists/fractured fairytale theme.

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Robert Koertge - Free-verse reveals true stories behind well-known fairy tales, some reset in modern times, as a strung-out match girl sells CDs to drug users, Little Red Riding Hood admits that she wanted to know what it is like to be swallowed whole, and Cinderella's stepsisters are duped.

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me by Kate Bernheimer - The founder of the literary journal "Fairy Tale Review" collects stories inspired by classic fairy tales and written by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Francine Prose, Kevin Brockmeier, and Shelley Jackson.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce - After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue - A collection of thirteen interconnected stories that give old fairy tales a new twist.

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer - At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link - A collection of monster stories from Kelly Link, and features selections entitled "The Faery Handbag," in which an old woman carries an entire village around in her purse; as well as "The Surfer," and others.
November's reading selection is:

Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

Who goes next?
and here is the list of books to chose from for next month:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray:

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.


Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley:

Natalie Ng’s little sister is a super-genius with a chameleon-like ability to disappear. Her older sister has three Class A Talents, including being a human lie detector. Her mom has laser vision and has one of the highest IQs ever. Her dad’s Talent is so complex even the Bureau of Extra-Sensory Regulation and Management (BERM) hardly knows what to classify him as.

And Nat? She can talk to cats.

The whole talking-to-cats thing is something she tries very hard to hide, except with her best friends Oscar (a celebrity-addicted gossip hound) and Melly (a wannabe actress). When Oscar shows her a viral Internet video featuring a famous blogger being attacked by her own cat, Nat realizes what’s really going on…and it’s not funny.

(okay, yeah, a frou-frou blogger being taken down by a really angry cat named Tiddlywinks, who also happens to be dyed pink? Pretty hilarious.)

Nat and her friends are catapulted right into the middle of a celebrity kidnapping mystery that takes them through Ferris Bueller’s Chicago and on and off movie sets. Can she keep her reputation intact? Can she keep Oscar and Melly focused long enough to save the day? And, most importantly, can she keep from embarrassing herself in front of Ian?

Find out what happens when the kitty litter hits the fan.

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue:

Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed. Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins:

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
October's reading selection is:

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

Sean, I think you're up for November.

Super-Early October 2012 Voting

Posting early because I'm going to be out of state for the first week of October and I wanted to be able to get the book before I go, if possible. XD This month the theme is Science Fiction because I serendipitously read The Forever Star and Adaptation pretty much back to back and now my brain is like, "OMG sci-fi is the greatest thing in the universe, Lisa, why has it been so long since you read sci-fi you need to read more sci-fi right now."

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Poll #1867449 October 2012 Book Selection
This poll is closed.

Which book would you like to read?

Slow River by Nicola Griffith
0(0.0%)
Shadow Walkers by Brett Hartinger
1(25.0%)
Hero by Perry Moore
0(0.0%)
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
3(75.0%)
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
0(0.0%)

Good news for the #YesGayYA movement

So, things I didn't realize because I am incapable of connecting the dots: the person who commented on my DW back in December or whenever it was suggesting the PFYAD book clubs in the first place? Yeah, it turned out to be one of the co-authors of Stranger, the book that started the whole #YesGayYA thing in the first place. Tonight, she replied to her original comment where she suggested the PFYADBC which led to the whole Multifarious Bibliovore Society in the first place (:-D) to let us know that Stranger has been sold to Viking (an imprint of Penguin, aka a Big 6 Publisher)! So yaaayyy *claps*

This book will be published in Winter 2014 (which means January, not December, right?) and I definitely think we should make it our monthly selection when the time comes! You can read all about it here.

EDIT: And an article from The Guardian with more info about the story!

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September 2012 Book Selection

Holy cow, how is it September already?

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Poll #1863774 September 2012 Selection Poll

What would you like to read this month?

Shadows on the Moon
3(75.0%)
Annie on My Mind
0(0.0%)
Sylvia & Aki
1(25.0%)

August 2012 Selection and Discussion Post

So sorry this is late, guys! I thought I had done this over a week ago, but apparently I imagined that. XD

This month's reading selection is:

The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

lorenta, you're next! :-)

August 2012 Book Selection

For the August 2012 theme, I decided to go with books that have the format: "The ----'s Daughter". I've seen a lot of these books and they always sound so interesting.

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jane Oliver - In 2018 Atlanta, Georgia, after a demon threatens seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne's life and murders her father, a legendary demon trapper to whom she was apprenticed, her father's partner, Beck, steps in to care for her, knowing she hates him.

The Glass Maker's Daughter by V. Briceland - Sixteen-year-old Risa's disappointment over an unprecedented event is devastating, but the evil and destruction that follows the king's death show her that the god and goddess have special need of her talents and those of her new, lower-class friends.

The Light Bearer's Daughter by O. R. Melling - In exchange for the granting of her heart's desire, twelve-year-old Dana agrees to make an arduous journey to Lugnaquillia through the land of Faerie in order to warn King Lugh, second in command to the High King, that an evil destroyer has entered the Mountain Kingdom.

The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey - A retelling of the classic tale "The Arabian Nights" in which Shahrazad agrees to marry the king and surrender her life, but uses her story telling skills to keep the king from killing her, until a treacherous plot threatens her plan.

The Tree Shepherd's Daughter by Gillian Summers - Upon the death of her mother, a Los Angeles attorney, sixteen-year-old Keelie is sent to live with her father, a woodworker at Renaissance fairs, and discovers that the odd "allergy" she has to wood is actually powerful earth magic that she must learn to control.

The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Emily Dunlap - In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.

The Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn - In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.

July 2012 Selection and Discussion Post

Happy 4th, everyone! This month's reading selection is:

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

It seems we are down to 4 active members, which is kind of a problem for voting-- if we're down to 2 books with 2 votes each, we've got an unbreakable tie. So if any of you have friends you think might be interested in participating in the book club, please invite them to join! (I know there's always the chance of a tie when there's an even number, but it seems less likely the more of us there are, or at least easier to have a tie-breaker XD)

Who wants to pick the choices for next month?


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