Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week in Review (4)

Random Thoughts
I did a bit better in blogging more than once this week, but everything is still a bit sporadic... We have a snowstorm headed this way so hopefully I will get some to read while hiding from the snow... We may not even get what they are calling for... Maybe Mackie will be able to run around and play in the snow a bit. I have been looking forward to that. I want him to really get to appreciate it before he is a dog instead of a puppy. He definitely has a lot of energy that it would burn off! 

Graphic Novel Year

Part of the reason that my reading has quieted down is because I am saving the rest of the graphic novels I really want to read for February because that is Graphic Novel Month. I also don't want to read so many that I get burned out!


I finished Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews. That means I finished two audiobooks in January. Yay! I have since moved on to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. How have I never read this before now??? It is so my series and I am so excited!

Currently Reading

I am not sure... I sort of have been starting things and then putting them aside. We will see what sticks!

Weekly Reading

(January 20, 2015) - Read a standalone, I thought... Enjoy it and find out it is a series is what happens. Oh, well, it was enjoyable and I may like the main character, Dina, better than Kate Daniels. But then, I have only read one book in the Kate Daniels series. 

(January 23, 2015) - I love Patricia McKillip and even reviewed this one.

Weekly Posts

New Additions

Thanks to Amanda I got these audiobooks really cheap...

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: Alphabet of Thorns by Patricia McKillip

Alphabet of Thorns by Patricia McKillip

Completion Date: January 23, 2015
Length: 291 Pages.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Deep inside a palace on the edge of the world, the orphan Nepenthe pores over books in the royal library, translating their languages and learning their secrets. Now sixteen, she knows little of the outside world—except for the documents that traders and travelers bring her to interpret.
Then, during the coronation of the new Queen of Raine, a young mage gives Nepenthe a book that has defied translation. Written in a language of thorns, it speaks to Nepenthe's soul—and becomes her secret obsession. And, as the words escape the brambles and reveal themselves, Nepenthe finds her destiny entwined with that of the young queen's. Sooner than she thinks, she will have to choose between the life she has led and the life she was born to lead...
Fiction or Non-Fiction? Genre?: Fiction. Fantasy.

What Lead You to Pick-up This Book?: On Tuesday I posted a list of Ten Authors I Have Read One Book By, Loved, and Yet Have Never Read Again. In the list I mentioned Patricia McKillip because I read The Bell at Sealey Head by her back in 2013, loved it, and have never read her again. I said on Tuesday that if I read more by her she would probably be one of my favourite fantasy authors and that inspired me to put aside everything else and read another book I owned by her.

Summarize the Plot: I didn't know what to read by her, but I just liked the title of this one. I didn't really know what the book was about when I went into reading it. It turned out to be a book essentially about a book and takes place largely in a library. It was definitely a good pick! The novel takes place in Raine where the Queen has recently been crowned and is still learning how to be a queen. In the background there is Nepenthe who is a translator. She is given a book to take to be translated, but is so taken with it that she keeps it for herself. The book and translator play a central role throughout the book, but it takes a while for the true meaning to surface. The book safely intertwines past and present to make a very readable book.

What Did You Like Most About the Book?: That is was a book where another book takes a central role. I also loved the library and wish I could visit! And the mage school. Just like The Bell at Sealey Head I want to experience everything for myself.

What Did You Like the Least?: There were a couple instances where my curiosity was not rewarded. It still made for a good book, but I want to know! Unfortunately these things are spoilers, so I won't elaborate.

What Did You Think of the Writing Style?: I really like McKillip's writing style. She writes in such a way that you get drawn into the story and the experiences. Even when there is not a lot of action, you still want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. You also have a lot of questions that you want answered in her books and I really enjoy seeing how they all play out!

What Did You Think of the Main Character?: I really liked Nepenthe. She was an orphan book translator who worked in a library. What wasn't to love? It was interesting to see how her simple life worked into the bigger picture. And, to meet the characters that circulated around her.

What Did You Think of the Ending?: It seemed a bit rushed, but at the same time tied things up nicely. McKillip's books are often on the shorter side, which works for her, but I wish we had a chance to visit longer. This is why I don't like short stories and novellas because you just get drawn into the world and the characters and then it is over...

Strongly Recommended!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Authors I Read One Book By, Loved, and Yet Have Never Read Again

Connie Willis - I really liked this book and have basically everything else by her in some manner... Have never read them!

Kate Atkinson - I LOVED this book and can't wait until the sequel of sorts later this year... I just have never read any of her older stuff.

Kate Lord Brown - This is one of my favourite historical fiction novels. I bought her next book... Haven't read it...

Kate Summerscale - This book was really well written. Her other books all sound really good, too! I need to read more!

Marissa Meyer - I liked this book enough that I own all the sequels... Now to read them!

Octavia Butler - She is often included in e-book sales so I have a bunch by her... Haven't read them...

Patricia McKillip - I think if I had read more she would be one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors... And yet, I have only read one book by her!

Patrick Rothfuss - I have read this book twice... Still never read the sequels...

Simon Scarrow - I have also read this book twice and never read any of the sequels!

Cathy Marie Buchanan - I love this book! I need to read her recent offerings.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week in Review (3) - I Have Been...

Okay... I only read one book last week, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, so hopefully this break-down of my week will be more interesting!

Writing... I am keeping up one blog post a week, but I would like to up it to a bit more. We will see what happens... Otherwise I haven't really been writing anything.

Reading... Well, I read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Finally! I have started that book a couple times... I also started Landline by her, but haven't had a chance to read much yet. Otherwise, I am going through a 'moody' spell and have started a bunch of stuff so far this month that is not necessarily bad, but I am having a hard time getting back to. I hardly have read the last couple years so I think I am rusty... The Rainbow Rowell back-to-back is a project ruminating in the back of my mind about how many unread books I have on my shelves from favourite authors. I need to read them!

Listening... I am still listening to Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews. I continue to really like it and even listened to while not on the treadmill. I am still struggling with getting back in a rhythm... I also have been trying to get back into Podcasts but only seem to be listening to Books on the Nightstand at the moment. I will see about listening to something else soon...

Looking... At snow. We actually have some. Mackie will go out and actually stay out a bit to play in it. He then comes in the house with snow on his nose. Cute!

Learning... That I suck at time management... Time just goes by SO FAST and I neglect a lot of things. I am not sure if I am just learning this... Just continue struggling with it...

Anticipating... Pay day. Thanks to a glitch at work I did not get paid last week, as well as everyone else that works with me... Other banks have got it straightened out, but apparently my bank doesn't do weekends. I am thinking about changing banks. It isn't even a NEED for my pay cheque as much as feeling better when I get it...

Loving... Watching the dog play in the snow... The fact that I work from home and haven't had to leave my house in the cold... Not to mention not driving on bad roads!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week in Review (2)

Random Thoughts

Well, I am a day late... But, better late than never! I sat down to write this yesterday.... I just didn't... So, here I am to reflect on last week in reading. I might go back to including pictures, too... We will see. Baby steps! I continue to work on reading all the graphic novels that I own, but I also am trying to get back to reading novels and listening to audiobooks. The audiobook goal works because it also means that I am using the treadmill which I also have been slacking on... We will see how it goes!

Graphic Novel Year

In my goal to not have any unread graphic novels on my shelf... I continue to read them! This week I read:

Fables - Volume 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Captain Marvel - Volume 1: Higher, Faster, Further, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Pretty Deadly - Volume 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer


I finished The Snow Child. Yay! Finally! I really really liked it. I will have reread the hardcover I own one of these days. I started Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews. I thought it was a standalone... I should have known better! Still good, though!

Currently Reading

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay
By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Book Review
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Weekly Reading

(January 8, 2015)  - Yay!! I love this series and am so happy that I finally got a copy and caught up!!! Maybe not my absolute favourite volume ever, but I still love this series!!

(January 8, 2015) - The art in this book was absolutely fabulous! And the stories were creepy and well-written. Glad I got a copy of this!

(January 8, 2015) - I don't read a lot of superhero comics, but I am so glad I read this one! It crosses over with The Avengers and Guardians and the Galaxy. I think there is a movie coming with her? Be interesting to see what happens! 

(January 8, 2015) - I loved the art in this. I am not sure what I think of the story. I think I will have to see where Volume 2 goes. I like it, but I kind of felt like there was a lot happening and I wasn't taking everything in. Reading with a puppy in your face doesn't help either...

(January 10, 2015) - I LOVED this!! I am so glad that I finally finished it because it was fabulous and I loved listening to it. I will definitely be reading this again one day. I bought it in hardcover after positive reviews and then listened to the audio... At least I read it!

(January 10, 2015) - I really like this series so far. The annoying thing is that the volumes just get going and then they are over... Unfortunately it will be a while before I get Volume 3 and see what happens next...

Weekly Posts

New Additions

Through the Woods
Captain Marvel - Volume 1: Higher, Faster, Further, More
Pretty Deadly - Volume 1: The Shrike
Fables - Volume 20: Camelot
Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will Be Free
100 Bullets - Volume 2: Split Second Chance
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (One of my favourite books in 2014... It was Costco... I didn't own it...)
After the War is Over

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Week in Review (1)

Random Thoughts

We will see how long I can keep this up for... It would be nice if even if I don't blog the rest of the week I can maintain Sunday's... It is a good excuse to blather on about things, right? The year has started pretty quiet so far, but I have been blogging AND reading. That's a good start, right? Maybe 2015 will be more balanced than 2014 and I will get back to things I enjoy and sort of neglected last year... They don't have to dominate my time, but it would be nice to include them... And, blogging and reading are just a good way to keep up with people. We will see how it goes!

Graphic Novel Year

One of my goals for 2015 is to not have a single unread graphic novel by the end of the year. I just kind of fell behind in basically everything last year! I am off to a good start even though they are rereads. I wasn't entirely sure where I was in The Unwritten by Mike Carey, so I decided to start from the beginning because I got the latest two volumes for Christmas. So far I have read five of them! (Two were in 2014) and started a new series... Yes, well, at least it is technically caught up because book 2 isn't out yet...

1. Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson 
2. The Unwritten - Volume 3: Dead Man's Knock by Mike Carey
3. The Unwritten - Volume 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey
4. The Unwritten - Volume 5: On To Genesis by Mike Carey


I am finally listening to The Snow Child  by Eowyn Ivey. Really good so far!

Currently Reading

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay
By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review
The Unwritten - Volume 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey

Weekly Reading

(January 1, 2015) - Loved this comic! A great start to a series. I am very excited to get the sequel a bit later this year. I am all for series with strong female characters and I think this one has a lot of potential. (Graphic Novel)

(January 1, 2015) - I am still thinking about this one... It was a bit different. I enjoyed it, though. I am not sure it knocked my socks off, but I am glad I read it and enjoyed the art. (Not really sure.)

(January 3, 2015) - (A Reread) - In an attempt to catch-up in this series, I decided to reread the ones I had read before. I am enjoying this series more with the reread than I did with initial read through. (Graphic Novel)

(January 4, 2015) - (A Reread) - Another volume in The Unwritten series in my attempt to catch-up on the series. (Graphic Novel)

(January 4, 2015) - (A Reread) - Another volume in The Unwritten series in my attempt to catch-up on the series. (Graphic Novel)

Weekly Posts

New Additions

My Christmas books started arriving:
Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: No Normal
By the Book
Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
Station Eleven
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Strange Library
The Paying Guests
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe
Visions: The Cainesville Series
The Back of the Turtle
All the Light we Cannot See

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2015 ~~ Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? 
~~ haha! There are so many! I am behind on Fables. I need to catch-up.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
~~ Who can pick one? Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. I always look forward to new books by Patricia Briggs and Susanna Kearsley. And then... Fables.

 3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
~~ Honestly, I am so far behind on non-debuts that I haven't even looked at debuts yet.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? 
~~ Fables is ending!!!! *cries* Honestly, when that series ends that might kill my reading for the rest of the year because I am a Fables fangirl and I am devastated that it is ending.

 5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015? 
~~ um, well, reading would be good... Catching up on things would be even better... Actually BLOGGING AND READING would be AWESOME.

 6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
~~ pfft. I am lucky I have read 2014 reads let alone 2015.

Friday, January 02, 2015

A Very Bookish Year ~ 2015 Releases I am Looking Forward To!

Hopefully this is all I want in 2015 because this list is insane... And, what is up with March. Did the publishers get together and decide everything should come out then? I am going to have to tweak my list this year because I generally do pre-orders and I can't order like 15 books in one month. (It is actually only 7, but it just seems like a lot...)
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why
I read Volume 1 of this yesterday and it is AWESOME! Seriously, if you haven't checked this series out yet, you must!!
March 24, 2015

Black Dove, White Raven
I still have to read Rose Under Fire, but still really want this!
March 31, 2015

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story 
Yay! David Levithan is one of my favourite YA authors.
March 17, 2015

Carry On
I love Rainbow Rowell!
October 6, 2015

A Dangerous Place
New Maisie Dobbs!
March 17, 2015

Shadow Scale
March 10, 2015

Vision in Silver
I haven't actually started this series yet, but I just keep hoping I will love it. With all the other March releases, though, I am not sure when I will actually get a copy...
March 3, 2015

Dead Heat
Yay! Not Mercy, but this series is good, too. It just means no Mercy this year. :(
March 3, 2015

A Desperate Fortune
A new Susanna Kearsley. Always exciting!
April 7, 2015

A God in Ruins
I loved Life After Life so I am excited about this one.
May 5, 2015

The Philosopher Kings
Love Jo Walton!
June 30, 2015

I am sooo far behind in her other series, but this sounds awesome!
May 19, 2015

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
Alan Bradley! Flavia is one of the best characters out there.
January 6, 2015

I keep buying these books but I am so behind on this series!
January 27, 2015

The Just City
oops, this comes out first. But, yay!
January 13, 2015

Captain Marvel Volume 2: Stay Fly
I haven't read Volume 1 yet, but hopefully I will like it enough to get the sequel.
April 21, 2015

Fables Volume 21
I am pretty sure this is the last trade... I may cry...
May 5, 2015

Fairest Volume 5
I just got Volume 4 for Christmas!
August 25, 2015

The Unwritten Volume 11: Apocalypse
One of my goals for January is to catch-up in this series. I decided to reread because I can't entirely remember where I left off and I got Volume 9 and 10 for Christmas.
May 26, 2015

There is also a Bess Crawford book out on May 5, 2015, An Unwilling Accomplice, but there was no cover at all for it.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Christmas Bookish Loot - 2014

One tradition I always have is to either share a list of books I would like to get for my birthday/Christmas, or to share the loot after the fact. I am not sure how blogging will go in 2015, but I am going to try and post sometimes. So, I decided my first post of 2015 was going to be the books I got for Christmas.
Heard about it from Ana.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York! It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!
Heard about it from Books on the Nightstand.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Sixty-five of the world’s leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them.
Every Sunday, readers of The New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to see which novelist, historian, short story writer, or artist will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature. These wide-ranging interviews are conducted by Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, and here she brings together sixty-five of the most intriguing and fascinating exchanges, featuring personalities as varied as David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson. The questions and answers admit us into the private worlds of these authors, as they reflect on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations.
By the Book contains the full uncut interviews, offering a range of experiences and observations that deepens readers’ understanding of the literary sensibility and the writing process. It also features dozens of sidebars that reveal the commonalities and conflicts among the participants, underscoring those influences that are truly universal and those that remain matters of individual taste.
For the devoted reader, By the Book is a way to invite sixty-five of the most interesting guests into your world. It’s a book party not to be missed.
This one I got just because I love Robin Hobb.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassin’s Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this novel—and those that followed—broke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped pave the way for such talented new voices as Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Naomi Novik.
Over the years, Hobb’s imagination has soared throughout the mythic lands of the Six Duchies in such bestselling series as the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. But no matter how far she roamed, her heart always remained with Fitz. And now, at last, she has come home, with an astonishing new novel that opens a dark and gripping chapter in the Farseer saga.
FitzChivalry—royal bastard and former king’s assassin—has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire.
Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past . . . and his future.
Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . .
Heard about this one a lot of places....

Synopsis from
An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels.
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Just saw this one around and was curious.

Synopsis from Amazon:
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism.
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.
Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth—he invented the lie detector test—lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.
Heard about this one on Books on the Nightstand.

Synopsis from Amazon:
From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, bestselling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.
Got this because I love Sarah Waters!

Synopsis from Amazon:
A truly extraordinary, masterful novel of brilliant storytelling, sensuality, and psychological suspense set in post-WWI London, from the internationally bestselling author of The Little Stranger. Three-time Booker Prize finalist Sarah Waters is at the height of her powers.
A psychological and dramatic tour de force from beloved international bestseller Sarah Waters. The year is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as Mrs Wray and her daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers.
With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, the routines of the house and the lives of its inhabitants will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach.
Waters proves once again that her eye for the telling details of class and character that draw people together as well as tear them apart is second to none in this masterpiece of psychological tension and emotional depth.
Heard about this from Kim.

Synopsis from Amazon:
In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars –related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and "Jediism" has become a religion in its own right. Lucas's creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet incredibly, until now the complete history of Star Wars -its influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospects-has never been told.
In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise's death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Providing portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas's idea into a legend, Taylor also jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett's helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.
Since the first film's release in 1977, Taylor shows, Star Wars has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics in far-flung countries and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike. Controversial digital upgrades and poorly received prequels have actually made the franchise stronger than ever. Now, with a savvy new set of bosses holding the reins and Episode VII on the horizon, it looks like Star Wars is just getting started.
An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a young filmmaker's fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals to gain a diehard, multigenerational fan base-and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.
Next book in the Cainesville series...

Synopsis from Amazon:
In the second book in bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's exciting new Cainsville series, Olivia's newly discovered power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her hometown.
Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.
Their success, however, is short lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel's past mistakes come to light, creating a rift between them just when she needs his help the most.
Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia's certain it's another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman with a connection to Cainsville went missing just days earlier--the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has Olivia's new home played in this disturbing murder?
Olivia's effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don't want revealed.
Yay! Thomas King! Yay!

Synopsis from Amazon:
This is Thomas King’s first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of the award-winning and bestselling The Inconvenient Indian and his beloved Green Grass, Running Water and Truth and Bright Water, both of which continue to be taught in Canadian schools and universities. Green Grass, Running Water is widely considered a contemporary Canadian classic.
In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?
Filled with brilliant characters, trademark wit, wordplay and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling, this novel is a masterpiece by one of our most important writers.
This book has kind of been everywhere... Needed to check it out...

Synopsis from Amazon:
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
Heard about it from Ana.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing adventure! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life - and the entire Marvel Universe - in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl's people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it's payback time! Guest-starring the Guardians of the Galaxy!
Heard about it from Ana.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancĂ©e may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.
Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.
Heard about it from Ana.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and Emma Rios (Dr. Strange, Osborn) present the collected opening arc of their surprise-hit series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death's daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage. "It's a perfect match for the gorgeous, dizzying artwork in a sumptuous palette-overlaid panels add intricate choreography to fight scenes, and detailed, whirling splash pages beg for long-lingering looks. Couple that, along with a handful of Eisner nominations, with a multicultural cast of tough-as-nails women who all fight for their own honor, and this is a series to watch out for." - Booklist "It's ambitious and challenging (two qualities that are not often valued, but that probably should be), under a facade of violence and sacrifice. Rio's art is lush and detailed, and is more than capable of keeping up with the far-reaching story." - PW
I also got The Unwritten Volume 9 and 10 and Fairest Volume 4.