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Sunday, February 28, 2010

IMM: New Crayons Galore! 02/28/2010

(In My Mailbox Meme from The Story Siren and New Crayons Meme from Color Online)

This week every single book I got were all POC-related, either by content or author or both. 8D And er, you’d think after blowing my money last week I would have learned to hold back a bit. But no! Too many shiny books out there to be bought! Namely the newly released Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and the fact that Michelle Sagara West was available for signings this week propelled me to buy the remaining two books of the Sun Sword series. I’m trying hard not to think about my dwindling funds in my bank account.



Books will be talked about from top to bottom, left to right, under the cut. 8D

The Year of the Horse - Justin Allen (signed)

Year of the Horse is a tale of Western America, with a difference. Yen Tzu-lu, a child of immigrants unwillingly pressed into service beside a gang of roughnecks, bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness. Along for the ride are Jack Straw, a famed gunslinger and mystic, Henry Jesus, a former Union soldier and freed slave turned buffalo hunter and marksman, Chino, a Mexican outlaw from California whose very country was yanked out from under him, John MacLemore, a Confederate ex-patriot gone west, and his daughter, a true wild child of the western frontier. They must cross the continent: through desert, plains, canyon and forest; survive run-ins with Union soldiers, Indians both friendly and vicious, wild animals, deadly storms and suspicious settlers. If they make it, they'll be rich. If they don't, they'll almost surely be dead.


Won from a giveaway! (thanks Justin Allen and Melissa Walker!) ninefly are thinking of reading this book together, and I'm refraining from reading this until she gets her copy. Anyone is free to join us on our reading discussion. Just leave a comment saying you want in and I'll contact you. 8D

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N. K. Jemisin

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.


I bought one day before the release and have already read it. I demand that everyone go forth and read this book now. It’s that good. (Or, alternatively, pledge to buy the next two sequels for me. I’m down with that. Jks! =D)

Boys Without Names - Kashmira Sheth

For eleven-year-old Gopal and his family, life in their rural Indian village is over: We stay, we starve, his baba has warned. With the darkness of night as cover, they flee to the big city of Mumbai in hopes of finding work and a brighter future. Gopal is eager to help support his struggling family until school starts, so when a stranger approaches him with the promise of a factory job, he jumps at the offer.

But Gopal has been deceived. There is no factory, just a small, stuffy sweatshop where he and five other boys are forced to make beaded frames for no money and little food. The boys are forbidden to talk or even to call one another by their real names. In this atmosphere of distrust and isolation, locked in a rundown building in an unknown part of the city, Gopal despairs of ever seeing his family again.

But late one night, when Gopal decides to share kahanis, or stories, he realizes that storytelling might be the boys' key to holding on to their sense of self and their hope for any kind of future. If he can make them feel more like brothers than enemies, their lives will be more bearable in the shop—and they might even find a way to escape.


Thanks to Edi for sending this over! First time I ever got an uncorrected proof ARC. It’s Sheth so I’m pretty excited about how this novel will go. (Did anyone read Keeping Corner? I enjoyed that a lot)

Brown Girl In the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson (signed)

The rich and the privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.


Bakka Phoenix was selling signed copies. I have no self-control. I remember reading this back when I was young, and the title stands out for me as one of the few sci-fi novels I came across as a kid that didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth. Wanna see how this feels upon a reread. (Also, Toronto in a SFF setting! w00t!)

River Shield and Sun Sword - Michelle West (signed)

[No summaries because spoilery for developments in the series]


I had to buy the two remaining copies and have a complete set of fully signed Sun Sword series. Yay for signed collection! 8D I got to meet Michelle West yesterday and she was lively and lovely and very nice. *giddy*

The Moon Under Her Feet – Derwin Mak

Father Mak Wycliffe is a Roman Catholic priest and space engineer. One the Moon, he meets Jessica, a teenage girl in a Catholic school uniform. Jessica loves to shop and hang out at nightclubs. But Jessica also claims to be Jesus Christ.

Will Jessica use her special powers to start a nuclear armageddon? Will Father Wycliffe, the Virgin Mary, scientists, and clergy be able to stop Jessica from carrying out her Father's will? While the mortals and Jessica's immaculate mother try to foil her, Jessica happily splurges on designer clothes, luxuries she never had in first century Judea.

The Moon Under Her Feet combines space opera, ghost story, and theology in a way never before seen in science fiction. From Derwin Mak, the author of "Transubstantiation," winner of the 2006 Prix Aurora Award, Canada's national science fiction award, for Best Short-Form in English.


Now, you may or may not look at the author’s name and go, “Hmm, where have I heard of him before?” I had that negliling feeling too when I saw the author’s name, but all that flew out the when I flipped through the chapters and died laughing inside. Jesus = Jewish girl in a Catholic Schoolgirl uniform?! REALLY?! Also it charmed my socks off for having an ethnically diverse cast in an SF setting. Not too often I see that. Going home, I looked his name up and realized that he was one of the editors of Dragon and the Stars, who’s cover I already bitched about, so I’ll save my breath. I’m seeing a trend in his unfortunate covers here (this cover? Is NOT easy on the eyes) but between this one and the other of whitewashing!fail, I’d take this cover any day. =D

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15 comments:

Jessica said...

Lots of great stuff there! :-D

ninefly said...

d00d once again you fail to mention the awesomeness of Moon Under My Feet to me D8
btw how do you want the read-along to work? chapter by chapter? lol

Buffalo Soldier 9 said...

Keep telling that history:

Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, "RaPR", a great story of black military history...the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial...and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories...its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.

Peace.

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Lovely books :)

The Year of the Horse has caught my attention, it looks fabulous--and I quite like the sound of the whole western aspect to it!

Happy Reading :)

April (BooksandWine) said...

La la la, clicking and adding these to my goodreads!

Also Kashmira Sheth rocks, I really enjoyed Keeping Corner

I definitely look forward to your reviews. Also, OMG have you heard of Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold? Ya might wanna add it to your TBR :-D

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Nice haul of books here!!! Happy Reading!!!
Chioma

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

The Moon Under Her Feet sound excellent!!=)

Enjoy all your reads this week!!=)


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Kathy Martin said...

Neat books. I hope you enjoy all of them. Happy reading!

MissAttitude said...

I want all the books you have right now! Keeping Corner is being added to my wishlist and I already had Boys Without Names on there along with Hundred Thousand Kingdoms :)

I totally wish you got Year of the Horse earlier so I could participate! I may or may not finish it tomrrow. If I do the review will be posted tomorrow but if it's not posted then count me in.

The Moon Under Her Feet sounds hilarious! Love the idea of Jesus being a girl jewish schoolgirl 8D And brownGirl in the Ring sounds good, I've heard of the title but never knew what it was about, now I know!

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

Awesome books!

Here's what I got this week: http://bookielaura.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-my-mailbox-2-28-10.html

Have an awesome booktastic Monday! :D
The Bookie Bunch

brizmus said...

I will go forth and read the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Although I also want to read ALL of the other books you got (except maybe the horse book). They all just look so GOOD!

Lori said...

Enjoy your books. Here's Mine.

Melissa Walker said...

So glad you're gonna discuss YEAR OF THE HORSE. Loved your cover thoughts!

Lawral the Librarian said...

I just finished Year of the Horse. I didn't think I would be overly enthusiastic about a Western, but I was surprised by how much I liked it by the end. I hope you like it too!

MissAttitude said...

Ok so I ended up not finishing Year of the Horse, so I want to participate in your discussion! *waves hand eagerly in the air*
I'm halfway through but I'll chime in when I can :)