Thursday, December 21, 2006

books for winter break

Ok, so I still need to work on the every 2 weeks posting thing.....but nevertheless here are a few new titles to look for while you're sitting around on winter break:

Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith This is one author I cannot ever forget since I love his work so much. He writes loads of adult fantasy but he has recently branched out to YA. (Here's your hint, if you've read all his books in the YA section & love his work, check out his other stuff in the regular SF area) Wintersmith continues the story begun in the WeeFree Men of Tiffany Aching young witch in training. Seems she accidentally entices the Wintersmith who controls winter (think of Jack Frost but funnier) and now she can't get rid of him. She goes back to Nanny Og who might be able to help her, and the little blue men are just waiting for any excuse to fight for her. If you like your fantasy with a slice of humor, you can't ever go wrong with Pratchett.

Endymion Spring reminded me a bit of Pullman's "His Dark Materials" but probably only because it also takes place in Oxford University. In this book a young man finds a book that has no words, at least at first, but then he starts to catch glimpses of .....something. Is it magic? Is this book dangerous? What is it? At the same time we learn the story of Endymion Spring who was around at the creation of the book. How the two stories tie together is great! It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down. See what you think...

And now for something completely different......grapic novels....actually manga to be precise....

Fake is a fun story about 2 cops and their job fighting crime.....and how they get on each other's nerves....especially since one of them has a crush on the other one (and he's not sure how he feels)....

Death Note is a much darker tale but really cool. The premise of the story is that there are these creatures (kinda like weird trolls) who live off of humans and have the power to kill them at will. One of them gets bored and for a lark leaves his death book lying around to see what will happen to the human who finds it. The kid who finds it figures out that the book is real and proceeds to try & make the world a better place by killing off all the world's criminals. Can he manage to make the world a better place through killing? And can he avoid the investigators who are after the "serial killer" who is remotely killing all of these criminals?

That's it for now, I'll see what else comes across my desk and be back soon. New Year's resolution is to be much better at updating these......wish me luck!

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