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I’ve been thoroughly busy this past few days, I keep pulling a disappearing act. I should probably put up my queue again. I also keep forgetting to promote all of my recent posts which is usually the case. Anyway, if you’re looking for new books to read, this is for you.

moadeep asked:

If you haven't read The Sea Is Ours you totally should. I just finished it recently (a friend and I simulread) and I want MORE.

[The SEA is Ours]

I want it SO bad! Unfortunately, my book budget just isn’t what it used to be, but it’s the second one down on my “to get ASAP” list! I was lucky enough to get So Long Been Dreaming as a gift recently, and I can’t wait to dig into that one! I loooove anthologies. I’m going to write a review, same with So Long Been Dreaming.

Twelve Strokes of Midnight

There are more enigmas in this universe than you can imagine, starting with those hidden within these pages that will take you one mysterious story per echoing strike of the clock… until the witching hour finally consumes you.

You will find :
- a magical clockwork toy that spins more than you expect
- the power of a protective mother from beyond the grave
- the lengths a spirit will take to deliver revenge
- and much more

Signs of Valhalla Fandom

As more and more people read the Valhalla trilogy by Ari Bach, the symptoms of Valhalla fandom have become increasingly common. If someone you know begins to exhibit these signs, don’t hesitate to ask them if they’ve been reading.

  • Sudden obsession with walruses. The trilogy features giant overgrown walruses that many readers cite as a comedic highlight.
  • Increased comfort with sexual identity. Valhalla is published by Harmony Ink Press, an LGBTQ+ young adult publisher and features a lesbian protagonist. Book 3 includes a major non-binary character.
  • Curses spoilers when reading about Norse mythology. Valhalla and its sequels are laden with references to Norse lore. Expertise in these stories may constitute major spoilers for the books.
  • Expresses a desire to visit Kvitøya. Despite this obscure northern island being having no tourist attractions or even a permanent human presence, many readers develop a desire to see the island where the titular spy base exists in the year 2230.
  • Makes quantum physics jokes. Valhalla’s sense of humor is similar to what you’ll find on Facts-I-Just-Made-Up but with an emphasis on science and futurism, including bad puns that personify subatomic particles and their characteristics.
  • Feels betrayed by or mourns people who don’t exist. The complex yet bold plot lines of the series can be traumatic to read. No character is safe. No character is certain to remain good or evil. Literature experts rate Valhalla at a betrayal-and-death level of 2.38 GRRMs/chapter.
  • Wants a “Tikari.” Tikaris are robotic insectoid knives or bladed weapons that are made from your sternum, which is replaced with a dock in which the creature can lay dormant. They serve as a new body part, seeing for you, hearing for you, and killing for you. Readers of the series often design their own Tikaris in the hopes they may someday get their own. Extreme Valhalla fans have been reported to consider getting tattoos of the signature Valhalla cover Tikari:

If you see these signs in a friend, confront them and ask openly if they have read Valhalla and/or its sequels. If you suspect they have but they refuse to admit their fandom, check their room for Valhalla paraphernalia. Valhalla is available as an eBook or Paperback, so be sure to check both their shelves and eReader. They may also order the book in either format directly from the publisher to cover their tracks.

To help your friends recover from Valhalla, you must understand this dangerous novel so we recommend reading the free sample on Amazon by clicking the cover art here. But read no further yourself or you may also become addicted.

Have no illusions, Valhalla is growing fast in popularity and soon it will affect your friends and neighbors. Be safe. Know the signs. Know the consequences:

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My dad’s novel is out in stores! It’s right next to a Doctor Who book!

If you’re a lover of sci-fi (the kind with aliens, Earth-invasions, and badass human pilots), check out The Terran Consensus. :) It’s not out on ebook yet, but it will be soon!

When I was a child, reading was the most desperate escape available to me. I’d sit in the classroom at my conservative Christian elementary school, and hide a novel behind the Bob Jones University press published textbooks, keeping myself entertained while the teacher taught us that the fossil record supported Noah’s flood or that dreams were a way for us to process sin. First I read anything I could get my hands on. John Grisham and Michael Crichton were in heavy rotation. But one day, I discovered a mail order science fiction book club and my life would never be the same, because Terry Pratchett entered it, and changed me forever.

In his books, women were smart, and difficult, and respected, even if they were old or fat. The world was destroyed regularly, and some poor bastard always had to put to back together, but they’d always gripe about having to do it. There were no heroes, no villains, no gods and no demons, just a big swath of undulating gray. So, by the time I was in my teens, thanks to the Christian school and my uneven self guided education through Discworld, I understood more about the basic theories of quantum mechanics than I did math, the scientific method, or basic biology. I also desperately wanted to be a writer, to shape and explain the world around me in the effortless way he did.

I like to joke that I’m a charismatic atheist, because the religious philosophy I have adopted is the surrender to the beauty of the randomness of the universe, our inability to know everything, and the intense improbability of our very existence. But that philosophy was shaped and guided by one man, who would smile at me from the backs of those half size book club books and remind me every day that the world was so daft and so glorious that the only way to survive it was to be kind.

It’s been very hard since he left. Harder than I like to admit. All my heroes seem to be dying off.

Originally posted by quincyprsn

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Cycle 26: Winter is Here

In the near future, the Ice Line has settled the global warming debate with a vengeance. In eleven “years without summer,” it has buried the country in snow from Chicago to Dallas, creating an apocalypse Man has never experienced.

NOAA Meteorologist John Snowden is determined to solve the scientific mystery behind this juggernaut’s sudden appearance. While foragers try to salvage what they can from this “mini Ice Age,” search-and-rescue missions pluck a very few from certain death.

12 Fantastic Facts About A Wrinkle in Time

[via Mental Floss]

1. The author’s persistence paid off

She’s a revered writer today, but L’Engle’s early literary career was rocky. She nearly gave up on writing on her 40th birthday. L’Engle stuck with it, though, and on a 10-week cross-country camping trip she found herself inspired to begin writing A Wrinkle in Time.

2. L’Engle based the protagonist on herself

L’Engle often compared her young heroine, Meg Murry, to her childhood self– gangly, awkward, and a poor student. Like many young girls, both Meg and L’Engle were dissatisfied with their looks and felt their appearances were homely, unkempt, and in a constant state of disarray.

3. Einstein sparked L’Engle’s interest in quantum physics and tesseracts

L’Engle was never a strong math student, but as an adult she found herself drawn to concepts of cosmology and non-linear time after picking up a book about Einstein. L’Engle adamantly believed that any theory of writing is also a theory of cosmology because “one cannot discuss structure in writing without discussing structure in all life. …” The idea that religion, science, and magic are different aspects of a single reality and should not be thought of as conflicting is a recurring theme in her work.

4. Publishers hated the novel

L’Engle weathered 26 rejections before Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally took a chance on A Wrinkle in Time. Many publishers were nervous about acquiring the novel because it was too difficult to categorize. Was it written for children or adults? Was the genre science fiction or fantasy?

5. L’Engle didn’t know how to categorize it, either

To compound publishers’ worries, L’Engle famously rejected these arbitrary categories and insisted that her writing was for anyone, regardless of age. She believed that children could often understand concepts that would baffle adults, due to their childlike ability to use their imaginations with the unknown.

6. Meg Murry was one of science fiction’s first great female protagonists…

… and that scared publishers even more. L’Engle believed that the relatively uncommon choice of a young heroine contributed to her struggles getting the book in stores since men and boys dominated science fiction.

Nevertheless, the author stood by her heroine and consistently promoted acceptance of one’s unique traits and personality. When A Wrinkle in Time won the 1963 Newbury Award, L’Engle used her acceptance speech to decry forces working for the standardization of mankind, or, as she so eloquently put it, “making muffins of us, muffins like every other muffin in the muffin tin.” L’Engle’s commitment to individualism contributed to the very future of science fiction– without her we may never have met The Hunger Games’s Katniss Everdeen or Divergent’s Tris Prior.

7. The murky genre helped make the book a success

Once A Wrinkle in Time hit bookstores, its slippery categorization stopped being a drawback. The book was smart enough for adults without losing sight of the storytelling elements kids love. A glowing 1963 review in The Milwaukee Sentinel captured this sentiment:  “A sort of space age ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ Miss L’Engle’s book combines a warm story of family life with science fiction and a most convincing case for nonconformity. Adults who still enjoy ‘Alice’ will find it delightful reading along with their youngsters.”

8. The book is actually the first of a series

Although the other four novels are not as well known as A Wrinkle in Time, the “Time Quintet” is a favorite of science fiction fans. The series, written over a period of nearly 30 years, follows the Murry family’s continuing battle over evil forces.

9. It is one of the most frequently banned books of all time

Oddly enough, A Wrinkle in Time has been accused of being both too religious and anti-Christian. L’Engle’s particular brand of liberal Christianity was deeply rooted in universal salvation, a view that some critics have claimed, “[D]enigrates organized Christianity and promotes an occultic world view.” There have also been objections to the use of Jesus Christ’s name alongside figures like Buddha, Shakespeare, and Gandhi.  Detractors feel that grouping these names together trivializes Christ’s divine nature.

10. L’Engle learned to see the upside of this controversy

The author revealed how she felt about all this sniping in a 2001 New York Times interview. She brushed it aside, saying, “'It seems people are willing to damn the book without reading it. Nonsense about witchcraft and fantasy. First I felt horror, then anger, and finally I said, ‘Ah, the hell with it.’ It’s great publicity, really.“

11. The science fiction has inspired science facts

American astronaut Janice Voss once told L’Engle that A Wrinkle in Time inspired her career path. When Voss asked if she could bring a copy of the novel into space, L’Engle jokingly asked why she couldn’t go, too.

Inspiring astronauts wasn’t L’Engle’s only out-of-this-world achievement. In 2013 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) honored the writer’s memory by naming a crater on Mercury’s south pole “L’Engle.”

12. It may come to the big screen soon

Although L’Engle was famously skeptical of film adaptations of the novel, a familiar name may be bringing A Wrinkle in Time to movie theaters. In August 2014 Variety reported that Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee had signed on to pen a film adaptation of the novel for Disney.