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Bookslingers in Brief

You cannot imagine how careful I was not to light those books on fire.
I have a weird work schedule.

It essentially boils down to working like a Las Vegas water processing plant for two weeks and then having three days off. I usually spend one day running around town paying bills, spending some quality time sulking at the Laundromat, buying groceries for the coming two weeks (Will I need five lemons? Probably) and generally Getting Things Done.

For the next two days, I read. And this weekend was no exception.

Notice that I wrote "read" rather than "write in-depth and breathtakingly insightful yet flippant reviews for Bookslingers."

So, instead, we are settle for Bookslingers in Brief:

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

If you do not have a problem with a giant cupcake baking small cupcakes to eat and sell to a sentient eggplant, then you will probably enjoy this graphic novel more than I did.

It does beg the rhetorical question: If you are a cupcake and made of such delectable sugary and buttery goodness, does it really count as cannibalism or is it just extreme gourmet dining?

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

There were only two instances when I wanted to thwack the heroine on the head with a copy of the "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" DVD. This is a good thing.

I make bad life decisions. The squirrel epaulettes are the exception

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

Do you have a significant knowledge-gap about Victorian prostitutes in Toronto? Are you left bereft at your lack of archaic euphemisms for a dude's junk? This is the book for you. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I bawled.

Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

Like Sherlock Holmes if Sherlock were played by a dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in my head. He even looks like a dragon) and Watson was a teenage girl.

Fig. 1 (a) - Dragon. Do not ask about his huuuuuge hoard

The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty

Diana Wynne Jones-esque romp through the mean streets early 20th century New York. Pretty sure Mother-in-Latkes (You pick the perfect son-in-law, we do the rest!) is the most amazing & delicious spell created.

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriot

Oh boy. Intense retelling of Cinderella in a Japanese-esque setting. Best YA fairytale retelling I've read this year (I realize that we are only 15 days in to 2012 but I will keep you posted about the ranking). 

Dark Spring by Kathy Stinson

Our Canadian Girl makes it very clear that living in Montreal in 1885 involved stepping in a lot of excrement.

About half way through Jan Wong's China but have to stop after every chapter to boggle.