Google+ Bookslingers Blog: March 2012

The Bookslingers Bookslinging Podcast #12: All the horrible stuff is already in your head

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? Despite Miss Corene's reservations, I recommend it. It was pretty great.

The Atlantic Book Awards shortlist is out! Check it out here. It has Janet McNaughton on it.

Are you following the School Library Journal's Battle of the Books? Because it's getting pretty intense.

Books from this week's podcast:

'Parently Miss Corene Only Reads Books with Girls With Pretty Dresses on the Cover

We have a new feature here at Bookslingers: Books of the Future!


Okay, it's a title in progress. It's the best that I could do after running out of Scottish Breakfast Tea (the only tea strong enough to wake me up in the morning. It's like a flying Scotsman kick to the head). A snappier title will happen as soon as I restock. Alternate titles were Coming Down the Pipeline and Books on the Brink. Consider yourselves lucky.   

Miss Corene will be writing the first Books of the Future feature because she hasn't told Miss Maiar that we have a new feature. Surprise!

Alternate Title: The Pith Helmets of Adorableness

The third in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood. Third in the Lemony Snicket-esque romp through Victorian high society with mysterios hair dye, children who were raised by wolves and a very proper young governess whose past is shrouded in shrouds.  

Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Excitement Level: Awoooooooooo!

Alternate Title: Did I Just Light My Dress on Magic Fire?
Kat, Incorrigible = Jane Austen + magic tea pots
Renegade Magic = Jane Austen + magic mosaics?

Release Date: April 3, 2012
Excitement Level: Mrs. Bennett's nerves
Alternate Title: FitzOsbornes vs the Sunrise
Third in the Montmaray Journals series which reads like the impoverished and political astute Mitfords. Think I Capture the Castle meets Love in a Cold Climate making out with Jeeves and Wooster in Lynne Olson's Troublesome Young Men's broom closet.

Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Excitement Level: Winston Churchill guffaw

Alternate Title: Courtship & Curses & Where Did the Top of My Face Go?
Third in the Chronicles of Leland Sisters. Loved the first in the series (Bewitching Season), have to admit I was less thrilled about the second (Betraying Season - does everyone in Ireland have to be a charming rogue?) and excited about the third's deliciously purple cover.

Release Date: August 7, 2012
Excitement Level: Giant brooch of financial mismanagement:

I will never tire of making Ever After references. Ever.

The Bookslingers Bookslinging Podcast #11: Why you shouldn't trust swamp logic

You probably already know this, unless you've been living underneath a rock, or possibly a rock at the very bottom of the ocean, but the movie based on Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games comes out March 23rd. Apparently tickets are already nearing sold-out status in a lot of North American cities, to a point that might actually surpass the sales for the last Twilight movie. While I plan to see the movie and Corene does not (citing lingering trauma from the first book), we can agree on greeting this as positive news, if only to beat out Twilight in something.

It's Children's Book Week soon, and voting opens on March 14th! You can see the 2012 finalists here.

Books from this week's podcast:

The Bookslingers Bookslinging Podcast #10: A disproportionate number of poisonings and a couple of assassinations

This week in books: Scholastic's new Storia e-book platform - and did you know that 500 new fairytales were recently discovered in Germany? You can thank Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, apparently.

For some reason, many of this week's books involved poisoning. A couple of them had assassinations. Corene's convinced this has something to do with The Ides of March. This feels like a good moment to re-iterate that we at are only in favour of fictional murders.

Books from this week's podcast:

Soulless: The Manga

Soulless: The Cleavaging
Soulless: The Manga - Gail Carriger (words) & Rem (pretty, pretty pictures)

That was a lot of cleavage.

Mind you, it was some of the nicest and best adapted cleavage I've seen.

Soulless: The Manga is the first adaptation of the clever mystery/Jane Austen does vampires/bodice-ripper in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Alexi Tarabotti suffers from many afflictions: Her vapid mother, her tediously fashionable sisters, her friend Ivy Hisslepenny's taste in hats, almost certain spinsterhood, bothersome werewolf Lord Maccon and an unfashionable lack of soul. With a ton dominated by stylish vampires, Alexia's soul deficiency and ability to nullify the supernatural powers of anyone she touches puts her at a distinct disadvantages in polite Victorian society.

But being Alexia, she will manage splendidly. Or if not splendidly, cleavage-rifically.

What an adaptation this is.

Rem's light touch and stylistic brilliance are perfectly suited to the flippant comedy of manners. She even managers to make the *ahem* intimate scenes more palatable.

Soulless is a book with the least sexy sex of all the sex (Blogbots: This is not the blog that you are looking for). Scouts honour (though Scouts should really not be thinking of these matters yet), I had to read a certain section over before I realized that certain characters were engaged in exercising conjugal relations in a carriage. Twice. No making that mistake in the manga.

Witty, pretty and well, Lord Akeldama, the book and manga are both highly recommended. Especially for those who love a good cup of tea and joke at the expense of the Scottish.