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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 12:20 pm

(Buy from Amazon.ca or direct from Second Story Press)

Summary: (Taken from GoodReads) In this quirky collection, award-winning author for young people Kathy Stinson offers characters and plotlines that reflect the many ways teens learn about lust and love. From the first stirrings of same-sex desire on a lakeside beach to troubling paternity questions around a teen pregnancy, 101 Ways to Dance reflects the spectrum of teen sexuality from the very sweet to the very scary. These stories offer many opportunities for important and engaged discussions, while content and writing style ensure a great selection for reluctant readers. A must-have for all junior high and high school libraries.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010 10:27 am
Thanks to browsing a few other book review blogs these past few days, I've come across some great free pieces of writing. Occasionally I come across an offer for an entire free e-book, which is perfect since I'm still short on cash (no job yet, folks, so I'm still broke), and even though I still have many books on my backlog, I'm not opposed to adding a few more if I think they'll be worth reading.

(One such offer is a free copy of Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, which you can get in .pdf format by sending an email to I09Windup@nightshadebooks.com)

Most often the freebies come in the form of sample chapters for upcoming novels. Definitely a great thing to offer, but since until I get a job I won't be able to buy said new novel, I'm not going to tease myself by reading the sample chapters. I just know I'll get hooked on the story and then won't be able to buy the entire book, and it'll nag at the back of my mind. No need to torture myself, at least not that much.

But what I really enjoy are the free short stories. There's always time for a short story, I don't have to commit myself to torturous glimpses of books I can't afford, and it introduces me to authors I may not have heard of yet.

With that in mind, I'd like to plug two fantasy and sci-fi short stories I came across recently.

  • The Narcomancer, by N. K. Jemisin
  • Ghost Technology From the Sun, by Paul Jessup

    Definitely worth a read.

    Now I think I'll go curl up in bed and hope that reading will distract me from my nausea. There's nothing like being sick, that's for certain.
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    Thursday, January 7th, 2010 10:39 am

    Back of the book: The heroes of Valdemar are the Heralds, an ancient order trained to be emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, councelors, and even warriors. But they are more than just protectors of the kingdom. Chosen from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages, these unusual individuals are Gifted withablities beyond those of normal men and women. These are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and other who are uniquely suited to protecting their realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horselike Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. With their Companions, the Hralds of Valdemar ride patrol throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

    Now, sixteen authors join Mercedes Lackey, adding their own adventurous touch to the heroes of this well-loved fantasy realm.

    Thoughts: )