Saturday, October 24, 2009

From the Library 10/24 + Books I Bought

From the Library is my Saturday listing of what I checked out from the library this week.  And I actually bought some books last weekend which is becoming less rare, but is still not a common occurrence.
Books I Bought:

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld (This book is beautiful, how could I resist?)
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Another Faust - Daniel & Dina Nayeri
(I've been interested in this one since I first heard about it. I love the Faust tale.) One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish - only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and
elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.”

But as the students claw their way up - reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty - the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most
unforgivable sins.

At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

From the Library:

Grim Tuesday (audio) - Garth Nix, read by Allan Corduner

Arthur doesn't think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday -- the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur's family and his world. Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything -- an adventure that will include stealing a Sunship, surviving a very weird work camp, befriending a bearlike spirit, fighting the voidlike Nithlings, and traveling to the scary Far Reaches for the ultimate showdown.

 Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? - Louise Rennison  
(Last in the series, I'v stuck with it even though the medicore middle books, mostly cause they are hilarious and have spawned a lot of the lingo my friends and I use sometimes.  I can't wait to see what Georgia does.)
For Georgia, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Just when she thought she was the official one-and-only girlfriend of Masimo, he's walked off into the night with the full hump, leaving Georgia all aloney on her owney—again. All because Dave the Laugh tried to do fisticuffs at dawn with him!
Two boys fighting over Georgia? It's almost as romantic as Romeo and Juliet . . . though perhaps a touch less tragic.
It's time for Georgia to get to the bottom (oo-er) of this Dave the Laugh spontaneous puckering business once and for all. It's like they always say: If you snog a mate in the forest of red bottomosity and no one is around to see it, is he still a mate? Or is he something more?

I am Legend - Richard Matheson
(For the November Novella Challenge.  I liked the movie even though it scared me.)
Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?


  1. I'm not a huge audio book fan but I did happen to listen to I Am Legend on audio and really enjoyed it. I hope you like the book. It's very different than the movie but in a good way =)

  2. Looks like a pretty good haul.

    I hated the movie I am Legend, but if the book is different I may have to give it a try...

  3. Leviathan is beautiful. It's in the Scholastic book orders and I may have to order it.

  4. I too really like the Leviathen cover!


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