Writer: Amber Benson Suggested Retain Price: $7.99 Publisher: Ace Mass Market Paperback Original Publication Date: February 22, 2011 SERPENT’S STORM is the third novel in Amber Benson’s Calliope Reaper-Jones series, which began with DEATH’S DAUGHTER and continued in CAT’S CLAW. While there will reportedly be more books to follow, SERPENT’S STORM feels very much like the conclusion to a trilogy that it in fact is, paying off many elements that were set up in the earlier installments. What’s really gratifying here is that as our heroine Callie has grown and matured, so has her ability to process what’s happening around […]Read On »
Writer: Jasper Fforde Price: $25.95 Publisher: Viking Release Date: March 8, 2011 Reading one of Jasper Fforde’s BookWorld novels is like watching a circus acrobat who folds himself in half while climbing a tightrope while spinning ten plates with his hands and juggling bowling pins with his feet. Unless you’ve got physicist-level math skills – not that these intricate, literate, hilarious tales have anything to do with math – it’s best to sit back and be awed and delighted; trying to figure out how it’s done will only make you insane. Thursday Next, as introduced in Fforde’s first BookWorld novel […]Read On »
It’s rare a book comes along that captures the zeitgeist of pop culture in the nutshell, but for 2010, PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE is as cathartic as they come.
It’s a humorous look at the obnoxious annoying people who make you want to punch them in horribly painful ways. Before you think this is an excuse to live out your most carnal inner desires, be warned, the book makes you sign a release form so you can’t say in court “the book made me do it.”
Author: Richard Castle Publisher: Hyperion Books Price: $24.99 Page Count: 304 pgs. This is all very meta, so please bear with the following. In the ABC TV series CASTLE, Nathan Fillion plays superstar crime novelist Richard Castle, who follows around NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Kovic) to get inspiration for his books. The hardcover novel NAKED HEAT by Richard Castle is ostensibly the second product of this inspiration (the first, HEAT WAVE, was released last year in paperback). It is a real book that you can go out and buy, with a picture of Castle – who looks just like […]Read On »