April 17th, 2010

Looking for the title of a book I read a few years ago

The original edition had a black cover with a psychedelic kaleidoscope-type image in the center and the title in a large white font.The reprinted edition's cover is yellow and completely different, I believe.

The only details I can remember from the plot are about a piece of graffiti that's written on a bridge. A person adds one word to the graffiti to change its meaning and this exchange entertains commuters for a few days. More importantly, some biological virus is released that makes people join a collective mind, but there are some hold-outs who resist. A lot of the humor is Catch-22 ridiculous. Interspersed throughout are philosophical bits including one on why an apple is red.

I would love to re-read this book but cannot remember the title (which is relatively long). It may have the word "today" or "tomorrow" in it although my searches using those terms have yielded nothing.

Thank you for your help!

Found! Thanks to azuire! Here's the original cover:

Caleb- snug as a bug!

Book 23: Dead and Gone

Dead and Gone
Charlaine Harris
Fiction; mystery; paranormal romance; series
289 pages
For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…

Wow! This is now one of my favorite books in the series!
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I cannot wait for Dead in the Family!!!!!
***Next read: I have started reading Blood Rites, which is the sixth book in the Dresden Files series.
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Book Review: Torchwood: Something in the Water

Title: Torchwood: Something in the Water
Author: Trevor Baxendale
Year of Publication: 2008
Genre: Sci-Fi
Format: Book
Length: 249 pages
First Line: The late Bob Strong. That's what they called him.

Summary: Dr Bob Strong's GP surgery has been treating a lot of coughs and colds recently, far more than is normal for the time of year. Bob thinks there's something up but he can't think what. He seems to have caught it himself, whatever it is - he's starting to cough badly and there are flecks of blood in his hanky.

Saskia Harden has been found on a number of occasions submerged in ponds or canals but alive and seemingly none the worse for wear. Saskia is not on any files, except in the medical records at Dr Strong's GP practice. But Torchwood's priorities lie elsewhere: investigating ghostly appartitions in South Wales, they have found a dead body. It's old and in an advanded state of decay. And it is still able to talke.

And what is it saying it 'Water hag'...

Review: What does stagnant water, flu-like symptoms, and a Weevil dubbed Big Guy all have in common? A lot apparently. And something that sucks is that you don't see the exact connection until about 200 pages in... and this book is 249 pages long. Another thing that I didn't like is that is starts with Jack and Owen Weevil hunting, and you think this is super important to the plot. Nope. Then we switch to Gwen and Tosh who are ghost hunting. And it might have just been me, but because the main story came second, I thought it was less important and kind of blew it off. This book did not have me craving for more. It is written well, but suspense wise, I wasn't impressed. The plot is original, and the villain, Saskia, is oddly sexy. This book doesn't offer anything new about the main characters, except that Jack doesn't get sick.

Worst part: Didn't think it was very suspenseful. I didn't crave to read more.

Best part: I don't really want to give away too much about what I thought was the best part. Let's just say it deals with pregnancy.

Grade: B-

Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: Prisoner Of The Daleks and Torchwood: The Undertaker's Gift
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The Mermaids by Robert Edric

The Blurb On The Back:

An isolated, struggling fishing village, inward-looking and increasingly dependent on the outside world for its survival.

And then at dawn, one early-summer morning, the fifteen-year-old Sarah Carr witnesses a group of mermaids, and immediately that small, suspicious world is divided between those of its inhabitants desperate to regard this sighting as their salvation, as something to be advertised and exploited; and those who understand only too well the ridicule, pity and contempt this might equally swiftly bring down upon them.

All now depends on somehow verifying what Sarah Carr says she saw, and over the course of those few overheated days, the whole world appears in turmoil – a place of scarcely-believable wonders and possibilities; a place of squandered opportunities, and of tawdry and regrettable compromises.

And for those few tumultuous, alarming days a natural balance is irretrievably lost, and the whole village, with the girl immovable and unflinching at its centre, struggles to regain that balance and to ensure that that which might secure and safeguard its future – the sighting of the mythical creatures themselves – does not now, ultimately lead to its destruction from within.

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The Verdict:

A slow-paced, sad and thought-provoking novella that leaves you with unanswered questions that linger for a while. This was published in a limited print run but it’s worth trying to track down a copy.

Cross-posted to books and bookworming.
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Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge

The Blurb On The Back:

”He could not fight the feeling that there was something seeping slowly from the well and hanging in the air above it.”

When Ryan and his friends are caught stranded and penniless late one evening, they steal some coins from a well for their bus fare home. Soon after, strange things begin to happen. Peculiar marks tingle on Ryan’s knuckles, light bulbs mysteriously explode and a terrified Chelle starts speaking words that aren’t her own.

Then the well witch appears, with her fountains for eyes and gargled demands. From now on, the friends must serve her – and the wishes that lie rotting at the bottom of her well.

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The Verdict:

This is a wonderful, weird, gripping and macabre story with interesting characters, wonderful set pieces and a dark underbelly. Definitely worth a look.

Cross-posted to cool_teen_reads, urbanfantasyfan and yalitlovers.
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The Lees of Laughter’s End by Steven Erikson

The Blurb On The Back:

In the wake of their blissful sojourn in the city of Lamentable Moll, the intrepid sorcerers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach – along with their newly hired manservant, Emancipor Reese – have set out on the wide open seas aboard the sturdy Suncurl.

Alas there’s more baggage in the hold than meets the beady eyes of Suncurl’s hapless crew, and once on the cursed sea-lane known as Laughter’s End – the Red Road in which flows the blood of an Elder God – unseemly terrors are prodded awake, to the understated dismay of all.

It is said that it is not the destination that counts, but the journey itself. Such a noble, worthy sentiment. Aye, it is the journey that counts, especially when what counts is horror, murder, mischance and mayhem. For Bauchelain, Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese, it is of course just one more night on the high seas, on a journey without end – and that counts for a lot.

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The Verdict:

Apart from a particularly offensive rape scene, it’s an okay novella with a slim story but plenty of action.

Cross-posted to books and bookworming.
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In My Mailbox

I posted my haul of books from the last two weeks.

You can see covers, descriptions and my first thoughts on it here so check it out.

Short list:

Heist Scoiety by Ally Carter.
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri
Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins

17. Water for Elephants -Sara Gruen

17. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen – 561 pages - 3.5 stars

I’m always a bit late to those books that everyone and Oprah has read. I’m wary of reading books because “everyone else has.” But I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This story of a young vet who joins a circus in the Depression Era is entertaining and a good read.

There are two story lines in the novel—the protagonist Jacob as an old man, and Jacob as a young, 23-year-old vet student. As an old man in a nursing home, he is bored to tears and reminisces about his youth.

At twenty-three Jacob is almost done with his veterinary degree when tragedy unhinges him and he’s unable to sit his final exams. Disillusioned, he sets off on his own and hops a train that ends up being a circus train. Due to his training, he is able to latch onto the circus and become the circus vet. The circus is a seedy, with aspirations of becoming a grand circus like the Ringling Brothers. Jacob is drawn into the strange underworld and the people in it—some are wonderful people, but some are dark.

In time, he befriends a clown named Kinko, an acrobat named Marlena that he falls in love with, and inherits an elephant named Rosie. He must protect these friends from the ringmaster and the head animal trainer and Marlena’s husband, August.

The storyline itself was engaging, but the prose was sometimes a little flowery for my taste. The setting sells it—Gruen obviously did her homework, and it shows in the little details. It’s a good novel. Not great, but good.

Ian McEwan, Atonement

From the back cover: "On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone."

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