Mmmm...the booksies...give us the booksies...

You know what's more fun than your berfday? Getting bookstore gift cards for your berfday!! This year, I got some good ones from Borders and Barnes & Noble (and an Amazon gift card from the uber-cool Shannon Whitney Messenger, whose contest I won a while back. Thanks, Shannon!) Consequently, I just spent the BEST MORNING EVER, luxuriating amongst the virtual stacks. I'M SO EXCITED!!! (Srsly, dudes, the booksies make me do awesome and terrible things. I loves them.)

So these are the booksies I'll be mainlining diving into soon:

KRAKEN: When a nine-meter-long dead squid is stolen, tank and all, from a London museum, curator Billy Harrow finds himself swept up in a world he didn't know existed: one of worshippers of the giant squid, animated golems, talking tattoos, and animal familiars on strike.


Called upon to examine the housemaid, Dr Faraday finds himself strangely drawn to the dilapidated house. What begins as mild fascination transforms itself into something more pronounced as Dr. Faraday scrambles to make sense of the strange happenings that begin to haunt Hundreds Hall.

The man who loves Naomi must descend into the labyrinthine subway system to find her and bring her back to a world where a New York brownstone holds a burial ground of those accused of witchcraft, where the secrets of the living are within the ancient diary of a witch, and where a creature known only as the Serpent has escaped its bounds at last.

In Victorian England, an orphan girl, Sue, is sent to a country estate to work for its young heiress, on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known as Gentleman. Sue is raised by Mrs. Sucksby, den mother to a family of thieves, or "fingersmiths." To repay Mrs. Sucksby's kindness, Sue gets involved in a scam but soon regrets it.

STORIES (Gaiman! Joyce Carol Oates! JOE FREAKIN HILL!):
This collection of 27 never-before published stories from an impressive cast sets out to shift genre paradigms. The overarching theme is fantasy used in the most broad-sweeping sense, rather than signaling the familiar commercial staples of elves, ghouls, and robots.
Renowned exorcist of Rome tells of his many experiences as an exorcist doing battle with Satan. Fr. Amorth allows the reader to witness the activities of the exorcist, to experience what an exorcist sees and does. He also reveals how little modern science, psychology, & medicine can help those under Satan's influence.

Yip! I'm so excited. *squirms* But I have to finish THE PASSAGE first. Cronin slammed me into a brick wall of BLEH when he opens the story WIDE open in the second section. Was not feeling that. At. All. Sigh. (Then I'm all, yikes! What must that feel like, to hear your readers complain about your work?) Course, plenty o folks luurrved it. Ah, well. The story's starting to go full circle now, at the beginning of the last third, so I hope it picks up.

Anyway. So what are you SO. FREAKIN. EXCITED. to read this month???


Aubrie | July 1, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Those all look so good! I'll be watching for your reviews :)

Zoe C. Courtman | July 1, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Thanks, Aubrie! Books make me go all squishy inside :D What are you looking forward to???

Alleged Author | July 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The only one I'm truly looking forward to is Mockingjay, but it doesn't come out until July. :(
I love getting gift cards. When I was a teenager, my dad would take my sister and me to B & N for Christmas and let us buy as many books as we could hold in our arms.

Zoe C. Courtman | July 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Hey, Alleged! I know, right? Nothing beats a good gift card. And BOY was your dad AWESOME at Christmas!!!

Bethany Elizabeth | July 1, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Oh, I'm so jealous you got all those new books! Isn't it a wonderful feeling, getting new books? :) I love it!
Good picks, too. If any of them is blow-your-socks-off good, let us know, pretty please. :D

Zoe C. Courtman | July 1, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Hey, Bethany! Oh, man, no better feeling :D I'll keep you posted if any are really super good!

Jaydee Morgan | July 1, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I'm jealous of your book buying spree....perhaps I'll treat myself ONCE I finish my current manuscript. Enjoy!

Stephanie McGee | July 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Have fun reading all those! I'm not allowed to buy more books until I get through my current TBR pile.

Tere Kirkland | July 1, 2010 at 12:42 PM

LOVE Fingersmith. You'll have to tell me how you like The Little Stranger. All these sound good!

My husband just bought me a nook yesterday for my birthday (I was having a hell of a time deciding between that and Kindle), and I think Kraken is going right on my tbr list! Thanks!

Roland D. Yeomans | July 1, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I envy you the time for all that reading. I gave myself a little more time : I gave up on THE PASSAGE a fourth of the way through.

To cast caution to the winds, I picked up a new book, SEPULCHRE, a tale concerning a rare tarot deck that helps link the lives of two women living eras apart.

In 1891, Parisian teenager Léonie Vernier and her brother visit their young aunt at an estate in southern France. After finding a startling account of her late uncle's pursuit of the occult, Léonie scours the property for the tarot cards and Visigoth tomb he describes, unaware that more tangible peril in the form of a murderous stalker is seeking to destroy her loved ones.

Present-day biographer Meredith Martin is in France finishing a book and tracing her ancestry when she sees a reproduction of the same tarot, which bears her likeness. She investigates the connection when she, too, arrives at the estate, now a hotel in which a new battle between good and evil rages.

Whew! Did I get carried away or what? Have a great weekend, Roland

Shannon Whitney Messenger | July 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Aw, glad you were able to get some awesome books. Hope you enjoy them! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh | July 1, 2010 at 2:16 PM

That first book sounds like it has a Lovecraft influence.
Reading a Alastair Reynolds book right now and then will probably dive into a Timothy Zahn story.

Zoe C. Courtman | July 1, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Jaydee - what a great reward! The promise of books would DEFinitely propel me through an MS!

Hey, Stephanie. *whispers* My husband would say the EXACT same thing. I've got books in teetering piles all over the house!!

Tere, I really like Sarah Waters. I'm looking forward to The Little Stranger and definitely diving into FINGERSMITH. And glad I could help you fill up your Kindle; KRAKEN sounds awesome.

Hi, Roland. Ooh, SEPULCHRE sounds delicious. You'll have to post how you liked it!!

Thanks again, Shannon! I'm TOTALLY gonna be enjoying these :D

Zoe C. Courtman | July 1, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Thanks for dropping in, Alex :) Just checked out some of Alastair Reynolds' work - now I have MORE to add to my TBR pile!!

Shannon O'Donnell | July 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Even though I write for young children, horror has always been one of my favorite genres to read. Those look like some great books! :-)

Vicki Rocho | July 1, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Love, love, LOVE new books. New to me that is. they can be beaten and battered and I'll still love 'em.

I haven't read anything of Neil Gaiman's in awhile. I ought to correct that.

Carolyn V. | July 1, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Your book list sounds awesome! You'll have to let us know your fav of the group.

I just got my hands on Hunger Games. *happy evil laugh* I can't wait to read it!

Anonymous | July 2, 2010 at 12:04 AM

I'm interested in hearing how you feel about Kraken. I have to admit I'm very interested in that one!

Kristopher and Crew | July 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I want to read KRAKEN so BAD! I have Fingersmith on my Nook, but haven't been in the right frame of mind for it yet... Awesome books. I'll have to check out some of the others.

Palindrome | July 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Omg!! I love China so much!! I have to buy Kraken right now!!! RIGHT. NOW!

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