Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: Quicksand by Gigi Pandian

Published March 10,  2015
 by Henery Press
Synopsis from the publisher:
A thousand-year-old secret room.
A sultan’s stolen treasure.
A missing French priest.
And an invitation to Paris to rekindle an old flame…
Historian Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of enigmatic Lane Peters and a 90-year-old stage magician, Jaya delves into France’s colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer.
There are several times over the course of the story that Jaya and her companions would have felt like they were standing in quicksand with no way to escape and that they would soon be over their heads literally or figuratively. It's a wonderful mystery that takes place across France from Paris to Nantes to Mont Saint- Michel. While there may be lulls in the action, they are natural and remind you that someone cannot run on adrenaline 24/7. The lulls do not last long. The pace of the story is generally quick. The slowest part is when Jaya is trying to make up her mind whether to go to Paris or not. The main characters are well developed. The secondary characters have enough to them to show that they are important to the plot, but are not necessarily built up in-depth. The ending is action packed and surprising. The 90-year-old stage magician is an awesome character. Age doesn't slow him down a bit.
In the afterword, the author explains where she got the idea for the mystery. She also details which parts are historically accurate and which are imagined. Even this makes for interesting reading. 
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a well-written mystery with characters that are fun to read about.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

Waiting on Wednesday #84 - Uprooted by Naomi Novik




"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 


This week the title I am waiting on is Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It's expected to be out May 19, 2015 by Del Rey books. 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com: 

Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
 

Why am I waiting on this book? The combination of fairy tale and fantasy tale mentioned in the Publishers' Weekly Review of the title makes it sound interesting, "familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come." And then there is a Dragon who is a man and not a dragon. Why does he need a new girl to serve him every ten years? I wonder what will happen to Agnieszka when she is chosen.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share the title or a link in the comments so we can check it  out! Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read and open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

The book often has a meditative quality and is full of lessons for the character Otto Ringling and by extension the readers. In the first part, Otto is speaking. At the end, Rinpoche is speaking. The two of them are on a trip around the west, sight-seeing and taking  Rinpoche to different speaking engagements. And Rinpoche is facilitating Otto's spiritual growth at the same time. The quote is from an ARC and may be different in the final edition. The book is due out June 2, 2015 from Algonquin Books. The bread maker in the example was his sister who makes horrible bread.

From page 241:

"I see. I think if you'd used a different bread maker, a different end product, the message would have hit me harder, but I get the message. The bread of my meditative life has risen, maybe, and that part was quite exciting, but I shouldn't think about eating it quite yet."

My spiritual guide reached across the table and squeezed me hard on the upper arm. "Wery good my friend."

What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Just for fun in honor of National Poetry Month



Grammarly Poet BFF Quiz Invitation Image

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quickie Review: The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren is pretty much about what the title suggests. There are vignettes about symposiums, secrets, the perfect secret, and even the mail carrier who brought so many of secrets to Frank's house. There are also many examples of postcards and other things that people have sent in to share their secrets.

Some of the secrets are very touching. I found myself getting teared up more than once. Some of the secrets are informative, especially in the way that they inform us we are not alone in the things we keep secret. It was also touching to read the segment on the PostSecret application and the reactions of some people to secrets that they saw posted there. 

If you enjoy the PostSecret website or any of the other PostSecret books, then you will like this book as well. It's worth a read. It's nonfiction and biographical in nature.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #83 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

This week I'm waiting on A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The description from Goodreads.com follows: 

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Why am I waiting on it? The first sentence in the synopsis is why. It's based on a fairy tale and faerie lore. I love retellings. I love seeing what people will do with the bones of the old tales.

What book are you waiting on this week? Please leave a link or the title in the comments so we can check it out. Thanks for coming by. Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - Dark Heir by Faith Hunter


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read and open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
Published April 7, 2015 by Roc
"You know, Leo, the last few minutes have really sucked. And if I have to fill you full of silver and then fight my way outta here, it's only gonna suck more. So how about you pull up your big-boy panties and let's see what's happened in this FUBARed afternoon."
                               (6% through on my Kindle) 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link below in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

Is there magic in memory? Is it magic to remember everything differently from the person who shared the time period with you? This is a thoughtful exploration of the relationship between two people, Robin and Izzie. They had been an item many years ago. Then Robin disappears. Then Izzie sees a bum that looks just like Robin after her husband dies. It's predictable in this one place, that bumping into Robin is the impetus for the rest of the book. 
Chapters alternate between the point of view of Robin and the point of view of Izzie. As the book goes on, it becomes clearer that their memories of what the time was like just before Robin disappeared is quite different. And it all starts on the day they visited the Faerie Tree. If you are expecting urban fantasy, this is not it. 
This book is different from most of my reads. The pace is slowish and thoughtful as each character examines what they remember from the time they were together. This is punctuated by spats, current memories, and life in general. 
I was unable to predict the ending for the most part beyond that they figure out whose memory of the past is more reliable.This is a good thing. I wasn't totally satisfied with the ending though. To tell you why, would mean spoilers. So, I will just say that there are unresolved issues with illness and with a sudden personality change. 
In general, if you like fiction about relationships that involve thoughtful examination of them, then this is a book for you. In some ways, the tone reminds me a little of Anne Tyler's writing. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars for the quality of the writing. The pace of the book was a little slow in places, but overall it's a good book.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #82 - Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 


Expected publication:
June 1, 2015 by Chicago Review Press
This week I'm going for a nonfiction title: Monster Hunters: on the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators by Tea Krulos.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Do ghosts exist? What about Bigfoot or Skinwalkers? And how will we ever know? Journalist Tea Krulos spent more than a year traveling nationwide to meet individuals who have made it their life’s passion to hunt down evidence of entities that they believe exist but that others might shrug off as nothing more than myths, fairy tales, or the products of overactive imaginations. Without taking sides in the debate, Krulos joins these believers in the field, exploring haunted houses, trekking through creepy forests, and scanning skies and lakes as they collect data on the unknown poltergeists, chupacabras, Skunk Apes (Bigfoot’s stinky cousins), and West Virginia’s Mothman. Along the way, he meets a diverse cast of characters—true believers, skeptics, and hoaxers—from the credible to the quirky, and has a couple of hair-raising encounters that make him second-guess his own beliefs.

Why am I waiting on this book? It looks interesting and would be different from anything else I've read this year. I like fictional stories with these components, so I wonder what a nonfiction examination of the subject matter would be like. I did like that in the synopsis it says, "Without taking sides in the debate." And I wonder if it will be possible for the author to maintain his neutrality on the issues as the book progresses and admittedly he has some experiences that make him think twice.

This is one of several books I came across that looked interesting this week. What book or books are you waiting on? Leave us a title or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Teaser: Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read and open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
Expected publication: June 2,  2015
by Algonquin Books
"During those years there had been several emotional and psychological body blows - I'll go into detail a little later - I'd started keeping irregular hours, gained weight, wandered off the spiritual path into an All-American backwater of TV watching and semi-indolence, a therapy of game shows, take-out meals, and bottles of red wine. It was a dark night of the soul, maybe." (p.2) 

The synopsis from Goodreads.com: 

The author of Breakfast with Buddha brings his characteristic whimsy to a new novel about New York book editor Otto Ringling and Mongolian monk Volya Rinpoche, who embark on a road trip from Rinpoche’s meditation center in North Dakota to the glitter and glitz of the Las Vegas strip. What prompts the trip is Otto’s recently altered life, having lost first his wife, then his job, and then seeing both his children leave home for lives of their own. With Rinpoche’s guidance, he hopes to find a new meaning in his life, and a new direction. But what begins as a quietly contemplative journey becomes much more, as the two men travel through the heart of the American midwest, witnessing the decimated lives of so many American natives and giving Otto new perspective on the trials he is experiencing in his own life. Along with these inner awakenings for Otto, there is also a very real hint of menace in the novel, as men show up who may be looking to make sure that the world never knows of the existence of Shelsa, the 8-year-old daughter of Rinpoche and Otto’s sister, Cecilia. Shelsa has consistently shown that she has the markings and the instincts of a spiritual leader, leading to speculation that she may be the new Dalai Lama.
The two previous titles are, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA (October, 2007) and LUNCH WITH BUDDHA (November, 2012)
 

I'm about 30 pages into the book. It's interesting. The characters are for the most part very different from people I've been exposed to, but I think the author does a good job of trying to point out similarities that readers might find so they can connect better with the book. For example, that yes, Rinpoche is an enlightened teacher, but he is also the father of this lovely child, Shelsa. It's being told from the perspective of Otto, brother-in-law to Rinpoche and godfather/uncle to Shelsa. 

What are you reading this Tuesday? Share your teaser or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri

Expected publication:
June 2, 2015 by NAL
"Those were the two things I knew about myself: that I was a writer, and that I didn’t mind looking stupid.” (p.3) As a result, Alexandra Petri easily has enough  material probably for many more essays than are in this book. From pun contests to whistling contests to learning how to drive and more, she tackles some of the weirdest moments in her life.
The selection of essays turns into almost a loosely organized coming of age story, where the age is after college and not too sure one is a grownup. The essays are mostly good fun. I mean who doesn’t love a Star Wars nerd? Even if you don’t love Star Wars, you will understand because “Everyone has one erroneous belief that gets him through the chilly February mornings of the soul.” (p.149)
Seriously funny in many parts, gently humorous in others, the essays are autobiographical in nature.  This is my first exposure to her writing and I have to say I really enjoyed it. There is one sad story in it, but she even manages to put a little spin on that.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for the quality of writing and for the humor. Also In spite of being a collection of essays, there is a pace which propels the reader forward at a good pace. I’d recommend it for those who like Jenny Lawson’s Lets Pretend This Never Happened and books by David Sedaris. Looking forward to its release in early June so I can get a hard copy for my daughter’s birthday. I’ve enjoyed an ARC on my Kindle to prepare this review. And as such, the quotations may or may not be in the final copy or in a different place.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #81 - Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

Expected publication: September 22, 2015
by Flatiron Books

This week the book I am waiting on the most is Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com: 

For fans of David Sedaris, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling-the new book from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED...

In LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."

"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'" 

Jenny's first book, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways and who doesn't need a bit more of that?

Why am I waiting on this book? Well, I'm pretty crazy about the Bloggess. I enjoyed her first book and even bought a copy for my daughter. I am looking forward to reading how she tackles the issues in this book. I imagine the phrase, "Depression Lies" might appear at least once in the book. And really who couldn't use some more "Furiously Happy"?

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read and open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
Published March 31, 2015
by Broadway Books

"Walking with Willie Bell around the tabby remains of Oglethorpe's settlement, I stood looking at the site of the baker's house, just an outline of crushed shell, and imagined the oven, women walking under the oaks to get their bread, the fragrant smell as they stood at the door. I thought I'm walking here just as they walked. That was my first inkling of how the past pounces: Once they were here so I can be here thinking of the fragrance of their bread."
- p. 71

The synopsis from Goodreads.com: 

The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, includingUnder the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. 

From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home.

What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Reading!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Georgia State Poet Laureate - Judson Mitcham


In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I would look up and see who the state poet laureate is. The current Georgia Poet Laureate is Judson Mitcham according to the Georgia Council for the Arts website. There is an interesting interview with him and one of his poems on the blog "How a Poem Happens" by Brian Brodeur.

The Poetry Foundation has a sample poem and a short bio as well. It seems that Judson Mitcham has an undergraduate degree in psychology as well as a PhD. He has at least 3 collections of poetry published including Somewhere in Ecclesiastes (1991)  which won The Devins Award. There is also a biography of him on the Georgia Encyclopedia site.

You know what I find a little sad? My local library doesn't seem to have any copies of his collections of poetry. Instead they have a copy of one of his novels, Sabbath Creek. At least one of their online reference tools, Literary Reference Center, has copies of about 5 of his poems.

It's not like he was appointed this year. According to the reference material, he was appointed to his position in 2012. Funny about the library. I really would have expected at least one collection there.

Below is one of Judson Mitcham's poems. I do not own the copyright for this poem and will remove or excerpt it upon request.

Question
But if a man falls in the forest,
if he trips over his own feet
and falls out of control,
and if no one else is there
when he thuds to the dirt,
is that man still ridiculous?
And if a train rattles off
into the cool night, miles from the house,
if it quiets the baby, has it become a kind of lullaby? If a tree
falls in the forest ...
                                                And there is no God
to witness it, and no human
either, is there a question—
when the deer lifts its head
to listen, when the crow
opens the air
with its old raw note, when
the ants and the beetles come
to interrogate the dead one suddenly upon them?

The full text of the poem can be found in the Chattahoochee Review September 1, 2013 issue or on the Literary Reference Center site if your library has it.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Trouble with Truffles- a 4 Star Review of Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle by J.A. Lang

Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle by J.A. Lang is a humorous cozy featuring Chef Maurice and his friend and restaurant critic, Arthur Wordington-Smythe. It's the first in a series of mysteries with these characters. The staff at the chef's restaurant also make appearances as do the local constabulary.

In the thoughts of Chef Maurice, "The good citizens of Beakley mostly confined themselves to the wholesomely legal highs of alcohol and gossip." So why then is there a dead body? His mushroom dealer is dead in a ditch. Who could have possibly wanted him dead?

Certainly not Chef Maurice who wants the mushrooms that his loyal supplier owes him. This leads him into trouble. Even though the mushrooms were destined for his table, he has trouble convincing Lucy that he is trustworthy and should be allowed to take them right away, Best line from the synopsis: "They say one should never trust a thin chef, By this measure Chef Maurice is very trustworthy."

Chef decides that he and Arthur must investigate the death of Ollie, Along the way they meet several interesting people and acquire a pig.

I enjoyed the mystery in this book. Even though it is a serious enough crime, the undertaking of all involved trying to solve the mystery is quite funny. Chef Maurice's speech is peppered with words of French. That's no problem for me, but I could see where potentially it would confuse some of the other readers. It's all about execution. I don't think anyone would really have much trouble following it.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a good mystery and everything you need to solve it at the same rate of the chef is given to you as he receives his clues and makes his deductions.  It was enjoyable to watch his mind at work.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #80 - Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

A welcome addition to the Discworld books, Darwin's Watch is scheduled for release June 9, 2015 from Anchor, a division of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 

Synopsis from the publisher:
Something terrible is happening on Roundworld: when Charles Darwin writes Theology of the Species, science is set back one hundred years and the wizards of Discworld must struggle to save the inhabitants of Earth...er, that's Roundworld...from an apocalyptic end.

The mind-bending Science of Discworld series offers a wizard's-eye view of our world in a clever mash-up of fiction and fact. When a wizardly experiment inadvertently brought about the creation of Roundworld the wizard scholars of Unseen University did their best to put things on the right course. In Darwin's Watch they may face their greatest challenge yet: A man called Darwin has written a bestselling book calledThe Theology of the Species, and his theory of scientific design has been witlessly embraced by Victorian society and scientific progress has consequently slowed to a crawl. Now the question is can the wizards find a way to change history back to the way it should have been? In Darwin's Watch, the authors explore the impact of major scientific advances on our planet and our culture, the dangers of obscurantism, and the evolution of the theory of evolution as you have never seen it before. This brilliant addition to Pratchett's beloved Discworld series illustrates with great wit and wisdom how the laws of our universe truly are stranger than fiction.

Why am I looking forward to it?
Well. Discworld and Terry Pratchett. I've really enjoyed his writing over the years. And, I am curious as to how the theory of evolution is presented, as a former biology teacher.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!