Mortimer Tate was a recently divorced insurance salesman when he holed up in a cave on top of a mountain in Tennessee and rode out the end of the world. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse begins nine years later, when he emerges into a bizarre landscape filled with hollow reminders of an America that no longer exists. The highways are lined with abandoned automobiles; electricity is generated by indentured servants pedaling stationary bicycles. What little civilization remains revolves around Joey Armageddon's Sassy A-Go-Go strip clubs, where the beer is cold, the lap dancers are hot, and the bouncers are armed with M16s.
Accompanied by his cowboy sidekick Buffalo Bill, the gorgeous stripper Sheila, and the mountain man Ted, Mortimer journeys to the lost city of Atlanta -- and a showdown that might determine the fate of humanity.
When Ellie and six of her friends return home from a camping trip deep in the bush, they find things hideously wrong -- their families gone, houses empty and abandoned, pets and stock dead. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in the town has been taken prisoner. As the horrible reality of the situation becomes evident they have to make a life-and-death decision: to run back into the bush and hide, to give themselves up to be with their families, or to stay and try to fight. This reveting, tautly-drawn novel seems at times to be only a step away from today's headlines.
Soulless is about Alexia Tarbotti, a twenty-six year old Victorian spinster who lives in London. Her deceased biological father was Italian and gave Alexia her long nose, dark looks and too many curves that are considered acceptable. She Alexia has a dark secret because of her father and is known as a preternatural, one who doesn't have a soul. Alexia has a heart and can feel emotions but because she has no morals, she uses reason and logic instead. As a preternatural, anytime Alexia touches a supernatural creature they lose their abilities.
Alexia's secret is about to come out because one night while she is at a ball, sitting alone in a library, she is attacked by a vampire. Alexia kills the vampire and pretends to faint and is found by her nemesis, Lord Maccon who is the fourth Earl of Woolsey who works for the Bureau of Unnatural Registry and also happens to be Scottish and the alpha to the Woolsey werewolf pack. It looks like something dastardly is at play that could uproot the whole supernatural community.
Armed with her parasol and good sense, Alexia will do some investigating of her own. Unfortunately, Alexia is in deeper trouble than she would have ever expected especially when the BUR offices are broken into. Lord Maccon also pops out of nowhere to protect her as well as kiss her senseless and dare to give her love bites around her neck for anyone to see.
Note: Because of the ridiculous hype surrounding Soulless, I was more then thrilled when I came home to this baby sitting on my bed. However...this review is kind of deterring my interest. Eighteen bucks later.
The first feeling is exhilaration.
The second feeling is pain.
The feeling that never comes is regret.
Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah's only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders. This is the story of his self-destructive spiral, his rock-bottom moment, and how he finally learns to accept help and find true strength through recovery.
Note: I have no idea what this book is about. The cover was pretty.
I also went, once again, a bit crazy at a library book sale:
For Review [didn't get much this week, but here it is]:
Children of Dust is an elegant memoir revealing Islamic fundamentalism and madrassa life in rural Pakistan, the culture shock of moving to the U.S., and a journey of reconciliation to the modern Middle East. Author Ali Eteraz is a compelling young male literary voice, and in telling his coming-of-age story he captures not merely pain, but also the love, laughter, and pathos of Muslim life.
I received FURNACE, and it's sequel SOLITARY, from the amazing author Alexander Gordon-Smith, as well as some equally amazing swag:
(now, I know it's usually Britain and the UK (in swag picture) that get the cooler covers, but I think it's safe to say the US (net picture) has finally done something right, eh?)
Another thing I'd like to point out is my HOLYSHIZIFiDONTGETTHESEBOOKSSOHELPMEGOD list. These are books that have gone past the fine line of wallet aching (see What Makes My Wallet Hurt for further details) and treded into the rapid waters of If I Don't Get This Book Soon So Help Me I Will Plunge This Knife Into Your Eye Socket and Eat it Like Macoroni And Cheese.
In other news:
I've been AWARDED!
Curtosy of Lisa from Book Blab.
I pass it along too...
P.s. I've also discovered this website called BookMooch and, yeah, it's awesome. You put books you don't want up, you get points, which you can trade in for books other people don't want. Good stuff. Update: I just got The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (this is turning into an awfully long post):