Oooh, I Want to Read This #18

Hello everyone, and welcome back to “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Going to keep this short and sweet, because we’ve got a few to dive into today, and I’m actually writing this right before this is supposed to go up.  Whoops! Anyway, on with the post!

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Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.

The man who got me into alternative history with his series on the South winning the Civil War, dives into questioning about if Atlantis really existed, and what role would it play out in the world.

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‘It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

Seems that I want to be in alternative history fiction today. The Man in the High Castle, which now has a TV series, is very intriguing, and I really want to dive right on in the pages.

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Well, if you checked out my reading list that I posted the other day, you’ll know that this book is at the top of the list.  And, I’ll be diving into it really soon, for I’m almost done (at the time of this posting, I have about 55 pages left in The Eye of the World).

That’s all I’ve got for you folks.  Tune in next time for more books! Until then, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

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Oooh, I Want to Read This #17

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Are we ready for some more featured books? Yes? No? Maybe so? Or has life got you discombobulated that all you want to do is riot on the streets, which only adds to the problem, and is not the solution for anything.  Anyway, that aside, let’s move on to the selections today!

And as always, covers and synopsis are pulled from Goodreads.com

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A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly

The anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s generous terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln’s dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies’ man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country’s most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, “Killing Lincoln” is history that reads like a thriller.

I’ve been interested in this book ever since I first heard about it…all those many years ago.  And one of these days, I’m finally going to pick this book up and actually open it up to read it.

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A REMOTE SUMMER CAMP becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

Slasher meets fairy tales? SIGN ME UP!

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There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the “Body Farm” has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.

I’ve really enjoyed the entire series, and now that I have pretty much the entire series, I should probably go ahead and dive into it all, right?

That’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Find any reads that catch your eye? Do you have any suggestions for any future reads? Thank you for stopping by.  I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #16

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Now, a quick question before I dive into this week’s selection: do any of you schedule yourself time to read? Since the new year rolled over, and my work schedule has straightened out a little bit, I have started to get in the habit of reading for 45 minutes in the morning, usually starting at 8:45. It helps me not only work on getting through my TBR pile, but also gets me going on getting my day focused.  I was just curious if any of you did the same thing, but maybe for longer periods of time? Let me know!

Anyway, on to the books, and remember, covers and synopsis come from Goodreads.com.

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If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with “The World of Ice and Fire”.

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, “The World of Ice and Fire” is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

First off, has anyone seen this book in person? The cover on this thing is GORGEOUS! I’m not one to gush over covers, but dang, this thing is a beauty.  Anyway, I love A Song of Ice and Fire series, and to have a book that covers the very extensive past of this monstrous series is a good thing.

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“Thou shalt kill.”

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I was tipped off to this book by Beth, who said that I might be up my alley.  And after reading the synopsis, I have to say that yes, yes it is right up my alley.

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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…

But the museum’s directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

This was a very intriguing read when I first picked it up, and I really enjoyed getting to meet Agent Pendergast for the first time.  I really want to pick up more in this series, but first, I need to start at beginning, and take it one book at a time.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Did you enjoy the selections for today? Are you a reading schedule reader? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want To Read This #15

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want To Read This”! How are you doing on your reading lists for this year? I’m doing…alright.

Alright, alright.  I can’t lie.  This post was written on New Year’s Eve.  So, I’m not going to get going on a list that I haven’t even started yet.  So there.  Anyway, let’s get to this week’s post.

Remember, covers and synopsis come from Goodreads.com

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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably “Snow White”, “Fantasia”, and “Bambi”. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life.

My sister got me this book for Christmas years ago.  I think it’s about time that I need to dive into the book and polish it off.  It looks interesting, and I’d love to learn more about the man behind the Mouse.

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A terrifying tale of a young family who move into an apartment building next to a graveyard and the horrors that are unleashed upon them.

One of the most popular writers working in Japan today, Mariko Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, “The Graveyard Apartment” is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow in to, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.

This tale of a young married couple who are harboring a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building begin to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone… or something… lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again.

This looks very, very scary.  I’m looking forward to finding a copy of this book one of these days and diving right on into the terror.

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What of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of its own—and a five-year-old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past?

Behind every door of the Overlook’s 110 empty rooms there is a chamber of horror. Little Danny knows of these things because he has the terrible power—The Shining.

This is a great book, and it gives us one of the more iconic films based on King’s work.  It’ll be a fun time to re-read this book, like it will be re-reading any of his pieces.

That’s all for this week! Did you find something that you might want to read? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #13

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”.  So, in between creating last week’s post and this one, I happened to find my notebook with everything planned out in it.  So, today, you’re gonna get a double post.  Don’t worry.  Next week will be my “best of 2016” where I give you some of my favorite reads from this past year.  But, let’s get right down to the big double list, shall we?

And as always, covers and synopsis pulled from Goodreads.

I Have, But Need to Read!

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MAY THE VERSE BE WITH YOU!

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic “Star Wars” in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, “Star Wars” abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ‘Tis a tale told by fretful Droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying… pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

It’s STAR WARS in the language from Shakespeare’s era.  What’s not to love with that?

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A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When “Animal Farm” was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

I’ve already read one of Orwell’s novels in 1984, and while the slog was long and tedious, it certainly was an eye opener for sure.  I’m ready to tackle another one of his classic pieces of work.

Need to Own!

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Here is a house of ruin and rage, of death and deliverance.
Here is where I live, not living.
Here is always mine.

When Connor’s family moves to Amity, a secluded house on the peaceful banks of New England’s Concord River, his nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons. destruction, and revenge. Dreams he kind of likes. Dreams he could make real, with Amity’s help.

Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start. Instead, she’s haunted by lurid visions, disturbing voices, and questions about her own sanity. But with her history, who would ever believe her? And what could be done if they did?

Because Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a violent end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again. And again. And again.

Inspired by a true-crime story, “Amity” spans generations to weave an overlapping, interconnected tale of terror, insanity. danger, and death.

What’s not to love about a story about an evil house? I love horror stories, and this feels like it’s going to be right up my alley.

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Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

I don’t remember where I saw this book. But, what I do remember is an instant “need to read” orange neon sign flashed right in front of my eyes.  This is creepy sounding, and just perfect for my reading tastes.

Re-Reading in the Future!

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Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him—and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be destroyed—in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.

It’s one of the biggest and well known high fantasy series in the world.  Why wouldn’t have I read it, or want to re-read it?

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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent… A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath’s mind– in the deadly search for a serial killer… Thomas Harris is the author of Hannibal , Red Dragon , and Black Sunday . As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill,” FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.

When I went to visit my aunt and uncle after my first summer in college, my aunt took me to the library out there, and I picked up and devoured the entire series while I was out there.  I do love the whole series, even if Hannibal Rising isn’t the greatest book out there.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Did you enjoy the selections? Do you have any suggestions for me to check out? Tune in next week for my 2016 in reading review.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #12

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to “Oooh, I Want to Read This”.  It’s the 12th edition, and I don’t see this stopping any time soon.  Why? ‘Cause I like to share about my want to read, and even what I own.  Except for today’s blog.  I lost my list.  I don’t know where it went.  I was planned up until the end of December, but then life and work has happened, and I’ve fallen behind.  So, here’s some recent additions to my TBR list to tide you over for now.

Remember, synopsis and book covers are taken from Goodreads.

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“Her vengeance. His vision.”

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Yes, I know that this book hasn’t come out yet.  But, from what I’ve read, and seen reviews for, this looks to be a pretty good book.  And I could totally use some steampunk in my world.  It’s been a genre that I’ve been interested in, but never fully gotten immersed.

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Friendship doesn’t die, it waits…

A haunting and lyrical novel, Dark Water is a psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession.

When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from. Her best friend, the charismatic Anastasia, disappeared after a swimming incident. But what really happened that night by the wrecks?

This sounds really, really interesting.  Gloomy, with some sides of mystery and thrills along the way.  Sign me up.  I love a good mystery.

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You’ve never, ever read a book like this.

When a sexually-transmitted plague breaks out in Ashley Young’s small town, leaving its victims with a bizarrely amplified libido, everything about her life changes. DEAD IN BED is partly a suspense thriller with a strikingly original story, partly a page-turning mystery about a disease that makes people hopelessly crave sexual contact, and partly a neo-western adventure in the American heartland. For anyone who can handle a smart, controversial female protagonist who’s willing to do anything—no matter how difficult or morally questionable—in order to survive, the series pulls readers in like an unshakeable addiction.

. . . Bailey Simms, teen author of DEAD IN BED, is stuck at home with a rare medical condition. Writing is her only escape, so she’s determined to keep her salacious series hidden from her strict father. Soon an older boy starts secretly helping her, and Bailey finds new opportunities for freedom she’s never had. But as DEAD IN BED grows in popularity, and Bailey’s fans start to clamor for the sequel, she learns that being a successful author may come with a terrifyingly dangerous price.

A very, very unique premise for a book.  Seriously, though.  Sounds awfully like an interesting take on the whole “apocalyptic plague” trope we’ve been seeing for a year.  Definitely something to keep close to the top of my reading list.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Hopefully, I can find my notebook so I can have next week’s originally planned reads.  Otherwise, I may do a “best of” list for next time.  Speaking of, until then, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #11

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”.  I think I need to start buying more books.  I’m running out of books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet to feature here.  That, or I need to start reading faster so I can borrow more books from coworkers.  Anyway, this week’s picks should be interesting, and I’m excited to share them with you.

Remember, synopsis come from goodreads.com, and click on the covers to go their respective goodreads page.

Catacomb (Asylum, #3)

Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that a black muscle car appears to be following them. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister fascination with notorious killers of the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this third book in the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.

I’m a bad series reader, I know.  But, I’m better than a certain person I know who, last I remember, had about 30 series she started, but never finished. Anyway, I love this series! They are quick reads, but still very much enjoyable.  I’m really looking forward to diving into the final chapter…then picking up the other available titles in this series.

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Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he’s supposed to possess amazing talent — and she’s supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

Color me intrigued folks.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how magic is used in this world, as well as the interesting dynamic between the supposed “curse” and the “hero” (if that’s the proper term to use in this case).  Will it balance out like yin and yang in the end? Or will it be one of those “one must live” type scenarios.  Will the script get flipped? I kinda wanna know!

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“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares, and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

Last, but certainly not least by any stretch, is the only non-YA book on this list today…strange.  But certainly not Odd.  As in Mr. Odd Thomas.  I first read this book in college, and I simply adore Odd.  I felt for him at the end of the book, and I was enjoyed to know that the series continued on.  And what better way to read the whole series than by starting over with the first book.

Well, there we have it folks. Any books strike your fancy today? Got any recommendations for me? Let me know! Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.