Sometimes a book will just call out to you. It tells you that it was meant for you and that you need to read it. The first time I heard the title A Snicker of Magic
, I was intrigued. The first time I saw the delightful cover, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
Felicity Juniper Pickle is a collector of words. Not in the same way that some of us are, she is lucky enough to see
words. Words surround certain people and things, and when Felicity sees them, she writes them down in her always present blue notebook. When her little sister Frannie Jo asks for a poem, Felicity can pluck them out of the air and combine them into a soothing rhyme for her.
There are two things that Felicity Pickle cannot do, however. She cannot comfortably speak those words in front of anyone, and she can't stay in one place too long. The first thing she can work on, but the second thing is all because of her Mama.
Her Mama is cursed with a wandering heart. She loads her girls up into her beat-up van and travels around with them. This last jaunt has brought the Pickles home to where Mama grew up: Midnight Gulch. Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, but a few generations ago the magic seemingly up and left town right along with the famous Threadbare brothers.
But for Felicity, Midnight Gulch does
turn out to be a magical place. First of all, she acquires her very first friend - Jonah Pickett. And Jonah, it turns out, has a secret and a bit of a magical identity as well. As he takes Felicity under his wing, she sees the things that could
be -- the things that she didn't even know she was longing for as Mama shuttled them around "Per-clunkity-clunk, per-clunkity-clunk
" across the country.
Natalie Lloyd has created the kind of world that readers want to jump into. This small Tennessee town should exist and feels like it does. Perfectly quirky, the characters are interwoven, layered and kind. Turns of phrase verily melt in your mouth, and beg to be read aloud. This is a heart-song book, if ever there was one.
True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It
by Michael J. Trinklein
Quirk Books 2010
What if the United States had accepted every proposal to form a new state? One really messed up flag, that's for sure! Â
Growing up in Southern California it is hard not to notice that there is a simmering animosity with neighbors to the north. It isn't so much
100 Best Beach Books Ever: Final Voting
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Test your knowledge of literary espionage in Guardian’s challenging quiz (I scored 6 out of 10, a score that Guardian described as this: Mediocre. You have some intelligence, but this stuff is so widely known that you are an essentially worthless asset). Here’s hoping you fare better on the quiz!
Quirk Announces Follow-Up to ‘P&P&Z’ – Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
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Planning a staycation this year?
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61 essential postmodern reads: an annotated list
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Night of the Living Trekkies. Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall. 2010. July 2010. Quirk Publishing. 256 pages.It was late winter of 2009, and Jim Pike was in Afghanistan.
Jim Pike, our narrator and a war veteran, is working security for a Houston hotel hosting GulfCon, a Star Trek Convention. But this convention will soon be unlike any other--for the convention--and eventually Houston itself--will be overrun with zombies. Pike teams up with an assorted crew of survivors--many Trekkies--their mission is to survive long enough to escape Houston, for they fear that when help comes, it will not be a distinguishing help. It's dramatic; it's violent; it's funny.
I am not a fan of zombie novels. I'm not. I am not a big fan of violence--blood, guts, etc. But I am a Star Trek fan. And I can appreciate a good, quirky read. So while this one may not be for everyone, I enjoyed spending an afternoon with this one.
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I was told in an ever-so-brief e-mail yesterday. Strangely, the note didn't do a thing to discourage me from the work I am doing to tell William's story in a Dangerous Neighbors
prequel. Most importantly, perhaps, because I just love this bookâ€”the guy-oriented nature of it, the pretty fascinating history behind it, and the way it visits me, late at night (my characters inside my dreams, my dreams beginning alongside a mess of noisy railroad tracks, in the clamor of a newsroom, in the rescue of a red heifer). But also because when I look around I see books I've lovedâ€”historical novels for young adultsâ€”that are absolutely thriving.
Let's consider Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
(Ransom Riggs), a Quirk publication, now in its seventh week on the New York Times
bestseller list (I'm 70 pages in and loving the mix of image and story; expect a full report tomorrow). Let's talk about Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray
, a book that led me to the marvelous Tamra Tuller of Philomel, and which, in its very first week, debuted on the New York Times
list. Let's talk about The Book Thief,
one of my favorite books of all time, still number one on the list, or, for that matter, the award-winning, bestselling The Good Thief,
still generating much enthusiasm. Libba Bray
didn't do too badly with The Sweet Far Thing
or A Great and Terrible Beauty
, Rita Williams-Garcia was deservedly rewarded for her basically perfect One Crazy Summer,
and I recallâ€”do you as well?â€”a certain series of historical novels featuring glamorously clad society heroines that rocked the lists for a very long time.
Then there are those adult books, historical novels all, with which we are so familiarâ€”Devil in the White City, The Help, Water for Elephants, The Paris Wife, Loving Frank,
so many othersâ€”that locked in their places in book clubs and on lists. Struggle isn't a word that I would apply to them.
I believe, in other words, that there is room for those of us out here who have fallen in love with a time and place and have a story to tell. I've been barely able to breathe under a load of corporate work lately. But the first chance I get, I'm returning to William. I left him in a saloon down on Broad Street named Norris House. He's been hankering for some dinner. I've got ideas about a multi-media launch. And this kind of fun is worth having.