Elena: I'm gazing.
Stefan: It's creepy.
Elena: Its romantic.
- Stefan and Elena from Vampire Diaries (YES, I said Vampire Diaries!). Who said creepy couldn't be romantic...?
My desk is almost empty of books today, and there's a pic to prove it. Yesterday there were enough for me to indulge in a whimsical moment of spine poetry. Albeit bad poetry on my part. Today, I am down to 5 cds (most by Iron and Wine), a junior fiction book (thanks to a review by Emma of Booksellers NZ blog) and my TARDIS mug (fill it with hot water and it disappears from one side and appears on the other - almost as good as the real thing), and a nonfic title I picked up in New Orleans while visiting the Laura Plantation (which Laura wrote after reading Gone with the wind and disagreeing with Mitchell's portrayal of plantation life). This is...unusual for me. Often staff walk by and stop and browse and ooh and aah over covers and/or strange titles. I like to think they're impressed. Mostly I think they're horrified at how many odd gems we have hidden in our collections. And then I think that their next reaction is fear that I somehow manage to unearth them without even trying. It's like a blessing. And a curse. What's a girl to do when she's waiting on books to come in? Apparently, she relies on others for recommendations. And today's list is made up of 5 items I'm reading because people said I should. So there :)
By the blood of heroes / Joseph Nassise
An alternate history zombie novel set during World War I that blends the take-no-prisoners heroic grit of Inglorious Basterds with the irreverent inventiveness of Dawn of the Dead... At the end of 1917, the increasingly desperate Germans introduce a new gas to the battlefield: T-Leiche -- "corpse gas" -- that radically alters the face of the war. Unlike other chemical weapons that attack the living, T-Leiche resurrects the bodies of the dead, giving the enemy an almost unlimited, if not quite fresh, source of troops. When legendary Allied pilot and war poster-boy Major Jack Freeman is shot down and taken captive by the Germans, veteran Captain Michael "Madman" Burke is the only man fearless and wild enough to try to rescue the American Ace. With a small squad of heroes -- his right-hand man Sergeant Moore, Clayton Manning, the filthy rich big-game hunter turned soldier, and professor Dan Richards, Tesla protege and the resident authority on all things supernatural -- Burke must traverse the putrid ground of no man's land to infiltrate the enemy's lines. Using an experimental dirigible, the team faces incredible danger and finds risk and peril at every turn, including ruthless traitor smugglers and marauding bands of the Kaiser's undead. But only when they arrive at the prison camp is the true importance of their mission unveiled... First book in the Great undead war series.
Bookshelf / Alex Johnson
From the conceptual Read-Unread Bookshelf (which weighs books read against those still to be started) to the multi-function Trick (a unit that transforms from shelf-space into a table and two chairs), this title presents over 200 inventive and experimental book shelving designs in more than 400 colour illustrations.
Tosca's comment: Bookshelf porn. Seriously, a staff member told me this is what is commonly known as 'bookshelf porn.' And they're absolutely right. It is. I never knew there were so many ways to shelve books, or that people took it so seriously OR could make it so fun.
Carpathia / Matt Forbeck
All they dreamed of was rescue. And when the Carpathia steamed over the horizon, the survivors of the Titanic disaster thought their problems were over. But their rescue ship is carrying something. Something old, undying. Something hungry. The lucky ones went down with the ship, in this outrageous tale of icebergs... and vampires.
Tosca's comment: I was going to add a couple sentences from the review but...the review is pretty harsh. So I won't. HOWEVER, feel free to head on over to our catalogue and read it yourself. Will that stop me from reading the book? *snorts derisively* No. That's likely to make me want to read it more.
Ugly Christmas sweater party book : the definitive guide to getting your ugly on / Brian Miller, Adam Paulson, and Kevin Wool, a.k.a. Team Ugly of UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com
Definitive in every way, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book includes the history of the event, how to throw the perfect party, what to wear, and how to judge the all-important ugly Christmas sweater contest. But most important, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book is packed with more than 100 hilarious, full-color photos of outrageously ugly Christmas sweaters, including Scarf Face, Wreath Witherspoon, and Ryan Treecrest. It’s a must-have for the millions who plan to throw or attend an ugly Christmas sweater party, and a sidesplitting look at the funniest, craziest, most unbelievable holiday sweaters you can imagine—authorized by Team Ugly, the recognized experts on ugly Christmas sweater parties.
Tosca's comment: Ugly sweaters. Not just any kind of ugly. CHRISTMAS UGLY. How could I resist? (I didn't try to, really).
The vampire diaries. The complete first season [DVD videorecording] / based on the novels by L. J. Smith
Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder. Offers unforgettable characters, living and undead. They are vampire brothers Stefan and Damon, one good and one evil; Elena, a double for the beauty both brothers loved some 150 years earlier; plus Jeremy, Bonnie, Matt and more denizens of Mystic Falls, VA. All are caught up in a spellbinding web of secrets, passion and terror. R13 - Restricted to persons 13 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence and horror.
Tosca's comment: DON'T JUDGE ME! I can feel your Judge-y McJudgerson faces from here. This is my nephew's fault - he and his friends were watching it/talking about it and so, when they'd vacated my house, I 'borrowed it' indefinitely and am hooked. Sad, sad life I lead. It's like Twilight BUT WITH MORE TEETH. Also, why are they all beautiful and/or goodlooking? I have to admit to having a favourite brother, too. Not dark and brooding Stefan. Seriously, he needs to get a tan and stop frowning. I much prefer Damon with his wicked sense of humour and those eyes ohmygosh those eyes. Yeah, this show brings out the 13 year old in me.