Wednesday Memes: Giveaway, What I’m Reading, What’s Coming Out

It’s that time again where I give you the three Ws of Wednesday

What I’m reading: Redshirts by John Scalzi. It’s hilarious, a satire on Star Trek the original series (with Shatner and Leondard Nimoy. Unfortunately, as funny as it is, it’s not keeping my interest. I am determined to finish it, though! Let’s see if I follow through…


What I just finished reading: Taken by Erin Bowman. It was pretty darn good. An action-packed story that started out strong and stayed strong (unlike Matched, a book I also just recently read).

What I think I’ll read next: This one is hard. I have so many books that I want to read right now. But, alas, I cannot read more than two or three books at a time (and they have to be alternating fiction and non-fiction) so it’s going to be hard to choose. But, I’m going to sort of make up my mind. I’ll try to be reading Scintillate because I was sent the second book, Deviate, to review. I didn’t realize it was the second book in the series when I accepted the offer. Fortunately, Book Outlet had the first in the series so I pounced on that and included it in my birthday gift.

“Waiting On” Wednesday
Yesterday the book The Sin Eater’s Daughter was released. As soon as I saw the cover in Barnes and Noble I raced around petting it and wishing that I’d be able to read it very soon. Because my birthday was yesterday I have a little extra cash for books–though I’m buying a bow so I can keep up archery so le birthday money probs won’t go far. This book, however, is one I must read so I will make sure I do that.

Winning Wednesday
This is super cool. It’s a meme where we highlight book giveaways that we’re doing. Even though it has its own post I want to make sure that you have every opportunity you can to win these three books:

 

GIVEAWAY: The Resurrectionist

I haven’t done a giveaway in a while so I thought it was time I did another one. The awesome-sauce people at Quirk Press gave me not one, but three copies of The Resurrectionist by E. B. Hudspeth. This is a book that I got to review and this post will serve as both a way for you to enter and my review of the book. (See below for entry options.)

The book is basically two-in-one. The first half of the book is an “biography” of Dr. Spencer Black, a somewhat crazy ex-doctor who was so convinced that mythical creatures were once very real that he created them on his own and joined the circus (that’s greatly paraphrased). The second half of the book is full of beautiful pictures of mythical creatures in a sort-of medical book. There are at least three different views of each creature, including their musculature and skeletal  systems.

When I first saw this book a year ago in a bookstore I couldn’t figure out how much of this book is fiction. Honestly, it’s still not clear  whether or not  Dr. Spencer Black a real guy. For sure people like him existed, E. B. Hudspeth does a fantastic job of creating Dr. Black as a crazy man and as a man who was very alive, much like the creatures he’s obsessed with. The first half of the book, the “biography” of this man ends in his mysterious disappearance. What happened to him is up for the readers imagination.

The writing of the biography and the snippets of journal entries by Dr. Spencer Black were very well don’t. Hudspeth created a crazy man that came alive in both the author’s writing and Black’s “own” journal entries. I found the first few chapters to be quite monotonous, it almost read like a textbook. But it was fitting, very fitting for the man Hudspeth created. The latter part of the first part of the book was more interesting. It chronicled his time working with the circus and detailed some of the creatures he created.

The second part of the book was where it really got interesting–and downright beautiful. The mythical creatures that Black created came to life with pen and ink. Pages and pages of each creature existed with numerous hand drawn picture of the creatures in various stages of autopsy. Accompanying the medical grade drawing is about half a page about the creature, introducing them and their interest to Black.

I’ve decided to give away three copies of this book (thanks to Quirk Books!) to my readers. This is a book that is great for reading in small sessions. I was able to do so between classes, something that can be difficult with novels because I have to get back into the flow of things. The Resurrectionist is an easy read, ideal for people who only have little times at a time… to read.

I highly recommend this book for the dark fantasy lovers as well as anyone interested in mythical creatures or looking for a read that is easy to keep up with.

GIVEAWAY: The Resurrectionist