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Sunday Salon: February Shortlist

February 1, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comWell, even though Fatty-Fat Fantasy Novel January fell though for the most part, I’m going to try to go ahead with Short Month/Short People/Short Books February. Maybe I’ll try again with the fatty-fat fantasy in March… if I can curb my ARC requesting.

I’m going to break this month’s shortlist down into two categories: books that I need to read, and books I’d like to read. (Not that those two are mutually exclusive… how about books that fit this month’s theme, and books that I will be reading despite them not fitting the theme?)

On the ARC/Library/Tour/Deadline pile:

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3 by Neil Gaiman et al. Picked this up from the library this weekend, so it comes with a deadline. Shouldn’t be much of a chore, though. Well, apart from the effort spent just holding it to read. ;)

The Glister by John Burnside. I requested this from Shelf Awareness a while ago, and to be 100% honest, I don’t really remember what it’s supposed be be about. It looks good and creepy, though.

Starfinder by John Marco. Upcoming YA fantasy novel (so it does fit the theme), looks kind of steampunk-y based on a very brief perusal. Plus, the author will be around for a Q&A or guest post or somesuch… once I read the book. :)

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon. When I requested this historical fiction ARC, I didn’t realize that I already McMahon’s novel The Alchemist’s Daughter sitting unread on my TBR pile. Oops. This one’s got an upcoming publication date, however, so it’s getting read first.

Demian by Hermann Hesse. This is my current “assignment” from the Go Review That Book! group at LibraryThing, and I’ve kind of been severely unenthusiastic about it. I may get to it, or I might procrastinate another month.

On the other hand, I have about eleventy million unread midgrade/YA books floating around one of my bookcases. You can see the whole list, but I thought I’d highlight those that are currently catching my eye for reading this month.

Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede. I love the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and I really enjoyed the Sorcery & Cecelia series that Wrede wrote with Caroline Stevermer, so I’ve got high hopes for this one.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Lots of good buzz about this one, plus that whole Printz Honor thing. Plus, I love a good boarding-school book.

Quadehar the Sorcerer by Erik L’Homme. I picked this up after I read someone’s review of it, although for the life of me I can’t remember who. I need to start keeping a list!

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Well, I’m out of Inkworld books unless I start re-reading Inkspell, but I still do have more Funke to read.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. Since I re-read The Subtle Knife in December, I should finish what I started. Plus, I haven’t read this for a few years, and it’s about time.

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper. One of my LibraryThing Secret Santa books this year. I have no idea if it’s going to be any good, but even if it winds up being crap, the title just makes me giggle. Every. Single. Time.

Poison Study by Maria Snyder. Got this one for myself with part of my Christmas giftcard. I think it looks really interesting… but the problem with basically ALL of these books is that they’re the start of series, so if they’re any good, I’m going to have to go out and find the sequels, which is counterproductive from the standpoint of my TBR pile. :)

What say you, readers? Any books on my list of TBR YA books that you can’t believe didn’t make the Shortlist, and which need to be read immediately? What’s on your plate for February?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2009 5:16 am

    Great list. I am yet to make one for Feb!

    January was well…very productive

  2. February 1, 2009 8:24 am

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the third Absolute Sandman. And that steampunk-y fantasy YA book sounds great!

    I want to read The Disreputable History too. In fact, I should cave and do the YA challenge…there are so many YA books I want to read.

    This month I have a few sci-fi books I want to get to (including Peeps!). I also want to finish The Dark is Rising sequence at last. Other than that, we’ll see, I decided not to make a pile for a change.

  3. February 1, 2009 10:03 am

    Gautami – This list is going to be pretty flexible, I suspect… there’s always something else that comes up.

    Nymeth – Oooh! I can’t wait to see what you think of Peeps! And it’s been a while since I’ve read the last couple of books in The Dark is Rising series – I should re-read them at some point, now that I know more about Arthurian legend than I did the first pass through.

  4. February 1, 2009 12:05 pm

    I haven’t ready any of these books, but I’ve heard great things about the Frankie Landau-Banks book.

  5. February 1, 2009 12:39 pm

    These all sound great! It looks like you have some good reading coming up :)

  6. February 1, 2009 2:37 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got a good February planned. I’m really looking forward to your thoughts on the next Sandman.

    I’m hoping to read some more science fiction for the Sci Fi Experience. I’ve also got some YA and a mammoth short fiction anthology I’d like to get to.

  7. February 1, 2009 11:51 pm

    I have The Glister sitting in my review pile too, I really have to get to the ones that arrived right before Christmas.

  8. February 2, 2009 7:55 am

    I loved loved loved Frankie Landau-Banks!!! You must read that!

  9. February 2, 2009 11:06 am

    bermudaonion – Me too, which is why I was so excited when I spotted it at an after-Christmas sale for $3.99!

    Samantha – I hope so!

    Memory – Do you have any particular titles in mind?

    Joanne – Yeah, I’ve been whittling down the pile before I start requesting too many again.

    Kelly – Yes ma’am! I will read it, entirely on your say-so! :-D

  10. February 2, 2009 3:59 pm

    I’ve read (and loved!) both Frankie and the Thief Lord. I’ve looked at Vampirates a bunch of times, but haven’t actually read it yet. I’ll be interested in seeing what you think.

    You’ve got quite a few good books listed there. Good luck!

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