Random Tuesday: The 2014 Cover Edition (& Some Random Links)

I wrote this yesterday and it didn't post, so now get belated Random Tuesday on Wednesday for a slightly more random dose of random.

A lot of publishers and authors have been releasing the covers for their upcoming winter and spring 2014 catalogs. A number of them caught my eye, but my absolute favorite comes from Working for the Mandroid friend and awesome zombie-fighting author Susan Dennard. 

Isn't that an amazing cover? I can't wait to see how Eleanor's adventures in Egypt turn out. Susan spoke with fellow author Amie Kaufman at their blog Publishing Crawl at by the next book in her Victorian zombie adventure series.

Speaking about kickass women, there are yet more unsubstantiated rumors about Wonder Woman movie and television ideas being pitched to DC/Warner Brothers. I'm not going to hold my breath on this one. (from DC Women Kicking Ass)

Amy Plum has an action fantasy series starter coming out next May and it also has a pretty awesome cover.

I've spent a little bit of time on DC Women Kicks Ass the last few days. That's where I learned that Greg Rucka, who is a brilliant comic book writer, has a new series starting up this fall called Veil. He is one of the only male comic creators who regularly writes amazing female characters. I don't think this one will be any different. Here's the summary from NYCC this past weekend:

The story opens when a beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her . . . they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?

I was pleasantly surprised by not-really-a-zombie-but-staring-a-zombie book Reboot and the sequel, coming out on May 6 has a very intriguing cover.

This year might have been the 75th anniversary of Superman, but next year is the 75th anniversary of my personal favorite, Batman! A new weekly series will be launched in 2014 in addition to probably several other special series. Unfortunately Batman: Eternal doesn't have any great female creators involved, which makes me a little sad. (From USAToday.com)

Alternate faerie tales are all over the place and The Wizard of Oz already has a take on it with Gregory Maguire's Wicked series. Now Danielle Page is bringing the popularity of dystopias to the Emerald City in Dorothy Must Die, coming out April 1.

Epic Reads released a whole slew of covers over the last few weeks and you can see all of them along with their release dates here.

And that's the pretty cover edition of Random Tuesday. What covers and random things have caught your eye lately?

Random Tuesday: Pretty Covers, The New Doctor, Book Clubs & Sad Robots

First of all, my prize from Comic Con has a cover now! And it's so pretty! This book is taunting me from my bookshelf. I'm trying not to read it right off since it will leave a year and a half until the final volume comes out. I don't know if I could stand such a gap. Do you have books sitting on your shelves that you desperately want to read, but don't want to wait so long for the next book in the series so you haven't read it?

Susan Dennard is hosting a book club alongside Epic Reads for Something Strange & Deadly. If you haven't read this zombie tale set in Victorian Philadelphia, you are missing out and should definitely take part. Susan is posting discussion questions and I'll have my contribution to the conversation up tomorrow. It's too late to sign up officially, but it's still going to be fun so join up unofficially!

A friend of mind posted this article on Facebook celebrating the first anniversary of the Curiousity rover on Mars. NASA sent the code for the rover to sing itself happy birthday. I don't know why, but it just made me sad. Poor robot all alone on its birthday on a far away planet... no wonder the robots are going to have an uprising.

Normal people may find this proposal method kind of sad or impersonal, but I think it's down right awesome - a guy proposed to his girlfriend via memes and commissoned artwork on Reddit. Some of that commissoned artwork is wonderful.

So a new Doctor was announced over the weekend in a bizarre around the world special. The expected front runner Peter Capaldi was announced as replacing Matt Smith in the next proper season of Doctor Who. I think this is a really lame choice. I think the guy will do great as the Doctor, but he has already played a pretty substantial role in the Doctor Who universe through Torchwood. I know there seems to only be a small pool of British television actors and they're all in everything, but really? There was no one else?

Harvey Weinstein thinks Midwesterners are idiots, so he's cutting the substance out of that weird dystopian-on-a-speeding-train Snowpiercer movie. Epic fail, Weinstein, epic fail.

And one final thing before I run off to watch Batman The Animated Series (because that's what I do as a grown up - watch cartoons I didn't have time for as a kid), I present to you the commission from Katie Cook I received at Comic Con. It's Nightwing and Batgirl being awesome.

Share some random in the comments! There can never be too much random!

Random Tuesday: Pretty Book Covers, Superheroes with Babies, Comic Con Stuff (Of Course) & More

San Diego Comic Con is less than a month away and I'm getting all twitchy and unable to concentrate on anything else. Have some Random Tuesday.

I don't know what it was about last week, but book covers were leaking out of everyone's ears. HarperTeen especially had some gorgeous ones. You can see a lot of the covers released last week over at Epic Reads here. I've scattered a few of the ones that made me the most excited throughout this post.

Speaking of the Con: Info about Comic Con panels, autograph sessions and swag is starting to leak out from the various companies that attend the Con. Yesterday Simon & Schuester announced their panels and big autograph signings, which include John Barrowman (JACK!) and Cassandra Clare, who will probably be getting a lot of attention at the Con this year. The whole S&S schedule can be found here.

So I loooooooved Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard when I read it earlier this year. It made me squeal like a young girl and swoon over Daniel for days. The sequel comes out next month and Working for the Mandroid has been lucky enough to be on the A Darkness Strange & Lovely blog tour in a few weeks. In the meantime, have a scene from the first book told from Daniel's perspective.

For my shallow purposeless "look at the attractive man with a baby" link for the month: A few weeks ago, Robert Downey Jr meet a tiny fan went disasterously because he did not look like Iron Man and the little boy was very confused. This week Fluffy Spider-man Andrew Garfield was seen hanging out on set with a toddler. It makes me want to steal my niece and fly to New York. Note: I watched this video with no sound, so I have no idea what it sounds.

So far this season of True Blood is batshit insane. I mean, more so than the other seasons, which is really saying something. But it gave me this, so I'm still watching.

There are already over 100 babies named Khaleesi in the United States now. Of all the weird names in the Game of Thrones canon, I'm glad that one is the one taking off. It's not that weird. At least it's not Hodor.

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright try to explain how Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and the upcoming The World's End are an associated trilogy. Uh... sure, guys.

To truly be random, I must include a link to this story about the runaway red panda because it made me go "aaawww" before 8am this morning, which is a miracle in and of itself. And red pandas are ADORABLE.

I want a video of someone walking in this Lego wedding dress. Because that would be awesome.

If you liked Peggy Carter in the first Captain America movie, she's getting a short on the upcoming Iron Man 3 blu-ray. I don't know why it's going on that DVD, but maybe it has Tony Stark's dad in it or something. I'm always happy to get more strong female character screentime though.

And that's about the max of my randomosity for this week. What cool, interesting or just plain weird things have you come across on your travels across the interwebs?

Waiting on Wednesday: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

These Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Disney Hyperion
Releases December 10, 2013
384 pages

Find it on Goodreads

Preorder it from Amazon

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? I am not ashamed to admit that I regularly judge books by their covers and this one is amazing. I hadn't even really read the blurb about it until I created this post. At first the description reads like Romeo and Juliet in space, which isn't bad. But then there's busted spaceships and conspiracies and mystery and... how pretty is that cover?!

Newly Released Cover to Ally Condie's Reached, the Final Installment of the Matched Trilogy

It's quite possible that this has already flown around the blogosphere over the past two days, but I just came across this short interview with Ally Condie on Entertainment Weekly's website. In it she gives some insight into the narrative structure of the third book in the Matched trilogy, titled Reached, as well as some hints to what she might be working on after the trilogy is completed.

Considering this was an unexpected little delight of information, I'm not surprised that seeing the cover gave me a slight chill. I'm so excited about how this series is going to end!

What do you guys think? Are you as excited to see what happens to Ky (and Cassia, I suppose, but mostly Ky) and to maybe finally get some answers about the Society? Does the cover give you a sudden craving for a cherry lollipop or is that just me?

Read the interview with Ally Condie here. The pic came from EW.com as well.

So. Excited!

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset
Kady Cross
Harlequin Teen (2011)
473 pages
Urban Fantasy / Young Adult / Weird Attempt at Steampunk

Available from Amazon here

Includes (mostly) vague out-of-context spoilers

I am so conflicted about this book.  I’m not one to put a book down in the middle and never pick it back up.  I always like to feel really bad books can get better if only given the opportunity.  Maybe there will be redeeming qualities.  Maybe it will get so bad that it’s funny.  Anything!  But The Girl in the Steel Corset nearly lost me with the first paragraph on page 26.

Almost twenty years ago, his parents had taken it upon themselves to continue the work started by his grandfather, the fourteenth Duke of Greythorne, and journeyed to the center of the earth.  There they discovered the Cradle of Life – the place where creation began.  What they’d found there had been astounding, but would never see the light of day, at least not in the foreseeable future.  The world wasn’t ready for it.  Helena and Edward King had dedicated their lives to Crown and country, and they’d been killed because of it.

Did anyone else just get really bad Tomb Raider 2 flashbacks?  Or Indiana Jones 4 shudders?  Or just rolled their eyes so hard they are now permanently stuck in the back of their heads?  Ignoring the incredibly cliché The world wasn’t ready for it that nearly caused me to throw the book across the room in a crowded public library, would anyone have blamed me for walking about from a book based around something found in THE CRADLE OF LIFE?!

Calming breaths.  Wow, okay, I’m okay.

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