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Shaman-The Awakening - New Novel

Originally posted by vrmccoy at Shaman-The Awakening - New Novel
Christian Sands is an FBI agent with a unique ability. When his ViCAP unit takes on another serial killer investigation, they soon find themselves in deeper than they bargained for. The killer seems to be ahead of them at every turn. The search for the mysterious killer takes Christian and his unit from the Mysterious Crossroads to the Transcendental Four Corners of New Mexico deep and into the Navajo Nation.

While investigating the case, Christian, a descendant of Cherokee Freedmen, is also undergoing a vision quest or enlightment of his own. As he gets back in touch with his heritage, he discovers that his abilities are much more than he knew.

Shaman - The Awakening is a gripping supernatural thriller, filled with brilliant and in-depth descriptions of Native American culture and shamanistic lore. It will keep you on the edge of your seat! An Amazon Bestseller since it release.


Story of the Eye, by Georges Bataille

Title: Story of the Eye
Author: Georges Bataille
Published in: 1928
Language: English
Rating: 1/5
First review for books1001

Summary from Goodreads: Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that "the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing." Bataille has been called a "metaphysician of evil," specializing in blasphemy, profanation, and horror. Written in 1928, is his best-known work; it is unashamedly surrealistic, both disgusting and fascinating, and packed with seemingly endless violations. It's something of an underground classic, rediscovered by each new generation. Most recently, the Icelandic pop singer Björk Guðdmundsdóttir cites Story of the Eye as a major inspiration: she made a music video that alludes to Bataille's erotic uses of eggs, and she plans to read an excerpt for an album.

Warning: Story of the Eye is graphically sexual, and is only for adults who are not easily offended.Collapse )

Anyone interested in a free copy of "The Lady of the Rivers"?

The Lady of the Rivers Book Giveaway

Reviewed on Fashionista Piranha in December 2011
See also Author Event: Philippa Gregory & The Lady of the Rivers, October 2011

  To celebrate the release of Philippa Gregory's The Lady of the Rivers - the new paperback edition hits bookstore shelves today - the publisher has kindly allowed me to give away two copies of the book to my readers!  If you've not yet investigated Gregory's Cousins' War series, The Lady of the Rivers is a great place to start.  While it's the third book in the series, the story is chronologically the earliest, so you can read it without spoiling the rest of the books!  And if you've already read the first two books in the series...well, what are you waiting for?


Requesting a read!

Hi everyone,

I'm the sort of reader who tends to stay within my comfort zone, but recently I've branched out a little and started reading more short stories. I really enjoyed 'Bread and Chocolate' by Phillippa Gregory, and 'Fragile Things' by Neil Gaiman (except it annoys me the last story in the collection is a sequel to 'American Gods', which I haven't read...)

I guess what I'm saying is that I took a chance and it worked out. Now I'm looking to try other genres I don't usually read. There is a crime festival in my town in a month's time, so I was looking for some good authors/books to ease me into that area. Also, I've heard a lot about steampunk, but I still don't completely get what it is. Does anyone have any good steampunk books that really epitomise the genre? Short story recs are also welcome :)

Sorry if recs aren't really what this community does... feel free to delete :) Thanks!
Read a Book (Personality in Books)

Banned Books Week (Sep. 24 - Oct. 1, 2011)

These icons are all variations on three Banned Book Week slogans: "I Read Banned Books," "I Support Kids' Right to Read," and "I Support Teens' Right to Read." If your childhood or adolescence, or that of someone you love, was influenced, empowered, or saved a book, then support Banned Book Week.

From the Official Website --
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.

According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group
claim that any of these novels is "unsuited to age group" is ridiculous and dangerous. My personal favorite response to these spurious, fearmongering claims comes from an anonymous mother and librarian on a Banned Books Week blog entry from several years ago: " What may be unsuitable for a lucky child at age ten or twelve or thirteen may have already happened to an unlucky child. Books are the most salient way to make sure that they understand that they are not "unsuitable." What happened to them was."

Make sure that kids and teens, both lucky and unlucky, retain their right to read in your city, school district, and life. Support Banned Books Week.

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[poe] a woman in the forest

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte
Genre: Fantasy Clockpunk/Steampunk Dystopia Young Adult
Pages: 512 Hardcover
Source: Bought from Borders.

Summary: In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical-born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way-every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Review is spoiler free!

Read more at A Bookworm's Shelf.
[poe] i must become a lionhearted girl

The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher

Release Date: March 16th, 2004
Publisher: Greenwillow
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 352 Hardcover
Source: Purchased from Goodwill.

Summary: The High Priestess interprets the wishes of the god as conveyed through the Oracle. Mirany serves the High Priestess. But when the god speaks to Mirany, she realizes that the High Priestess does not hear him, that she is manipulating the choosing of a new God-on-Earth for her own gain.

Mirany must join forces with Seth, a young tomb-robbing scribe who knows the secrets and hidden passages of their land, if she is to defeat the treachery that grips the kingdom. But they have powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Review is spoiler free!

Read more at A Bookworm's Shelf.
[poe] a woman in the forest

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Release Date: November 11th, 2010
Publisher: Dial
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 338 Hardcover
Source: Purchased from Borders.

Summary: (From GoodReads) The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?

Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

Review is spoiler free!

Read more at A Bookworm's Shelf.