([syndicated profile] booksmugglers_feed Aug. 29th, 2015 04:03 pm)

Posted by Ana

On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well!

On Ana’s Radar:

I was recently in NY and in our annual pilgrimage to The Strand, Thea convinced me to give this new GN by Matt Fraction (of Hawkeye fame) – a gender-flipped surreal retelling of the Odyssey – a try.


An eye-searing, mind-bending, gender-shattering epic science fiction retelling of Homer’s Odyssey starting with the end of a great war in the stars and the beginning of a very long journey home for Odyssia and her crew of warriors. The journey to Ithicaa begins HERE, by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals) and Christian Ward (Infinite Vacation, Olympus).

Collects ODY-C #1-5

Also from my NY trip, Artemis Awakening, a SciFi novel by Jane Lindskold that sounds super interesting:

Artemis Awakening

Artemis Awakening is the start of a new series by New York Times bestseller Jane Lindskold. The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay…but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had “bested” the environment.

The Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of the advanced technology and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet’s secrets…and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind.

I loved Tim Federle’s Nate books (they are so cute!) so I am looking forward to his new novel The Great American Whatever

Great American Whatever

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever comes a laugh-out-loud sad YA debut that’s a wry and winning testament to the power of old movies and new memories—one unscripted moment at a time.
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (an author I do really like, sometimes) is a retelling of “The Thing”. Really want to read it!

The Thing Itself

Adam Roberts turns his attention to answering the Fermi Paradox with a taut and claustrophobic tale that echoes John Carpenters’ The Thing. Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love-letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book – by the philosopher Kant. As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. The come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone.

A new book – Far From Fair – by Elana K. Arnold:

Far From Fair

Odette has a list: Things That Aren’t Fair. At the top of the list is her parents’ decision to take the family on the road in an ugly RV they’ve nicknamed the Coach. There’s nothing fair about leaving California and living in the Coach with her par­ents and exasperating brother. And there’s definitely nothing fair about Grandma Sissy’s failing health, and the painful realities and difficult decisions that come with it. Most days it seems as if everything in Odette’s life is far from fair but does it have to be?

With warmth and sensitivity Elana Arnold makes difficult topics like terminal illness and the right to die accessible to young readers and able to be discussed.

On Thea’s Radar:

First up on my radar, a book I received in the mail this week. It sounds a little simplistic (also a federal prescription drug called “concentr8″, really?), but I’m curious:


In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random – a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn’t even have a good phone – hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They’ve got a hostage, but don’t really know what they want, or why they’ve done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they – and we – begin to understand why …This is a book about what how we label children. It’s about how kids get lost and failed by the system. It’s about how politicians manipulate them. Gripping and controversial reading for fans of Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness.

Next up, another title I hadn’t heard of until I received it in the mail, but it sounds utterly charming and lovely–an autobiography of an imaginary friend, who doesn’t realize he’s imaginary.

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

The whimsical “autobiography” of an imaginary friend who doesn’t know he’s imaginary—perfect for fans of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Toy Story

Jacques Papier has the sneaking suspicion that everyone except his sister Fleur hates him. Teachers ignore him when his hand is raised in class, he is never chosen for sports teams, and his parents often need to be reminded to set a place for him at the dinner table. But he is shocked when he finally learns the truth: He is Fleur’s imaginary friend! When he convinces Fleur to set him free, he begins a surprising, touching, and always funny quest to find himself—to figure out who Jacques Papier truly is, and where he belongs.

Readers will fall in love with Jacques’s sweet, quirky voice as he gives them a look at life from an incredible new perspective.

Next, a novel that Ana brought for me when she came to visit last weekend, which sounds like a great take on superheroes from an outsider perspective:


Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They’re closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers.

When Erica isn’t doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero’s BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can’t win every fight by herself.

Life isn’t a comic book – it’s even crazier than that.

I’ve been craving a good middle grade read lately, and I have two titles on my list that I think will do the trick. First, this outerspace saga:

The Galaxy Pirates

Ordinary kids are introduced to an extraordinary galaxy full of pirates, monkeys, and other colorful creatures—both human and otherwise—in this first book of this “absolutely action-packed” (School Library Journal) fantasy-adventure trilogy.

On the night Emma Garton’s supposedly boring parents are kidnapped, she is forced to face the truth that they’ve been lying to her about many things. The most important of which? They aren’t even from planet Earth.

To find her mom and dad, Emma and her best friend, Herbie, must leave Earth and enter the Strands—the waterways of space, where huge galleons ply the intergalactic seas. But a journey through the constellations won’t be easy—not with every scoundrel in the galaxy determined to find them.

In this interstellar adventure, YALSA Alex Award–winning author Zoë Ferraris transports readers to a vast magical universe filled with fantastical creatures, merciless villains, and fearless heroes.

Last but not least, a book that is forthcoming from Workman Publishing (where I, full disclosure, work at my day job):

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods

Just for kids, twenty bone-chilling tales about the most dangerous fantastical beasts in American folklore. Meet the Snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The Hodag, like a spiny-backed bull-horned rhinoceros. The Hoop Snake, which can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and die.

Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.

And that’s it from us! What books do you have on your radar?

Handy order links (where available)

sylvaine: Lantern hanging in bare branches, flickering light within. ([gen] so far from home)
([personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs Aug. 29th, 2015 05:27 pm)
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Varric Tethras
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: pencil, watercolour/digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] momoconteng (sketches) | [tumblr.com profile] aimosketchcard (sketch cards) | [tumblr.com profile] irmaahmed (finished work) | artist site (currently being revamped) | artist store
Why this piece is awesome: I really adore Varric's confident pose and smirk, and the colourwork is great.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
turlough: Bacchus & Silenios & a menead dancing and celebrating, 'Prince Caspian' ((narnia) celebration)
([personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs Aug. 29th, 2015 06:25 pm)
Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Digory in the Garden with Jadis in the background
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] caelinay

Why this piece is awesome: I started the month with a scene from The Magician's Nephew and I'm ending with another one.

While the Wood Between the Worlds seems to be quite common in fanart, I've seen very few depictions of the Garden. This is the one that's made the deepest impression on me. There is something quite unsettling, almost spooky about it. The golden glow of the tree and the silvery shimmer of the apples and the way Jadis is hovering in the darkness.

Link: The Garden
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([personal profile] copperbadge Aug. 29th, 2015 11:10 am)
So, I don't eat a specific method diet or anything but my nutritionist did put me on a high-protein kick that involves a lot of beef, shrimp, almonds, pita bread instead of actual sliced bread, et cetera. I am fortunately at a point in my life where I have both the time and money to go to four different stores on a Saturday morning to get the food I need (being fair they're all in a row, not like, across town from each other) but poverty dies hard, so I always feel ultra smug when I get a good deal.

Like this morning, when I bought some nice thick beef cuts at Whole Foods, and I said, okay, yes, it's Whole Paycheck, but it's on sale and it's good meat and anyway it's the exact cut I want. And then I went to Target, which sells meat -- btw, if you're over the age of about thirty, do you find it as weird as I do that you can now buy steak at Target? -- and checked the prices just to see how badly I'd overpaid, but it turns out the Whole Foods beef was cheaper than Target. And the prepackaged Target almonds, bizarrely, were cheaper than the bulk almonds at Whole Foods that I had decided not to buy because $11/lb for almonds seemed excessive.

So I got home with cheap meat AND nuts, and I feel like while this isn't Paleo, I sure am doing a lot of high-value hunter-gathering. Maybe tonight I'll light a fire and paint some horses on the walls.
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([personal profile] malkingrey Aug. 29th, 2015 12:12 pm)
And high time, too.

This past week was . . . enervating, in a number of different ways, starting with last weekend, which should have been restful but was not, owing to an unexploded land mine showing up in the Saturday mail which could not (business hours being what they are) be dealt with until Monday, which meant that I got to spend the rest of the weekend brooding and fretting about it. And Sunday was a take-trash-to-the-dump day, which is always less fun than it needs to be, especially when the day is already turning a dreary shade of grey. Then on Monday, just as soon as the Saturday land mine had been satisfactorily dealt with, a pop-up target appeared in Twin A's morning mail, which had to be dealt with in turn, and after that Himself and I spent a dust-filled hour emptying out yet more boxes from moving days of yore. (Why, I can't help but wonder, did Himself's parents need a tall narrow crystal pitcher especially for mixing tall narrow drinks -- Tom Collinses by the pitcherful, anyone? Talk about 1950s grey-flannel-suit cocktail-party culture.) Then after that, there was laundry.

And on Tuesday it rained. A lot. And hard. With accompanying leaky-roof familial angst. And everybody was in A Mood.

Wednesday and Thursday were barely sufficient to recover some energy after all of that. Though I did get an editing gig finished, which allowed me to feel briefly virtuous.

And yesterday was the moose festival, which involved stage-magic busking on Himself's part, and hiking a mile or so down to the busking site and taking video on mine. Fortunately, the video turned out all right, or can be made all right with judicious editing. (If I can't figure out how to remove the sound of several different diesel generators powering several different food trucks from the audio track, I'll probably send the files to the Elder Son and ask him if he can do it.)

But now it is another weekend, and for once, at least for a while, it isn't raining.

Hey, it's almost as good as a vacation.
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([personal profile] jainas Aug. 29th, 2015 12:15 pm)
Je voulais faire un post sur mon voyage en amérique, mais finalement il y a beaucoup plus urgent : je dois absolument partager quelque part ma satisfaction viscérale face au final de la saison 3 d'Hannibal. Tant de squee !

Une série avec du cannibalisme et des meurtres aussi inventifs que sanglants ne devrait probablement pas me mettre dans un tel état de ravissement, mais mon dieu, quelle fin de saison grandiose et parfaite sur tellement de niveaux ! Ça c'est de la télé.
Je crois même que je pourrais me contenter de cette fin presque sans regret s'il s'avère que cette saison était finalement la dernière.

SPOILERS Saison 3 Episode 13 )

Pour fêter ça, un fan-art d'Hannibal ivre qui me fait d'autant plus rire que c'est une private-joke avec des amis depuis qu'on a vu Mads Mikkelsen un peu ivre lors de l'avant-première de The Salvation l'année dernière...^^)
Vous pouvez suivre le tag art, l'artiste a beaucoup d'autres strips qui m'ont fait beaucoup rire.

Ha, et en parlant de "gay serial killers" : Aja Romano a compilé une liste de recs d'oeuvres utilisant le trope.

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([personal profile] aerye Aug. 29th, 2015 11:10 am)
So what have you been up to?
Work. And, uh, work. ::g:: Not cleaning my bathroom. (Seriously, you people ever come to my house? Ask my neighbor if you can use their bathroom. They are a splendidly cute, young, professional, heterosexual, white couple that takes pains to say hello to their elders (me, in case that wasn't clear). I can only hope they have marvelous secret tattoos and piercings, and engage in weekly orgies).

And clean their bathroom.

Oh! And I went to Vividcon.

Major life changes? Same old same old?
Some health stuff but mostly same old same old. I have not yet met the woman of my dreams; I have not yet won the lottery.

Although I suppose to win the lottery you have to play. Foolish rules.

(And I suppose to meet the woman of your dreams you also have to play. Foolish, foolish rules! ::g::)

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
Fandom. I remember fandom! It was a fun place to hang out!

Fandom is mostly on the to-do list right now. Catch up with Orphan Black, catch up with Sense8, catch up with yadda, yadda, yadda. Conveniently, CA:CW isn't expected out for—a while I think—so maybe I'll be ready by then.

I guess I do still consider myself part of Sherlock fandom. I read in MCU.

::sigh:: I'm getting a D- in fandom.

Where do you hang out online?
[personal profile] aerye I check DW pretty much every day, which is relatively easy because it's not real active. But there are a couple of people I follow who post links to interesting news items, etc., and I like to take a look at those. Also, I have the Rachel Maddow feed, and that's always worth a click or two.

[tumblr.com profile] aerye Tumblr is my fannish place of choice these days, just because the participation threshold is so low that I can feel engaged without doing much of anything. But that's how I find about most of the new fiction I read, that's where I see interesting exchanges on things, fannish and otherwise. And of course, one should not discount the cat pictures.

What are you reading?
I love reading on the new iPad, although I'm going through convulsions trying to find a good way to secure ebooks without going through the demon Amazon. Right now I'm mostly using iBook, although that's the demon Apple. But at least—as far as I know—they aren't trying to usher in a new age of Metropolis.

(Did you guys hear there was robot who passed the self-awareness test? We are all fucking doomed, I tell you. /child of seventies dystopian movies)

So anyway—reading book club choices, which are all over the place. And mysteries, my fave of fave genres. At this very moment, The Girl on the Train.

What are you watching?
::wince:: Not really anything. See "to-do" list. Tempted to add Hannibal but I really hated the first few episodes.

What are you making?
Proposals. A brief on pre-trial for justice involved women. An outline for a new original piece (November NaNo!).

What are you squeeing about today?
It's SATURDAY! The weather is gorgeous and I plan to sit on my balcony all day. I plan to finish my book and start another.

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
I don't have a new fandom, so—not applicable. I wouldn't mind if someone roped me into a new fandom.

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!
Best candidates here seem to be Orphan Black, Sense8, and Hannibal, but catching up has some challenges (in particular Orphan Black and Hannibal aren't on streaming).

Although I suppose I could also say Avengers, too. I mean, there are plenty of you ready and happy to chat about that!
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([personal profile] thanekos posting in [community profile] scans_daily Aug. 29th, 2015 10:34 am)
He was called for by three brothers working in real estate.

He met them at a construction site on the Arcadian waterfront; the eldest, who'd employed him before, paid him his $25,000 in advance.

The middle, who hadn't, objected to that..

.. thinking the service they were paying for wouldn't be rendered. )

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Today marks ten years to the day that Hurricane Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans and devastated the Gulf Coast.   These posts are from our archives:

Was Hurricane Katrina a “Natural” Disaster?

Racism and Neglect

Disaster and Discourse

Devastation and Rebuilding

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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([personal profile] sevilemar Aug. 29th, 2015 03:07 pm)
Oh this utterly amazing, brilliant, beautiful show! There are no words, no fucking words.

ALL THE SPOILERS FOR HANNIBAL 3x13 - Do not read if you haven't seen yet. Seriously! )

In short: I'm in my happy happy place, and I'm not coming down unless I have to. Oh, did I mention All The Sass?
- Reading, books 2015, 99.

96. Runemarks, by Joanne Harris, WARNING for nightmare fuel (in the book but not this review). Blah blah Chosen Girl blah blah Quest blah blah Prophecy blah blah Death blah blah. ALSO, features the same oddly Me Generation threat as from the baddie as in Shada, which I read recently, except one is technological (science fiction) and the other is religious (fantasy). I wanted to like this but almost everything about it is long-windedly average. (3/5 although I admit I'll probably read the sequel, because I thought there was a four/five book buried in this one and am interested to find out if Harris managed to write it second time around.)

Clue for wannabe North-Western European mythologisers: if you're rly obviously shoe-horning a scene from Aladdin, or any other immediately recognisable source, into your decidedly non-Aladdin story then it's probably better not to lampshade it LITERALLY by having a Norse deity mention "Al-Adhinn and the enchanted lamp" and your 14 year old yokel Whitey Whitesdottir protagonist immediately understand the reference.

Clue about technology in a basically pre-industrial North-Western European style village: your 14 year old yokel protagonist probably wouldn't describe a smell as "a sharp scent of burned rubber" due to it being unlikely she's ever encountered a precious substance like rubber at all, burning or otherwise.

Clue to wannabe Epic Fantasy authors: if you're not PTerry then don't do this in the middle of your srs filosophical nouvelle... "[...] a dead prince in all his regalia is no less dead than a dead street-sweeper, sewage worker or maker of novelty spoons." [Definition of "filosophical nouvelle": same flakey pastry, different glazing... MOSTLY MY EYES.]

Clue on not deflating the epic ending you've spent 500 pages building up: ten pages from the end, on page 493 (because the author is too famous for editing, obv), in the middle of the Epic Law Versus Chaos Battle don't treat any remaining readers to this snigger-worthy line: "You broke your word to bring me to life. What kind of a basis is that for a meaningful relationship?" CALL THE CLICHE COPS AND THE PROSAISM POLICE! We have a "meaningful relationship" crime in progress!! ALSO, while we're at it, PAGING MISS MANNERS for advice to lovelorn Norse deities!!1!!

99. Runelight, by Joanne Harris (1/5) )

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Renowned artist Brian Froud and scholar Ari Berk have continued their exploration of the goblin realm. (For the uninformed, goblins are those maleficent creatures who cause all manner of havoc in the human realm.) Now, thanks largely to Froud’s and Berk’s continuing carelessness, the viscid and largely nonsensical NEW volume has been unleashed on an unsuspecting public. Among its pages are new letters of apologies and disclaimers complete with new art; a list of Gargle’s new titles, grants, entitlements, and responsibilities; and, sadly, much more! Also included is an envelope containing a new talisman that is guaranteed to ward off goblins.

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([personal profile] owlboy Aug. 29th, 2015 10:10 pm)
This is so absurdly and pointlessly evil it sounds like the mad scheme of a Captain Planet eco-villain: Nestlé steals 27 million gallons of water from a national forest in California during a drought.


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