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Library Loot July 1-7

July 2nd, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.


Shards and Shadows: Star Trek Mirrow Universe

Description: Fractured history. Broken lives. Splintered souls. Since the alternate universe was first glimpsed in the classic episode “Mirror, Mirror,” something about Star Trek’s dark side has beckoned us, called to us, tempted us — like forbidden fruit on the Tree of Knowledge. To taste it is to lose oneself in a world of startling familiarity and terrifying contradictions, where everything and everyone we knew is somehow disturbingly different, and where shocking secrets await their revelation.

What began in 2007 with Glass Empires and Obsidian Alliances — the first truly in-depth foray into the turbulent history of this other continuum — now continues in twelve new short tales that revisit and expand upon that so-called “Mirror Universe,” spanning all five of the core incarnations of Star Trek, as well as their literary offshoots, across more than two hundred years of divergent history, as chronicled by…


Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Description: “Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.


Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Description: Aprilynne Pike’s WINGS is the first of four books about an ordinary girl named Laurel who discovers she is a faerie sent among humans to guard the gateway to Avalon. When Laurel is thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she’s torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to both worlds.


Pemberley Manor by Kathryn Nelson

Description:  How does “happily ever after” really work?

As marriage brings an end to a romantic tale, it begins a new story: how does “happily ever after” really work? While Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley might be expected to get on famously, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy will surely need to work on their communication skills.

What forces in Darcy’s past would give such a good man so difficult a public demeanor? The author posits an imaginative family background for Darcy from which he would have inherited his sense of social superiority and duty to the family name.

When Darcy reverts to type, will Elizabeth’s stubborn optimism win the day after the honeymoon is over? While they say that opposites attract, how long can Lizzy and Darcy’s fundamentally different personalities get along without friction? Can they learn to understand each other? Can their love prevail over the inevitable clashes?

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11 Responses

  1. Nicole

    You got some goodies. I do want to read Wintergirls at some point.

  2. Pam

    Oh, Wintergirls and Wings are both on my list. What a fun haul, this week. Enjoy!

  3. Sassy Brit

    I love the sound of Wings — that’s one I really want to get!

    Have a good reading week, it sure looks like you are going to.


  4. Natalie

    Wintergirls sounds interesting! Looking forward to your review
    Natalie :0)

  5. Damned Conjuror

    Seeing that Star Trek novel reminded me of the time I read Star Trek vs. X-Men. I have no idea why X-Men were in the Star Trek universe or vice versa. It was all a bit strange.

  6. Marg

    I intend to read Laurie Halse Anderson at one point as well.

  7. dsuzuki

    I saw the one with the X-Men and was curious since I love that comic book too but it seemed a little too out there for me.

    I heard really good things about Wintergirls! Can’t wait to read it.

  8. Kayla

    That Wings looks like my cup of tea :D
    The only bad thing is the library doesn’t have it =/

  9. dsuzuki

    Bummer Kayla :(

    My library just got it and I requested because my online book club is reading it for July. So far I’ve heard pretty good things about it.

  10. Eva

    Wintergirls is so well written! But it sucks the life out of you, so be prepared. :)

  11. Sheila DeChantal

    great list… looks like you will be busy! :)

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