Damascus Countdown - Joel C. Rosenberg

Most doomsday scenarios find people stockpiling canned goods and reaching out to estranged friends and family. In the case of David Shirazi, he’s not preparing for the end of the world; he’s trying to stop it. With the Middle East turning into a massive warzone, the American forces are pulling back. But the CIA has one last agent in the field, and he will stop at nothing to save the world.

Terry Pratchett - The Nation

Wrapping a cannon in papervine? Don’t try this at home.

Shooting bullets through water? Don’t try this at home.

Thinking? That’s up to you…

In Terry Pratchett’s Nation, the world seems to be going on as it ever has. The Russian influenza takes its toll on even the highest circles of the court. The Sweet Judy gets swept into a hurricane. Mau prepares to leave the Boy’s Island and become a man. Somewhere among the Mothering Sunday Islands lies the Mrs. Ethel J. Bundy’s Birthday Island.

Precisely Terminated - Amanda L. Davis

As the Dystopian genre continues to grow, it suffers the same tendency to become repetitive that other genres have suffered. It has also become increasing popular to publish young authors since the meteoric success of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. So while I was eager to give Precisely Terminated a try if for no other reason than I love the many books published by the author’s father, Bryan Davis, I wasn’t expecting anything more than a fine book. Maybe a good book at best. One afternoon plus a sleepless night reading later, I can attest that it is, in fact, a great book.

Broken Wings - Shannon Dittemore

Having a demon with a personal grudge against you is bad enough. But having that demon report back to Lucifer himself about you personally is even worse. The skies above Stratus, Oregon become crucial as the best of both heaven and hell converge for war. Brielle is thrown into the middle of conflicts on both the spiritual and mortal plans as the world around her crumples. Secrets are literally unearthed, Heaven’s plans for her future seem to be shifting, and Jake can only help her so much as her father’s return to alcoholism exacerbates his dislike of the young man.

Magic Words - translated by Edward Field

It’s easy when it comes to kids’ books to just gush about the illustrations. They tend to be at least 50% of the story and be very eye-catching. And Magic Words is definitely one of those books that I’d get just for the stunning pictures by Mike Blanc.

However, the story, while very short and simple, is what really made this books stand out. Translated from the Inuit by Edward Field, Magic Words is a folk tale about “a long time ago” when magic really occurred. The straightforward presentation coupled with the pictures really conjures up ideas of what that world would have looked like. It is definitely a book that feeds the imagination regardless of age, and my favorite part is the last page which declines to offer an explanation for how such things could have been.

My thanks to Vanita Books for providing me with a copy of Magic Words via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion of the book.