Waiting on Wednesday #33

Posted July 24, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Waiting on Wednesday / 21 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we showcase upcoming releases we are looking forward to.

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday. There were so many great cover reveals and catalog releases this week that it was hard to pick a book to showcase! But I narrowed it down to one, and I picked it because it sounds so damn unique and unlike anything else I have ever read. I am a huge fan of originality and I also love the cover on this one.
Kara’s Pick
Title: Curiosity
Author: Gary Blackwood
Release Date: April 10th, 2014
Publisher: Dial

Description from Goodreads: Intrigue, danger, chess, and a real-life hoax combine in this historical novel from the author of The Shakespeare Stealer.

Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption. But Rufus’s job working the automaton must be kept secret, and he fears he may never be able to escape his unscrupulous master. And what has happened to the previous operators of the Turk, who seem to disappear as soon as Maelzel no longer needs them? Creeping suspense, plenty of mystery, and cameos from Edgar Allan Poe and P. T. Barnum mark Gary Blackwood’s triumphant return to middle grade fiction.

Lyn’s Pick
I usually don’t read web-comic based books, but for a handful of websites, I will gladly pick up their books.  I picked Hyperbole and a Half‘s Ally Brosh’s book because she is one of my heroes.  I connect to her and her comics, and I think if I knew her in real life, she and I would be insane best friends. Her graphics always make me laugh as well.  I am excited that her book is coming out (finally), and I have it on my pre-order list.

Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Author: Allie Brosh
Release Date: October 29th, 2013
Publisher: Touchstone
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Description from Goodreads: Named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World and winner of the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing, the creator of the immensely popular “Hyperbole and a Half” blog presents an illustrated collection of her hilarious stories with fifty percent new content.

In a four-color, illustrated collection of stories and essays, Allie Brosh’s debut Hyperbole and a Half chronicles the many “learning experiences” Brosh has endured as a result of her own character flaws, and the horrible experiences that other people have had to endure because she was such a terrible child. Possibly the worst child. For example, one time she ate an entire cake just to spite her mother.

Brosh’s website receives millions of unique visitors a month and hundreds of thousands of visitors a day. This amalgamation of new material and reader favorites from Brosh’s blog includes stories about her rambunctious childhood; the highs and mostly lows of owning a smart, neurotic dog and a mentally challenged one; and moving, honest, and darkly comic essays tackling her struggles with depression and anxiety, among other anecdotes from Brosh’s life. Artful, poignant, and uproarious, Brosh’s self-reflections have already captured the hearts of countless readers and her book is one that fans and newcomers alike will treasure.


21 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #33

  1. Yeeees!!! I’m so excited about Curiosity. It has been a long time since a new Gary Blackwood has come out. I enjoyed The Shakespeare Stealer and couldn’t keep it on my shelf as a teacher. This looks to be another one that will be hard to keep from kids.

    My WoW

  2. Kara: I saw that Mr. Lemoncello’s Library had made the MG NYT Bestseller’s List, and I immediately of you and how the only reason I recognized the title was because you’d featured it in one of your WoWs. So, basically, you’re awesome.


    Curiosity sounds like a fantastic mystery – love the Poe cameo lol. Not a huge fan of how The Turk sounds like some proprogating evil (why The Turk as the name grrr, I’m not Turkish but that would definitely offend me more if I was) of the villain.

    LYN. I love Hyperbole and a Half. I had no idea there was a book that was coming out! So adding to the TBR now.

  3. Oooh I am DEFINITELY waiting on Hyperbole and a Half. I love her comics, they’re so relatable. Can’t wait to read the book 🙂

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