Friday, February 18, 2011

Some fun Friday Tidbits

As all you Cassandra Clare/ Mortal Instruments die hards likely already know, today is the final day of the ShadowChapter hunt.  So if you love a puzzle head on over to the Story Siren today for the final piece.  If you're like me and read part two and then gave up (way too obnoxious), then the good news is that on Tuesday Cassie will be putting up the full chapter plus 13 additional pages up on her site.  YAY!  Of course make sure you stop by the five blogs who posted this week to enter great giveaways.

Next up are a handful of new books I stumbled upon on various publishing sites this past week that I haven't heard of before and are now eager to dig into.

Over on Simon and Schusters site I ran into  Julie Chibbaro's new book Deadly, coming out Feb 22.  It sounds like a fantastic new read, this is the book blurb:

A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York. 
Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist?
If Prudence Galewski is ever going to get out of Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls, she must demonstrate her refinement and charm by securing a job appropriate for a young lady. But Prudence isn’t like the other girls. She is fascinated by how the human body works and why it fails.
With a stroke of luck, she lands a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of the fever bound to change medical history. Prudence quickly learns that an inquiry of this proportion is not confined to the lab. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, she explores every potential cause of the disease. 
But there’s no answer in sight—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. Strangely, though, she hasn’t been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in a new scientific discovery?
Prudence is determined to find out. In a time when science is for men, she’ll have to prove to the city, and to herself, that she can help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century.
Over on Julie's site I found a button for a blog tour, check it out as there's a whole wack of great bloggers participating starting in just a few days (feb 20th is the start date).  Also check out the first chapter, posted over on the Simon and Schuster site and Julie's site as well. 

Next up is TOR's new young Sherlock Holmes series.  Releasing at some point this month (Amazon says Feb 1 but I can mysteriously not find it in my bookstores), Andrew Lane has started a fab sounding new series about Young Sherlock Holmes.  Here's the book Blurb from TOR:

It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.
I love how the picture ends up looking like the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes look.  And I can't wait to dig this one up! 

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