Waiting On Wednesday (2): The Republic of Thieves

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and is a chance for us to gush over those books we wish were already released!


Title: The Republic of Thieves

Author: Scott Lynch

Expected Publication: October 8, 2013 by Spectra


Here’s the thing.  I cannot put the publisher’s description here because it contains spoilers for books 1 and 2 of this series!  This book will be the third in the Gentleman Bastard series.  Main characters Locke Lamora and Jean are thieves and con artists and privateers and all around amazing.  Basically, think Ocean’s Eleven meets Pirates of the Carribean (the first one only, of course) meets The Godfather.  The setting is kind of like Renaissance Venice, but if there was magic.  It’s NOT a YA book – strong language abounds – but I’m guessing older teens would totally go for it, so long as you’ve read it first.  And look!  The third one doesn’t come out until October so you have PLENTY of time to go read the first and second books in the series.

Why Am I Excited?

I have been waiting for this book since August of 2008 when I read the second book in the series, Red Seas Under Red Skies.  To say that one ended in a cliff-hanger would be the understatement of the century and I *need* to know what happens.  Plus, there is the promise of meeting a highly-referenced-yet-never-before-seen character and I am basically drooling.

Add to that the fact that the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, ranks up there in my all time favorite first-books-in-series of all time.  I became a Locke Lamora pusher, gifting and lending and recommending the book to anyone who would listen.  While I thought Red Skies dipped to a 4-star read, I still absolutely love the characters and world drawn by Lynch.  And finally we have a publication date and an AMAZING cover and I cannot wait to go back.  Writing this has also made me realize I desperately need to re-read the first two to prepare… off to do that!


Waiting On Wednesday (1): The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and is a chance for us to gush over those books we wish were already released!


Title: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Expected Publication: October 8, 2013 by Feiwel and Friends

Description from Goodreads:

“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—TIME Magazine, on the Fairyland series

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

Why Am I Excited?

If you’ve read any of the other Fairyland books, I’m assuming you’re not asking this question. These books are absolutely magical.  It seems pretty expected to compare them to Alice in Wonderland, but that’s about the best I can do.  In this series a young girl, September, finds herself whisked away to Fairyland where she goes on all varieties of adventures.  With a great main character and strong supporting cast, this series has some of the absolute best world-building I’ve ever experienced.  Much like September at the end of each book I am longing to get back to Fairyland and am counting down the days for this next installment.  (And if you haven’t read the first or second books in this series, stop what you are doing now and GO!)