Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - #1


Waiting on Wednesday is another weekly event I will try to participate in and it was started and is hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine


This is a little preview of books that I come across that are scheduled for upcoming release, that I am eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on.





The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato  ~ Expected Release Date: In PB 5/10/11 Synopsis from Goodreads: "    
Amid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio, the breathtaking horse race set in Siena....
It’s 1729, and the Palio, a white-knuckle horse race, is soon to be held in the heart of the peerless Tuscan city of Siena. But the beauty and pageantry masks the deadly rivalry that exists among the city’s districts. Each ward, represented by an animal symbol, puts forth a rider to claim the winner’s banner, but the contest turns citizens into tribes and men into beasts—and beautiful, headstrong, young Pia Tolomei is in love with a rider of an opposing ward, an outsider who threatens the shaky balance of intrigue and influence that rules the land." 
 
Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley ~ Expected Release Date in PB 5/12/11                                                    Synopsis from Goodreads: "A thrilling, chilling reimagining of the story of the most famous woman in history.


Once there was a queen of Egypt…a queen who became through magic something else…


The year is 30 BC. Octavian Caesar and his massed legions are poised to enter Alexandria. A messenger informs Egypt’s queen, Cleopatra, that her beloved Mark Antony has died by his own hand. Desperate to save her kingdom, resurrect her husband and protect all she holds dear, Cleopatra turns to the gods for help. Ignoring the warnings of those around her, she summons Sekhmet, goddess of death and destruction, and strikes a mortal bargain. And not even the wisest of Egypt’s scholars could have predicted what would follow…


For, in return for Antony’s soul, Sekhmet demands something in return: Cleopatra herself. And so Egypt’s queen is possessed. She becomes an immortal, shape-shifting, not-quite-human manifestation of a deity who seeks to destroy the world. Fighting to preserve something of her humanity, Cleopatra pursues Octavian back to Rome: she desires revenge, she yearns for her children…and she craves human blood.


It is a journey that will take her from the tombs of the Pharaohs to the great amphitheatres of imperial Rome and on, to Hell itself where, it seems, the fate of the world will finally be decided.


Blending authentic historical fiction and the darkest of fantasy, Queen of Kings is a spectacular and spellbinding feat of the imagination that fans of Neil Gaiman, Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, Patricia Briggs, Philippa Gregory, and Ridley Scott's Gladiator won’t want to miss."

          
The Meowmorphosis by Cook Coleridge ~Expected Release Date: 5/10/11                                                             Synopsis from Goodreads: "The phenomenal success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies inspired a massively popular literary-remix movement. Now Quirk Classics once again charts bold new territory, turning the monster-mash-up formula inside out to infuse Franz Kafka’s horrific masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” with the fuzziest, snuggliest, most adorable creatures possible: kittens!

Gregor Samsa is a humble young man who supports his unemployed parents and teenage sister by working as a traveling fabric salesman. But his life goes strangely wrong in the very first sentence of The Meowmorphosis, when he wakes up late for work and discovers that he has inexplicably become an adorable kitten. His family must admit that, yes, their son is now OMG so cute—but what good is cute when there are bills to pay? How can Gregor be so selfish as to devote his attention to a ball of yarn? And how dare he jump out the bedroom window to wander through Kafka’s literary landscape? Never before has a cat’s tale been so poignant, strange, and horrifyingly funny."


One Magic Moment by Lynn Kurland ~  Expected Release Date in PB: 5/3/11                                                                  Synopsis from Goodreads: "Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister...800 years in the past. She's determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can't help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic"




So many more books to read! 

Have you found your next adventure yet?
~Ang

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love waiting on Wednesday, I always find so many more books that I want to read.

    Jules

    http://thegreatthegoodandthebad.blogspot.com/

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  2. These look so great! I love the third one. Sounds fantastic and clever. Thanks for sharing! Here's mine:
    http://thebucketlist-gn.blogspot.com/2011/04/waiting-on-wednesday-what-we-keep-is.html
    Happy reading!

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  3. I agree Jules, more books to add to my to read pile. I just need more hours in the day to read!

    It does look great doesn't it Gina?! How can you resist kitties and Franz Kafka?!

    Thank you Jill!

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