Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted by Simcha 1:00 PM, under | 4 comments

Mizb at Should Be Reading hosts the Friday Finds which you can participate in by listing the books that you have discovered during the past week and have added to your TBR pile. These are a couple of books that I came across this week and would love to get a hold of.

Nightlight: A Parodey by Harvard Lampoon
Description: Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive? Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behavior, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the uproarious tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Spellwright by Blake Charlton
Description: Imagine a world in which you could peel written words off a page and make them physically real. You might pick your teeth with a sentence fragment, protect yourself with defensive paragraphs, or thrust a sharply-worded sentence at an enemy’s throat.

Such a world is home to Nicodemus Weal, an apprentice at the wizardly academy of Starhaven. Because of how fast he can forge the magical runes that create spells, Nicodemus was thought to be the Halcyon, a powerful spellwright prophesied to prevent an event called the War of Disjunction, which would destroy all human language. There was only one problem: Nicodemus couldn’t spell.

Runes must be placed in the correct order to create a spell. Deviation results in a “misspell”—a flawed text that behaves in an erratic, sometimes lethal, manner. And Nicodemus has a disability, called cacography, that causes him to misspell texts simply by touching them.

Now twenty-five, Nicodemus lives in the aftermath of failing to fulfill prophecy. He finds solace only in reading knightly romances and in the teachings of Magister Shannon, an old blind wizard who’s left academic politics to care for Starhaven’s disabled students.

But when a powerful wizard is murdered with a misspell, Shannon and Nicodemus becomes the primary suspects. Proving their innocence becomes harder when the murderer begins killing male cacographers one by one…and all evidence suggests that Nicodemus will be next. Hunted by both investigators and a hidden killer, Shannon and Nicodemus must race to discover the truth about the murders, the nature of magic, and themselves.


just a note to say i just finished reading 'Ice Song', a debut fantasy novel, and wondered if you read it. I found it to be very different and fairy-tale like, in the main character's quest and the kinds of villains it had. Something different.

I've never heard of Ice Song but I just looked it up on Amazon and it looks very interesting. Did you enjoy it? I'm not sure how I would feel about a protagonist that switches genders. Seems like it might hard connecting to such a character. Btw, I just added a readers recommendation page to my website, would you be interested in a writing your thoughts about this book there? If so, the link is (no pressure, though)

Hiya - stopped by to say hello and check out your blog. This book sounds very interesting. I'm a big fan of "gritty". I'll have to keep my eye out for it. Parajunkee

Para Junkee, thanks for stopping by! Do you read fantasy? Nightlight, the parody of Twilight, is supposed to be really funny, I'd really love to read that one. The Spellwright is the third book that I've recently come across which uses a magic based on colors, so I'm curious to see how it compares to the others,

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