Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

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June 2010

Sizzling Sixteen is (obviously!) the sixteenth installment of the hilarious Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. If you're not already familiar with this series, you're in for a real treat! You can even jump into book #16 without reading all its predecessors because in the first chapter, Evanovich gives us a brief catch-up on anything you might have missed.

In Sizzling Sixteen, the awkward, hilarious, and lovable bounty hunter Stephanie Plum goes on the ultimate manhunt to locate her missing bail-bonds employer Vinnie. Accompanying her on her mission is the funny loud-mouthed, ex-prostitute Lula and foxy front-desk lady Connie.

Blackout by Connie Willis

Released: February 2010

Connie Willis is one of the most celebrated sci-fi/fantasy authors in existence, and for those readers who aren't familiar with her work, I suggest you add some of her novels to your wish list, ASAP!

With both the Nebula and Hugo Awards under her belt, Connie Willis has made a huge re-entry onto the scene with Blackout, her first novel since the release of Passage in 2001.

Blackout is about a group of time-travelling historians from the year 2060 who venture back into time to re-shape history as we know it, to potentially alter major events such as the World Trade Center attack, Pearl Harbor, and the American Civil War, to name a few. When the time-travelling lab begins to cancel and reschedule assignments, projects go haywire when the historians are thrown into situations they are either not prepared for or trained on.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman

Released: April 2010

I rarely read celebrity biographies, but found Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter irresistible. Sarah Silverman is the girlfriend of my dreams; someone I fantasize about hanging out with and joking raunchily with while avoiding the shock and awe reactions I usually muster up in anyone who is not a dude.

Silverman's The Bedwetter is an example of a really clever way for a celebrity to overcome any hang-ups and insecurities they may have had before or during stardom. A large portion of the biography is attributed to Silverman's problems with bed-wetting throughout her childhood years. While this subject does consume quite a few chapters, Sarah sprinkles in as much humor as possible, which causes the reader to appreciate her nonchalant hilarity more than her confrontation of the bed-wetting trauma.