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Smugglers Stash and News

Another Sunday, another Stash: but you’d better fasten your seat belts because this week? It’s going to be crazy, fast and furious!

This Week on The Book Smugglers:


On Monday, Thea will review White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, Book 7) , the highly anticipated Feb 24th release by Kim Harrison. Along with the review, we will run a Very Special ARC contest – stay tuned.


On Tuesday, Ana and Thea will post a joint review of In Her Name by Michael R. Hicks, a self-published Sci-fi novel which was chosen as the February selection for the book club .


On Wednesday, we bring you our monthly Guest Dare. This time our guest is Kristen, from the awesome Fantasy Café blog. Kristen will be reading, quite appropriately, Dead Witch Walking, the first Hollows book by Kim Harrison, one of Thea’s favorite series. But what goes around, comes around and…


… Kristen pulled a Graeme and dared us back! She asked us to read Melusine by Sarah Monette , one of her own favorites and we will be posting our review at her place at some point this week (date to be confirmed).


On Thursday, Thea will review The Suicide Collectors , a debut novel by David Oppegaard:

The Despair has plagued the earth for five years. Most of the world’s population has inexplicably died by its own hand, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive. A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America. It’s rumored a scientist in Seattle is working on a cure for the Despair, but in a world ruled by death, it won’t be easy to get there.

Thea really enjoyed the novel which inevitably led us to invite the author for an interview and, he very graciously, agreed to. The chat with David Oppegaard will be posted on Friday and we will run a contest where we will be giving away FIVE copies of The Suicide Collectors.

Hope to see you all around for the fun ride!

Around the blogsphere:

After the HUGELY successful reviewers link-up meme, John from Grasping for the Wind came up with yet another cool idea. This time it is a Book Review Meme. This is how it works:

Find a favorite book, movie, or videogame review (Science fiction and fantasy related) that you have written, no matter where it was posted, and add it to the following list. Make sure to repost the whole list, because in doing so, we accumulate what the reviewers themselves think is their best work, and give each other some linkages, increasing everyone’s rankings.
Again, I plan to keep track of all the blogs that link back to me, and I will add the review of choice to the list. If you are one of the early adopters, you can check back here occasionally and add the new ones that get added to the list at your blog or website.

This probably won’t be as successful as the Book Reviewers Linkup Meme, but I certainly would find it useful to know what reviews are considered their best by the writers themselves.

Use the format of [Blog /Website Name] – [Book Name in CAPS w/ Link] by [Book Author Name]

The Book Review Meme @ Grasping for the Wind

1. Grasping for the Wind – INFOQUAKE by David Louis Edelman
2. Age 30+ … A Lifetime of Books – A COMPANION TO WOLVES by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
3. Dragons, Heroes and Wizards – ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE by Robin Hobb
4. Walker of Worlds – THE TEMPORAL VOID by Peter F Hamilton
5. Neth Space – TOLL THE HOUNDS by Steven Erikson
6. Dark in the Dark – GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY by M.R. James
7. A Dribble of Ink – THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
8. Fantasy Book News & Reviews – EMPRESS by Karen Miller
9. Fantasy Debut – ACACIA by David Anthony Durham Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Overall Review Afterthought
10. The Book Smugglers – THE INFERIOR by Peadar O’Guilin

You can go to Grasping for the Wind to get the complete list as he will be updating it every 48 hours.

And that is all for now!


~Your friendly neighborhood Book Smugglers.

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  • orannia
    February 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    It’s sure shaping up to be another wonderful week with The Book Smugglers 🙂 How do you do it?

    Am so looking forward to the Melusine review…

  • Renee
    February 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Sounds like a great week! Thanks for the book meme. 🙂

  • carolyn jean
    February 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Oooh! I can’t wait to see what you think of Melusine. i totally want to read that one.

  • Mame
    February 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I have posted my addition to the list on my blog with all the links for the other reviews in the list. Unfortunately, I don’t think Blogger allows linkbacks. My best review was a triple review called Besotted Bookworm-PARANORMAL FICTION FEAST by Christine Feehan, Julie Kramer, and Jayne Castle.
    Again, I am a bit bummed since I don’t know how to make the link active here nor do I know how to let Grasping for the Wind know I have added to the list. Arrgghh! Any advice?

  • Thea
    February 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Mame–Hmm I’m not sure how to enable pings and linkbacks in blogger, but I think it should be ok so long as you link to us and to John (the guy who runs Grasping for the Wind). I think he monitors the incoming links for the meme, so that should be ok! He’ll probably update the list later this week 🙂

    Thanks to y’all for participating in the meme! I’ll have to check out your reviews 😉

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