Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 252: Green Rider, by Kristen Britain

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

Green Rider
(Green Rider, Book 1)
Kristen Britain
Trade Paperback, 592  pages
April 1, 2011
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

Here is another gorgeous Gollancz cover! Really, need I say more? No, but I will! Lol. I don't know how this publisher does it, but they always manage to bring out  utterly stunning covers for us passionate bookworms and bibliophiles to raptly gaze at! I'm getting this edition as soon as I possibly can!

I came across this beauty at S.J. Higbee's fascinating blog, Brainfluff! This is one of my favorite blogs, as it features tons of fantasy and SF! Besides, its creator and owner is an SF writer herself!! Music to my ears! You can see the post where S.J. features this glorious cover right HERE!

In her post, which includes several covers for this novel -- some from other countries -- S.J. mentions that she's not sure that there's actually a winged horse in this novel, but she doesn't care, as this image is so, so beautiful! I totally agree! (Note: One of the commenters, Sue Bursztynski, has pointed out that the Winged Horse is the symbol of the Green Riders in this novel, and is a gold brooch. Thanks, Sue!)

I have always loved winged horses, as well as unicorns. Of course, I have a deep love of real horses, especially those of the Arabian breed. I also love the Lipizzan breed. These are the horses who perform in the famous "Airs Above the Ground" equine shows at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. The horse on this cover is actually striking a pose very similar to one of those taught to the Lippizans by their trainers.

This winged horse has been drawn in such an exquisite style, which actually reminds me of the style of one of the greatest artists ever -- Leonardo da Vinci. However, the details are even more embellished than they would be in a da Vinci drawing. Still, the resemblance is very strong.

This is a proud steed indeed! His regal bearing is very much in evidence. This is the King of the Winged Horses! His mane highlights his restless energy, his wings poised for flight. Oh, he's just glorious!! How I wish I were owned by a majestic horse like this one.... (I wouldn't have the wings in the real world, of course. Lol.)

Another cover detail mentioned by S.J. was the totally boring font used for the title and author's name. What's up with that, Gollancz? I definitely agree with this, too! Surely the brilliant Gollancz designers could have put in a more elegant, ornamental font! I do realize that they probably didn't want anything to take away from that magnificent horse, but still. The font they've picked just doesn't fit with this gorgeous winged creature.

In spite of this objection, I really do love this cover, and I repeat, I need to make this book mine just as soon as I possibly can! Thanks to S.J. for featuring it in her own cover post!!

As for the gifted creator of this amazing cover, she uses the alias "pallanoph", and she has posted the complete drawing -- which totally blew me away -- on the site, Deviant Art. I was able to find out her real name, though; it's April Schumacher, and she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is in the US. 

Schumacher is a freelance illustrator who specializes in book illustration, especially concept and character design. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is also a painter. I think her work is exquisite! Interestingly, she also creates beautiful bird drawings, which accounts for the realistic detail seen on the wings of the horse on this cover.

So I'm adding Schumacher to my growing list of favorite book cover, design, and illustration artists!

UPDATE, 6/17/18!!
I have ordered this book from
The Book Depository, 
as it's cheaper there than on
Amazon. This book is now MINE.

Online Links

Gollancz (Wikipedia)

April Schumacher
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this week's cover?
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and let me know!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Blogger Hop No. 132: How would I spend a $100.00 Visa gift card?

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to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.

This Week's Question

You have just won a $100.00
Visa gift card. Will you spend the
entire amount on a rare collector's
edition you have always wanted,
or buy several newly-published
books? Explain your choice.

(Submitted  by Maria @

My Answer

After I had submitted this question to Billy, it struck me that bona fide book collectors (of the really rare and expensive kind of books) spend much more than $100.00 on books they want to buy! In fact, the amounts they spend are often in the thousands. I guess I was thinking of a collector's edition that would be more "attainable" by someone of more modest means, such as myself. Lol. So I was thinking more of the kind of book you can buy from either The Easton Press, or The Folio Society

So you know my answer already; I would go for the collector's edition, hands down! Why? Well, because it's not every day you can spend your hard-earned money on a real beauty of a book, and, if you win a freaking gift card, I think the thing to do -- for me, anyway -- is to rush over to one of the two sites mentioned above, and get one of those expensive books that I would normally just be able to drool over, and wistfully pass up..... 

Of course, others might prefer to go ahead and spend the entire amount on newly-published books. In my honest opinion, though, I can easily get those later on down the line. Not all of them at once, naturally. I would have to get them gradually. But most of these books are more affordable, and can get even more affordable, as time goes by. As for the collector's edition, it can quickly and easily be discontinued. (Yes, then I could probably get it much cheaper on eBay or Amazon, but the chances of that happening are not always good....)

So here are some book beauties, any one of which I would love to buy with my hypothetical $100.00 gift card! (Actually, I would need a bit more than this amount to buy some of these babies....sigh....)

Click on each picture to access the book's page on the site.

This gorgeous edition of The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, is from The Easton Press. I would have to pay FOUR monthly installments of $57.00 EACH in order to own this treasure! (Well, the gift card would help a

OMG..... I guess I really had NO idea what I was getting myself into.... I'm a die-hard fan of the Arthurian tales, but, if I wanted to own THIS beauty, I would have to shell out four monthly payments of....are you ready? Four monthly payments of eighty-nine freaking dollars!! The thing is, though, this is a complete set. And, of course, it's sold only as a complete set. Darn!!! 

The photo above is of two illustrations from this incredibly beautiful edition, and my gaze is getting more wistful by the minute.....  :(

Well, it turns out that The Folio Society has more "reasonable" prices, but they're still on the expensive side. Check out the books I would love to buy from them!

This collection, of Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy, would "only" cost $135.00. So I could use my gift card, and pay $35.00, plus S/H. Not bad, I think. Okay, it's not as bad as The Easton Press. No installment payments here! Lol.

This incredibly beautiful edition of Tolkien's The Hobbit goes for a "mere" $57.95, plus S/H! My gift card could easily cover this, but then I would have to buy a less expensive book with the balance. Lol.

And here it is -- the majestic The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by Tolkien!! This stunning set can be purchased for the price of $190.00, plus S/H!! Well, maybe I could win another gift card....... Lol.

Okay, so, since I only have 100 measly dollars on my gift card, I think I'll go ahead and buy four Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions, which are $20.00 each, plus tax, and be done with the whole thing! And heck, those B&N editions are just as gorgeous as the ones shown above, and at a cheaper price!

I've checked the B&N site, and they actually have some even cheaper editions! Check it out!

This B&N edition of Jules Verne's classic, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is only $10.00! (Yes, you read it right. Ten, not one hundred.) And they currently have a special, too: buy one book, and get the other 50% off! (No, I'm not getting a commission for this!)

Well, okay, not all of the B&N Collectible Editions cost $20.00. The book above goes for $25.00. If you buy it online, of course you'll have to pay the S/H. If you buy it in a B&N bookstore, you'll pay the $25.00, plus tax. It's still a lot cheaper than either The Easton Press or The Folio Society! All you "Whovians" out there, take note!!  :)

Yes, Barnes & Noble loves me!! I actually already own this edition of Star Trek: The Classic Episodes!!! I got incredibly lucky here, too; they were having a 50% off sale one day, so I got this book, which normally costs $25.00 plus tax, for only, and I really mean only, $12.50 plus tax!!!! Talk about Luck with a capital "L"!!! 

Okay, so I'm definitely sticking with the Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions!! My gift card is (would be, if I had one.....) in love!! Lol. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 66: Constance Verity Saves The World, by A. Lee Martinez

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!

This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings!
This is also where we excited book bloggers showcase future releases we're eagerly anticipating! 
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Here's my choice for this week!

 Constance Verity Saves The World
(Constance Verity, Book 2)
A. Lee Martinez
Hardcover, 400 pages
Saga Press
     July 17, 2018        
Humor, Science Fiction, 
Urban Fantasy

For Constance Verity, saving the world isn t the hard part. It's keeping her new, ordinary life from falling apart along the way that's going to be tricky.

 Constance Verity Saves the World is the next book in the witty Constance Verity trilogy, which Booklist named a Top 10 SF/Fantasy book of 2016.

Constance successfully became an ordinary person. People warned her it would be boring and they were right. That's exactly why Connie loves it. But there's an Adventurer-shaped hole in the cosmos now, and a lot of interested parties eager to fill it. Not all of those candidates are fit for the role, and if The Adventurer falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to chaos and destruction.

Constance still has all the skills of her old life, but she's no longer chosen. Yet, when the fate of the world is at stake, she sets off, reluctantly, to keep the forces of evil from stealing the destiny she abandoned.

Why I can't wait for this one!

Ohhhh......a snarky heroine?! And she kicks major butt while firing off her snarky comments? Give it to me now!! Gotta get this and devour it! And that cover looks so  intense, as well as funny! I know I'm really going to enjoy this book!! Lol.

Here's the first installment in 
the Constance Verity trilogy!!
Click on the cover for the 
Goodreads page!

A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.

Amazon Author Page

What do you think of my
choice this week? 
Please leave a comment and
let me know!