Thursday, November 15, 2018

GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP 2018!!!!




Welcome to this stop in the
2018 Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop,
hosted by
Mary @ Bookhounds!!
(Thanks to her for hosting
this hop every year!!)


This year, as always, 
the giveaway  runs from 
Nov. 15th to Nov. 30th!!
My own giveaway will end
at midnight on Dec. 1st!! 



As that special day of giving thanks
approaches, it's time for me to appreciate you, the wonderful people -- whether or not
you follow my blog, 
whether you're in the U.S.
or anywhere else in the world --
who drop by and connect with
A Night's Dream of Books
in any way whatsoever!! 
So, as my thanks to you, I'm giving
away a hardcover copy of
Children of Blood and Bone,
by Tomi Adeyemi!!
 
(Please make sure that TBD
delivers FREE to your country!
You can do that by clicking HERE.)



Children of Blood and Bone
  (Legacy of Orïsha, Book 1)
Hardcover, 544 pages 
 Henry Holt & Co.
 March 6, 2018

Diverse Reads, Fantasy,  
Young Adult Fiction  
   

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34728667-children-of-blood-and-bone?ac=1&from_search=true






They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.



  
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Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
Good luck to everyone!!



Be sure to check out
more giveaways at these
participating blogs!!




Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Teaser Tuesday/Sci-Fi Month!! These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner




Welcome to "Teaser Tuesday"!!


This meme is hosted by  Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker every week, and the rules are very simple.

RULES
* Grab you current read.
*Open to a random page.
*Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere
on that page.
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn't
give too much away! You don't want
to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title and author, too, so that other
TT participants can add the book to their
TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Note
Since I'm a slow reader, I don't have a new book
started every week. I am therefore going
 to bend the rules a little.....
I'll be featuring books I want to read,
that are currently sitting on my shelves. 
I've also made the teasers a bit longer
than stated in the rules above.






Today I'm also linking up to 
Sci-Fi Month!!  
This is an exciting event, hosted by 
Lisa @ Dear Geek Place 
and imyril @ onemore.org!!

For more information, and to 
join in, please refer 
to my Announcement Post
for this event!!


Here are my teasers!
The morning stretches into a frigid, never-ending drizzle as we head for the river he spotted from higher ground. The mountains we're aiming for are concealed behind a soggy gray curtain. Darker clouds line the horizon, and Tarver glances over his shoulder to track their movement. I'm looking over my shoulder, too, but but there's nothing for me to read in the weather patterns. I simply can't keep myself from searching for the sources of the sounds I keep hearing.  -- Chapter 18, page147


"Wreckage," I whisper, staring at it, trying not to believe it's what I think it is. "It's a piece of the ship that landed there. Another crashed escape pod."

Tarver slowly lets his arm fall, but doesn't shift away again. He's staring at the thing, too. "I don't think so." His voice is quiet, too, barely audible over the wind. "It's hard to tell, but I think the trees around it are cleared, uniform."

I realize I'm holding my breath.

"I think it's a building."

-- Chapter 26, page 232




These Broken Stars
(Starbound, Book 1)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Hardcover, 378 pages
Disney Hyperion
December 10, 2013
Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, 
Young Adult Fiction

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13138635-these-broken-stars?ac=1&from_search=true






Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.




The story behind this book is a sweet one. It was a birthday present from my hubby, about three years ago. Yes, I know....I really should have read it by now! Tell me about it! And it includes romance, too! Well, here's yet another New Year's resolution! Lol. (That dress.....that flowing read hair....I REALLY should be ashamed of myself! Lol.)



What do you think of my teasers?
Are you interested in this book?
Please leave a comment, 
along with the link
to your own "Teaser Tuesday" post, 
and let me know!








Monday, November 12, 2018

Announcing Sci-Fi Month 2018!!!



Sci-Fi Month is an exciting event, hosted by 
Lisa @ Dear Geek Place 
and imyril @ onemore.org!!



I discovered this GREAT science fiction event on the blog Brainfluff, created, owned, and maintained by SF writer S.J. Higbee! So thanks to her for this serendipitous turn of events! Yes, I'm joining in, even though I'm a bit late to the festivities. It's not TOO late, though.

In the midst of my excitement, I had to pause and consider what book or books to read and review. I didn't have to think too long, though..... I decided to pick one of my Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) novels, of which I have quite a few. Of course, I just KNEW it had to be a novel featuring one of my favorite, and most beloved characters from that immortal show! Yes, I chose a novel featuring that quintessential Vulcan, Mr. Spock!

So this is the book I'll be reviewing -- which I've already started reading -- for this event! (Okay, it's an oldie, but it IS a goodie! Besides, this is my way of honoring the GREAT, and late, actor Leonard Nimoy, who so brilliantly brought this beloved character to life.)

If I have the time, I will be adding at least one more SF book -- either another Star Trek TOS novel,  or one set in a different science fiction universe.

Although I don't usually review TV shows or movies on this blog (or on my second one, for that matter), I might decide to publish a couple of posts regarding this show that I ADORE -- the original, the classic, THE ONE AND ONLY FOR ME -- Star Trek!!  (Kirk: "Ahead Warp Factor 1, Mr. Sulu.")

If you'd like to join in, the rules are very simple: there are NO rules! Lol.  Just click on the links above for further information! Participants who want to use the banner above (or any of the other event images) are asked to credit the creator -- imyril. The photo is by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash. The quote is from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers. You can sign up for this event on a form, which you will find HERE.

There is also a master schedule form, which you will find HERE. You can input information about your posts on this form, such as the date of the post, your name, blog URL, etc.

For all those who want to join, I wish you a fascinating trip to far-flung galaxies! 




Spock Must Die!
(Star Trek Adventures, Book 1)
James Blish
Mass Market Paperback, 118 pages
Bantam Books
February 1, 1972
Science Fiction, Star Trek (TOS)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3280204-spock-must-die





When a transporter experiment goes horribly awry, suddenly there are two Mr. Spocks! One is the true First Officer of the Enterprise. The other is his complete opposite, a traitor whose very existence poses a grave threat to the crew, the ship, and the Federation itself. One of the Spocks must die. But which one ... ?






James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen name William Atheling Jr.

In the late 1930's to the early 1940's, Blish was a member of The Futurians. This was a group
of science fiction fans, based in New York, City,
who "were a major force in the development
of science fiction writing and science fiction
fandom in the years 1937 - 1945."
(Source: Wikipedia)

Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent 1942–1944 as a medical technician in the U.S. Army. After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. His first published story appeared in 1940, and his writing career progressed until he gave up his job to become a professional writer.

He is credited with coining the term 'gas giant', in the story "Solar Plexus", as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril. (The story was originally published in 1941, but that version did not contain the term; Blish apparently added it in a rewrite done for the anthology, which was first published in 1952.)


Blish was married to the literary agent Virginia Kidd from 1947 to 1963.

From 1962 to 1968, he worked for the Tobacco Institute.

Between 1967 and his death from lung cancer in 1975, Blish became the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. In total, Blish wrote 11 volumes of short stories adapted from episodes of the 1960s TV series, as well as an original novel, Spock Must Die! in 1970 — the first original novel for adult readers based upon the series (since then hundreds more have been published). He died midway through writing Star Trek 12; his wife, J.A. Lawrence, completed the book, and later completed the adaptations in the volume Mudd's Angels.
Blish lived in Milford, Pennsylvania at Arrowhead until the mid-1960s. In 1968, Blish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in 1975. He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, near the grave of Kenneth Grahame.







Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 267: The Chaos of Stars, by Kiersten White



Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!



***Late Edition***
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!



The Chaos of Stars
 Kiersten White
Hardcover, 277 pages
HarperTeen
September 10, 2013
Mythology, Paranormal Fiction,
Romance, Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fiction


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12578305-the-chaos-of-stars?ac=1&from_search=true




My Thoughts About This Cover

My first reaction, upon coming across this cover, was that it looked as if thousands of lapis lazuli stones had been strewn all over it! Some are lighter, some are darker, but they are all a lovely shade of blue, my favorite color. This has created a very beautiful, grainy background that perfectly sets off the cover's design.

The contrast between the background and the design superimposed on it is amazingly GORGEOUS! The gold tone of the design really stands out. I love all the detailed artwork depicting typical Egyptian flora and fauna. It's so delicately done! 

The font used for the title and author's name contributes to the delicate, detailed look of this cover. Although a classic one, it has been altered in very interesting ways. First of all, the letters have been made taller and thinner. Next, some of them have "grown" these graceful little loops that hook some of the letters together. Last, the ending strokes of the "A" and the "R" of the word "STARS" have been extended to blend into the flowers and branches located at the lower right-hand corner. The same thing has been done with the word "The" and the word "CHAOS". In additon to this, the word "CHAOS" also links up with the word "of". What a lovely touch! 

In short, this is a STUNNING cover with a rich, jeweled look -- totally fitting for a book about Egyptian mythology! 

In this particular case, I have been unable to locate any information about the highly talented cover artist who created this luscious cover..... The Amazon reading preview has been no help at all, and a Google search has also failed to yield any information. I guess I'll just have to wait until I actually own this book to see who the cover artist is.....


 

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!









Friday, November 9, 2018

Book Blogger Hop No. 150: Book Subscription Boxes



Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @


For more information, and 
to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.


This Week's Question

Do you subscribe to any book
subscription boxes?

(Submitted  by Billy  @ 



My Answer

I've heard about these things, but, at the moment, I'm not subscribing to any. Not that I wouldn't LOVE to, of course! Lol. I think that most of us bookworms would be ECSTATIC to receive one of these boxes every month! Heck, it would be like CHRISTMAS every single month!! LOL.

Sadly, I just have WAY too many unread books sitting on my shelves.....plus, I'm running out of shelf space! So, it really wouldn't make any sense for me to subscribe to these things, much as I would totally LOVE to! 

However..... a bookworm can dream, right? Sigh...... So I'd like to give a short list of book subscription boxes I would DEFINITELY want to subscribe to, if I knew I would be reading the books for sure (and could afford the monthly price.....) Okay, I must confess to being sorely tempted right now.....just biting my nails here!!! LOL.

If you think you might be interested in any of these, just click on the green-colored names I'm providing below!

1.) Owl Crate: This one is strictly for Young Adult Fiction. So, if you love YA as much as I do, you might decide to subscribe to this one! It ain't cheap, though.....it costs $29.99 a month, plus shipping. Multiply that by 12 months....lol. 

The name for this box comes straight from the Harry Potter series, which is a HUGE plus for HP fans! 

Each month has a fun, creative theme, and includes a brand new YA novel, plus several bookish items, as well as other things gifted by the author of the novel included in the box. Sounds AWESOME! (Again, if you can afford it....)

2.) BookCase.Club: This one sounds AWESOME, too!! I might be tempted to join! It's only $9.99 a month, plus shipping, and they have different categories. Here they are: Kids' Book Case, Teenage Dreams Case (this is obviously for YA fans), Thrill Seeker Case, Strange Worlds Case (for fantasy & SF fans), Blind Date Case (for paranormal romance fans), and Booking for Love Case (for regular romance fans). Hmmm.....maybe I'll give myself a Christmas present.....

3.) Book of the Month: I think this is one of the oldest ones around. No frills, though. You get one or perhaps two books a month. It's only $9.99 a month, plus shipping. The one downside that I can see is that the books chosen each month might not be books I would particularly want to read. But, for those totally eclectic souls out there, this one might very well be a nice choice.

4.) Coffee and a Classic: Another temptation.....sigh.... This one is $28.99 a month, plus shipping. You will always get a classic book, of course. In addition to that, you will get "Something to Sip On", two bookish items, and a bookmark. You get your choice of beverage to sip on, too -- coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The Standard box also includes a snack and a mug. There's a choice of book genres, too -- Classic Literature, Children's Classics, and Classic Nonfiction. 

5.) Once Upon a Book Club: This one is $34.99 a month, plus shipping, and has two categories -- YA books, and adult novels. Each box includes a book, 3 to 5 wrapped gifts, a 5 x 7 quote print, and read-along discussion questions. Oh, all that sounds so FREAKING AWESOME...... Lol.

6.) Literary Dream Crate: This is a REALLY unusual one! They send out PRE-OWNED BOOKS. This might give anyone pause, but they pledge to not send you books that are damaged in any way. This one costs $9.99 a month, plus shipping. Hmmmm....I'm thinking.....lol. Subscribers get to pick from several genres, and each box includes a book, plus one or two additional goodies. Hmmm...... 

There are, of course, LOTS of book subscription box websites out there. This type of thing has become quite popular in recent years. I'm really ECSTATIC about this, too, because it means that the printed book is DEFINITELY NOT extinct!! YAAAAAAY!!! Take THAT, e-books!!!! There's NO way that downloading any e-book could possibly compare with unboxing one of these subscription book boxes!!!! NO. FREAKING. WAY. Oh, the anticipation!! Oh, the breathless anxiety!! And then, when the box is open.....the JOY!!!! Picking up that book that can be held in one's hands, and flipping through the pages!!! TOTAL BLISS!!!!!

So these are the book subscription boxes I'm attracted to.... I would LOVE to be a FREAKING BILLIONAIRE, so I could subscribe to them all!!! Sigh.....

I'm also including the link below, for my own reference, as well as for you guys. If I can't actually subscribe to any of these boxes, I can at least drop by and wistfully check them out. And so can all of you guys! Who knows? I might end up subscribing to one of the cheap ones, after all! And so might you!! Lol.

If you feel VERY tempted by any of the subscription boxes listed at the link below, I'd like to give you one word of caution: check to see where they ship to. Some of these book club services ship ONLY within the U.S. Others ship ONLY within some other, specific country. And others ship worldwide. So, if you decide to subscribe to one of these, double-check to see if they ship to YOUR location! Hope you ENJOY!!!  :)  

Here's the link: 

Cratejoy: Book Subscription Boxes


 

What are your thoughts on
this topic?
Please leave a comment! 
If you're participating in this meme,
I'll go comment on your 
own BBH post.
If not, I will then comment on one 
of your blog posts!
Thanks for visiting!!!