Book Scoop February 17- February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
Book Scoop, News, InToriLex, Weekly Feature
Book Industry News, Links to Sift Through & Short Stories

HEADLINES

#UnitedStatesofBooks Kicks off With Penguin Random House

Tom Hanks to Publish Short Story Collection

All White Carnegie Longlist Sparks Anger

Nominee's for the 2016 Nebula Awards

~Amazon~
The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit, centers on disgraced captain Kel Cheris, who must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles in order to redeem herself in front of the Hexarchate.

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.
Locally Produced Comics Find Footing in Africa 

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34 Books By Women of Color to Read This Year
New People
~Amazon~ 
As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom." Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They've even landed a starring role in a documentary about "new people" like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her--yet she can't stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria's perfect new life but her very persona.
Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves. 

Literary Guide to 2017 Academy Awards

15 Black Writer's We Should All Be Reading in 2017

Worst Novels by Hollywood Actors

FEATURED SHORT STORIES

You Wouldn't Have Known About Me by Calvin Gimpelevich

The Imprisoned Ruler (A Comic) by Jason Novak 

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

February 22, 2017
Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough, Book Review, InToriLex, Flat Iron Books
 Published By: Flat Iron Books on January 31, 2017
Format Read: ARC Edition (306 pages)
Genre: Adult/ Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Giveaway Win
Rating: FOUR STARS
Behind Her Eyes
~Amazon~
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

VERDICT:  

REVIEW:

This was a rewarding thriller from start to the #WTF finale. David, Adele and Louise become intertwined with each other in messy and complicated ways. The entire novel is spent unpacking how their relationships and secrets become unraveled from each other. The novel alternates point of view between Adele and Louise. We quickly learn that Adele's home life and actions are more calculated and less sympathetic then she lets on. Louise is a flawed and relateable single mom, who makes choices to satiate her emotions, without thinking them through. Together Adele and Louise form a friendship and  narrative that I became completely immersed in.
"The past is as ephemeral as the future--it's all perspective and smoke and mirrors."
Pinborough not only has created believable well fleshed out characters but she builds up suspense very well. The reader is slowly clued in before other characters in the book  realize what's happening. If you ever been in love you can relate to the impulsive and blinding magnetism it can have on someone in a relationship. This story is all about love, self love, friendship love, family love and romantic love. The author was able to relate all the ways love can scar and harm as well as help in the course of a life.
"He asked me once if it was possible to love someone so much that it makes you completely blind to them for a while . I told him that's what love is at its heart. Only seeing the good in someone. I said love was a kind of madness in itself..."
There is no way you can guess the ending, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could still be shocked with how a book ends. The twists and turns involved with this plot, kept me guessing. The psychological analysis  didn't interrupt the flow and added more depth to the characters. I did feel the mystery involved could have been drawn out longer. Despite that I enjoyed the journey of three people on a collision course, which wrapped up everything well and left no loose ends.  I would recommend this to readers who love psychological thrillers and enjoy a memorable ending that will make you want to throw this book at the wall.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough
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Gwenpool, the Unbelievable, Vol. 1: Believe It (The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1) by Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth (Artist), Gurihiru (Artist)

February 21, 2017
Comic, Gwenpool the Unbelievable, Book Review, InToriLex, Christopher Hastings
Published By: Marvel on November 29, 2016
Format Read: Paperback Edition (152 pages)
Genre: Comic/ Humor/ Superheroes
Series: Book One of the Unbelievable Gwenpool
Source: Gift Subscription to Comic Bento
Rating: FOUR  STARS
Gwenpool, the Unbelievable, Vol. 1: Believe It
~Amazon~ 
2015's overnight internet sensation takes center stage in her own series!

Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you...until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But that can't be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means...NO CONSEQUENCES!

Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel's least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!

COLLECTING: GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE 0-4

VERDICT:

REVIEW:

This was a fun and witty adventure, perfect for comic book fans. I haven't read many superhero comics before so did feel like I missed some of the references. However the constant dialogue directly to the reader and the mash up of characters worked well together. I was skeptical of this title because creating a female Deadpool with some Harley Quinn quirks to sell comics, seemed misguided. Despite those thoughts, the humor and unique story line had me hooked and I was excited to keep reading.

The comic starts off with Howard the Duck and quickly becomes an adventure where Gwenpool has to use her very limited skills to act like a superhero. She encounters some real issues when she discovers she doesn't have an actual identity in this comic book world she has been thrust into. Some recognizable cameos step in and help her through these comic book world issues. When she finally faces off with villains, she uses her real world knowledge to help her survive. Her ability to adapt and face danger with humor is very likeable and relateable. 
My only criticism was the comic constantly calling attention to her outfit not including pants. It worked fine as a quick quip, but it was brought up more then once and served no purpose. I did appreciate the diversity represented in the characters chosen for the comic. I would recommend this comic for readers familiar with Marvel's universe. You will definitely find more enjoyment from this series with super hero knowledge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Hastings is a comic artist and creator best known for The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.Hastings attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, and it was while there in 2004 that he created the character of Dr. McNinja. Find Him on Twitter
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Book Scoop February 10- February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017
InToriLex, Book Scoop, Book News, Weekly Feature
Book Industry News, Links to Sift Through & Short Stories

HEADLINES




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Myth Busting Books: 13 Antidotes to Alternative Facts 
One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory."

Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.

Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
On Bullshit
~Amazon~

Famous Literary Relationships 

Page Turning Murder Mysteries
Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

Propulsive and suspenseful, Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and keep readers guessing until the final pages.
Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense
~Amazon~

FEATURED SHORT STORIES

Foragers by Jennifer Sears

Chanel No 5 by Victor Ladato

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All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life by Debrena Jackson Gandy

February 15, 2017
All the Joy You Can Stand, Debrena Jackson Gandy, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Crown Publications on June 13, 2000
Format Read: Purchased
Genre: Self-Help/ Feminist Themes/ Non-Fiction
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Purchased
Rating: FOUR STARS
All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life
~Amazon~
Bestselling author, keynote speaker, success coach, and seminar leader Debrena Jackson Gandy has helped thousands of women access their inner power and live more joyfully and boldly. In her national bestseller, All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life, she reveals the steps that will help you undergo the transformation of a lifetime. This engaging, thought-provoking book shows you how to:

* Discover your sacred self and renew your spirit
* "Unblock" your joy and learn to "go with the Flow"
* Free your creative genius and make use of your natural gifts and talents
* Cultivate your intuition, self-expression, and boldness
* Be a Sensuous Woman, a Spiritual Gardener, and the Architect of Your Life

Filled with personal experiences and insightful stories from readers, friends, and seminar participants, this uplifting get-real guide is a must-read for women who want to develop their spiritual strength and tap into their divine potential. Discover how to have a life of joy, peace, power, and ease.

VERDICT:

REVIEW:

This book was a breath of fresh air. The chapters were full of positivity and suggestions on how to get more out of life. I wanted to find a self-help book that I could reference and think deeply about, and this was it. It is geared towards black women, but has great tools that everyone can apply. Between life lessons, the author includes relate-able stories about women struggling to find joy through different circumstances and stages of their lives. The stories kept my interest and illustrated the real world applications of the principles described.
The Four Laws of Attention
1)We are what we give our attention to
2)What we give our attention to becomes real for us
3)What we give our attention to grows
4) What we find in the world reflects our self concept
I read self-help books to find out  how I can continue to grow and challenge myself to push forward. Theses 101 sacred power principles gave a plethora of guidance on how to be more spiritual and suggestions to take time out to recognize who you are as a whole person. There are positive quotes and further book recommendations galore. The author is heavy handed with referencing other people's books and suggestions, which came off as filler. However I was still pleasantly surprised with how much was included that I could apply to my life.
"You don't want to over identify with your strength or your weaknesses because they are only aspects of what makes you You. They are not the essence of what makes you You."
The biggest lesson I learned while reading is to give yourself enough space, forgiveness and time to process the world around you. The sections on spirituality were great because they didn't advance one belief system over another. There are also sections that encourage the reader to find people to learn and commune with. Building a supportive community around you is one of the best gifts you can give  yourself. While this book was published seventeen years ago, nothing felt dated or out of touch with the times. I would recommend this to everyone who wants concrete suggestions to progress in their personal and professional lives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Debrena Jackson-Gandy is an internationally known award-winning speaker, best-selling author, consultant, trainer and a leader in the field of human potential. She uses her extensive knowledge of human transformation to educate, inform and inspire audiences to reach their
highest potential. Her work has contributed to the transformation of hundreds and thousands of individual lives and relationships. Debrena is a paradigm-shifter, a ground-breaker, an innovator, visionary and refreshingly electrifying and engaging speaker that keeps her audiences riveted and on the edge of their seats wanting more. She has shared the stage with other greats such as Maya Angelou and has been rated as the best keynote speaker ever by many of her audiences! Find Out More Here!
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Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls by N.L. Shompole

February 14, 2017
Lace Bone Beast, N.L. Shompole, Book Review, InToriLex Published By: Kingdoms in the Wild on January 10, 2017
Format Read: Kindle Edition (107 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Adult/ Self-Help
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher Request
Rating: FOUR  STARS
Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls
~Amazon~ 
Here is emptiness. Here is a mouth after a recent excavation, black with soot, devoid of kisses. Here are hands, trembling against the soft ache of morning, here are eyes, wet, wide, half-full of sky and loneliness. Here is belly, back, femur, spine, ragged and smooth all at once, all at once. Here are dreams, ink black and speckled, lost behind the eyes. Here is a muted elegy, crow’s feet feathered over the eyes like lace. Here are the last strains of a dirge, wild, discordant, free.

VERDICT:


REVIEW:

I was wowed by many pieces in this collection because while they were short they conveyed a lot of emotions. The poems go back and forth between profound meditations on life, and metaphorical musings. The author puts the titles at the end of her work, leaving the reader to find their own point before she explains what it is. I liked this format it was different and supports each readers own thinking and interpretation.

This book made me think of my future and offered more tools for me to forgive my past. The poems included recognize life's turmoil and offer practical suggestions for women to stay above the fray. This was a memorable work of art, I'm happy I was able to read it. My only criticism is that the use of chapters or parts would have made the poems feel more cohesive. The way the poems were presented they seemed fragmented on their own. I would recommend this to everyone looking to read more poetry and look into themselves.  You may be surprised with what you see when you are able to reflect.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

N.L. Shompole was born in Kenya. She is a multi-platform artist whose written and photographic works have been featured in various print and online publications including Words Dance Publication, Maps for Teeth, Invitation Annual, Kinfolks Quarterly and The Rising Phoenix Review. Her latest collection Spectre Specter Blue Ravine was released November 2015.

She can be found via

Kingdomsinthewild.com
Instagram @NLShompole
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Book Scoop February 3- February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017
Book Scoop, Weekly Feature, InToriLex, Book News
Book Industry News, Links to Sift Through & Short Stories

HEADLINES

Sensitivity Readers are Changing the Publishing Eco-system

Librarians Fight Back Against Fake News

Sci-fi Writers on Climate Change  


Ukranian Librarian Takes Russia to Court

Vandals Sentenced to Read About Racism and Antisemitism 

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Famous Authors Who Were Once Refugees

Great Novels on Freedom of Expression 
Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of 1961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million. Rafael Trujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail. In Trujillo's gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become a way of life. But Trujillo's grasp is slipping. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own. In this 'masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finest political novels ever written' ("Bookforum"), Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terrible democracy, giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims, both innocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit.
The Feast of the Goat
~Amazon~
 51 Immigrant Poets An Interactive Map

Book Characters We Love to Hate

Preview of 2017's Best Verse   
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness. This collection explores femininity and race in the contemporary American political climate, folding in references from jazz standards, visual art, personal family history, and Hip Hop. The voice of this book is a multifarious one: writing and rewriting bodies, stories, and histories of the past, as well as uttering and bearing witness to the truth of the present, and actively probing toward a new self, an actualized self. This is a book at the intersections of mythology and sorrow, of vulnerability and posturing, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
~Amazon~

FEATURED SHORT STORIES 

Naugahyde by Gordon Lish

Malati by Vivek Shanbhag

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