Waiting on Wednesday: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan – Robin Maxwell
Due to be released September 18, 2012

From Amazon:

Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.

When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.


Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.



Waiting on Wednesday – The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

The Cutting Season
Attica Locke
Due to be released September 18, 2012

In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke delivered one of the most stunning and sure-handed fiction debuts in recent memory, garnering effusive critical praise, several award nominations, and passionate reader response. Now Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated across more than a century.

The Cutting Season: A NovelCaren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate’s owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.

As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff’s department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she ventures into dangerous territory as she unearths startling new facts about a very old mystery—the long-ago disappearance of a former slave—that has unsettling ties to the current murder. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie’s history and her own, Caren discovers secrets about both cases—ones that an increasingly desperate killer will stop at nothing to keep buried.

What are you excited for?

Waiting on Wednesday – Son by Lois Lowry

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

This week I am excited for Son, which will be the fourth book in the Giver series by Lois Lowry.

SonAmazon says: Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowry’s Son combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver Quartet—The Giver (1994 Newbery Medal winner), Gathering Blue, and Messenger—into a breathtaking, thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with ideas of human freedom. Thrust again into the dark, claustrophobic world of The Giver, readers will meet an intriguing new heroine, fourteen-year-old Claire. Jonas from The Giver is here too, and Kira, the heroine of Gathering Blue. In a final clash between good and evil, a new hero emerges. The whole Quartet has been redesigned in honor of this long-awaited grand finale!

What are you waiting for?

Toddler Thursday – There Are Tyrannosaurs Trying On Pants In My Bedroom

Do you have a small person that demands books and snacks and constant entertainment? I do. We’re usually safe as long as the books and the bunny grahams hold out. I’m sure we all have books in our collections that when brought to us, causes us to cringe and think “Oh gawd, not THAT one again!” You try to bargain but the tiny overlord is insistent! Nothing but this book will make him happy. What do you do? You take a trip to the library or bookstore and try to find something that you can tolerate to read 284364947 times in a row. I’m going to help you with that. These are toddler-approved options that you’ll actually enjoy.

This week we’re going to talk about a book that I loved as a kid and when I found a copy at a garage sale I squealed with delight and called my mom to tell her. She was less thrilled than I was but hey, different strokes. I totally don’t get her lack of enthusiasm for dinosaurs. There are Tyrannosaurs Trying on Pants in My Bedroom (Little Golden Book)

There Are Tyrannosaurs Trying On Pants In My Bedroom – Jim Heartney
Yay, it’s Saturday!!! Oh no! Mom and Dad want me to do chores! I can’t possibly clean my room-there are tyrannosaurs trying on pants in my bedroom. I can’t rake the yard, there are brachiosaurs playing badmitten in the yard! and so on. My son is old enough that he’s starting to figure out when things are funny without waiting to see if someone else does. (The kid loves shtick. Fall and hurt yourself? HAHAHAHAHA. But he’s starting to get non-visual humor, and that’s a lot of fun for me to find silly books that make him laugh his ridiculous laugh.)

The only bad part about this book is that it’s out of print. Definitely get this one at the library.

Other awesome dinosaur books
If the Dinosaurs Came Back – Bernard Most
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? – Jane Yolen
How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud? – Jane Yolen (There’s a whole How Do.. series.)
Danny and the Dinosaur – Syd Hoff (there are several in this series as well.)

Waiting on Wednesday – Crown Thief by David Tallerman

“Waiting on Wednesday”  is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

Crown Thief, by David Tallerman - Tales of Easie Damasco, vol 2Crown Thief – David Tallerman

Due to be released by Angry Robot on September 25, 2012.

The publisher says:

  From the Tales of Easie Damasco…

Meet Easie Damasco: Thief, swindler and lately, reluctant hero.

But whatever good intentions Damasco may have are about to be tested to their limits, as the most valuable – and    dangerous – object in the land comes within his light-fingered grasp. Add in some suicidally stubborn giants, an old  enemy with dreams of empire and the deadliest killers in two kingdoms on his heels, and Damasco’s chances of staying  honest – or even just surviving – are getting slimmer by the hour.

Adrienne says: Why not? I like heroes that aren’t trying, I appreciate a good thief in my group when I play RPGs and who doesn’t like to root for the underdog? Confession: I’ve received the galley for this and look forward to starting it this week.


What am I reading this week?

I may have bit off more than I can chew. :/

In the car I’m still trudging through Best Served Cold by Joe Abernathy. I don’t know what I like more, the plot and the awesome characters, or the ridiculous narrator with the British accent. This is slow going, but I’m enjoying it. I’m on disc 6 of 23.

I’m halfway through The Hobbit. I’m sure I read it when I was younger, but I don’t remember anything about it.

I have the galleys for Crown Thief and The Genealogist’s Internet. I like to think that I’m still on top of my free internet genealogy resources but I was surprised to find that this will probably not help me very much because it’s for the UK. Huh. I thought it was just a typo when it said we were going to talk about the 1911 census. Eh, it might be useful for my clients.

Others that I want to get to: War Brides, The Loom and The Boy in the Suitcase.


Waiting on Wednesday – The Winds of Winter

I’m slacking this week due to some big changes headed my way. More work, less reading/writing.

I am eagerly awaiting the release (or an estimated date of release) for The Winds of Winter, book six of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin.

I love the world and the characters. And that’s about all I can say without ruining the first five books for you. If you like epic historical (kinda) fantasy, please, for the love of god and all that is holy, go read this series. Then come sit with me in the pouty corner and we’ll be bitter that it will probably be at LEAST another 3 years before this sees the light of day.