Pub Day Shout-Outs! November 24, 2020, featuring Ng, Cline, and Black
by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)
Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!
Holly Black's How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
Description from Publisher:
"An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black. "An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.
"Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.
"Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.
"This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector's item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old."
Why I want to read it: I still haven't begun the Folk of the Air trilogy, but I'm so excited to read it, and I love the idea of this companion work full of art as well as stories. And this looks like an excellent gift option for book lovers who enjoyed The Cruel Prince or other books by Holly Black, so I also wanted to include it as a gift recommendation as well!
Meichi Ng's Barely Functional Adult: It'll All Make Sense Eventually
Description from Publisher:
"From the creator of Barely Functional Adult, a painfully relatable webcomic with over 130k followers on Instagram, comes a never-before-seen collection of incriminating short stories about exes, murder, friendship, therapy, anxiety, Hufflepuff, sucking at things, freaking out about things, calming down momentarily, melodrama, wrinkles, pettiness, and other wonderful delights.
"Wielding her trademark balance of artful humor, levity, and heartbreaking introspection, Meichi Ng’s indisputably relatable collection of short stories holds a mirror to our past, present, and future selves. Featuring a swaddled Barely Functional Adult as its protagonist who says all the things we think but dare not say, this book is equal parts humorous and heartbreaking as it spans a spectrum of topics from imposter syndrome, therapy, friendships, first loves, letting go of exes, to just trying to find your purpose in the world. Prepare to excitedly shove this book in your friend’s face with little decorum as you shout, 'THIS IS SO US!'
"In this beautiful, four-color collection compiled completely of never-before-seen content, Meichi perfectly captures the best and worst of us in every short story, allowing us to weep with pleasure at our own fallibility. Hilarious, relatable, and heart-wrenchingly honest, Barely Functional Adult will have you laughing and crying in the same breath, while taking solace in the fact that we’re anything but alone in this world."
Why I want to read it: I don't know this one well, but I love comics with similar style, and I certainly can relate to the barely functioning feeling these days! And I sure could use a laugh. So this one looks great!
Ernest Cline's Ready Player Two
Description from Publisher:
"The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.
"AN UNEXPECTED QUEST. TWO WORLDS AT STAKE. ARE YOU READY?
"Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.
"Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous—and addictive—than even Wade dreamed possible.
"With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest—a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize.
"And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants.
"Wade’s life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.
"Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again."
Why I want to read it: I still haven't read Ready Player One, but I am excited to read both of those! (And honestly, sometimes I do better when I read multiple books in a series at once, so I'm excited to see this sequel!)
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