8 Of The Most Unique-Sounding Books Sitting in my TBR Piles
Today's Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. The prompt:Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read. Since I have a scary amount of books sitting on my tbr shelves (I'll show ya later) and some of them have been sitting there forever, I figured I'd use this space to highlight some of those that caught my eye because I thought they were unique in some way. Maybe this post will even get me to take a few off the shelf and actually read them?!
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Bloody Fabulous: Stories of Fantasy & Fashion
Open collars over exquisite collarbones.
A single red drop on paper-white cuffs.
From the brocade extravagance of the Unseelie courts to the ubiquitous leather of supernatural detectives to the old-fashioned good taste of wealthy vampires—we are as familiar with fantasy protagonists’ attire as we are with their paranormal deed. Tales of tormented designers and well-dressed vampires strut into the spotlight in this anthology of fantasy tales focusing on the world of fashion and its intersection with the uncanny.
Why I bought it? It looks pretty unique sitting there on top of my pile of books in the living room? Seriously though, I don't think I've ever read a complete novel about tormented designers before and I've read a lot of these kinds of things. It could be bloody fabulous or dreadfully dull. I'll be sure to let you know, if I ever read it!
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family’s disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection’s marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.
Why I bought it? Vampires and lemon groves? What two things don't go good together? That title just called my name & the blurb was too weird to resist.
Happy Hour of the Damned
Henry's rollicking debut novel is a wonderfully fresh, brutally hysterical paranormal romp that is filled with bloodsuckers, horny--and horned--devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shape shifters.
The Unhandsome Prince
And they lived happily never after...
Caroline's plan to live happily ever after has hit a snag. She's spent months mapping the swamp, building tadpole nets, and kissing every wriggling frog she could get her hands on, and one has finally turned into a prince. Unfortunately, Prince Hal is not, as promised in the fairy tales, particularly handsome. In fact, he's kind of dorky-looking.
Why I bought it? A prince who isn't gorgeous? Sounds fun to me. I'm sick of girls getting what they want! You kiss a frog, you probably deserve a wart or two or at least a geeky dude.
From a tropical resort where visitors can become temporary zombies, to a newly-made zombie determined to protect those he loves, to a cheerleader who won't let death kick her off the team, to a zombie seeking revenge for the ancestors who died on an African slave ship-- Zombiesque invites readers to take a walk on the undead side in these tales from a zombie's point of view.
Why I bought it? Told from the zombie's point of view?! I always wondered what went on in all of those undead heads. Here's my chance to find out.
Get Off the Unicorn
Open these pages and discover 14 remarkable stories of fantasy by a grand master of the genre. A wonderful writer, as well as successful and beloved by fans across the world, Anne McCaffrey has created an exciting collection of telepaths, secret gifts, dangerous missions, dragonriders, and more.
Why I bought it? Why would anyone want to get off the unicorn? I need to know.
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.
Why I bought it? This whole setup just sounds fascinating to me and unlike anything else on my shelf.
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats
Skewering sexual myths, conspiracy fables, and government bureaucracy, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats reveals the bizarre world of the undead with a humorous slant and a fresh twist.
Why I bought it? Well, wouldn't you?!
I'm stopping at 8 because I can go on for days and we all have other stuff to do. Here's a peek at the towers from which I culled these titles. Ooof what a mess! Have you read any of these? Worth keeping or should I ditch a few?