Friday, August 6, 2010

Titular Coincidences (1)

Titular Coincidences is a celebration of those pretty-darn-amusing moments I have at the library (or at a bookstore) as I peruse the shelves. Basically, the way I do my book hunting is by looking at the spines (but apparently not authors). Sometimes, this method of mine produces results that make my heart skip a beat (as I wonder how the title hasn't been snatched yet) then subsequently gets me cackling like a hyena, much to the librarians' (and employees') chagrin. Oh, well. You live and you learn.

Note: I don't actually bring cameras with me to the library so I don't have proof (at least for this week's round). Maybe next visit!

So everyone here must be familiar with this title, yes?
Just in case:

Bella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

So, anyway, there I was, strolling through the aisles of a very nice bookstore when a curious spine caught my eye. I picked it up, bemused, and lo and behold.

Au contraire, mes amis, this book's numero cinq in the (Warriors) series. Here's the blurb:

Before there is peace, blood will spill blood...

New territory brings new troubles for the fierce cats of the warrior Clans, who are still uncovering the secrets of their new home around the lake. Dangers they have never faced before are lurking in the twilight shadows, and former allies are acting strangely hostile.

As divisions between the Clans grow deeper, Firestar's daughters face troubling decisions. One is torn between loyalty to her calling and a forbidden love, while the other struggles with her best friend's betrayal and the surprising perils of the forest. The choices they make now could affect ThunderClan for generations to come . . . and with an unexpected enemy preparing to attack, their courage and strength will be needed more than ever if the Clan is to survive.

Hey, now, this sounds pretty interesting! I'd never heard of this series before (Warrior Cats! Clans! I MEAN OMG) and now it's on my TBR pile. I mean, I've never tried reading a book about anthromorphized kitties before so this'll be a bit of change.

This next one I found at my local library:

A Southern gothic novel about an undertaker who won’t let the dead rest. Suspecting that something is amiss with their father’s burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, a whiskey bootlegger, was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him. Worse, they learn that the undertaker, Fenton Breece, has been grotesquely manipulating the dead.

Armed with incriminating photographs, Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice. But first, he must outrun Granville Sutter, a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence. What follows is an adventure through the Harrikin, an eerie backwoods filled with tangled roads, rusted machinery, and eccentric squatters–old men, witches, and families among them–who both shield and imperil Tyler as he runs for safety.

With his poetic, haunting prose, William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairy tale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil.

Ooh la la, now this one sounds pretty exciting too: Southern Gothic! + Poetic, Haunting Prose! + Supernatural touches! = Another TBR pile add.

Bonus: On a later, more recent visit, I spotted this little one on the shelves too:

The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case-the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari-a woman he loved years ago-and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.
Here is Richard North Patterson at his compelling best, confirming his place as our most provocative author of popular fiction.

Ain't that a hoot? This one seems about as far as you can get from the title I sure am thinking of.

'Til next time, kiddies!