If it's got spaceships, dragons, wormhole generators, wands, or any kind of flying—I'm on it! I love sci-fi and fantasy (for any age), but I'll read anything, particularly the satirical, unconventional, bold, thought-provoking, historically accurate, geek-related, or tech-oriented.
Zazu's Staff Picks:
Title: Spinning Silver
"Anger was a fire in a grate, and I'd never had any wood to burn. Until now, it seemed."
This is a delicious, magical, deeply rich story that I never wanted to leave. I tore through it and immediately wanted to re-read it -- a very rare pairing!
A stand-alone companion to Uprooted, this book is even better (and Uprooted was a favorite at the Bookloft!). Dive into a Jewish- & Eastern European-inspired folklore-style story too damn good to describe. Novik expertly manipulates the readers' expectations -- you never know what will happen next. Yet it is rich with meaning, with food for thought - an exquisitely crafted cake, with unseen layers melting together perfectly on your tongue.
Readers of historical fiction, female-driven sagas, and myth-inspired fantasy HAVE TO READ THIS. I'm willing to bet a lot that you'll love it as much as I did (and the many people I have already passed this on to!).
P.S. Vivid descriptions make this almost cinematic. Incredible!
Title: Pimp My Noodles
This is my ideal cookbook:
- Easy recipes
- easy-to-find ingredients
- creative, with new ideas
Refresh your noodle repertoire with these Asian-inspired recipes that can be taken as-is OR (my favorite) be broken down for parts & serve as inspiration. (TIP - use the variety of sauces on any combo of veggies with rice/noodles for a great and easy variety of dishes!)
The perfect book for a lazy noodle-lover in need of something NEW!
Title: Julián is a Mermaid
An absolutely gorgeous work of playfulness, curiosity, whimsy, and fun!
For all of us who played pretend and dress-up, this sweet story will make you smile.
And to all the grown-ups who encourage imaginations, the down-to-earth and practical grandma will pleasantly surprise!
Don't miss this one! A book that manages to impart so much love and beauty in so simple a presentation is rare!