Some days are just full of good books! Here are all the books we reviewed that came out today!
If you know of others out that we should take note of, feel free to post in the comment secton.
American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story by Tom Acitelli
Acitelli’s book covers the humble beginnings of an American wine revolution and the small victories that earned our wines a place on the world stage.
DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More! by John Montroll and Min Sung Ku
The pages include detailed and easy to follow instructions of how to fold Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Superman and a whole wealth of famous Batman characters.
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them provides an exhaustive look at the scholarship and speculation surrounding the “the Lewis Chessmen,” who made them, who found them, trade during the twelfth century, Norse travel patterns, art history, and a great deal more. What it does not discuss in much detail is the woman who may (or may not) have carved them.
<The Doctors Are In: The Essential and Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who’s Greatest Time Lord by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?
Yes, Smith? really does have a question mark after his name.
The Doctors Are In by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith is a look back at the twelve Doctors and the Warrior of Doctor Who as they appeared on TV. The two are unabashed fans of the show who usually find something good to say about even the most abysmal of the episodes they review.
The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden by Kazuko Aoki is a celebration of the arts of gardening and embroidery both. Drawing inspiration from her garden, Aoki designs patterns, first sketching the material and then translating it into embroidery. The results are beautiful images of individual plant and flower kinds as well as some of the more colorful insects found in the garden.
The book serves as an introduction not just to invertebrate intelligence, but to the concept of intelligent itself. Throughout the book, Downer offers several varieties of intelligence: learning through trial and error, for example, or being able to solve problems, or showing signs of planning, playing, and so on. Also, she makes it clear that not all forms need to be present for an animal to be deemed “intelligent.”
Lady of Magick: A Noctis Magicae Novel by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter is a Regency romance fantasy combination. It begins with Sophie Marshal busy at her studies. She is happily married and now enrolled at Oxford where she can study magic and learn how to control her skills. Unfortunately, her fellow scholars have been less-than-welcoming to the new, female, addition to their campus. Then her husband, Gray, is invited to serve as a guest lecturer at the University in Din Edin, a place where women students are the norm. The Marshalls accept the invitation gladly and find themselves at the kind of college most people dream of. Meanwhile, Sophie’s sister, Joanna, has learned that all is not well in Din Edin, but as her information is confidential, can only give oblique warning. Ultimately, the Marshalls, Joanna, and their new friends find themselves embroiled in a long-standing conflict.
Sorcerer to the Crown: A Sorcerer Royal Novel by Zen Cho is a lively romance with some fantasy in it—or a fantasy with a romance in it. Fans of either or both genres should be satisfied. The hero, Zacharias Whythe, has more than his fair share of problems. He is the Sorcerer Royal in a time when magic in England is waning perceptibly. He is also the first black sorcerer the society has ever had, which means many resent him and are willing to blame him for the decline. There is also a foreign—and very powerful—sorceress demanding help for her people even as the sultan of her island insists they be eliminated. Plus, the people of Fairy are angry at the British, and there are plots all around.
Here is where I remind everyone that Sorcerer to the Crown and Lady of Magick are an excellent pairing.
by Ben Hatke
Ben Hatke packs a lot into Little Robot‘s almost entirely wordless pages. In it, a little robot gets lost in the countryside and is met by a little girl who becomes his friend. The two have to overcome the differences between them and confront a relentless machine sent out to re-capture the robot.
It is a deeply thoughtful, entirely adorable book.