I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

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Except for my grad school books, I’ve only spent money on two books for the months of August and September, one of which I used a gift card for, so maybe that doesn’t count in the “buying” category? I think that’s pretty darn good.

So here’s what came from PBS these past few weeks:

In the Celtic land of Eileanan, witches and magic have been outlawed, and those caught for practicing witchcraft are put to death! It is a land ruled by an evil Queen, where sea-dwelling Fairgean stir, and children vanish in the night. But in a valley deep in the mountains, young Isabeau grows to womanhood under the guidance of an elderly witch, and must set out on a quest, carrying the last hopes of the persecuted witches. (I first wanted to read The Tower of Ravens but saw it was set in this world. So I might as well start from the beginning. Part of me thinks, “What the heck am I doing starting fantasy series? I don’t have time!”)

A professional horse handler rides onto the fantasy scene with her first novel. When Dana and Eric find a young woman on their property naked, terrified and incapable of speech, little do they realize that she isn’t human at all, but rather a horse from another dimension transformed into this new shape by a malfunctioning spell. (I came across this ages ago while browsing PBS. Looks like it’s worth a shot)

Mortimer Tate was a recently divorced insurance salesman when he holed up in a cave on top of a mountain in Tennessee and rode out the end of the world. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse begins nine years later, when he emerges into a bizarre landscape filled with hollow reminders of an America that no longer exists. The highways are lined with abandoned automobiles; electricity is generated by indentured servants pedaling stationary bicycles. What little civilization remains revolves around Joey Armageddon’s Sassy A-Go-Go strip clubs, where the beer is cold, the lap dancers are hot, and the bouncers are armed with M16s. Accompanied by his cowboy sidekick Buffalo Bill, the gorgeous stripper Sheila, and the mountain man Ted, Mortimer journeys to the lost city of Atlanta — and a showdown that might determine the fate of humanity. (Something new and different. Might have to be put on the backburner for a little bit though.)

Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and greed of man. But the strife of King Arthur’s realm threatens even the peace of Avalon. And while Merlin the mage has been training Niviene as his apprentice, he now needs her help to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. Niviene’s special talents must help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love… (I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile but have read mixed reviews about it. I can see why they would want to reissue and repackage this. It does sound like a lovely story though. We’ll see.)

Princess Aurelia is next in line to rule the kingdom of Tyralt, but she would rather be one of the common folk, free to learn and roam and . . . not marry the next tyrannical prince that comes courting. Naturally, the king wants Aurelia to marry for political power. Aurelia wants to marry for love. And someone in the kingdom wants her . . . dead. Assigned to investigate and protect Aurelia is Robert, the son of the king’s former royal spy and one of Aurelia’s oldest friends. As Aurelia and Robert slowly uncover clues as to who is threatening her, their friendship turns to romance. With everything possible on the line – her life, her kingdom, her heart – Aurelia is forced to take matters into her own hands, no matter the cost. (So happy to finally get this!!!!)

So what did I buy recently?

Stamped/signed, so now I have the entire trilogy signed!

The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser’s point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship. Jamie’s surreptitious arrival in Scotland at the beginning of the tale, his feelings about Claire, and much more – up to the point where Claire faces trial for witchcraft and must choose whether to return to her own century – are brought to life in brilliant four-colour art. A must-read – and a great holiday gift – for any Outlander fan! (This came out on Tuesday, and I used the gift card for this. Haven’t started reading just yet. )

And something else came in the mail, which is kinda-sorta related to the book above:

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Oh, what’s this? New York Comic Con badges for me and Josh? With The Exile cover artwork on it? :) I can only imagine the price tag for such a sponsorship. Two weeks until NYCC. Can.Not.Wait! My wallet wishes I would though.

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