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September 29, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: September's Best Book

Kate Hart
PhotobucketTrue confession: I almost didn't read this book because of the cover.

I know! "Don't judge a book by its cover!" I'm THAT GIRL. THAT READER.

I apologize, Laini Taylor, because although I didn't like the pictures inside the book any better (graphic novels just aren't my thing), I did love love love the words in Lips Touch Three Times. So much so that I read parts out loud to my husband, which I never do.

The first story, "Goblin Fruit," was my favorite. I love the combination of ethereal, spooky setting with funny, realistic dialogue.

Excerpts:
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"The goblins want girls who dream so hard about being pretty their yearning leaves a palpable trail, a scent goblins can follow like sharks on a soft bloom of blood. the girls with hungry eyes who pray each night to wake up as someone else. Urgent, unkissed, wishful girls."

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"'Believe me, if you had my family, you'd have my rage. You know what my dad did last night? He was cleaning an elk carcass in the yard and he came in and stuck his big bloody hand right in my popcorn bowl!'
Evie and Cactus both shrieked in disgust. 'Okay, I take it back,' Cactus said with a grimace. 'You can keep your family.'

'What, over a little bloody popcorn?' asked Kizzy. Shaking her head, she muttered, 'Wuss.'"
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"Kizzy wanted it all so bad her soul leaned half out of her body hungering after it, and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an untucked shirt."

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From the last story, "Hatchling"
"She gave him his tea for free, slipping chocolates onto the dish and brushing her knuckles across his as she handed it to him. Her face was luminous and hopeful; she'd go into the dark with him in a heartbeat, sharp teeth and all. Human girls were stupid that way. No, not stupid. Primal in their skin, without even knowing it. The things that made their pulse quicken were all the wrong things, but Mihai didn't take advantage of it, except for the free tea."


Funny, creepy, pretty and all-around awesome.

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11 comments:

  1. Yikes -- you know her husband did the art right?

    I'm not a fan of the cover, either. I think it looks so commercial in comparison to the writing style in the book. But as soon as I saw the interior illustrations, I knew I had to have it.

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  2. Cool book! I'm not a fan of graphic novels either, but I liked the excerpts you posted. I may just have to check this one out. :)

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  3. SIgh, I wish photobucket wasn't blocked on my work computer.

    I love graphic novels I need to go back and check it out when I go home.

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  4. Dude- so not a fan of this cover either. I, too, would have passed this up were it not for your recommendation! The excerpts you posted here are gorgeous.

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  5. I'm so reading this. I actually like the cover for a graphic novel (yes, I'm in the majority on that one lol)

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  6. I've recommended this book so many times in the last year (after a critique partner recommended it to me) and they've all like it. The stories remind of some of Angela Carter's works.

    I like the last story the best, then the first, and the middle one was good too (but not as good as the others). Some great examples of fantastic (in both senses of the word) prose without being over the top.

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  7. I think I picked this up on a recommendation (the nice thing about Kindle is that covers don't matter *quite* as much) and it was a fantastic read.

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  8. Wow, this is really interesting. I don't think I would have picked this up either (not a huge fan of the cover), but having read this post and the comments, I'm converted, I'll give it a try.

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  9. I've been meaning to read this book FOREVER. Now I absolutely have to. *sigh* THANKS A LOT KATE. :P

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  10. YAY!!! I love that you posted this one. I love it so hard. I don't love the cover, but the inside artwork is (mostly) stunning, IMO. I love the homage to Rosetti in the first story. The Goblin Market has always been one of my favorite poems.

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