Monday: Books in the Mail

The last Cybils nominees are trickling in and I received a few last week plus I bought myself something.

Cybils nominees sent by the publishers:

Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up. Tom Siddell's popular and award-winning webcomic ( is here collected in print for the first time.

I've already read this one and will not be reviewing it. I haven't read the novels and I was completely lost with this graphic novel. It is definitely aimed at those who know the story/characters from the novels and while I got a feel for the story, I was baffled for the most part not knowing whether I was supposed to know who someone was or not. It could be interesting. I might read the first book.

I've already read and reviewed this one here.

And finally, not a book, but I treated myself and bought a DVD from Ignatius Press.

In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, 3 children in Fatima, Portugal were chosen by God to offer an urgent message of hope to the world. Based on the memoirs of the oldest seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the true story of three young shepherds who experienced six apparitions of Our Lady between May and October 1917, which culminated in the final prophesied Miracle of the Sun on October 13th. Abducted from their homes, thrown into prison and interrogated under the threat of death in the government’s attempt to silence them, the children remained true to their story about the crucial messages from Mary of prayer, repentance and conversion for the world.

Our Lady gave a secret to the children told in three parts, from a harrowing vision of hell, to prophetic warnings of future events including the advent and timing of the Second World War, the spread of communism, and the attempted assassination of the Pope.

Stylistically beautiful and technically innovative, the film uses state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle that have never before been fully realized on screen. Shot on location in Portugal and in the UK, the film has a cast of hundreds to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, with 3 young Portuguese actors play the iconic roles of the Seers.

Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands.


  1. Interesting selection of books! I'm not really a fan of "preternatural" and certainly NOT of graphics, but the Meg Cabot book sounds possible.

    My MM is here:

  2. I just saw part of that 13th Day stuff on tv. Very interesting.
    The Crowded Leaf

  3. I hope they're all good reads. Enjoy!


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