Saturday, 9 April 2011

On My Wishlist #33

This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I can keep track! This week I'm focusing on alternate versions of Earth...
The Gone-Away World - Nick Hathaway
Publisher: UK - Windmill Books
The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it’s on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out – but there’s more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and geek nirvana, The Gone-Away World is a story of – among other things – love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes – however unlikely they may seem.
Ever since I read Sarah's review on Wednesday (read it here) I've got to get my hands on it! It sounds great and comes highly recommended.
The UnTied Kingdom - Kate Johnson
Publisher: UK - Choc Lit
The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles - or was it? When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it's not the London or England she's used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England s a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve's a spy. Including Major Harker who has his own problems. His sworn enemy is looking for a promotion. The general wants him to undertake some ridiculous mission to capture a computer, which Harker vaguely envisions running wild somewhere in Yorkshire. Turns out the best person to help him is Eve. She claims to be a popstar. Harker doesn't know what a popstar is, although he suspects it's a fancy foreign word for spy . Eve knows all about computers, and electricity. Eve is dangerous. There's every possibility she's mad. And Harker is falling in love with her.
I came across this at a Book Chick City on one of her wishlists one week and I love the sound. I have a secret soft for parallel universes...
How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe - Charles Yu
Publisher: UK - Corvus
With only TAMMY - a slightly tearful computer with self-esteem issues - a software boss called Phil - Microsoft Middle Manager 3.0 - and an imaginary dog called Ed for company, fixing time machines is a lonely business and Charles Yu is stuck in a rut. He's spent the better part of a decade navel-gazing, spying on 39 different versions of himself in alternate universes (and discovered that 35 of them are total jerks). And he's kind of fallen in love with TAMMY, which is bad because she doesn't have a module for that. With all that's on his mind, perhaps it's no surprise that when he meets his future self, he shoots him in the stomach. And that's a beginner's mistake for a time machine repairman. Now he's stuck in a time loop, going in circles forever. All he has, wrapped in brown paper, is the book his future self was trying to press into his hands. It's called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. And he's the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could save him.
This has been on my radar for a while and for all the reasons stated above, plus it looks good!
So what are you wishing for this week? :)


  1. I had never heard of any of these but they look great- I will check them out- thanks for posting!

  2. This week's feature wish is a picture book about a construction site. Come see why I added it.

  3. the untied kingdom sound great! thanks for sharing... i'll check that out too.. thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  4. Oh those sound good. I hadn't heard of How to Live Safely. That one sounds funny in a way. Hope you get them all!

  5. The Untied Kingdom sounds great. Hope you get all your books soon.
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