Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday (242) - HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

So the public has spoken - Cass is now a full-time contributor to Can't Wait Wednesday.  That means each week you'll see two books here. Of course Cass is already lobbying for an increase in salary (at least he works for treats - and bandanas).




FROM GOODREADS: Reality and dream collide in Amy Bonnaffons's dazzling, darkly playful debut novel about a love affair between the living and the dead.

For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome, mysterious, clearly a kindred spirit. There's just one tiny problem: He's dead.


Stuck in a surreal limbo governed by bureaucracy, Thomas is unable to "cross over" to the afterlife until he completes a 90-day stint on earth, during which time he is forbidden to get involved with a member of the living -- lest he incur "regrets." When Thomas and Rachel break this rule, they unleash a cascade of bizarre, troubling consequences.


Set in the hallucinatory borderland between life and death, The Regrets is a gloriously strange and breathtakingly sexy exploration of love, the cataclysmic power of fantasies, and the painful, exhilarating work of waking up to reality, told with uncommon grace and humor by a visionary artist at the height of her imaginative power.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Most people know I like an odd read here and there and this sounds pretty darn odd.  It sounds like it may be literary horror which doesn't always work well for me but I'm willing to give it a try.

CASSIUS'S PICK:


FROM GOODREADS: Rex Dexter is itching to have a dog. He was practically born to have one. His name is Rex, for crying out loud. It's a dog's name. Any pooch is preferable, but a chocolate Labrador is the pinnacle. The best of the best. The dream of all dreams.

When Rex's B-Day for Me-Day finally arrives, his parents surprise him with a box. A box with holes. A box with holes and adorable scratchy noises coming from inside. Could it be? Yes! It has to be! A . . . a . . .

Chicken?

Pet poultry?

How clucky.

One hour and fourteen minutes later, the chicken is dead (by a steamroller), Rex is cursed (by the Grim Reaper), and wild animals are haunting Rex's room (hounding him for answers). Even his best friend Darvish is not going to believe this, and that kid believes everything.

Rex's uninvited ghostly guests are a chatty, messy bunch. And they need Rex to solve their mysterious deadly departures from the Middling Falls Zoo before it happens again.

But how?

New York Times best-selling author Aaron Reynolds delivers a wickedly funny debut title in The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter series. 

WHY CASSIUS CAN'T WAIT:  For the love of God, someone get this boy a dog!  No child should have to play with ghost pets!

WHAT BOOK CAN'T YOU WAIT FOR THIS WEEK???

21 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Cass! I hope you and your brother are getting on well! It's going to be an exciting year of reading for me, I can just feel it and I intend to have more fun! Make sure you get more treats now that you have big brother duties!

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    1. Cass hopes you have a wonderful reading year and says to let you know he's definitely getting more treats - as pup chow whenever he can sneak it - darn dog!

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  2. Very curious to hear your thoughts on this one! Does sound very literary horror but could be quite good.

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    1. I'm hoping. I saw someone talking about it on Booktube and was hooked.

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  3. The Regrets sounds like it will an great read and The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter certainly does too!

    My CWW

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    1. One more serious and one fun one. Just how I like my books!

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  4. Happy 2020! The Regrets sounds good. I think I want to read that one, too. :)

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  5. The Regrests sound so different from anything I've read. How interesting.

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    1. Yea, I hope I like it. I do tend to enjoy an odd book here or there.

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  6. These both sound good, especially The Regrets! I'll be adding that for sure😁

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  7. That first one does seem like an odd one. It would be cool if it was literary horror, but for some reason I'm getting a bit of "twisted romance" from it, lol!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Hmmm...well, maybe twisted romance will work as well.

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  8. These both sound good. I do agree with Cassius - this boy needs a dog!

    Happy New Year, Barb!

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  9. I agree with Cass, no kid should have to deal with gohst pets! And you're right -- The regrets is odd -- the kind of odd that sounds very promising!I hope it's a good read!

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    1. Thanks and thanks for visiting The Farm!

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  10. I love ghost stories and quirk! I'll be looking out for your review when you get to read The Regrets. 👻

    The Dead Pets book looks hilarious. 😄

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