January 10, 2012 • Fiction
Do the books in your local bookshop come alive once the store closes, much like the toys in Toy Story? After watching this video, I sure like to think so.
The creators of the video did something similar with their bookshelf about a year ago, another YouTube video I saw and adored. But this time they animated an entire bookstore, a charming little shop called Type located in Toronto.
Watch and enjoy. Thanks for sending the link over, Jane!
December 23, 2011 • Fiction
Contest Closed! Thank you!
Well, this is the last holiday giveaway. Today we're giving you a chance to win all our fiction titles, including our mashups and Taft 2012, which isn't due out until January. I'm also tossing in some posters with a couple of the books... which includes a special, limited edition signed Miss Peregrine poster.
Now, you might notice us go quiet over the next week or so here on the website, Twitter, Facebook... but we'll be back! We're all taking a nice holiday break and returning January 2nd.
See you next year, book lovers!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The New York Times bestselling YA smash. I'll include a signed poster with this!
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Graham Smith: The original mashup that helped usher in a new literary genre.
Bedbugs by Ben Winters: A young couple's dream home is crawling with bedbugs... or is it? Rosemary's Baby meets the Amityville Horror in Ben Winters' horror story of supernatural bedbugs.
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller: A Rip Van Winkle-esque tale of William Howard Taft. Reawakening in our time and thrust into the primaries, Taft adjusts to our world with hilarious and often times heartwarming results.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steven Hockensmith: The New York Times bestselling prequel to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. How did the Bennett sisters become such fierce warriors? Hockensmith tells their story.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith: When Mr. Darcy is bitten by a dreadful, Lizzy goes on an epic quest to find a cure for her beloved.
Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Ben Winters: What happens when the Dashwood sisters run into giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, and two-headed sea serpents? Ben Winters' New York Times bestselling Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters does.
Android Karenina by Ben Winters: An enhanced edition of the literary classic... with robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.
The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook: "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten." That's all you need to know.
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall: A rag-tag team of Star Trek fans get caught up in a zombie attack at a Trekkie convention.
How can you win? Leave a comment that either 1.) Details how you would survive in a zombie uprising or 2.) What your 'peculiar' superpower would be. You can also simply retweet this post while mentioning @quirkbooks. I'll select one of you at random for a bag full of Quirk fiction goodness.
Note: Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you!
Good luck, and happy holidays everyone!
December 21, 2011 • Fiction
Here at Quirk, we love creating unique, innovative books.
And since it IS December, the magical time of year when blogs everywhere are banging out Best Of Lists (David at Largeheartedboy has a great roundup of them), we decided to write up our own. I polled the office and asked for innovative book picks. Whether it was the writing, the design, the illustration, or the packaging, as long as the book caught our eye in some special way, it got featured below.
Have your own picks? I bet you do! Leave them in the comments. We could use some good reads (and inspiration!) for 2012.
December 20, 2011 • Fiction
Next up in the FIve Days of Quirkmas giveaway... a chance to win all our titles coming out in January 2012! Books from the future!
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller: The hilarious, Rip Van Winkle-esque story of William Howard Taft, who awakens in our time just in time for the primaries.
The Thorn & the Blossom by Theodora Goss: One enchanting romance, two lovers keeping secrets, and a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever. You've never seen a book like this one. Seriously. Check out the video that demonstrates how it works. Neat, right?
Ten Tea Parties by Joseph Cummins: Yeah yeah, you know all about the Boston Tea Party. But what about the nine others? You can learn about those in this book.
The Onion Presents: Love, Sex, & Other Natural Disasters: A hilarious collection of some of The Onion's funniest stories about high-school sweethearts, college hook-ups, dating disasters, weddings, divorces, and more.
How can you enter? Just leave a comment about what book interests you the most and why. Be sure to include your email address, so I'll be able to contact you. I'll choose one of you at random at the end of the week, and you'll get the whole bundle, including a handsome Taft 2012 poster and pin!
December 15, 2011 • Fiction
A few weeks ago, Neil Gaiman made a hilarious appearance on an episode of the Simpsons (pictured above, and as of this post, you can still watch it on Hulu). When Homer and his Ocean's 11-esque assembled crew decide to team up and write a Young Adult novel, Gaiman jumps in to help make it happen. Unfortunately, the publisher tries to alter the story, and the gang of would-be-novelists (and a multiple award winning one) plan a heist to get it back and put the original in stores.
Quote of the episode? Gaiman exclaiming "I've heisted my way to the bestseller list once again. And the most brilliant part is... I don't even know how to read!" Well, either that or Homer hoping they remember to "put in enough steampunk. Whatever that is."
Anyhow, the episode got me thinking about other awesome authors cameos I've caught on the Simpsons. Lisa being dismissed by Amy Tan, Alan Moore with rippling muscles, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen getting into a fight... ah, so many brilliant moments. I've rounded up my Top 10 here (in no particular order), though there are certainly many more. If I missed a favorite of yours, leave it in the comments!
1. Amy Tan: The celebrated author of The Joy Luck Club makes an appearance in the 'Insane Clown Poppy' episode, speaking at the Springfield Festival of Books.
Lisa tries to compliment Tan on her work, to which Tan hilariously responds "no, no, that’s not what I meant at all. I can’t believe how wrong you got it. Just sit down, I’m embarrassed for both of us."
Stephen King also makes an appearance in this episode, cackling madly about a supposedly non-horror title he's hard at work on.
2. Thomas Pynchon: This notoriously reclusive author actually made TWO appearances on the Simpsons. He pops up in the episodes Diatribe of a Mad Housewife (clip above), in which Marge writes a romance novel and he "provides" a quote, and All's Fair in Oven War.
3. J.K. Rowling: I won't lie to you, Quirk fans. I didn't get into Harry Potter until fairly recently, when Broetry author Brian McGackin threatened not to speak to me until I read the entire series. I'm about halfway through Order of the Phoenix as of this posting, and thankfully, Brian and I are on speaking terms once again.
As a result though, this is probably my favorite author appearance on the Simpsons. I rediscovered it while looking up author cameos, and thanks to Brian, I can finally appreciate how funny it is.
December 12, 2011 • Fiction, Politics
On a chilly Winter afternoon, a bunch of us at the Quirk Books HQ decided it was time to show our support for the Taft 2012 movement. We spent some time decorating our office with posters, bunting, and campaign signs.
Oh, and we also shot a video!
Want to decorate YOUR office with Taft 2012 decor? Visit the Taft 2012 website and learn how you can start your own local Taft party.