September 23, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Can't Wait Wednesday: House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This meme is hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here

Look. I’ll be honest. I’m not a big fan of comparing books to other things. But there were two books recently (I’m not going to mention the other yet- when I feature it in a CWW, I will use this disclaimer LOL) that I will admit that the comparison knocked me over.

I mean: “A breakout contemporary fantasy that’s ‘ meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in.” (Gail Carriger)’ ? At some point, you are just testing my ability to ignore a comparison and this basically was it. I ran to Tor with my hair on fire and begged. Literally. And they kindly gave in. Of course it doesn’t come out till March. So I haven’t read the ARC yet. But as the post indicates… Can’t. Wait. See below for more information, add it to your goodreads shelf and GET READY.
At some point I have to beg Mr. Klune for an interview…. <winkity wink wink…>

Title:  The House in the Cerulean Sea
By: TJ Klune
Release Date:  March 17, 2020
Publisher:  Tor Books

The House In The Cerulean Sea

A breakout contemporary fantasy that’s “1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in.” (Gail Carriger)
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

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