Howdy, and a good Sunday to all!
First, a giveaway announcement, then on to the Big Stuff.
The winner of the Most Awesome giveaway is…
Congratulations! You know the drill – send an email to contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com with your snail mail address and we will send your winnings out to you as soon as possible!
Whitewashing Strikes Again (Again):
Two new cases of Whitewashing have been brought to our attention this week.
Lastly, a note about the cover art. Due to passages like the following, I think it’s pretty clear that Allie is of Asian descent:
My reflection stared back at me, a dirty-faced girl with straight black hair and “squinty eyes,” as Rat put it.
“Or maybe I’ll just save it for that sweet little Asian doll. We don’t get many whores through here, do we, boys?”
“I should have known,” he said, coming forward. “I should have known you would be drawn to that. It’s very fitting, actually.”
“It’s perfect,” I said, holding up the sword. “What is it, anyway?”
Kanin regarded me with amusement. “What you’re holding is called a katana.”
The girl on the cover? Doesn’t jive with my vision of Allison Sekemoto.
The case of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: as reported by The Readventurer:
This cover has got to go! Elliot is repeatedly described as having brown skin, almond-shaped eyes, and long black hair. She’s clearly not a white person!
We feel very strongly about this, as you know: Whitewashing is WRONG. Period. This needs to stop.
The Book Smugglers at Kirkus:
We are delighted to be able to finally announce that from June onwards (with two posts in May as a delicious appetizer) we will be weekly columnists over at Kirkus.com. The idea is to have a Book Smugglers presence at Kirkus, talking about SF and Fantasy. We will be doing reviews (solos and joints), op-eds and possibly interviews. Needless to say, we are totally over the moon as this fits really well with our evil agenda for world domination, one review at a time.
Our first post is from Ana with her first ever China Mieville review, Railsea. It will be up at Kirkus on May 10 (you betcha we will be tweeting the link).
This Week on the Book Smugglers:
On Monday, Ana reviews Eight Days of Luke AND Witch Week by the ever reliable Diana Wynne Jones. Then Thea will be presenting the general results of the survey she posted a few weeks back, now that her thesis is finished (HOORAY!).
On Tuesday, Thea reviews one of her most anticipated reads of 2012: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (with a giveaway)…
On Wednesday, Thea is back again with a review of The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, followed by a guest post from the author.
Thea is back one more time on Thursday for her review of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (which Ana really wants to read too! Soon!)
Finally, we close the week with a joint review of Struck by Jennifer Bosworth.
Aaaaaand that’s it from us today. As usual, we remain…
~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers