Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #189 - The Glass Town Game

Can't Wait Wednesday is a new weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
This week's choice is -

The Glass Town Game - Catherynne M Valente
ISBN - 9781481476966
Publisher - Margaret K McElderry Books
Release date - September 5th, 2017

Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.

This is their Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it…almost. They certainly never gave Napoleon a fire-breathing porcelain rooster instead of a horse. And their soldiers can die; wars are fought over the potion that raises the dead, a potion Anne would very much like to bring back to England. But when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings. Can two English girls stand against Napoleon’s armies, especially now that he has a new weapon from the real world? And if he escapes Glass Town, will England ever be safe again?

Together the Brontë siblings must battle with a world of their own creation if they are to make it back to England alive in this magical celebration of authorship, creativity, and classic literature from award-winning author Catherynne M. Valente.

If you're a fan of Catherynne Valente, the Brontes, Tales of Glass Town, Angria & Gondal or all three then this is a no-brainer really. I grew up reading the Brontes and my love for Catherynne Valente's work is no secret so this book is at the top of my wishlist!


  1. Ah I love books about siblings relationships :) And this looks so cool, too. And the cover's also really unique.
    Hope you enjoy when you read it!
    Here's my WoW

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  2. I didn't know this author had something new coming out. I'm super curious about it now. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yay! It has a cover! I was just looking at this on Goodreads last week. I'm really looking forward to this one, too, and have it ready for next week!

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

  4. I remember stopping to look at this one because of the lovely cover, but it also sounds so whimsical.

  5. I'm excited about this one too! I've been curious about her middle grade projects for a long time and I've been told this would be a fantastic introduction :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  6. Okay, I had no idea this was a thing but it sounds AMAZING and is definitely going on my TBR. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

    My CWW:

  7. This sounds amazing! I'm a huge Cat Valente fan so really looking forward to this too:-D

  8. I hate to admit I've never read any of the Bronte sisters' works. :( My book OCD won't let me read anything based on them or their works until I read the originals...I'm a weird book geek, I know ;)

  9. Hallo, Hallo! :)

    I meant to drop back sooner than now - however, it has been quite the few weeks on my end! I was quite charmed by the premise of this novel as I fell in love with "Worlds of Ink & Shadow"!! I hadn't realised other writers were exploring the same type of 'back-story' on the Bronte's and I appreciate the nod you've given this book!

    Meanwhile, I've linked to you via my #WaitingOnWednesday No.2

    In regards to the Brontes directly - I have an appreciation for them from afar. I am unsure why it is taking me so very long to read their novels & stories - however, the past three years I have been focusing on reading Jane Eyre and from there I'll move into after canons/sequels/re-tellings - even though I've already sort of started doing that already! lol It's a long story - but somehow I was distracted a bit from my readings of this original treasure of a novel (I love it in case you couldn't tell!) - this September I'm setting my eye to finish it at long last! :)

    Happy readings!


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