Want Books: All Men of Genius

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

Don’t you love going through best of 2011 lists? I had a lot of fun seeing them pop up all over the blogosphere the past few weeks and ended up adding a lot of books in my wishlist. All Men of Genius is one of those – present in lists from The Book Smugglers and Fantasy Cafe. All Men of Genius is a steampunk retelling of both Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. It looks like something that I’d really enjoy reading! Unfortunately, I inquired about it in the local bookstore and they say it’s not available. I looked it up at Book Depository and the hardcover is a bit pricey. Sigh, looks like I have to wait for the paperback to be released before I can read this.

Here’s the summary from Lev AC Rosen’s website:

Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who has held to his father’s policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry. But keeping the secret of her sex won’t be easy, not with her friend Jack’s constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke’s young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet’s alter ego, “Ashton.” Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, the way Violet’s pulse quickens whenever Ernest speaks to her, and a deadly legacy left by Ernest’s father. She soon realizes that it’s not just keeping her secret until the end of the year she has to worry about: it’s surviving that long.

What about the rest of you, what book have you added to your wishlist because of all those best of 2011 lists?

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18 thoughts on “Want Books: All Men of Genius

  1. They do have it available in Kindle format! This was my absolute favorite read of 2011, and made it easily onto my all-time favorites list. I borrowed it from the library initially, but have already bought a copy so I can read it over and over. Hope you get your hands on it soon!

    • I searched in Amazon and only the hardcover is available there? Didn’t see the Kindle edition. Borrowing and then buying your own copy – looks like you really fell in love with this book!

  2. It reminds me of Joan of Arc. I think I will like this book. Especially is in school setting and very scientific! It should be great. *grabs my wishlist paper and add it on*

    • Chris, are you planning to read it with your RPG friends? It’s sad that it’s not available in local bookstores though! And what a coincidence about that steampunk musical retelling (love musicals and Twelfth Night is probably my favorite Shakespeare).

    • I know what you mean, just bought several books last week so I’m going to put off book buying as long as I could. I like doing a Want Books posts though to keep in mind the books that are on top of my wishlist. 🙂

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