First, the shameless self-promotion portion of today’s blog…
There’s a nice review of RIVER ROAD up at Paranormal Romance Fan for Life, and there should be an interview with Rene Delachaise, our favorite merman, up as well…maybe later today, as I’m writing this pretty early in the a.m. If so, there’s also a giveaway.
Now…what do you want to read this week? It’s a pretty light week (good thing after last week’s extravaganza). As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former-child Jane Konrad, Ree begins an education in the power of Celebromancy. Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. (ebook only)
Post-Rising Australia can be a dangerous place, especially if you’re a member of the government-sponsored Australia Conservation Corps, a group of people dedicated to preserving their continent’s natural wealth until a cure can be found. Between the zombie kangaroos at the fences and the zombie elephant seals turning the penguin rookery at Prince Phillip Island into a slaughterhouse, the work of an animal conservationist is truly never done, and is often done at the end of a sniper rifle. (ebook only)
Still trapped in the bureaucratic inferno known as Hell, Kirsty d’Arc redoubles her efforts to escape back to the Mortal Coil when she learns Conrad is after the soul of her beloved aunt. To save Aunt Carey, Kirsty must enroll at the Reaper Academy and earn a scythe of her own. Studying topics like Exor-scything 101, Riding the Death Cycle, and Reincarnation for Dummies is strange. So are her classmates: a fallen angel, the Death Valley girls, and Kali, the ancient god of death, destruction, and those little earring backs that always go missing. Now time is running out thanks to a temporal crisis she may
have accidentally created. Can she graduate, rescue her aunt, take down Conrad, and save Hell and every other dimension, before the clock stops ticking?
Big Iron: The Iron Kingdoms Chronicles (The Fall of Llael #2), by C.A. Suleiman, (July 16, Pyr)
The Iron Kingdoms are at war. On the same day that Cygnar declares war on Khador, two dangerous, off-the-books operations launch themselves behind enemy lines: one of a highly personal (and royally unsanctioned) nature; the other launched to stop the first by any means necessary. While hot war rages in Llael, these forces collide in no-man’s-lands. A junior marksman with the feared Widowmaker corps, a nineteen-year- old Khadoran woman named Irina is caught up in these events when the integrity of her own mission collapses. Trapped deep in hostile territory, Irina must rely on her courage, her training, and her wits to navigate both the perils of the wild and the malice of her enemies, while still desperate to accomplish her own mission in the process.
Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest, by A. Lee Martinez, (July 16, Orbit)
Witness the epic battle of the cyclops! Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying. Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare! Buy some knick knacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later. On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn’t kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don’t catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world. Or at least a state or two. A minotaur girl, an all-American boy, a three-legged dog, and a classic car are on the road to adventure, where every exit leads to adventure. Whether they like it or not.
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Samantha Beiko and Sandra Kasturi, (July 16, ChiZine)
An anthology of speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work of Canadian writers. Canadian speculative fiction has been recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. These stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental, and biological inquiry into what it means to be human. (ebook only)
Mist(Mist #1), by Susan Krinard, (July 16, Tor)
Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors. When a snowy winter descends upon San Francisco in June, Mist’s existence starts to feel all too familiar. Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets. The man Mist believed was her boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki. Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the god Odin. Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. The fight is even bigger because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.
New Earth, by Ben Bova
Ben Bova, (July 16, Tor)
The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans and a breathable atmosphere. A human exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth. All of the explorers understand that they are essentially on a one-way mission. The trip takes eighty years each way, so even if they are able to get back to Earth, nearly 200 years will have elapsed. They will have aged only a dozen years thanks to cryonic suspension. Upon landing on the planet they discover New Earth is inhabited by a small group of intelligent creatures who look very much like humans. Are they native to this world, or invaders from elsewhere? The scientists begin to realize that this planet cannot possibly be natural.
Replica(Replica Trilogy #1), by Jenna Black, (July 16, Tor Teen)
Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state. Her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image. Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco, controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that everyone in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close. Then Nate turns up dead. When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he has memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Nadia and Nate must discover what happened without revealing the secrets those who run their world would kill to protect.
Storm Riders (Dragon Brigade #2), by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes, (July 16, Tor)
In a world where magic is intrinsic to the fabric of everyday life, two kingdoms, centuries-long enemies, have long sought a powerful magical weapon that will win them lasting dominance. But neither realm is ready when they are both attacked by the Bottom-Dwellers. Using contramagic strengthened by blood sacrifice to attack the world above, they threaten to bring down whole cities. As the Bottom-Dwellers’ contramagic eats away at the magic of the dragons that helps protect the world above, a former dragon-riding hero gathers a group to form a new dragon brigade. Their high-flying heroics will be to no avail unless they can somehow uncover forbidden knowledge, hidden by the Church, without which they will never be able to prevent the world’s destruction.
The Homecoming, by Carsten Stroud, (July 16, Knopf)
When two plane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, corporate corruption, and financial double-dealing, it’s not enough that Niceville detective Nick Kavanaugh (ex–Special Forces) has to investigate. He and his wife, family lawyer Kate, have also just taken in brutally orphaned Rainey Teague. Something bothers Nick about Rainey, and it isn’t just that the woman in charge of attendance at Rainey’s prep school has disappeared. In fact, people have long been disappearing from seemingly placid Niceville, including, most disturbingly, Kate’s father. Using his files, Kate and Nick start to unearth Niceville’s blood stained history, but something (or is it Nothing
?) stands in their way.
This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible and Inescapable Machine of Death, edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo and David Malki, (July 16, Grand Central Publishing)
The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn’t give dates or specific circumstances-just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it’s going to happen, but you’ll still be surprised when it does. This addictive anthology–sinister, witty, existential, and fascinating–collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of the first volume, and exceeds the first in every way.
Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3), by Terry Brooks, (July 16, Del Rey)
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding. The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode, and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures are poised to spill forth. Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach. When she falls into the hands of the Federation’s Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from her hideous fate. Railing Ohmsford seeks to discover if his ancestor Grianne is still alive and will help him save the world, no matter the odds or the consequences.
The small print: Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook like. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners are announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into a general giveaway pile.
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