Finally, we get a chance to catch our breath for the first time in three weeks! It has been a very busy month for new releases thus far. (Don’t worry–we won’t breathe for long.) There are some interesting titles this week including new releases from both Anne Rice and her son, Christopher Rice. Has anyone read her Wolf Chronicles? It’s been on my TBR since it came out and I’m not sure when or if I’ll ever get to it.
What do you want to read this week? 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.
His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co. Book 1, Part #2), by Lynn Viehl, (October 14, Pocket Star)
In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. Kit becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot, one that may involve the lady’s husband. Kit must skirt the unwanted attentions of deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Kit uncovers a conspiracy that promises to ruin her life, and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive. (ebook Only)
When a Senator’s daughter is kidnapped by a mysterious group with ties to the supernatural, it’s clearly a job for SEAL TEAM 666. As Triple Six gets involved, they discover links to the Zeta Cartel, a newly discovered temple beneath Mexico City, and a group known as Followers of the Flayed One. International politics, cross-border narco-terrorism, and an insidious force operating inside the team soon threaten to derail the mission. Forced to partner with several militant ex-patriots and a former Zeta hitman-turned-skinwalker, Triple Six is the world’s only hope to stop the return of the Age of Blood.
The story of Yukio, who hears the sea singing and sees disturbing visions of the water swallowing everything she knows. Is it all in her head? Or is the sea really coming for her? (ebook Only)
Helen Huntingdon is beautiful, so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask. Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies. Helen is determined to find her missing sister. When that pits her against her own husband, she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor.., and her heart.
The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention, a walking, steam-powered lighthouse, Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players. If he can locate and make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future, he is promised, is assured. His efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but is more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity, and making money, than in helping George. Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world.
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children has survived every attempt to destroy it. The truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart. As Ruby sets out across a lawless country to find Liam, she is torn between old friends and the promise to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. What if winning the war means losing herself?
Pushing Luck (Pax Arcana #0.7), by Elliott James, (October 15, Orbit)
Trying to make money off the grid, John Charming discovers an underground poker tournament where the hors d’oeuvres are made of human flesh and the players are gambling with much more than their money. All bets are off. (ebook Only)
Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever, and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?
After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next. Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow. Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York. Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all. (ebook Only)
The Cusanus Game, by Wolfgang Jeschke, (October 15, Tor)
Biologist Domenica Ligrina fears her planet is dying. She might be right. An atomic disaster in Germany has contaminated Northern Europe with radioactivity. Human DNA is mutating, plant species are going extinct, and scientists are feverishly working on possible solutions. In 2052 a secret research facility in the Vatican is recruiting scientists for a mission to restore the flora of the irradiated territories. When Domenica’s sometime-lover tells her that he knows her future but that she must decide her own fate, she enlists despite his ambiguous warning. She immerses herself in the mysteries, puzzles, and peculiarities of a culture foreign to her. Perhaps there is more than one Domenica, and more than one catastrophe.
Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium. Ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body. Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. As Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. This man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.
The Last Dark (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #4), by Stephen R. Donaldson, (October 15, Putnam Adult)
Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as “the Land.” Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power–and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World’s End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world’s continuance.
The N-Body Problem, by Tony Burgess, (October 15, ChiZine)
In the end, the zombie apocalypse was nothing more than a waste disposal problem. Burn them in giant ovens? Bad optics. Bury them in landfill sites? The first attempt created acres of twitching, roiling mud. The acceptable answer is to jettison the millions of immortal automatons into orbit. Room enough and a view. Soon, earth’s near space is a mesh of bodies interfering with the sunlight, having an effect on our minds that we never saw coming. Aggressive hypochondria, rampant depressive disorders, irresistible suicidal thoughts. Life on earth slowly became not worth living. Heaven had moved in too close. We all knew where we were going and it was just up there, just far enough to never, ever leave.
Warrior-mage Indris grows weary in his failed attempts to thwart the political machinations of Corajidin, and faces the possibility of imprisonment upon his return to his homeland. Indris’s desire for Corajidin’s daughter, Mari, is strong. Mari is torn between the opposing forces of her family and her country, especially now that she’s been offered the position of Knight-Colonel of the Feyassin, the elite royal guards whose legacy reaches back to the days of the Awakened Empire. She must decide if her future is with Indris, with her family, or in a direction not yet foreseen. Corajidin confronts the good and evil within himself. Does he seek redemption for his cruel deeds, or does he indebt himself further to the enigmatic forces that have promised him success?
When Nikola Tesla is murdered and blueprints for his super weapons are stolen, Tweed and Nightingale are drawn into a global cat and mouse chase with his killers. It seems that the people who shot Nikola Tesla are the same people responsible for Octavia’s mother’s disappearance. Tweed and Nightingale’s investigations lead them to a murdered archeologist and a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Set. They go undercover on the luxury airship, The Albion, setting out on her maiden voyage to Tutankhamen’s View, a five star hotel built in the hollowed-out and refurbished Great Pyramid of Giza. In Egypt, the duo begin to unravel the terrible truth behind Tesla’s death, a secret so earth-shattering that if revealed it would mean rewriting the entire history of the world.
The Wasteland Saga: Three Novels: Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, The Road is a River, by Nick Cole, (October 15, Harper Voyager)
Forty years after a devastating thermonuclear Armageddon, mankind has been reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. The Wasteland Saga chronicles the struggle of the Old Man, his granddaughter, and a mysterious boy as they try to survive the savage lands of this new American Dark Age. With the words of the Old Man’s most prized possession, a copy of Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea, echoing across the wasteland, they journey into the unknown through three incredible tales of endurance and adventure in a land ravaged by destruction. Compiled for the first time in print, The Wasteland Saga comprises Nick Cole’s novels The Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, and The Road is a River.
It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other, as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest. From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost, tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection. As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed.
Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. They’re not just running away from something. They’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever. Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. He knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively, and everyone will be changed.
Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry Files #2.9), by Charles Stross, (October 16, Tor)
The “Laundry” is Britain’s super-secret agency devoted to protecting the realm from the supernatural horrors that menace it. Now Bob Howard, Laundry agent, must travel to the quiet English countryside to deal with an outbreak of one of the worst horrors imaginable. For, as it turns out, unicorns are real. They’re also ravenous killers from beyond spacetime. (ebook Only)
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!