Sorry to have gone absent the last few days–I had a couple of no-show guest authors and a dinner for 20 to host yesterday–yikes! But that’s what takeout is for, right? Right!
Before we look at the new release list, here’s a big giveaway I’m taking part in for the holidays–just look at everything you can win!
I’ll be back tomorrow with news of another big holiday giveaway!
Thanksgiving week brings us a nice, tidy feast of new releases. An excellent time to add to your TBR wish list. After all, what could be better than curling up with a nice, new book to read after the big meal later this week? (Not to mention, a new book or two is a great escape from visiting relatives!)
What do you
want to read this week? There are a couple of titles I’m anxious to get my hands on from this list. Rosalie Lario adds to her Demons of Infernum series, which has made me rethink the whole sexy demon thing, and Boone Brux has a new addition to her “Bringer and Bane” series, where the demons are, well, not sexy at all. Both terrific series!
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.
From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, 47 Ronin is born. Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi, the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.
2457 AD. The longest space voyage in history has begun: 230 light years from a ravaged Earth to the star system of New Eden, a beacon of hope following the Doom Star days. Aboard the ship are human colonizers, the Space Navy, fierce “Monitors” and four “Specials”, humans with psionic abilities, capable of ripping holes in space to jump vast distances. One Special has his own agenda and when an alien makes an offer he can’t refuse, the mission takes a deadly turn. Cyrus Gant, a former Dust-dealing gang member from Earth’s subterranean slums, is onto the renegade Special. Cyrus’s psi powers aren’t as strong as he might like, but his street smarts make up for this disadvantage. As the ship makes the final leap toward New Eden, Cyrus is everyone’s last hope for survival.
In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance, each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?
Half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. She’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way. A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption. As Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.
Rell has lived in the Shadow World for thirteen years as a Demon Bane, as the demonic enemy of the immortal Bringers. When she is given the chance to become human again, and a full-powered Bringer, Rell isn’t sure if it’s better to be a demon in the Shadow World.. For two years Siban had been tortured in the Bane prison, only to fall in love with the beautiful demon who helped him escape. When Rell’s human body is rescued from the Shadow World, he will do anything to be with her. Siban and Rell must join a mission to go into the Shadow World to rescue others trapped by the Demon Bane King. What they discover destroys everything they knew about the Demon Bane. The lovers must learn to trust themselves and their new powers if they’re going to make it out alive.
Musicologist Sarah Weston is in Vienna in search of a cure for her friend Pollina, who is now gravely ill. Nicolas Pertusato, in London in search of an ancient alchemical cure for the girl, discovers an old enemy is one step ahead of him. In Prague, Prince Max tries to unravel the reappearance of a long dead saint while being pursued by a seductive red-headed historian with dark motives of her own. Sarah becomes the target in a deadly web of intrigue that involves a scientist on the run, stolen art, seductive pastries, surprises from long-dead alchemists, a distractingly attractive horseman and a trail of secrets and lies. Nothing will be more dangerous than the vindictive villain who seeks to bend time itself. Sarah must travel deep into an ancient mystery to save the people she loves.
The towering vertical city of Mahala is on the brink of war with its neighboring countries. It might be his worst nightmare, but Rojan and the few remaining pain mages have been drafted in to help. The city needs power in whatever form they can get it, and fast. With alchemists readying a prototype electricity generator, and factories producing guns faster than ever, the city’s best advantage is still the mages. Leading the alchemists is Rojan’s sister, with a risky plan to help tap the mages’ strength and overcome the armies marching towards them. With food in the city running out and a battle brimming that no one is ready for, risky is the best they’ve got.
Strap on your seatbelt, shoulder your backpack, or wait for that next ride, into darkness. Each step will lead you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can you expect to meet at journey’s end? Here are stories of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare travel tales and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be found on the road. An incredible anthology of orginal short stories from an exciting list of writers including Philip Reeve, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Lotz, Ian Whates, Jay Caselberg, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Zen Cho, Sophia McDougall, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Anil Menon, Rio Youers, Vandana Singh, Paul Meloy, Adam Nevill, Helen Marshall.
A novel of the fantastic set in an imagined country in Europe. An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap?
Matt Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that exists within our own. He’s on a dangerous quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become…and engaged in an epic battle to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil. In the blasted hell of the Arizona desert, Matt hitches a ride with a young couple who meets a terrible fate that he’s powerless to stop. The bloody encounter leads him to a mysterious stranger with a terrifying history, who may know the reason for Matt’s resurrection and hold the key to finally ending his lonely quest. But first they must survive in an unforgiving wasteland to do battle with a gang of heavily armed smugglers who trade in human flesh. (ebook only)
Interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who’s using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with deportation to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin will stop at nothing to take out the incubus. Even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart, and nearly his life, during the most mind-blowing hour of his existence. Amara and her fellow succubi are forced to extract special abilities from the strongest Otherworlders for their psychotic master’s growing collection. When the gorgeous angel-demon hybrid she believed to be dead captures her, Amara is both stunned and elated. She and Ronin can find salvation, they must bring down the madman hell-bent on destroying everything they love. And Ronin and Amara are at the top of his list.
If only Bridget MacCulloch, descendant of the mighty Picts, could control her temper, she’d likely be the most formidable warrior of her day. Her only interest in life is avenging her father’s death, a goal which in no way includes spending time with the arrogant, domineering Norseman who saved her life. As a descendant of the Norse god Thor, Halldor O’Donar carries his ancestor’s title as the Protector of Man. He’s determined to save Mankind from a monster that escaped from his ancestors’ world. The last thing he wants is a wild-tempered woman to distract him from his quest. The Fates have other ideas. She must learn to harness her emotions to free the power of the warrior within, and he must let down his protective walls to allow one very special woman inside.
20 tales and 10 poems that explore the shadier impulses of human (and nonhuman) nature. Straight-up noir about a triple-crossed bounty hunter (“Six-Finger Jack”) shares the same East Texas setting as yarns that take a turn into territory first explored by H.P. Lovecraft (“The Bleeding Shadow”) and Stephen King (“Dead Sister”). Readers will get glimpses of the legend of Deadwood Dick (“Soldierin’”; “Hide and Horns”) and a look at a sociopathic Smokey Bear (“Mr. Bear”). Lansdale pays tribute to Richard Matheson in “Quarry,” Edgar Rice Burroughs in “The Metal Men of Mars,” and Mark Twain in “Dread Island,” a yarn that pits Huck Finn and Brer Rabbit against an eldritch entity. “The Stars Are Falling,” a Greek tragedy about a soldier’s unexpected return home.
Well-known tales are reshaped in Kiernan’s distinct style, Beowulf in “The Sea Troll’s Daughter,” King Kong in “The Ape’s Wife”, while characters as familiar as an artist struggling with a painting, in “Random Thoughts Before a Fatal Crash,” or a science writer researching an article, in “One Tree Hill (The World as Cataclysm),” are plucked from the ordinary and set down in the uncanny. Standout expeditions include “Galápagos,” featuring a woman trying to record and come to terms with what she saw on an interplanetary journey; “As Red as Red,” an unsettling Rhode Island interlude; and the title story, in which Ann Darrow is “lost in All-At-Once time” and the possible lives she might have led.
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!