What? Readers Choice on a Tuesday? Yep, we’re shakin’ things up this week.
First, though, the PIRATESHIP DOWN tour continues today, with opportunities to enter the giveaway(s).
First, I’m always happy to be visiting Steph over at Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust. Today, Jean is pontificating….er, I mean sharing what he sees as the five best and worst traits of modern women. DJ refused to read it.
Now….November will not have as many new releases as last month, but still, the first two weeks of November are quite busy. This week, there are almost thirty more new books from which to pick and choose.
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.
Hardwired, by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie, (November 8, Flux)
When Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene, a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence, he is shipped off to a government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests. Having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home. Any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing it’s dehumanizing practices. Lucas is their ticket through the front door. Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. Lucas’s plans begin to unravel, and he’s forced to seek help from a group of kids he neither knows nor trusts. When every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who has your back.
Fall into Darkness (Eternally Mated #1), by Valerie Twombly, (November 9, Valerie Twombly)
Eli lives by his own rules and bows to no one, even when summoned before the Tribunal Seven. They deem the hunter has lost his humanity and sentence the angel to earth with one mission: find some compassion or be condemned to Hell. Ashley considers herself a freak. With one glance into a person’s eyes, she foresees their death. When an attack brings a handsome stranger to her rescue, she can’t help but be drawn to his steel-blue gaze. Fate will bring them together but desire could bond them for eternity. (ebook only)
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales, by Michael Cunningham, (November 10, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A poisoned apple and a monkey’s paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan’s wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans. (collection)
Crimson Shore (Pendergast #15), by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, (November 10, Grand Central)
A secret chamber. A mysterious shipwreck. A murder in the desolate salt marshes. A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated, and sinister, than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression, kept secret all these years.
Darkness Hidden (The Name of the Blade #2), by Zoe Marriott, (November 10, Candlewick)
Against all odds, Mio has defeated the evil Nekomata and seen her love, Shinobu, restored to life. But in the wake of the battle, Mio’s unsettling connection to the katana, an ancient sword her family has been compelled to guard for generations, has grown more frightening. And now the Underworld has sent the Shikome, foul women whose feathers carry death, to spread a supernatural plague through London. With her best friend in the hospital, Shinobu’s very existence at risk, and the city in chaos, Mio realizes there is no way she can keep everyone she loves alive. What terrible sacrifice must she make to save the world? (U.S. Release)
Domnall and the Borrowed Child, by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, (November 10. Tor.com)
The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he’d like to retire, he’s the best scout the Sithein court has left. When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he’s the only one who can get her the medicine she needs: Mother’s milk. The old scout will face cunning humans, hungry wolves, and uncooperative sheep, to say nothing of his fellow fae.
Ecko Endgame, by Danie Ware, (November 10, Titan)
Winter has come to the Varchinde, and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, and the plains’ cities are falling to the loss of crops and trade. Now, the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe. Overmatched, betrayed and abandoned by his own forces, Rhan takes the ultimate gamble, he will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation. But the world’s memory is returning. And, as the battle rages round him, Ecko begins to realize that everything they have done has been for a purpose. If they can fit the pieces together, then they might just win the war. Yet, even if they do defeat the Kas, the blight is still there. And to save both the Varchinde and himself, Ecko must face the worst fear of all, the one that has come from his own world.
Legends and Liars (Duelist’s Trilogy #2), by Julia Knight, (November 10, Orbit)
Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they’ve got quite a reputation. They were once known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duelist’s Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently thwarted. Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. The sinister magician is rumored to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he’s determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently. This time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.
Orphan’s Blade (Chronicles of Ebonvale #2), by Aubrie Dionne, (November 10, Lyrical Press)
Princess Valoria only cares about her music and her destiny: to unite the Kingdom of Ebonvale with the House of Song and succeed where her father has failed. As if that weren’t challenge enough, she must contend with her marriage to a battle hungry brute of a prince, until she falls for his adopted brother, the orphaned son of a blacksmith. But with a horde of undead gathering to attack Ebonvale, Valoria will have to choose between her personal happiness and the safety of the kingdom. Now the fate of Ebonvale rests in her heart.
Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part Two, by Larry Niven and Robert Mandell, (November 10, Tor/Seven Seas)
Rocket with a group of intergalactic explorers to the Ringworld, a massive artificial world looped like a giant ribbon the size of Earth’s orbit around the sun. They soon discover that what was once conceived as a Garden of Eden has now reverted to savagery. Civilization has disappeared, leaving powerful machines in charge. Vast ruins litter the surface where mighty floating cities fell from the sky, deadly plants use sunlight to kill, terrifying hurricanes the size of worlds swallow everything in their paths, while roaming gangs of native humanoids stand ready to attack. Louis must now face the greatest challenge of his life. What happened to the extraordinary treasures of this world? What kind of powerful alien could destroy the mightiest of the universe’s worlds? What happened to the legendary engineers who built the Ring?
Rise of the Fae (The Society #2), by Rebekah Ganiere, (November 10, Lyrical Press)
Neeman has tried everything to overcome the pain of both heartbreak and being forcibly turned into a vampyr. When he meets the headstrong Selene in a nightclub, she could be the change he needs. Her beautiful human-like features stand out among the vamps, and he has no choice but to bring her back to his Tracking Squad’s compound before she gets herself killed. Charged with stopping a demon invasion, Selene has been sent back to the Earth Realm by the Fae. But en route, she loses the talisman that can keep her darker nature, and her impulses, under control. With Vampires now ruling Earth there are more vices than ever to distract her from her mission. Especially Neeman. He’s the only one who can protect her from The Society, and from even darker forces on the horizon, but he can’t protect her from himself.
Rules for a Knight, by Ethan Hawke, (November 10, Knopf)
It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. “Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable. A code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight’s hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father’s exquisite love.
Soundless, by Richelle Mead, (November 10, Razorbill)
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation. But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon. A triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever.
The August 5, by Jenna Helland, (November 10, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR)
Tommy Shore is the son of the most important man on Aeren, a high-ranking politician who wants nothing more than to take away all of the rights of the lower-class cottagers. Tamsin Henry is the daughter of a revolutionary man who has hopes of overthrowing the corrupt politicians, also called the Zunft, the group that holds all the power in this world. The two sides clash when Tommy rescues Tamsin during the August Rising, a cottager attack organized by a group of rebels known as the August Five. He starts to question the motives of the Zunft and realizes that it will take all of his resolve to stand up to his father and fight for the rights of those who have none.
The Great Forgetting, by James Renner, (November 10, Sarah Crichton Books)
Jack Felter returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills, Ohio, to care for his father who suffers from dementia. Jack would love to forget about Franklin Mills, and about Sam, the girl he fell in love with, who ran off with his best friend, Tony. Tony has gone missing. Jack is pulled into the search for Tony, but the only one who seems to know anything is Tony’s last patient, a paranoid boy named Cole. Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony’s trail. Their journey will lead them to Manhattan, then to facilities buried under the Catskills, and eventually to a forgotten island in the Pacific, the final destination of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. When Jack learns the details about the program known as the Great Forgetting, he’s faced with a timeless question: Is it better to forget our greatest mistakes, or to remember, so that they are never repeated?
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom, (November 10, Harper)
This is the story of Frankie Presto and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings. Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, until he becomes a pop star himself. Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people’s lives. At the height of his popularity, he vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, does Frankie reappear just before his spectacular death, to change one last life. With the Spirit of Music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music, and the magic, in each of us.
The Night Clock, by Paul Meloy, (November 10, Solaris)
Phil Trevena’s patients are dying and he needs answers. One of the disturbed men in his care tells him that he needs to find Daniel, that Daniel will be able to explain what is happening. But who is Daniel? Daniel was lost once, broken by the same force that has turned its hatred on Trevena. His destiny is greater than he could ever imagine. Drawn together, Trevena and Daniel embark on an extraordinary journey of discovery, encountering The Firmament Surgeons in the Dark Time, the flux above our reality. Whoever controls Dark Time controls the minds of humanity. The Firmament Surgeons, aware of the approach of limitless hostility and darkness, are gathered to bring an end to the war with the Autoscopes, before they tear our reality apart.
The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven #1), by Michael Livingston, (November 10, Tor)
Julius Caesar is dead and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar’s great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar’s legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, a secret conflict may shape the course of history. Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods, or the one God. Driven by vengeance. Juba has already attained the Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. He will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards. Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves, and the daughter of Cleopatra herself.
The Subterranean Season, by Dale Bailey, (November 10, Underland Press)
Ph.D. student Alex Kern is having trouble passing his exams, hanging on to his girlfriend, and teaching his composition class. That doesn’t include the strange hole he’s discovered in his office under the football stadium. As for the hole, it seemingly has no bottom, as Alex discovers when he drops in first a rock, then his Bobble Head Freud, and, during a challenging student conference, an undergraduate. Alex steels himself for the investigation to come. No one seems to notice the missing student. Alex is forced to dispose of the world’s foremost expert on Ezra Pound in the same way. Again he steels himself for the consequences, and again, no one seems to notice. West Georgia U can do without them. What it can’t do without is its star quarterback, Ulysses Moreno. When Alex drops him down the hole, all hell breaks loose at West Georgia U.
The Trilogy of Two, by Juman Malouf, (November 10, G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR)
Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart-shaped locket. They’ve been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus caravans, moving from place to place. But lately, curious things have started to happen when they play their instruments. During one of their performances, the girls accidentally levitate their entire audience, drawing too much unwanted attention. Soon, ominous Enforcers come after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past.
The Two of Swords: Part 10, by K.J. Parker, (November 10, Orbit)
A soldier with a gift for archery. A woman who kills without care. Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No-one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no-one knows how it will end. The story of a war on a grand scale, told through the eyes of its soldiers, politicians, victims and heroes. (ebook only)
Triple Moon: Summer on East End, by Melissa de la Cruz, (November 10, G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR)
After they cause a terrible accident at their old high school, twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, on Long Island’s mist-shrouded East End. Because the twins cannot control their powers, their father begs Ingrid to tame them over the summer, before the White Council exiles the girls to Limbo. Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin. But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family.
Visions: Crash; Bang; Gasp, by Lisa McMann, (November 10, Simon Pulse)
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode, and nine body bags in the snow. The vision is everywhere, on billboards, television screens, windows, and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember. But the horror doesn’t end there. In fact, this was just the beginning. And when Jules passes her visions on to someone she loves, will they be able to work together to prevent their visions from becoming realities? (bind-up)
Wings of Sorrow and Bone: A Clockwork Dagger Novella (Clockwork Dagger Duology #2.5), by Beth Cato, (November 10, Harper Voyager Impulse)
After being rescued by Octavia Leander from the slums of Caskentia, Rivka Stout is adjusting to her new life in Tamarania. But it’s hard for a blossoming machinist like herself to fit in with proper society, and she’d much rather be tinkering with her tools than at a hoity-toity party any day. When Rivka stumbles into a laboratory run by the powerful Balthazar Cody, she also discovers a sinister plot involving chimera gremlins and the violent Arena game Warriors. The innocent creatures will end up hurt, or worse, if Rivka doesn’t find a way to stop Mr. Cody. And to do that means she will have to rely on some unexpected new friends. (ebook only)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), by Marissa Meyer, (November 10, Feiwel and Friends)
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend, the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Word Puppets, by Mary Robinette Kowal, (November 10, Prime Books)
The author of five historical fantasy novels in the Glamourist series, Mary Robinette Kowal is also well known as an author of short science fiction and fantasy. Her stories encompass a wide range of themes, a covey of indelible characters, and settings that span from Earth’s past to its near and far futures as well as even farther futures beyond. Alternative history, fairy tales, adventure, fables, science fiction, fantasy, nothing is beyond the reach of her unique talent. This is the first comprehensive collection of Kowal’s extraordinary fiction and includes her two Hugo-winning stories, a Hugo nominee, an original story set in the world of “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” and fourteen other tales. (collection)
You Have Never Been Here: New & Selected Stories, by Mary Rickert, (November 10, Small Beer Press)
Mary Rickert writes hard, political stories that yet encompass the gentle wisdom of the ages. Here are cruelty and love. War and regeneration. She has long been an undiscovered master of the short story and this survey collection, including new work, will open the eyes of a wide, astonished audience. (collection)
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!