New Releases December 5—December 11 and Readers Choice Contest

The next few weeks will see a lot fewer new releases as the big holiday approaches. That slowdown begins this week as we have the smallest number in quite some time. While there may be only ten books on the list this week, there are some good ones.

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 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.

anderson_rovinA Dream of Ice (EarthEnd Saga #2), by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin, (December 8, Simon & Schuster/Simon451)
After uncovering a mystical link to the ancient civilization of Galderkhaan, child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is left with strange new powers. She can heal her young patients with her mind and see things from other places and other times. As she learns more about her powers, she also realizes that someone is watching her, perhaps hunting her, and using her son to do it. Mikel Jasso, a field agent for a mysterious research organization, is searching for Galderkhaani ruins in Antarctica. After falling down a crevasse, he discovers the entire city has been preserved under ice and that the mysterious stone artifacts he’s been collecting are not as primitive as he thought. As Mikel and Caitlin work to uncover the mysteries of the Galderkhaani, they realize that the person hunting Caitlin and the stones may be connected in ways they never knew possible.

koontzAshley Bell (Ashley Bell #1), by Dean Koontz, (December 8, Bantam)
At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. She becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn. Unprecedented in scope, infinite in heart, Ashley Bell will capture lovers of dark psychological suspense, literary thrillers, and modern classics of mystery and adventure.

running pressGame of Thrones: The Noble Houses of Westeros: Seasons 1-5, edited by Running Press, (December 8, Running Press)
In the seven kingdoms of Westeros, an intricate and perilous game is being played out among its participants, the great and noble houses. Alliances are formed, wars are waged, kings are murdered, and new monarchs are crowned. Game of Thrones: The Noble Houses of Westeros Seasons 1–5 serves as a guide to the key houses as their constant struggle for power persists and as the hierarchical structure of the kingdom evolves. The book is filled with essential information including each house’s sigil, history, home, family tree, character profiles, and is fully illustrated with series photography throughout.

elwoodInherit the Stars (Inherit the Stars #1), by Tessa Elwood, (December 8, Running Press)
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive. Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life, possibly from the hands of their own father. But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

bearNebula Awards Showcase 2015, edited by Greg Bear, (December 8, Pyr) (Anthology)
The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This anthology includes the winners of the Andre Norton, Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards, as well as the Nebula Award winners, and features Ann Leckie, Nalo Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard, and Vylar Kaftan, with additional articles and poems by authors such as Robin Wayne Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Terry A. Garey, Deborah P Kolodji, and Andrew Robert Sutton.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00030]Rising from Ashes (Empire of Blood #3), by Robert S. Wilson, (December 8, Robert S. Wilson)
Now with nothing left to lose, Hank Evans has transformed from a hollow shell to a military leader of the Foederati, hardened to the core with the cold unmerciful steel of revenge. He blames the Emperor for the death of his son and will stop at nothing to destroy the evil man and his twisted religious empire. Armed with the knowledge that he alone is the biggest threat to the monster who rules the American Empire, Hank needs only to learn the secret that will allow him to kill this terrible creature who ripped apart so many lives. As the vampire Queen’s belly grows larger and the time for her to give birth grows near, new visions of the future distract Hank from his plans of vengeance with glimpses of a boy hidden in shadows. A boy who looks so very much like Toby. A new litter of vampires is born and they will change everything. (ebook only)

smithSword of Apollo (The Warrior Trilogy #3), by Noble Smith, (December 8, Thomas Dunne)
Nikias of Plataea has survived battle, shipwreck, and torture. But now the young warrior must face his greatest challenge: leading the people of his city-state on a desperate exodus to Athens while being hunted down by the largest Spartan expeditionary force in history. From the burning forests of the legendary Kithaeron Mountains, to the plague-ridden streets of Athens, to the dreaded Prison Pits of Syrakuse, Nikias has to use his fists, sword, and wits to defeat his enemies, and bring aid to a citadel cut off from the rest of the world by merciless invaders.

staveleyThe Log Goblin: A Tor.Com Original, by Brian Staveley, (December 8, Tor)
On a cold winter’s night, a goblin is caught stealing firewood. Then things start getting weird. (ebook only)

guranWarrior Women, edited by Paula Guran, (December 8, Prime Books) (Anthology)
From fantastic legends and science fictional futures come compelling tales of powerful women-or those who discover strength they did not know they possessed-who fight because they must, for what they believe in, for those they love, to simply survive, or who glory in battle itself. Fierce or fearful, they are courageous and honorable-occasionally unscrupulous and tainted-but all warriors worthy of the name. Contributing authors include: Rachel Acks, Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Mary Gentle, Theodora Goss, Nalo Hopkinson, Tanya Huff, Kameron Hurley, Elaine Isaak, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, George R. R. Martin, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Elizabeth Moon, An Owomoyela, Robert Reed, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jessica Reisman, Carrie Vaughn, and Jane Yolen.

frenchThe Gods of HP Lovecraft, edited by Aaron J. French, (December 11, JournalStone) (anthology)
Lovecraft’s bestiary of gods has had a major influence on the horror scene from the time these sacred names were first evoked. Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth—this pantheon of the horrific calls to mind the very worst of cosmic nightmares and the very darkest signs of human nature. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft brings together twelve all-new Mythos tales from: Cthulhu (Adam Nevill), Yog-Sothoth (Martha Wells), Azathoth (Laird Barron), Nyarlathotep (Bentley Little), Shub-Niggurath (David Liss), Tsathoggua (Brett Talley), The Mi-Go (Christopher Golden & James A. Moore), Night-gaunts (Jonathan Maberry), Elder Things (Joe Lansdale), Great Race (Rachel Caine), Yig (Douglas Wynne), The Deep Ones (Seanan McGuire). With commentary on each deity by Donald Tyson.

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!

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