First off, congrats to CHEREI MCCARTER and SUZANNE BOYD–you won ARCs of BLACK DIAMOND! Please send me your mailing info and I’ll get those sent out this week. Also, if anyone is a reviewer and uses Netgalley, please email me (suzannej3523@gmail or at the contact tab on this page) and I can send you the Netgalley link to BLACK DIAMOND.
Now…What’s new this week? Well, as it turns out, a few interesting things (next week is a desert). August has been slow for new releases. I’m not sure why, but my theory is that it’s traditionally a slow season for books as readers are more focused on getting kids back to school and the big publishing houses work partial weeks. (Hey, I want every Friday off too!) There are a few this week, though.
You probably know the drill, but if you’re new ’round these parts, you might wonder what Reader’s Choice is. Below are some of the new releases from this week that I thought would most interest readers of this site. It’s a pretty light week. Leave a comment as to which one of these you’d most like to read and one person will win it (or another book of their choice). International, as always. You also can pick any of my books if you wish except those that haven’t yet been released.
Now, here’s what I considered the most interesting from among the new books releasing this week. Your mileage may vary.
Amaryllis and Other Stories, by Carrie Vaughn, Aug. 16. For more than fifteen years Carrie Vaughn has published short fiction across all genres, through time and space, earning praise from critics and readers for twists and turns, shocks and delights, and emotional heart. This collection brings together alien encounters, classic fantasy creatures, strange magic, historical milieus; stories with heart, of people making their ways in the world the best they can, however strange and hostile those worlds might be; rare, hard-to-find stories that haven’t been available in years. All this, now brought together in the first widely-available retrospective collection of Vaughn’s work, including her Hugo-nominated, WSFA Small Press Award winning story “Amaryllis,” about a post-catastrophe future in which a community struggles to live in balance with the environment and each other.
Dead Girls Don’t Cry (Undead Space Initiative #1), by Casey Wyatt, Aug. 18. Cherry Cordial, vampire stripper extraordinaire, spectacularly messes up her life with a single act of kindness. How could she have known when she rescued gorgeous rogue Ian McDevitt that she would be implicated in the vampire queen’s murder? Soon, she faces the wrath of the entire vampire community. To escape retribution, she joins a settlement program to colonize Mars. Her choices are grim: hurtle through space to the red planet to face the unknown and possible death, or stay on Earth and face certain annihilation. To make things even more complicated, a certain gorgeous rogue seems to be shadowing her every move…
Dead to Rites (Mick Oberon Job #3), by Ari Marmell, Aug. 16, Titan Books. Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. The third title in this popular series
Invasive, by Chuck Wendig, Aug. 16, Harper Voyager. Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI—a futurist who helps the Agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It’s her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland. Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. “I’ve got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies,” he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn’t say. What Hannah finds is a horrifying murder that points to the impossible—someone weaponizing the natural world in a most unnatural way. Discovering who—and why—will take her on a terrifying chase from the Arizona deserts to the secret island laboratory of a billionaire inventor/philanthropist. Hannah knows there are a million ways the world can end, but she just might be facing one she could never have predicted—a new threat both ancient and cutting-edge that could wipe humanity off the earth.
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels World #6.5), by Ilona Andrews, Aug. 16, InterMix. Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau may be a powerful healer and magic user, but she’s far from what might be called “normal”. She dislikes the violence and bloodshed that are a way of life for most of her kind, even going so far as to become a vegetarian. The last thing she wants is trouble…Jim Shrapshire is an original, hardcore badass. A jaguar shifter, he’s been tasked with keeping Atlanta’s Cat Clan in line, which he does with swift and lethal force when necessary. His only soft spot is for the petite Dali, whose kindness he calls upon when he is injured. When Dali is approached by a desperate woman whose grandmother has vanished, Jim is concerned enough to help investigate. But what they find may just be the end of them—an enemy whose skill in the dark arts is matched only by their willingness to kill anyone in their way…Originally published in the anthology NIGHT SHIFT. Digital only.
Sunker’s Deep (The Hidden #2), by Lian Tanner, Aug. 16, Feiwel & Friends. Sharkey is a Sunker; he was born on a fortunate tide, and everyone on the giant submersible ‘Rampart’ knows it. He’s a hero, a future admiral, beloved by the ancestors. The trouble is, his life is based on a lie, and it’s about to fall apart. Sharkey’s been a fake hero for years, but when the Sunkers are attacked, he must become a real one. Meanwhile above water, Petrel, Fin and the crew of the ‘Oyster’ have come ashore to defeat the Devouts, a group of fanatical Anti-Machinists who want to reclaim a secret weapon. Now, both crews must work together to fight for their lives.
The Dream: Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson, Aug. 16, tor.com. Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her. Novella.
The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise #2), by Rachel Vincent, Aug. 16, Delacorte/MIRA. ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go. In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth. Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2), by N.K. Jemisin, Aug. 16, Orbit. THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever. It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy. It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last. The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.
The Sight (Devil’s Isle #2), by Chloe Neill, Aug. 16, NAL. Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city. Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both… [Hm….this has a quite familiar-sounding overarching plot, yet another indication that there is nothing new under the sun….anyone read this series?]
The Tor.com Sampler—Free! Aug. 15. Enjoy samples from Tor.com Publishing’s first ten novellas in the Fall 2015 sampler! Featuring Kai Ashante Wilson, Nnedi Okorafor, K. J. Parker, Daniel Polansky, and many more, this sampler contains exciting new fantasy worlds, harrowing science fiction adventures, stolen memories, edible angels, and talking salamanders. The novellas these chapters are taken from will be available in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook starting in September. Click HERE to download free for Kindle; Click HERE to download free for Nook.
So…what do you want to read? Which of these appeals to you most? Remember, regardless of what you say in your comment you also can pick a different book or any one of my books (except the two that are currently out of print, The Consort and Christmas in Dogtown), without regard to the $15 limit. If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, I will sign the books.