Monday, March 28, 2011

Incoming Book Previews ~ March 28, 2011



Incoming Book Previews ~ This is our “whenever we can get to it” feature; our pile of incoming books up for review. This “little” collection includes shortened publisher’s snippets about each, so you can get a gist and see if one or more of the books may be of interest for you. Also there are purchasing links - if your purse allows or if you are so inclined. Several will be up for giveaway so please stay tuned!

The biggest and best question of the day is:  Which book would you read first?

girl who navigated


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making ~ by Catherynne M. Valente (illustrated by Ana Juan) pre-purchasing - US|UK|Canada.

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland.     Young Adult; Hardcover: 256 pages; Feiwel & Friends (May 10, 2011)Willy

Willy ~ by Robert Dunbar   US|UK|Canada.

In an isolated school for boys with emotional problems, a disturbed adolescent struggles against a mire of ignorance and oppression. Then he meets Willy ... and the other boy – charismatic and strange – saves him. Or damns him.   ~   Paperback: 272 pages; Uninvited Books (January 24, 2011)

warm bodies

Warm Bodies ~ by Isaac Marion   pre-purchase for US|Canada  - available in UK.

R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing.  ~   Hardcover: 256 pages; Atria (April 26, 2011)

Dark Jenny

Dark Jenny ~ by Alex Bledsoe  pre-purchase US|UK|Canada.

For twenty-five gold pieces a day, plus expenses, Eddie LaCrosse will take on most any case. But the unexpected delivery of a coffin in the dead of winter forces LaCrosse to look back at a bygone chapter in his past—and the premeditated murder of a dream. He must untangle a tangled web of palace intrigues, buried secrets, and bewitching women—before the entire kingdom erupts into civil war.  ~   Paperback: 352 pages; Tor Books; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)

pink noise

Pink Noise: a posthuman tale ~ by Leonid Korogodski   US|UK|Canada

One of the best brain doctors of his time, Nathi lost his own brain five centuries ago when he became a posthuman. He is called upon to save a comatose girl. The damage is extensive, so he decides to map his own mind into her brain in order to replace the damaged part. But something unexpected waits for him within the Girl's brain. She is a carrier of a Wish Fairy, an enigmatic sentient cyber being whose only purpose is to kill the Wish, a virus used by the ruling cyber Wizard Orders to enslave all posthuman minds"including Nathi's. ~  Hardcover: 192 pages; Silverberry Press (August 29, 2010)

write more good

Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide ~ by The Bureau Chiefs   pre-purchase US|UK|Canada.

It’s time to face up to reality: Writing clearly, checking facts, and correcting typos are dying arts. Whether you’re a jaded producer of media or a nitpicking consumer of it, this book will help you to embrace, not resist, the lowering of standards for the written word!

Part dictionary, part journalism textbook, part grammar and writing manual, Write More Good is a “comprehensive” “guide” to today’s “media,” in all its ambulance-chasing, story-fabricating, money-hemorrhaging glory.  ~  Paperback: 272 pages; Three Rivers Press (April 5, 2011)


Galore ~  by Michael Crummey   pre-purchase US|UK available in Canada.

When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish, but remarkably alive.  ~  Paperback: 352 pages; Other Press (March 29, 2011)


 The A-Men ~ by John Trevillian  US|UK|Canada.

Jack is a man with no memory, awakening in a dark and dangerous metropolis on the eve of its destruction. The only clue to his former life: a handwritten note in the pages of a book of faerie tales entitled Forevermore.  ~  Hardcover: 410 pages; Troubador Publishing Ltd (November 24, 2010)

a-men return

The A-Men Return ~ by John Trevillian  US|UK|Canada.

Four years have passed since the destruction of the Phoenix Tower and with it the infamous A-Men. The once-great Dead City is now a no-go zone; abandoned and forgotten. Living in this nightmarish underworld Jack is a twisted shadow of his former self, a lone survivor in a world of warring ganglords and their crazed disciples. Yet something is stirring in the sanctuary of the near-space starstations.  ~   Hardcover: 432 pages; Troubador Publishing Ltd (February 11, 2011)

contra alliance - shadows of the past

Contra Alliance: Shadows of the Past (The Contra Alliance Trilogy, Book One)  ~ by Tom Kolega US|UK|Canada.

The year is 2035. America's preeminence has withered. Global warming, scarce resources, and conflict have pushed the world to its breaking point. Throughout the increasing turmoil, a rogue group called The Revolution has risen to prominence seeking domination over humanity. Shadows of the Past explores the covert faction of extraordinary messengers racing to save Earth. Legends of the past and visions of the future collide when a long-dormant evil resurfaces to challenge the most powerful space alliance in the universe. The course of human history irrevocably alters, setting the world on an unforeseen path.  ~   Hardcover: 376 pages; BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; (January 1, 2010)

A colorful bunch with some enticing covers. Until our next teetering pile o’ books - Happy Monday!


ediFanoB said...

As a huge fan of Eddie LaCrosse I can't wait to read his third adventure DARK JENNY. My reviewer copy is on the way. I await delivery within this week. As soon as I get it I will start to read it.

Unknown said...

Edi -
I started the first chapter and it felt like it was going to be an easy to read fun book. I love this cover... and like the fact that it is a stand alone.

Can't wait to compare notes!

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