Incoming Books ~ February 10th, 2012
Love, Love, Love. It’s that season again, and don’t you just love books? Yep, we do too! So here to share is our latest and greatest incoming books all set up and ready to go. Included are the covers, shortened publisher’s book blurbs, and basic stats for the books so that you can choose; and I ask the question of the day:
Which of these “lovely” book(s) would you read first?
Among Others ~ by Jo Walton; paperback edition; Tor Books; January 2012. In Wales, Morwenna played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Sent to boarding school in England, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off….
Published in 2011 now in paperback this book has fairies.
The Broken Land (Vol 3 of People of the Longhouse and Vol 19 of North America’s Forgotten Past) ~ by Kathleen O’Neal Great and W. Michael Gear; Tor Books; January 2012. Twelve summers after the events of The People of the Longhouse and The Dawn Country, the Iroquois nations remain locked in bitter warfare. Atotarho, the cannibal-sorcerer who leads the People of the Hills, schemes to set into motion a cataclysmic battle that threatens to destroy the Iroquoian world.
Tribulations ~ by Ken Shufeldt; Tor Books; January 2012. The world has ended…. The war is only beginning. An asteroid storm has obliterated the Earth. Billy and Linda West have built enough space-going arks to save a small number of people who now roam the void in search of a new home. Desperate to find a safe haven, Billy makes a dangerous attempt to exceed the speed of light. When his plans go terribly wrong, the Wests’ severely-damaged ship is separated from the fleet and left drifting near a mysterious planet.
Switched (A Trylle Novel – volume 1) ~ by Amanda Hocking (ARC); St. Martin's Griffin; January 2012; Age: 12 and up. When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland ~ by Frank Delaney; Random House; February 2012. The national mood is downtrodden; poverty, corruption, and an armed rebellion rattle the countryside, and although Ben wants no part of the upstart insurrection along the northern border, he unknowingly falls in with an IRA sympathizer and is compromised into running guns. Yet despite his perilous circumstances, all he can think about is finding his former wife and true love.
A standalone that is also the third in a trilogy - the first two in the series are Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, and The Matchmaker of Kenmare.
White Horse ~ by Alex Adams; (ARC); Atria/Emily Bestler Books; April 2012. The first book in a trilogy, it’s a post-apocalyptic thriller.
Thirty-year-old Zoe wants to go back to college. That’s why she cleans cages and floors at GeneTech. If she can keep her head down, do her job, and avoid naming the mice she’ll be fine. Her life is calm, maybe even boring, until the end of the world when the President of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species.
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall ~ Nancy Kress; (ARC); Tachyon Publications; March 2012. In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. After ecological disasters have nearly destroyed the Earth, twenty-six survivors are imprisoned in a sterile enclosure built by an alien race. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the six children who were born in the Shell. Though he possesses birth defects common to the Six, including sterility, Pete is resolved to lead humanity to a new beginning.
The Infernal Republic ~ by Marshall Moore; Signal 8 Press; February 2012. A lonely demon in a remote corner of Hell oversees a divine but rigged typing contest. A sentient house in San Francisco decides to become vacant once again -by any means necessary. A supernatural first date in Hong Kong goes hysterically, horribly awry. This is a collection of short fiction from Marshall Moore, comprising stories published between 2003 and 2009.
Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls – part 1) ~ by Victoria Foyt; Sand Dollar Press Inc; January 2012. Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday or she’ll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she’s cursed with blond hair, blue-eyes? In a post-apocalyptic world where resistance to the overheated environment defines class and beauty, Eden’s coloring brands her as a weak and ugly.
The Darkening Dream ~ by Andy Gavin; Mascherato; January 2012. 1913, Salem, Massachusetts; Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a corpse, she fears that her vision was a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
All There Is ~ by Dave Isay; The Penguin Press; February 2012. A celebration of love from StoryCorps. Founder Dave Isay shares stories of love and marriage from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many and remarkable paths that relationships can take. From the excitement and anticipation of courtship to the deep connection of lifelong commitment, we discover that love is found in the most unexpected of places. See my review for All There Is.
The Way ~ by Kristen Wolf; Crown Publishing Group; July 2011. Anna is a tomboy living in ancient Palestine whose androgynous appearance provokes the people around her and doubt within her heart. When tragedy strikes her family, and Anna's father sells her to a band of shepherds, she is captured by a mystical and secret society of women. At first Anna is tempted to escape, but she soon finds that the sisterhood's teachings and healing abilities, wrapped in an ancient philosophy they call "The Way," have unleashed power within her.
I can’t believe this is our first incoming books for the year of 2012. Goodness…
You know we “love” to hear which of these new books you would pick up and read. Please do tell: Which would you read first?