Sunday, March 4, 2012

Incoming Books: March 4, 2012

book in grass

Incoming Book ~ March 4, 2012.

Spring is popping up all over the Northern Hemisphere on our lovely planet and the grass should be getting greener for many of us. (Of course, if you live in the Arizona desert like we do, there ain’t no grass and it just keeps on getting drier and hotter!)

So what’s better than a sunny day and a brand new book and some sweet smelling grass? Not much, I am happy to say.

A bunch of goodies here that we are excited about. I have included book covers and basic stats as well as shortened blurbs. So here’s your chance to answer the most fun question of the day: 

Which of these new or upcoming books would you pick up and read first?

arctic rising

Arctic Rising ~ by Tobias S. Buckell; (February 2012) Tor Books. See John’s review for Arctic Rising.       Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.



Touchstone ~ by Melanie Rawn; (February 2012) Tor Books. Cayden Silversun is part Elven, part Fae, part human Wizard—and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and he’s good—very, very good. With his company, he’ll enter the highest reaches of society and power, as an honored artist—or die trying.

Although Touchstone can stand alone, it is the first book of a brilliant, utterly engaging new fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Dragon Prince series.

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What Dies in Summer ~ by Tom Wright; (June 2012) W.W. Norton & Company.    A riveting Southern Gothic coming-of-age debut. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl, brutally raped and murdered in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger.




Heft ~ by Liz Moore (January 2012) W.W. Norton & Company. Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur a plea for help that jostles them into action.  juggernaut

Juggernaut ~ by Adam Baker; (February 2012) Hodder & Stoughton.     Iraq 2005.  Seven mercenaries journey deep into the desert in search of Saddam's gold. They form an unlikely crew of battle-scarred privateers, killers and thieves, veterans of a dozen war zones, each of them anxious to make one last score before their luck runs out. They will soon find themselves marooned among ancient ruins, caught in a desperate battle for their lives, confronted by greed, betrayal, and an army that won't stay dead...


isis collar


The Isis Collar ~ by Cat Adams; (March 2012) Tor Books. This is the fourth book in the Blood Singer series.

Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.

Warned of a magical “bomb” at a local elementary school, Celia forces an evacuation. Oddly, the explosion seems to have no effect, puzzling both Celia and the FBI. Two weeks later, a strangely persistent bruise on Celia’s leg turns out to be the first sign of a magical zombie plague.

We are off traveling again, so comment moderation will be slower than usual and posting will be at a standstill for a bit over a week, and so will twitter.  We do however, have some good stuff coming up when we return. More giveaways, reviews, book lists and challenges (loads of those need updating)…. but in the meantime tell us, since we love to hear: 

Which of these books would you read first?

Have a great week!


James Garcia Jr said...

Hi. I guess I haven't been here in a while. I was quite surprised to find flying saucers on your banner. *laughs*
Thanks for the tips on upcoming books. Of course my TBR pile is exactly that at this point: a pile!
I don't know how you guys can stand living in that heat in the desert. I know, it's beautiful except for during the summer. Right? ;) It probably would do my allergies a favor, however.


Sarah M said...

I would definitely read Arctic Rising first, but that's because it's on my wishlist.

If I had read any of the Blood Singer series, I'd probably pick up The Isis Collar next. There is something very satisfying about reading a new book in a series.

I do have a slightly unrelated question. Why do you have both comment moderation and word captcha? Isn't that a bit redundant?

@parridhlantern said...

some books of interest here, of most appeal is Heft. got a feeling I may have asked this but not sure, have you read 10 billion days & a 100 billion nights by Ryu Mitsuse

Unknown said...

Jimmy -
It gets so so hot here... you would not believe. On Facebook there is a picture of our back yard thermometer at 120 - yep that hot!

I understand the dry heat is good for allergies, thank goodness John and I do not have them....

Thanks for stopping by!

Unknown said...

Sarah -
John enjoyed Artic Rising, and for me I really don't like starting anywhere but at the beginning of the series. But The Isis Collar does have a really great cover.

As for our comment moderation doubling up - it really helps. We get NO spam this way.

I hate spam, and either way letting up on the captcha and/or moderation - I was getting more spam than comments.

Sorry it's a pain I know... perhaps I will try letting up again see if that works again.

I do appreciate your comments.

Unknown said...

Gary -
I understand - Heft - is getting loads of attention.

No I have not heard of the book you mentioned. Think I would remember a name like that.

I will check it out one Goodreads...
What about it? Is is sci fi?

ChristasBooks said...

Some interesting books here for sure. I'm really interested in What Dies in Summer. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

Unknown said...

Christa -
It funny some of these books we don't choose they just get sent to us... which is interesting.

I end up reading stuff I would not have. But not the case for what dies in summer. It will be interesting to see how it compares with - The Whisperer.

Thanks Christa!

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