Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Book Releases: Week of March 28th

Posted by Simcha 4:30 PM, under | 3 comments

This is a great week for new releases, especially for Patricia Briggs fans who will soon be able to get their hands on Silver Borne, the much anticipated fifth novel in the Mercy Thompson series. I know that I'm excited and can barely wait to receive my copy, which I preordered (something I rarely do). Another upcoming release that I am really looking forward to is Changeless, Gail Carriger's sequel to Soulless, and which will also be out this week. I've been needing some light, fun books to add to my reading menu, and these books will be perfect.

In addition, there are some other really interesting looking titles that will be hitting the bookstores this week, and I look forward to trying some of those books as well.

Hope you have a great reading week!
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Title: Weaver
Author:
Stephen Baxter

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Ace


The concluding volume of the acclaimed Time's Tapestry series. In the early days of WWII, the Nazis have a secret plan, far grander than simply subjugating an enemy. And three people are caught up in a conspiracy that threatens the fabric of the tapestry of time.



Title: Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5)
Author:
Patricia Briggs

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Ace (Hardcover)


When mechanic and shapeshifte
r Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...


Title: Changeless
Author:
Gail Carriger

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher: Orbit

Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady W
oolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.


Title: Eve: The Burning Life
Author:
Hjalti Danielsson

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Tor Books


We all
crave a purpose. A fire to spark our lives into action. It’s this burning life within that drives us to our destinies. But when it burns too deep, or goes unchecked, it can shatter innocent lives in its wake. A vicious attack on a deep-space mining colony rains death and destruction on nearly all its inhabitants. Only a handful survive. Among the shattered survivors is a young man, hell-bent on an impossible revenge. In another part of the universe, a wealthy agent of death finds her tenuous grip on sanity slipping, and is forced to leave everything she’s come to know and love. But her last chance at redemption lies in the last place she ever thought to look. Their respective paths take them through the vast universe of EVE, to galactic empires built on faith, hedonism, discipline, and rebellion. Their fates plunge them into the darkest parts of this galaxy, to encounters with denizens of the chaotic and dangerous pirate kingdoms. And all the while, as each draws closer to what they seek, they begin to realize that the only stakes worth playing for are the ones from which they’ve run so far away. . . .


Title: A Grey Moon Over China
Author:
Thomas A. Day

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Tor Books


Army engineer Eduardo Torres is caught up in the world’s raging oil wars when he stumbles onto the plans for a quantum-energy battery. This remarkable device could slow civilization’s inevitable descent into environmental disaster, but Torres has other plans. Forming a private army, he uses the device to revive an abandoned space colonization effort in an ambitious campaign to lead humanity to a new life in a distant solar system. The massive endeavor faces many challenges before the fleet finally embarks for the Holzstein System many light-years away. But even as the feuding colonists struggle to carve out homes on alien worlds, they discover that they have not left their old conflicts and inner demons behind. Nor are they alone on this new frontier. Awaiting them are inhuman beings who strike without warning or explanation--and who may spell the end of humanity’s last hope. Epic in scope, yet filled with searing human drama and emotion, A Grey Moon Over China is a monumental science fiction saga by an amazing new talent. Its original publication by Black Heron Press was named one of the “Best Books of 2006" by Kirkus Reviews. View Excerpt


Title: Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire
Author:
Ian C. Esslemont

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Tor Books


The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger’s stare. Because tonight there is to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon – an occasion that threatens the good people of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker things … It was also prophesied that this night would witness the return of Emperor Kellanved, and there are those prepared to do anything to prevent this happening. As factions within the greater Empire draw up battle lines over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a far more ancient and potent presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. Each is to play a part in a conflict that will not only determine the fate of Malaz City, but also of the world beyond … Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson’s landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.

Title: Key to Justice
Author:
Talia Gryphon

R
elease Date: March 30
Publisher
: Ace


Psychologist to the paranormal Gillian Key has a new patient. He is a vampire who calls himself Csangal, but he is also a creature hiding his true motives-and his true identity: Dracula.



Title: Nine Gates
Author: Jane Lindskold
Release Date: March 30
Publisher:
Tor Books


As evocative and moving as Charles de Lint’s Newford books, with the three-dimensional protagonists and enthralling action of Mercedes Lackey’s fantasies,Nine Gates makes our world today as excitingly strange and unfamiliar as any fantasy realm . . .and transports readers to a wondrous magical world drawn from Chinese lore and legend. Brenda Morris has barely had time to become accustomed to the idea that she has some of the powers of the Rat, a member of the Chinese Zodiac; that her elderly, former child-star “aunt,” Pearl, is the Dragon; and that the young African-American former soldier she trains beside is the Dog. Brenda has learned that our world is not the only world and that her not-quite-Chinese ancestors came from a magical place, the Lands of Smoke and Sacrifice, created thousands of years ago by the destruction of China’s books and scholars during the time of the first Emperor. Now, generations later, the Lands are once again at war, and the magics of the Thirteen Orphans are desperately needed. A mission to capture those powers went disastrously wrong and now the Lands’ Dragon, Tiger, Snake, and Monkey are trapped on Earth unless the Orphans can build the Nine Gates. To do that, they must first save the Four Guardians of the land between, who are under magical attack. Complicating things is the fact that Brenda has fallen hard for the handsome man who is the Tiger, much to the distress of the sensual young woman who is the Snake. View Excerpt

Title: Corambis
Author:
Sarah Monette

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher: Ace

Two brothers discover their ultimate destiny.
Exiled from Melusine
for the crime of heresy, Felix Harrowgate and his half-brother Mildmay journey to the land of Corambis to face judgement from a ruling body of wizards. Both brothers carry memories, regret, and-hidden deep in their hearts-hope.


Title: Escape from Hell
Author: Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Release Date: March 30
Publisher
: Tor Books


Allan Carpenter escaped from hell once
but remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined. Partnering with the legendary poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpenter is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow hell and free the damned. But now that he's returned to this Dantesque Inferno, can he ever again leave?


Title: WWW: Wake
Author:
Robert J. Sawyer

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Ace
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality she perceives the landscape of the World Wide Web-where she makes contact with a mysterious consciousness existing only in cyberspace.




Title: He Walked Among Us
Author:
Norman Spinard

Release Date:
March 30

Publisher:
Tor Books


When hack agent Jimmy “Tex” Balaban discovers Ralf on a Borscht Belt stage, his act appears to be a clever joke. Ralf claims to be from the future, shouting foul-mouthed prophecies of where we went wrong. And he delivers a harrowing message.
The world is in chaos. Our biosphere has been devastated, our air is unbreathable and the final stalwarts of mankind have taken refuge in pressurized shopping malls. Humanity clings to the last mediocre vestiges of life on a dead planet that we did not know how to save. But it might not be too late. Has Ralf returned to the past to awaken our consciences? Is he who he says he is or is he insane? And if we have one last chance to save the world, does any of this matter? Then Dexter D. Lampkin, a fading science fiction writer, and Amanda Robin, a New Age guru-wannabe, magnificently transform Ralf into what the world really needs: a messenger sent from the future to save us from ourselves. Together with Tex they polish Ralf’s television persona to captivate America. The problem is that Ralf never goes out of character. He truly believes he is a prophet.

3 comments:

I also can't wait for Changeless - I have it on preorder. I hope it gets here on time!

I want Silver Borne so bad! And I finished Changeless a week or so ago (Barnes and Noble shipped a couple of weeks early); it did not disappoint.

Stephanie & Misty: I rarely preorder books but when I saw that The Book Depository was offering Changeless and Silver Borne at such great prices, I couldn't resist. I'm particularly looking forward to Silver Borne, thought I'm excited about Changeless as well. I think it's wonderful how Carriger managed to get the first two books published so closely to each other so readers don't have to wait a long time between books.

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