Sunday, June 13, 2010

New scifi and fantasy releases: Week of June 13

Posted by Simcha 10:32 AM, under | 6 comments

After much searching I only managed to uncover two new book releases for this week, Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey and a short story anthology edited by Neil Gaiman. If you are big Gaiman or Carey fan then perhaps this is the week you have been excitedly waiting for, otherwise you'll just have to wait it out until next week when there will be a whole slew of awesome new books hitting the bookstores.

I also somehow managed to leave out of last week's lineup one of the year's most anticipated novels, Justin Cronin's The Passage (an oversight that I am deeply ashamed of), so I am including it today.

If you know of any other new scifi or fantasy releases for this week please let me know and I will add them to the list.

As for me, my week's reading includes Kate Elliott's Spirit Gate, a book I've already started and am really enjoying so far, and as many Diana Wynne Jones books as I can fit in to my week.

Hope you have a great reading week!


Naamah's Curse
by Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: June 14

Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series, delivers book two in her new lushly imagined trilogy featuring daughter of Alba, Moirin.


Far from the land of her birth, Moirin sets out across Tatar territory to find Bao, the proud and virile Ch'in fighter who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spark of her mother's people. After a long ordeal, she not only succeeds, but surrenders to a passion the likes of which she's never known. But the lovers' happiness is short lived, for Bao is entangled in a complication that soon leads to their betrayal.

Stories: All-New Tales
Edited by Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy anthology
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: June 15

The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.

Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high. "We wanted to read stories that used a lightning-flash of magic as a way of showing us something we have already seen a thousand times as if we have never seen it at all."

Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in "Devil on the Staircase." In "Catch and Release," Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in "Unwell." Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in "Wildfire in Manhattan." Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's "The Knife." Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in "The Therapist." A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains."

As it transforms your view of the world, this brilliant and visionary volume—sure to become a classic—will ignite a new appreciation for the limitless realm of exceptional fiction.

The Passage
by Justin Cronin
Genre: science fiction/ post apocolypse
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: June 8

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.


love the neil gaiman cover. i've only ever read coraline but i've been wanting to pick up his other titles. hope you had a wonderful weekend simcha :)

A fellow blogger reviewed The Passage and said it did not live up to all the hype.

Don't feel too bad about leaving it from last week's list; it's gotten a ton of publicity, from Stephen King no less.

Ok, I am passing on these this week. I am drowning in my wishlist and so badly want to read them all. :) These sound great as well. Thanks!

Unfortunately the new Gaiman book is not stories by Neil, it is edited by Neil. That doesn't mean it isn't good as there are a host of top notch authors listed, but those of us waiting impatiently for a new book BY Neil Gaiman have to keep waiting.

He does have a new short story featured in a book called Gateways that is coming out soon.

I'm hoping my library will get a copy of Stories in as I would still like to read it at some point to see what I think of Gaiman's editorial choices.

Oops, didn't realize that there is one short story in this from Gaiman as well. Darn, now I'll probably have to buy it! :)

chelleyreads: I've read a few books by Gaiman, including the Coraline graphic novel (which totally freaked me out)but the only book I've really loved is The Graveyard Book.

StephanieD: The embarrassing part is that I've actually been really looking forward to the release of The Passage for months now, so it's strange that I managed to forget about it.

Melissa: Of those I listed, it's really only The Passage that I really want to read.

Carl: I didn't actually look into the book itself too much but it would be odd if didn't include at least one story by Neil Gaiman, since it's his name that will largely draw readers. And since you will now be getting it, I look forward to hearing your opinion of the book when you do read it.

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