Monday, September 20, 2010

New Scifi & Fantasy Releases: Week of September 20

Posted by Simcha 2:27 AM, under | 5 comments

As usual, the middle of the month is a slow time for book releases though readers of YA fiction should be pleased as there are a number of new books geared to them this week. One book which I've been hearing a lot about in the blogosphere is Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier's Zombies vs. Unicorns, and that will be available on the 21st. I can't say, though, that I have any interest in reading it myself. But I wouldn't mind reading Diana Gabaldon's new graphic novel, even though I'm not a real convert to graphic novels. I did really enjoy Outlander though, and would love to read Jamie's side of the story, which is what the new book is offering. So perhaps I'll give that one a try. Other than that, there is not much else here that tempts me, which is probably a good thing considering all the books that I still have to get to.

Hope you have a great reading week!


The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: September 21

Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire.

But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.

Dragons of the Valley
Donita K. Paul
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: September 21

War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril… can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?

With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush.

As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before.

To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the statues in the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. When it falls to the artistic Bealomondore to wield his sword as powerfully and naturally as a paintbrush, will he answer Wulder’s call for a champion?

Zombies vs. Unicorns
Holly Black (Editor), Justine Larbalestier (Editor)
Genre: YA fantasy Anthology
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: September 21, 2010

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 5)
Heather Brewer
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: September 21

As a teenage vampire, Vlad has spent the last four years trying to handle the pressures of school while sidestepping a slayer out for his blood. Now he's a senior, and in this final, action-packed book in the series, Vlad must confront the secrets of the past, unravel the mystery of who he really is, make decisions about his future, and face his greatest enemy. It's a senior year that totally bites.

Melinda Metz & Laura Burns
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 21

Shay has always been different—and she is about to find out why. Shay could never do the things her friends could—never try out for sports, never go to parties, never fall in love. Because of the mysterious and incurable blood disorder she was born with, she can barely make it through three days of school a week. But now, her doctor-turned-stepfather has a brand-new treatment that he thinks will change everything. And it does. As soon as the new blood starts pumping into Shay’s veins, she has visions of a different life…Gabriel’s life. She sees an orphanage, loss, fangs, blood, and lust that she can’t explain. Is Gabriel real? And if he is, could he really be what she thinks he is?

Dead Beautiful
Yvonne Woon
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: September 21

A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny. After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life. Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why. Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

The Replacement
Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: YA
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: September 21

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

Arrowland (Afterblight Chronicles)
Paul Kane
Genre: Scifi-Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Abaddon
Release Date: September 21

In the years since the Hooded Man emerged from the forest to defeat the new Sheriff of Nottingham, his reputation has spread. Now a new threat has risen and The Dragon and The Widow must be tackled by Robert and his band. But when an assassin is dispatched, just as skilled as Robert with a bow and arrow, the Hooded Man finds himself once more fighting to survive!


Lol, I really want that zombies vs unicorns book

I also don't really have much interest in reading zombies vs. unicorns. But I will most likely end up reading it, just because of how much I ADORE unicorns!

It really was a slow week. . .

I wasn't interested about Zombies vs Unicorns, but after I saw which authors wrote the stories in it, I can't wait to get it! Also, I've read that The Replacement is good, so I want that one & I'm interested about Crave! I'm not really into vampires, but this one sounds interesting!

Blodeuedd: It does seem to be popular... I'm also not really into short stories so it wouldn't appeal to me anyways.

Audrey: I'll just read your review then ;)

Aleksandra: Crave actually does sound like it could be interesting but I haven't been particularly impressed with any of the YA urban fantasy books I've read lately so I've kind of given up on them.

As always you deliver. Some more great sounding books I haven't heard of. I've been hearing a lot on the Zombies vs. Unicorns book. I am curious about it. :) thanks!

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