Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Scifi & Fantasy Releases: Week of November 14

Posted by Simcha 1:54 AM, under | 6 comments

I don't think I remember there being any other week with so many new releases that I wanted to read. At the top of my list is Silent Land by Graham Joyce, which sounds spookier than the kind of books that I normally read but after reading the description I feel a strong need to find out what happens to the young couple. Next on my list is the fantasy anthology, Songs of Love and Death followed by The Greyfriar and Tyger, Tyger. I've heard some good things about The House of Discarded Dreams by Ekaterina Sedia, but it sounds a little too weird for me. I think I'll hold off on that one for now.

I won't be reading any of these books soon though, as I'm taking a bit of a break from genre reading to catch up with all the other books that have been piling up. But I'll talk more about this in a later post.

Hope you have a great reading week!


Night Star (The Immortals, Bk 5)
Alyson Noel
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: Nov 16

In this installment, Ever and Damen face down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears—all in the hope of being together forever. Night Star is guaranteed to mesmerize fans and leave them breathlessly awaiting the sixth and final book!

Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love
Edited by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
Genre: Fantasy Anthology
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: Nov 16

A groundbreaking anthology of fantasy and romance from bestselling authors in both genres, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

-Jim Butcher, “Love Hurts” (a Harry Dresden story)
-Jo Beverly, “The Marrying Maid”
-Carrie Vaughn, “Rooftops”
-M.L.N. Hanover, “Hurt Me”
-Cecelia Holland, “Demon Lover”
-Melinda M. Snodgrass, “The Wayfarer’s Advice” (an Imperials story)
-Robin Hobb, “Blue Boots”
-Neil Gaiman, “The Thing About Cassandra”
-Marjorie M. Liu, “After the Blood”
-Jacqueline Carey, “You and You Alone” (a Kushiel story)
-Lisa Tuttle, “His Wolf”
-Linnea Sinclair, “Courting Trouble”
-Mary Jo Putney, “The Demon Dancer”
-Tanith Lee, “Under/Above the Water”
-Peter S. Beagle, “Kashkia”
-Yasmine Galenorn, “Man in the Mirror”
-Diana Gabaldon, “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” (an OUTLANDER spinoff)

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep
Michael Merriam
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Scifi
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: Nov 15

A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske’s life is shattered. Unable to walk, she feels utterly dependent on her family and trapped in a community that disapproves of her rebellious ways. Grace’s only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him if she’d let him.

Yet something else calls to Grace, the loons. They haunt her dreams, lurking in her mind as if part of her deepest primal self. But when Grace is chosen as the new sacrifice, she’s afraid. Will she risk everything to help the community that shuns her, or will she choose her own path?

Tyger Tyger
Kersten Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: Nov 15

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on s ...more Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right.

The goblins are coming.

The Back Door of Midnight
Elizabeth Chandler
Genre: YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: Nov 16

Psychic...or psychotic?

Anna knows her family is crazy. But when she goes to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer and learns that her uncle’s charred body has been found, her life reaches a new level of insanity. Her erratic aunt’s “psychic” abilities are exaggerated by her grief, and have become borderline violent. Alone in an unfamiliar town, Anna struggles to pick up the pieces and establish any sense of normalcy. She desperately wants to trust Zack, the cute boy next door, but even he might know more about the incident than he is letting on.

But when Anna starts feeling an inexplicable pull to the site of her uncle’s murder, she begins to believe that her family’s supernatural gifts are real after all. Torn between loyalty and suspicion, Anna is certain of only one thing: she must discover who killed her uncle or she could be next....

The Greyfriar
Clay & Susan Griffith
Genre: Steampunk/Alternate History
Publisher: Pyr
Release Date: Nov 18

In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.

It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.

Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is The Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.

The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, The Greyfriar brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.

The House of Discarded Dreams
Ekaterina Sedia
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Prime Books
Release Date: Nov 16

Trying to escape her embarrassing immigrant mother, Vimbai moves into a dilapidated house in the dunes... and discovers that one of her new roommates has a pocket universe instead of hair, there's a psychic energy baby living in the telephone wires, and her dead Zimbabwean grandmother is doing dishes in the kitchen. When the house gets lost at sea and creatures of African urban legends all but take it over, Vimbai turns to horseshoe crabs in the ocean to ask for their help in getting home to New Jersey.

The Silent Land
Graham Joyce
Genre: Literary Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: Nov 18

A young couple are caught in an avalanche during a ski-ing holiday in the French Alps. They struggle back to the village and find it deserted. As the days go by they wait for rescue, then try to leave. But each time they find themselves back in the village. And, increasingly, they are plagued by visions and dreams and the realization that perhaps no-one could have survived the avalanche.THE SILENT LAND is a brooding and tender look at love and whether it can survive the greatest challenge we will ever face.


I LOVED Tyger Tyger! I hope you will too!

I've been wanting to read Tyger, Tyger and I'm intriqued by the Should We Drown in Feather Sleep only because I'm from Minnesota and I love loons. The book though doesn't sound like one I would like, which is sad.

The House of Discarded Dreams sounds absolutely amazing and I'm going to have to look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

Dunno about thsi week, though that short dystopian sounds cool

These titles are some of the coolest I've seen in a long time - The Back Door of Midnight, The House of Discarded Dreams, Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep. Genius! And of course, I loved Tyger, Tyger.

I read Tyger Tyger & I loved it, as for the others, most of them are on my tbr list :)

Some really great books coming out this week. I want to get a few of these. But I'm trying to slow up on the spending. But I will eventually get them. :) Thanks again.

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