Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Scifi and Fantasy Releases: Week of July 10

This is the week that George R.R Martin fans have been impatiently waiting for, for years. Finally, after six years, readers of A Song of Ice and Fire will get their hands on the long-awaited conclusion to the series, A Dance with Dragons. Unfortunately I haven't yet gotten around to reading this series, or watching the show, so I'm untouched by all the frenzy, but I hope that all of you Martin fans will find the book to be everything you have been hoping for.

There are a couple of books from this week's list that I really want to read, one of which is The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. I have heard so much about this book, as well as listened to a couple of interviews with Duncan, that I've become quite eager to read it for myself (yes, I totally fall for the hype). 

The other book that I have my eye on is The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities from Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, because how could I not want to read a book with such a title. I bet there are some fantastic illustrations inside, and the  author lineup is amazing as well. 

How about you? Are any of this week's books on your must-have book list?

Hope you have a great reading week!


A Dance with Dragons
George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bantasm
Release Date: July 12

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again--beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone--a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . . .


Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel
Kim Harrison
Genre: Graphic novel
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: July 12

When Ivy met Rachel, the result wasn’t exactly love at first sight. Sparks flew as the living vampire and the stubborn witch learned what it meant to be partners. Now Kim Harrison, the acclaimed author of Pale Demon and Black Magic Sanction, turns back the clock to tell the tale—in an original full-color graphic novel.

Hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails detective Ivy Tamwood has been demoted from homicide down to lowly street-crime detail. As if rousting trolls and policing pixies instead of catching killers wasn’t bad enough, she’s also been saddled with a newbie partner who’s an earth witch. It’s enough to make any living vampire bare her fangs. But when a coven of murderous witches begins preying on werewolves, Rachel Morgan quickly proves she’s a good witch who knows how to be a badass.

Together, Ivy and Rachel hit the mean streets to deal swift justice to the evil element among Cincinnati’s supernatural set. But there’s more to their partnership than they realize—and more blood and black magic in their future than they bargained for.


Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas #1)
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: July 12

The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon's Oath tells the story behind the House of Night s formidable fencing instructor the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him.

Long before he's a professor at the House of Night with Zoey and the gang, in the early 19th century, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome, yet talented human teen. He thinks he can get away with anything until his father, a British nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon and a new fate.

In 1830's St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are dangerous challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off this new darkness, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her or destroy them all?


Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: July 12

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater


When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.


That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.


Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.


Kings of Morning (The Machat, Bk 3)
Paul Kearney
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Solaris
Release Date: July 14

For the first time in recorded history, the ferocious city-states of the Macht now acknowledge a single man as their overlord. Corvus, the strange and brilliant boy-general, is now High King, having united his people in a fearsome, bloody series of battles and sieges. He is not yet thirty years old. A generation ago, ten thousand of the Macht marched into the heart of the ancient Asurian Empire, and fought their way back out again, passing into legend. Corvus’s father was one of those who undertook that march, and his most trusted general, Rictus, was leader of those ten thousand. But he intends to do more. The preparations will take years, but when they are complete, Corvus will lead an invasion the like of which the world of Kuf has never seen. Under him, the Macht will undertake nothing less than the overthrow of the entire Asurian Empire.

Kings of Morning is the thrilling conclusion to Paul Kearney's Macht trilogy.


The Last Archangel
Michael D. Young
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Bonneville Books
Release Date: July 14

Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.


The Last Werewolf
Glen Duncan
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: July 12

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.

Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.

Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.

One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.


Love Struck (Kindle edition)
Melisssa Marr
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: July 12

When Alana gets more or less accidentally entrapped by a selchie she is forced to revise all of her previous rules.


Stands A Shadow (The Heart of the Word, Bk 2)
Col Buchanan
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: July 15

Still grieving the death of her son, the Holy Matriarch of Mann has ordered her troops to embark on a mission to the Mercian Free Ports. Riding at the head of her army she plans to finally conquer the city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have kept them at bay for ten long years. Ash has other plans for her. The old R shun warrior is determined that he will have vengeance for the crimes she has committed. But such a course of retribution is in direct opposition to everything he has lived for - this isn't a R shun vendetta - it's personal. While Ash battles with his conscience, Che, the Matriarch's personal Diplomat and assassin, is questioning his own path. Watching as the Mannian army slaughters their way across the world, he wonders whether he believes any of the doctrine he has been taught to follow. As the battle for Bar-Khos intensifies, more and more lives are affected: Bahn who leaves all he loves in the city to try to protect it from the ravening Mannian empire, Bull the murderer who senses a chance to make things right, and Curl, the young prostitute who is determined to seek her own retribution on the field of battle. When the two armies clash - all looks set to be decided. But it's not sheer force that will win this battle. But the tormented determination of one man seeking redemption...


The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities
edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer
Genre: Anthology
Publisher: Harper Voyager.
Release Date: July 12

All-new stories and art from the doctor's wondrous collection

After the death of Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead at his house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England, a remarkable discovery was unearthed: the remains of an astonishing cabinet of curiosities. Many of these artifacts, curios, and wonders related to anecdotes and stories in the doctor's personal journals. Others, when shown to the doctor's friends, elicited further tales from a life like no other.

Thus, in keeping with the bold spirit exemplified by Dr. Lambs­head and his exploits, we now proudly present highlights from the doctor's cabinet, reconstructed not only through visual representations but also through exciting stories of intrigue and adventure.

A carefully selected group of popular artists and acclaimed, bestselling authors has been assembled to bring this cabinet of curiosities to life.

Contributers include Holly Black, Greg Broadmore, Ted Chiang, Rikki Ducornet, Amal El-Mohtar, Minister Faust, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, N.K. Jemisin, Caitlín R. Kiernan, China Miéville, Mike Mignola, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, James A. Owen, Helen Oyeyemi, J.K. Potter, Cherie Priest, Ekaterina Sedia, Jan Svankmajer, Rachel Swirsky, Carrie Vaughn, Jake von Slatt, Tad Williams and Charles Yu.


The ones you picked sound good and the Dragons Oath sounds like a good one too. :) Thanks for the great list of new books. Hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week. :)

Insanely excited for Forever!

I finished Game of Thrones last month and I'm now in the middle of A Clash of Kings so it will be awhile before I get to Dance with Dragons... thank goodness!

I'm so wanting Cabint of Curiosities......I think I need it.

I need to read the GoTs books. Oh and yes... I will have the Cabinet on my official Sat. wishlist post for steampunk week. Oh you have a wonderful list here and I'm taking notes!! :)

Yay! I'm so glad you are posting new releases again. I love this post.

I am not picking the new GRRM book. I own the others in paperback and can wait. I don't feel rushed to get the new one.

The Last Werewolf sounds interesting and the Kim Harrison graphic novel. I have another Jeff VanderMeer book so I'll wait til after I've read that to decide on Cabinet of Curiosities.

wow! a 6-year wait and i thought the wait between the harry potter books were excruciating.

i've been wanting to read maggie stiefvater's shiver trilogy and i even have the first 2 books but i keep putting it off for fear it's another twilight-like paranormal story. but i'll definitely read it someday.

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