Sunday, November 8, 2009

Books Received

Here are some of the speculative fiction titles I have received over the past week or so from H.B. Fenn, PYR SF and Ink Oink Art, Inc. Publishers.  I am running a giveaway for the much anticipated The Gathering Storm by Sanderson and Jordan here.

I love an alternate re-telling of classic fairy tales and until I received Beauty's Curse  by Traci E. Hall, I was unaware of this title which I am looking forward to. Released November 1.

SYNOPSIS: In this reversal of the Sleeping Beauty story, gorgeous Galiana Montehue—resisting her family's efforts at arranged marriage—scorns all her suitors and finds true love only after she awakens an injured knight from a deep sleep. As the novel begins, Galiana has come to view her beauty as a curse, and she fears for her future. Wishing for an adventure, just one, before she is forced to settle down and marry, she takes a stroll in winter's first snowfall with her younger twin brothers and, following them into the forest, is horrified by the sight of a knight drawing a sword on one of the boys. Without thought, she throws a rock and hits the knight on the back of the head, knocking him unconscious. Taken prisoner by the knight's men, Galiana finds herself locked up in a strange manor house where she is forced to care for the incredibly handsome victim of her well-aimed throw, but when the young man finally wakes from his coma, the household’s happiness turns to sorrow upon hearing he is now blind. By this time, Galiana has become very fond of her knight, and he in turn is fascinated by her gentleness and her wit. Because he is unable to see Galiana's beauty, she trusts him, and by the time his eyesight returns, the young knight is ready to ask for her hand in marriage. He also reveals his true identity—as a spy for Prince William. As he describes his life-and-death mission to find an ancient, magical stone known as the Breath of Merlin, Galiana knows her wish for meaning and adventure has come true, and she joins her prince in his fight against the forces of treachery and ancient magic.

7th Son: Descent by J.C. Hutchins is a thriller with a killer concept. Literally. Podcasts and other interesting features available on his website. Released October 27.

SYNOPSIS: As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were grown--- unwitting human clones---as part of a project called 7th Son.

The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president's murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear he may know the seven better than they know themselves.

Canticle by Ken Scholes is the follow up novel to last years Lametation in his series The Psalms of Isaak. An absolutely gorgeous cover by artist Gregory Manchess.  Released October 13.

SYNOPSIS: Nine months ago, the power and wealth of the now-dissolved Androfrancine Order passed into the hands of Rudolfo, General of the Wandering Army and Lord of the Ninefold Forest Houses. Nine months ago, his consort, Jin Li Tam, told him that she was finally with child and he would have an heir. Nine months ago, Rudolfo and Isaak began the arduous task of transcribing the books and records from the devastated city of Windwir that were stored in the memories of the mechoservitors, and collecting whatever books remained in the Named Lands into a new Great Library.

Today, many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam lies in childbed, laboring to give birth....

Suddenly, as the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and magicked, invisible assassins attack. The Gypsy Scouts are unable to fight them off, and all of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And yet Rudolfo himself is not touched.

And at the same time, on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Wastes, a strange figure has appeared with a message for Petronus, the Hidden Pope.

I received this Escape Clause speculative fiction anthology from the folks at Ink Oink Art Inc Publishing and yes I wanted this book as soon as I saw the wonderful cover from artist Thomas Anfield.

SYNOPSIS: From the minds of award-winning storytellers and rising stars in the field of speculative literature, we bring you Escape Clause, the Anthology: twenty-six short pieces of imagination and wonder.
A new Venice 'snipe' is commissioned to stop a statue that has become sentient:
- Is it dangerous, Sir?
- Oh, I should think not. Just don’t let the pigeons get too near.
An overweight teen stranded at fat camp, notices his fellow inmates going missing. And it's not mere weight loss.
During a flood, a farmer finds that his land has become an island. Then things come out of the water, searching for higher ground…
A body-builder finds a painting, and does the right thing, returning it to the artist who lost it. But is it the really right thing?
A newly dead man is tasked with cultivating the sorrows of the living.
A ghoul proves that you don't have to have a mind of your own to know right from not quite right.
A soldiers tries to thwart a prophecy that someone will steal his one true love.

Curios and Oddities await your turn of the page in this collection of short fiction. Tales as diverse as our international writers will take you from Egypt to outer space with a few stops on and off the map. If magic and mystery and solid genre writing appeal, this is the book for you. I am thrilled to introduce you to the people who are bound to become some of your favorite authors.
Kit St. Germain-- Publisher. 

Muse and Reverie from Charles de Lint is an all-new collection of short fiction in his “Newford” universe—the fifth such collection since 1993, and the first since 2002. Previous collections are Dreams Underfoot (1993), The Ivory and the Horn (1995), the World Fantasy Award-winning Memory and Dream (1994), and Tapping the Dream Tree (2002). A new collection by de Lint is always a treat. To be released December 8 in hardcover.

SYNOPSIS: The city of Newford could be any city in North America, bursting with music, commerce, art, love and hate, and of course magic. Magic in the sidewalk cracks, myth at the foundations of its great buildings, enchantment in the spaces between its people. In this new collection, de Lint explores that magic and those spaces, shedding new light on the people and places that readers of novels like Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and The Mystery of Grace have come to love.

The Authorized Ender Companion by Jake Black  also called the Ender Encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to the extensive award-winning Ender science fiction series by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game (1985) and Speaker for the Dead (1986), the first two volume sin the series both won the Nebula and Hugo Awards. The most recent volume in the series was Ender in Exile (2008). Releasing November 10.

SYNOPSIS: The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.  Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here.  If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you’ll find the answer here.   If you forgot the names of the people were who discovered the descolada, the answer is here.  The history of Gloriously Bright’s world?  Here.

The Authorized Ender Companion contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees. 

I received a copy of the urban fantasy Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica shortly after having already purchased a copy for myself so stay tuned tomorrow for a speical contest for the extra copy.


  1. Great stack SciFi. I will be watching for your reviews. You always find some interesting titles.

    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  2. That's a lot Scifi sitting there. ;)

    I haven't read anything by Charles de Lint. And since I've seen so many book peeps talk about his books I figure I should give one of his books a try. Do you have a recommendation on one of his books for a newbie?

  3. Hi Doug :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    That's a lot of great reading!
    All the best,

  4. I've been looking for Indigo Springs, but the local bookstores don't seem to have it stocked. So I look forward to the giveaway. :)

  5. That 'Beauty's Curse' sounds really good. I hope it'll make it to the UK sometime, too, I think it sounds quite fun.

    ~Ailsa (The Book Bundle)

  6. Great stack of books. I love the sound of Beauty's Curse and I love the cover. 7th Son: decent sounds really intriguing and I also have a copy of The Gathering Storm so looking forward to reviewing that. Thanks for sharing Doug!

  7. Elie it may be some time before I get to these - I tend to favour the UF books first.

    Donna Charles is the originator of what some folks feel is true urban fantasy although I guess I would call it folksy urban fantasy. Either way he is a terrific writer. In more recent works you might try The Mystery of Grace or his YA book Little (Grrrl) Lost or the first Newford novel The Dreaming place.

    Thanks Rob the foundations of my TBR stack are beginning to crack...

    Sara glad you entered the giveaway. Good luck!

    Ailsa that one intrigued me too. It will definitely make it's way towards the top of the TBR pile.

    Carolyn I am almost feeling guilty (although not quite) about all the terrific titles I receive. Just wishing I had more time to read more and review more.

  8. Beauty's Curse looks amazing! Why oh why are you adding to my pile? :P

  9. Jackie that one does look good doesn't it? I love a good re-telling of a fairy tale.


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