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text 2017-10-09 21:35
#CoverLove: 7 October fantasy & sci-fi books judged by beautiful covers

October is a horror month but we simply had to mention the following fantasy and science fiction new releases. We know that books shouldn't be judged by the covers, but these cover arts really caught our eyes. SO BEAUTIFUL.

 

The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault RiveraThe Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera 

K Arsenault Rivera's debut, The Tiger's Daughter, the beginning of a new epic fantasy trilogy.

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

 

 

The Crow Garden by Alison LittlewoodThe Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood

Susan Hill meets Wilkie Collins in Alison Littlewood's latest chiller: mad-doctor Nathaniel is obsessed with the beautiful Mrs Harleston - but is she truly delusional? Or is she hiding secrets that should never be uncovered?

Haunted by his father's suicide, Nathaniel Kerner walks away from the highly prestigious life of a consultant to become a mad-doctor. He takes up a position at Crakethorne Asylum, but the proprietor is more interested in phrenology and his growing collection of skulls than the patients' minds. Nathaniel's only interesting case is Mrs Victoria Harleston: her husband accuses her of hysteria and delusions - but she accuses him of hiding secrets far more terrible.

Nathaniel is increasingly obsessed with Victoria, but when he has her mesmerised, there are unexpected results: Victoria starts hearing voices, the way she used to - her grandmother always claimed they came from beyond the grave - but it also unleashes her own powers of mesmerism . . . and a desperate need to escape.

Increasingly besotted, Nathaniel finds himself caught up in a world of séances and stage mesmerism in his bid to find Victoria and save her.

 

 

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth BearThe Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear 

Hugo Award–winning author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy.

The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

 

 

Above the Timberline by Gregory ManchessAbove the Timberline by Gregory Manchess

From renowned artist Gregory Manchess comes a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future.
When it started to snow, it didn’t stop for 1,500 years. The Pole Shift that ancient climatologists talked about finally came, the topography was ripped apart and the weather of the world was changed—forever. Now the Earth is covered in snow, and to unknown depths in some places.
In this world, Wes Singleton leaves the academy in search of his father, the famed explorer Galen Singleton, who was searching for a lost city until Galen’s expedition was cut short after being sabotaged. But Wes believes his father is still alive somewhere above the timberline.

 

 

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThe Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valerie Beaulieu she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamt of. But Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the belle époque.

 

 

Switchback by Melissa F. OlsonSwitchback by Melissa F. Olson 

The Bureau of Preternatural Investigations returns in Switchback, the sequel to Melissa F. Olson's Nightshades.

Three weeks after the events of Nightshades, things are finally beginning to settle for the Chicago branch of the BPI, but the brief respite from the horror of the previous few weeks was never destined to last.

The team gets a call from Switch Creek, WI, where a young man has been arrested on suspicion of being a shade.

The suspect is held overnight, pending DNA testing, but seemingly escapes in a terrifying and bloody massacre. But is there more to the jailbreak than a simple quest for freedom?

 

 

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor 

Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.
Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

 

 

What are your October cover love picks?

 

For more October new releases read also:

 

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text 2017-10-06 19:52
Perfect Blue novels - English translations coming out in 2018
Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis - Yoshikazu Takeuchi
Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream - Yoshikazu Takeuchi

This is old news, but I just came across it while looking over my library's collection of anime DVDs.

 

Seven Seas Presents the Two Original PERFECT BLUE Novels by Yoshikazu Takeuchi

 

I hadn't realized that Satoshi Kon's movie Perfect Blue was originally based on a novel (or both novels?). Considering that it's my least favorite of Kon's movies, mostly because of how dark it is, I might not like the books much. However, I still plan on giving them a shot when they're released.

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review 2017-10-05 04:04
My seventy-third podcast is up!
Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (Working Class in American History) - Robert W. Cherny

Podcast #73 is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview Robert Cherny about his new biography of the Russian-American muralist Victor Arnautoff. Enjoy!

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text 2017-09-28 21:43
Read & review book series: October books & how to review several books in a single post

Once we start reading a book series we have to read till the end, and we must admit that waiting for another book in the series to be released is a true nightmare! WHAT? Another year!!! But when it's finally out, oh, it feels like Christmas and New Year's Eve with all the goodies and fireworks!

 

Here are some of the October book series next installments and a way to review them in a single blog post. Enjoy and let as know what book series are you reading?

 

Nemesis - Don Bartlett,Jo NesbøThe Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia DrakeOrigin - Dan Brown

 

Ringer - Lauren OliverLa Belle Sauvage - Philip PullmanHello Again (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels) - Brenda Novak

 

The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels) - Kerrigan ByrneTwo Kinds of Truth - Michael ConnellyWhat the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror - David Wong,Stephen R. Thorne,Audible Studios

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Write about a book series in a single blog post

 

One book post is quick and easy.

 

Click Text, search the title on the wooden bar, select review stars, add your text and voila!

 

 

Your book review is ready, the big cover is auto attached on the left with the text wrapping, review stars visible on the right. The following snapshot presents the public blog view:

 

 

 

Writing about the book series isn't much longer, apart from the reading process of course. To review a book series click text and use as many book spots on the wooden bar as you want (the + for another titles will appear automatically).

You can add up to 10 titles in one post, it's not perfect but it's enough for the majority of the book series out there.

 

 

The following graphic shows the blog view, all covers are put above the text, the review stars on the right.

 

 

Do you prefer reviewing a single book or the book series?

 

Happy reviewing!

 

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review 2017-09-28 05:38
Podcast #72 is up!
The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22 Naval and Foreign Policy under Lloyd George - G.H. Bennett

My seventy-second podcast -- an interview with Harry Bennett about the shifts in British naval policy after the First World War -- is up on the New Books Network website! This one was a long time in coming, as I had originally recorded it in December; unfortunately, technical issues delayed the post-production process until now. I hope you enjoy the results!

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