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It’s a new month, which means new books to read!  In a purely self-interested move, let’s start with the one that has my story in it.

* A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon] is … well, pretty much what it sounds like. Urban fantasy women, weapons, and monsters.  Including my story “Heart of Ash,” also known as the werejaguar/dryad story.  Anton Strout and Tanya Huff also have stories in this one.

* Next up we have the mass market release of The Horsemen’s Gambit [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon] by David B. Coe.  This is the sequel to Coe’s book The Sorcerers’ Plague.  As a Tor book, this one isn’t available from Amazon.  Fortunately, Barnes & Noble, Mysterious Galaxy, and your local bookstores are all there to take up the slack!  Read chapter one here.

* Cherie Priest has a trade paperback release out this week, with Fathom [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon].  Another Tor book, and thus another contender for Sir Not Appearing at Amazon.com.  Publishers Weekly describes it as,  “A decidedly dark departure from Priest’s Eden Moore saga (Four and Twenty Blackbirds, etc.), this stand-alone novel is equal parts horror, contemporary fantasy and apocalyptic thriller.”

* Mark Henry’s Happy Hour of the Damned [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon] is out in mass market as well.  From Mark’s site, “There’s a campaign sweeping the internets to save my zombie diva from obscurity … What it boils down to is, Amanda Feral’s getting one more shot before the series gets nixed. My publisher is reissuing Happy Hour of the Damned, the first book in the series, in mass-market paperback for the paltry sum of $6.99.”  How can you refuse such a friendly-looking zombie?

* I missed posting the release of Jennifer Estep’s book Spider’s Bite [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon] last month because I suck.  This is the first in Estep’s new urban fantasy series about an assassin named Gin.  It’s an intense book, pulling no punches on the sex, violence, or darkness of Gin’s world.  I liked that we had more openly fantasy elements in the urban setting.  No vampires secretly living as mortals here; everything’s out in the open.  My biggest nitpick was an aspect of Gin’s magic — I lost suspension of disbelief when she was able to use ice lockpicks.  Estep is guest blogging and giving away a copy of the book at SciFiChick.com.

* Finally, we have Michelle West’s latest novel, City of Night [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon]. This is the second book in her House War series, the sequel to The Hidden City.  You can read the first chapter on West’s web site.

I’m sure I’ve missed some, but this is already getting long and link-heavy.  What else is out, and what have you been reading and enjoying lately?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Feb. 3rd, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Went to B&N yesterday to pick up Charlie Stross' latest The Revolution Business, but they didn't have it. Oh, noez! But they ordered it for me - should have it by Friday. Yay!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Another Tor book still not showing up for purchase on Amazon. Ugh. I hope they fix this soon.

Revolution Business is book 5 in that series, yes? How are you enjoying it so far?
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Feb. 3rd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
What, no repost of the pic spoofing the cover of Spider's Bite?

Anyway, I've been reading Violette Malan's The Sleeping God. Very good so far. I've had to get used to the viewpoint a bit as Violette is in everyone's head at once, but the story is really good.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying Malan's work! I remember it took me a little while to get used to her style, but I've liked all three of her books that I've read so far.

Believe it or not, the goblin cover spoof was aimed at urban fantasy covers in general, not this particular book.
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Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
I saw Mark Henry at Dragon*Con this past September, and he's awesomely funny. Save the zombies!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
He seems like an entertaining guy, from what I've seen online.
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Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Read recently: Kage Baker's In the Garden of Iden, LOVED IT. Recommend heavily to anyone who hasn't already been introduced to her stuff. Warning: my review is kinda sappy due to a combination of really loving this book and the author's passing while I was writing.

After that: Beastly, by Alex Flinn. Still working on a review, recommend with reservations. Modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and mostly it's an "eh" for me, but there is a lot there to talk about, so that's something anyway. Edit: Should also add that I read this one because a movie's getting made.

Yesterday: Come Fall by A.C.E. Bauer, totally recommend for younger teens/tweens, kind of a tease for me (fairy element keeps ALMOST interrupting human world, but never actually breaks through), basically wonders what happened to the kid in Midsummer Night's Dream that Titania and Oberon were fighting over. Sort of feels like there was a whole section that maybe got cut out? Writing up that review today and tomorrow, probably.

Right now: Brave Story, by Miyuki Miyabe. One chapter in and I'm totally hooked. Can't really tell you what it's about yet, but it's a Japanese fantasy novel and the main character is smart and argumentative and reminds me a little of my fiance, actually. Viz media gave me this one at ALA and I almost hugged the guy, because it's totally not even an ARC and he gave me their only copy right at the end of the show and WOOOHOO! Also it won the Bachtelder award, so there's that. This one might actually take me a few days, it's huge.

And yes, I still totally owe a Mermaid's Madness review, but that one got read over Thanksgiving and I forgot to write the review right away due to being on a train at the time and now it's in the stack of things waiting to be written about and oooops. But I loved it!

Edited at 2010-02-03 03:08 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I think that's a great review of Baker's book. No warnings or disclaimers needed.

And very happy to hear you liked Mermaid! :-)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Also, I've been mostly reading my JavaScript textbook and banging my head on the various desks at home and work. D:

I have started to read Stephen King's Cell. I know, late to the party, but that's my life, really. I haven't gotten very far, but so far... well, it's King. Yeah, it's good so far.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Including my story “Heart of Ash,” also known as the werejaguar/dryad story.

That sounds all kinds of interesting!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I hope so! :-) The werejaguar thing is a running joke between me, Anton Strout, and a few others from a year or so back. But it was still fun to write it into the story!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
This is the sequel to Coe’s book The Sorcerers’ Plague.

I TOTALLY read that as "The Sorcerer's Penguin".


Which actually sounded interesting.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
::Jots down title::

Well, I *am* looking for new series ideas for once I finish Snow Queen...
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Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Regarding your story: "Heart of Ash" - I demand more of this character. Now. Please. Especially since there just simply aren't enough awesome kickass female heroines of her inclinations and nature in the world. A book would be nice.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I *might* be able to oblige you with that request, depending on when I finally pitch this new series and what the editor thinks...
Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! It would be nice to have a heroine who didn't fit the usual mold. Yes, being vague so as not to spoil for those who didn't read it already, but I loved the initial status quo -and- the setup at the end. So much potential there.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
::Grin:: New book would be ... different setup, but very similar character idea. And that's all I'm going to say until I actually pitch and (hopefully) sell this sucker!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the plug, Jim. I appreciate it.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Zahrah the Windseeker.....and I would like to thank who ever it was who recommended this on this blog. It was fabulous and the head of my school's English dept is looking to possibly add it as a summer reading list book.
Feb. 4th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I've read all of Ms.Priest's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. She writes in a flip the pages, action happening style with a lot, a lot of local color per book. If you haven't read Cherie's works, take a chance and try her out. She'll quickly become a favorite.
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the shoutout about Spider's Bite. I appreciate it. ;-)
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I'm just sorry I didn't remember to do it the day the book actually came out!
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