Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sue's Saturday Suggestions #12

Interesting Books

(Descriptions from Goodreads)

Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri, review at Fantasy Book Critic

A generation has passed since the Norlanders' great ships bore down on Shadar, and the Dead Ones slashed and burned the city into submission, enslaving the Shadari people. Now the Norlander governor is dying and, as his three alienated children struggle against the crushing isolation of their lives, the Shadari rebels spot their opening and summon the Mongrel, a mysterious mercenary warrior who has never yet lost a battle. But her terms are unsettling: she will name her price only after the Norlanders have been defeated. A single question is left for the Shadari: is there any price too high for freedom?

The Broken Ones by Stephen M Irwin, review at My Bookish Ways

It's the near future and the world has descended into chaos. On the surface, everything looks the same yet the unthinkable has happened... the dead have risen. Everyone is haunted by a dead relative, friend, spouse, or stranger, and these spirits are unshakable, silent and watching. No one is safe. Governments the world over fail to deal with the epidemic, they begin to lose control of their economies and their resources. Their people. Crime is rife, and murders commonplace. But who is responsible: the ghosts or the people? Finding out is where Detective Oscar Mariani comes in, although it s nearly impossible to run a department when you can t even see half the suspects. His strike rate is embarrassingly low.


The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins, review at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

Cora and her husband hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible, but if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

In a Fix by Linda Grimes, reviews at Under The Covers & Vampire Book Club

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she’s able to take on her clients’ appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don’t want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck. This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Legion by Brandon Sanderson, review at Far Beyond Reality

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith.

Reich by Donald Allen Kirch, review at Beauty In Ruins

Adolf Hitler, the “Supreme Warlord” of Germany’s Third Reich ruled Europe with an iron fist. With his political promises to a desperate people he spoke of a reign that would last a thousand years. Under his command humanity had entered a new dark age. Tales were told of horrors taking place in the East—of railroad cars, of ovens, and death. Still, there was one little secret he had kept to himself. When Hitler survived an assassination attempt upon his life his secret was discovered by those in command. Something had to be done!

I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:

After The Fall, Before The Fall, During The Fall: A Novel by Nancy Kress, review at Beauty In Ruins

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis, review at My Bookish Ways

Blades of Winter by G.T. Almasi, review at My Bookish Ways

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock, reviews at Staffer’s Book Review & The Book Smugglers

The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby, review at Far Beyond Reality

The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams, review at Bastard Books

Every Day by David Levithan, review at The Midnight Garden

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, review at Cuddlebuggery

Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas, review at Fiktshun

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, reviews at Books Without Any Pictures & The Book Smugglers


Every Day by David Levithan at The Midnight Garden

Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman at My Bookish Ways

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama at Into the Hall of Books

Curated Fantasy Books

Thanks to Fantasy Book Critic for highlighting this new resource. Curated Fantasy Books suggests fantasy titles in various categories.

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