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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

OVERLOOKED TITLES: "The Good Thief", "The Hunger Games", "Slow Storm", Etc...

The Good Thief” by Hannah Tinti. UK Release Date: July 10, 2008. Published by Headline Review. US Release Date: August 26, 2008. Published by The Dial Press.

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, “The Good Thief” introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents…

Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world.

But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well…

Hannah Tinti has written a lightning strike of a novel—beautiful and haunting and ever so bright. She is a 21st century Robert Louis Stevenson, an adventuress who lays bare her character's hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that will leave you shaken.” —
Junot Díaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Good Thief is a magical book. Everything worth writing about is in it: love, death and—more than anything else—family. I wish I'd written it.” —
Daniel Wallace, author of Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician
Official Hannah Tinti Website
Order “The Good Thief
HERE (US) + HERE (UK)
Read An Excerpt
HERE
Read Praise
HERE
Read An Author Q&A
HERE

The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. US Release Date: September 14, 2008. Published by
Scholastic Press. UK Release Date: January 5, 2009. Published by Scholastic.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival…

About the Author:

Suzanne Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling series, the Underland Chronicles, for middle grade readers. Her debut novel, “Gregor the Overlander”, received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. Suzanne is breaking new ground with The Hunger Games trilogy. Poignant and rich with edge-of-your-seat pacing, this series is set in a district that evolved from the ruins of what was once known as North America. Suzanne has also had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several
Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writer's Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed Christmas special, Santa, Baby!
Official Suzanne Collins Website
Order “The Hunger Games
HERE (US) + HERE (UK)
Read An Excerpt
HERE
Read Reviews via
Entertainment Weekly, Presenting Lenore + School Library Journal

Slow Storm” by Danica Novgorodoff. US Release Date: September 2, 2008. UK Release Date: October 17, 2008. Published by
First Second Books.

A firefighter in rural Kentucky, Ursa searches for her place in life, struggling to meet her own expectations. When a tornado hits her town, the ensuing chaos brings her world into sharp focus, somehow making everything clearer, and Ursa finds that she just can’t stomach the way her life is going. It is then that she meets Rafi, an illegal immigrant whose life isn’t going the way he’d pictured it either. Their encounter is the catalyst for Ursa and Rafi, who take different roads to the realization that wanting your life to change isn’t enough to make it happen…

Slow Storm” stands apart as a graphic novel with its literary heart and charged, atmospheric watercolor and ink artwork. The storm builds around the characters and inside them, and moments of violence and tenderness suddenly crack like lightning. With “Slow Storm”, Danica Novgorodoff takes her place as a talent to be reckoned with in the literary world.

About the Author:

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Danica Novgorodoff is a writer, painter, photographer, and comics artist who now lives in New York City where she works as a graphic designer for
First Second Books. She has also worked as a horse trainer in Virginia, an assistant to photographer Sally Mann, and an artist review writer for galleries in Chelsea and SoHo. In 2006 she won the Isotope Award for her mini-comic, “A Late Freeze”, which was later nominated for an Eisner Award.
Official Danica Novgorodoff Website
Order “Slow Storm
HERE (US) + HERE (UK)
Read Reviews
HERE
Read An Interview
HERE

The First Escape” by G.P. Taylor. Release Date: August 20, 2008. Published by
SaltRiver.

From the best-selling author of the Shadowmancer books and Mariah Mundi comes an enthralling new series of illustra-novellas. “The First Escape” is the first book in The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, a six-book series following three children—Sadie & Saskia Dopple and Erik Morrissey Ganger.

At Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children, life is trouble for 14-year-old identical twins Sadie and Saskia Dopple and their friend, former thief Erik Morrisey Ganger. But what starts out as a perfectly normal day of food fights, rioting classmates, fires, and (yawn) threats of expulsion goes suddenly and horribly wrong when a mysterious, wealthy woman appears at the school and adopts Saskia . . . without her sister.

On her own in a mansion full of dark secrets, Saskia stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens her very life. Meanwhile, in a desperate attempt to find her, Sadie and Erik escape from the orphanage with a gang of enemies in hot pursuit. Faced with madmen, wild dogs, treasure seekers, and an otherworldly visitor with a secret message, the trio must decide who to trust—and what to believe—if they are to survive long enough to find each other again…

This book is in an exciting new format called an “illustra-novella,” in which the story is told alternately in graphic novel format and plain text with occasional illustrations. Features collaborations with
Tony Lee (Marvel Comics, Shadowmancer), Dan Boultwood, and Harry Potter artist Cliff Wright.
Official The Dopple Ganger Chronicles Website
Order “The First Escape
HERE
Read An Excerpt
HERE
NOTE:The First Escape” was originally published in the UK under the title, “The Tizzle Sister’s and Eirk”.

Icarus at the Edge of Time” by Brian Greene. Release Date: September 2, 2008. Published by
Knopf.

From one of America's leading physicists, “Icarus at the Edge of Time” is a moving and visually stunning futuristic reimagining of the Icarus fable written for kids and those journeying with them toward a deeper appreciation of the cosmos. With a minimum of words set on 34 full color boardbook pages, Icarus travels not to the sun, but to a black hole, and in so doing poignantly dramatizes one of Einstein's greatest insights.

Unlike anything Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) has previously written, “Icarus at the Edge of Time” uses the power of story, not pedagogy, to communicate viscerally one small part of the strange reality that has emerged from modern physics. Designed by Chip Kidd, with spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope, it's a short story that speaks to curiosity and wisdom in a universe we've only begun to fathom…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Greene
Order “Icarus at the Edge of Time
HERE
Read An Author Q&A
HERE

Under the Blood Red Moon” by Mina Hepsen. Release Date: September 30, 2008. Published by
Avon Books.

Cursed with the ability to hear the thoughts of others, beautiful Angelica Shelton Belanov feels most comfortable when hidden away in the library of her father's English country estate. Now family duty requires that she make an appearance at a glittering gala, mingling with the cream of London society in hopes of finding a suitable husband. Assailed by the unwanted “chatter” of many minds, Angelica finds relief in the company of a handsome aristocratic stranger who remains, refreshingly, an enigma.

But Prince Alexander is not like other men. The powerful leader of an Eastern clan of immortals, he has come to London to hunt down a rogue vampire who threatens the survival of his dwindling kind. Angelica can sense that Alexander is dangerous, a mystery to be unraveled at her own peril. Yet desire sears them both—she, the bewitching telepath, and he, the fearless leader who must learn to trust his heart. And unrestrained passion has strict demands that could cost them both their lives and their souls…
Order “Under the Blood Red Moon
HERE
Browse Inside
HERE

River Runs Red” by Jeffrey J. Mariotte. Release Date: September 30, 2008. Published by
Jove.

A CNN journalist kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq is held in a cavern prison, where he sees strange glowing images on the wall at night…

A reporter for a local independent weekly in El Paso, TX, finds herself strangely thrilled to cover murder stories, even while her beloved brother is dying in a nearby hospital room…

A CIA agent assigned to run Operation Moon Flash, the agency’s covert psychic investigations program, has to step in when his psychics start to die, one by one…

An anthropologist searches an ancient rock art site near a small Texas town on the Rio Grande, hoping to find clues to her father’s disappearance…

When these characters come together, they will confront their own pasts and each other, as combatants in a supernatural war spanning the eons and the continents, all linked by the raging currents of the world’s rivers…

Jeffrey J. Mariotte’sRiver Runs Red” is the second book in a loose trilogy, linked by theme and setting, following “
Missing White Girl” and coming before 2009’s “Cold Black Hearts”. Character-driven and fast moving, “River Runs Red” is an ambitious epic of a supernatural thriller combining elements of spy fiction—and fact—with flat-out horror…

In River Runs Red, Jeff Mariotte seamlessly weaves our modern and ancient terrors into a breathless, fascinating novel of magic, murder, and friendship. Mariotte's one hell of a writer, and this is his best work yet!” —
Christopher Golden, author of The Veil Trilogy and Mind the Gap
Official Jeffrey J. Mariotte Website
Order “River Runs Red
HERE
Read An Excerpt
HERE

The Hundred-Towered City” by Garry Kilworth. UK Release Date: May 1, 2008. Published by
Atom Books.

What awaits Jack, Annie and Davey when they are transported back in time to the gothic city of Prague, to search for their missing parents? Trying to avoid capture by the secret police, they find themselves running through dark and dangerous cobbled streets and meet some very shady characters.

Where are their parents and who has stolen the key to the time machine? Alchemists, mythical creatures and a man with a hook for a hand hold the answers they’re looking for. Will our young heroes be in time to save their parents from eerie Karlstein Castle? And even if they do, how will they return to the present day without the key?

An excellent book, good and original and, in all the best ways, strange.” —
Neil Gaiman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sandman, American Gods and Stardust
Official Garry Kilworth Website
Order “The Hundred-Towered City
HERE
Read An Excerpt
HERE
Read Reviews via
NextRead + The Bookbag

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

love the cover of “Under the Blood Red Moon”, nice boobs :) Americans will call it porn. haha

SciFiGuy said...

Looks like some nice gems here,

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