Monday, April 11, 2011

New Releases April 10-16 & Reader's Choice Contest

Can you stand more new book releases after last week’s onslaught? It’s a more modest list this week, and some interesting titles for those of us who like a little dystopia or sci-fi in our fiction. See what you think, and look for the international contest at the end!

After the Golden Age,
by Carrie Vaughn (April 12, Tor)
Can an accountant defeat a supervillain? The author of the Kitty the Werewolf series explores a new direction in this homage to the golden age of superheroes. Celia West, only daughter of the heroic leaders of the superpowered Olympiad, has spent the past few years estranged from her parents and their high-powered lifestyle. She’s had enough of masks and heroics, and wants only to live her own quiet life out from under the shadow of West Plaza and her rich and famous parents. Then she is called into her boss’ office and told that as the city’s top forensic accountant, Celia is the best chance the prosecution has to catch notorious supervillain the Destructor for tax fraud. In the course of the trial, Celia’s troubled past comes to light and family secrets are revealed as the rift between Celia and her parents grows deeper. Cut off from friends and family, Celia must come to terms with the fact that she might just be Commerce City’s only hope.

All the Lives He Led,
by Frederik Pohl (April 12, Tor)
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. it gave so little warning that Pompeiians were caught unawares, and many bodies were preserved in volcanic ash. Two thousand years later, in 2079, Pompeii is a popular theme park eagerly anticipating Il Giubeleo, the Jubilee celebration of the great anniversary. But Vesuvius is still capable of erupting, and even more threatening are terrorists who want to use the occasion to draw attention to their cause by creating a huge disaster. As the fateful day draws near, people from all over the world—workers, tourists, terrorists—caught in the shadow of the volcano will grapple with upheaval both natural and political. *Suzanne dances around because this is up next in her TBR pile and she loves a good disaster, as long as it’s fictional.*

The Company Man,
by Robert Jackson Bennett (April 11, Orbit)
The year is 1919. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built the guns that won the Great War before it even began. They built the airships that tie the world together. And, above all, they built Evesden-a shining metropolis, the best that the world has to offer. But something is rotten at the heart of the city. Deep underground, a trolley car pulls into a station with eleven dead bodies inside. Four minutes before, the victims were seen boarding at the previous station. Eleven men butchered by hand in the blink of an eye. All are dead. And all are union. Now, one man, Cyril Hayes, must fix this. There is a dark secret behind the inventions of McNaughton and with a war brewing between the executives and the workers, the truth must be discovered before the whole city burns. Caught between the union and the company, between the police and the victims, Hayes must uncover the mystery before it kills him.

Enclave,
by Ann Aguirre (April 12, Feiwel & Friends)
In Deuce's world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed 'brat' has trained into one of three groupsBreeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember. As a Huntress, her purpose is clearto brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning. Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn't like following orders. At first she thinks he's crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don't always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth.

The Gathering,
by Kelley Armstrong (April 12, HarperCollins)
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark. First in a new Darkness Rising trilogy.

Hybrids,
by Whitley Strieber (April 12, Tor)
For years, people have feared that sexual material removed from victims of alien abductions might lead to the creation of something that modern science considers impossible: hybrids of the alien and the human. They would think like aliens, but appear human, and be able to do something that full-blooded aliens can'twalk the earth freely. In Hybrids, Whitley Strieber unleashes his unparalleled skills as a thriller writer and his unique knowledge of the abduction phenomenon to explore, what might happen if hybrids invaded the earthnot from the stars, but from exactly where the aliens told him they would emerge, when one of them said, "We will come from within you."

A Kingdom Besieged: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga,
by Raymond E. Feist (April 12, Harper Voyager)
The fifth and final Riftwar, the Chaoswar, begins in the epic Riftwar Cycle. Midkemia’s fifth and final Riftwar—the devastating Chaoswar—explodes in the opening volume of Raymond E. Feist’s new epic fantasy trilogy of magic, conflict, and world-shattering peril. A Kingdom Besieged is a breathtaking adventure that brings back Pug—first introduced in Feist’s classic debut novel, Magician, and now Midkemia’s most powerful sorcerer—who faces a major magical cataclysm that forces him to question everything he’s ever held as true and dear, including the loyalty of his beloved son Magnus.

Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier,
edited by Jonathan Strahan (April 14, Viking Juvenile)
Mars! The Red Planet! For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to travel to and live there. That curiosity has inspired some of the most durable science fiction, including Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and the work of Isaac Asimov. Now the award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan has brought together thirteen original stories to explore the possibilities. After reading Life on Mars, readers will never look at the fourth planet from the sun the same way again.

My Unfair Godmother,
by Janette Rallison (April 12, Walker)
Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn' texactly how she wanted to get his attention. Enter Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar, Tansy's fairy in shining, er, high heels. Chrissy is only a fair godmother, of course, so Tansy's three wishes don't exactly go according to plan. And if bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is. She'll need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief 's son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control. Janette Rallison pulls out all the stops in this fresh, fun-filled follow-up to the popular My Fair Godmother.

The Returning,
by Christine Hinwood (April 14, Dial)
An engrossing epic tale with a cast of characters that will hijack your heart. Cam Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return after twelve years of war. All his fellow soldiers were slain, and suspicion surrounds him. When his betrothal to Graceful Fenister is called off and his role in the community questioned, Cam leaves to find the lord who maimed him but spared his life, seeking answers and a new place in the world. But this is not just Cam's story, it's about all those whose fates entwine with his. Set in a medieval world that is entirely the author's creation, this is an ingenious, exquisite story about what happens after the battle. When sisters, sons, friends, parents, and lovers are left to deal with the subtle aftermaths and unimagined repercussions of war.

Shadow Chaser,
by Aleksey Pekhov (April 12, Tor)
Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his band of outcasts continue their journey toward the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. But before they can reach their goal, they must overcome all manner of obstacles, fight many battles...and evade the frightful enemies on their trail. Once they have breached Hrad Spein, a task entire armies of warriors and wizards have failed to achieve, Harold must venture, alone, into the secret heart of the most dangerous place in his world. There he will fight legions of untold mysterious powers before he can complete the quest for the magic horn that will save his beloved land from The Nameless One. First published in Russia.

Starcraft II: Devils’ Due,
by Christie Golden (April 12, Gallery)
The year is 2494. Almost five years ago, Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay were members of the Heaven’s Devils, an elite Confederate marine unit praised for its nerves of steeland combat expertise. After making a stand against their corrupt commanding officer, the two men were forced to go AWOL or risk being unjustly prosecuted and resocialized. Now, Raynor and Findlay are outlaws hounded by an unyielding interstellar marshal. Devils’ Due recounts an unforgettable period of Jim Raynor’s life as he descends into the Koprulu sector’s criminal underworld alongside the street-savvy Findlay. Here, far from his humble upbringing on the fringe world of Shiloh, Raynor will face some of the most trying challenges of his life.

The Unremembered,
by Peter Orullian (April 12, Tor)
The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance—between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world’s distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song. Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. …. The troubles of the world seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers—an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far—come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey. First book in the Vault of Heaven series.

So, what appeals to you? I’m looking forward to several of thesethe Frederik Pohl and Ann Aguirre books sound great to me, and I have the Carrie Vaughn waiting in the TBR pile as well. Anyway, it’s Reader’s Choice time! Just leave a comment and tell me which book you’d most like to readgood old random.org will pick a winner on Saturday next. You know the routine: +1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or Retweet. Onward!

53 comments:

  1. I love you for these giveaways!! I'd like to win the Gathering this week!!

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  2. I would love to read The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong
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  3. I'd love to read The Gathering,
    by Kelley Armstrong

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    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  4. I'd love to win a copy of Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

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  5. I'm looking forward to The Company Man this week.

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  6. I'd love to win a copy of Enclave by Ann Aguirre. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    van
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  7. The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong is the one that interests me most this week.
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  8. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong! I love love love her books! <3

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  9. After the Golden Age looks really interesting (I'm a fan of superhero plots:)

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  10. My pick is The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong.I can't wait to read this one.

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  11. Very neat giveaway. Of the titles shown, I have my eye on Robert Jackson Bennett's The Company Man.

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  12. I've been waiting for Enclave to come out.

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  13. I'd like to read The Gathering,
    by Kelley Armstrong I've been waiting for this!

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Hybrids sounds like a winner to me!

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  15. When given a choice, I'm always going to pick Carrie Vaughn. I <3 her. =)

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  16. I would love to win The Gathering!

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  17. Thank you for the chance, I would like My unfair Godmother.

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  18. I've been looking forward to Enclave! tWarner419@aol.com

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  19. I want to read either Enclave or The Gathering.

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  20. I want to read Starcraft II: Devils’ Due ;o

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  21. I would love to win The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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  22. Why are these always so hard? I guess "After the Golden Age" wins out for me. Thanks so much!

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  23. I seriously love these giveawags! Thank you for hosting them:)
    My pick is Enclave by Ann Aguirre:)

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  24. the Gathering and Enclave have been on my radar for awhile.
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  25. The Company Man is my choice. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Enclave or the Golden Age are the top of my want list this week.

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  27. The Gathering!

    ohh I want this one.

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  28. I'd like to win Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

    Added All The Lives He Led to my TBR. Looks good!

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  29. Would love to get my hands on The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong. Thanks for the chance

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  30. Its so hard to choose just one but if you insist then mine would be The Unremembered,
    by Peter Orullian.

    Thanks.

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  31. I would love the dystopian book Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

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  32. SOOO excited about Enclave by Ann Aguirre! : )
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  33. The one I'd pick is Enclave. This one sounded the most interesting to me. Thanks for another great contest Susan =)
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  34. I'd love to win The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong.

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  35. I'd love to play for Enclave by Ann Aguirre please.

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  36. Been hearing lots of good words for Enclave, would really want to win that ;) though The Gathering is one of the most anticipated book for this release well I haven't read The Darkest Powers trilogy, would consider reading it ;)

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to win ENCLAVE!

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  38. The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong, please !

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  39. Oh what a tough choice between The Gathering and Enclave! Think I'll go with Armstrong today ;) TG it is!

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  40. I'm going to pick My Unfair Godmother eventhough I haven't read My Fair Godmother yet. Oh well, 2 books to go in the TBR pile for me.

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  41. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong.
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  42. So hard to say which one I'd like to read most! Vaughn's After the Golden Age and Pohl's The Lives He Led are the two here that catch my interest the most. I was lucky enough to already read The Company Man, and enjoyed it.

    So, hmmm. I think All the Lives He Led would be the one I'd pick, given the choice.

    I'm not commenting to enter in the giveaway, though. My tbr pile is frightening enough. :)

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  43. I would love to have a copy of Golden Age! I've been eyeing it, then eyeing my budget, and am currently eyeing the library.

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  44. The Gathering!!! Woohoo!
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  45. The gathering! I kinda stopped looking at other books when I saw it!

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  47. I would like The Gathering. Thanks.

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  48. After the Golden Age.

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  49. Ohh I am torn between After the Golden Age and The Returning but I think my favourite is the The Company Man

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  50. I'd love to read Enclave.
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  51. I would love to win After the Golden Age.

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  52. Yes, blog is really amazing. Thanks for sharing such important article with us.

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  53. thanks to new releases. I actually wholeheartedly appreciate your effort.

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