Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Preternatura Books Club: Humor and Sex with Harry Dresden


Welcome back to the Preternatura Book Club! We'll be talking about topics that are related to the book we're reading but are general enough for you to pipe up and voice an opinion.

First, a quick notice: Today is the last official tour stop for Susannah Sandlin's ABSOLUTION tour, so the last day to enter to win the Kindle Paperwhite or $100 gift card to the online book retailer of your choice. You can find the URL here

Also, I'm at Heroes & Heartbreakers today, talking about how to dress as your favorite urban fantasy heroine for Halloween. Spray tan and motor oil, anyone?

Each book read will last four weeks, which is a much faster schedule than we've done on previous books. Today, we continue reading STORM FRONT, book one in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. This is probably my all-time favorite urban fantasy series, and while STORM FRONT is (like most first books in series) not my favorite, it’s a good introduction for people new to the Dresdenverse. This series just gets better and better so if you even kind of like Storm Front, keep going!

Today’s giveaway will be a mystery unclaimed prize of your choice of genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, sci fi, fantasy, or YA.

This week, we get further into the mystery of Storm Front, as Harry keeps piling up clues that don’t seem to come together. Several suspects are popping up, from Gentleman Johnny Marcone the mobster to Bianca the vampire to Morgan, the wizard all too anxious to see Harry executed.  Then there’s the drug war with “ThreeEye.”

What we’ve seen of Harry’s magic also continues to grow, as we see some of the energy he can channel through his wizard’s staff as he defends himself and Susan Rodriguez against the toad demon.

But what I think really shines in these middle chapters is the humor. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, very self-deprecating. Harry just cracks me up. I haven’t read this first book in the series in a while so I’d forgotten some things—for example, that Susan Rodriguez guzzles the love potion instead of the escape potion, and then is trapped inside the magic containment circle with a naked Harry. Caught in the middle of washing his hair, Harry is not only naked but has shampoo running in his eyes through half of the scene. Okay, I laughed aloud, and it reminded me how much I love Harry.

There are also several scenes that shows just how inept Harry is with women. He interviews the hooker/chauffeur and is easily distracted. There’s Susan and all her many charms. And Murphy. Karrin Murphy and Harry have a great relationship, and we get a good look at it here when he passes out in her office and she drives him home and puts him to bed. He drives her nuts (and, often, vice-versa), but there’s an affection and respect between them no matter what happens.

So…. thoughts about Storm Front or the Dresden universe? Things you like or don’t like about the book so far? Comment to be entered for the book giveaway. Let’s chat!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Q&A with Author Ian Rogers (& W*n EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED)


Today, I’d like to welcome author Ian Rogers to Preternatura! Ian has a couple of new releases coming out. Every House is Haunted is his debut collection of dark, haunted stories, just released, while SuperNoirtural Tales is Ian’s collection of urban fantasy novellas featuring a Toronto-based private investigator named Felix Renn who lives in a supernatural world (with an introduction by Mike Carey, which is an awesome endorsement!). It will be out in November.

Ian is a resident of Peterborough, Ontario, and also a photographer, artist and graphic designer. He’s written widely for print and online publications, and has also worked in radio broadcasting.

You can read more about SuperNoirtural Tales at the series website. You can learn more about Ian and his books at his website.

In the meantime, want to win a copy of Every House is Haunted? Read on… 

ABOUT EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED:  In this debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil...for a price. Rogers draws together the disturbing and the diverting in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.

Welcome, Ian! Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
I’ve got two books coming out back to back this fall. First up in October was Every House Is Haunted, a collection of 22 dark fiction tales from ChiZine Publications. I’m really excited about this book because it presents a good representation of my work to date, from my very first published story to my most recent.

Then, in November I’ve got a book coming out called SuperNOIRtural Tales, an urban fantasy collection featuring a Toronto-based private detective named Felix Renn. It will be published by Burning Effigy Press just in time for the World Fantasy Convention in Richmond Hill, which I will be attending.

What is your favorite scene in the book(s)?
For Every House Is Haunted, I’d probably go with a favourite story, and I’d be torn between “Aces,” which opens the collection, or “The Candle,” which closes it. “Aces” is dark and funny and not like anything I’ve ever written before, whereas “The Candle” is a tale of quiet horror that I personally feel is one of the best things I’ve ever written. 

In SuperNOIRtural Tales, there is a scene in “Black-Eyed Kids” where a pair of supernatural entities who look like a boy and a girl with jet-black eyes try to get my private eye protagonist to let them into his apartment. It’s a terrifying scene, and I’m especially proud of it because it actually scared me a bit to write it.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
In Every House Is Haunted, there’s a story called “The Dark and the Young” in which I had to describe ancient manuscripts in accurate, scholarly detail. I knew I was making all kinds of mistakes, but fortunately it turned out my editor was doing her PhD in medieval studies and knew all about ancient manuscripts. She saved me from looking like a total idiot, for which I am eternally grateful.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

Favorite book when you were a child:
Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne.

Your five favorite authors:
Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Elmore Leonard, Ross Macdonald, and Robert B. Parker.

Book you've faked reading:
People really do that? I’m shocked. Just like Ahab shocked the whale with the power cable at the end of Moby Dick. Or was that in Jaws 2(Suz: Ha! He let us catch him!)

Book you're an evangelist for:
The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. I suppose I don’t need to be an evangelist for it, since it’s a very popular book. But I think in the current climate of torture porn and gore for the sake of gore, there’s something to be said about getting back to the basics of quiet horror. You know, when horror was about scaring people instead of grossing them out.

Book you've bought for the cover:
Jaws. Fortunately in this particular instance you could judge a book by its cover, because the book is actually about a big freaking shark. And true to the advertising, I’ve never gone back into the water.

Book that changed your life:
As a reader it would probably be Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I read it when I was fairly young, and I remember thinking that even though it is for the most part a children’s story, there were quite a few scary scenes in it. It’s the book that made me fall in love with reading. 

The book that changed my life as a writer was either The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald, or Out of Sight, by Elmore Leonard. They both taught me about the economy of good prose and writing sharp, realistic dialogue.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Hey Nostradamus, by Douglas Coupland. I remember when I got to the end of the book, I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. I can’t remember the last time a book had that effect on me. I’ve re-read it several times since then, and while I still enjoy it, that feeling was a one-time thing.

Favorite book about books or writing:
Stephen King’s On Writing.

What’s next?
Writing and editing two books back to back is a lot of work, so once the big promotional blitz is over, I’m going to be taking a month off to rest, maybe catch up on some reading. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a sci-fi comedy novel that I think of as “The X-Files” meets “Arrested Development.” Then, in the new year, I expect to begin work on the first full-length novel in the Felix Renn series.

Thanks, Ian! Ian and ChiZine will be giving away one print and one digital copy of Every House is Haunted! Do you have any experiences with haunted places? I firmly believe I had a benign spirit in my house in New Orleans…complete with cold spots!

Up to five entries possible: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday.

Quick note: my apologies for putting the word-verification for comments back in. I’m trying to reduce the recent flood of spam coming to my email address. I’ll take it down once the spambots have moved on!

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Releases Oct. 26-Nov. 3 & Reader's Choice C*ntest

Okay, so I totally messed up and jumped the gun on a lot of releases last week, so…you get another shot at winning one of these!

First, a commercial interruption. My short story “Chenoire” is still up the Heroes and Heartbreakers blog as part of their 13 Days of Halloween. It will be taken down at the end of this week, so if you haven’t had a chance to check out out, then, well, check it out!

Also, the tour for Susannah Sandlin’s ABSOLUTION continues through Wednsday, with a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite or $100 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice, plus other prizes. You can learn more about the tour and get the new URLs here.

What do you want to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win (or the first in its series), and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. If the book is part of a series, you can request the first book in theRogers draws together the disturbing and the diverting in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh. series. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter.

Here we go….

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter (Midnight Liaisons #2), byJessica Sims (October 30, Pocket Books)
Sarah Ward, the werewolf sister of Bathsheba from Beauty Dates the Beast, and co-owner of their paranormal online dating agency, Midnight Liaisons, is voluntarily traded to a wolf clan in exchange for a kidnapped female were-cougar. Fearful of what might happen to her while with the wolf clan, she and Ramsey, a were-bear who’s part of the were-cougar alliance, pretend to be engaged so he can stay with her for protection. The last thing either of them expect is for their pretend engagement to lead to a very real love affair.

Forbidden (The World of Nightwalkers #1), by Jacquelyn Frank(October 30, Ballantine Books)
On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen. He feels something more than body heat every time they touch. He is overwhelmed by a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him. A desire rises in him that is forbidden. And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to, not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.

Midnight’s Seduction (Dark Warriors #3), by Donna Grant (October 30, St. Martin’s)
Captivating and enticing, Saffron Fletcher is a rarity in the Druid world, a Seer. She is the ultimate prize in an epic battle. After suffering horrendously at the hands of evil, her thirst for justice is all that keeps her going. Can she put her trust in the sinfully gorgeous, wonderfully dangerous Warrior who haunts her dreams and promises retribution for their common enemy? Camdyn MacKenna is hungry for revenge, until he falls prey to Saffron’s seductive magic. She enchants him like no other. But if Camdyn yields to her allure, will he be strong enough to defeat their sworn enemy, and resist the rising forces of evil that could destroy their love forever?

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4), by Kami Garcia andMargaret Stohl (October 23, Little, Brown Books)
Young Adult. Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything. When Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves. In Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes, even if that means trusting enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect. Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate.

Blind Spot, by Laura Ellen (October 23, Harcourt)
Young Adult. There’s none so blind as they that won’t see. Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together, to clear her name, to find a murderer.

Dark Star, by Bethany Frenette (October 23, Hyperion)
Young Adult. Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities. Until she’s lured into the night air by something human and not human, something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile. Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers. They want Audrey dead, just because she is one of the Kin. If Audrey could get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. Leon, her mother’s bossy sidekick, has other ideas. When a betrayal puts Minneapolis in danger, Audrey discovers an untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself. Or it may be the force that destroys everything.

Finale (Hush, Hush #4), by Becca Fitzpatrick (October 23, Simon & Schuster)
Young Adult. Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn, but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

Mercury Rests (Mercury Series #3), by Robert Kroese (October 23, 47North)
After foiling an attempt to destroy the universe, Mercury has gone missing. And with the devil already putting the final fiendish touches on his next scheme to bring about the apocalypse, all that stands between Lucifer and his dreams of a hellfire holocaust are two misfit humans: jaded religion reporter Christine Temetri and mild-mannered forensic analyst Jacob Slater. But the pair soon realize that the Prince of Darkness has set his sights higher than they can reach; he’s planning to bring his battle for domination straight to the pearly gates. They’ll need the wisecracking, ping-pong loving, apathetic angel Mercury to help save the day, the world, and heaven before the clock ticks down to the End Times, if they can find him.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2), by Michelle Hodkin(October 23, Simon & Schuster)
Young Adult. Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past. She can’t. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t. She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

A Trace of Moonlight (Abby Sinclair #3), by Allison Pang (October 30, Pocket Books)
Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . . these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.Abby’s pact with a daemon is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that there’s nearly always a loophole. Her friends’ reckless attempts to free her set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. And, she’s lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.

Black Lament (Black Wings #4), by Christina Henry(October 30, Ace)
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her own life, Maddy will have to find the strength within to carry on. Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that she is pregnant. But Maddy’s joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child. Maddy suddenly finds herself at odds with the Agency, forbidden from meddling in the affairs of the supernatural courts. When a few of her soul collections go awry, Maddy begins to suspect that the Agency wants to terminate her employment. They should know that she isn’t the sort to give up without a fight.

Dead Girl Moon, by Charlie Price (October 30, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Young Adult. As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom, and maybe their lives.

Dead of Winter (Cora Oglesby #1), by Lee Collins (October 30, Angry Robot)
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.

Death’s Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel (Grimm City #1), by K.W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones (October 30, St. Martin’s Press)
Built on top of the gates of Hell, Grimm City is the Devil’s capital on earth. A place where every coffee shop, nightclub and shopping mall is the potential hunting ground for a ghost, a demon, or any of the other supernatural entities that inhabit the Grimm City world. Death’s seventeen-year-old apprentice, Nathaniel, comes into his own as he leads an uprising against the Devil with the help of a half-dead wraith and a giant hit-man. What results is a bloody, brutal revolt that calls upon the loyalties of both the living and the dead.

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4), by Darynda Jones (October 30, St. Martin’s Press)
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off. When a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. His absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.

Hell to Heaven (Journey to Wudang #2), by Kylie Chan (October 30, Harper Voyager) U.S. Debut
Emma teeters on the edge of becoming fully demon, and must make a journey to the Kunlun Moutains in the West, home of the palaces of Nu Wa and the Yellow Emperor, in an attempt to regain her humanity. Travelling with Emma is Xuan Wu′s daughter, Simone, who is struggling with her growing powers and trying to defend herself from the demons who want to destroy her. And Michael is trying to come to terms with the shock of finding out he might be half demon.

Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel (Fever World #1), by Karen Marie Moning (October 30, Delacorte)
The year is 1 AWC, After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules. Dani possesses rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne is after her sword. People are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city. When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save Dublin, before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

Out for Blood (House of Commare #4), by Kristen Painter(October 30, Orbit)
After nearly dying at the hands of the Aurelian, Chrysabelle finds new determination to move beyond life as a comarré. That is until the Kubai Mata bring a new task to her doorstep: rescue the child Tatiana has kidnapped, or Mal becomes enemy number one.

Pandaemonium (Desdaemona #2), by Ben Macallan (October 30, Solaris)
Desdaemona has done a thing, so terrible that she has to run away from the consequences. Again. Where better to look for shelter than with the boy she was running from before? But trouble follows. And if it’s not Jacey’s parents who sent the deadly crow-men, the Twa Corbies, in chase of her, then who is it? Deep under London, among the lost and rejected of two worlds, answers begin to emerge from Desi’s hidden past. Answers that send her north in a flight that turns to a hunt, with strange companions and stranger prey. Dangers lie ahead and behind; inconvenient passion lays traps for her just when she needs a clear head; at the last even Desi has to beg for help. From one who has more cause than most to want her dead.

Shadow Rising (Otherworld #12), by Yasmine Galenorn (October 30, Jove)
We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch. My sister Delilah is a two-faced werecat and Death Maiden. I’m Menolly, a jian-tu turned vampire in love with a werepuma. Nerissa and I can’t decide on what we want to do for our promise ceremony. My sisters and I head to Otherworld for a meeting with Queen Asteria. There, we discover that Shadow Wing has dispatched Telazhar, a malevolent necromancer, to reignite the Scorching Wars. Back home, we find Gulakah, the Lord of Ghosts, waging a battle to control the magical beings over Earthside. Caught between two enemies in a battle spanning two worlds, we can only hope we’re in time to stop all-out annihilation.

The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis #2), by Sandy Williams(October 30, Ace)
McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends, and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war among the fae. With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save. 

The Tangled Bridge, by Rhodi Hawk (October 30, Tor)

Set in the underworld of New Orleans, this Southern gothic follows Madeleine LeBlanc as she becomes involved in an epic battle between good and evil forces while trying to investigate her family’s shocking past full of secrets. 

The Boolean Gate, by Walter Jon Williams (October 28, Subterranean)

Drawn by his curiosity, Samuel Clemens escapes the grinding toil of being Mark Twain by cultivating an innocent friendship with the greatest scientist of the age. The inventions of Nicola Tesla become puzzle pieces that take shape under Mark Twain’s eyes. Has Tesla somehow opened the gateway to an alien intelligence, or is it Tesla himself that will bring the world to Armageddon? And with every tragedy in his family Samuel Clemens is moved to ask the most important question of all: Why is the world worth saving?

Every House is Haunted, by Ian Rogers (October 30, ChiZine)
In this debut story collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil...for a price. 

Ghost Planet, by Sharon Lynn Fisher (October 30, Tor)
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world, a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet. As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy, creator of the Ghost Protocol. Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence. But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests. She soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet, a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.

Home, by Matthew Costello (October 30, St. Martin’s Press)
Jack Murphy thought he’d found the perfect escape for his family from a world gone horribly mad. He thought wrong. Matthew Costello’s Homebegins mere minutes after the terrible sacrifice made by Jack to save his family at Paterville Camp. Barely escaping, Jack’s wife, Christie, and two children, Kate and Simon, must accept that their lives and their future have changed forever. In this intimate and human survivalist horror story, the three of them will face even greater dangers, as well as yet-unknown horrors, to simply stay alive as together they search for a road “home” in this intense and original postapocalyptic thriller.

Krampus: The Yule Lord, by Brom (October 30, Harper Voyager)
"Santa Claus” is but one more of your masquerades, one more brick in your fortress. I will not speak your true name. Not so long as I sit rotting in this black pit. That name must wait until I again see the wolves chase Sol and Mani across the heavens. A day that draws near. For Odin, Loki, and all the fallen gods, for your treachery, for chaining me in this pit for five hundred years. I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide. And with my foot upon your throat, I shall speak your name, and with death staring back at you, you will no longer be able to hide from your dark deeds. I Krampus, Lord of Yule, son of Hel, bloodline of the great Loki, swear to cut your lying tongue from your mouth, your thieving hands from your wrist, and your jolly head from your neck.

Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogie #2), by Kerstin Gier (October 30, Henry Holt and Co.)
Young Adult. Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood, she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle mean. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon, offers advice on everything. There is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

The Twinning Project, by Robert Lipsyte (October 23, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Young Adult. Tom is a smart, talented loner with a chip on his shoulder and a big secret: an imaginary twin on another planet. Eddie is Tom’s opposite, a friendly, athletic kid who always looks on the good side. Tom worries sometimes: does confiding in Eddie mean he’s nuts? The truth is even crazier than that. Eddie and his planet are just as real as Tom and his Earth, but fifty-some years in the past. And the twins are caught up in an alien master plan that might just mean Earth, both Earths, will be destroyed. Switching places and identities, “slipping” between planets and across decades, a desperate escape, and the unraveling of deeper secrets leave Tom and Eddie aware of the danger they’re facing and the tools they can use to overcome it.

Kris Longknife: Furious (Kris Longknife #10), by Mike Shepherd (October 30, Ace)
Having used unorthodox methods to save a world and every sentient being on it, Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces immigration control and smuggler interdiction. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things, not when all hell is breaking loose. Now she’s on the run, hunted by both military and civilian authorities, and since the civilian authorities happen to be her immediate family, Kris soon finds herself homeless, broke, and on trial for her life on an alien world.

Midnight City (The Conquered Earth #1), by J. Barton Mitchell (October 30, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Young Adult. Earth has been conquered. An extraterrestrial race known as The Assembly has abducted the adult population, leaving the planet’s youth to fend for themselves. In this treacherous landscape, Holt, a bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira when they discover Zoey, a young girl with powerful abilities who could be the key to stopping The Assembly. As they make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, the trio must contend with freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and Holt and Mira’s growing attraction to each other.

Ruins (Pathfinder #2), by Orson Scott Card (October 30, Simon Pulse)
Young Adult. When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh, a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive, but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. They will have little choice. Although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can’t work together to alter the past, there will be no future.

The Clone Sedition, by Steven L. Kent (October 30, Ace)
Earth, A.D. 2519. Less than a year has passed since the clone military of the Enlisted Man’s Empire toppled the government of the Unified Authority. Now the clones rule Earth, but a new enemy has emerged, and set off civil war. Formerly trained to fight for the U.A., clone Marine Wayson Harris had led the Enlisted Man’s Empire invasion of Earth. When a trio of religious fanatics from Mars attempts to attack Harris, he fears there is more unrest among the colony’s residents. He leads a troop of Marines to Mars. There, they learn the situation is much graver than they first feared. The red planet’s refugees have decided the clones are their number one enemy. When Harris is kidnapped and drugged, he discovers something disturbing about himself. He can be reprogrammed.

The Lands of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin (October 30, Bantam)
George R. R. Martin’s beloved Song of Ice and Fire series is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes. Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us. The centerpiece of this gorgeous collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea. Never before has the entire scope of Martin’s universe been so exhaustively and fascinatingly depicted. The maps in this beautiful, atlas will enrich your reading or viewing experience, provide another view of your favorite characters’ epic journeys, and open captivating new worlds.

The Sword of Shannara: Annotated 35th Anniversary Edition(The Original Shannara Trilogy #1), by Terry Brooks (October 30, Del Rey)
Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Fourteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector’s edition of the novel that started it all, featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale, an all-new introduction by the New York Times bestselling author, and replica sketches of some of the long-lost paintings and color plates by the Brothers Hildebrandt that decorated the original edition.

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