I decided this ought to go in a separate post, well, just because. THought I’d share my current pre-orders and other books I’m dorked out about for 2012
From the Deep of the Dark
I’ve been reading this particular series for a number of years now, and aside from my ire at the change in cover art (thus ruining a cohesive, and attractive look for the series on my bookshelf), I’ve really liked this series and it various cross over characters. This is definitely a steampunk, verging on pulp fantasy series, but shit it’s fun . This is is the 6th book in the series and I might be looking forward to this as much as anything else this year. HAd to order it from overseas, as there is ALWAYS a year-some-odd delay in the american publication of this series. Luckily BookDepository.com seems to keep these in stock/for pre-order, offers free shipping anywhere in the world, and allows me to pay in USD, thus not having to deal with VAT and whatnot.
The Flame Alphabet
Having never read anything by Ben Marcus, I will admit, this was a bit of a gamble purchase, but the premise sounded intriguing, and I’m a sucker for a hardcover with a deckle edge binding. I read an early review of this book on io9.com [here] and essentially the book is about a virus that sweeps over the earth spread via language/words, transmitted by children. Ok, you’ve got my attention. And as I understand it, the adults/ parents have to flee their children in fear of themselves succumbing to this illness. I guess, I’ll have more to say about this AFTER it arrives on Tuesday and after I get a chance to read it (Hopefully not at the expense of my current read)
This is Nick’s second novel, and if it’s any bit as good and a crazy as his first, Gone-Away World, then I’m all in. I’ll just leave this one to the cover flap:
Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has turned his back on his family’s mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be—she’s a retired international secret agent. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie’s old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe’s got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe’s once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father’s old gun
Can you really go wrong with a story like that? I can’t wait for this to land on my door step in March.
Mr. G: A Novel about the Creation
I’m a complete sucker for stories about “the creation” being turned on ear (like with Glen Duncan’s I, Lucifer: finally the Other Side of the Story. And in a not very nice way, it’s probably me looking for the fallacy of it, but we’ll not dwell on that at this time. But anyway… Doubled with the fact that Alan Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dreams” is without reservation, one of my top 3 books of all time. This clearly was must read. Mr g is a story about creation from the point of view of God, a possibly somewhat naive character who goes about setting things in motion only to then be questioned for explanations about the inexplicable and the necessity of evil, amongst other things. I’m quite certain I’ll plow through this book in a days time as I did with much of his other work, but Alan Lightman’s prose and voice are possible some of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching, soul turning words I’ve read in the past.
The Great Game
What can I say, I have a fondness in my heart for pulp. All the better that Lavie’s works are well written, intelligent, adventurous pulp. Another Angry Robot release (Which I should add also has their shit together enough that they manage to release book in the US and overseas in a relatively close timeframe, which I have no fear in saying most publishers haven’t really managed yet). I’ve read his first two book in this series (The Bookman and Camera Obscura), which are really only tangentially related in the sense of continuing world building. But that’s ok, since that it allows his characters not to get so mired in their own backstory that nothing can ever move forward. and since someone else writes it better than I (And I’ve not yet read the book), I give you the cover blurb:
When Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life. Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.
As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.
Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.
And I loves me some well written steampunk.
SIDE NOTE:How can you not like a guy who write a Samurai retelling of the New Testament called “Jesus and the Eightfold Path“
I’m certain there will be another post to follow this, both with thoughts on these books once I’ve read them/the arrive (Likely in reverse order of that) and also as I squander away more of my income on my bibliophanatic addiction.