Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'm feeling the Holiday Spirit. So I'd like to pass on some great books this week that I've gotten from the fabulous publishers who so generously send me books for review and giveaway. Today's book is Busted Flush, graciously sent to me by Tor Books. Publisher's Weekly: The sequel to 2008's Inside Straight, a revamp of the shared Wild Cards universe, features crises ripped directly from today's newspaper headlines and summer blockbusters. A burgeoning gas shortage has sparked an invasion into the Middle East; New Orleans is hurricane-beset and zombie-ravaged; someone has set off a nuclear explosion in Texas; and genocide rages in Nigeria. The conflicts between the compellingly human superheroes on the U.N.'s Committee shape this fast-paced alternate history. Veteran contributor and now assistant editor Melinda M. Snodgrass pens standout chapters featuring British triple-agent Double Helix, who drives the plot while posing as both seductive Committee member Lilith and Middle Eastern assassin Bahir. While those unfamiliar with the Wild Cards mosaic novels will flounder, the clever twists on today's political landscape and the unique powers of several new "aces" will lure back past readers. Contributors to this volume are: Melinda Snodgrass Caroline Spector Carrie Vaughn Walton Simons & Ian Tregillis John Jos. Miller Victor Milan Stephen Leigh Kevin Andrew Murphy To enter, simply comment here or email me at sqt1969(at)gmail(dot)com under the header "Busted" and I will randomly pick a winner by Monday, January 5th. Please be sure I can reach you easily. If I cannot reach the winner within 48 hours I will award the book to another entrant. No multiple entries please. Open everywhere. Be sure to check in this week for further holiday contests! Good luck!