Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.
SQT's can't wait to read selection is:

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Publisher: DAW
Date: March 6, 2012
Pages: 368 pages

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...

Sometimes you just want a good urban fantasy... Seanan McGuire has really begun to make a name for herself with her October Daye series as well as her Newsflesh series (written under the pseudonym Mira Grant). This looks like a lot of fun and has the benefit of being written by an author with a track record.

Jim's can't wait to read selection is:

The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Date: August 28, 2012
pages: 168

The untold story of the House of Ideas.

Marvel Comics is home to such legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, all of whom have spun box office gold in the 21st century. But Marvel Comics has a secret history hidden in the shadows of these well-known franchises. The Secret History of Marvel Comics digs back to the 1930s when Marvel Comics wasn't just a comic-book producing company. Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman had tentacles into a publishing world that might have made that era’s conservative American parents lynch him on his front porch. Marvel was but a small part of Goodman’s publishing empire, which had begun years before he published his first comic book. Goodman mostly published lurid and sensationalistic story books (known as “pulps”) and magazines, featuring sexually-charged detective and romance short fiction, and celebrity gossip scandal sheets. And artists like Jack Kirby, who was producing Captain America for eight-year-olds, were simultaneously dipping their toes in both ponds.

The Secret History of Marvel Comics tells this parallel story of 1930s/40s Marvel Comics sharing offices with those Goodman publications not quite fit for children. The book also features a comprehensive display of the artwork produced for Goodman’s other enterprises by Marvel Comics artists such as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus the very best pulp artists in the field, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, L.F. Bjorklund, and Marvel Comics #1 cover artist Frank R. Paul. Goodman’s magazines also featured cover stories on celebrities such as Jackie Gleason, Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace, and Sophia Loren, as well as contributions from famous literary and social figures such as Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon, and L. Ron Hubbard.

These rare pieces of comic art, pulp and magazine history will open the door to Marvel Comics’ unseen history.

I'm a big Marvel Comics guy, and as soon as I saw something about this book it caught my interest.


Tess said...

Both look like they are going to be really great reads!!!
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Petra @ Safari Poet said...

I'm liking the strong, yet cute cover of Discount Armageddon. First I've heard of these. Thanks for sharing :-)

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Vanya D. said...

I looooooooooved the first title. Perhaps the nice cover has something to do with it too ;)

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June G said...

Discount Armageddon?! I love the title and the cover! Very fresh pic!

Sally Bibrary said...

Discount Armageddon looks like fun, and I love that cover!

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Sonythebooklover said...

Pretty covers nice pick.

Maria said...

I love the look and sound of Discount Armaggedon. I'll have to look it up and add it to my list. Thanks:)

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Charles Gramlich said...

Great cover on the first one for sure.

Bob (Beauty in Ruins) said...

The Secret History of Marvel Comics sounds like a great read. Having been a comic book junkie during my highschool days, I know a bit of the history, but I still think I'll check this out.

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We Fancy Books said...

Scifi is such a hard book for me to read... I think ill add this on my list ;) Awesome pick!

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Tribute Books Mama said...

Great covers and choices.


Burgandy Ice said...

Oh, man! The October Daye series is on my Wishlist for serious... this is a great choice!!!! Thx for sharing!!

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Blodeuedd said...

I want the McGuire one :D

A Beautiful Madness said...

Both sounds interesting. I hadn't heard of them. Great picks!
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Lisa (starmetal_oak) said...

I am super excited for McGuire's InCryptid series. She has a lot of cool stuff on her website, including a fun Field Guide to all the creatures.

Elfy said...

I think Discount Armageddon and the entire InCryptid series actually is the one Seanan really wants to...no was born to write. It's going to be one hell of a ride and Aly Fell's cover is the very definition of awesome!