Tuesday, February 14, 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:

Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Four) by Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Rey
Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 368

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.

I put "Tricked" on my "Most Anticipated" list for 2012, but I had to add it to my WoW list for those who haven't read this series. If you like paranormal fiction, you have to give this series a go. It's funny, action packed and inventive. It isn't just UF for guys-- it's for anyone who likes the paranormal genre.

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

 The Black Dragon by Chris Claremont & John Bolton
 Publisher: Titan Books
 Date: August 14, 2012
 pages: 200

  It is the Year of Our Lord 1193. James Dunreith, exiled by his leige lord and king, Henry, has returned to reclaim the land that is his birthright.Branded a sorceror, Dunreith is pressed into the service of his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, to seek out one who rebels against the crown - one who was once his truest friend. Yet more dangerous than any political threat is the plot to harness the ancient, magical soul of the land and turn it into the ultimate evil.Can Dunreith's brave heart, and the power of queens both faery and mortal, save the land from the predations of the Black Dragon? 

You might see me feature some graphic novels in this space in the year ahead, since I anticipate some of those releases as much as I do novels. I haven't always loved everything written by Chris Claremont (see his Willow novels and some of his more recent Marvel work) but this sounds very interesting, and it was first published at a time when I think he was still close to his prime.


Bob (Beauty in Ruins) said...

Despite the fact that I seem to be one of the few people who *liked* his Willow novels (and who fondly remembers his time on X-Men with Jim Lee), I'll still check out The Black Dragon. :)

Here's my WOW

Jim Haley said...

I'm a big fan of Chris Claremont's X-Men run, and this seems to have been written just after that, so I have high hopes. I just couldn't get into the first Willow novel though, I found it to be a complete bore (and that's when I could figure out what was going on). It just didn't work for me at all - and many of his post-X-Men comics were the same for me, I didn't care for his Aliens story nor Sovereign Seven (for DC), which soured me to him for a time. Yet I know how good he can be, so I'm looking forward to giving this a try.

Stepping Out of the Page said...

These don't seem to be similar to books that I'd normally pick up or check out, but these sound surprisingly interesting! I will have to see how I find them. Thanks for sharing!

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