Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.

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

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Publisher: DAW
Pages: 400
Date: August 7, 2012

Isaac Vainio has spent the past two years working at the Copper River Library in northern Michigan, secretly cataloguing books for their magical potential, but forbidden from using that magic himself . . . except for emergencies. Emergencies like a trio of young vampires who believe Isaac has been killing their kind, and intend to return the favor.

Isaac is a libriomancer, brilliant but undisciplined, with the ability to reach into books and create objects from their pages. And attacking a libriomancer in his own library is never a good idea.

But vampires are only the beginning. This was merely the latest in a series of attacks against members of Die Zwelf Portenære, a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from supernatural threats. Among the casualties is Ray Walker, Isaac’s friend and mentor in magic.

Complicating matters further is the arrival of a dryad named Lena Greenwood. Lena packs a pair of wooden swords and proves to be quite adept at helping to beat down various magical threats. She also seems to be a little too interested in Isaac . . . not that he minds. Yet Lena’s nature could make her a greater threat than any vampire.

Along with a neurotic fire-spider named Smudge, Isaac and Lena set out to find and stop whoever is behind the attacks. But things are worse than Isaac imagined. An unknown killer of unimaginable power has been torturing and murdering humans and vampires alike. And Gutenberg, now more than six hundred years old, has disappeared.

As Isaac searches for Gutenberg and the murderer, hoping they aren’t one and the same, he uncovers dark secrets about magic’s history and potential. Secrets which could destroy Die Zwelf Portenære and loose a magical war upon the world. If Isaac is to have any hope of preventing that war, he will have to truly master the magic of libriomancy.

Assuming he doesn’t lose control and wipe himself from existence first.

I've became a fan of Jim C. Hines after reading The Stepsister Scheme and if "Libriomancer" has any of the charm of that series (and I'm sure it will) then it's a guaranteed winner.

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

The Devil's Nebula by Eric Brown
Publisher: Abaddon (Solaris)
Date: May 29, 2012
Pages: 320

Best-selling author Eric Brown has created a brand new shared world for Abaddon Books: Weird Space. This thrilling space-opera series will begin in June 2012 with the release of The Devil's Nebula by the best-selling author of Helix, Engineman and The Kings of Eternity.

In the first book in this epic new series, Brown will introduce readers to the human smugglers, veterans and ne’erdowells who are part of the Expansion – and their uneasy neighbours, the Vetch Empire. When an evil race threatens not only the Expansion, but the Vetch too - an evil from another dimension which infests humans and Vetch alike and bends individuals to do their hideous bidding, only cooperation between them means the difference between a chance of survival and no chance at all.

Brown has meticulously created a massive shared world of interstellar potential, which other writers will explore with each new book.

Space-opera shared universe from the fine folks at Solaris. And just look at that cover - drool worthy for the scifi fan. I haven't read anything by Eric Brown as yet, but I'm thinking this is going to be my first try at his stuff.


Kat said...

Libriomancer sounds really good.

Here's my WOW pick.

Wit and Sin

animewookie said...

Libriomancer sounds exciting!! And I like the cover too :D

Bob (Beauty in Ruins) said...

Nice - two good picks this week. Hines is always good for a fun read, and I love the idea of the shared world space opera.

Here's my WOW

Maria said...

I think Libriomancer sounds more like my speed, although the other book "The Devil's Nebular" sounds a bit more intense. Both good choices.

Here's my WoW: http://tinyurl.com/7ebb8ct

JC Jones said...

I love Eric Brown's books and I just went over and put this one on my wish list. Thanks to bringing it to my attention.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Two good choices, enjoy!


MJ Thomas said...

Libromancer sounds amazing ... with the ability to reach into books and create objects from their pages.

What a great idea!

Grace Fonseca said...

Libromancer sounds and looks so different, but really unique and good. Come visit me as well.


Elfy said...

Libriomancer's been on my list since Jim started talking about it last year. His Goblin series (and I know Smudge is from that) never grabbed me, but I loved the Princess series, and I think Jim has really hit his stride now and is going to stay at or exceed the level with Libriomancer.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Libriomancer sounds nuts! I love the 'neurotic fire-spider' idea. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on this one :)

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

I really love the look of Libriomancer. It was the name that got me interested...books and magic? Yes! I don't tend to read much proper sci-fi, but The Devil's Nebula looks quite good too.