Monday, June 14, 2010

Upcoming Releases - June + July

Here are some fantasy and urban fantasy releases to keep an eye out for:

June 29th
The blurb says "Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs.  They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people.  Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.   "

July 1st and July 6th
Legacies is a YA novel with Rosemary Edgehill (and their collaboration has yielded good results in the past). The blurb says:
"Who—or what—is stalking the students at Oakhurst Academy?
In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic."

The Sleeping Beauty (July 1st release) has this note from the publisher :
"Lackey's fifth fairy tale retelling (after 2008's The Snow Queen) also includes passing nods to "Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince," and "Puss-in-Boots," along with cameo appearances by Brunnhilde and Wotan. Despite plenty of twists and laughs, the plot is surprisingly forgettable, and most of the fun comes from finding all the fairy tale in-jokes peppering the pages."
The books before were a decent read, no heavy thinking required, so I would probably get around to reading this too between grittier tomes.
July 20th
Dark and Stormy KnightsImager's Intrigue: The Third Book of the Imager PortfolioL.E. Modesitt Jr.'s Imager's Intrigue: The Third Book of the Imager Portfolio. L.E. Modesitt writes very correct and detailed fantasy novels, I would create a new genre for these books - "Engineering Fantasy". He describes the magic in this world so like an engineer would! Very detailed, clear possibilities and specific costs of usage.
The Fallen 2: Aerie and ReckoningDark and Stormy Nights is a collection of stories including works by Jim Butcher (Aleran Codex), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty), Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels) and Vicki Peterson. Also, it is edited by P.N. Elrod, and I find that any collection of stories he edits is sure to be fantastic.
Also on July 20th, is the second book in the YA Fallen series by Thomas Sniegoski, The Fallen 2: Aerie and Reckoning. Blurb:
"Destined for Heaven or Hell?
Aaron's senior year has been anything but typical. Half-angel and half-human, he has been charged to reunite the Fallen with Heaven. But the leader of the Dark Powers is determined to destroy Aaron—and all hope of angelic reconciliation."

What are you looking forward to?

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