Just realized this week my thought that there were a lot of last week releases (as posted by Tor.com) was really for this week and next week... And they are good overall... Here is the first half of my huge "last" week post....
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Most likely store well be shelving this in the regular fiction section but make no mistake this is something that could easily share shelf space with China Mieville and Jeff Vandermeer based on the little of the preview I have read. I personally love that writers are exploring the little tapped mythologies of the middle east and blending them into the well near modern day. You can go here and see what the Canadian publisher has released for people to read and see if it intices you.
Its going to be out in hardcover first so I may be waiting for soft cover or possibly an ARC but with it being imminent it may be awhile till I get to read this one...
The Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington
I read a lot of good things about Elfland, the first novel in this series, and was interested but never got around to grabbing the copies I saw and totally missed the second somehow. I know little of the novel other then the fact that authors I love have good hints to say about it.
Here is the synopsis:
The climactic concluding novel in the spellbinding magical contemporary fantasy Aetherial Tales trilogy
A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, “The world needs to see this.” The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery's curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean. Neither human nor fairy knows how they are connected, but when the painting is stolen, both are compelled to discover the meaning behind the painting and the key it holds to their future.
In Grail of the Summer Stars, a haunting, powerful tale of two worlds and those caught between, Freda Warrington weaves an exciting story of suspense, adventure and danger that fulfills the promise of the Aetherial Tales as only she can.
At this link you can find links to reviews and blog coverage towards the bottom of the page.
Unnatural Creatures selected by Neil Gaimen
This is a fiction collection I have to mention. Here is a link to the Harper Teen site that has a preview you can view that will give you a look at the contents and the introduction.
Sales of Unnatural Creatures go to benefit a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the creative and expository writing of students and helping teaches inspire kids to write. Seems like a great project and an excellent selection of authors. Here is the blurb...
A griffin, a werewolf, a sunbird . . .
These are just some of the fantastical creatures you'll encounter within these pages. From the cockatoucan, whose laugh rearranges an entire kingdom, to the roving shapeless Beast that lurks in a forest, herein is a collection of rare and magnificent species. Each one will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you.
Selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, the sixteen stories in this menagerie will introduce you to a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anyplace but in the richness of the imagination.
With stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and many more, Unnatural Creatures will benefit the literacy nonprofit 826DC.
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Yes I'm kind of a fool for urban fantasy especially ones written by women; I love the work of Seanan McGuire really want to read Faith Hunters and Amanda Carlson has been on my list too. The first novel in this series, Full Blooded, is currently on sale as an eBook for 2.99 because of the imminent release of Hot Blooded. Here is the blog page that Amanda has set up, scrolling through it lookes like she has been doing lots of promotion, blog tours and give always of swag for the series.
Here is a link to the sample chapter posted on the Orbit Books website and here is a bit of the blurb from the book
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.
Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.
Because she's the only female werewolf in town...it comes with its own set of rules...and powers.
Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.
All in a day's work for a girl.
The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...(less)
So this week beings a bit of action adventure with some literature and a benefit book.... Next week will be a bit longer...have a good week....