The Girl Who Flew Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M Valente...
The first two books in this series have been a marvelous treat and this tops my list of books I must get this next week and I'm crushed that Catherynne won't be doing a signing on her tour anywhere near me. Her take on fairy tales and her writing voice has just the perfect dark and foreboding tone with the right approach to magic for me as a reader and I recommend these books without any sort of reservation. Here is the short synopsis and you can go here to tor.com to read an excerpt of this volume....
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers
Copperhead by Tina Connolly
A stand alone sequel to last years Nebula nominated novel Ironskin which was on my to read list and which I have yet to get to. Tina has written a re-imagined the novel Jane Eyre in a world where the fae waged war on man and have left a changed world in their wake.
Here is the synopsis for Copperhead from Tina's website which you can go to here to peruse her other work.
Helen Huntingdon is beautiful -- so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask.
Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face -- and now has to cover her face with iron so she won't be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.
Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing -- and is implicated in the murder.
Meanwhile, Alistair's influential clique Copperhead -- whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra -- is out to restore humans to their "rightful" place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.
Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband -- and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary -- she's pushed to discover how far she'll bend society's rules to do what's right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor... and her heart.
Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey
As an epic fantasy fan and one who often likes really different takes on the genre I am remiss in having never read any of Jacqueline Carey's work. Dark Currents the earlier volume of this suburban fantasy series reminded me a while back that I really need to read her and now I find myself thinking that again. Cribbed from the Book Smugglers site here is the synopsis... Here is a link to the first chapter...
Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel.
Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it’s a big one.
He’s descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn’t return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they’ll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It’s Daisy’s job to stop it, and she’s going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything.
The Necromancers House by Christopher Buehlman
The title alone is enough to get my macabre seeking attention but with all the people who have recommended Those Across the River to me because of my leaning towards horror fiction this is on my much check out list. Christopher launched a kickstarter campaign to support a publicity campaign for the novel that was successful and has hopes that Necromancer's House will find a bigger audience then his previous work. Here is the synopsis from the Science Fiction Book Club's website for their version ....here is a link to the you tube video promotion for the book....
Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, witty nonconformist with a classic Mustang, a massive library, a drinking problem…and the ability to speak with the dead. Andrew's a warlock. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, because magic is a brutal game that requires blood sacrifice—especially if you're sitting on a treasury of stolen Soviet sorcery. But his years of comfort and false youth have made him soft. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her. Will his house save him—or seal his fate? is a terrifying story of the evil next door from author Christopher Buehlman—a modern master of horror in the making.
Ghosts Know by Ramsey Campbell
Lastly to keep a theme going here is another bit of gothic horror that I am looking at with an eye to getting a copy. Tor.com posted an excerpt here and her is the synopsis that precedes the excerpt.... This looks like a good deal of fun for the season ...
Graham Wilde is a contentious, bombastic host of the talk radio program Wilde Card. His job, as he sees it, is to stir the pot, and he is quite good at it, provoking many a heated call with his eccentric and often irrational audience. He invites Frank Jasper, a purported psychic, to come on the program. He firmly believes that the man is a charlatan, albeit a talented one. When Jasper appears on his show, Wilde draws upon personal knowledge about the man to embarrass him on air, using patter similar to that which Jasper utilizes in his act.
Wilde’s attack on Jasper earns him the enmity of his guest and some of the members of his audience. He next encounters Jasper when the psychic is hired by the family of a missing adolescent girl to help them find her. Wilde is stunned and then horrified when Jasper seems to suggest that he might be behind the girl’s disappearance...