Sunday, April 23, 2017

Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017




I am going to start this post with a confession. I'm not really a size zero....just kidding! My confession is that I made some poor reading choices this week. Not that the books I read weren't good...rather that I read them too early. I received a few books from NetGalley and in my excitement to read them I didn't check the publication dates and I can't tell them you about them quite yet. I do have a couple of books to tell you about though so don't despair.


I received Patricia Brigg's 10th instalment of the Mercy Thompson series Silence Fallen via NetGalley a few months ago. This was another book I read too early, couldn't review immediately after I read it and then forgot I had. Sorry! I did a quick re-read in order to review it for you as soon as I remembered I had it!

This instalment starts quite dramatically with Mercy being abducted not far from her and Adam's home. She wakes up in Europe in the home of a ruthless and evil vampire. Mercy's link to Adam is cut off and she is on her own and it is going to take all her skill and luck of the coyote to survive this. While Mercy looks to escape Adam is forming an unlikely alliance with the vampire queen Marsilia and Stefan in order to rescue Mercy. Told from both Mercy and Adam's POV we travel across Europe as both the hunted and the hunter in search of answers and in search of mercy.

I thought it was interesting that Briggs decided to tell this story from multiple POVs and you can't beat Prague for an atmospheric setting. I really think that Brigg's needs to wrap up this series as the story lines are starting to feel forced. There are only so many times that Mercy can just miss dying. It feels like her 9 lives should have been used up already. It is difficult to see where else Briggs can go with these characters. Good book if you need a time filler but I wouldn't say it was essential reading in the series.


UK Cover
A number of people have recommended Benedict Jacka's Alex Versus series to me and it has taken me a while to decide to buy one of the books. That time arrived and I got my chance to see what everyone has been talking about by starting with Fated. Qwill reviewed this book back in 2012 so you can read what she thought about it here.

As not to repeat the synopsis of the book again I am just going to tell you what I thought. I liked Alex Versus and thought he was an engaging and conflicted character. I usually always enjoy books set in London and this was no exception. My friends who have recommended this series said it was really funny and while I didn't necessarily think it was a laugh a minute I did find Alex mildly amusing. I have also heard comparisons to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden but again, I couldn't really see the connection - both wizard/mages? That is about it other than they were both loners. I enjoyed Fated but I can't say I would stop reading other books to move onto book 2. Having said that the next time I am looking for a nice enjoyable read then I will check out the next instalment of this series.


That is it for me this week. Wishing you a productive week ahead in reading and remember - check the publication date! Until next week Happy Reading.





Silence Fallen
A Mercy Thompson Novel 10
Ace, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…




Fated
An Alex Verus Novel 1
Ace, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future–allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever’s inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none…

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The 2017 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists


The 2017 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced and you may vote here.


The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Wrath, John Gwynne (Tor)
  • Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
  • The Wheel of Osheim, Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • Warbeast, Gav Thorpe (Black Library)



The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
  • Infernal, Mark de Jager (Del Rey UK)
  • Duskfall, Christopher Husberg (Titan)
  • Steal the Sky, Megan E. O’Keefe (Angry Robot)
  • Snakewood, Adrian Selby (Orbit)
  • Hope and Red, Jon Skovron (Orbit)




The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art
  • Alessandro Baldaserroni for the cover of Black Rift by Josh Reynolds (Black Library)
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Sam Green for the cover of The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • Kerby Rosannes for the cover of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
  • Paul Young for the cover of Wrath by John Gwynne (Tor)



Voting is open until midnight on June 2, 2017 (GMT). The winners will be honored at a ceremony July 15, 2017 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK. See more at the Gemmell Awards website.

Thr 37th annual Los Angeles Time Book Prizes


The 37th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been awarded at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The ceremony recognized outstanding literary achievement in 11 categories, including the new Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose.

Novelist Thomas McGuane was honored with the 2016 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

Ruebén Martinez received the Innovator’s Award for his work honoring Latino writers and expanding the community of readers throughout Southern California.


2016 WINNERS and FINALISTS

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Winner
  • Nathan Hill, The Nix, Alfred A. Knopf
Runners Up
  • Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Mark Beauregard, The Whale: A Love Story, Viking
  • Idra Novey, Ways to Disappear, Little, Brown and Company
  • Rebecca Schiff, The Bed Moved, Alfred A. Knopf

Twitch Embraces Science Week with Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Marathon and Prominent Members of the Scientific Community

Press Release


Twitch Embraces Science Week with Cosmos: A Personal
Voyage Marathon and Prominent Members of the Scientific Community

All 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s classic program, live Q&A with co-creator Ann Druyan, and other personalities from science community, to appear on Twitch beginning April 24

SAN FRANCISCO--April 21, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Social video platform Twitch today announced it will be celebrating Science Week beginning with a 13-episode marathon of one of the world’s most beloved science series, the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, and conducting a series of interviews with notable personalities from the scientific community. Among those taking part in Twitch’s Science Week, which also honors Earth Day and the March for Science, are Ann Druyan (Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey), Ariane Cornell (Blue Origin), Matthew Buffington (NASA spokesperson), Scott Manley (astronomer and sci-fi gamer), Pamela Gay (CosmoQuest), Kishore Hari (Satellite City Coordinator, March for Science), Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy blog), Fraser Cain (Universe Today), and more to be announced.

Every episode of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, dating from the show’s 1980 premiere to the season finale, will air twice on Twitch, first on April 24-25 starting at 12:00 PDT, and again on April 27-28, beginning at 2:00pm PDT. Creators will also be able to co-stream the show, which enables them to add their own commentary over the video being broadcast or to quietly enjoy it with only their own community members in chat. The result is a more personalized, social experience for their communities.

Readership for Bestselling Fantasy ROSE blooms!

Press Release

BESTSELLING FANTASY
ROSE READERSHIP BLOOMS

PORTLAND, OR, 04/21/2017 — The bestselling fantasy series ROSE by Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, Little Mermaid) and Ig Guara (Batman: Arkham Knight, Blue Beetle, The Ravagers) is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

A classic fantasy tale about a girl trying to restore balance to a broken world. Rose must connect with her Khat—Thorne—to become the Guardian the world needs. But things aren’t easy for Rose and Thorne. The powerful sorcerous Drucilla has many demonic allies—all of them focused on stopping one scared little girl who’s desperately trying to stay alive and do what’s right.

ROSE #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

ROSE #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR178085), ROSE #2 Cover A Guara (Diamond Code MAR170774), Cover B Mendonca (Diamond Code MAR170775), Cover C SPAWN (Diamond Code FEB178670), and Cover D SPAWN B&W (Diamond Code MAR178016) will be available on Wednesday, May 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 24th.

Select praise for ROSE:

“It’s well written, it’s wonderfully drawn, and it’s something you should be reading.”
Comicosity

“Filled with magic, power, and hope; all the ingredients to make a great comic.”
All-Comic 

“Feels like it could be something big.” —Major Spoilers