Slightly delayed this week because of a day out at That London going to the Out of this World exhibition at the British Library (blog post to follow). After the enormous list from last week, it'll be a short and sweet post today, but some really nice books among them...
1) Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey
Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.
Leviathan Wakes will be released by Orbit on 15th June 2011.
I'm woefully behind on the Daniel Abraham lovefest. This is an author garnering a LOT of praise for his fantasy and urban fantasy work. This here is his sci fi effort, and I'd like to give this one a shot. I've already seen some pretty glowing reviews of Leviathan Wakes from favourite bloggers and I'd like to see if it is all justified.
2) Deadline - Mira Grant
Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organisation he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a researcher from the Centre for Disease Control fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun's relieved to find a new purpose in life. Because this researcher comes bearing news: the monster who attacked them may be destroyed, but the conspiracy is far from dead. Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.
Deadline will be released by Orbit on 2nd June 2011.
I didn't read Feed. Gosh, I really didn't keep up with many of the high profile releases last year, did I? Once again, Feed was incredibly well-received and has now been nominated for Best Novel at the Hugos 2011. Deadline is the sequel to this novel and I do believe it is high time I caught up.
3) The Final Evolution - Jeff Somers
The world is dying. With avatars replacing humans and the birth rate non-existent, the human race is almost extinct. Only one man could save it - and it's not Avery Cates. In the end, it comes down to Canny Orel, Avery's long sought after nemesis - transformed now into something other than human - and Cates. And when Cates chances on a way to trick the advantage away from the old master, he suddenly has a choice to make: get his long-delayed revenge, or save the world.
The Final Evolution will be released by Orbit on 2nd June 2011.
Aha! Now I did read the first Avery Cates novel and enjoyed it very much..... but then didn't read the other three currently released. Now the fifth and final has popped through my door and I think it's time I completed this series. I really enjoyed the first!
4) Theodore Boone: The Abduction - John Grisham
Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone - who knows April better than anyone - has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Theodore Boone The Abduction will be released by Hodder on 9th June 2011.
I did read the first book in this series, and I enjoyed Grisham's first effort at children's fiction. I found it entertaining and I look forward to seeing more about Theodore Boone.
That was my little lot! What did you get this week?
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