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The View From Monday - October 27, 2014

Happy last Monday in October! Halloween is Friday and it may snow here on Saturday! That's a bit early for us though we did have a Halloween Nor'easter in 2011. That was not a nice trick! Hopefully we'll have a better Halloween this year. Do you celebrate? Hand out candy?

For Anne Rice fans - Prince Lestat is out tomorrow. This is the 11th novel in The Vampire Chronicles and a return to the this world after a decade away.

Caitlin Kittredge debuts a new series tomorrow with Black Dog. The first novel in Hellhound Chronicles.

There is one Debut this week:

Bring me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel by Martin Rose

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy 1) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster by Ian Doescher;

Sky Pirates (Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3) by Liesel Schwarz.

The View From Monday - October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014
'Til Dragons Do Us Part (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Never Deal with Dragons
Taste of Treason April Taylor HistF - Tudor Enigma 2

October 28, 2014
Arrow - Heroes and Villains Nick Aires F
Burn for Me Ilona Andrews PNR - Hidden Legacy 1
Esrever Doom (h2mm) Piers Anthony F - Xanth 37
Otherworld Nights: An Anthology Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld
Penumbra Keri Arthur PNR - Spook Squad 3
Red Rising (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF - Red Rising Trilogy 1
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man W. Bruce Cameron Hu/F
Love Me to Death Marissa Clarke PNR - Underveil 1
The Wolf in Winter John Connolly Th - Charlie Parker 12
Deadly Pursuit Nina Croft PNR - Dark Desires 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster Ian Doescher MU - Star Wars / Shakespeare
Inner Demon: Part 3 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
The Book of Strange New Things Michel Faber SF
The Peripheral William Gibson SF
Black Spring Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 7
Blood of Dragons (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 4
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three (Wheel of Time Other) Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Other 3
Riding the Unicorn Paul Kearney F
Black Dog Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 1
Revolution (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey SF - Secret World Chronicle 3
Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed David Mack SF - Star Trek
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Slipcased Edition) Gabriel Garcia Marquez MR
Dangerous Women 2 George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Elio Garcia
Linda Antonsson
F - Games of Thrones
An Exchange of Gifts (ri) Anne McCaffrey F
Drawn Blades Kelly McCullough F - Fallen Blade 5
Starhawk (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Priscilla Hutchins 7
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul (tp2mm) Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork Terry Pratchett F - Discworld
Going Postal (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 33
Making Money (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 36
Raising Steam (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Thud! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 34
Unseen Academicals (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 37
Prince Lestat Anne Rice H - The Vampire Chronicles 11
Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel (D) Martin Rose H
The Slow Regard of Silent Things Patrick Rothfuss F - Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5
Infection and Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse Books 1 and 2 Sean Schubert H/Ap
Sky Pirates Liesel Schwarz HistF - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3
Kris Longknife: Tenacious Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 12
The Darkest Passion (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 6
Archangel's Shadows Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 7
Razor's Edge: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion) (h2mm) Martha Wells SF - Star Wars - Legends
Scars (tp2mm) Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy 28

October 30, 2014
All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set Deborah Harkness F - All Souls Trilogy
The Mailman (ri) Bentley Little H

October 31, 2014
SNAFU: Heroes (K e) Jonathan Maberry
Weston Ochse
James A Moore
Joseph Nassise
MilitaryH - Anthology
They Thirst (ri) Robert McCammon H
The Drawing of the Dark (ri) Tim Powers F
Fangoria Cover To Cover Anthony Timpone (ed) H

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
MR - Magical Realism
MU - Mashup
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - October 14, 2013

Happy Columbus Day (observed) to those in the US. And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada.

New York Comic Con ended yesterday and I'm still recovering from Friday and Saturday. I didn't go yesterday, Kids' Day, due to other commitments. Trinitytwo was with me on Friday and we'll have some pictures and goodies to share with you. Also during the week, I'll share with you many many press releases about comics and more. If you look just below this post you will see the first 3. Just click "Read more >>" if the press release title interests you.

The View From Monday - October 14, 2013

It's a fairly light release week with 1 debut:

How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman.

(Don't forget to vote in the October 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - here.)

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Obsidian Heart (Echoes of Empire 2) by Mark T. Barnes. I saw the novel at NYCC. It has a gorgeous cover by Stephan Martiniere. I'm enjoying the first novel - The Garden of Stones - and have preordered The Obsidian Heart;

Copperhead (Ironskin 2) by Tina Connolly;

First Bite (Dark Wolf 1) by Dani Harper;


Pushing Luck (Pax Arcana eNovella) by Elliott James.

If you are a fan of Steampunk you are in luck this week with:

His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co., Part 2) by Lynn Viehl;

The Osiris Curse (Tweed and Nightingale Adventures 2) by Paul Crilley;

Fiendish Schemes by K.W. Jeter;


Luminous Chaos (The Mysteries of New Venice 2) by Jean-Christophe Valtat

Both Anne Rice and Christopher Rice (Anne's son) have novels out on the 15th:

The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles 2) by Anne Rice; and

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice, which is his first supernatural novel.  It's really, really good!

October 14, 2013
His Lordship Possessed (e) Lynn Viehl SP/M - Disenchanted & Co., Part 2

October 15, 2013
Red Country (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F
The Obsidian Heart Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 2
The n-Body Problem Tony Burgess Z/AP
Fury of Desire Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 4
How To Be a Good Wife (D US) Emma Chapman Meta/Ch
The Wasteland Saga: Three Novels: Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, The Road is a River Nick Cole PA
Copperhead Tina Connolly HistF - Ironskin 2
The Osiris Curse Paul Crilley SP/M - Tweed and Nightingale Adventures 2
Tolkien: A Dictionary David Day F - Dictionary
The Entity Who Came for Christmas: A Holiday Novella (e) Cat Devon PNR - Entity
The Last Dark Stephen R. Donaldson F - The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 4
The Greatcoat: A Ghost Story Helen Dunmore Gh/H
Man in the Empty Suit (h2tp) Sean Ferrell SF/TT
Midnight's Promise: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Theodore Savage (ri) Cicely Hamilton SF - Radium Age SF Series
First Bite Dani Harper PNR - Dark Wolf 1
NOS4A2 (h2tp) Joe Hill Sup/Su
Pushing Luck (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana
The Cusanus Game Wolfgang Jeschke SF
Fiendish Schemes K. W. Jeter SP
The Wolves of Midwinter Anne Rice UF/H - Wolf Gift Chronicles 2
The Heavens Rise Christopher Rice SF/H
The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien Christopher Snyder LC
Luminous Chaos Jean-Christophe Valtat SP - Mysteries of New Venice 2
Come Back to the Sea: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jason Vanhee F

October 16, 2013
Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp = Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AP - Apocalyptic
Ch - Chiller
F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Suspense
Sup - Supernatural
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Release Day Review - The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice - 4 1/2 Qwills

The Wolf Gift
Author:  Anne Rice
Format:  Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher:  Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf  (February 14, 2012)
Price:  $25.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/ Gothic Horror
ISBN:  978-0-307-99076-1
Review Copy: Publisher via NetGalley

Release Day Review - The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice - 4 1/2  Qwills
The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.

My thoughts:

I've been a fan of Anne Rice's writing since I read Interview with the Vampire, which is not to say that I've liked everything she's written. So it was with great curiosity and a bit of hope that I began to read The Wolf Gift. I was not disappointed.

The Wolf Gift struck me as a gentle story in many ways. I know - werewolves and gentle don't necessarily go together. Yes, there is some violence, but mostly this book is an exploration of what it is to become a werewolf, of good versus evil.  It's a journey that the main character, Reuben, takes. And it is fascinating.  Reuben struggles with the moral issues of his dilemma. Can something that is supposedly evil be good? Is there a purpose to his new life? Will he lose his humanity? Be more wolf than man?

Ms. Rice's descriptive powers are at full force in The Wolf Gift. I had a clear sense of place throughout the novel. I fell in love with the big coastal mansion with it's secrets as much as any of the characters. I saw the forest and the old growth trees. I heard the waves crash, the rain fall, the animals prowl the woods, the sounds of the city. All of this combined to provide a lovely Gothic feel to the novel.

Reuben's family, the people he loves and comes to love were wonderfully drawn. Even the villains of the story, though not a major focus, are well done. These villains as well as some of the good guys infuse the backdrop of the story for a large part of the novel until they are brought front and center. The story moves at a fast pace even through the ruminations on good and evil. While the concepts may be abstract, they are brought to life in a concrete manner without overshadowing the story. I enjoyed watching Reuben come to grips with what was happening, to wonder about his situation, and to learn about his gift.

Ms. Rice's werewolves are the stuff of legend but not the legend you may know or expect. There is something new here. Something more than a bit wonderful.

I give The Wolf Gift 4 1/2 Qwills
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