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The View From Monday - January 6, 2020


Happy 1st Monday in January and 1st Monday in 2020.

There are 5 debuts this week:

The Heap by Sean Adams;

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (English Language Debut);

The Schrödinger Girl by Laurel Brett;

Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (English Language Debut);

and

Creatures by Crissy Van Meter.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land 3) by Callie Bates is out in Trade Paperback;

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo is out in Trade Paperback;

The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library 6) by Genevieve Cogman;

No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell 2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne is out in Trade Paperback;

The Shadow Saint (The Black Iron Legacy 2) by Gareth Hanrahan;

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vengeful (Villains 2) by V. E. Schwab is out in Trade Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - January 6, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

January 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Witch's Oath Terry Goodkind F - The Children of D'Hara 4



January 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Heap (D) Sean Adams LF
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (D - English) Shokoofeh Azar
Adrien Kijek (Tr)
LF/Sagas/FL/MR
The Soul of Power (h2tp) Callie Bates F - The Waking Land 3
The Schrödinger Girl (D) Laurel Brett LF/CL/SF/Psy
Penric's Progress Lois McMaster Bujold F - Omnibus
Wyntertide Andrew Caldecott HistF/P - Rotherweird 2
Resurgence C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO/SE - Foreigner 20
Frozen Orbit Patrick Chiles SF
The Night Tiger (h2tp) Yangsze Choo Hist/LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Ice House Tim Clare F/LF
Gloomspite Andy Clark F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Voices in the Snow Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - Black Winter 1
The Secret Chapter Genevieve Cogman SF/TT/HistF - The Invisible Library 6
No Country for Old Gnomes (h2tp)
Delilah S. Dawson
Kevin Hearne
F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Tales of Pell 2
Kipper's Game (ri) Barbara Ehrenreich LF/SF/Amateur Sleuth
48 Hours (h2tp) William R. Forstchen TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Lady Hotspur Tessa Gratton HistF
Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics Sean Guynes (Ed)
Martin Lund (Ed)
LC - New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality
The Shadow Saint Gareth Hanrahan F - The Black Iron Legacy 2
Pandora: Resistance Eric L. Harry SF/PA - A Pandora Thriller 3
The Light Brigade (h2tp) Kameron Hurley SF/TT
Europe In Autumn Dave Hutchinson SF
Rising Stephen Jones (Creator) H - The Lovecraft Squad 4
Qualityland (D - English) Marc-Uwe Kling
Jamie Lee Searle (Tr)
SF/CyP/HU/Dys/Satire/LF
The Vanishing Jayne Ann Krentz RS - Fogg Lake 1
Hammer of the Emperor Steve Lyons
Steve Parker
SF - Warhammer 40,000
A Rush of Blood David Mark PsyTh
Come Tumbling Down Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children 5
Creatures (D) Crissy Van Meter LF/FL/CoA
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters Sarena Ulibarri (Ed) SF/HSF - Anthology
Miraculum (h2tp) Steph Post Occ/Sup/Hist/HistM/MR
Gunpowder & Embers John Ringo
Kacey Ezell
Christopher L. Smith
SF/AP/PA - Last Judgement's Fire 1
Vengeful (h2tp) V. E. Schwab SH/P - Villains 2
Mouthful of Birds: Stories (h2tp) Samanta Schweblin LF/SS/MR
The God Game Danny Tobey TechTh/SF/CyP/CoA
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle H/SS - Paperbacks from Hell
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe (h2tp) Heather Webber CW/MR



January 9, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shades Geoff Cooper
Brian Keene
H



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Polular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018


Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018


I can't believe December has come and gone and we are now in 2019. I think time is flying at warp 9! Pretty soon it will be time to tell you what I read in January. I am a bit tardy with this post as too much merriment over the holidays meant that I didn't have time to write this when I thought I would.  I did however, manage to read a couple of good books so lets get to it!


Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018
First up is Genevieve Cogman's The Mortal Word which is the 5th instalment in her Invisible Library series. Irene is enjoying her new life - stealing books for the Library, helping her friend - the great detective Peregrine Vale and enjoying the company of her former apprentice/hunky dragon prince Kai. After almost dying at the hands of the evil Alberich things are looking up...well almost.

After centuries of fighting the Fae and the Dragons are going to make peace and the Library have been asked to mediate the summit where the historial peace treaty is due to be signed. When one of the Dragon delegation is found murdered Irene and the Great Detective are brought in to steal a book and solve the case. Sounds easy? It never is. Irene and friends are in a race against time to find the book, identify the murderer, get the treaty signed and not get killed in the process.

I do love this series, as who doesn't want to work for an invisible library that has portals to alternative worlds? Also, Irene is a great female lead and barely ever needs Kai or Vale to rescue her. However, I was a bit hesitant about reading book 5 as I didn't love book 4 - The Lost Plot. In my opinion, The Mortal Word is a stronger book than its predecessor as I felt the plot picked up elements of the 'Alberich' plot arc and used them effectively. Alberich has a small part to play in the nefarious happenings at the peace summit that both develop Irene as a character and highlight the changes in the Library since he tried to destroy it back in book 3 - The Burning Page. Through the plot we get to learn more about the background and society of the Fae and Dragon races and of the Librarians which makes Cogman's world (or worlds) much more rich and interesting. The ending does feel like it is the actual ending of the story but I believe Cogman will be publishing more books in this series so more opportunities for Irene to get into trouble. Overall, this book was very entertaining as it had just about everything you need for a satisfying read - great characters, a good murder mystery (I only guess quite near the end who 'dunnit'), the right amount of action, and some humour.


Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018
I discovered in my trawl through Kindle recommendations that the next instalment of Bec McMaster's London Steampunk: The Blueblood Conspiracy  - To Catch a Rogue had been released. With their leader captured by the ultimate baddy - Balfour the Company of Rogues find themselves in the Crimson Court all the way in Russia. Joining them on this dangerous mission is Lark who we meet in the original London Steampunk series. She has been brought onto the mission by the Rogues' youngest member Charlie who broke her teenage heart and who was responsible for the death of her beloved caretaker - TinMan. Lark also has a few secrets to hide herself and the Crimson Court is the last place that she wants to be. Can she keep her secrets and help to save the Duke before it's too late?

You can't beat one of McMaster's London Steampunk series if you need something quick to read that has a distinct formula so know what to expect. The Company are down to their nearly final member to get teamed up in a 'I used to hate you now I love you' romance. This time it was Charlie who needed to be paired up with some romantic entanglements and the only other teenager who fit the bill was Lark. While Lark's secret past had some depth to it the romance with Charlie was a bit lacking. Both characters are in their late teens so all the 'heaving and throbbing' was a out of place with these virginal teens. If I was the Duke I wouldn't have been too happy that my captivity at the hands of my arch enemy was lengthened because Charlie and Lark had some serious flirting to do.  One of my fave characters from the previous series plays a part but I won't let it slip who that is. This is a bit of a filler story and I wonder if this is down, in part, to how many books McMaster releases in a single year. The story felt bitty and rushed. I hope that she spends more time with book 5 and impassive Duke Malloryn.


Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018
The final book I have to tell  you about is Todd McAulty's The Robots of Gotham. This has been sitting on my TBR for some time and I thought I needed to give it some space between it and the last book I read about robots taking over the world - Sea of Rust. These two books are nothing alike, luckily!

In McAulty's world sentient robots have taken over much of the world forming governments in some countries and as dictators in others. The US has been torn apart by the war of the machines with Manhattan annexed into a robot monarchy and other parts are under foreign rule. Barry Simcoe is in occupied Chicago when a rogue machine almost kills him and many others. This attack set of a chain of events that will change Barry forever. During the drama that unfolds following the robot attack Barry befriends a Russian medic in the Venezuelan military and a damaged robot 19 Black Winter. Barry unwittingly discovers a robot conspiracy to kill off the rest of humanity by releasing a deadly plague. Barry and his two new friends need to work together to stop this from happening and to try to uncover who is behind it all. It's an epic race against time for not just Barry but the rest of the humanity as well.

I am still a bit tired out from reading The Robots of Gotham as there is so much action and intrigue that I couldn't put it down. The chapters are rather long and filled with action and plot developments so it isn't an easy book to read while commuting. I would often find myself reading while walking down the street so I could get to a natural break in the plot....not easy especially when you are walking down busy London streets!

I loved Barry as a character and he is supported by a great cast of both human and robot companions. 19 Black Winter was hardly your typical robot so prepare yourself for his caustic sense of humor and witty responses to some of Barry's questions. Apart from Barry, I thought it was the non-human characters in this story that are the most interesting. Even though you know who the ultimate baddy is McAulty keeps you guessing until the very last pages to find out if Barry will save the day. It's tense! You have been warned. This was a great book and bit of a surprise how much I liked it. Looking forward reading more about Barry and hopefully 19 Black Winter.


That is all for me for 2018. I hope you enjoyed this post and the new format to my mini-reviews. Until the end of January, Happy Reading!





The Mortal Word
An Invisible Library Novel 5
Ace, November 27, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018
In the latest novel in Genevieve Cogman’s historical fantasy series, the fate of worlds lies in the balance. When a dragon is murdered at a peace conference, time-travelling Librarian spy Irene must solve the case to keep the balance between order, chaos…and the Library.

When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Vienna, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, but that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris.

Once they arrive, it seems that the murder victim had uncovered evidence suggesting that he may have found proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are already hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder – but was it dragon, Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?”





To Catch a Rouge
London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy 4
Lochaber Press, October 30, 2018
eBook, 409 pages

Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018
An impossible heist. A thief and a rogue. But will she steal his heart, instead?

The Company of Rogues finally knows the identity of the mastermind behind a plot against the queen—but their enemy is still one step ahead of them. When he kidnaps one of theirs, the Rogues plan a daring rescue mission that will lead them into the heart of the bloodthirsty Crimson Court.

It's a job for a master thief, and there's nothing Charlie Todd likes more than a challenge. To pull off the impossible, Charlie needs a crew, including the only thief who's ever been able to outfox him.

He broke her heart. But now she must risk it all to save his life...

Lark's spent years trying to forget her past, but the one thing she can't ignore is the way a single smile from Charlie still sets her heart on fire. When he proposes they work together again, it feels just like old times, but she has one rule: this is strictly business.

It's Charlie's last chance to prove he can be trusted with her heart. But Lark's keeping a deadly secret. And as passions are stirred and the stakes mount, it might be the kind of secret that could destroy them all...





The Robots of Gotham
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 19, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 688 pages
Trade Paperback, June 4, 2019

Melanie's Month in Review - December 2018
A thrilling adventure in a world one step away from total subjugation by machines.

After long years of war, the United States has sued for peace, yielding to a brutal coalition of nations ruled by fascist machines. One quarter of the country is under foreign occupation. Manhattan has been annexed by a weird robot monarchy, and in Tennessee, a permanent peace is being delicately negotiated between the battered remnants of the U.S. government and an envoy of implacable machines.

Canadian businessman Barry Simcoe arrives in occupied Chicago days before his hotel is attacked by a rogue war machine. In the aftermath, he meets a dedicated Russian medic with the occupying army, and 19 Black Winter, a badly damaged robot. Together they stumble on a machine conspiracy to unleash a horrific plague—and learn that the fabled American resistance is not as extinct as everyone believes. Simcoe races against time to prevent the extermination of all life on the continent . . . and uncover a secret that America’s machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 27, 2018


Happy Tuesday!

There are no debut novels this week. From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 3) by R.S. Belcher is out in Trade Paperback;

The Rebel (San Angeles 3) by Gerald Brandt is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Mortal Word (Invisible Library 5) by Genevieve Cogman;

#HeroFail (Superheroes Anonymous 4) by Lexie Dunne;

Infernal Machines by John Hornor Jacobs;

Song of the Soul (Muse Chronicles 7) by Lisa Kessler;

A Curse Awakened (Weird Girls 0.5) by Cecy Robson is reissued;

The Eternity War: Exodus (The Eternity War 2) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (Retropolis 1) by Bradley W. Schenck is out in Trade Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 27, 2018



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 26, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Unicorn The Lost Journey Peter S. Beagle F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Song of the Soul (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 7



November 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Victory: Part 1 Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts
The Warmaster (h2tp) Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts
Rowankind Jacey Bedford HistF - Rowankind 3
The Queen of Swords (h2tp) R. S. Belcher HistF/DH/SP - Golgotha 3
The Speed of Sound (h2tp) Eric Bernt TechTh - Speed of Sound Thrillers 1
Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech Selena Chambers (Ed)
Jason Heller (Ed)
SP - Anthology
The Rebel (h2mm) Gerald Brandt SF/CyP/AP/PA - San Angeles 3
The Mortal Word Genevieve Cogman SF/TT/HistF/P - The Invisible Library Novel 5
Space Pioneers Hank Davis (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Doctor Who: The Good Doctor Juno Dawson SF - Doctor Who
Bright Light Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 8
#HeroFail (e) Lexie Dunne SH/CF - Superheroes Anonymous 4
Iron Angels (h2mm) Eric Flint
Alistair Kimble
UF
The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (h2mm) Jason Fry SF/SO/MTI
Abandoned W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/TT/SO - Donovan 2
Before the Storm (h2mm) Christie Golden F/MTI - World of Warcraft
Shroud of Eternity: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 2
The Beast Arises: Volume 2 Guy Haley
David Guymer
David Annandale
Gav Thorpe
Warhammer 40,000 2
The Spectral City (e) Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - A Spectral City Novel 1
Aladdin: A New Translation Paulo Lemos Horta (Ed)
Yasmine Seale (Tr)
FairyT/FolkT/LM
Star Trek Prometheus - In the Heart of Chaos Christian Humberg Bernd Perplies MTI/SF/SE
Infernal Machines John Hornor Jacobs F - Incorruptibles 3
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories N. K. Jemisin F/SF/AfricanAm/UF/AC/SE - Collection
Origin J.A. Konrath Sus/Th
A Pillar of Fire by Night Tom Kratman SF
Tiger's Claim Celia Kyle PNR - Shifter Rogues 2
Choices Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar
The Razor J. Barton Mitchell SF/Th
Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves Joe Nazzaro Art/SF/F/PerfArts
Hazards of Time Travel Joyce Carol Oates Dys
City of Endless Night (tp2mm) Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
Sus/Cr/PP/Occ/Sup/H/Pol - Agent Pendergast 17
The Eternity War: Exodus Jamie Sawyer SF/AC/HSF/AC - The Eternity War 2
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (h2tp) Bradley W. Schenck SF/Hu - Retropolis 1
Daughters of the Storms (h2tp) Kim Wilkins F - Daughters of the Storm 1



November 28, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Curse Awakened (e)(ri) Cecy Robson PNR - Weird Girls Series .5
The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir: A Tor.com Original (e) Karin Tidbeck SF



November 30, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Dinosaur Tourist Caitlin R. Kiernan F - Collection
The Cambridge History of Science Fiction Gerry Canavan (Ed)
Eric Link (Ed)
LC/HC/SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Il - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!


The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!


Penguin Random House is celebrating the upcoming release of Genevieve Cogman's next novel, THE MORTAL WORD, with a giveaway of the entire Invisible Library series to one lucky winner. 

This giveaway runs from November 12th - November 23rd, 2018. Read the rules and enter at Penguin Random House HERE!





The Invisible Library Series

The Invisible Library
An Invisible Library Novel 1
Ace, June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!
Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.

One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…

FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more!




The Masked City
An Invisible Library Novel 2
Ace, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!
Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this “dazzling”* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time…

Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear….




The Burning Page
An Invisible Library Novel 3
Ace, January 10, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!
Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another “tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,” (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.

Never judge a book by its cover…

Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency of finding both Irene and her apprentice, Kai—a dragon prince—and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle…

Irene’s longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library—and make sure Irene goes down with it.

With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close—someone she never expected to betray her…




The Lost Plot
An Invisible Library Novel 4
Ace, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!
After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…




The Mortal Word
An Invisible Library Novel 5
Ace, November 27, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman - GIVEAWAY!!!
In the latest novel in Genevieve Cogman’s historical fantasy series, the fate of worlds lies in the balance. When a dragon is murdered at a peace conference, time-travelling Librarian spy Irene must solve the case to keep the balance between order, chaos…and the Library.

When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Vienna, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, but that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris.

Once they arrive, it seems that the murder victim had uncovered evidence suggesting that he may have found proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are already hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder – but was it dragon, Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?”




About Genevieve Cogman

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author, who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the NHS in England as a clinical classifications specialist. She is the author of The Invisible Library, The Masked City, The Burning Page, and The Lost Plot.

Website  ~  Twitter @GenevieveCogman

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Genevieve Cogman (2016)

The Mortal Word
An Invisible Library Novel 5
Ace, November 27, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Time-travelling Librarian spy Irene and detective Vale head to 1890s Paris to find the murderer of a dragon at a peace conference in the fifth adventure in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Lost Plot.

When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Vienna, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, but that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris.

Once they arrive, it seems that the murder victim had uncovered evidence suggesting that he may have found proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are already hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder – but was it dragon, Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?”


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book One
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book Two
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book Three
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book Four





Tom Pollock (2012)

This Story is a Lie
Soho Teen, August 7, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
A YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John le Carré, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a math genius. He also suffers from devastating panic attacks.

Pete gets through each day with the help of his mother—a famous scientist—and his beloved twin sister, Bel. But when his mom is nearly assassinated in front of his eyes and Bel disappears, Pete finds himself on the run. Dragged into a world where state and family secrets intertwine, Pete must use his extraordinary analytical skills to find his missing sister and track down the people who attacked his mother. But his greatest battle will be with the enemy he’s fought his entire life: the constant terror that threatens to overwhelm him.

Weaving back and forth between Pete’s past and present, the novel is a testimony from a protagonist who is brilliant, broken and trying to be brave.





Paul Tassi (2015)

Herokiller
Talos, August 7, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 500 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Ready Player One meets Gladiator in this high-octane thriller that mixes fight-to-the-death UFC-style cage matches and black-ops espionage.

In the near future, the line between entertainment and brutality has blurred. Mysterious billionaire and entertainment magnate Cameron Crayton is a household name from his questionably legal televised spectacles where death-row inmates fight to the death. But his old shows pale in comparison to the recently announced and eagerly anticipated global event, The Crucible. A gladiatorial tournament open to the general public to enter, the show’s winner is promised unimaginable wealth and fame if they’re able to survive a series of globally-broadcast, fight-to-the-death cage matches.

Former black-ops operative Mark Wei wants nothing more than to be left alone with his drink after sacrificing everything—including his family—in America's covert war against China, a war won largely because of Mark. But there are rumors that Cameron's background and business dealings involve shady connections to foreign powers, and soon Mark is reluctantly convinced to dust off his training and enter the tournament as an undercover agent. It's the most dangerous assignment he's ever been given—racing to expose The Crucible founder's secrets while navigating the pitfalls of fame from a viral phenomenon where the stakes are literally life and death.

The View From Monday - January 8, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce;

Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin;

and

Sinless by (Eye of the Beholder 1) by Sarah Tarkoff.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin;

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library 4) by Genevieve Cogman

Stranger Magics by Ash Fitzsimmons is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Storm Crossed (Grim 4) by Dani Harper;

Steadfast (Birth of Saints 3) by Michelle Hauck is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Points of Impact (Frontlines 6) by Marko Kloos;

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is out in Trade Paperback;

The Chronicles of the Exile: (When the Heavens Fall, Dragon Hunters, Red Tide) by Marc Turner is out in a digital bundle;

and

The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss (A Dahlia Moss Mystery 3) by Max Wirestone.

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Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

January 7, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Psience Fiction: The Paranormal in Science Fiction Literature Damien Broderick HC
A Green and Pagan Land: Myth, Magic and Landscape in British Film and Television David Huckvale HC



January 8, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Revolution (e) Alicia Michaels SF/GenEng/Dys - Bionics Novels 3



January 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Infinity Engine Neal Asher SF/SO - Transformation 3
The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin LF
The Lost Plot Genevieve Cogman SF/TT - The Invisible Library  4
Sheltered Jen Colly PNR - The Cities Below
The Hostess With the Ghostess E. J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery
Stranger Magics Ash Fitzsimmons UF
Dark Screams: Volume Nine Brian James Freeman (Ed)
Richard Chizmar (Ed)
H - Anthology
Shroud of Eternity: Sister of Darkness Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 2
A Sword of Truth Set: The Chainfire Trilogy (Chainfire, Phantom, Confessor) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Sword of Truth Series
Gnomon Nick Harkaway Dys
Storm Crossed Dani Harper GothicR - Grim 4
Steadfast Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
Through a Dark Glass Barb Hendee F/P
Imprinted (Ke) Jim C. Hines P - Magic ex Libris
The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places William Hope Hodgson F - Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson 2
Farsight: Crisis of Faith Phil Kelly SF - Farsight 1
The Eyes of the Dragon (ri) Stephen King F
Points of Impact Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 6
Beneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire CF - Wayward Children 3
Only the Devil is Here Stephen Michell H
Robots vs. Fairies Dominik Parisien (Ed)
Navah Wolfe (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology
Prophecy's Daughter Richard Phillips F - The Endarian Prophecy 2
The Afterlives (D) Thomas Pierce FL/GH/LF
Happiness for Humans (D) P.Z. Reizin CW/HU/SF
Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix Josh Reynolds SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 6
A Meddle of Wizards Alexandra Rushe F
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne Series: (Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, The Bands of Mourning) (e) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn Series
Vampire Wars Steven Savile F - Warhammer Chronicles 3
If You Are There (h2tp) Susan Sherman LF
Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse Charles Stross SF/TT - Empire Games 2
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (h2tp) Matthew Sullivan Psy
Sinless (D) Sarah Tarkoff Dys - Eye of the Beholder 1
The Chronicles of the Exile: (When the Heavens Fall, Dragon Hunters, Red Tide) (e) Marc Turner F - Chronicles of the Exile
Blood Fury J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 3
The Infernal Battalion Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 5
The Poisoner's Enemy (Ke) Jeff Wheeler F - Kingfountain Prequel
The Job of the Wasp Colin Winnette LF/M/Gothic
The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss Max Wirestone M - A Dahlia Moss Mystery 3



January 10, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bones of Sanctuary (e) Amy Rose Capetta SFTh - ReMade Season 2 #8
A City's Favor (e) Racheline Maltese
Ian Derfner
Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #13



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FiaryT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM -  Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Myth - Mythology
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Ref - Reference
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Melanie's Week In Review - January 7, 2018


Melanie's Week In Review - January 7, 2018


Welcome to 2018! I hope that everyone had a great time on New Year's Eve and that 2018 will bring health, happiness and some really great books. I am also sending warm wishes to all my North American chums who are experiencing the weather bomb (get it..warm wishes?& tee hee). I hope that the power stays on and stay tucked up at home under a duvet with a good read.

I would love to be able to tell you about a book that was published in 2018 that I have read in 2018 but alas, I am not that organised. Instead I have books that were published last year that I either read last year or just finished. I have also been busy reading the SPFBO 2017 finalists from other blogs so bear with me!


Melanie's Week In Review - January 7, 2018
I am a big fan of the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. I have reviewed each of the previous three books and have loved the very notion of an invisible library where the librarians like Irene work as covert operatives obtaining rare books. The first three books built up the plot arch of the evil Alberich who wanted to bring down Irene and the Library however, that plot was resolved at the end of book 3. In this instalment Irene and Kai are caught in the middle of two dragons who are competing to obtain a rare book and a prominent place in the dragon hierarchy. Irene is determined to keep the Library neutral and maintain the balance of power between the dragons and the fae, if it kills her....and it just might.

The setting of this instalment, The Lost Plot, is an alternative 1930's style Chicago with a heady mix of the mob and prohibition thrown in for a dash of authenticity. Irene and Kai's race against time to stop the Library becoming embroiled in dragon politics is well developed and executed. The allies, enemies and frenemies that help and hinder their progress are delightfully stereotypical and I couldn't decide which enemy I liked more. Irene and Kai's relationship takes a new turn and one that kind of surprised me given the events of a slightly romantic nature during book 3. While I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment it felt like it was out of sequence with the other books as the plot arch was resolved in the last book. It felt like Cogman had more of Irene's story to tell but hadn't done that planning upfront. It was just a bit jarring with all the build up to the resolution to the Alberich plot and then he barely features in this one. While you can't/shouldn't read books 1-3 out of sequence The Lost Plot could really be read at any point or as a stand alone novel. I really liked this book but can't say that I loved it. If Cogman had taken elements of The Burning Page and merged it with The Lost Plot then it would have been the perfect book.


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The second book I would like to tell you about is Bec McMaster's Heart of Fire which is the first instalment in her new Legends of the Storm series. I read quite a few of McMaster's books and I like some more than others. I have to admit that I wasn't really that drawn to this book based purely on the book description. I was on a city break to Oslo and doing a lot of travelling and really needed something that didn't need 100% of my concentration. Heart of Fire fit that bill.

In this instalment we are introduced to Freyja is her town's social outcast who spends her time taking care of her invalid father. When the local dreki (aka dragon) steals her last ram Freyja decides to take action and puts herself on a dangerous path. Freyja doesn't realise that the very dreki that steals her last ram is the very same hotty (Rurik) that she meets in a local village. It's not long before Rurik ingratiates himself into the beautiful Freyja's life, while keeping his real identity secret places her in great danger. Will love survive? Will they survive? I will leave it to you to find out.

Heart of Fire is one of those books that you don't need to invest a lot of time or effort into as the plot is quite straight forward and the characters rather one dimensional. The 'goodies' are very good and the baddies are very bad but it is a very quick, easy read and sometimes your brain just needs something that is nice and easy to digest.


There you go, my first WIR of 2018. I hope to be back next week to tell you about what else I have read so until then Happy Reading.





The Lost Plot
An Invisible Library Novel 4
Ace, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Melanie's Week In Review - January 7, 2018
After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…


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Heart of Fire
Legends of the Storm 1
Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd., December 14, 2017
eBook, 260 pages

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The old eddas speak of dreki—fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland's volcanoes and steal away fair maidens.

Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram—costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter—Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth.

Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form. It's the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon-hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk—but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he's never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?

Don't miss any of the Legends of the Storm books!
1. Heart of fire
2. Storm of Desire (coming 2018)
3. Clash of Storms (coming 2018)

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Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Genevieve Cogman (2016)

The Lost Plot
An Invisible Library Novel 4
Ace, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…





Jon Skovron (2016)

Blood and Tempest
The Empire of Storms 3
Orbit, November 28, 2017
Mass Market and eBook, 464 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The thrilling conclusion to Jon Skovron's adventure fantasy series, two young people from a fracturing empire spread across savage seas must find a way to keep their nation together.

Still reeling from the events at Dawn's Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.

Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he's been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.

Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.





Simone St. James (2012)

The Broken Girls
Berkley, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A breakout suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

The View From Monday - Jaunary 9, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden;

Savage Theories by Pola Oloixarac; translated by Roy Kesey;

and

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin; translated by Megan McDowell.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library 3) by Genevieve Cogman.

The View From Monday - Jaunary 9, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



Debut novels are highlighted in green. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in blue.



The View From Monday - Jaunary 9, 2017




January 9, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Boom Bands (e) Jeff Somers SF - Ustari Cycle 5



January 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man U.R. Ananthamurthy Religious/FairyT/FolkT/LM/Psy
Call of Archaon David Annandale David Guymer
Guy Haley
Ron Sanders
F - The Realmgate Wars 4
The Bear and the Nightingale (D) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World David Brin (Ed)
Stephen W. Potts (Ed)
Privacy/SF - Anthology
The Vorrh (h2tp) Brian Catling F - Vorrh 1
The Burning Page Genevieve Cogman SF/TT/HistF/P - The Invisible Library 3
Little Heaven Nick Cutter H
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler
Damian Duffy (Adapted by)
GN/SF
The El Sombra Trilogy Al Ewing SF - Omnibus
Welcome to Night Vale (h2tp) Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU
Praetorian of Dorn John French SF - The Horus Heresy 39
Straken Toby Frost SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Cold Eye Laura Anne Gilman HistF - The Devil's West 2
The Everything Box (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 1
Dead and Breakfast Kate Kingsbury PCM - A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery 1
The Alchemists of Loom Elise Kova F - Loom Saga 1
The Children's Home (h2tp) Charles Lambert LF/H
Sleeping Mask: Fictions Peter LaSalle GB - Collection
Dragon King Of Treoir (e) Dianna Love UF - Belador 8
MECH: Age of Steel Tim Marquitz (Ed)
N.X. Sharps (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Fangs and Fennel Shannon Mayer UF - The Venom Trilogy 2
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Seanan McGuire CF/P
The Withered: Wither, Resurrect, Affliction Amy Miles SF/AP/PA - The Withered Series 1
The Mountains of Parnassus Czeslaw Milosz LF/SF - The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Savage Theories (D - English) Pola Oloixarac LF/Satire/Vis/Meta
Version Control (h2tp) Dexter Palmer SF/TT/FL
Arcadia (h2tp) Iain Pears LF/F/SF/TT
The Great Forgetting (h2tp) James Renner Th/M/F/P
Shield of Baal Josh Reynolds
Braden Campbell
Joe Parrino
SF - Space Marine Battles
Fever Dream (D) Samanta Schweblin LF/Psy/H
The Last Hieroglyph: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 5 Clark Ashton Smith F - Collection
RINGS Koji Suzuki H/Media Tie-in - Ring Trilogy
Blood Children William Vitka SupM/Occ - Madness Reports 1
Sin du Jour: The First Course (e) Matt Wallace UF - A Sin du Jour Affair Omnibus
The Guests on South Battery Karen White M/GH - Tradd Street 5



January 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
'48 (Ke) James Herbert AH
The Time Machine H. G. Wells SF - Oxford World's Classics
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells SF - Oxford World's Classics
The First Men in the Moon (e) H. G. Wells SF - Oxford World's Classics



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindly only eBook
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017


Happy January! I can't believe that is my first WIR of 2017 already. Hopefully, I will have lots of fantastic books to tell you about this year. I am going to give you the review 'sandwich' again. For those of you who aren't familiar with this it's the same concept as giving feedback - good news, bad news, good news. I have used this before on my WIR and here it is again. So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
I will admit that I read Genevieve Cogman's The Burning Page back in October when I received it via NetGalley. However, I couldn't tell you about it as it won't be published until January 10th. I was really having to bite my tongue not to let anything slip out....or should I say bite my fingers? Anyway, I was really looking forward to the next instalment of the Invisible Library series and Cogman doesn't disappoint.

In this instalment The Library is in lockdown. Librarians are being killed, doors to the library are being rigged to explode...and worse and it's all down to Library's arch nemesis Alberich. Our favourite Librarian Irene is still on probation after the events of the previous book but that doesn't stop her and her side kick Kai from finding themselves in more danger than they can handle. Alberich is determined that the Library dies and Irene with it so she will need every trick up her sleeve and the help from her friends to keep both herself and her beloved Library from falling to Alberich's malevolent plot.

I love this series and The Burning Page is very good. I enjoy the growing friendship between Irene and Kai and we learn more about the inner workings of the Library in this instalment. It is very action packed with Irene pulling off one escape after another from the evil Alberich. However, I didn't love it as much as I have loved books 1 and 2. Where I felt the teeniest tiniest let down was Irene's dubious choice of romantic partner. It just didn't seem like something she would do or someone she would be attracted to and came out of the blue. I also thought it could have easily been the final instalment of the series so I am a bit concerned what future books will hold when the over arching plot seems to be wrapped up. I am really splitting hairs though as it was quite good.


Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
For the middle of this review sandwich was Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners by Larry Correia and John Ringo. I started this new spin off series focussing on the memoirs of the monster hunter Chad back in December and I found book 1 Grunge a bit disappointing. However, I almost gave up on book 2 partway through. What I liked about the original series was that Owen was very likeable and I liked him and the other supporting characters. In contrast Chad is egotistical, maniacal womaniser and quite frankly a bit of a jerk. The plot consisted of - kill monster, eat bourbon chicken or barbeque (he has moved to New Orleans now), pick up a lady, kill monster, repeat. It was just a tad dull. I don't think I will continue with this series.


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Book 3 of this WIR was a real book! The lovely Qwill sent me a care package and in it was Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson. I don't often read actual books anymore so this was a real treat..plus it was hardback so made it even more 'treatier'. This is book 5 of the Sentinels of New Orleans and the now unemployed wizard DJ has been shot, has a death sentence hanging over her and is in hiding in the Beyond. A war is about to break out between the wizards, the Fae and the Elves and guess who is caught in the middle? DJ is desperate to clear her name, keep her pregnant friend safe and get back in the arms of her hunky shapeshifter boyfriend.

I enjoyed Belle Chasse and I definitely loved the cover. I don't think I liked it quite a much as the other books. I felt this was a bit of a filler book and not a lot happens until the final few pages and even so this didn't really advance or resolve the over arching plot that much. I am not saying that nothing happened but I felt that Johnson could have been a bit bolder in drawing this series to a close. I am a bit worried it will continue and continue and continue with not much happening apart from DJ saying how much she misses New Orleans. Although, Johnson doesn't mess around and bad things still happen to good people in this instalment so definitely worth a read. Plus love the cover!


That is it for me for my first WIR of 2017. I have read a couple of crackers this week that I am looking forward to telling you all about next week. Until then Happy Reading!





The Burning Page
The Invisible Library Novel 3
Roc, January 10, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another “tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,” (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.

Never judge a book by its cover…

Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency of finding both Irene and her apprentice, Kai—a dragon prince—and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle…

Irene’s longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library—and make sure Irene goes down with it.

With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close—someone she never expected to betray her…





Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners
Monster Hunter Memoirs 2
Baen Books, December 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
A NEW NOVEL IN THE MONSTER HUNTER MEMOIRS SERIES. TWO AUTHORS, WHO COMBINED HAVE OVER FOUR MILLION BOOKS IN PRINT AND 10 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS, TEAM UP TO EXPAND LARRY CORREIA'S MONSTER HUNTER UNIVERSE!

NIGHTMARE IN THE BIG EASY

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International’s premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, fifty-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term “Hell on Earth.” In fact, more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there’s one catch: he has to stay alive to do it!





Belle Chasse
A Novel of The Sentinels of New Orleans 5
Tor Books, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
Suzanne Johnson's "strong and intriguing" (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal ("a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity") and PW ("vivid...a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists").

With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.

With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.

It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.

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