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The View From Monday - May 19, 2014

Happy Monday. I managed to get some reading in this weekend in between trying to clean up some messy gardens. I was partially successful.  I also took time to see Godzilla. I'm a huge Kaiju Eiga fan and Godzilla is my favorite Kaiju of all (though I do have a fondness for Gamera too). Actually I like all the Kaiju, but Godzilla is my absolute favorite. So what did I think? I thought the Kaiju were great. The battles were terrific. And Godzilla was smart in this movie. I also have some observations about Muto, but don't want to spoil the movie so won't say more. I believe that even non-Godzilla fans well enjoy this movie. Do I remember the actual characters? Sure. I can tell you the story from beginning to end probably without missing much. However, I didn't really go to see the humans. In a movie like this there is no time to set up huge and meaningful character arcs and that doesn't bother me at all.  Yes, there were some emotional moments but honestly I was most concerned about the big lizard. I've watched every Godzilla movie available more than once. I knew what I was expecting. Godzilla (2014) delivered.

And now on to the books out this week!

The View From Monday - May 19, 2014

There are two debuts out this week:

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne;


The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi. This is his first book translated into English and first release in the US.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Pillars of Sand (Echoes of Empire 3) by Mark T. Barnes. This is the final book in this trilogy. I really really liked the first novel, The Garden of Stones, and you can see my full thoughts on this novel later this week;

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson 6) by Darynda Jones;

Delia's Shadow by Jamie Lee Moyer goes from Hardcover to Trade Paperback.

May 19, 2014
Goddess Born (e) Kari Edgren PNR
Dragons & Dirigibles (e) Cindy Spencer Pape SPR - Gaslight Chronicles 7

May 20, 2014
Island in a Sea of Stars: A Tor.Com Original Kevin J. Anderson SF - Saga of Shadow
Possessed by a Warrior and Possessed by an Immortal Sharon Ashwood PNR
The Boost Stephen Baker Th/Techno
The Pillars of Sand Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 3
The Kraken King Part VI: The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
The Girl in the Road (D) Monica Byrne SF
Thief's Magic Trudi Canavan F - Millennium’s Rule 1
The Severed Streets Paul Cornell UF - London Falling 2
Godzilla - The Official Movie Novelization Greg Cox SF - Godzilla
A Dance of Shadows David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 4
Suffer the Children Craig DiLouie H
The Chronicle of Secret Riven Ronlyn Domingue F - Keeper of Tales Trilogy 2
Temporary Hauntings (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 2
Fire Rising: Part 2 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Commissar Andy Hoare F - Warhammer 40,000
Highfell Grimoires Langley Hyde SP/Th
Double Hexed (e) Allyson James
(Jennifer Ashley)
PNR - Stormwalker Novella
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 Kij Johnson (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Untamed Wolf and Immortal Cowboy Linda O. Johnston
Alexis Morgan
Sixth Grave on the Edge Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 6
The Three Sarah Lotz Su/Th
Ghouls Rush In H.P. Mallory PNR - Peyton Clark 1
Wizards: From Merlin to Faust David McIntee Myths and Legends
Among the Unseen Jodi McIsaac F - Thin Veil 3
Reaping the Dark (e) Gary McMahon H
The Man with the Compound Eyes (D - US) Wu Ming-Yi F
Cyador's Heirs L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Sage of Recluce 17
Delia's Shadow (h2tp) Jaime Lee Moyer F
Troll Mountain: Omnibus Edition (e) Matthew Reilly F/Sus/Su
The Wolf Siren and Demon Wolf Karen Whiddon
Bonnie Vanak
My Real Children Jo Walton SF

May 22, 2014
Scorched (e) Erica Hayes UF

D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts

There are 8 debuts for May. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The May debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite May cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).

Timothy Baker

Path of the Dead
Hungry Ghosts 1
Ragnarok Publications, May 5, 2014

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts

Nestled on the foot of Tibet’s sacred Seche La Mountain is the village of Dagzê. The normally quiet streets are bustling with the steady stream of arrivals and preparations for the coming Festival of the Medicine King; a time of celebration, healing, and renewal. But a shadow is sweeping the world, a plague of apocalyptic proportions—the dead are rising and devouring the living, and no place is safe where humanity thrives.

As Dagzê burns, overtaken by the hungry undead, five people come together: Lama Tenzin, an elder monk; Gu-lang, the silent warrior nun and Tenzin’s protector; Cheung, a private in The People’s Army, driver and escort of the Lama; ten-year-old Chodren Dawa, witness to his sister’s death and rising; and Dorje Cetan, a Shaolin-trained hermit monk of Seche La and a dreamer of a dark portent. Together they must fight their way out of Dagzê to an abandoned Buddhist hermitage clinging to the mist-shrouded cliffs of Seche La.

With the undead following and gathering at Eagle’s Nest gate, they barricade themselves inside their dead-end haven, and are soon forced to battle the beasts without, as well as the ones within.

Monica Byrne

The Girl in the Road
Crown, May 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Stunningly original and wildly inventive, The Girl in the Road melds the influences of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Erin Morgenstern for a dazzling debut.

In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation. Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS system, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.

Tom Doyle

American Craftsmen
Tor Books, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first.

US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a “craftsman.” After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.

Dale uncovers treason in the Pentagon’s highest covert ranks. He hunts for his enemies before they can murder him and Scherie, a new friend who knows nothing of his magic.

Endicott pursues Dale, divided between his duty to capture a rogue soldier and his desire to protect Dale from his would-be assassins. They will discover that the demonic horrors that have corrupted American magic are not bound by family or even death itself.

In Tom Doyle's thrilling debut, American Craftsmen, Seal Team Six meets ancient magic--with the fate of the United States hanging in the balance . . .

Wu Ming-Yi

The Man with the Compound Eyes
Pantheon, May 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
(US English-language debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
When a tsunami sends a massive island made entirely of trash crashing into the Taiwanese coast, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical island and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. Here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan, who has written an “astonishing” novel (The Independent) that is at once fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga.

Fifteen-year-old Atile’i—a native of Wayo Wayo, an island somewhere in the Pacific—has come of age. Following the custom of his people, he is set adrift as a sacrifice to the Sea God but, unlike those who have gone before him, Atile’i is determined to defy precedent and survive. His chances seem slim, but just as it appears that hope is lost, Atile’i comes across a sprawling trash vortex floating in the ocean and climbs onto it.

Meanwhile, on the east coast of Taiwan, Alice, a college professor, is overcome with grief. Her husband and son are missing, having disappeared while hiking in the mountains near their home. Alice is so distraught that she decides to end her own life. But her plans are interrupted by a violent storm that causes the trash vortex to collide with the Taiwanese coast, bringing Atile’i along with it. Alice and Atile’i subsequently form an unlikely friendship that helps each of them come to terms with what they have lost. Together they set out to uncover the mystery of Alice’s lost family, following their footsteps into the mountains. Intertwined with Alice and Atile’i’s story are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples—and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes.

A work of lyrical beauty that combines magical realism and environmental fable, The Man with the Compound Eyes is an incredible story about the bonds of family, the meaning of love, and the lasting effects of human destruction.

Laline Paull

The Bees
Ecco, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death.

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.

But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.

Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.

Stephanie Saulter

Jo Fletcher Books, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(US Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Starburst magazine raved that Gemsigns, the first novel in a series, is “a fascinating and compelling read, exploring the boundaries of human behavior, religious influences, and the morality of the everyday person. It comes highly recommended.”

For years the human race was under attack from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, Gems—the line between survival and ethics was radically altered. Now the Gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves. And a conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the Gems is the key to that freedom. But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.

Rick Springfield

Magnificent Vibration
Touchstone, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
(Fiction Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Why are we here? What is love? Is there a loch ness monster? Does God send text messages?

These are the kinds of questions Horatio Cotton, aka Bobby, asks in New York Times bestseller Rick Springfield’s debut novel, Magnificent Vibration.

After stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore, Bobby calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God. This launches Bobby on an unlikely quest, serendipitously accompanied by a breathtakingly sexy and exceedingly sharp travel companion named Alice. Together the pair sets out to find some combination of spiritual and carnal salvation—and possibly save the planet.

By turns hilarious, poignant, over-the-top, and deeply meaningful, Magnificent Vibration is a highly original novel about the biggest questions one man—or mankind—has ever asked.

Rachel Weaver

Point of Direction
Ig Publishing, May 13, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for each other, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of a deep channel—a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. What seems the perfect adventure for these two quickly unravels, as closely-held secrets pull them apart, and the surrounding waters threaten uncertain danger. A psychological thriller set against the rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, Point of Direction is an exquisite literary debut.

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