August 27, 2014
Ignore the silly title (references to Breaking Bad are about its success on Netflix and the applicability of Netflix’s access model to books). This is an excellent presentation of key points by knowledgeable players in the book market and library world today. A lot of the same issues are starting to confront us with regard to streaming media. Key points seem to be that patron driven access (for books that’s something like FReading) is great if its success is paradoxically kept modest, and that publishers are realizing library users are book buyers, not market cannibals (but they never seemed to doubt this in the print world, right?) As usual, the future’s both disturbing and comforting depending on whose point you want to latch onto.
August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014
The official list for all categories is here.
The Winner for Best Novel
Leckie, Ann. Ancillary Justice.
Winner of the Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, nominated for the Hugo and Philip K. Dick Awards. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.
Other Nominees for Best Novel
Stross, Charles. Neptune’s Brood.
The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct for the fourth time due to its fragile nature. nbsp; Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. She’s on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. But her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, the enigmatic Count Rudi, suspects that there’s more to Krina’s search than meets the eye. He’s correct: Krina and Ana each possess half of the fabled Atlantis Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value capable of bringing down entire civilizations. Krina doesn’t know that Count Rudi suspects her motives, so she accepts his offer to get her to Shin-Tethys in exchange for an introduction to Ana. nbsp; And what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is whole and leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale.
Grant, Mira. Parasite.
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite — a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system — even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.
Jordan, Robert and Brandon Sanderson. The Wheel of Time (Series).
Correia, Larry. Warbound.
New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Gritty urban fantasy set in an alternate noir 1930s. A tough P.I. battles an interdimensional monster that wants to suck magic power out of the world. Sequel to Hard Magic and Spellbound. Book Three in the Grimnoir Chronicles. Gritty urban fantasy adventure set in an alternate noir 1930s, Book Three in the Grimnoir chronicles. Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind’s magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power’s hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye, Jake Sullivan, knows the score. The problem is hardly anyone believes him. The world’s most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from the forces that think she is too dangerous to let live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late. About the Urban Fantasy of Larry Correia: “[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.”- Bookreporter.com “If you love monsters and action, you’ll love this book. If you love guns, you’ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you’ll love this book.”- Knotclan.com “A gun person who likes science fiction-or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction-will enjoy [these books]…The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters…I read both books without putting them down except for work…so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some…for yourself and for stocking stuffers.”-Massad Ayoob “This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009’s Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.”- Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta
This new book by Azar Nafisi after 2004’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories (2008) will surely be welcomed by our readers. I just finished the ARC and nominated it for October LibraryReads. I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make that list, and I’d love to pass it on to first commenter.
Review submitted to LibraryReads:
In The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi highlights three novels that for her exemplify a unique American quality consisting of a restless individualism that can lead to loneliness but also true freedom and authentic moral choices. In part this is a literary critique of the works covered and their iconic characters: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis’ Babbit, and Carson McCullers’ John Singer. This analysis is blended with interesting parallels between the works and Nafisi’s own life in both Iran and the U.S., as well as a compelling manifesto for American fiction as vital to its democratic ideals. Nafisi’s insights amount to a personalized book about books that library readers will enjoy, and prove once again that immigrants make some of the most genuine American patriots.
August 15, 2014
Annotations from Baker & Taylor or IngramListed by Author Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Brown, Rita Mae The chase is on in “New York Times” bestselling author Rita Mae Brown’s gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible “Sister” Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, “a century-old crime reawakens bad will–and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone. The Burning Room Connelly, Michael In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel Cornwell, Patricia Daniels In her 22nd outing, Dr. Kay Scarpetta goes after the Copperhead, a serial sniper who kills seemingly random victims with a single deadly shot delivered at such a distance that there’s really no crime scene, only odd bits of copper left behind as a memento. What does Kay’s techie-brilliant niece, Lucy, have to do with it? The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel Crais, Robert When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case – until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown. Revival King, Stephen King offers his expected unmatchable suspense in a novel that certainly sounds deeper than your average chillfest. Sometime in the mid- to late 20th century, Rev. Charles Jacobs arrives in young Jamie Morton’s small New England town with his alluring wife and wows the community. Then, when tragedy strikes Jamie’s family, Jacobs lashes out violently at God and religious belief and is therefore banished. Years later, Jamie, a drug-addicted rocker still running from familial woe, encounters Jacobs and enters into a relationship that turns positively Faustian. The conclusion promises to rock us to our bones while echoing Hawthorne and Poe. The Drop Lehane, Dennis While rescuing an abused puppy from a trash can on the streets of Mystic River, a lonely bartender meets a damaged woman, who is looking for something to believe in, and as their relationship grows, they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists, a relentless cop and the original owner of the puppy who now wants it back. Inspired the forthcoming film. Private India Patterson, James / Sanghi, Ashwin No annotation at this time. A New York Christmas Perry, Anne Anne Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City’s sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace. Blue Labyrinth Preston, Douglas / Child, Lincoln A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast’s most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family’s sinister past. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body…and may well end with his death. The Girl Next Door Rendell, Ruth Three-time Edgar Award winner Rendell returns to tingle our spines with suspense about a tin box containing the skeletal remains of a male and a female hand, uncovered near an earthen tunnel where decades before a group of London children played during World War II. The youth now come together as aging adults to offer up memories that might help in the investigation. Posted by Jenifer Brown
August 11, 2014
This batch has interesting choices and annotations with helpful insight on reader appeal. (I do still have a Station Eleven ARC, btw, if this piques interest). In print we have all on order or soon will (Horrorstör), and we’ll get several in audiobook as well.
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty–a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre–took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like? Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin’s engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).
August 6, 2014
This is the latest by Australian novelist Flanagan, right now considered one of if not their best. His latest The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. This is the first year the longlist includes, controversially, four Americans as well. The winner’s announcement should be interesting. Narrow Road is being published next week and already has 12 holds. The title derives from a haiku by Basho and is related to the book’s themes rather than location. Would someone care for the ARC?
“A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man–an Australian surgeon–from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present”– Provided by publisher.
Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. Moving deftly from the POW camp to contemporary Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo and his comrades to those of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of love, death, and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, war and truth, guilt and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost. [Summary]