Books I’m Eyeing

Books I’m Eyeing is a weekly feature where I show you the books that have caught my eye, and the blogs that made me want to read them. The goal of this is to show you the websites that routinely have great content and top notch reviews and interviews. It is also my way to show the blogosphere that I might not be a regular commenter, but I do visit your websites, and appreciate what you add to the genre and the online community. Cheesy? Probably, but there it is.

Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever

Discovery blamed on: SF Signal

About the Book

He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero.







The Explorer – James Smythe

Discovery blamed on: The Speculative Scotsman

About the Book

A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it

Odd Men Out – Mat Betts

Discovery blamed on: SF Signal

About the Book

The Civil war has ended but not because the South surrendered, instead it’s on hold while both sides face a new enemy—the chewers, dead men who’ve come back to life. Cyrus Joseph Spencer didn’t fight in the war and couldn’t care less about the United Nations of America that resulted from it. His main concern is making money and protecting his crew from all manner of danger. But when tragedy strikes he’s forced to take shelter onboard a dirigible piloted by the U.N.’s peace-keeping force. It’s soon apparent that many more dangers are lurking and Cyrus must decide whether to throw in with strangers in a desperate bid to protect the country or cast off on his own.



The Gospel of Loki – Joanne M. Harris

Discovery blamed on: Staffer’s Book Review 
(Note: Not released until February, 2014)

About the Book

Loki, that’s me.

Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.

So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.

Now it’s my turn to take the stage.

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.

From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.

The Merchant of Dreams – Anne Lyle

Discovery blamed on: SF Signal (and the fact that I’m reading The Alchemist of Souls right now)

About the Book

Book Two of the Night’s Masque series, sequel to The Alchemist of Souls

Exiled from the court of Queen Elizabeth for accusing a powerful nobleman of treason, swordsman-turned-spy Mal Catlyn has been living in France with his young valet Coby Hendricks for the past year.

But Mal harbours a darker secret: he and his twin brother share a soul that once belonged to a skrayling, one of the mystical creatures from the New World.

When Mal’s dream about a skrayling shipwreck in the Mediterranean proves reality, it sets him on a path to the beautiful, treacherous city of Venice – and a conflict of loyalties that will place him and his friends in greater danger than ever.

Hell House – Richard Matheson

Discover blamed on: King of the Nerds

About the Book

Can any soul survive?

Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity. Now a new investigation has been mounted – four strangers, each with his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion.



The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud

Discovery blamed on: Fantasy Book Critic

About the Book

There will be blood. There will be death. This is the path of anger. . .

Dun-Cadal has been drinking his life away for years. Betrayed by his friends – who turned their back on their ideals in favour of a new republic – and grief stricken at the loss of his apprentice, who saved his life on the battlefield and whom he trained as a knight in exchange, he’s done with politics, with adventure, and with people.

But people aren’t finished with him – not yet. Viola is a young historian looking for the last Emperor’s sword, and her search not only brings her to Dun-Cadal, it’s also going to embroil them both in a series of assassinations. Because Dun-Cadal’s turncoat friends are being murdered, one by one. . . by someone who kills in the unmistakable style of an Imperial assassin.


6 Responses

  • Good list of books here, Sarah. I read the first six THOMAS COVENANT books years ago and loved them. The protagonist is the standard bearer for unlikable protagonists, but the story and writing are spectacular.

    I really hope THE GOSPEL OF LOKI gets US publication.

    I’ve been seeing only good things about Anne Lyle’s books, I think I need to add them to my own “Books I’m Eying” internal inventory

    • I’m reading the first book in the Lyle series right now. It’s fun, and I enjoy alternative history. I think book two looks to be a lot more substantial.

      I also hope that THE GOSPEL OF LOKI gets a U.S. publication. That cover is amazing.

      Thomas Covenant, I’ve heard a lot of people hate those books, but what was said on SFSignal sells it for me.

  • I can vouch for Path of Anger. It’s VERY good (so far) and impressively translated.

  • The Thomas Covenant series has been on my reading list for years. Great list!

  • Hmm, I think I might have to search out a copy of The Gospel of Loki. I have a weakness for trickster gods in my fiction, and the potential amusement of having a book written from his perspective could keep me happy for hours if it’s done well!

    I also want to read Anne Lyle’s books. I think I have the first 2 Night’s Masque books waiting on my bookshelves, but they were bought in a fit of, “I have money and this looks awesome” and sadly I haven’t actually read them yet. I’m bad when it comes to doing that…

  • The Explorers sounds chilling. Love your list. Got me thinking I need to go grab a cup of joe at the local bookshop and see what’s out there. 🙂

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