Books I’m Eyeing

Ah yes, it is that time again. Friday, sweet Friday, where I post links to other reviews that other people worked hard to write so I don’t have to (today).

In other news, tonight all of my badgering, bugging, coercing, and otherwise annoying someone pays off. Peter Orullian, the author of The Unremembered, is in town for a con (Life, the Universe and Everything). I am meeting up with him tonight, where I will bother him about various geekish things. I will get him to leave his autograph on something. I will ask him questions and bask in the glow of hanging out with an author. Of course I will let all you fine folks know about anything I learned that is hardcore or otherwise noteworthy. But basically, I’M EXCITED!!

So, back to the point of this post. Books I’m Eyeing is a weekly feature directing your attention to the books that other people have highlighted on their websites that got my attention. It is my small way to get their very worthy websites more traffic, and to show some books that may or may not have flown under your radar.

What books are you eyeing?

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare – M.G. Buehrlen

Discovery blamed on: The Founding Fields

About the Book

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

The Copper Promise – Jen Williams

Discovery blamed on: Civilian Reader

About the Book

There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel…

Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour.

Soon this reckless trio will be the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

The Iron Wolves – Andy Remic

Discovery blamed on: King of the Nerds

About the Book

Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. This ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes.

Now, a new terror stalks the realm. In hushed whispers, it is claimed the Horse Lady, Orlana the Changer, has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody hunters, summoning mud-orcs from then slime and heading north to Vagandrak where, it said, the noble King Yoon has gone insane…

After hearing a prophecy from a blind seer, aged General Dalgoran searches to reunite the heroes of old for what he believes will be the final battle. But as mud-orcs and twisted beasts tear through the land, Dalgoran discovers the Iron Wolves are no longer heroes of legend… Narnok is a violent whoremaster, Kiki a honey-leaf drug peddler, and Prince Zastarte a drinker, a gambler, amoral and decadent: now he likes to hear people scream as they burn…

United in hate, the Iron Wolves travel to the Pass of Splintered Bones; and as half a million mud-orcs gather, General Dalgoran realises his grave error. Together, the Iron Wolves hold a terrible secret which has tortured them for three decades. Now, they only wish to be human again.

Black Moon – Kenneth Calhoun

Discovery blamed on: Civilian Reader

About the Book

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.

The Girl With All The Gifts – M.J. Carey

Discovery blamed on: The Speculative Scotsman

About the Book

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

5 Responses

  • Copper Promise looks interesting.

    I’ve heard mixed things about Iron Wolves, though

    • Iron Wolves is unapologetic about what it is, a Warhammer like fantasy in the Grimdark vein. Therefor, your mileage will vary based on that.

      I would love to read the Copper Promise, alas, no US release. I know Book Depository will ship to the US, but I really wish these stupid e-reader regulations would go away. I just want to buy a damn mobi file!

  • Ahhhh I’ve been waiting for Copper Promise for a while now! I dislike hearing that it’s not coming to North America, but this won’t be the first time I’ve ordered books from amazon UK.

  • Black Moon sounds like a fascinating book. I need to recheck my email, I may have received an e-ARC for that book. Hmmm….

  • I started reading “The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare” today. Not very far into it, but I like the humour so far and the writing style seems decently polished, so that already puts it ahead of a couple of books I’ve tried to start recently.

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