Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Release Tuesday

This week’s offerings for new release Tuesday are:

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
According to Amazon, “Brandon Sanderson is today’s leading master of what Tolkien called “secondary creation”, the invention of whole worlds complete with magic systems and myths unique to them alone.

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker."

Next up is Personal Effects: Dark Art (Hardcover) by JC Hutchins
"Hutchins, author of the audiobook podcast trilogy 7th Son, makes his print debut with the stellar first of an interactive supernatural thriller series. Zach Taylor, an art therapist, must evaluate Martin Grace, a blind audio engineer suspected of a dozen homicides, to determine whether Martin is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of hip-hop singer Tanya Gold, whose body was “torn literally limb from limb.” Martin claims he’s an “unwitting psychic sniper,” fore-seeing crimes actually committed by a Russian demon or “Dark Man.” One of his possible earlier victims was Martin’s psychiatrist, Sophronia Poole, the girlfriend of Zack’s dad, William V. Taylor, the New York City DA seeking to convict Martin. Weisman, an alternative reality game whiz, is responsible for the items inside the book’s front pocket—a psychiatric report, family photos, death and birth certificates, etc.—that allow the reader to follow a multimedia trail of clues." --Starred Publishers Weekly (June)
"Start with an eerie setting. Add equal parts House, CSI, andThe X-Files. Place yourself at the side of an accidental detective embroiled in a complex web of madness, revenge, betrayal, and secret identities. Then light some dynamite under the box most novels live in and watch the pieces land outside the pages—in art, on websites, in e-mails, and in phone numbers that give you answers when you call. This is the future of storytelling, and it’s a thrilling ride." --Anthony E. Zuiker, Creator/Executive Producer of the CSI: Franchise”

Finally, my pick of the week is the latest in the Dresden files series
The Dresden Files Storm Front by Jim Butcher. This is the graphic novel format which I have not as yet seen. Characters in this series are quirky and original. Harry Dresden, a private eye protagonist who happens to be a wizard, is a cross between Detective Sam Spade and Harry Potter. He is the only wizard listed in the yellow pages. The series is a blend of fantasy, adventure and mystery with a good dose of humor thrown in.

It has been nearly a decade since this series was introduced and while the series is ongoing; this particular volume has now hit the graphic novel market. Could be a whole new direction for the series. Just a thought...

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Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Thanks for the reviews, Nancy. I'm always on the lookout for books to read...

Mystery Writing is Murder

Karen Walker said...

Thanks,Nancy, for this and for your kind words on my blog about the tranquility of my site.
Karen Walker

Alexis Grant said...

New release Tuesday! My fave.

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Elizabeth - great to hear, hope you are able to find something you might like here. I suggest the Dresden Files - if you are not into graphic novels, try the regular novels, it is a very original blend of fantasy and mystery.

Hi Karen - thanks for being faithful and stopping by. I do love the tranquil feeling of your blog.

Hi Alexis - great to see you! Thanks, hope there is a suggestion here you might like!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Anonymous said...

Always appreciate these reviews. Wow you do a LOT of reading to be able to keep up with THIS weekly feature. Kudos!

The Old Silly From Free Spirit Blog

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Don’t you just hate it when, after all these years, to paraphrase Paul Simon, you’re “still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.” Oh yeah, that’s really annoying. I mean let by-gones be by-gones. Seriously though, Sanderson’s book looks pretty engaging.

Best Regards, Galen.

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Marvin and Galen thanks for stopping by! Paul Simon does awesome lyrics, lol.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Anonymous said...


Great idea to post reviews for new books in your genre along with your pick of the week. If you don't mind, I'm going to steal this idea and incorporate it into my site. Thanks.

- Steve Tremp

Danyelle said...

The first book looks really interesting. Thanks for posting these. :D

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Stephen and Danyelle,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stephen, feel free to use the idea! Its a great way for keeping your finger on the pulse of what's going on within your genre.

Danyelle,this is a great author. Has real quality work. Check it out when you get a chance!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

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