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Lannie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:44 pm
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Let's get some nominations going for the February Book of the Month! What did you get for Christmas that you want to read with everyone? What's hanging out in your TBR pile that you should move to the top?

So, about two weeks for noms, one for voting, one for buying!

This thread will be open for nominations up to Sunday, January 16th. You can nominate books by replying to this message, or by PM to the Book Club Coordinator (Lannie) who will add them here for you.

The book must be available in mass market paperback in both the US and the UK. Please include title, author, price and a bit of a blurb in your post or PM (you can look at previous nomination threads if you don't know what I mean). If you don't have time to look up the information or aren't sure what to include, you can just PM me the title/author and I'll find out for you.

Voting will then be open for one week and then people will have one week to find the book before Feb 1.
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Lannie
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:51 am
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Title: Written in Time
Author: Jerry Ahern

Price: $7.99 / £5.85
Pages: 656

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As a freelance writer, Jack Naile was used to getting an occasional letter from one of his readers, but when one of those readers sent him a clipping from a magazine, it would not only change his life, but could alter the course of history as well. The clipping had a photo, taken in Nevada in 1903, of a street scene, including a story with a sign, “Jack Naile—General Merchandise.”

Intrigued, Jack phoned the Nevada town’s historian and asked for more information. When the historian sent him a photo of the 19th century Jack Naile, what had seemed like an interesting coincidence immediately became much more bizarre. The four people in the photo, dressed in the style of the time, were unmistakably Jack, his wife, their grown son and teenage daughter. Jack decided he would have to take a trip to that town to investigate further. And if he and his family were somehow going to travel back in time, he was going to be prepared—and be well-armed.
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Lannie
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:55 am
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Title: Servant of a Dark God
Author: John Brown

Price: $7.79 / £5.05
Pages: 624

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In Brown's engrossing debut, the first installment of the Dark Gods saga, one of the mysterious Divines, godlike rulers capable of harvesting a person's life force, has vanished. Young Talen's relatively idyllic life is turned upside down when his family is accused of being soul-eaters who worship a twisted god. Pursued by fearful clansmen and a nightmarish earthen monstrosity known only as Hunger, Talen begins to investigate his latent world-changing abilities. Soon he learns of his family's extensive role in the enigmatic Order, whose mission is to break the yoke of the Divines, and the nature of the dark power that hunts them.
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Lannie
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:01 am
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Title: Carousel Tides
Author: Sharon Lee

Price: $11.20 / £8.20
Pages: 320

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A tourist town in Maine hosts a war of faerie magic in this engaging urban fantasy. The fireworks begin when Kate Archer returns to Archers Beach, Maine, to search for her vanished grandmother, Bonny Pepperidge, and to assume Bonny's role as Guardian of Fun Country, an amusement park whose carousel animals are actually exiled fae criminals. Almost immediately, Kate runs afoul of neighbor Joe Nemeier, a drug smuggler who sets his assassins after her. Then she learns from the local earth spirits that Bonny may have discovered the whereabouts of Kate's mom, newly escaped from a pursuing demonic captor. Lee brings these disparate subplots together in a pyrotechnic finale that plays out magically behind the ordinary facade of smalltown Maine life, evoking much of the romance and magic of her popular Liaden series.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:09 pm
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Title: At the Queen's Command (Book 1 of Crown Colonies)
Author: Michael A. Stackpole

Price: $10.19 / £7.69
Pages: 448

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Tacking magic onto a colonial New World called Mystria, bestseller Stackpole (I, Jedi) spins a sprawling tale of a French and Zombie War in which colonists, Norillian redcoats, and native warriors must work together to defeat a necromantic Jacobin from Tharyngia. Capt. Owen Strake of the Queen's Own Wurms is given the assignment to map out the frontier in anticipation of a continental war moving to the colonies. Assisting him are local scout Nathaniel Woods and his sworn brother, Kamiskwa, prince of the native Altashee. Escaping captivity and torture, Strake maneuvers amid political intrigues and arrogant military commanders to help the colonists shed their reputation for cowardice and stop the villainous Guy du Malphias and his undead soldiers. Stackpole captures the grandeur and danger of the New World, an effort undermined only by some frontier stereotypes.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:12 pm
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Title: Death Most Definite (Book 1 of DeathWorks/Steven De Selby))
Author: Trent Jamieson

Price: $7.99 / £4.99
Pages: 352

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Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse-unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss- that is, Death himself.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:37 pm
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Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont
Publisher: Bantam Press (4 June 2007)
Hardcover: 282 pages
ISBN-10: 0593057813
ISBN-13: 978-0593057810

Price: $7.99 / £5.49
Pages: 336 (paperback amazon.com version)

Originally released three years ago in the UK as a limited hardback edition, Night of Knives has been through a few incarnations before this latest version from Bantam Press. Night of Knives marks the first foray by Ian Cameron Esslemont into the world he co-created with Steven Erikson and deals with the events that underpin the whole Malazan series, Kellanved and Dancer’s assassination.

This is the main appeal of Night of Knives;, it offers an intriguing look back into the somewhat muddied history of the Malazan Empire, particularly the elusive Kellanved and Dancer, who in Erikson’s books are Shadowthrone and Cotillion (King and Assassin of High House Shadow respectively). Until now there have only been small pieces of information and innuendo about what happened to Kellanved and Dancer, so a full account of the events leading to their ascension is intriguing to say the least.

Night of Knives takes place in the port city of Malaz, where Kellanved and Dancer began their empire building and where they have supposedly returned for some unknown purpose. It is the night of a Convergence, which the locals call a Shadow Moon, where the borders between realms are thin and several opposing powers are set to clash. Although their goal is uncertain, it is clear that a great deal is at stake. The story is told from two main points of view - a young local woman named Kiska who is eager to distinguish herself in order to get off the island and Temper, a gnarled Malazan military veteran who now guards Mock’s Hold and whose background is easily one of the most interesting parts of the story, particularly with its relevance to the larger world. Kiska and Temper are strong, well developed point-of-view characters offering the necessary elements the reader requires to grasp the unfolding events. Through Kiska we gain knowledge of the city and some intriguing inhabitants, from Temper we gain understanding of the history surrounding the events and its players. Thus both characters lead to a coherent, overall telling of what is taking place, filling in details as they become relevant and becoming involved in situations whose implications the reader will appreciate. The night is a brutal combination of subterfuge and open confrontation taking place across Malaz and the consequences will leave a lasting mark on the Malazan Empire and the world beyond.

There will inevitably be comparisons between Esslemont and Erikson, but at this stage they would appear to be unfair. Erikson is into his eighth Malazan novel whereas Esslemont’s relative lack of experience, added to the smaller, more intimate scope his stories take, means that there will continually be a distinct contrast between the two. On the evidence of Night of Knives though, this is not a bad thing because Ian Esslemont possesses a fast paced storytelling style that strikes an enjoyable balance between description and progression. Night of Knives helps the author by being told over a short space of time, 12 or so hours, in a single location. No continent-hopping or chronology-jumping to wrap your mind around, this is a leaner, condensed storyline that allows for a clear, enjoyable reading experience.

Unfortunately, although dealing with the most important event outside of Erikson’s novels, at 282 pages Night of Knives is shorter than fans would like. Its brevity is the main downside in an otherwise fine tale, as always with this fantastic world the two authors have created there are frustrating hints and little details that give a glimpse at a much larger picture. Sometimes this works to the detriment of the story, annoying pieces of information that you wish both authors would for once follow up on or place in a greater context. For a book designed, one would assume, to answer questions, it simply creates more. The proposed Malazan Encyclopaedia, after the main series is finished, cannot appear soon enough in that regard, to see how the whole world fits together.

The one other failing of the book that I must emphasise is accessibility. As a standalone, Night of Knives still requires a fair amount of knowledge of the Malazan series in order to place characters and events in context, the sixth book The Bonehunters being particularly relevant. Without that knowledge the book loses much of its impact and appeal.

As a first venture into a series of companion books that could well answer many of the intriguing questions posed by Erikson’s main series, Night of Knives is a welcome boon. For the hordes of Malazan fans out there this is an enjoyable, if mildly frustrating, look at the important history of the Malazan Empire. There is certainly plenty to be hopeful about in Esslemont’s forthcoming second book Return of the Crimson Guard.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:14 pm
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Title: License to Ensorcell
Author: Katharine Kerr

Price: $7.99 / £3.84
Pages: 336

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Psychic Agent Nola O'Grady isn't sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even the CIA doesn't know it exists, can be perilous, and she's afraid of the relatives getting involved.

Then the Agency saddles her with Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, and she has a bigger problem on her hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari's strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer obsessed with werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever he thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes the man's psychotic, but in truth he's murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the first victim.

Can Nola's psychic talents and Ari's skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery behind the killings? Can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola's family from running headlong into danger?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:05 pm
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Warrior: The Blades of the Rose by Zoe Archer

Price: $6.99 / £5.10
Pages: 370

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The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond - where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn't be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress - just what he needs. Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artefact Thalia is after. Huntley's assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn't easy to deceive...
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