Windup Girl wins the Nebula

Paolo Bacigalupi has won the Nebula award for best novel (given by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) for his debut book The Windup Girl.  The story that captured the prize deals with bio-terrorism used as a tool for corporate profits.

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Latest by Briggs tops the list

Celebrating her first appearance at #1 on the hardcover NYT best seller list this week is Patricia Briggs, for Silver Borne, the fifth book in her Mercy Thompson series, about a shapeshifter and auto mechanic in Washington State.  You can read the author’s thoughts on her new novel at  http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/silverBorne.shtml

Previous titles in the series are:

#1  Moon Called
#2  Blood Bound
#3  Iron Kissed
#4  Bone Crossed

Move over, vampires. Here come the angels.

Angels may be pushing vampires and zombies out of the fantasy publishing limelight with these new releases:

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Having entered a convent at a young age, Sister Evangeline discovers a letter from famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller that reveals an ancient conflict between an angel society Evangeline is destined to join and the human descendants of the Nephilim.

Meridian by Amber Kizer
On her sixteenth birthday, Meridian Sozu is whisked off to her great-aunt’s home in Revelation, Colorado, where she learns that she is a Fenestra, the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead, and must learn to help human souls to the afterlife before the dark forces reach them.

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When Miranda’s guardian angel Zachary recklessly saves her from falling into an open grave and dying, the result is that she turns into a vampire and he is left to try to reinstate his reputation by finally doing the right thing..

The Birth of Frankenstein Retold

In previous works, British writer Peter Ackroyd has shown his fascination with deceased literary greats.  In his latest novel, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, Ackroyd takes the well-known gathering of Mary Wollstonecraft, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and Dr. Polidori that gave rise to the horror classic Frankenstein and adds an extra house guest into the mix – a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein.

Written for teens but who cares?

Suzanne Collins’ intended audience may be teens but adult readers will find plenty to like in The Hunger Games, and its sequel, Catching Fire. Collins creates a post-apocalyptic dystopia in which the value of entertainment trumps the value of humanity. Adventurous and chilling with well-drawn characters, this series is destined to become even more popular. The first book has been optioned for a movie and the third (and final) book in the series, Mockingjay, is due for publication in August.

Douglas Adams lives on… sort of

Eoin Colfer, author of several books for teens including the popular Artemis Fowl series, was selected to follow in the very large footprints of the late Douglas Adams.  Colfer’s continuation of the cult classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, And Another Thing, is a both a brave and humble attempt to pick up where Adams left Ford, Arthur, Trillian, Random and Zaphod.  Fans will debate whether or not Colfer can carry the mantle but it’s a joy to spend some time with our favorite characters again.  (Also available as an audiobook on CD, narrated by Simon Jones.)

Joe Hill follows up Heart-Shaped Box

Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, who’s debut novel Heart-Shaped Box won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, follows his early success with Horns.  Reader reviews are positive so far. The storyline: After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him, Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart and an incredible new power, a power he uses in the name of vengeance, only to learn that, when it comes to revenge, the devil is in the details.