September is an excellent month for new releases – books I want:
Diana Gabaldon‘s “An Echo in the Bone” (umm… I’m going to say historical fantasy): I can’t believe that we are finally getting the next book in Ms Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It’s been way too long since the last one (and no, I’m not doing a re-read of the previous books – that would probably take me all year). I signed up for the special offer Orion, her UK publishers, are running, i.e. pre-order the UK hardcover to be released January 2010, and they’ll send you a free trade paperback version when it is released in the US on 22 September. I mean, it’s a win-win offer.
Back cover blurb:
Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son–a young lieutenant in the British army–across the barrel of a gun.
Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though–not if she has anything to say about it.
Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles–as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.
Out Sept 22 (excerpts here)
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller‘s “Fledgling” (SF): I’m a big fan of their Liaden books, and I bought and read this on the day it came out (if you read ebooks, the e-version is only $6 on Baen’s Webscription site). You may recall “Fledgling” was first released as as a web serial, with the authors trying a “storyteller’s bowl” type experiment, and publishing their rough draft as they wrote. Baen then bought the novel, which was fantastic news, especially for us fans dying for another Liaden installment.
I really enjoyed “Fledgling” and I think they’ve missed a trick by not marketing this book to the YA audience as well. Theo Waitley is an engaging character; in fact, if she wasn’t so easy to like, I’d be tempted to call her a Mary-Sue. But Theo is likeable, and it was satisfying to see her grow into herself, the world-building is strong and intriguing, and I admit it, I loved finally being able to find out what Jen Sar a.k.a. Daav had been doing in his long self-imposed exile.
There’s a sequel, “Saltation”, which is still online, but I expect it to be taken down pretty soon as the book will be published in Spring 2010.
Back cover blurb:
Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy’s premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo’s mother, Kamele, and Kamele’s onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo’s life, in Jen Sar’s house at the outskirts of town.
Suddenly, though, Theo’s life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to. Once settled back inside the Wall, Kamele becomes embroiled in faculty politics, and is appointed sub-chair of her department. Meanwhile, Theo, who has a notation in her file indicating that she is “physically challenged” has a series of misadventures, including pulling her best friend down on the belt-ride to class, and hurting a team mate during a scavage game.
With notes piling up in her file, Theo only wants to go “home,” to the house in the suburbs, and have everything just like it used to be.
Then, Kamele uncovers evidence of possible dishonest scholarship inside of her department. In order to clear the department, she and a team of senior professors must go off-world to perform a forensic document search. Theo hopes this will mean that she’ll be left in the care of the man she calls “Father,” Professor Kiladi, and is horrified to learn that Kamele means to bring Theo with her!
Out now (excerpt here)
Follow paranormal bodyguards Clovache and Batanya into Lucifer’s realm, where they encounter his fearsome four-legged pets, in Charlaine Harris’s “The Britlingens Go to Hell”. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non- lethal vampire trackers, one that intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers, in Nalini Singh’s “Angels’ Judgment”. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world-and whose scent he’s following-in Ilona Andrews’s “Magic Mourns”. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind- and damn sexy-companion and a hellhound in Meljean Brook’s “Blind Spot”.
Also out Sept 29 is the first in Ilona Andrews‘ new series, “On the Edge” (paranormal romance, I think). Their Kate Daniels series is right up there with Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson books as my favourite UF series, so I’m very excited about this one.
Lisa Kleypas‘s “Tempt Me at Twilight” (historical romance), the third book in her Hathaway sisters series, is out Sept 22. She is one of the few historical (and contemporary!) authors on my auto-buy list.