Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New in Paperback (U.S.): Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant book 1)

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant book 1) by Derek Landy was just released in paperback in the U.S.

Description: Gordon Edgley recently died and young Stephanie, his niece, got a surprise when she came to the reading of his will, when almost his entire cast of possesions and property are left to HER rather then her weaselly uncle or her two delightfully snobbish and impolite cousins, or perhaps the odd friend of Gordon Edgley's, Skulduggery Pleasant who speaks in phrases like "Good luck with whatever you decide to do with your life." It was altogether shocking. Shortly afterward, chance brings her to her Uncle Gordon's house, a man breaks in with intent to kill, but is stopped by Skulduggery Pleasant, who appears to be a fire throwing skeleton. Soon, strange events begin to unfold around Stephanie and Skulduggery Pleasant, and in the end, they are the only ones that can stop a dark magic from being unleashed on the worlds.
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Just released (U.S.): The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2 (The Softwire book 2)

The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2 (The Softwire book 2) by PJ Haarsma was just released in the U.S.

Description: Johnny Turnbull - JT to his friends - is a softwire: he has the rare and highly prized ability to communicate mentally with computers. But JT and his friends are indentured servants. They were born from frozen embryos on a seed-ship, and their parents, who were already dead before the children were born, sent the children to the Rings of Orbis in hopes of a better life. JT and the other children will have to work off their parents' debt for the passage as servants on Orbis; when their term is ended, they will have the opportunity to apply to become citizens. In the first book, Virus on Orbis 1, JT had to solve the problem of a malfunction with the central computer, while trying to prove that he wasn't the once causing the problem. Now, JT, his sister Ketheria, and the other children in their group have other problems. Their guarantor, Weegin, is essentially bankrupt, and instead of turning the children over to the Keepers as directed, he takes them to Orbis 2 to sell them. JT ends up with a new job, communicating with the Samirans, huge aliens who live in the water and are responsible for cooling the crystals harvested on Orbis. Because of his softwire abilities, JT is the only one who can communicate directly with the Samirans. The Samirans are upset, and it's JT's job to find out why before the Samirans can disrupt the upcoming harvest of the critical Crystal of Life. If he succeeds, he'll be a hero on Orbis. If he fails, the consequences will be enormous. But JT learns that there are dirty secrets lurking under the surface of Orbis, and that there is more at stake than success or failure of the harvest.
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Forthcoming book (U.S.): Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi will be released on June 1, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: Above all, before everything. Balsa is a fighter. She protects children and adults, the rich and the poor, in a quest to redeem eight lives lost for her sake. She is a master of the short spear and expert in the martial arts, dazzling even her opponents with her fearlessness in combat. And she will need every one of her skills in her latest job: guarding the Second Prince, Chagum. For the prince is the Moribito - the Guardian of the Spirit - chosen to deliver the egg of the Water spirit to its home in the distant sea. If he fails, a drought will devastate the land of New Yogo. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the secret history of the empire, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster, Rarunga...and the prince's own father.
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Just released (U.S.): The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride book 4)

The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride book 4) by James Patterson was just released in the U.S.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

New in paperback: Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant will be released in paperback on March 25. The new edition includes bonus extras: an interview with Skulduggery himself, and a new, humorous short story about him. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

New Book Review: Freewalker (The Longlight Legacy book 2)

New review of Freewalker (The Longlight Legacy book 2) by Dennis Foon posted by David.

Description: Roan's village was destroyed, everyone he knew killed. His sister was taken to the City, and he doesn't know what's happened to her. He underwent many trials and adventures, meeting up with a disease survivor called Lumpy and eventually reaching the town of Fairview, where he met one of the mysterious Dirt Eaters who had helped him through his journey by sending guidance. But Roan hasn't yet found peace- The children in Fairview have been meeting a terrible fate for years, sent away to The City to meet their certain doom. Roan, Lumpy, and the dirt eater, manage to escape with the children and start the seeds of a new town to shield the children and themselves. But Roan begins to become suspicious of his Dirt Eater friend, and it soon seems that everyone has ulterior motives... Meanwhile, his sister, Stowe, has been turned into a celebrity goddess in The City. But soon enough she discovers that she is being used, and plots to escape and wreak revenge on those who had fooled her. Roan and Stowe both struggle in different ways, but betrayal is all around, and both siblings soon discover something strange and horrible inside both of them...
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