Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Books

This week I went a bit overboard perhaps in my book procurement but, I was provoked.  I picked up The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss and illustrated by Nate Taylor and Fall of Damnos by Nick Kyme from Amazon as part of my normally monthly habit.  However...I bought more than I probably should have when stopping by the local Border's in Erie, PA.

The local Borders, unfortunately, was one of the locates to axed despite being the leading store in the district.  Listening to the employees gossip revealed that the Erie location was one of the infamous locations with an extremely unfavorable lease agreement as detailed in various publications.
But, that doesn't stop me from circling the store like a buzzard trying to find a good deal.  This weekend, the store finally went to a 50-70% off sale.  While that may sound enormous...it means that Borders is finally managing to beat Amazon's list prices...and you wonder why Borders is in such terrible financial shape.

So, with that in mind I ceased my circling and went in to steal a few morsels off the rotting carcass.  I picked up The Ragged Man by Tom Lloyd, Empire in Black and Gold and  Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tome of the Undergates by Same Sykes and finally New Spring: The Graphic Novel by Chuck Dixon, Mike Miller and Harvey Tolibao.
As you will notice, Pyr publishes some beautiful trade paperbacks.  I love trade paperbacks; they are perfect for reading.  Between the better paper quality (contrast), larger fonts, bigger pages, better covers and other smaller benefits...trade paperbacks are just simply my favorite format for reading.
The Adventures of Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss and illustrated by Nate Taylor was an impulse buy.  I have already read it, since it only a hundred odd words long, and loved it.  I will be posting a review shortly but suffice to say it is excellent and it will catch you by surprise.  The artwork is really fun and fits the story.  I love Patrick all the more for this one.

The Fall of Damnos by Nick Kyme is a Warhammer 40,000 novel in the A Space Marine Battles Novel series.  I am very excited about this book because the Necrons are my second favorite race, after the Space Marines of course, and there is so very little attention given to them.  So, I am really looking forward to this book as I get to read about my two favorite races making war on each other...awesome.  I have never read any of Nick Kyme's work so it will be nice to read a new Black Library author.

New Spring: The Graphic Novel by Chuck Dixon, Mike Miller and Harvey Tolibao was an fanboy buy.  I normally do not get into graphic novels..they are just not my thing.  Some are very good but the difficulty in marrying good dialog with good art often means you end up with sub-par results.  So, I am not sure what to expect from this other than I am happy I can quit trying to track down the issues of New Spring that I am still missing.

The Ragged Man by Tom Lloyd is a mystery to me but it had a few things going for it.  I love Pyr as they are generally a high quality imprint.  The cover art is striking.  The marketing print on the rear was convincing.  Also there are dragons.  The plot seems fairly straightfoward, the world is teetering on the edge of oblivion and only one person can save it.  Since Pyr has a reputation of selecting high quality titles I am assuming there is more to the book than the marketing blurb lets on.  So, this was my random buy of the month.  I have no idea what to expect but I expect it will be good!
Tome of the Undergates by Same Sykes I bought off the strength of reviews I have found on the blogosphere.  This book has nigh universal praise.  This is also another book published by Pyr.  I am excited about this one as books focuses on thieves, cutthroats, murders and worse...binding it all together with cutting dialog.  This is right up my alley and I hope it doesn't disappoint.

Empire in Black and Gold and Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky are again published by Pyr and again are beautiful books.  Both of these books as well had high praise in Speculative Fiction circles so I am excited to read them.  The basic plot again seems fairly commonplace with the world in disarray and the burden of the future resting on the shoulders of a reluctant hero.  Due to the good reviews given to this series...I know there is more to be found and I look forward to it as well.

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