Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Books

I have been on a rampage lately with book purchases so I have been trying to slow down a bit with new books and concentrate on reading my excellent backlog of books. But, I couldn't help myself and picked up three new books recently.

I am most excited about the ARC I received for Embassytown by China Mieville (Del Rey). I have a loose idea of what the book is about from various reviews from across the tubes. What excites me is the universal praise China's use of language. If you have read my The Name of the Wind review, you know that this is a huge selling point for me. Another plus is that I have not read any science fiction recently and I need to scratch that itch. So, I am looking forward to a masterwork of writing in an incredibly interesting setting.

My second purchase is The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (Orbit), book one of The Dagger and the Coin series. My guess is that on any other month this would be my most anticipated book. This is yet another highly regarded novel among reviewers. I have enjoyed listening to interviews of Daniel Abraham describe his book, such as the recent Orbit podcast. In particular, I love his sentiment on bad guys. In his opinion they shouldn't be so clear cut, that the reader should have some degree of sympathy and understanding for the villain. Perhaps most intriguing is the promise found in his lead female character Cithrin. Her weapon is neither dagger nor magic but simply a coin...the power of money. What an interesting idea for an epic fantasy novel...a genre long defined by its relationship to war. To often war is explain via its martial aspect and not the logistic and financial side.

Lastly, I purchased a copy of The Unremembered by Peter Orullian (Tor). I recently finished reading the ARC and wanted to buy a finished copy in hardback. My review should be going up soon for this book. Overall, I liked it but it had some weaknesses. It is spot on traditional quest based epic fantasy. I am a sucker for this genre having grown up reading David Eddings and Terry Brooks. One of my biggest complaints about this book continues to be the low quality of the hardback which I covered in a previous post.

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