New SFF Books June 2011 [My Picks] Revisited

Beginning of June is a good time to be reading. Lots of holidays. You might want to order your books now, I have already done. Enjoy!

Please check Almanac of forthcoming SF Books for future releases.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King

(Deverry book 1) by Katherine Kerr (Voyager 1996, 1st 1987) – Amazon USUK

A young girl dies only to discover she lives again. She is a member of an ancient race hunted by human assassins since ancient times. Read the novels and watch this summer’s new tv show with the same name.

The series are built on a series of young adult books with the same name written by Liz Braswell under the pen name Celia Thomson’s and published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. There is also this omnibus of all three volumes out in June.

Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.

As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her.

Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?

The Fallen

(The Nine Lives of Chloe King book 1) by Liz Braswell (Simon & Schuster 2010, 1st 2004)
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Chloe King was a normal sixteen-year-old girl.

She did her homework and got good grades, but she wasn’t afraid to ditch class sometimes to hang out with her best friends. She slept at home, but otherwise avoided all human contact with her mom. The usual stuff. Then she fell from San Francisco’s highest tower, and her life changed. For starters, she died. And then, she woke up. Now Chloe’s life is anything but normal: Suddenly guys are prowling around her, she’s growing claws, and someone’s trying to kill her. Luckily for Chloe, she still has eight lives to go.

The Stolen

(The Nine Lives of Chloe King book 2) by Celia Thomson (Simon & Schuster 2010, 1st 2004)
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She argues with her mother. She occasionally skips class. And she alternately crushes on two totally different boys. But Chloe King is by no means your typical teenager. The girl can scale buildings and see in the dark. Sometimes, at night, she even likes to leap from rooftop to rooftop. Yes, Chloe has the instincts and ability of a cat. And that makes her unique indeed. It also makes her a wanted woman. Because the Order of the Tenth Blade does not deal kindly with people like Chloe. It stalks them. Preys upon them. And wants many of them — like Chloe, for instance — dead.

The Chosen

(The Nine Lives of Chloe King book 3) by Celia Thomson (Simon & Schuster 2010, 1st 2005)
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Despite a rocky few weeks, Chloe King is starting to get it. She’s figured out who she is (a girl with catlike superpowers), where she belongs (at home with Mom), and what she wants to do (chill with her friends). Yes, she’s got funky superpowers, and yes, two rival groups think she’s some “chosen” leader. But no, she’s not buying all that ancient-warrior crap. And she’s definitely not developing a superhero alter ego like in those old comic books. For Chloe, being the One means she can have whatever she wants — i.e., more goof-off time and fewer “cat people” conventions. Then she finds her friend bleeding in an alley. All at once Chloe realizes that the years of bloodshed are not over. In fact, they never will be. The Mai and the Tenth Blade are going to persist in their dangerous rivalry. Unless Chloe accepts her destiny — and takes control.


A Dance With Dragons

(Song of Ice & Fire 5) by George R.R. Martin (Harper Voyager) – Amazon US | UK

With the fantastic Game of Thrones on TV I just had to get into the books. I am listening to the audio version of A Clash of Kings at the moment so it is probably end of summer until I get to this one but I am still going to buy it as soon as it gets out.The series has some great flawed but easy to love characters besides this book probably being one of the most anticipated fantasy books of this decade.

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Timesbestselling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series–as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again–beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone–a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . . .

The Book of Transformations

(Legends of the Red Sun 3) by Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK) – Amazon USUK

I am reading book 2 City of Ruin at the moment and like it, maybe a bit too many characters to keep track of but that is not a big issue so the third Legend of the Red Sun book The Book of Transformations is high on my expectations for this summer and Mark Charan Newton is an author to watch.

A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur to give the people of the city hope in the face of great upheaval and an oppressing ice age. But when a stranger called Shalev arrives, empowering a militant underground movement, crime and terror becomes rampant. The Inquisition is always one step behind, and military resources are spread thinly across the Empire. So Emperor Urtica calls upon cultists to help construct a group to eliminate those involved with the uprising, and calm the populace. But there’s more to The Villjamur Knights than just phenomenal skills and abilities – each have a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything they represent. Investigator Fulcrom of the Villjamur Inquisition is given the unenviable task of managing the Knights’, but his own skills are tested when a mysterious priest, who has travelled from beyond the fringes of the Empire, seeks his help. The priest’s existence threatens the church, and his quest promises to unweave the fabric of the world. And in a distant corner of the Empire, the enigmatic cultist Dartun Sur steps back into this world, having witnessed horrors beyond his imagination. Broken, altered, he and the remnants of his cultist order are heading back to Villjamur. And all eyes turn to the Sanctuary City, for Villjamur’s ancient legends are about to be shattered …

Leviathan Wakes

(Expanse 1) by James S. A. Corey (pseudonym for Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck) (Orbit) – Amazon USUK

Leviathan Wakes is a new shiny Space Opera by James S.A. Corey (a pen name of  Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Space opera, big ships, interstellar travel, secrets, conspiracies, and high adventure according to Orbit books. It is the first book in The Expanse. I like it! The blurb sounds like something I would really like to read but I am not familiar with either author.

Welcome to the future. Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer, Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.