Saturday, June 20, 2009

In the mailbox

Here are the latest arrivals in my mailbox:

- "Day of the Damned" by David Gunn (through the courtesy of Transworld Books);

Lieutenant Sven Tveskoeg is in disgrace. His victory on Hekati, and the emperor’s favour, have turned his patron against him: General Indigo Jaxx wants Sven dead. Exiled to Wildeside, Sven waits for Jaxx’s assassin. He hunts, he fieldstrips his weapons, he tries not to mind. At the age of 28, he’s lived longer than he expected anyway. But then Sven finds himself offering to save the life of Jaxx's son. This meansreturning to Farlight, where he finds that the emperor is missing, his empire is collapsing, there are murderous riots in the capital and General Jaxx stands on the edge of ruin. All Sven has to do isnothing. But when has he ever done anything that sensible...
The devil-may-care, not quite 100% human, mercenary soldier/killing machine known as Lieutenant Sven Tveskoeg and his like-minded team, the Aux, are back in a third explosive, non-stop action-filled adventure.

- "Return of the Crimson Guard" by Ian C. Esslemont (through the courtesy of Transworld Books);

The return of the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for an empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries.
Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali – the Malazan Empire’s heartland – they march, and with their return comes the memory of their vow: undying opposition to the Empire. But elements within the Guard’s élite, the Avowed, have set their sights on far greater power, while other, more ancient entities are rising up, intent on furthering their own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, seeks a confrontation from which none have ever returned?
As the Guard prepare to wage war, the Empress Laseen’s generals and mages grow impatient at what they perceive as her mismanagement of the Empire. Is she losing her grip on power or has she outwitted them all? Could she be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate the last irksome survivors from the days of Kellanved, her illustrious predecessor?

- "Succubus Heat" by Richelle Mead (through the courtesy of Transworld Books);

Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus…which should be a good thing. But she's in a foul mood after breaking up with her boyfriend Seth and has been so wicked that über-demon Jerome decides to 'outsource' Georgina to a rival - and have her spy for him in the process.
Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. With her life-sucking ability gone, Georgina finds herself caught up in a sinister plot.
Is she the only one who can stop all Hell breaking loose?

- "The Resurrectionist" by Jack O'Connell (through the courtesy of No Exit Press).

Your only child is lost between this world and the next, and more than anything you want him back. A controversial doctor and a mysterious stranger claim they have the answer. Who do you trust? Are you willing to risk everything? Are you prepared to enter Limbo?
Part classic noir thriller, part mind-bending fantasy, The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears. It is the story of Sweeney, a druggist by trade, and his son, Danny, the victim of an accident that has left him in a persistent coma. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the forbidding, fortress-like Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have 'resurrected' other patients who were lost in the void. What Sweeney comes to realize, however, is that the real cure for his son's condition may lie in Limbo, a fantasy comic book world into which his son had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that envelops the clinic, Sweeney's search for answers leads to sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying corners of darkness and mystery.

Thank you very much!


Ben said...

Man are you in for a treat with "The Resurrectionist." This book was my #1 read of 2008! I hope you enjoy it!

ediFanoB said...

I was a bit confused about "The Resurrectionist" because I read a book with the same title last year.

I checked and now I know that there are several books with the same title.
I read The Resurrectionist by James McGee.

I own a copy of the "Return of the Crimson Guard" - unread. I'm halfway through with "Deadhouse Gates" by Steven Erikson. This is the second book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

Barbara Martin said...

The brief summary of The Resurrectionist reminds me a bit of the Matrix. I look forward to your review.

Mihai A. said...

Ben, I know :) And I am very curious since you put it before my favorite, "The Shadow of the Wind".

Michael, this summer vacation I plan to start the Malazan series as well :)

Barbara, it sounds interesting indeed :)

Ben said...

For what it's worth, I have since read "The Shadow of the Wind" again and I like it even more now than I did when I created my Top 5 list...

Mihai A. said...

I received today "The Angel's Game" so I should see at the end of the year where it will be in my top :)