Saturday, June 27, 2009

In the mailbox

Once again here are my latest arrivals in my mailbox, including one of the ordered titles, but which I was eagerly waiting:

- "God of Clocks" by Alan Campbell (through the courtesy of TOR UK);

War, rebellion, betrayal — but the worst is still to come. For in the cataclysm of the battle of the gods, a portal to Hell has been opened, releasing unnatural creatures that were never meant to be and threatening to turn the world into a killing field. And in the middle, caught between warring gods and fallen angels, humanity finds itself pushed to the brink of extinction. Its only hope is the most unlikely of heroes.
Former assassin Rachel Hael has rejoined the blood-magician Mina Greene and her devious little dog Basilis on one last desperate mission to save the world from the grip of Hell. Carried in the jaw of a debased angel, they rush to the final defensive stronghold of the god of clocks - pursued all the while by the twelve arconites, the great iron-and-bone automatons controlled by King Menoa, the Lord of the Maze. Meanwhile, in the other direction, the giant John Anchor, still harnessed to his master's skyship, drags that vessel into Hell itself to meet Menoa on his own ground.
But neither Heaven nor Hell is anything they could ever expect. Now old enemies and new allies join a battle whose outcome could be the end of them all. Rachel's ally, the god Hasp, finds himself in the grip of a parasite and struggles against conflicting orders to destroy his own friends; and a dangerous infant deity comprised of countless broken souls threatens to overcome them all. As Rachel travels to the final confrontation she has both sought and feared, she begins to realise that time itself is unravelling. And so she must prepare herself for a sacrifice that may claim her heart, her life, and her soul — and even then it may not be enough.

- "Orbus" by Neal Asher (through the courtesy of TOR UK);

In charge of an old cargo spaceship, the Old Captain Orbus flees a violent and sadistic past, but he doesn’t know that the lethal war drone, Sniper, is a stowaway, and that the past is rapidly catching up with him.
His old enemy the Prador Vrell, mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, murdering its crew, and is now seeking to exact vengeance on those who tried to have him killed.
Their courses inexorably converge in the Graveyard, the border realm lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom, a place filled with the ruins left by past genocides and interplanetary war. But this is the home of the Golgoloth, monster to a race of monsters, the place where a centuries-long cold war is being fought.
Meanwhile, the terrifying Prador King is coming, prepared to do anything to ensure Vrell’s death and keep certain deadly secrets buried . . . and somewhere out there something that has annihilated civilizations is stirring from a slumber of five million years.
The cold war is heating up, fast.

- "The Island" by Tim Lebbon (through the courtesy of Allison & Busby);

Kel Boon thinks he has managed to escape his past as an agent in the secret organization the Core, protecting the blissfully unaware Noreelans from the threat of the lizard-like Strangers - creatures from beyond the known world capable of untold destruction. In the sleepy fishing village of Pavmouth Breaks, Kel has become the woodcarver, leaving fighting behind and forming a tentative relationship with trainee witch Namior.
But a storm is brewing and at its center the witches sense something dark, and deadly. What follows in the wake of the storm threatens the Noreelans' very way of life, forcing them to face the fact that life exists beyond the shores of Noreela, and not all of it is friendly. With the people and land he loves in terrible danger, Kel quickly realizes that he cannot escape his past, or his destiny.

- "Pulse" by Jeremy Robinson (through the courtesy of Thomas Dunne Books);

Imagine a world where soldiers regenerate and continue fighting without pause, where suicide bombers live to strike again and again. This is the dream of Richard Ridley, founder of Manifold Genetics, and he has just discovered the key to eternal life: an ancient artifact buried beneath a Greek-inscribed stone in the Peruvian desert.
When Manifold steals the artifact and abducts archeologist Dr. George Pierce, United States Special Forces Delta operator Jack Sigler, call sign King, and his “Chess Team” —Queen, Knight, Rook, Bishop, and their handler, Deep Blue—give chase. Formed under special order from President Duncan, they are the best of America’s Special Forces, tasked with antiterrorism missions that take them around the world against any threat, ancient, modern, and at times, inhuman. With cutting-edge weapons, tough-as-nails tactics, and keen intellects, they stand alone on the brink, facing the world’s most dangerous threats.
Ridley’s plan to create unstoppable soldiers has just made him threat number one. Tension soars along with the body count as the team faces high-tech security forces, hordes of “regens,” the horrific results of Manifold’s experiments, and a resurrected mythological predator complete with regenerative abilities, seven heads, and a savage appetite. The Chess Team races to save Pierce and stop Manifold before they change the face of genetics—and human history—forever.

- "The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (it was delivered yesterday so I'll start reading it real soon).

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house are letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home. Set in the turbulent 1920s, The Angel's Game takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, the Sempere and Son bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.

Thank you all very much!


Jo said...

Awesome haul! Some of them look really interesting. I look forward to your reviews. Happy reading!

Ben said...

"Scar Night" was enough to make me not want to read Alan Campbell again, but apparently I'm the only one as everyone else seems to think it was great.

I still haven't read any Tim Lebbon and need to fix that...

Am saving "The Angel's Game" until a vacation or some similarly relaxing time. That one's going to be special...

Liviu said...

I do not like Alan Campbell either though Robert loves his books.

I got Orbus too and it starts great (I am a big Asher fan and read all his novels and most of his ss) but I will read it in a week or two since I have a bunch of June or July books I want to finish first.

On Angel's Game I am still stuck in the middle of my 3rd read (first in English) so I postponed the review for early August; I loved it a lot on the first two reads, but now there is something there (the prequel limitations that started looming larger on this 3rd read) that stops me from fully enjoying and I want to finish this read before doing the review - the advantages and disadvantages of doing reviews at some time like a year from first read the book; you gain perspective but see more flaws...

Mihai A. said...

Jo, they are looking interesting indeed. Thank you :)

Ben, I didn't read Alan Campbell's novels yet, so I can't say anything about them. But I recommend Tim Lebbon's works. I like them and I find them to be good :)

Liviu, every re-reading points us to things that we might miss on the previous ones. I am looking forward to read "The Angel's Game", because I loved "The Shadow of the Wind" and I liked Zafon's style. I also have high expectations.
As for flaws, if I am more than satisfied with the book I tend to ignore them :)

ediFanoB said...

I won Fallen by Tim Lebbon at a giveaway. Read 100 pages so far. Good stuff! I definitely will read more Tim Lebbon books.
The Island takes places in the same world like Fallen.
And not to forget Dusk and Dawn...

Beside this The Angel's Game is on my list because I loved The Shadow of the Wind so much.

Jeremy Robinson said...

Hope you enjoy Pulse! If you enjoy James Rollins or Matthew Reilly, you should dig it. Looking forward to your review. And hey, if you want to do an interview, just let me know. :)

-- Jeremy Robinson

Mihai A. said...

Michael, I like Tim Lebbon's works a lot (the ones I read so far ;)). As for Carlos Ruiz Zafon what can I say, I love him :D

Jeremy, thank you for your visit. And after the review I hope we can make an interview :)