Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Edi's Lightouse Ledger: Planned Reads April 2010

I still know that I have to work on the fine-tuning of the blog. Beyond that I try not to lose track of the main purpose of the blog: To write about books. In order to write about books it is mandatory to read them first.
What do I want to read in April? The TBR pile is high. And of course I have had a schedule before I left Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Based on the new situation I created a new schedule.

Planned Reads in April 2010

First of all I'm longing for reading more books which forced me to add finally nine books to my April reading list - including three books in PDF format! Here we go with the list which is in no specific order....

ediFanoB goes urban fantasy. I think it was around two months ago when I received the following two books in PDF format:
Once Bitten (2009, 272 p.)
[ISBN-13: 978-0980245394], by Kalayna Price
"For the past five years, Kita Nekai has faded into the background of the human world, but when a rogue shifter begins littering the city of Haven with bodies, Kita's illegal status lands her on the suspect list. During a confrontation with hunters that she can't win, rescue arrives in the form of the mysterious Nathanial Deaton. Kita soon wishes it hadn't when his method of saving her leaves her undead. With only three nights to prove her innocence and a new liquid diet to worry about, Kita doesn't want to deal with her infuriating rescuer or the ghost from her past who is determined to drag her back home. But, she needs help if she's going to stand any chance of survival."

Twice Dead (2010, 266 p.)
[ISBN-13: 978-0984325672], by Kalayna Price
"Kita is adjusting to her new liquid diet--an adjustment she rather resents. Not that everything was chocolate and sunshine before (though both were possible before the sexy but infuriating Nathanial sank his fangs in her business). Kita's ability to shape shift into a kitten when her peers shifted into lions and tigers complicated her life, to say the least, but getting stuck in one form--that of a human shaped tick, a.k.a. a vampire--sucks, literally. Her adjustment period is violently interrupted when she discovers a headless corpse during a party for a visiting vampire council. But, the headless dancer won't be the only corpse she encounters."
I wanted to read something about shape shifters. And the first two books in the Novel of Haven series is the perfect opportunity to do it.
And of course I will review both books ..... in a double review on April 30th. Put a mark in you calendar in case you want to know what ediFanoB thinks about urban fantasy....

I liked Not Less Than Gods (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765318916], by Kage Baker which I will review on April 9th 2010. Fortunately I received a second book which is also settled in the world of The Company:
The Empress of Mars (2010)
[ISBN-13: 978-0765325518], by Kage Baker
"When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. Outcasts, misfits and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet--only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn't turn a profit on Mars.
This is the story of Mary Griffith, a determined woman with three daughters, who opened the only place to buy a beer on the Tharsis Bulge. It's the story of Manco Inca, whose attempt to terraform Mars brought a new goddess vividly to life; of Stanford Crosley, con man extraordinaire; of Ottorino Vespucci, space cowboy and romantic hero; of the Clan Morrigan, of the denizens of the Martian Motel, and of the machinations of another Company entirely, all of whom contribute to the downfall of the BAC and the founding of a new world. But Mary and her struggles and triumphs is at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars."
Is it fantasy or science fiction or both or something completely different? Let me read it and I will tell you. There is no fixed date for the review of this book.

I think the time has come to read a crime novel set in our nowadays world. And the following one was sitting on my shelf:
Beat the Reaper (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0316073769], by Josh Bazell
"Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient--and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program--and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper."
Don't miss to visit The Reaper site. It is not decided yet when I will review the book.

As you may have mentioned I'm reading
Ghosts of Manhattan (June 2010, 275 p.)
[ISBN-13: 978-1906727161], by George Mann
"1926. New York. The Roaring Twenties. Jazz. Flappers. Prohibition. Coal-powered cars. A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe. Yet things have developed differently to established history. America is in the midst of a cold war with a British Empire that has only just buried Queen Victoria, her life artificially preserved to the age of 107. Coal-powered cars roar along roads thick with pedestrians, biplanes take off from standing with primitive rocket boosters and monsters lurk behind closed doors and around every corner. This is a time in need of heroes. It is a time for The Ghost. A series of targeted murders are occurring all over the city, the victims found with ancient Roman coins placed on their eyelids after death. The trail appears to lead to a group of Italian-American gangsters and their boss, who the mobsters have dubbed 'The Roman'. However, as The Ghost soon discovers, there is more to The Roman than at first appears, and more bizarre happenings that he soon links to the man, including moss-golems posing as mobsters and a plot to bring an ancient pagan god into the physical world in a cavern beneath the city. As The Ghost draws nearer to The Roman and the center of his dangerous web, he must battle with foes both physical and supernatural and call on help from the most unexpected of quarters if he is to stop The Roman and halt the imminent destruction of the city."
I'm a big, big fan of Mann's Newbury & Hobbes series. Ghosts of Manhattan will be the second book to be reviewed on this blog. One more date for your calendar: Ghosts of Manhattan review will be posted on April 16th 2010!

The next two books deal with England, one of my favorite countries. We will visit England in the 14th and in the 16th century. I think it is useful to read this one first:
The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England (June 2009, 368 p.)
[ISBN-13: 978-1845950996], by Ian Mortimer
"The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook. Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? Should you go to a castle or a monastic guesthouse? And what are you going to eat? What sort of food are you going to be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. It shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. It sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you, the reader, to the middle ages, and showing you everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture. Being a guidebook, many questions are answered which do not normally occur in traditional history books. How do you greet people in the street? What should you use for toilet paper? How fast - and how safely - can you travel? Why might a physician want to taste your blood? And how do you test to see if you are going down with the plague? The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear."
I think it is worth to delve into history from time to time, especially for readers of fantasy and sci-fi. And this book sounds like an enjoyable trip to England in the 14th century. But the better for you dear readers will be, that I will review the book for you. So I invite you to a time travel on April 23rd 2010.

With the next book I step forward in time from the 14th to the 16th century. But I stay in the same country: England. The wonderful people from Beautiful Books sent me a copy of
The Sweet Smell of Decay (June 2009, 448 p.)
[ISBN-13: 978-1905636426], by Paul Lawrence
"It's London,1664, and Harry has a big problem. He's just discovered he has a young cousin, Anne Giles, and he’s had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time – mutilated and laid out on the slab for an autopsy. His father has tasked him with job of tracking down Anne’s murderer. Harry has some robust assistance from one David Dowling, a resourceful and impressively well-built, but equally hygiene-deficient, butcher. Together they follow a trail of blood, conspiracy and corruption that takes them to the dark and murky corners of Restoration London, featuring a great cast of ne'er-do-wells, cheeky wenches, harmless witches, likeable villains, and not a few unsavoury fellows keen on sending Lytle and his companion to an early grave"
I have some expectations at the first novel in the The Chronicles of Harry Lytle series. You want to know whether it is worth to read this historical thriller or not? Then you have two possibilities: You buy the book immediately or you wait for my review which will be posted on April 25th 2010. You have the choice!

The last but one book is the second in series which it will be published beginning of June 2010 and to my pleasure I could get a PDF copy. I'm glad to tell you that I will read and review
City of Ruin (June 2010, 400 p.)
[ISBN-13: 978-0230712591], by Mark Charan Newton
"Viliren: a city of sin that is being torn apart from the inside. Hybrid creatures shamble through shadows and barely human gangs fight turf wars for control of the streets. Amidst this chaos, Commander Brynd Adaol, commander of the Night Guard, must plan the defence of Viliren against a race that has broken through from some other realm and already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of the Empire's people. When a Night Guard soldier goes missing, Brynd requests help from the recently arrived Inquisitor Jeryd. He discovers this is not the only disappearance the streets of Viliren. It seems that a serial killer of the most horrific kind is on the loose, taking hundreds of people from their own homes. A killer that cannot possibly be human. The entire population of Viliren must unite to face an impossible surge of violent and unnatural enemies or the city will fall. But how can anyone save a city that is already a ruin?"
The blurb sounds mouth-watering. I have had a damned good time with Nights of Villjamur (HC, June 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0230712584] or (PB, June 2010)[ISBN-13: 978-0330461665] , the first novel in the Legends of the Red Sun series.
Follow me to City of Ruin on May 7th 2010.

And finally I the ninth book - did you know that in common myth cats have nine lives. My this will be a good omen to continue to read
The Gardens of the Moon (2009, 10th anniversary edition)
[ISBN-13: 978-0593065068], by Steven Erikson
I wanted to read the whole series within 2010 by reading one book per month.
Fortunately there are more people who want to read/reread the whole series.
Please read Steven Erikson's "Malazan Book of he Fallen": Joining Forces and The Gardens of the Moon review both by Mihai (Dark Wolf).
And not to forget The Malazan Re-read of the Fallen: Introductory Post by Stefan Raets and Bill Capossere

Now you know what I will read and review. Hope you like my choices. See you soon again......

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