Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Books maybe unknown to you

Dear Readers,

my blog is one of many and like other blogger I receive review requests especially from authors directly or from small publisher. Depending on the information I get, I decide whether I would like to read and review a book or not. In case I do not want to read and review a book I normally promise the author to mention his/her book on my blog. I do this because of two main reasons:
- I know how important and also difficult it is for a new author to spread word about their work
- To give you the opportunity to discover new authors and their work

For each book I show you title, author, one source, the cover and the description. In sum you get information about four books in no specific order.

First Book for today
The Harrowing of Joshua (eBook, 2011) [Kindle edition; ASIN: B005QQLZ7A] by Hodden Grey.
""The Harrowing of Yeshua," is the first novel in The Megiddo series. In this high fantasy epic, the author creates a surreal afterworld called Timorous where the battle between good and evil plays out across a variety of locations, including the forlorn Beaches of the Condemned, the vile Sea of Diminishment, and the notorious Halls of Punishment.
Unfolding simultaneously in modern-day London and Timorous, the story features complex, flawed fictional and historical characters who grapple with shifting realities as they interact with mixed-breed monsters and other unworldly creatures.
In a storyline that will rattle readers' underlying beliefs about God and Man, the protagonist finds herself embarking on an existential exploration across nightmarish landscapes populated by historical figures and bizarre demons.
By blending high fantasy with biblical fiction, the author provides an unrestrained and imaginative tale, both alarming and uplifting at the same time, which questions the wisdom of Man's free will and introduces some new perspectives on the afterlife." [Source]
Visit the official Hodden Grey site for more information.

Second Book for today
Zoriam: The Bios River (eBook and pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 9780984638413 (Paperback) and 9780984638406 (eBook)] by Taoufik Jazouli
"On a hot and humid night in the city of Salzia, a maid gives birth to a baby boy. Moments later, lightning strikes the lonely townhouse where she works and lives, burning it to the ground. The infant is rescued from the flames by a mysterious old man, who names the baby Zoriam and raises the child as his son. The old man takes Zoriam far from Salzia, teaching him the skills of a warrior and keeping him hidden from the outside world. But the old man is not what he seems, and Zoriam’s past is far more complicated than the young boy realizes. Zoriam doesn’t understand why the old man is so protective, or why he seems to have so many secrets. When Zoriam stows away on one of the old man’s trips back to Salzia, he meets a girl who seems strangely familiar. Kalee, Zoriam’s new friend, has problems of her own: she’s trying to earn a living and protect her blind mother, Adair.
A chance encounter brings Zoriam and Kalee to King Corydon’s palace, where Zoriam is thrust into the middle of a brewing battle between Salzia and the nearby city of Yozana. The royal family is impressed with Zoriam’s courage and ingenuity—all except for Prince Ambrose’s wife, Hagale, who knows that Zoriam poses a threat to her diabolical plot to wrest control of the city from Corydon. When Hagale learns the truth about who Zoriam is, she’ll stop at nothing to get him out of her way. Zoriam will soon discover he can trust no one—not even the old man who raised him and who he considers a father. He’ll have to use every skill he has to uncover the secret of his parentage, end the war between the two cities, and save Prince Priam of Salzia. As if that wasn’t enough, he’ll also have to keep himself alive long enough to save his city—and his friends." [Source]
Visit the official Zoriam site for more information.

Third book for today
LOVE ME (eBook, 2011) [SMASHWORDS] by Danger_Slater
"Do you like tales of Cold War espionage? Taut psychological thrillers? Science fiction as a metaphor for U.S. foreign policy? How about cute angst-filled teenage vampire toyboys?
Well, too bad. None of those things are in this book.
Instead you’ll join a guy in a Viking suit on an absurdly epic quest to figure out the meaning of life. There will be obstacles, of course: rabid gangs of disgruntled grannies, rival cults of pie-enthusiasts, toasters, anti-matter conversion do-hickeys, Shadow Men, bandits, hippies, annoying celestial bodies, the Department of Internationally Sexy Affairs, and probably way too many dick jokes for this book to ever be considered for any serious academic curriculum. You know, the usual.
So what are you waiting for? Light a few candles, pour another glass of wine, and grab the lube.
You’re about to LOVE ME. " [Source]
For more information visit The Danger Show.

Fourth book for today
The New Death and others (eBook, 2011) [SMASHWORDS] by James Hutchings
"Death gets a roommate...

An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...

44 stories. 19 poems. No sparkly vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction? " [Source]

For more information visit James Hutchings' blog.
UPDATE: James changed his blog. This is the new link:
James Hutching's blog.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Second one sounds interesting.

Mark Lawrence said...

so how was the Frankfurt book fare?

ediFanoB said...

Hey Alex,
so my post fulfilled its purpose.

ediFanoB said...

Hey Mark,
I will share my Frankfurt Book Fare impression in my upcoming weekend post.

So far I can tell you that I found the hall with UK and US publishers more interesting than the hall with the big German publishers.

And off course the King of Thorns will be a topic. It fits perfectly to the first cover.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Interesting mix of titles! Need more time to read.
Looking forward to the Book Fare report.

anarchist said...

Thanks for putting up the blurb for my ebook ('The New Death and others').

I've only just recently changed my blog though. It's now

ediFanoB said...

Thanks for stopping by Rosalie.
I'm sorry that I still not have finished Winter's Curse. Too tired to read in the evening.

ediFanoB said...

Hello anarchist,
thank you for info about your new blog. I updated my post.

anarchist said...


oh dear. I just realised I gave you the wrong address. My new blog is actually

So sorry!

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