Mystery! Fantasy! Science Fiction! I’ve gotta read faster!
The Admantine Palace by Stephen Deas [Roc Fantasy, 2011 paperback, new] – fantasy – When I read a really positive review of a book like this, often on The Fantasy Book Critic website, I look for the first book in the series. If I like that one, I’ll buy another, if not, only one book bought. This series has gotten positive reviews, and besides, I like the cover art. I was unable to determine the artist, but inquired of the author who informed me the artist for the US cover of all of the Memory of Flames series is Stephen Youll. This is another book I’m eager to read.
Frost at Christmas by R.D. Wingfield [Bantam 1995 paperback, used] – mystery novel, first in the Frost series – I’ve seen a couple of the Frost episodes that were on Mystery! but not read any.
The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron [Orbit Fantasy, Feb 2012 trade paperback, new] – fantasy – omnibus – This whopping (1033 pages) omnibus volume contains three novels: The Spirit Thief, The Spirit Rebellion and The Spirit Eater. Those are the first three books in the Monpress saga, with The Spirit War and Spirit’s End either out or on the way. Needless to say, if I like these, I’ll read those. Meanwhile this should keep me busy a goodly part of the winter!
Shooting Hollywood by Melodie Johnson Howe [Crippen & Landru 2012 hardcover, new] – mystery short story collection: the Diana Poole Stories – I get every Crippen & Landru publication, have done so for years, and this is the latest. C&L is a specialty publisher of short story collections, and when I’m in the mood for some mystery stories, it’s often where I turn. This author is new to me, the stories were written between 1991 and 2009.
Stargate original motion picture soundtrack (Deluxe Edition) music by Davis Arnold [Varese Sarabande CD, 37 queues, 1.2 hours, new] – film soundtrack, science fiction film – this was recently voted among the very best SF film soundtrack by readers of the SF Signal blog. I didn’t have it, hadn’t heard it. I soon remedied that, and they are right, it’s a good one.
Under the Moons of Mars, New Adventures on Barsoom edited by John Joseph Adams [Simon and Schuster 2012 hardcover, illustrated, cover art by Mark Zug, new} – SF-F – 13 short stories “inspired by the Mars books of Edgar Rice Burroughs – I couldn’t resist. I’ve already started it, and enjoyed Joe Lansdale’s opening story a lot.