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Recently Acquired

Posted on: February 13, 2012

something old and something new,

something borrowed and something, umm, not blue.

Here are some recent goodies purchased, borrowed, and otherwise acquired:

oh wait, look! There is something blue!

All blurbs are yanked from Amazon. We’ve got:

The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman – a not quite sequel to Kushner’s Swordspoint (which I adored), The Fall of the Kings takes place in the same world but follows different characters. It promises sword fights, intrigue, strumpets, witty repartee, and probably some damn good drama.:

This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society’s smug view of itself–and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it….

Servant of a Dark God, by John Brown – It’s super shiny cuz it’s a library book.   I’m about half way through, and so far the plot feels like a traditional fantasy, but with some added complications of racism, religious propaganda and secret societies.  There’s some neat magic here, so I’m curious to see how the author wraps it all up:

Young Talen lives in a world where the days of a person’s life can be harvested, bought, and stolen. Only the great Divines, who rule every land, and the human soul-eaters, dark ones who steal days from man and beast, know the secrets of this power.

Now a being of awesome power, whose Mothers once ranched human subjects like cattle, feeding on their souls, has arisen in secret. And her monstrous, murderous pawn, a soul-bound creature created of wood and grass and rock roams the land. A massive and mis-directed hunt for soul-eaters is launched and Talen finds himself a target.  Trapped in a web of lies and secrets, Talen must identify his true enemy before the new Mother takes back what is rightfully hers.

Cast in Shadow, by Michelle Sagara – After meeting Ms. Sagara at ConFusion in January,  I knew I needed to start her Elantra series, so when I saw this copy at the used bookstore, I grabbed it! Like, I didn’t want to let go of it long enough for the lady at the counter to ring it up!  It looks to be some nice and edgy urban fantasy thriller/mystery:

Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowingthat something was after her. Children were being murdered — and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin.…

Since then, she’s learned to read, she’s learned to fight and she’s become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she’s made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging. Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can’t trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers — powers that no other human has. Her task is simple — find the killer, stop the murders…and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!


Jack of Ravens, by Mark Chadbourn. Originally published by Gollancz in 2007, the series has now been picked up by Pyr:

Jack Churchill, archaeologist and dreamer, walks out of the mist and into Celtic Britain more than two thousand years before he was born, with no knowledge of how he got there. All Jack wants is to get home to his own time where the woman he loves waits for him. Finding his way to the timeless mystical Otherworld, the home of the gods, he plans to while away the days, the years, the millennia, until his own era rolls around again . . . but nothing is ever that simple.

A great Evil waits in modern times and will do all in its power to stop Jack’s return. In a universe where time and space are meaningless, its tendrils stretch back through the years . . . Through Roman times, the Elizabethan age, Victoria’s reign, the Second World War to the Swinging Sixties, the Evil sets its traps to destroy Jack.

I’ve never read Chadbourn before, but all I hear is good things, so I’m excited to find time to read this.

Myths of Origin, four short novels by Catherynne Valente. I’ve been looking for a copy of this since I heard about in January, so imagine my joy when I walked into my favorite local bookstore to see a copy of Myths of Origin.  It was as if the book was waiting for me! It’s Valente, so of course this is a high priority for me:

Live the Myth! New York Times best-seller Catherynne M. Valente is the single most compelling voice to emerge in fantasy fiction in decades. Collected here for the first time, her early short novels explore, deconstruct, and ultimately explode the seminal myths of both East and West, casting them in ways you”ve never read before and may never read again. The Labyrinth – a woman wanderer, a Maze like no other, a Monkey and a Minotaur and a world full of secrets leading down to the Center of it All. Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams – an aged woman named Ayako lives in medieval Japan, but dreams in mythical worlds that beggar the imagination . . . including our own modern world. The Grass-Cutting Sword – when a hero challenges a great and evil serpent, who speaks for the snake? In this version of a myth from the ancient chronicle Kojiki, the serpent speaks for himself. Under in the Mere – Arthur and Lancelot, Mordred and le Fay. The saga has been told a thousand times, but never in the poetic polyphony of this novella, a story far deeper than it is long.

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress – Another author I’ve never read before, but thanks to the recent review on Stainless Steel Droppings, Kress is an author I’m highly interested in. Not sure if I’ll get to this right away, as the book doesn’t hit store shelves until April:

In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. After ecological disasters have nearly destroyed the Earth, twenty-six survivors are imprisoned in a sterile enclosure built by an alien race. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the six children who were born in the Shell. Though he possesses birth defects common to the Six, including sterility, Pete is resolved to lead humanity to a new beginning.

However, as one by one the adults of the Shell grow mysteriously sick and die, Pete struggles to control his dangerous anger at the aliens. Though the Earth appears to be slowly healing itself, the survivors may not live long enough to repopulate it. Their only hope lies within randomly brief time-portals into the recent past, where Pete and the Six are abducting children to increase their gene pool.

Have you read any of these? Do you want to read any of these? Which look/sound interesting to you?

13 Responses to "Recently Acquired"

Happy reading!


WOAH…not that bad of a haul for you by the looks of it. I think that sometime this year I should give Valente a whirl. Happy readings..:)) I think I better get on the my library’s site to get my copy of Lies of Locke Lamora.


yeah, this is one library, two bookstores, and a few ARCs worth of hauls. Every time I go to Detroit for work, I can’t help myself, I have to go the big bookstore that’s downtown. and it’s impossible to leave a four story bookstore empty handed!

I’ll warn you, the first time I read Locke Lamora it was from the library. the book seriously jumped off the shelf, thwacked me on the head, and screamed “read me or I will hit you again!”. and it was a hardback! so I bought it in paperback.


Back in high school I read a Michelle Sagara’s The Sun Sword series, and I LOOOOVED it… but I haven’t tried anything else by her. Will have to get on that. Nice haul (and happy reading)!


Fancy quite a few of those! will await your reviews before I choose though. Definitely like the look of Cast in Shadow and Jack of Ravens.

Lynn 😀


Glad you caught that, I was wondering a bit about your eyesight when you wrote that there was nothing blue! 🙂 Looks like a nice haul of books. I hope you enjoy the Kress when you get to it. My wife recently finished it and she enjoyed it as well, and she is not much of a science fiction reader.


my eyesight does suck, but I can see colors just fine! 😉

I’m very interested in the Kress, but it doesn’t come out till April! Maybe I shoudl wait till end of March to read it?


Might not be a bad idea. I probably should have held off on it myself, but I hate taking books from companies and then not reading them and I figured for me it was better to get it knocked out right when I got it.


That looks like a nice haul. I hope you enjoy all of your books! The cover to the Valente book is so pretty… 🙂


*sigh* Valente. . . . how I love everything she does!


I’ll be interested to read you take on Cast in Shadow. Looks like a fun urban/fantasy read.


Nice Haul! I haven’t read Valente yet, but all her stuff is on THE LIST. One day I’ll make it to the bottom of the list, but to do that I’d have to disconnect the internet and stop talking to librarians.


The Fall of the Kings is great! Just sayin’. 😀


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