04/19 On the Bookshelf: “Princess of Mars,” “Kill Decision,” “After the Fall, Before the Fall” & “The Weird”

I know it’s been a while since I did an “on the bookshelf,” but that’s mainly because I haven’t been getting much in of late, but I figured it was time to mention some of the recent titles that have arrived and that I’m really excited about.

Princess of Mars  Kill Decision  After the Fall, Before the FallThe Weird

So we start off with a beautiful new hardcover edition of Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, from the Library of America.  Having never read it, and after loving the movie, I’m looking forward to this one.  Also have a new one from Daniel Suarez, author of the awesome and bestselling Daemon and Freedom.  Kill Decision comes out July 19th.  And then a new scifi book from Nancy Kress, After the Fall, Before the Fall, which is a combination eco-thriller and time-traveling book; what’s not to like?  And finally we have The Weird, an amazing, massive anthology from the greats, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, collecting a ton of stories that are simply just weird, from the beginning of the 1900s on up to the present.

12/22 On the Bookshelf . . . “Discount Armageddon,” “Crucible of Gold,” “The Iliad” & “Missing Links”

Discount Armageddon  Crucible of Gold  Iliad  Missing Links

Seems like Christmas came a little early for me this year, as I have two books I’ve been anxiously waiting for: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire and Cruible of Gold by Naomi Novik, which don’t officially get released until March 2012.  Plus a pretty new translation of The Iliad by Stephen Mitchell, and a cool human origins book that looks fascinating.

11/18 On the Bookshelf . . . “Settlers of Catan” & “Theft of Swords”

Settlers of Catan  Theft of Swords

Think of it as Settlers of Catan the book, which is exactly what it is, from a German author — Rebecca Gable — who has studied Old English and is a big fan of the Middle Ages.  And then there is Theft of Swords the first (joined) volume of the Riyria Revelations from Orbit Books (originally published as The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha).

11/09/11 On the Bookshelf . . . “The Prague Cemetery” & “The Chronicles of Harris Burdick”

Prague Cemetery    Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The new one from Umberto Eco, which sounds real interesting, and maybe I’ll finally read my first Umberto Eco book!  And then we have a certain well known book by Chris Van Allsberg with some truly unforgettable images, and Stephen King happened to write a great short story off of one of them in Nightmares & Dreamscapes, and now 13 other authors have done the same and we have this great collection of stories on these images, featuring original writing by Sherman Alexie, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, and more.

10/13 On the Bookshelf . . . “Red Phoenix,” “Harbor,” & “The Phantom Limb”

Red Phoenix  Harbor  Phantom Limb

Looking forward to all these: we have the second book in the Dark Heavens trilogy, the new one from John Ajvide Lindqvist, Harbor, and William Sleator’s last — completed shortly before his death — The Phantom Limb.

09/19 On the Bookshelf . . . “Wonderstruck,” “Vacation” & “Reamde”

Wonderstruck    Vacation    The Great Sea    Reamde

A great trio received: the new illustrated novel from Brian Selznick, Wondertruck (after the fantastic Invention of Hugo Cabret); a cool sounding horror story; a nice big book on the history of the Mediterranean; and the latest tome from Neal Stephenson.

08/25 On the Bookshelf . . . “White Tiger”

White Tiger

Been looking forward to this which has been very popular over on the other side of the planet in Australia, which I started reading the first few pages of in eBook format, but now that I’ve received a hard copy I’m more interested — real books just feel more real to me.  Was a little hesitant reading about Chinese mythology from a white woman, however she met her husband in Hong Kong and lived there for a decade, and has studied a lot about Chinese mythology, as well as Chinese culture and martial arts.  Definitely intrigued.