Friday, 1 August 2014

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming in September, 2014

Once again, this list was compiled from Amazon Canada's listings and therefore represents Canadian release dates for the books.  Amazon tends to throw a lot of middle grade fiction in with the YA, and while I try to edit that out, I'm not always successful.  David Gemmel's books are being reprinted, and there are several authors with omnibus editions coming out.

Hardcover:

Visions – Kelley Armstrong
Terre’s World – Mitch Benn
Chimpanzee – Darin Bradley
The Complete Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino
Vampires of Manhattan – Melissa de la Cruz
The Savior – Tony Daniel & David Drake
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions For a Better Future – Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer, Ed.
Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle – Phil Foglio & Kaja Foglio
Exo – Steven Gould
The Night of the Hunter – David Grubb
The Witch With No Name – Kim Harrison
The End of the Sentence – Maria Dahvana Headley & Kat Howard
The Brothers Cabal – Jonathan Howard
The Midnight Queen – Sylvia Izzo Hunter
A Mountain Walked – S. T. Joshi, Ed.
Son of No One – Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Collected Short Stories of R. A. Lafferty vol 2: The Man With the Aura – R. A. Lafferty
Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection – Jay Lake
The Fatal Tree – Stephen Lawhead
Good House – Peyton Marshall
The Falcon Throne – Karen Miller
Bete – Adam Roberts
Forgotten Realms: Rise of the King – R. A. Salvatore
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome – John Scalzi
Wood Sprites – Wen Spencer
The Golden Princess – S. M. Stirling
The Hawley Book of the Dead – Chrysler Szarlan
The Colour Illustrated Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien & Jemima Catlin
Granny Yaga – Vitali Vitaliev
The Seventh Sigil – Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes
Brian Froud’s Faeries’Tales – Wendy & Brian Froud
Sleeping Late On Judgement Day – Tad Williams

Trade Paperback:

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn – Danielle Ackley-McPhail & Day Al-Mohamed
Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue – Day Al-Mohamed & Meriah Crawford, Ed.
Beta-Life: Short Stories from an A-Life Future – Prof. Martyn Amos & Ra Page
Flypaper – Chris Angus
Company Town – Madeleine Ashby
The Engineer Reconditioned – Neal Asher
Drowned World – J. G. Ballard
The Unlimited Dream Company – J. G. Ballard
Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon – David Barnett
Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction – Stephen Baxter & Guy Haley
City of Stairs – Robert Jackson Bennett
The Necromancer’s House – Christopher Buehlman
Memory – Lois McMaster Bujold
The SEventh Miss Hatfield – Anna Caltabiano
Red Blooded – Amanda Carlson
The Clockwork Dagger – Beth Cato
The King in Yellow – Robert Chambers 
The Night of the Triffids – Simon Clark
Ancestral Machines – Michael Cobley 
Copperhead – Tina Connolly
Warhammer 40K: Grey Knights – Ben Counter
Species Imperative Omnibus – Julie Czerneda
The Last Dark – Stephen Donaldson
Dinosaurs and Dirigibles – David Drake
Earth Flight – Janet Edwards
Permutation City – Greg Egan
Forge of Darkness – Steven Erikson
Blood and Bone – Ian Esslemont
Bastion – Craig Gallant
Dark Prince – David Gemmell
Hawk Queen: The Omnibus Edition – David Gemmell
Knights of Dark Renown – David Gemmell
Lion of Macedon – David Gemmell
Morningstar – David Gemmell
Stones of Power: The Omnibus Edition – David Gemmell
The City – Stella Gemmell
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell – James Goss
Angel – Jon Grahame
Shadow of the Ancients – Pierre Grimbert & Matt Ross
Transcendental – James Gunn
Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan – Haikasoru, Ed.
War God – Graham Hancock
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction – David Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental – Danielle Ackley-McPhail, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Lee Hillman, & Jeffrey Lyman, Ed. 
Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute – Jonathan Howard
The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane – Alex Irvine
Daring – Elliott James
The Cusanus Game – Wolfgang Jeschke
Outrider – Steven John
Circus Immortale – A. R. Kahler
Imaginarium 2014 – Sandra Kasturi
Die and Stay Dead – Nicholas Kaufmann
Yesterday’s Kin – Nancy Kress
Kinslayer – Jay Kristoff
Kalimpura – Jay Lake
Mayor of the Universe – Lorna Landvik
Grudgebearer – J. F. Lewis
The Republic of Thieves – Scott Lynch
Doctor Who: Engines of War – George Mann
Gifts for the One Who Comes After – Helen Marshall
Channel Blue – Jay Martel
Myths & Legends: Sinbad the Sailor – Phil Masters
The Man With the Compound Eyes – Wu Ming-Yi
Secret of the Tree – Dorothy Mitchell
Pegasus Colony – Phyllis Moore
Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard – Kim Newman
Fortunes of the Imperium – Jody Lynn Nye
Dreamwalker – J. A. Oswald
Sherwood Nation – Benjamin Parzybok
Sword of the Bright Lady – M. C. Planck
Pathfinder Tales: Reign of Stars – Tim Pratt
Maplecroft – Cherie Priest
The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
The Demi-Monde: Fall – Rod Reese
Doctor Who: Silhouette – Justin Richards
Butterfly: Tomorrow’s Children – David Saperstein
Rivers – Michael Farris Smith
The Bloodline Feud: A Merchant Princes Omnibus – Charles Stross
Radiant – Karina Sumner-Smith
Science Fiction Video Games – Neal Roger Tringham
Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror – Mike Tucker
Widow’s Dozen – Marek Waldorf
Age of Iron – Angus Watson
The Prophecy Con – Patrick Weekes
Stories of the Raksura v1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud – Martha Wells
This Old World – Steve Wigenstein
Yesterday’s Hero – Jonathan Wood
Warhammer: Stormcaller – Chris Wraight
Consider Her Ways: And Others – John Wyndham
The Seeds of Time – John Wyndham
Soulminder – Timothy Zahn

Mass Market Paperback:

To Dance With the Devil – Cat Adams
Rogue Angel: Celtic Fire – Alex Archer
Generation 18 – Keri Arthur
Spells at the Crossroads – Barbara Ashford
Blood Red Tide – James Axler
Year of the Demon – Steve Bein
Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition – Kristen Beyer
The Journey – Roddy Brooks
The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield – Jack Campbell
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution – Keith DeCandido
Summer Moon – Jan DeLima
Magician’s End – Raymond Feist
1636: The Devil’s Opera – Eric Flint & David Carrico
Burdens of the Dead – Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint & Dave Freer
Mage’s Blood – David Hair
Beauty and the Beast: Vendetta – Nancy Holder
Hidden – Benedict Jacka
Divinity – Michelle Johnson
Energized – Edward Lerner
The Bloodbound – Erin Lindsey
Dangerous Women 1 – George Martin & Gardner Dozois, Ed.
The Winter Long – Seanan McGuire
Warhammer 40K: False Gods – Graham McNeill
Twilight Forever Rising – Lena Meydan
House Immortal – Devon Monk
The Waterborne Blade – Susan Murray
Crux – Ramez Naam
Glory Main – Henry O’Neil
Night of the Hunter – R. A. Salvatore
Solace Arisen – Anna Steffl
Flex – Ferrett Steinmetz
The Given Sacrifice – S. M. Stirling
Incarnate – Anton Strout
Grimm: The Killing Time – Tim Waggoner
Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations – Michael Williamson

eBook:

Miss Spelled – Sarah Belle
For the Love of Death – Tamara Rose Blodgett
Aurora: Meridian – Amanda Bridgeman
Enigma in Blue – Klaus Bytzek
The Land Beyond All Dreams – Bryan Fields
Shatterwing: Dragon Wine – Donna Maree Hanson
Rogue’s Paradise – Jeffe Kennedy
Kings of the Realm – Oisin McGann
Spirit – Daniela Sacerdoti
Gun Shy – Eleri Stone
Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction From the Leading Science Journal – Colin Sullivan & Henry Gee, Ed.
A Planet For Rent – Yoss & David Frye

YA Fiction:

Enclave – Ann Aguirre
The Aftermath – Jen Alexander
Vision – Lisa Amowitz
Trial by Fire – Josephine Angelini
The Book of Days – K. A. Barker
The Witch’s Boy – Kelly Barnhill
Survival Colony 9 – Joshua David Bellin
Monsters – Ilsa Bick
The Boo of Kindly Deaths – Eldritch Black
Winterkill – Kate Boorman
Never Fade – Alexandra Bracken
Thunder – Bonnie Calhoun
Land – Alex Campbell
Splinters – Matt Carter & F. J. R. Titchenell
Erin – Simon Clark
Endless Knight – Kresley Cole
Tumble & Fall – Alexandra Coutts
Meet Me At the River – Nina de Gramont
A New Darkness – Joseph Delaney
The Zodiac Collector – Laura Diamond
Steampunk: Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens & Zdenko Basic
Conjured – Sarah Beth Durst
Sky Jumpers – Peggy Eddelman
Earth Flight – Janet Edwards
Bone, Fog, Ash & Star – Catherine Egan
Blackfin Sky – Kat Ellis
The Jewel – Amy Ewing
Task Force – Brian Falkner
The Lord of Opium – Nancy Farmer
The Song of the Quarkbeast – Jasper Fforde
Circle of Stones – Catherine Fisher
Falls the Shadow – Stefanie Gaither
A Tale of Light and Shadow – Jacob Gowans
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales – Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, Ed.
BZRK Reloaded – Michael Grant
Projection – Risa Green
Black Moon – Teri Harman
A Breath of Frost – Alyxandra Harvey
Destined for Doon – Corey Corp & Lorie LangdonFeuds - Avery Hastings
Replica – Jack Heath
When the Sea is Rising Red – Cat Hellisen
Oblivion – Anthony Horowitz
The Secret Countess – Eva Ibbotson
Dancing Jax: Fighting Pax – Robin Jarvis
Love is the Drug – Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Brokenhearted – Amelia Kahaney
Salt & Storm – Kendall Kulper
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light – Derek Landy
Winterspell – Claire Legrand
Tabula Rasa – Kristen Lippert-Martin
The Twinning Project – Robert Lipsyte
Inheritance – Malinda Lo
Champion – Marie Lu
Crown of Midnight – Sarah Maas
Heir of Fire – Sarah Maas
Storm – D. J. MacHale
Egg and Spoon – Gregory Maguire
Shattered – Mari Mancusi
The Caller – Juliet Marillier
Made for You – Melissa Marr
Firebug – Lish McBride
In a Handful of Dust – Mindy McGinnis
Shadows – Robin McKinley
Invisible – Dawn Metcalf
The 100: Day 21 – Kass Morgan
Forest of Whispers – Jennifer Murgia
On a Clear Day – Walter Dean Myers
The Vault of Dreamers – Caragh O’Brien
Paradox – A. J. Paquette
The Shade of the Moon – Susan Beth Pfeffer
Dead City – James Ponti
The Winter People – Rebekah Purdy
Jackaby – William Ritter
All These Broken Angels – Peter Adam Salomon
Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson
What Came From the Stars – Gary Schmidt
Battle Angel – Scott Speer
Misty Falls – Joss Stirling
The Dolls – Kiki Sullivan
The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas
The Perilous Sea – Sherry Thomas
The Battle – Jennifer Torres
The Disappearing – Jennifer Torres 
The Return – Jennifer Torres
Of Monsters and Madness – Jessica Verday
Lark Rising – Sandra WAugh
Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld
Faces of the Dead – Suzanne Weyn
Illusions of Fate – Kiersten White
The Chaos of Stars – Kiersten White
Starry Nights – Daisy Whitney
Twist of the Blade – Edward Willett
Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey
Echoes of Us – Kat Zhang

Once We Were – Kat Zhang

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Books Received in July, 2014 Part 2

All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park - Sounds like Park's got an interesting alternative history here.

In All Those Vanished Engines, Paul Park returns to science fiction after a decade spent on the impressive four-volume A Princess of Roumania fantasy, with an extraordinary, intense, compressed SF novel in three parts, each set in its own alternate-history universe. The sections are all rooted in Virginia and the Battle of the Crater, and are also grounded in the real history of the Park family, from differing points of view. They are all gorgeously imaginative and carefully constructed, and reverberate richly with one another.
The first section is set in the aftermath of the Civil War, in a world in which the Queen of the North has negotiated a two-nation settlement. The second, taking place in northwestern Massachusetts, investigates a secret project during World War II, in a time somewhat like the present. The third is set in the near-future United States, with aliens from history.

Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus - I mentioned recently that I'd like to see harpies come back into fantasy and here we have a novel that came out in June that features them!

Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth's schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.
The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari's savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold - I remember hearing about this book months ago but not much since.  I find the premise fascinating and have head great things about Lindskold's writing.

The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay…but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had "bested" the environment.

The Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of the advanced technology and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet's secrets…and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind.

The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi - This is another series (begun with The Quantum Thief) I've heard a lot of good things about and keep meaning to read.

With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterization and his
unrivaled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi swiftly set a new benchmark for Science Fiction in the 21st century. Now, with his third novel, he completes the tale of the many lives, and minds, of gentleman rogue Jean de Flambeur.
Influenced as much by the fin de siècle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of a wild future,and deep conjectures on the nature of reality and story.
In The Causal Angel we will discover the ultimate fates of Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen, and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung throughout the solar system.

Books Received in July, 2014 Part 1

There are so many fantastic books coming out and publishers have sent me several of them!

Unwept by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman - I've been meaning to give their books a try.  I loved the Deathgate Cycle that Tracy wrote with Margaret Weis and am curious to see how he writes with his wife.

Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself-but she doesn't remember any of them.
Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who claim to be friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, and that her memories may return in time. But, for her own sake-so they claim-they refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state.
Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?
Only her lost past holds the answers she seeks-if she can uncover its secrets before she falls prey to an unearthly killer.

Of Bone and Thunder by Chris Evans - I loved Evans' Iron Elves trilogy so I'm happy to see there's a new book by him coming out this fall.  And this book is being tagged as Apocalypse Now meets Lord of the Rings.

Channeling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle.
In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don't understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation.

The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson - This is another book set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.  I believe it's a side tale and can be read independently of the other books.  This is a series I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read, though I've heard it's amazing.

Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants thrive in palaces and one-room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct and propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more millions die horrible deaths in a welter of suffering and misery.
But leave all that behind and plunge into escapist fantasy of the most irrelevant kind, and in the ragged wake of the tale told in Lees of Laughter's End, those most civil adventurers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village at the foot of a majestic castle. There they make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep.
Make welcome, then, to Spendrugle's memorable residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, and the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord-Ah, but there lies this tale.

A Barricade in Hell by Jaime Lee Moyer - I'm reading this book now and it's just as good as the first one.  If you like ghost stories and mysteries, this is the urban fantasy for you.

Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it's 1917-the threshold of a modern age-and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.

That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.

As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice-take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?

Chasers of the Wind by Alexey Pehov - The synopsis of this book has me wanting to read Pehov's first trilogy (Shadow Prowler, Shadow Chaser, Shadow Blizzard).

Centuries after the disastrous War of the Necromancers, the Nabatorians, aligned with the evil necromancers of Sdis, mount an invasion of the Empire. Luk, a soldier, and Ga-Nor, a Northern barbarian, are thrown together as they attempt to escape the Nabatorian hordes and find their way back to their comrades.

Gray and Layan are a married couple, master thieves who are hiding out and trying to escape their former gang. They hope to evade the bounty hunters that hound them and retire to a faraway land in peace.

Tia is a powerful dark sorceress and one of The Damned-a group trying to take over the world and using the Nabatorian invasion as a diversion.

Unfortunately, for Gray and Layan, they unwittingly hold the key to a powerful magical weapon that could bring The Damned back to power.

Hounded by the killers on their trail and by the fearsome creatures sent by The Damned, Gray and Layan are aided by Luk and Ga-Nor-and Harold, the hero of The Chronicles of Siala. Realizing what's at stake they decide that, against all odds, they must stop The Damned.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Shout-Out: Free Agent by J. C. Nelson

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem —from eliminating imps to finding prince charming— as long as you can pay the price…
Working for Grimm isn't Marissa Locks's dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don't have many career options. To pay off her parents' debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she's called on to deal with.
Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before. Not only has the prince gone missing, but the Fae are gearing up to attack Kingdom, and a new Fairy Godmother is sniffing around Grimm's turf, threatening Marissa with the one thing she can't resist: her heart's wishes.
Now Marissa will have to take on Fairies, Fae, dragons, and princesses to save the realm —or give up any hope of ever getting her happy ending…

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Video: Diggy Diggy Hole by The Yogscast

My husband introduced me to the Yogscast when we were still dating.  Simon (Honeydew) and Lewis (Xephos) were just starting a series of videos for a new beta game that my then boyfriend wanted me to play with him.  The game was called Minecraft. (You can see their first Minecraft video here.)  We've been fans of the Yogscast ever since, even as they expanded their team and branched out to other games and shows.

They recently released a new music video based loosely on several of the in-jokes on their channel. You don't have to have watched their videos or played Minecraft to enjoy this.  The song's pretty catchy and the animation is great.  :D



Monday, 28 July 2014

Book Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Pros: brilliant characterization, thought provoking premise, heart-wrenching circumstances

Cons: ending didn’t quite work for me

Amarra is an echo, woven by the Loom as a replacement in the event that her original dies.  She lives according to a series of rules, which require her to learn her original’s life, wearing the same clothes, reading the same books and having similar experiences.  In some countries, including India where her original lives, her existence is illegal.  When her original does die, Amarra has to subvert her natural rebellion and give up her chosen name of Eva, and try to be a good echo for once, lest her familiars - Amarra’s parents - decide to end her existence.

This book’s biggest strength is with character development.  Amarra/Eva feels so real.  I loved that you get to see numerous points of view on how people feel regarding her status as an echo.  You see her original’s anger at having to share her life with this copy, the echo’s frustration of having nothing of her own, the familiars’ hopes and despairs over whether the real Amarra’s soul has or hasn’t transferred to her ‘spare’ body, and more.  Eva feels horrible lying to people who love Amarra and who deserve to know their friend has died, even as she knows that if they learn the truth, her life will be forfeit.

The story brings up numerous questions, from whether the echoes are human with souls, to what extent a creator has the right to control their creations (the author compares weaving echoes with Frankenstein making his creature), etc.  There’s difficult morality here, with characters all reacting to the situation in realistic - if not always honourable - ways.

When things start to go bad they go really, really bad.  This is NOT a good public transit read.  It would however, make for a fantastic book club book.  There’s a lot of discussion potential here.

On the negative side, it surprised me that her guardians, while making sure she wore the same clothes and ate similar foods, etc. as her original wouldn’t make sure Eva’s language choice is also similar.  She grows up in England and once she gets to India she has to consciously remember to refer to things the Indian way, so calling television ‘TV’ rather then ‘telly’.  Her linguistic choices causes problems and really should have been a consideration in her upbringing.

I also had some issues with the ending.  I didn’t quite believe things would go the way they did.

This is a book that will make you think about life and its value.  It will make you cry.  And while the ending didn’t convince me of its reality, everything else in the book was so honest to how real people act and react in difficult circumstances.  It’s a great book and worth reading.


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I followed the ending until the final confrontation in the green room.  I didn’t believe Matthew would make the decision he did considering the time that had passed and how his personality had changed.  It’s clear from the text that he doesn’t feel the same way about Alisha, and even if he did, I couldn’t see him stepping between Adrian and his vengeance.  I could see Matthew helping Eva in a covert manner (as he did when he didn’t tell the seekers where the pair were hiding in London) but I couldn’t see him overtly siding with her over Adrian and his job.

An even bigger question I had was why would they send Eva back to India?  With her school class knowing she’s an echo - something illegal in the country - and a hunter knowing there’s an echo in the area, India’s a terrible place for her at this point.  I’d assumed her running was so she could not only live past her 18th birthday but also so she could be herself - with Sean.  The ending implied that she’s stuck going back to being an echo, pretending to be Amarra again, and following all the rules she wasn’t good at following before.  They also didn’t mention whether they were going to re tag her so she couldn’t run again.

One thing I wish had come up that didn’t, was how Amarra’s parents feel about their other children’s echoes after dealing with Eva.  Having been through the experience once, would they really choose to do it again if one of their other children died? 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Shout-Out: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation - Recoletta's top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

Out July 29th