Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Amazon Link Spam: Books!

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The Course of Empire, by Eric Flint and K.D. Wentworth
Price: $7.99
 The Course of Empire borrows from two staples of science fiction of the military SF persuasion. One is the story of Occupied Earth, where a successful invasion by aliens results in drastic social changes and desperate rebellion. The other story is the one where humans get used by the aliens as soldiers in a war with yet another group of aliens. (With a possible third from the storyline that goes “once upon a time there was an alien race used by another alien race as slave-soldiers, but then the soldiers rebelled and Stuff Happened.”)

Read the review here.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Price:
$12.23
Akata Witch reminds me a little bit of both Harry Potter and the Young Wizards series. It manages to do this despite the part where Akata Witch is not actually like either except in the very vaguest ways. (I have to say some of it also reminds me of Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s books.) This book is one of your “young person discovers that magic exists and learns to use it, being moderately to extremely heroic along the way,” type novels and is atypically typical of the subgenre.

Read the review here


Spirits That Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Price:
8.99 (kindle)

In this book we are reintroduced to Jaimie Locke, one of the minor characters from The Thread That Binds the Bones. She is still in recovery from having been trained to be evil by her previous teacher. (She more or less indicates this on a number of occasions.)

Read the review here


Heartless by Gail Carriger
Price:
$7.99
In Heartless, Alexia and her husband have mended their fences and now they have to figure out how to keep the vampires from continuing their vendetta against Alexia and her not-yet-born infant-inconvenience. The solution presents itself in the form of Akeldama stepping forward with an offer to adopt the baby (thus assuring that the scary monster baby has a proper upbringing). Of course, this creates a new batch of problems involving Conall’s pack having to move into the city. (Alexia might have very little in the way of maternal feelings, but she does feel a certain amount of interest in the results of her pregnancy.)

Read the review here.


The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Price:
$6.80
In The King of Attolia, Eugenides has to figure out how to be king, when all he wanted was the queen. (Unfortunately, the queen and the gods are not letting poor Eugenides off the hook.) The Queen of Attolia’s subjects aren’t very enthused by the idea of Eugenides being their king and proceed to cause him a great deal of grief. The palace staff and even his attendants are harassing him, the nobility is on the very edge of insurrection, and there are conspiracies and assassins everywhere. On top of all that, Eugenides must also get used to being married to the woman he loves, who is also the Woman Who Did Very Bad Things to Him in A Very Public Way. (Eugenides and Irene have an extremely complicated and slightly frightening relationship.)

Read the review here


Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Price:
$7.99
This is the first book in a new urban fantasy series, InCryptid. It has a much more humorous tone than the grittier and darker Toby Daye novels and has a few romantic sub plots worked into both the main story and the back story. It is about a family of cryptozoologists whose ancestors decamped from a monster hunting organization known as the Covenant of St. George. The Covenant believes that all “unnatural” creatures should be exterminated, but the Prices believe they should be studied, and only hunted down if individuals prey on humans.
Read the review  here