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Weekly Book Buzz: New Sookie Stackhouse Novel

Hugo Nominees Announced

By Tim Janson     May 01, 2011


Dead Reckoning Sookie Stackhouse Book 11
© Ace Books

 

First I want to announce that this will be the last weekly edition of the Book Buzz for the foreseeable future. In order to devote more time to other endeavors here at Mania I’ll be scaling back the frequency to likely once or twice a month. Now lets get to the rest of the news…
 
2011 Hugo Award Nominees Announced
 
Nominees for the Hugo Awards have been announced by Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Reno, Nevada, August 17-21, 2011. The Hugo Awards ceremony will take place August 20, 2011. Here are the major highlights:
 
BEST NOVEL
·         Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
·         Feed , Mira Grant (Orbit)
·         The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
·         The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Pyr; Gollancz)
·         Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
 
BEST SHORT STORY
·         ‘‘Ponies’’, Kij Johnson (Tor.com 11/17/10)
·         ‘‘For Want of a Nail’’, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 12/10)
·         ‘‘Amaryllis’’, Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed 6/10)
·         ‘‘The Things’’, Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)
 
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
·         The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man, Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross (Vertigo)
·         Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, Phil & Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio (Airship Entertainment)
·         Grandville Mon Amour, Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
·         Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, Howard Tayler (Hypernode)
·         Fables: Witches, Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
 
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
·         Daniel Dos Santos
·         Bob Eggleton
·         Stephan Martiniere
·         John Picacio
·         Shaun Tan
 
 
 
NEW IN FANTASY
 
Well of Sorrows Benjamin Tate [DAW]
 
Colin Harten and his parents fled across the ocean to escape the Family wars in Andover . But trouble follows them and their fellow refugees to this new land, forcing them to abandon the settled areas for unexplored territory. It is here that they face even more mysterious beings and dangers. Now Colin must use the powers of the Well of Sorrows to survive-and bring peace to this troubled land.
 
A Taint in the Blood: A Novel of the Shadowspawn S. M. Stirling [Roc]
 
Stirling begins a new series about werewolves, or Shadowspawn as they’re referred to, among humans.  “Homo lupens” are an ancient race possessing formidible power. Vague memories of the time when they ruled the planet are the source of many myths and legends of evil monsters. Adrian, a reclusive Shadowspawn, has chosen to live his life as a human, fighting his dark side. But his sister, ruled by her desire to return the Shadowspawn to power and by her hatred for her brother, kidnaps Adrian 's human lover. To save her and possibly all humans, Adrian must fight with all his powers.
 
Night Mares in the Hamptons : A Willow Tate Novel Celia Jerome [DAW]
 
Graphic novelist Willow Tate is a Visualizer, able to draw images of beings from the realm of Faerie, bringing them from their world to ours in the process. After a ten-foot-tall red troll follows her from Manhattan to Paumanok Harbor in the Hamptons , Willow realizes that many of her relatives and their neighbors possess psychic talents-truth- knowing, scrying, weaving wishes, picking lucky numbers, and more.   So when magic and mayhem return to Paumanok Harbor , and Willow is called upon to rescue the town, she enlists the local talent. Three magical mares are searching the Long Island village for a missing colt, and their distress is causing sleeping nights, bad tempers, and dangerous brawls among the gifted but peculiar residents.
 
Though the Department of Unexplained Events sends Willow a world-famous horse whisperer, Texan Ty Farraday seems more interested in whispering in her ear than in rescuing the kidnapped colt whose terror only Willy can feel. Even with help, she still has to struggle with snakes, drug dealers, tourists, hidden caves, a mad scientist-and the almost overwhelming distraction of that sexy cowboy...
 
The Inheritance: And Other Stories Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm [Harper]
 
Before she became an acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, Robin Hobb received resounding critical praise for work written under the name Megan Lindholm. Though they spring from the same imagination, Hobb and Lindholm are separate, diverse identities, each with her own unique style and perspective.  The Inheritance celebrates the boundless vision of Hobb and Lindholm, bringing together for the first time classic and new short works from both names. The collection is comprised of three generous offerings from Robin Hobb, including the title story, which makes its U.S. debut here, and a brand-new tale, "Cat's Meat." Megan Lindholm contributes her Hugo and Nebula Award finalist "A Touch of Lavender" and Nebula finalist "Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man," as well as several classic and new gems.   Each piece is prefaced by a brief yet informative author's note, offering insight into each story's genesis. Fascinating, compelling, and wonderfully entertaining, The Inheritance reveals the full spectrum of skill and talent of one of the world's finest fantasy writers.
 
Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles Larry Correia [Baen]
 
Jake Sullivan is a war hero, a private eye—and an ex-con. He’s free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jake’s in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jake’s help.  It got worse. Jake found out that the Feds had lied to him about Delilah being a murderer as well as a bank robber, and they had lied about this being his last job for them—he was too valuable for them to let him go. And things were even worse than Jake imagined. There was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users, and Jake had no idea that he had just attracted the attention of one side, whose ruthless leaders were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live.
 
Dragon Avenger: Book Two of the Age of Fire E.E. Knight [Roc]
 
The last of a dying breed, Wistala and her dragon siblings were born in the safety of a mountain cave. But when her home is attacked, she finds herself forced into independence-and cut off from her family. Now Wistala must overcome her grief and fear to find others of her kind, and bring her wrath to those who would destroy them.
 
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11) Charlaine Harris [Ace Hardcover]
 
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...
 
Dawnbringer: A Forgotten Realms Novel Samantha Henderson [Wizards of the Coast]
 
Two angels given mortal flesh are sent to guard two star-crossed lovers, born scions of rival merchant houses. At first, it looks as though love will conquer all, and the rift will finally be mended. But there are those who hate the word peace with a passion so much that it poisons everything they touch, corrupting house to turn against house, mother to turn against child, and angel to turn against angel.  Dawnbringer is the perfect meld between classic and contemporary fantasy, with shades of Romeo and Juliet, told from the perspective of guardian angels, in a world where sorcery and monsters are commonplace.
 
NEW IN SCI-FI
 
The Hot Gate: Troy Rising III John Ringo [Baen Hardcover]
 
The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon, and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy , face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die—and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.
 
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy SC [Night Shade]
 
World Fantasy Award-winner Jonathan Strahan delivers the fourth volume of this series, once again demonstrating his keen editorial eye. The multi-award winning Eclipse series (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, Aurealis) is the only on-going anthology for original non-themed science fiction and fantasy, and its contents have been regularly recognized as some of the most compelling stories of the year, both on awards ballots and on best-of-the-year lists. Eclipse 4 delivers new fiction by some of the genre's most celebrated authors, including Peter Beagle, Emma Bull, Andy Duncan, Elizabeth Hand, Gwyneth Jones and Michael Swanwick and Many others.
 

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