Sunday, 19 August 2012
Fall Preview: Book Lover Heaven
So every August/September one of my favourite publishing houses hosts its fall preview of upcoming releases for booksellers. We usually win stuff and get care packages and stuff, so I’m always pumped to go. There are MANY non-fiction highlights this year, but I’m just gonna go over the stuff that had me ready to maul the speakers because I knew they had ARCs somewhere.
The Emperor of Paris by C. S. (Scott) Richardson; well known for his day job, which is designing the covers of books for this company. Falls under fiction and should already be on the shelves. Story involves a romance between a disfigured art restorer and an illiterate Parisian baker. No, he did not design his own cover art. :)
The Kill Order by James Dashner; prequel to The Maze Runner trilogy. For teens 12+ and already on the shelves. This is not how the Glade was created so much the fall of civilization.
The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis; historical thriller. Falls under fiction and will be out in stores by September 11th, 2012. Two main characters are Da Vinci and Machiavelli. Before Sherlock there was Da Vinci, apparently.
Crusher by Niall Leonard; not everyone knows that he is married to E. L. James (author of Fifty Shades of Grey). Falls under the category of young adult (13+) and will be out September 11th, 2012. This is an action-packed thriller involving a boy who must find his father’s murderer before he can be framed for it.
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie; Joseph alludes to Joseph Conrad and Anton alludes to Anton Chekhov (Rushdie’s two favourite authors). This is a strictly embargoed title and will definitely not be released earlier than September 18th, 2012 (unless those asshats at Wal-Mart continue to screw the rest of us up by releasing two days early). This is a memoir of Rushdie’s time after the release of The Satanic Verses and he was sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini for Rushdie’s blasphemy against Islam. The movie Midnight’s Children, adapted by Deepa Mehta (Water), will also be released this fall.
The Black Count by Tom Reiss; recommended as a great book for Erik Larson fans! This true history of the father of Alexander Dumas, will be released September 18th, 2012. Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo is brought to life in this historical narrative about the man that overcame betrayal and rose to power. Or as one of the host’s put it: “he loooooooved many women”.
The Rebel Heart by Moira Young; second of the Dustlands trilogy. This is set to be released on September 25th, 2012, but so help me if that shipment comes in early, I am ripping into that goddamn box. This is a young adult, post-apocalyptic (with a western feel) novel. This story continues after Saba recues her brother Lugh.
Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick; second of the Ashes trilogy. This will also be released September 25th, 2012, thereby securing my no-sleep policy in the face of obstacles. Many have called it a mash-up between The Hunger Games and World War Z; not sure I entirely agree though (yet).
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost; co-creator of Twin Peaks. This is a 14+ young adult novel that combines mystery and the supernatural, to be released on September 25th, 2012. Apparently it’s about an above-average intelligence teen that is told by his parents, out of protection, to try to be average in school. He slips up on one lil’ test and his ‘rents got scared. And said, “You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.”
…and then chaos ensues when the government gets involved.
A Nation Worth Ranting About by Rick Mercer; apparently he has a book out. So this was one of our guest speakers and he was pretty freaking hilarious. Apparently this is a beautiful compilation of rants about Canada. And stuff. Will be released Septemeber 18th, 2012.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton; I just like that there’s an owl on the cover and that the tagline groups “saints, spies, serial killers” together. A book about how to succeed if we’re psychopaths or something. Or learning from psychopaths.
The Bridge by Jane Higgins is a new young adult dystopian novel about the gated community and the shit that goes down in it.Coming out October 9th, 2012. I wasn’t paying attention, so I’m fuzzy whether it was about a bombing at a high school and the protagonist finds himself having to save everyone and shit or if there’s something about a troll under the bridge. Whatever.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (graphic novel) by Stieg Larsson; six volumes to be released for the entire trilogy. The first volume will be released on November 13th, 2012 and the second will be available in late spring 2013. This should be fun and also disturbing.
And that is all. :) I’ll probably be getting some of these in my care package, as well as some other great stuff I was too lazy/unexcited to mention.#ya #young #adult #preview #fall #books #bookseller #publisher #publishing #house #hosts #introduce #reading #read #literacy #promoting #sales #fun #booklover #heaven #goodreads #fresh #prince #of #bel #air #belair #will #smith