Category Archives: Andy Weir

14th November 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
A Darkness Absolute (Rockton, Book 2)
Macmillan Minotaur St. Martin’s (US: 14th November 2017)
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When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. Now, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that…before another victim goes missing.

Cassandra Rose Clarke
Star’s End
Simon & Schuster Saga (US & CA: 14th November 2017)
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Esme Coromina has always known that one day she would run the Four Sisters, the small planet system that her father grew into a corporate empire. Raised as the pampered heir to the company, Esme lived the best years of her life at Star’s End, the estate her father built on the terraformed moon where he began his empire. In the tropical sunlight and lush gardens, Esme helped raise her three motherless half-sisters. But as Esme is groomed to take over the family business of manufacturing weapons for the mercenary groups spread across the galaxy, she slowly uncovers the sinister truth at the heart of her father’s company. And when those secrets are finally revealed, Esme is sure that she’s lost her sisters – and part of her soul – for good. Now, after a lifetime of following her father’s orders, Esme has a second chance. For the first time, Esme is making her own decisions, and the impact of her decisions will reverberate throughout the Four Sisters. As Esme struggles to assemble her estranged sisters for one last goodbye with their dying father, she has to choose whether she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps – or blaze a daring new path.

Stefanie Gaither
Into the Abyss (Falls the Shadow, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 14th November 2017)
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Violet Benson used to know who she was: a dead girl’s clone, with a dead girl’s memories. But after Huxley’s attempt to take over the government left her memories and personality wiped all she has left is a mission: help the CCA fight back against the rest of Huxley’s deadly clones that are still at large. But when a group of clones infiltrate CCA headquarters, Violet is blamed. Already unsure of where her loyalties should lie, Violet finds herself running away with an unlikely ally: Seth, Jaxon’s unpredictable foster brother. With Seth at her side, Violet begins to learn about a whole new side of her city’s history – and her own. But when she learns the shocking truth about cloning, Violet will have to make a choice – and it may be one that takes her away from everyone she ever loved.

Mira Grant
Into the Drowning Deep
Hachette Orbit (US & AU: 14th November 2017)
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Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

Andy Weir
Artemis
Penguin Random House (US, UK & CA: 14th November 2017)
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Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

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November 2017 Releases

Done with October 2017 Releases? Here are November 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist

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8 New Covers (Beckett, Caine & Aguirre, Chan, Davis, Kleine, McGarry, Weir)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: THIS FALLEN PREY: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Rhoda Belleza: EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Steven Brust & Skyler White: THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (paperback): 2nd January 2018: Buy (US)
Melissa Landers: STARFALL (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME: 30th January 2018: Buy (US)
An Na: THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: YOU WILL BE MINE: 1st February 2018: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE LUCKY ONES: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: PACIFICA: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Andy Weir: ARTEMIS: 14th November 2017: Buy (US)

Books I Read & Rated 5 Stars in 2015

A short list – only six books – but a good collection. Only one was published in 2015; the others are from previous years.

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[REVIEW] The Martian – Andy Weir

Andy Weir
The Martian
Random House (US & CA: 18th August 2015; UK: 27th August 2015; AU: 16th September 2015))
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Believe the hype. This. Is. AWESOME.

Upon hearing that the lead character is “funny”, I was concerned. Hello, grave danger? Could die anytime? Mark Watney could’ve been very annoying. But he’s not – his sense of humour plays a big part of keeping him alive.

Imagine how different, and shorter, this novel could’ve been if Mark had depression, PTSD, or anxiety. You hear about a fight-or-flight response, but I reckon there’s a third response: freeze. When you can’t decide to fight or flee, because you can’t think at ALL. You FREEZE.

Considering his situation (being alone on Mars with supplies dwindling), Mark’s mental health is astonishingly good, so he’s able to think on his feet, which saves his life on several occasions.

Pretty much the entire book contains a bombardment of obstacles, which Mark (and the rest of the Ares 3 crew in space, and the staff on Earth) must overcome – and quickly. Not every plan works, but it’s amazing what can happen when everyone works together to save one guy.

(And then you get down when you think of real life, and how people die every day, and Earth’s people can’t all get their act together to help…)

Some have complained of “too much science” in the novel, but I very much appreciate every bit of it. Can I remember and relay any of it? No, but its inclusion means everything to me, because it proves how hard Andy Weir worked to make his story as plausible as possible. Would his plot points work in real life? I have no idea, but I was never pulled out of the story to think, “That wouldn’t work. Bad science! Go sit in the corner.” I read a lot of speculative fiction, and the stories that don’t work for me involve magic, wherein the character wishes something, says something, and then what they want to happen does. I can never truly get behind those stories, but The Martian? Hell yes!

From the affable characters, to the stunning ingenuity, the deadly location, and fascinating space scenes, The Martian excels on all accounts. But the real winner is the mind-blowing research Andy Weir undertook and used to make his story the best it can be.

(Though imagine the story Johanssen could’ve had if…)