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June 2011 Releases

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[REVIEW] Undead on Arrival – L. A. Banks

L. A. Banks
Undead on Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3)
St Martin’s (US: 31st March 2009)

There’s a war brewing between Shadow Wolves and Werewolves in L. A. Banks’ Undead on Arrival.

Genetics, the military and the paranormal all feature in this third instalment of the Crimson Moon series. Newcomers will easily get lost trying to figure out the differences between clans and packs, Shadow Wolves and Werewolves, and who’s related to whom. In addition, some characters have different names for their different forms (human and wolf), and others are simply referred to as “Hunter’s mother” or “Shogun’s mother”. And since relations are a big issue here, this is rather confusing.

The third-person narrative traces various characters’ points-of-view, but none seem to really grab. Perhaps first-person with Sasha Trudeau throughout would’ve been more successful.

But there’s an interesting question to ponder here: if your shadow shags someone else’s (not belonging to your significant other), does it still count as cheating? The characters seem to think it doesn’t, but I’m not so sure, because the parties in question had to change into new pants, because the shadow-shagging obviously affected them physically, too. A particular Family Guy episode took a similar situation (does it still count as abstinence if you have sex…in the ear? No, it does not), but made it far more entertaining.

It’s not all bad: in fact, the syn-DNA stuff is intriguing. And I mostly paid attention in the first half, but after the all-important teahouse scene, my concentration faded.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all-in-all I’m unsatisfied. Mind you, I’d just come off reading two fabulous Dante Valentine novels by Lilith Saintcrow, and that’s one hell of a hard act to follow.

My 2 Latest Acquisitions

Am particularly excited about the second one. I’m currently reading the first.

L. A. Banks
Undead on Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3)
St Martin’s (US: 31st March 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

Just one month ago, secret government operative Sasha Trudeau thought she’d tasted victory. Orchestrating détente between the warring factions of the supernatural world had nearly cost her life – but it also opened the door to a future with Max Hunter, her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf. Until now. A poisonous virus is wreaking havoc on Hunter’s immune system. And the passionate man who Sasha loves has become unpredictable, dangerous – and possibly deadly. When Hunter disappears the night a human is found ravaged, Sasha is thrust into a race against the clock to find the cure for her mate…and the traitor who’s determined to see them both dead.

Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown (Furnace, Book 1)
Faber Kids (UK: 5th March 2009) – Paperback

Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace. When thirteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, his life changes for ever. Now he is an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary – the toughest prison in the world for young offenders. It’s the prison to end all prisons – a vast building sunk deep into the ground with one way in and no way out. But rowdy inmates and sadistic guards are the least of Alex’s problems. Every night an inmate is taken from his cell by the guards and returned the next morning changed. Where are they taken and why are they returned covered with scars and acting as though they are not quite human? In a desperate bid for freedom Alex and his friend Zed discover a horrifying truth – that the Furnace Penitentiary is a place of pure evil, a place where cruel experiments take place every day, where inmates are simply guinea pigs, where monsters make monsters, and where death is the least of your worries…

Cover Art for L. A. Banks’ BITE THE BULLET

Bite the Bullet, the second novel in the Crimson Moon series. Due to be released 30th September 2008.