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[COVER ART] A Flash of Hex – Jes Battis

Totally made of pretty, aye? Shadows, sparkles, vibrant colour and a misty haze…It comes from the hands of Timothy Lantz – you may recognise his name as the cover artist for a lot of Juno Books, including Chris Howard’s Seaborn. But I decided to look up upon viewing Jes Battis’ Night Child – and it’s not just fab art; the story’s pretty awesome, too 😉

You’re looking at what’ll be on the cover of Jes Battis’ A Flash of Hex (or A Flash of Hextacy, I’m not entirely sure). It’s the second OSI novel due out in June 2009. No pre-order links available yet, but keep your eye out – I know I will.

Mind you, the cover still needs the author and title added, but Penguin Ace will take it from here. In the meantime, we can has this pretty.

Happy Birthday, Chris Howard

It’s September 8 – Chris Howard’s birthday, and thus a great time to pick up his first novel, Seaborn, if you haven’t done so already.

July 2008 Reads

Your eyes do not deceive: I only read five books this month. Obviously I’ve been spending too much time:

*on the Internet
*with my webcam
*with MovieMaker
*at the post office
*watching TV
*half asleep-half awake with the telly on

Anyway, it’s only 3PM on the last day of July, but I don’t think I’ll get another book finished by midnight, so you get the list early.

Blood Trail – Tanya Huff “Vicki’s a wily, likeable character…the world-building is original…” Buy

Boys that Bite – Mari Mancusi “…a teen vampire tale with an Arthurian twist…” Buy

Blood Lines – Tanya Huff “…well worth applauding…unusual subject matter that will appeal to readers who are bored with vampires…” Buy

Seaborn – Chris Howard “Chris Howard takes urban fantasy where it doesn’t usually tread…” Pre-order

The Scent of Shadows – Vicki Pettersson “Vicki Pettersson brings fresh ideas, deep psychology and Las Vegas’s underbelly…science enforces the magic, there’s deep character development, and it all comes together in a ripping yarn…This is one series thriller fans should not miss.” Buy

[REVIEW] Seaborn – Chris Howard

Chris Howard
Seaborn
Prime/Wildside Juno (3rd August 2008)
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Chris Howard takes urban fantasy where it doesn’t usually tread: underwater.

Even the underwater world has its own kingdom. Kassandra Alkimides, a member of Seaborn royalty, has been exiled to the surface for most of her life, but she’s coming down to wage war on her grandfather. Meanwhile, Corina Lairsey is scuba-diving when she’s grabbed and taken over by a Seaborn sorcerer.

I can’t elaborate on the plot as I had a lot of trouble with this novel. It isn’t bad – just isn’t my kind of thing, so my attention and concentration were scattered. I would’ve given up but I persevered, though I don’t have much to show for it.

But it goes without saying that Chris Howard is to be applauded for Seaborn‘s unique (or at least rare) in urban fantasy setting of the sea. Though I don’t know if the term is mentioned, it is some form of mermaid novel. So this will suit readers who’ve had enough of vampires, shifters, witches, psychics, fae and whatnot. Originality is the key selling point here, as is Mr Howard’s startling array of talents: not only an author, but quite an artist too. Some people just hog all the good stuff 😉

August 2008 Releases

Just in case you missed them, here are the July Releases. I missed one, which you’ll find below. And to look into the future, check my Reading Wishlist. Please note that I haven’t found a summary for Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, but I tried. The only book on the list I own is Chris Howard’s Seaborn, but I haven’t read it yet.

Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Hachette Little, Brown (US: 2 Aug 2008); Hachette ATOM (UK: 4 Aug 2008)
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Questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.

Chris Howard
Seaborn (Saltwater Witch, Book 1)
Prime/Wildside Juno (US: 3 Aug 2008)
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There is a world deep under the sea, a kingdom that has endured thousands of years without the modern world knowing it exists. Those who dwell there are Thalassogenêis: SEABORN. Kassandra is the Seaborn king’s granddaughter – the one he wishes he’d killed when he’d had the chance. She comes from the sea, but she has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, learning to control strange and frightening powers she barely understands. But now she’s ready to declare war on the murderous king. Corina Lairsey is a scuba-diving Californian who has freed herself from a controlling relationship…and finds herself in another. Only this time, Aleximor, an ancient Seaborn sorcerer, is literally inside her head and wearing her body. Corina must strive for control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead. Aleximor wants revenge for his 400-year imprisonment and his dangerous machinations threaten to destroy both young women and the world of the Seaborn.

Richelle Mead
Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1)
Kensington Zebra (US: 5 Aug 2008); Random House Bantam (UK: 14 Aug 2008)
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Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy – one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it. Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

Kat Richardson
Underground (Greywalker, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 5 Aug 2008); Hachette Piatkus (UK: 7 Aug 2008)
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Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died – for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker – walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases. Pioneer Square’s homeless are turning up dead and mutilated, and zombies have been seen roaming the underground – the city buried beneath modern Seattle. When Harper’s friend Quinton believes he may be implicated in the deaths, he persuades her to investigate. But the killer is no mere murderer – it is a creature of ancient legend. And Harper must deal with both the living and the dead to stop the monster and its master…unless they stop her first.

Ann Aguirre
Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, Book 2)
Penguin Ace (US: 26 Aug 2008)
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Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for the Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now the word’s out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and their stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled – which means that Jax is out of a job. She’s also broke, due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax takes it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince them to join the Conglomerate. But Jax’s payday is light years away. First, she’ll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She’ll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive…

Caitlin Kittredge
Pure Blood (Nocturne City, Book 2)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 26 Aug 2008)
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In the shadows of Nocturne City, witches lurk and demons prowl, and homicide detective Luna Wilder must keep the peace – while living life as a werewolf. Now bodies are turning up all over town, the brutal murders linked by a cryptic message: We see with empty eyes… To make matters worse for Luna, she can’t get wolfishly handsome Dmitri Sandovsky out of her mind. The last time he helped her with a case, Dmitri suffered a demon bite that infected him with a mysterious illness…and now his pack elders have forbidden him from associating with Luna. But she’ll need his help when high-level witches start turning up slaughtered. Because a war is brewing between rival clans of blood witches and caster witches – a magical gang war with the power to burn Nocturne City to the ground.

Marianne Mancusi
Razor Girl
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 26 Aug 2008)
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Molly Anderson is not your average twenty-one-year-old. It’s been six years since she and her family escaped into a bunker, led by her conspiracy theorist father and his foreknowledge of a plot to bring about the apocalypse. But her father’s precautions didn’t stop there. Molly is now built to survive. Yes, Ian Anderson’s favorite book gave him ideas on how to “improve” his daughter. Molly is faster, stronger, and her ocular implants and razor-tipped nails set her apart. Apart, when – venturing alone out of the bunker and into a plague ravaged, monster-ridden wilderness – what Molly needs most is togetherness. Chase Griffin, a friend from her past, is her best bet. But while he and others have miraculously survived, the kind boy has become a tormented man. Together, these remnants of humanity must struggle toward trusting each other and journey to the one place Molly’s father believed all civilization would be reborn: the Magic Kingdom, where everyone knows it’s a small world after all.

Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (US: 26 Aug 2008; UK: 4 Sep 2008)
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An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy. There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead – again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Cat with Books, Manny, WordPress & Tokyo

(Larger versions at Flickr.) Here’s Manny with Mari Mancusi’s Boys that Bite, Laura Anne Gilman’s Staying Dead, Jeff Somers’ The Digital Plague and Chris Howard’s Seaborn.

I’m really excited to have The Digital Plague, in particular. It’s actually Book 2 in a series, and I haven’t read Book 1, but here’s hoping I’ll be able to keep up. It’s a futuristic, so it’s exactly what I’m interested in reading, and I think I’ll enjoy it. And judging from his blog, the author’s a funny bugger, so that’s extra credit. Anyway, if you know someone who has a copy of The Electric Church that needs a home, tell them to contact me.

You’ll have to forgive Manny’s lack of enthusiasm – he had to visit the vet today. Da-da-DA! But there’s good news – he’s fine! His teeth have plaque, but that’s the worst thing. Even his vomiting once a fortnight is not an issue – it’s because he bolts his food down and eats who knows what else outside. Was told he has a nice coat, and that he’s a good weight – “slim” I remember her saying. Not only that, but the vet said, “His name reminds me of the Black Books character.” Which is a fair thing to say, because I named him after Bill Bailey’s character. Perhaps I should’ve named him after the landlord cat, Mr Benson…

Thanks to everyone who visited my WordPress yesterday (Sunday 6th July) – you gave me the highest amount of page views I’ve received in one day: 177. That may be little bickies to some people, but it’s big to me, and much appreciated. Here’s hoping you find reasons to return.

I leave you with this short video Liz Maverick took in the Kiddyland store in Tokyo. Not sure why anyone would want to buy that particular toy dog, except as a joke gift…