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Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 3: Great Series

Today, December 23, is the third day of Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, and today’s particular challenge is…Great Series!

Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. Oh, and these aren’t all published in 2010 – I just read them in 2010. Better late than never πŸ˜‰

Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:

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[REVIEW] Solitary – Alexander Gordon Smith

Alexander Gordon Smith
Solitary (Escape from Furnace, Book 2)
Faber (UK: 2nd July 2009; AU: September 2009); Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US: 21st December 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Alex Sawyer and his allies broke out of the general population sector, but their escape from Furnace Penitentiary is far from over – more so now that those who survived are locked in solitary confinement. Despite the hallucinations, and licking the rock walls for moisture, solitary isn’t so bad compared to the dangers outside. But Alex is dead-set on escaping the prison once and for all, and an unexpected ally is showing him the ropes – though the psychological obstacles are beginning to outweigh the physical.

Solitary begins directly where Lockdown ended – yes, this is a cliffhanger series. I read the first novel in late 2008, and my brain isn’t good at remembering stuff, so reacquaintance with characters and the prison set-up took me a few chapters. But this cracking YA futuristic horror thriller comes with a heartwreching emotional punch that very nearly had me in tears. This unique series may be targeted towards teenage boys, but it’s certainly won over this twenty-something female!

P.S. But what really had me crying was the author’s guest blog post at the Book Smugglers, where he explains the inspiration for this series. Read it and weep: Alexander Gordon Smith on Inspiration & Influences

[COVER ART] Ghost Town, Eternal, Solitary & Bring On the Night

UK cover for Rachel Caine’s Ghost Town. US cover for Alexander Gordon Smith’s Solitary. Unspecified covers for P. C. Cast’s Eternal and Jeri Smith Ready’s Bring On the Night. To check my sources, click on the images.

Rachel Caine: Ghost Town Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
P. C. Cast: Eternal Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Alexander Gordon Smith: Solitary Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jeri Smith-Ready: Bring On the Night Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

September 2009 Releases

Done buying August 2009 Releases? Now time for September 2009 Releases. As always, I got my info from Amazon, publishers’ websites and authors’ websites, so if I’m wrong…blame them, not me πŸ˜‰ If you know of more September releases that aren’t here, it’s either because I don’t know of their existence, or I’m not interested. I play favourites, and there’s no shame in that πŸ˜‰

If you’re reading this in a feed, behind the cut you shall find my monthly summary. If you’re looking for stuff further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

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July 2009 Releases

Done ordering June 2009 Releases? Now for July 2009 Releases. As usual, US = USA; UK = UK; CA = Canada; AU = Australia. If the dates are wrong, blame the publishers, from where I got the information. The Book Depository in the UK has free worldwide shipping, so they are my new affiliate for your purchasing. For a list of future titles and release dates, check Reading Wishlist.

Behind the cut, July 2009 Releases…

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[COVER ART] Flesh Circus (US) – Lilith Saintcrow; Solitary (UK) – Alexander Gordon Smith; How to Ditch Your Fairy (US) – Justine Larbalestier & Jennifer Armintrout’s Princess of Dorkness Cast

Image #1: Lilith Saintcrow’s Flesh Circus, as found here. Due for US release in December 2009 (no word yet on UK and AU), but no pre-order link yet.

Image #2: Alexander Gordon Smith’s Solitary, as found here. Due for UK release on 2nd July 2009. Buy (UK)

Image #3: US paperback edition of Justine Larbalestier’s How to Ditch Your Fairy, as found here. We need more covers of hammers nailing fairies!

And in Jennifer Armintrout’s eighth Princess of Dorkness Cast, she shares the joy of the New Zealand accent. Also discusses terms that AREN’T erotic and therefore should NEVER be found in erotica…but sometimes, unfortunately, are. It’s gigglesome πŸ™‚

If You Shop UK…

Have updated the Most Wanted page with some new UK links:

LIBBA BRAY – Going Bovine – 22 Sep 2009
P. N. ELROD (ed.) – Strange Brew – 7 Jul 2009
ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH – Furnace: Solitary – 2 Jul 2009. You may remember me raving about the first Furnace book, Lockdown. Book 2 is now up for pre-order, and I’m rather looking forward to it. The first book just wowed me, and hopefully it’ll wow you too πŸ™‚

[COVER ART] The Awakening (US) – Kelley Armstrong; Reading Wishlist Update

US cover art for Kelley Armstrong’s The Awakening, to be released 28th April 2009. Haven’t found the UK art yet.

Reading Wishlist
ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH – Solitary – Jul 2009