Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books

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This week, as usual, since is the last Monday of the month, I’ll dedicate the Literature Post on new books that have come out, trying to be varied, covering many tastes, novels which has become trend in the readers’ communities, or simply that they caught my attention considering as good options to be read. Read. Any book. Just read.

01“Landline”

Rainbow Rowell is one of the new writers that have caused a stir among readers and from her three novels already published previously, two that came in the same year (2013) were both nominated and one of them won as the best romantic novel for young readers in Goodreads.

Now Rainbow Rowell is back with her fourth book entitled “Landline” …

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

02“Night Terrors”

The prolific horror and fantasy writer, Tim Waggoner, comes back with the novel “Night Terrors” which is the first one in a new book series known as “Shadow Watch”…

It’s “Men In Black” meets “Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman”.

Meet the fine men and women of the NightWatch: a supernatural agency dedicated to hunting down rogue nightmares that escape from other realms when people dream about them, while ensuring that other dream-folk are allowed to live among the regular, human population… as long as they play by the rules.

03“The Light Fantastic”

Data returns and his daughter, Lal, too!
Already in the trilogy “Cold Equations” by writer David Mack, it was narrated the events leading to the expected return of one of the most popular characters of the franchise “Star Trek” and strongly using developed elements used previously on the excellent novel “Immortal Coil” by Jeffrey Lang.

So, it was therefore just right and proper that Jeffrey Lang who narrate the next great adventure of Data, now reunited with his daughter, Lal. In this book they will face one of the most memorable villains in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, no less than the conscious hologram of Professor James Moriarty.

This novel leaves the usual format of “Star Trek” where it is almost always a Starfleet crew, under the command of a bold captain, aboard a powerful starship on an official mission.

This story is about parents, willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of their daughters.

And as if that were not enough, we also have brilliant appearances of characters from the original series of “Star Trek” and also “The Next Generation”, “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager”.

Boldly going where no android has gone before!

04“Firestorm”

Greg Keyes, author of novels in the franchise of “Star Wars”, is commissioned to write the official prequel to the film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”.

“Firestorm” chronicles the events in the middle of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” fully considered canonical by 20th Century Fox, and is the first original novel that is written in this new setting of the resurgence of the iconic sci-fi saga.

05“Sea of Sorrows”

20th Century Fox released in March 2014, the first novel “Out of the Shadows” by Tim Lebbon creating the first series of books fully considered canonical and narrating events in the middle of the film “Alien” and its sequel “Aliens”.

Now, the author James A. Moore, with experience writing novels for the franchise of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and also author of other books of his own creation. He is commissioned to write the second book in what will be a trilogy of novels.

This second novel will be released on 29th of this month (July 2014).

06“No Job for a Lady”

The author Carol McCleary returns with the fourth novel in the book series “Nellie Bly” that she created in 2009. The fourth book is titled “No Job for a Lady”.

History, mystery, and murder are the traveling companions of Nellie Bly, the world’s first female investigative reporter. In Carol McCleary’s No Job for a Lady, Nellie defies the wrath of her editor and vengeful ancient gods while setting out to prove a woman has what it takes to be a foreign correspondent in dangerous Victorian times.

Pyramids, dark magic, and dead bodies are what the intrepid Nellie encounters when she takes off for Mexico after her editor refuses to let her work as a foreign correspondent because “it’s no job for a lady.”

It’s 1886 and Mexico has not cast off all its bloodthirsty Aztec past. Among the towering pyramids in the ghost city of Teotihuacán, Nellie is stalked by ruthless killers seeking Montezuma’s legendary treasure and an ancient cult that resorts to the murderous Way of the Aztec to protect it.

Nellie travels with Gertrude Bell, who will go on to be called Queen of the Desert for her later exploits in Egypt, as well as the most glamorous and beautiful woman of the era, Lily Langtry, consort to the Prince of Wales. Along for the ride is a young gunfighter called the Sundance Kid. And there’s the mysterious Roger Watkins, who romantically and physically challenges Nellie’s determination to be an independent woman in a man’s world.

07“Poison Promise”

The prolific writer Jennifer Estep, author of the book series “Mythos Academy”, is back with the eleventh book “Poison Promise” part of her other book series called “Elemental Assassin”, created in 2010 and already carries an impressive quantity of 11 novels and 10 short stories.

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

9780778316558_RHC_SMP.indd“The Good Girl”

Newcomer Mary Kubica, published this July 29th, her first novel titled “The Good Girl”.

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, “The Good Girl” is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

09“Puddle Jumping”

The writer Amber L. Johnson published on July 1st (2014) the novel titled “Puddle Jumping”.

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK HAPPY READING!

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