Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: October 28, 2014

AtlantiaAtlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Young adult Atlantis (which we are going to pretend is actually about mermaids).

Book of Strange New ThingsThe Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.”

But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us. Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, The Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: We have serious trouble saying no to end of the world novels with gorgeous covers and intriguing premises.

Dangerous Women 2Dangerous Women 2 [edited] by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois

Dangerous Women Vol. 2 includes stories by Lev Grossman, Sharon Kay Penman, S. M. Stirling, Sam Sykes, Caroline Spector, and Nancy Kress, and features an entirely new 28,000-word “Outlander” novella by New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. All stories were first published in December 2013 Dangerous Women anthology.

Table of Contents:

“The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman (Magicians)
“A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman
“Pronouncing Doom” by S. M. Stirling (Emberverse)
“Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes
“Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector (Wild Cards)
“Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress
Novella: “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander)

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: It’s an anthology about strong female characters with stories from Lev Grossman and Sharon Kay Penman. Enough said.

Yes Please Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Amy Poehler can do no wrong, so obviously we’re super excited for her very first book. Does this mean war Tina Fey? Please say this means war.

Prince Lestat Anne Rice

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: ANNE RICE IS BACK WITH A VAMPIRE STORY FEATURING ALL OUR FAVORITE VAMPIRES!!!!!!! ::promptly dies::

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