Sunday, July 29, 2012

Books in the Mail (W/E 2012-07-28)

This is one of the largest batches of arrivals at the 'o Stuff household in quite some time. Only two books this last full week of July.

Tarnished Knight (The Lost Stars #1) by Jack Campbell (Ace Hardcover 05/01/2011) – I suppose this could be called a side-quel series? In it, Campbell takes a look at the other side of the interstellar conflict as it was depicted in The Lost Fleet, which makes this a great entry point for new readers to Campbell’s space-based saga as well as fans of the previous novels, of which I’d consider myself. series The Lost Fleet: Dreadnaught, The Lost Fleet: Invincible and The Lost Fleet: Dauntless). Also, it has been pointed out that the fella on the cover bears a striking resemblance to Campbell’s fellow Ace author Myke Cole.

TARNISHED KNIGHT follows the events in the Midway Star System during the same period as DREADNAUGHT and INVINCIBLE. For the first time, the story of the Lost Fleet universe is told through the eyes of citizens of the Syndicate Worlds as they deal with defeat in the war, threats from all sides, and the crumbling of the Syndicate empire.

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel (Del Rey Trade Paperback 08/14/2012) – Debut novelist Lia Habel gives readers a cool-sounding mash up of future SF, steampunk, romance and the ever-popular zombies. This is the third copy of the book I’ve received (Advance Reader Copy, Final/Hardcopy and now this one), so it seems Del Rey is pushing this one pretty strongly.

Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

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