Week of October 7 Pull List: Another Attempt at Angels, Elves and a Book Made Just for Me!

Anyone with a fondness for books knows how quickly a To Be Read pile can get out of control.  It seems the more I read, the more books end up on that pile.  These are the books that hit my radar and got added to that list over the past week.

It’s been at least a month since the last time I put together one of these pull lists, but I think it’s a feature I’d like to have at least every other week or so.  In the last few weeks, I’ve discovered mostly up-coming books that sound interesting, but there have been a few already released books that caught my eye as well.  Here are some of the books that I stumbled upon over the last few weeks.  Warning: Includes spaceships and yet even more angels (and elves!)

The Pearl Wars by Nick James (Skyship Academy #1)
Flux (09/08/11)

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A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

I’ve been reading so much YA with teenage female protagonists that take place in and around high school drama that I really need a break.  I need boys and fighting and no goo-goo eyes at the other gender.  I don't want to read anything else about glistening hair and gemstone-colored eyes.  What I need is a book about post-apocalyptic steampunk-ish space battles with superpowered protagonists to clean my palate.  Even if this didn’t sound like the perfect book to rid me of all the recently read books that are blurring together in my head, I would still buy it for that cover alone.  That cover hits so many of my reading want buttons, it’s ridiculous.  Add that the description hits everything I'm currently (and usually) looking for in a book, and it’s like it was written and packaged just for me.

And, this has nothing to do with anything, but the dude who wrote it is hot (which I discovered after deciding this book was made just for me).

 

Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin (Grigori Legacy #1)
Ace Books (09/27/11)

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A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel… 

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case—a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell. 

Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul. 

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.

As much as I’ve been burned by angel books recently, you’d think I’d want to stay away from them.  As much as I’ve been dogging on the romance plots of books recently, you’d think I’d really want to stay away from those (and inevitably I imagine the two main characters will eventually fall madly for each other in this one).  Yet something about this book stood out to me after the author was recommended by a reader.  Perhaps it’s because it’s an adult-targeted book or maybe I just have a stupid soft spot for stories about fallen angels and the people who want to kill them.  I don’t know, but whatever it is, I’m going to keep my eye out for this one.

 

Welcome to Bordertown edited by Ellen Kushner
Random House Books for Young Readers (05/24/11)

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Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

So I’ve never read the Bordertown series this short story collection is based off, but I was sold by this part alone: “including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more”  With that list of authors contributing, it could be able kittens playing with yarn and I’d still want to read it.  Though in Gaiman’s story, something dark and hideous would inevitably eat the kittens or turn them into demons or something.

 

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (The Forever War #1)
Eos (1974)

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In the 1970s Joe Haldeman approached more than a dozen different publishers before he finally found one interested in The Forever War. The book went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, although a large chunk of the story had been cut out before it saw publication. Now Haldeman and Avon Books have released the definitive version of The Forever War, published for the first time as Haldeman originally intended. The book tells the timeless story of war, in this case a conflict between humanity and the alien Taurans. Humans first bumped heads with the Taurans when we began using collapsars to travel the stars. Although the collapsars provide nearly instantaneous travel across vast distances, the relativistic speeds associated with the process means that time passes slower for those aboard ship. For William Mandella, a physics student drafted as a soldier, that means more than 27 years will have passed between his first encounter with the Taurans and his homecoming, though he himself will have aged only a year. When Mandella finds that he can't adjust to Earth after being gone so long from home, he reenlists, only to find himself shuttled endlessly from battle to battle as the centuries pass. (from Amazon)

It’s weird how this cover is similar to the cover of The Pearl Wars above and yet so different that it isn’t appealing to me at all.  It makes me think it’s a book about Halo (the videogame, not that silly angel book).  Despite that, it’s a classic touchstone of science fiction history that I really should read.  Not only that, but it sounds incredibly interesting.  I’ve never really read much in the space wars genre (Ender’s Game being the huge exception), but I think this one could be my gateway.  This sounds like it could be a thinking book and I might need one of those soon to get all the cotton candy out of my head.

 

All book blurbs pulled from the wonderful Goodreads.com unless stated otherwise.