Books in the post…!

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Books received
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I always feel very lucky to get sent review copies and recently received a few really interesting looking books.

Koko takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea not only has a fantastic cover but a seriously impressive bunch of strap lines boasting its brilliance. I’m definitely going to get stuck into this very soon.

Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an easy early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, Koko finds the most challenging part of her day might be deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her.

Whilst I don’t read much tie-in fiction I am fascinated by the idea of working within a set intellectual property and what that entails. Also, who didn’t love the original Planet of the Apes film?

The official prequel novel to the brand-new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes bridges the gap between the events of the box-office smash Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the much-anticipated sequel, as well as offering fans the full story that leads into the action on screen.

Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C Planck has an intriguing premise. Magic, monsters, gods and demons all faced by a mild mannered engineer. Could be a winner..

Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back. He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real — but bought at a terrible price.

A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence. In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing. But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notoriety.

To win enough power to open a path home, this mild-mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never-ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magic.

But the gods and demons have other plans. Christopher’s fate will save the world… or destroy it.

I’ve heard about Samit Basu’s novel Resistance and I’m really excited to get a copy. I can see this getting bumped up the ‘to be read’ pile very quickly.

Eleven years after the passengers of flight BA142 from London to Delhi developed extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires, the world is overrun with supers. Some use their powers for good, others for evil, and some just want to smash up iconic monuments and get on TV. But now someone is hunting down supers, killing heroes and villains both, and it’s up to the Unit to stop them…

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