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петак, 06. децембар 2013.

Novi naslovi - decembar 2013. (A ujedno i dopuna spiska za čitanje.)

Svašta nešto ovog meseca. Kao i svakog, preko 200 naslova raznih žanrova i podžanrova. No, ovoga puta izdvojiću samo ono što će se naći na mom spisku za čitanje.

Something More Than Night


Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.
Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.

Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.

Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos. 

The Iron Wolves: Book 1 of The Rage of Kings by Andy Remic

 Endi Remik ima dva zapažena B serijala. Jedan sam pokušao da čitam (The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles) i nije mi se dopao. Biće da je stvar do mene, pošto je Remik postao solidna zvezdica na SF&F nebu. Ako bih morao da ga poredim sa nekim ko je poznat našem čitateljstvu, rekao bih da je najsličniji Piteru Bretu, makar po kvalitetu pisanja. 

Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. This ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes.

Now, a new terror stalks the realm. In hushed whispers, it is claimed the Horse Lady, Orlana the Changer, has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody hunters, summoning mud-orcs from then slime and heading north to Vagandrak where, it said, the noble King Yoon has gone insane...

After hearing a prophecy from a blind seer, aged General Dalgoran searches to reunite the heroes of old for what he believes will be the final battle. But as mud-orcs and twisted beasts tear through the land, Dalgoran discovers the Iron Wolves are no longer heroes of legend... Narnok is a violent whoremaster, Kiki a honey-leaf drug peddler, and Prince Zastarte a drinker, a gambler, amoral and decadent: now he likes to hear people scream as they burn...

United in hate, the Iron Wolves travel to the Pass of Splintered Bones; and as half a million mud-orcs gather, General Dalgoran realises his grave error. Together, the Iron Wolves hold a terrible secret which has tortured them for three decades. Now, they only wish to be human again...


The Greatship by Robert Reed 

Nisam čitao Rida, ali gikovskom internetu je preskočilo srce na najavu objavljivanja zbirke njegovih priča, čija se radnja dešava na ogromnom svemirskom brodu. 

Since the beginning of the universe, the giant starship wandered the emptiest reaches of space, without crew or course, much less any clear purpose. But humans found the relic outside the Milky Way, and after taking possession, they named their prize the Great Ship and embarked on a bold voyage through the galaxy’s civilized hearts.

Larger than worlds, the Great Ship is laced with caverns and oceans, scenes of exalted beauty and corners where no creature has ever stood. Habitats can be created for every intelligent species, provided that the passengers can pay for the honor of a berth, and the human captains make the rules and dispense the justice in what soon becomes thousands of alien species joined a wild, unpredictable journey.

The first Great Ship story was “The Remoras”, published in 1994 by THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. All but the most recent titles in the series have been included in this volume, arranged in a rough chronological order, each story partly rewritten to capture the author’s growing expertise in the starship. New material has been added to bridge the centuries, hopefully enriching the resident confusion. 

Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi 

Potpuno nova spisateljica, koja se pojavila niotkuda i objavija roman za ne baš veliku i prestižnu izdavačku kuću. No, siže njenog prvenca bio mi je dovoljno zanimljiv da mi ovaj naslov odma' uleti na tablet.

Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he's a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego... and Alana can't keep her eyes off her. But there's little time for romance: Nova's in danger and someone will do anything - even destroying planets - to get their hands on her!


The Cormorant

  Ono što piše spada u urbanu fantaziju, a piše dovoljno dobro da je već stekao pristojan broj poklonika. Meni je zanimljivo to što je Vending neko vreme radio kao dizajner fantasy role play igara smeštenih u Svet tame, izdavača White Wolf. Ti su ljudi radili urbanu fantastiku i pre nego što je postojala. Jednog od narednih dana zaista ću morati da pročitam sve što je napisao.

Miriam is on the road again, having transitioned from "thief" to "killer".

Hired by a wealthy businessman, she heads down to Florida to practice the one thing she's good at, but in her vision she sees him die by another's hand and on the wall written in blood is a message just for Miriam. She's expected...




The Suicide Exhibition: The Never War by Justin Richards

Ne ide mi baš u glavu da se izdavač kalibra Del Reya odlučio da objavi nešto nalik ovome, tako da je jedino logično objašnjenje da je reč o sjajnom romanu, samo sam ja toliki duduk da mi to nije jasno na prvi pogled. Će da vidimo.

 A groundbreaking alternate history World War 2 thriller.
    
The threat is not new. The aliens have been here before -- if indeed they are aliens. Obsessed with the Occult, Hitler and other senior Nazis believed they were destined to inherit the Earth. To this end, they are determined to recover 'their' ancient artifacts -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Destiny. When Dunkirk veteran and Foreign Office trouble-shooter Major Guy Pentecross stumbles across a seemingly unbelievable conspiracy, he, together with pilot and American spy Sarah Diamond and SOE operative Leo Davenport, enter the shadow world of Section Z. All three have major roles to play as they uncover the Nazis' insidious plot to use the alien Vril's technology to win the war... at any cost.

This is The Thirty-Nine Steps crossed with Indiana Jones and Quatermass. Justin Richards has an extremely credible grasp of the period's history and has transformed it into a groundbreaking alternate reality thriller.

Najslađe za kraj...

Fell Sword

Ovo je drugi roman Majlsa Kamerona. Prvi je objavljen krajem 2012, ali ja sam ga pročitao u 2013. Što se mene tiče, Red Knight - Kameronov prvenac - biće ozbiljan kandidat za najbolji roman kojeg sam pročitao ove godine.

Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But The Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when intends to be victorious on them all?

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