Mad River

September 17th, 2012

Mad River by John Sandford

Mad River by John SandfordBonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what’s-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.

The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.

This book will be available on October 2, 2012.

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September 14th, 2012
Brandon Sanderson - The Well of AscensionWomen are difficult enough to understand, he thought, and I had to go and pick the oddest one of the lot.

2012 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

September 13th, 2012

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers. In 2004, not only did Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty reach the bestseller lists, but previous winners The Life of Pi (2002) and Vernon God Little (2003) were also amongst the bestselling books of the year.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Umbrella by Will Self

Narcopolis Jeet Thayil

September 12th, 2012
Michael Chabon - Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the BorderlandsAll novels are sequels; influence is bliss.

The Admiral's Mark - Steve Berry

September 11th, 2012

The Admiral's Mark by Steve BerryEight years ago Cotton Malone was an agent for the Justice Department, handling the toughest and most sensitive international investigations. But sometimes things became intensely personal. In his latest eBook original short story, New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry lays out just such a tale—one with shocking historical implications.

Cotton Malone never cared for the shady dealings of his brother-in-law, Scott Brown. But when Scott dies while scuba diving, Cotton’s wife and her grieving sister demand more than just a secondhand police report. So Malone heads to Haiti. There, beneath crystal clear waters, he learns that Scott found the sunken wreckage of the Santa Maria, the fabled flagship of Christopher Columbus, and he paid for the discovery with his life. Setting out to piece together what happened, Malone quickly realizes that he’s not the only man there with questions. An Israeli intelligence agent is in top secret pursuit of what Scott died trying to protect. And a sinister Austrian with a hidden agenda has no qualms about killing for the mysterious prize. On the hunt for something that has been lost for 500 years, Malone is suddenly enmeshed in a deadly cat and mouse game being played across the north shore of Haiti and beneath the Caribbean Sea—and he’ll have to fight just to get out of there alive.

The Admiral's Mark is the short story Steve Berry released to coincide with his full-length novel The Columbus Affair.  Berry has been using these short stories to set the tone for the novels and introduce important characters.  While The Columbus Affair is not a Cotton Malone novel, Cotton is in The Admiral's Mark.

When Cotton's brother-in-law, Scott, dies in a scuba-diving accident, Cotton puts his negative personal feelings for Scott aside and heads to Haiti to investigate.  Other persons of interest that Cotton encounters in Haiti are an Israeli intelligence agent and a mysterious Austrian man who confirm Cotton's fear that Scott was involved in some scheme on the island and that his death was no accident; he was murdered under water.  

The Admiral's Mark is less than 50 pages, so when they say "short story," they mean it.  It is certainly a quick read, but it just isn't Steve Berry's best story line.  

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September 10th, 2012
Brandon Sanderson - The Well of AscensionYet, he was coming to realize that he could love her even if he didn't completely understand her.

The Black Box

September 7th, 2012

The Black Box by Michael Connelly

The Black Box by Michael ConnellyIn a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photojournalist during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue.

Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

This book will be available on November 26, 2012.

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September 6th, 2012
One Big Thing by Phil CookeDestiny wants to be pursued. It wants to be discovered. Why? Because it's in the journey we learn to understand and value what it means.

The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

September 5th, 2012

The Well of Ascension by Brandon SandersonThey did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

There are many challenges to face after you overthrow a man who has ruled for a thousand years, as Vin and Elend are finding out after their unlikely victory against the Lord Ruler. It is also very idealistic of Elend Venture to think that the people, who have been oppressed for so long, have any interest in participating in a parliamentary government. Many think that to restore the balance of power, the only real option is to crown another ultimate, single ruler. Three men who follow that line of thinking have come to be heard, and each brought his army. Vin believes that she can save the way of life they have fought so hard to win if she can find the source of the Lord Ruler's power, the Well of Ascension.

I was concerned that after such a complex first book that there just wouldn't be enough left in the author's tank. I was wrong. Boy was I wrong. There is a lot going on in this book and I had to stop periodically through the book to wonder if it would all come together. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I was this impressed by a book. Brandon Sanderson wrote a book where everything had a place; everything belonged and nothing was left to chance. Sanderson masterfully crafted a sequel that was even better than its predecessor.

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September 4th, 2012
Eldest by Christopher Paolini"If I may be arrogant enough to offer advice, I've found that it's essential for my sanity to allocate a certain portion of the day for my own interests."