Thursday, October 16, 2008

Exciting book news

The third volume of The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica comes out on October 21, and that occasion will cause much rejoicing chez moi.  I love author-illustrator James A. Owen's quirky, biblophilic fantasy series,* and I can't wait to get my hands on The Indigo King.  Here's a little video "book trailer" for it.

I just discovered that Jason Elam and Steve Yohn (authors of Monday Night Jihad, a really entertaining sports/counterterrorism thriller) are going to publish book two in that series on January 1, 2009.  The new book is titled Blown Coverage.  Excellent!  Jason Elam, who is a former kicker for the Denver Broncos, the current kicker for the Atlanta Falcons, and the co-holder of the NFL record for longest field goal, is my favorite active player in the National Football League.  He's held that distinction for a really long time; at the very least as long as Ed McCaffrey has been retired.  

As of this week, there is a new Dresden Files title out — it's called The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle.  If you've read anything by Jim Butcher, trust me, you'll like this.  To make matters better, Jim is selling well enough as an author that a lot of public libraries have ordered this title, if the library system in my state is any indication.  Don't let the fact that it's a graphic novel scare you away!  If you have a bias against graphic novels, just think of it as a novella with many, many illustrations!  Welcome to the Jungle is a prequel, taking place not too long before Storm Front (book 1), and it's very well done.  Additionally, the Dresden Files are set in Chicago, and as one might expect with a title involving the word "jungle" and that city, there are several references in it to Upton Sinclair.

In other Butcher news, the second-to-last Codex Alera, Princeps' Fury, comes out in late November, a couple of weeks after Orson Scott Card's Ender in Exile.  Yay!  It has been a great summer and fall for most of my most favorite living authors.  Many of these have produced or are soon to publish a new title for me to read and cherish: Butcher, Owen, Card, Elam & Yohn, Garth Nix, Eoin Colfer, John Scalzi, Christopher Paolini, Anthony Horowitz, John Flanagan, and others.  Now, if only George R. R. Martin would get with the program and finish the next, long-overdue book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series already... same goes for Tamora Pierce and that Tortall book that was originally supposed to be published back in 2007.  

*If you've read so much as a chapter in one of them, you know why I'm using the word bibliophilic.  I seriously suspect that Mr. Owen has read every good book that could remotely be called fantasy that has ever been published.  Interested parties: check out The Wonder Cabinet, Mr. Owen's blog.

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