We'd like to think that we're a couple of dangerous women, but we're softies at heart, kinda like these guys (awww...). The thing we're the most hazardous to is your "To Read" pile.
With that warning in mind, we've got a doozy for you: DANGEROUS WOMEN, an awesome collection of 22 original short stories co-edited by A Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, featuring contributions from bestselling authors, including Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, and Martin himself. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or suspense, women are the stars, from feisty heroines down to villainess vixens.
"Venerable editors Martin and Dozois (Warriors) have invited writers from many different genres of fiction to showcase the supposedly weaker sex’s capacity for magic, violence, and mayhem. These 22 brand-new short stories prove that women are men’s equals—at least—in lethal potential. This meaty collection delivers something for nearly every reader’s taste as it explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
"VERDICT: The wide selection of authors guarantees something to please almost every reader's tastes." – Library Journal, starred review
"When genre collections include this many big-name authors, they’re typically a grouping of series outtakes and Easter eggs. Readers...will surely be satisfied by these [series-related stories] and other entries. Everyone will find something to like here." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Happy Monday, friends! We're starting this week with a hodgepodge-y check list of excellent linkage:
- This book isn't ours, but you should still read The Boston Globe's charmed review of Boris Kachka's "delectably gossipy" account of our very own Farrar, Straus, & Giroux called HOTHOUSE: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House (review online here).
- Consider hosting a Google+ event for #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon! Kenyon will open a Google+ Hangout on September 4th to celebrate the launch of STYXX and she's looking for a few venues to celebrate with her! Kenyon and her publicist are still in the early stages of planning the Hangout, but they're looking for nine enthusiastic venues that are ready to celebrate the Dark-Hunter series. If you're interested, please e-mail me with: the details of your A/V equipment, information on Google+/Skype events you've previously hosted, and how many people you think you can draw into your event.
- And finally, be good to one another!!
Kittens, snugglin' pic.twitter.com/mnqf6AUiIN— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 25, 2013
We had a great time talking about forthcoming titles this morning with Children's and Teen Librarians from all over the tri-state area!
Here's a refresher for attendees (and a first look for those who couldn't make it) at the excellent St. Martin's Griffin titles coming in Winter 2013:
IF YOU FIND ME | Emily Murdoch
ELEANOR & PARK | Rainbow Rowell
USES FOR BOYS | Erica Lorraine Scheidt
THE HAVEN | Carol Lynch Williams
TIDAL (Watersong #3) | Amanda Hocking
OVERRIDE (Glitch #2) | Heather Anastasiu
DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION (#2) | Darynda Jones
TEMPEST (Tempest #1) | Julie Cross
VORTEX (Tempest #2) | Julie Cross
THE HUNT (Hunt #1) | Andrew Fukuda
THE PREY (Hunt #2) | Andrew Fukuda
INFERNO (Chronicles of Nick #4) | Sherrilyn KenyonRead more
Welcome to the Macmillan Library blog! We're so glad you were intrigued enough by our goofy faces to click through and see what we're all about (if you didn't make it here via Unshelved, see the adorable ad that Bill made here).
We'll kick off introductions by letting you in on the things we secretly love the most. Talia, for one, goes crazy for mini-cupcakes, costume fairy wings, and her two sassy cats. And Ali is a sucker for sweaters with foxes on them, puppies in top hats, and American macaroons.
When it comes to our reading preferences, Talia is all about the psychological thrillers—the gorier the better—whereas Ali opts for the epic sci-fi and fantasy stories—the more spaceships the better. Both of us are suckers for anything with a cute animal on the cover.
But that's not all we read. We're here specifically to chat with you about all of the great Adult books coming from Macmillan's publishers (including St. Martin’s Press, Henry Holt, Tor/Forge, Minotaur, Picador, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux) as well as our distributed publishers. Please feel free to ask us questions!
And for the Sherrilyn Kenyon fans who are quick on the draw:
We have 10 extra galleys of Sherrilyn Kenyon's TIME UNTIME, the latest book in the Dark-Hunter series. Just send an e-mail to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com with your name, the library you work for, and the full mailing address where you would like to receive the galley.
If you're new, introduce yourselves in the comment section below or come chat with us on Twitter (@MacmillanLib)! We look forward to getting to know you.
All the best!
Talia & Ali
Here you'll meet time-travelers, trolls, and sirens. You'll trek through deep space, uncover dangerous secrets, and hunt down demons. You'll learn to ride a horse and raise the dead.
Your heart will be broken, you will find courage when there's little hope, and you will come to know your true self.
Join us on a new adventure!
Amanda Hocking is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age and we are delighted she has joined us at Macmillan! Over the next year you'll see two exciting series from Hocking: the USA Today bestselling Trylle series, which has already been optioned for film, and the never-before-published Watersong series. Each of the Trylle novels will also contain all-new, never-before-seen short stories set in the magical world of the Trylle!
978-1-250-00631-8 | January 2012 | Trylle Series #1
A couple things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife.
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed--a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.
This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.
978-1-250-00632-5 | February 2012 | Trylle Series #2
Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but now she's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is going to lead.
This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.
"Fans of the series will enjoy watching on as Wendy continues to wrestle with issues of belonging, particularly when both the Trylle and the Vittra claim her as their chosen one." -Kirkus Reviews
978-1-250-00633-2 | April 2012 | Trylle Series #3
With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.
This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “Ever After,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.
"Hocking sure knows how to bring it." -Kirkus Reviews
978-1-250-00812-1 | August 2012 | Watersong #1
Nominated for YALSA's 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults!
Even over the sea, Thea could smell the blood on her. When she breathed in, it filled her with a familiar hunger that haunted her dreams.
Gemma Fisher lives an ordinary life in the quiet seaside town of Capri, but when three beautiful girls arrive and mesmerize her friends and neighbors everything changes. After a chance encounter with the girls, Gemma wakes up alone on the beach with no memory of what occurred. Now Gemma has powers she can’t control, she’s growing more beautiful, and she has a strange effect on men that makes them unable to resist her—especially her voice. Soon she must make a decision: keep the life she no longer fits into or follow the call of the Watersong into a world brimming with dark beauty and secrets.
978-1-250-00565-6 | November 2012 | Watersong #2
The enchanting second book in the Watersong series following the adventures in WAKE. Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of magical girls everything changes.
HC: 978-0-312-56889-4 | January 2012 | Tempest Trilogy #1
TP: 978-1-250-01120-6 | December 2012
Okay, so it's true. I can time-travel. But it's not as exciting as it sounds.
Jackson Meyer spends most of his time in 2009, but he can travel back through time. It’s not like the movies--nothing changes, there are no space-time-continuum issues--it’s just harmless fun. That is until dangerous strangers arrive at his dorm and shoot his girlfriend. In his panic, Jackson jumps to 2007, but this time he can't get back. Now he must find a way to return to 2009 and save the girl he loves.
Film rights for TEMPEST have already been optioned by Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight movies!
"With standout and welcome details and a fresh plot, Tempest is an amazing book." —Claire V., 13 for School Library Journal's Book Reviews by Young Adults
"It is equal parts adventure, romance, science fiction and touching family drama; readers will turn the last page and find themselves wishing they could 'jump' to the future and read the sequel." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Amy Kathleen Ryan
HC: 978-0-312-59056-7 | September 2011 | Sky Chasers #1
TP: 978-1-250-00783-4 | July 2012
Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!
The other ship hung in the sky like a pendant, silver in the ether light cast by the nebula. Waverly and Kieran, lying together on their mattress of hay bales, took turns peering at it through a spyglass.
This 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults-nominated title will take your teens into deep space. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived on the space ship Empyrean, 15-year-old Waverly and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. But a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship will change everything. Waverly and Kieran are separated and each find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions.
School Library Journal gave GLOW a starred review and Booklist said, "Fans of the Hunger Games series will zip through and clamor for the next installment."Read more
Sometimes I think teen ladies have it made when it comes to fast-paced, page-turning, character-driven novels with a twist of the otherworldly. Bookshelves groan with kick-a** teen heroines vanquishing evil and saving the world (and to be clear, I am NOT complaining!).
But let's take a look at some of kick-a** heroes dealing with the paranormal day-to-day.
The author of the Dark-Hunter Novels has turned her attention to the streetwise 14-year-old, Nick Gautier. When Nick is approached by a mysterious warrior and sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters he learns of the immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. During his heroic escapades Nick skirts death, destruction, and suspension in order to help save the world. INFINITY is the first in this series, followed by INVINCIBLE.
Jackson Meyer has something in common with Nick Gautier, his world is not what it seems. But in Jackson's case, he's the anomaly. Having recently discovered he can travel through time, Jackson is testing the limits of his power when men arrive to recruit him. In his resistance, his girlfriend is shot. Now Jackson must save the girl and take down the bad guys. Typical hero business.
Orson Scott Card
After those two titles, you hit 'em with a classic page-turner and they're hooked for life.
Well, that's it for our week of recommendations for the ever elusive teen male reluctant reader. Check them all out here (or under the tag "Just Not That Into Books") and let us know what we left off!Read more
I'm guessing that you have a few fans of Carrie Vaughn's bestselling Kitty Norville series lurking around your library. In between Kitty releases, those fans might get understandably antsy, so here's a few more Vaughn stories to keep them satisfied.
DISCORD'S APPLE (7/2010) is a stand-alone dystopic fusion of mythology, fairy tales, and modern life.
"Taking a break from the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series, Vaughn melds a near-future world torn by war with the legend of the fall of Troy in this brilliantly structured, beautifully written stand-alone." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kirkus Reviews says, "In this warm homage to and deconstruction of classic comic books, a young woman demonstrates that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero."
And Library Journal specifically notes that this one is "a good bet for most public libraries, especially if they're home to Kitty Norville fans or comic book devotees."
And if your patrons just can't leave Kitty's world, they're in luck! Next month Tor will release KITTY'S GREATEST HITS (8/2011), a series of short stories following some of the other characters in Kitty's life.
Library Journal says, "This collection should please fans of the series, especially those who want to know more about the side characters, but readers new to the Kittyverse will also find a fine introduction to this richly populated, fascinating paranormal world."
Vaughn is exceptional at pulling the strange, fantastic, and otherworldly into the lives of very real and modern young women. And if you want to get more people hooked on Vaughn's work, it should appeal to fans of Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series.Read more