Before I get to some authors, I have to say I’m sorry for posting sporadically this week. I was very busy and sick. Finally got some sleep and I’m back in action!
I wanted to make a list of some authors that keep coming up on my radar but never read before. These authors have been popping up in the blogoverse and keep intriguing me for different reasons. If you’ve read anything from them yourself, please comment and tell me what you think!
I cheated a little on this one. I’ve read an online story from Parker but never any of his/her books. His/Her books look so fascinating to me because I think they tell a fantasy story in the way I would love. Also, I don’t think I ever read a negative review of any of Parker’s books. Right now, I think I’d want to read Sharps:
For the first time in nearly forty years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighbouring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money…
Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment.
When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all. Human nature being what it is, does peace really have a chance?
I’m sure many of you have now heard of Tidhar’s book, Osama, as it has just won the World fantasy Award for Best Novel. Even before that though, this book has gotten some pretty amazing buzz. I’m intrigued by the alternate history noir feeling. Also, even before the Osama buzz, I’ve wanted to read Tidhar’s The Bookman Histories starting with The Bookman.
In a world without global terrorism Joe, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious woman to find a man: the obscure author of pulp fiction novels featuring one Osama Bin Laden: Vigilante…
Joe’s quest to find the man takes him across the world, from the backwaters of Asia to the European Capitals of Paris and London, and as the mystery deepens around him there is one question he is trying hard not to ask: who is he, really, and how much of the books is fiction? Chased by unknown assailants, Joe’s identity slowly fragments as he discovers the shadowy world of the refugees, ghostly entities haunting the world in which he lives. Where do they come from? And what do they want? Joe knows how the story should end, but even he is not ready for the truths he’ll find in New York and, finally, on top a quiet hill above Kabul—nor for the choice he will at last have to make…
Yeah, yeah, yeah… I’ve never read a Marillier. I must own at least three books by her (Daughter of the Forest, Wolfskin, and Foxmask) and have yet to take the plunge. I’ve heard so many great things, especially from the Seven Days for Sevenwaters event.
All young Eyvind ever wanted was to become a great Viking warrior–a Wolfskin–and carry honor out in the name of his fathergod Thor. He can think of no future more glorious. The chance to make it happen is his when his chieftain Ulf is brought the tale of a magical land across the sea, a place where men with courage could go to conquer a land and bring glory to themselves. They set out to find this fabled land, and discover a windswept and barren place, but one filled with unexpected beauty and hidden treasures… and a people who are willing to share their bounty.
Ulf’s new settlement begins in harmony with the natives of the isles led by the gentle king Engus. And Eyvind finds a treasure of his own in the young Nessa, niece of the King, seer and princess. His life will change forever as she claims his heart for her own.
But someone has come along to this new land who is not what he seems. Somerled, a strange and lonely boy that Eyvind befriended long ago has a secret–and his own plans for the future. The blood oath that they swore in childhood binds them in lifelong loyalty, and Somerled is calling in the debt of honor. What he asks of Eyvind might just doom him to kill the only thing that Evyind has ever truly loved.
Will the price of honor create the destruction of all that Eyvind holds dear?