Aug 1, 2009

YetiStomper Picks: Books for August

Sandman Slim - Richard Kadrey

Another debut Urban Fantasy novel. I should really quit reading these. On the other hand, I've enjoyed ever Urban Fantasy novel that has intrigued me enough to sit down and read it, outside of Nekropolis.

The Magicians: A Novel - Lev Grossman

This is my ??? novel for the month. Not sure what to expect based as it's recieved very mixed reviews. Described as "A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world" and "Harry Potter for adults" The last time I heard "Harry Potter for adults" was a description of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and while JS&MN is a great book, there are virtually no similarities between it and Harry Potter. I'm curious about this one.

The Eternal Prison (Avery Cates) - Jeff Somers

The third book in the Avery Cates sequence which includes The Electric Church and The Digital Plague. I love the cover art for the entire series. Update: Got a note from Jeff Somers saying this is not the final book in the series but that they are stand-alone in structure.

Fables Vol. 12: The Dark Ages - Bill Willingham/Mike Allred

It's Fables. Thats good enough for me, it should be good enough for you. Fables is a comic book series depicting the story of a group of fairy-tale characters (or Fables as they call themselves) who were forced out of their world and into ours.

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
- Troy Denning

The third book in the Fate of the Jedi series. Hopefully Abyss will improve on the lackluster offering that Omen presented in June. Denning is an decent author even though his talent for describing an action sequence is severly wanting.

Star Wars: The Essential Atlas - Daniel Wallace/Jason Fry

This is yet another Star Wars Guide Book (I'm a SW completist junkie) depicting the planets of the SW galaxy in detail as well as the political affiliations of the galaxy at various points in galactic history. There is no story here, just reference material to a fictional universe. And I officially hate myself.
August seems like a pretty light month, although August/September seem to be more TV oriented in terms of media output. Anything that might have escaped my genre nets? Which one of these covers is your favorite?

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