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On My Radar: UNITED STATES OF JAPAN by Peter Tieryas/PIECES OF HATE by Tim Lebbon/REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

More books I’m looking forward to in 2016! So many books…


United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
(Angry Robot | March 1, 2016)

SYNOPSIS:

A spiritual sequel to The Man In The High Castle, focusing on the New Japanese Empire, from an acclaimed author and essayist.

The Axis won WWII and now, in the late 1980s, the Japanese Empire rules over the western US states, their power assured by technological superiority (giant mecha, etc.) But when a video game emerges that posits a world where the allies won, a game censor and an Imperial Government agent discover truths about the empire that make them question their loyalty.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
Mecha, alternate history, video games? Yes, please!


Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon
(Tor.com | March 15, 2016)

SYNOPSIS:

During the Dark Ages, a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel’s family. A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next, and destroy him. Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later.

Because Temple may be a demon, the man with snake eyes cursed Gabriel with a life long enough to hunt him down. Now he has picked up Temple’s scent again. The Caribbean sea is awash with pirate blood, and in such turmoil the outcome of any fight is far from certain.

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In the wilderness of the American West, the assassin is set to strike again. Despite his centuries-long curse, Gabriel is still but a man, scarred and bitter. The town of Deadwood has seen many such men… though it’s never seen anything quite like the half-demon known as Temple.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
I’ll read anything Tim Lebbon writes.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
(Viking Books for Young Readers | March 8, 2016)

SYNOPSIS:

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
I love myths and legends, and this looks like a rich, magical adventure.

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
<p>Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).</p>

1 Comment on On My Radar: UNITED STATES OF JAPAN by Peter Tieryas/PIECES OF HATE by Tim Lebbon/REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

  1. M. Robinson // December 19, 2015 at 7:51 am //

    United States of Japan sounds interesting — like Japanpunk.

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