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Books Received: October 20, 2008 (plus Matching Game!)

Here are the books we received this past week.
(Note: The last 3 titles are final versions of books for which we received advanced review copies.)

Here’s a fun game you can play: Match the book titles shown with their opening lines!


The opening lines follow the jump…

  1. “Mousetrap’s visible now, General.”
  2. An unkempt dawn with ragged clouds crept to daybreak in Demonia.
  3. Dear John Paul and Theresa Wiggin…
  4. Edward Demery was alone the night it happened.
  5. Everything in the universe is older than it seems.
  6. I had never intended to speak or write again of the Charriere house, once I had fled Providence on that shocking night of discovery-there are memories which every man would seek to suppress, to disbelieve, to wipe out of existence-but I am forced to set down now the narrative of my brief acquaintance with the house on Benefit Street, and my precipitate flight there from, lest some innocent person be subjected to indignity by the police in an effort to explain the horrible discovery the police have made at last-that same ghastly horror it was my lot to look upon before any other human eye-and what I saw was surely far more terrible than what remained to be seen after all these years, the house having reverted to the city, as I had known it would.
  7. It happened that on the sixth day of spring, in the first year of the reign of His Imperial Majesty Tortaalik I of the House of the Phoenix, a young gentleman entered a small hostelry, in the village of Newmarket, some sixty leagues from Dragaera City.
  8. It was easy to believe that Quofum did not exist because most of the time it didn’t.
  9. It was the morning of my twenty-fifth birthday, and all I wanted was a decent cup of coffee, a hot breakfast, and a couple hours away from the stink of used magic that seeped through the walls of my apartment building every time it rained.
  10. Karryn was so grateful to step out of the coach that her legs practically buckled under her as her feet touched the ground.
  11. Lieutenant Kris Longknife had been looking for a fight for most of the last week.
  12. Marla Mason sat in the branches of an ancient oak on a ridge, spying on the moonlit cemetery below.
  13. Marsh struggles to kill himself.
  14. My fingers numb with cold, I fastened a length of gold-embroidered ribbon around the hawthorn and murmured a prayer to whatever spirits might be listening.
  15. My name is Hui and my surname is Fang.
  16. Red Jade held her breath as her brother prepared to set fire to the paper boats and the hordes of the carefully detailed paper dragons.
  17. The city of Anavatan was a sparkling jewel in Low Summer, moving from warm, sun-drenched days to cool, silken nights with the effortless grace of a dancer.
  18. The day began with none of the usual portents sentimental novelists always deem necessary to make their drivel interesting to mawkish readers.
  19. The first time Han laid eyes on her, standing with Lando on one of Nar Shadaa’s permacrete landing platforms a few short years before he had thrown in with the Rebel Alliance, he saw the battered old freighter not only for all she was but for all that she might one day become.
  20. The flames had been singing to her, so loudly Cenda could almost catch the words.
  21. The killer awoke, surrounded by strangers.
  22. The video record showed a subterranean city under siege, seen through the visor of a Marine combat helmet.
  23. When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then there’s wither something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world.
  24. Who is Neil Gaiman?
  25. Windwir is a city of paper and robes and stone.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

7 Comments on Books Received: October 20, 2008 (plus Matching Game!)

  1. That is one ugly batch o’ books.

  2. F) has GOT to be lovecraft.  The guy was a creative genius but dammit he could drone on and on and on…

  3. A lot of those are ugly, but I do like simplicity of Going Under; my eyes keep going back to it and it’s the only one by an auther unfamiliar to me that I was interested enought to click the link and check out the book.

    On to the first lines.

    The obvious ones:

    c) Ender in Exile

    g) Phoenix Guards

    h) Quofom

    k) Kris Longknife: Intrepid

    s) Star Wars Millenium Falcon

    x) Prince of Stories

     

    The possibilities:

    a) Without Warning

    i) Magic to the Bone

    t) The Flame and the Shadow

    v) Orphan’s Alliance

    w) Dead Reign

     

  4. Correct answers so far:
    c. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card.
    f. The Watchers Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth.
    g. The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust.
    h. Quofum by Alan Dean Foster.
    i. Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk.
    k. Kris Longknife: Intrepid by Mike Shepherd.
    s. Star Wars Millennium Falcon by James Luceno.
    t. The Flame and the Shadow by Denise Rossetti.
    x. Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Wagner/Golden/Bissette.

  5. I like the Patient Zero cover best — very arresting but not heavy-handed. I like the Without Warning cover least. It looks like a boring 1980’s technothriller cover. I’m most interested right now in reading Magic to the Bone because it sounded interesting. Devon Monk is a well-liked short story writer. I’m also a bit curious about Lamentations, as it’s part of a growing number of far-future fantasy stories. (Which may cause the hard-die Hard SF fans, flashing back to the 1970’s, to have apocalyptic fits.)

    I’m not playing the first line game, as that would take hours.

  6. Magic to the Bone: Is the posterior shot the new standard for the female witch/vampire/ghoul hunter book?

     

    As for what I want…

     

    I already have January Dancer.

     

    I’m looking forward to the Jack McDevitt.

     

    I’ll pick up the Gaiman-related book out of general interest.

     

    I’ll wait for the Foster to come out in paperback or affordable eBook.

     

    Otherwise…nothing much looks interesting. I think this time around it was author’s that drove me, not covers.

  7. The answers
    a. Orphan’s Alliance by Robert Buettner
    b. Going Under by Justina Robson
    c. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
    d. The Devil’s Eye by Jack McDevitt
    e. The January Dancer by Michael Flynn
    f. The Watchers Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth
    g. The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust
    h. Quofum by Alan Dean Foster
    i. Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
    j. Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn
    k. Kris Longknife: Intrepid by Mike Shepherd
    l. Dead Reign by T.A. Pratt
    m. The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
    n. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
    o. Better Off Undead by Martin H. Greenberg & Daniel M. Hoyt (Editors)
    p. Heart and Soul by Sarah A. Hoyt
    q. The Golden Tower by Fiona Patton
    r. The Black Ship: A Novel of Crosspointe by Diana Pharaoh Francis
    s. Star Wars Millennium Falcon by James Luceno
    t. The Flame and the Shadow by Denise Rossetti
    u. Without Warning by John Birmingham
    v. The Clone Elite by Steven L. Kent
    w. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
    x. Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Wagner/Golden/Bissette
    y. Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak) by Ken Scholes

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