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Books Received: April 13, 2009

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this past week.

And some fun for the reader…From the following titles:

  1. Which book has the most appealing cover?
  2. Which title by an author (whose work you have read) do you most want to read?
  3. Which title by an author (whose work you have not read) do you most want to read?

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13 Comments on Books Received: April 13, 2009

  1. Taliesin // April 13, 2009 at 3:58 am //

    The covers I like, not looking at the titles & authors, are the New Space Opera, Language of Bees, Push of the Sky & Buffality Destiny. Beyond the Blue Horizon would have been nice if it hadn’t been totally plastered with text.

    Can’t answer the second question because I have not read any of these guys, but from this list I think I will buy New Space Opera II, which has a great looking TOC, and Sandman Slim by Kadrey is rumoured to be a great additiojn to urban Fantasy, a very gritty take on it.

  2. Dennis S. // April 13, 2009 at 6:01 am //

    A lot of character covers this week, which I am usually not too fond of.

    1. The most appealing cover to me is Push of the Sky by Camille Alexa. It’s ununsual and really catches my eye. Love the colors.

    2. I have read a few of Greg Ruckas novels (as well as quite a few comics) and Walking Dead, although not the most original title, makes me want to have a look at it.

    3. I haven’t read anything of The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell but definitely want to read the first book in the series sometime. But based solely on the cover and the title Push of the Sky, I think I would like to have another look at what the novel is about.





  3. Dennis S. // April 13, 2009 at 6:11 am //

    Just want to add that I think I will be picking up Sandman Slim as I like many of Richard Kadrey’s short stories. I’ll also be picking up The New Space Opera 2 and probably Pohl’s Beyond the Blue Event Horizon.

    I will also find out more about The Best of Abyss & Apex, The Language of Bees and Buffalito Destiny.

    That’s it though, although I really do want to read a good sf romance / fantasy novel at some point, which I believe some of the other novels are (based on the covers). Might be wrong though.

  4. I’m not crazy about the color scheme on its cover, but far and away the winner for me is

    The New Space Opera 2

  5. I think I counted 164 book covers. I’m lucky if I can read a book/month and buy about 52 books/year.

    I like all but the alternate earth story lines but I agree with the above,  The New Space Opera 2 looks really good. I enjoyed the first one.

    Where do you guys find the time to read all that stuff? I watch very little TV and even then it takes me a month to read a book the size of Elaine Cunningham’s Everquest novel The blood red Harp.

    I’m just sayin’ πŸ™‚


  6. Jim: The sad fact is, no, we can’t read all that stuff.  Just check out or list of books reviewed vs. books received.    Publishers send way more than we review.  (Was it Andrew Wheeler who once said something like they sow review copies like seeds and hope they stick?) That’s the main reason for these posts, btw, to give a little something back to the publishers who are gracious enough to send review copies our way.  A nice benefit: there’s usually something to match our individual tastes in reading.

  7. Richard York // April 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm //


    Did you really receive all those in March and April?  Some of them seem like they’ve been around longer.  I could be wrong.

    As an omnivorous reader, I’m lucky to be retired.  Fortunately, I don’t have much interest in Fantasy, with a few exceptions – Tolkien, Martin and Jordan (sort ot).  So, I don’t read a lot of what’s reviewed here and on the other SF/F websites.  I didn’t do a full count, but I wonder how many there are of each genre.

    Rick York


  8. Richard: The book listed in the post were received between Monday and Saturday of last week.  The Books received page reflects all books received since the beginning of the listed year.

  9. Christine // April 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm //

    The New space Opera for cover and reading.

  10. Thanks John, pardon me if I sounded like I was whining. But the main reason why I like SF Signal so much is how genorous you folks are with your audiance, and the rich book reviews you give. The best SFF book reviews on the planet in my opinion. That’s partly why I click on the adds in respons πŸ˜‰ 

  11. No worries, Jim, you didn’t come aross as whining.  And thanks for the kind words. πŸ™‚

  12. D.Fowler // April 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm //

    The cover for Jack Campbell’s book Relentless caught my eye,so I picked up Fearless today. I’ve been looking for a new series to start.

  13. Thanks for posting the cover to Buffalito Destiny.

    If you’re planning to attend Balticon, we’re doing a book launch there on Saturday night.

    The publisher, Hadley Rille Books, will be doing a parallel launch party at ConQuesT (in Kansas City) on the same night.


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