Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Finds (31 Oct 14)

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores (physical or online), or books that you actually purchased. I think this is a great idea and a way to share my enthusiasm of discovering new books.

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted a 'Friday Finds' - been a little light on in discovering new books. Well, that changed this week. Below are my recent finds (wishlist and review books) and as usual, it's an eclectic mix of genres and themes. 

Added to my wishlist:

The Forgotten AddictionTHE FORGOTTEN ADDICTION by Michael Lion (I still rate THE BUTCHER'S GRANDDAUGHTER as one of my all time favorite noirs and am excited to hear about this long waited second novel from Michael Lion - publication date 20 November 2014) 

LA, 1993. The City is burning itself down. Murder is king. And Bird is back, right in the middle of the blaze. Still blaming himself for the death of the Butcher's Granddaughter, Bird is holed up in his girlfriend's apartment and trying to keep the demons at bay. But the City won't leave him alone, won't let him grieve. When the desperate father of a missing UCLA co-ed finds Bird and pleads with him to help find his daughter, Bird sees a path to personal redemption and takes it. It may be the last mistake he ever makes. From penthouse office suites to strip club poker games, Bird soon learns that the girl's disappearance may have been of her own making. But somewhere along the way she drew the interest of L.A.'s darkest corners, and in them Bird will have to choose between his own life and that of a woman he has never met.

The World of Ice and FireTHE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE by George R.R. Martin (A must have as a fan of the epic fantasy series).

The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens.

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire.

Black Science, Vol.1: How to Fall ForeverBLACK SCIENCE VOL 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER written by Rick Remender, art by Matteo Scalera (the art alone makes me want this - luckily the story looks good as well)

Anarchist scientist Grant McKay has done the impossible! Using the Pillar, he has punched a hole through the barriers between dimensions, allowing travel to all possible universes. But now Grant and his team are trapped in the folds of infinity, the Pillar sending them careening through a million universes of unimaginable adventure, sanity-flaying danger and no way home...

Presenting the first mind-warping chapter of the critically acclaimed sci-fi epic by superstar creative team of writer RICK REMENDER (Uncanny Avengers, Captain America) and artist MATTEO SCALERA (Secret Avengers).

Collects BLACK SCIENCE #1-6.

Just in for review (many thanks to the respective publishers in Mysterious Press and New South Books):

Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops 1951 - 2014  Everybody Goes to Jimmy's: A Suspense Novel

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