Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Haul

One for review and a couple from Amazon. Oh, and my blogger account open in the background. :)

The Skin Map [US] [UK] by Steven R. Lawhead (Thomas Nelson)

"He had a sensation of being told a secret he knew to be true, but which would be far, far easier--and much safer--to ignore; all the more so since he strongly suspected that acknowledging the truth meant his life would change utterly."

Kit Livingstone's great-grandfather has re-appeared with an unbelievable story--the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legends but truly are pathways to other worlds. So few people know how to use them, though, that doing so is fraught with danger.

But one explorer knew more than most. Because of his fear of being unable to find his way home, he developed an intricate code and tattooed his map onto his skin. But the map has since been lost and rival factions are in desperate competition to recover it. What none of them yet realize is that the skin map itself is not the prize at the end of this race . . . but merely the first goal of a vast and marvelous quest to regain Paradise.

Enter the ultimate treasure hunt--with a map made of skin, a playing field of alternate realities, and a prize that is the greatest mystery of all.

On Stranger Tides [US] [UK] by Tim Powers (Babbage Press) - Getting ready for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
On Stranger Tides is Tim Powers's great Disneyland ride through pirates, puppeteers, treasure, and thrill a minute action that carries on from page one.

In 1718, John Chandagnac, a bookkeeper and puppeteer, unwittingly sails into the company of Blackbeard the pirate, encounters zombie-crewed wrecks, and is caught up in a search for the Fountain of Youth.
Havoc [US] [UK] by Chris Wooding (Malice Book 2) (Scholastic)
Seth finally managed to escape the terrifying comicbook world of Malice, but he left his best friend Kady there. Now he must go back and rescue her. But can he find a way back in? Kady has her own worries. She's trying to reach Havoc, a group of rebel kids plotting to destroy Tall Jake, the evil ruler of Malice. But somebody is watching the comic and can see what everyone is up to. Is there no way to escape?


  1. The Skin Map sounds like an awesome read. I've read some of Lawhead's Celtic fantasy and I want more! I'm liking the sound of Havoc too.

  2. That's good to hear about Lawhead. It sounds really cool, I couldn't pass up the review copy.

    I'm excited about Havoc. I really enjoyed the first one, Malice, and it's nice that it's only a duology.

  3. I read some mixed reviews about The Skin Map. Need to read more reviews before I decide to buy and read it or not.

  4. Good to know. I only read good ones, but I guess I need to broaden my horizons. :) I'll let you know how it goes.

  5. I love how the Tim Powers is already being disneyified. >:( Dude wrote that book like 25 years ago. it is NOT a disneyland ride. but it is an awesome book.


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