Thursday, August 25, 2011

Book Haul

Warehouse 13: A Touch of Fever by Greg Cox (Amazon) I'm not sure about this one. I'm a little tired of tie-ins for now, so it may be a while before I get to it.
This original novel is the official tie-in to Warehouse 13, one of the hottest shows on the Syfy Channel. Like the TV drama, the novel tracks U.S. Secret Service Agents Peter Latimer and Myka Bering as they tap the supernatural artifacts of Warehouse 13 to solve troubling mysteries. In A Touch of Fear, Pete and Myka battle a madman-unleashed plague and the loss of a team member. A mass market original that will keep you guessing.

Grave Expectations by Charles Dickens and Sherri Browning Erwin (Amazon) I haven't quite made my mind up about mash-ups. I haven't had great luck (Abraham Lincold: Vampire Hunter), but that wasn't fully a mash-up. I hope this proves my expectations wrong.
A clever literary mash-up that rewrites Charles Dickens's Great Expectations with Pip as a werewolf and Estella as a vampire slayer.

Low Town by Daniel Polansky (Amazon) This one's been getting lots of good reviews lately, so I have to same I'm looking forward to it.
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted.

Daniel Polansky has crafted a thrilling novel steeped in noir sensibilities and relentless action, and set in an original world of stunning imagination, leading to a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable conclusion. Low Town is an attention-grabbing debut that will leave readers riveted . . . and hun­gry for more.


  1. Lowtown sounds like a great book. I know I'm jealous.

  2. I've never liked the concept of tie-ins.

    I received Low Town yesterday, so I'll be reading it soon.

  3. @Ryan - I think I'll hit it up next, but we all know how that goes.

    @Bastard - Yeah, they can be good, but I prefer being a fan of the movie/tv series/whatever first. It's much more enjoyable that way and I've never watched Warehouse 13. Low Town looks great.

  4. From the books mentioned I recommend to read Low Town. I'm really interested in your opinion about this one.

  5. I just started it and I'm pretty much sucked in.

  6. Grave Expectations looks like fun, if it's as good as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I'll be happy :)

  7. I guess the author's Jane Slayer was pretty good, at least so I hear.

  8. Nice haul. I've Polansky's UK version (The Straight Razor Cure) and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it.

  9. yet to read a mash-up, I'm afraid I'd be paying for a pun title rather than a good story. Will look forward to your review and maybe have my mind changed.

  10. @Jamie - It's been really good so far at about half way. I'm a little afraid I might already have called the ending, but it's good nonetheless.

    @Mark - Yeah, I'll let you know...possibly. I was never a fan of Dickens anyway, but maybe this will do the trick.


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