Monday, February 14, 2011

Book Haul

The World House [US] [UK] by Guy Adams (Angry Robot)
(4 - Something different)
There is a box. Inside that box is a door. Beyond that door is a house. In some rooms forests grow. In some, prisoners wait.

At the top of the house, a prisoner sits behind a locked door waiting for a key to turn. The day that happens, the world will end...

I tried to show a picture of the back of the book, but, as you can tell, it didn't quite turn out. It's supposed to show how Angry Robot not only advertises their own books, but gives you recommendations for other books as well. It says:
IF YOU LIKE THIS [The World House] TRY Daniel F Galouye / Simulacron-3 - Tad Williams / Otherland - Clive Barker / Weaveworld
That definitely makes Angry Robot a class act in my book.

The Unremembered [US - April 12] [UK - April 12] by Peter Orullian (Tor)
Book 1 of the Vault of Heaven
(5 - Lots of hype behind this)

I read the blurb on the back of the book and the problem I'm having is that it's already sounding a lot like The Wheel of Time. It also doesn't help that I'm currently listening to The Eye of the World. Maybe I'll wait a little on this one.
The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance—between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world’s distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song.

Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. Some people dismiss the attacks as mere rumor. Instead of standing against the real threat, they persecute those with the knowledge, magic and power to fight these abominations, denying the inevitability of war and annihilation. And the evil from the Bourne swells….

The troubles of the world
seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers—an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far—come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey.

Tahn knows neither why nor where they will go. He knows only that terrible forces have been unleashed upo
n mankind and he has been called to stand up and face that which most daunts him—his own forgotten secrets and the darkness that would destroy him and his world.


  1. Really looking forward to you opinion on The Unremembered. I doubt I'll be buying it any time soon considering I don't want to spend $15+ on it at the moment, but really interested in seeing if the hype is warranted.

    When reading that description though, it doesn't sound like much. I like the description mentioned on the sffworld thread:

    "Rumors have beset the eastlands of Aeshau Vaal. Some people flee toward the cities for refuge. One regent, to answer these unseen threats, is set to recall the Convocation of Seats—something that hasn't been done for ages. But one man doesn't believe, and would use the fear of nations to advance the power of his dangerous League of Civility.

    For Braethen, an author's son, it will mean the sudden chance to turn his lifelong desire of entering the Sodality into a reality. But being a Sodalist is not the romantic dream he's read about in his long years of study. As a sworn protector to the feared Order of Sheason, he must be prepared to give more than his life, and to take up a mythical weapon before his hands are even accustomed to steel.

    For Wendra, raped and now heavy with child, it will mean learning the reality of a trade that travels the highways across the nations of man, even a trade in human lives. She'll take responsibility for a pageant-wagon boy, whose street-theater is considered seditious; and find through protecting him that her ability to make song with her voice carries a great power, but one that may flow darkly.

    For Tahn, it will mean finding answers to a lost childhood. Words he feels compelled to speak every time he draws his bow may finally be understood, but the revelation it will bring he may wish to have left unremembered. And though it will also introduce him to a beautiful woman of the legendary Far, the nature of their separate and very different lives will force dreadful choices upon them.

    These three, and others, attended by a hard man, an exile, whose sentence is to care for orphans and foundlings in the middle of a wasteland, and by a Sheason whose uncompromising, yet best intentions are destroying his own order, will fight the past even as they face a dark future.

    Because the threats are more than rumor..."

    I think that gives a better picture of what and who is involved in the book.

  2. Yeah, that's way better. I've been looking forward to this for a while now, but now I hope I haven't ruined it. I may start it today, I'm finding it way too hard to put off any longer.

  3. Ruined it how? By reading the new blurb or for the hype?

  4. Hype, not the new blurb. The new blurb is interesting though, but only helps.


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