Friday, February 24, 2012
Favorite authors and bizarre plots
Now for the bizarre plots:
In Taft 2012 by Jason Heller, William Howard Taft completely disappears in 1912, reappears on the White House lawn 100 years later and ends up running for president as a third party candidate. Perfect for the election year, this satirical novel examines how politics has changed over the last century and how we might reclaim some of our past in order to move forward.
Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot imagines the age of FUS (the second word is up and the 1st and 3rd are obscenities), a hallucinogenic, post-apocolypic world where people are connected to a medical internet where they can download hormones and enzymes wirelessly, but also allows their systems to get hacked by DJs who turn them into robots and force them to watch reality tv. The main character is an Olympic medal-winning dishwasher who has been instructed by his future brain to write a book that will be read by the Last Dude. Reviewers call the book crazy, original and funny.
Andrews, Ilona. Fate's Edge. Ace Books. 11/29/2011. Fantasy
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker's Lullaby. Putnam Adult. 5/1/2012.
Balogh, Mary. The Proposal. Delacorte Press. 5/1/2012. Romance
Barbieri, Maggie. Physical Education.(Murder 101 Mysteries) Minotaur Books. 11/22/2011. Mystery
Bennett, Alan. Smut: Stories. Picador USA. 1/3/2012.
Bond, Larry. Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shock of War. Forge. 1/3/2012.
Boudinot, Ryan. Blueprints of the Afterlife. Grove Press. 1/3/2012.
Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Letter from a Stranger. St. Martin's Press. 3/27/2012.
Burrowes, Grace. Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 10/4/2011. Romance
Burrowes, Grace. The Soldier. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 6/1/2011. Romance
Carriger, Gail. Timeless. Orbit. 3/1/2012.
Deveraux, Jude. Moonlight in the Morning. Pocket Star Books. 12/27/2011. Romance
Eccles, Marjorie. Broken Music. Minotaur Books. 11/22/2011. Mystery
Eden, Cynthia. Angel of Darkness. Brava. 12/1/2011. Romance
Edwards, Louisa. Some Like It Hot. St. Martin's Press. 11/29/2011. Romance
Estep, Jennifer. Spider's Revenge. Pocket Books. 9/27/2011. Fantasy
Evans, Chris. Ashes of a Black Frost. Gallery Books. 10/18/2011. Fantasy
Fitzhugh, Bill. Exterminators: An Assassin Bug Thriller. Poisoned Pen Press. 1/3/2012. Mystery
Fluke, Joanne. Cinnamon Roll Murder. Kensington Publishing Corporation. 3/1/2012. Mystery
Giardina, Anthony. Norumbega Park. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1/31/2012.
Gideon, Nancy. Hunter of Shadows. Pocket Books. 11/29/2011. Romance
Goodman, Jo. A Place Called Home. Zebra Books. 12/1/2011. Romance
Graham, Heather. The Unseen. Mira Books. 3/27/2012.
Grisham, John. Calico Joe. Doubleday Books. 4/10/2012.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Kiss the Dead. Berkley Publishing Group. 6/5/2012.
Hanson, Victor Davis. The End of Sparta. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 10/11/2011.
Heller, Jason. Taft 2012. Quirk Books. 1/17/2012.
Jama-Everett, Ayize. The Liminal People. Small Beer Press. 1/10/2012. Sci-Fi
James, Bill. I Am Gold. Countryman Press. 12/5/2011. Mystery
Kay, Francesca. The Translation of the Bones. Scribner Book Company. 1/3/2012.
Kovacs, Ed. Storm Damage. Minotaur Books. 12/6/2011. Mystery
Leon, Donna. Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Atlantic Monthly Press. 4/3/2012. Mystery
Luckett, Jacqueline E. Passing Love. Grand Central Publishing. 1/25/2012.
McDonald, Craig. El Gavilan. Tyrus Books. 12/18/2011.
McGivering, Jill. The Last Kestrel. HarperCollins UK. 1/1/2012.
Michaels, Kasey. A Midsummer Night's Sin. Harlequin Books. 11/22/2011. Romance
Perini, Robin. In Her Sights. Montlake Romance. 11/29/2011. Romance
Rash, Ron. The Cove. Ecco Press. 4/10/2012.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. 2312 (Firsttion). Orbit. 5/22/2012. Sci-Fi
Russell, Paul. The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov. Cleis Press. 11/8/2011.
Saer, Juan Jose. Scars. Open Letter. 12/13/2011.
Sandford, John. Stolen Prey. Putnam Adult. 5/15/2012.
Shapiro, Alan. Broadway Baby. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 1/24/2012.
Smith, Brad. Red Means Run. Scribner Book Company. 1/10/2012. Mystery
Solomita, Stephen. Angel Face. Severn House Publishers. 11/1/2011.
Stanton, Steve. The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation. ECW Press.
Stein, Leigh. The Fallback Plan. Melville House Publishing. 1/3/2012.
Sturges, P. G. Tribulations of the Shortcut Man. Scribner Book Company. 2/7/2012.
Szalay, David. Spring. Graywolf Press. 1/17/2012.
Terenzio, Rosemarie. Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss. Gallery Books. 1/24/2012. Biography
Trigiani, Adriana. The Shoemaker's Wife. Harper. 4/3/2012.
Weber, David. How Firm a Foundation. Tor Books. 9/13/2011. Sci-Fi
Woodman, Richard. Ship for the King. Severn House Publishers. 11/1/2011.