Dark Days of Summer 2012 Blog Tour

As a part of the Dark Days of Summer 2012 Blog Tour, I’m hosting SJ Kincaid and her novel Insignia.

Today, Harper Teen has given me this question to answer:
Like all book lovers, you choose your vacation destination based on what you’re reading.
Lucky you— a magical genie is granting you and your copy of INSIGNIA a summer trip. If you could read INSIGNIA anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Well, if I was offered a free summer trip where I could read all day, I would automatically pick a warm, sunny, beach location. Maybe Hawaii. Nothing beats a breezy shore, sand, and a good book for relaxing.

But related to Insignia specifically, I think it narrows my choices down to Washington, DC or Las Vegas. DC would be ideal for the politics in the book – it would be an immersion in the setting. But Las Vegas for the gaming aspect. Tom Raines, the main character in Insignia, excels at games – specifically virtual reality games. It would certainly be an experience to get immersed in a virtual reality game in between occasional breaks in reading. I’m sure I wouldn’t be good enough to get noticed by the government. So there’s no chance I’d get recruited to any branch of military where they need my gaming skills. But that’s what books are for. A chance to escape everyday life for an exciting adventure where there are no limits!

Click here for a chapter excerpt from Insignia!


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Leg 2 of the Dark Days of Summer 2012 Blog Tour Continues:
6/12 Aprilynne Pike at Books with Bite
6/14 Dan Wells at Hobbitsies
6/19 Veronica Roth at The Mod Pod Bookshelf
6/21 SJ Kincaid at SciFi Chick
6/26 Aprilynne Pike at Books with Bite
6/28 Dan Wells at Hobbitsies
7/3 Veronica Roth at The Mod Pod Bookshelf
7/5 SJ Kincaid at SciFi Chick

Insignia

Ready Player One Now In Paperback

(This is a re-post of the review I wrote for the hardback version here: https://scifichick.com/2011/08/31/book-review-ready-player-one/)

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline is now available in paperback from Broadway Paperbacks!

Decades in the future, the entire world can live most of their lives online in a virtual reality called OASIS. OASIS is a vast space with many worlds created by James Halliday, who on his death bed left his entire, vast fortune to the winner of a game that he installed with OASIS. Young Wade Watts, along with everyone else in the world, longs to find the three hidden keys that will lead to Halliday’s easter egg. But there are no rules to the game, and an evil mega-corporation (nicknamed Sixers) has stacked the decks in their favor. So when Wade is the first to find the first key, the Sixers are hot on his heels. And the Sixers will stop at nothing to get the egg, even murder in the real world.

Wade Watts and his contemporaries and friends in OASIS, Aech and Art3mis, are gunters (short for egg hunters). They have lived their entire short lives eating, sleeping, and breathing everything about James Halliday. All of his geeky loves are their favorites as well. And Halliday was a child of the 80s and a hardcore gamer, so he incorporated all of this into his game. Cline created a vast and complex world where the 80s still rule. Those of us who grew up in the 80s will find most of the quests and puzzles fun and nostalgic. I can’t imagine the research that went into this story, as there are a lot of obscure references as well.

Even though I’ve never been a gamer, I can appreciate the story and the references to older games and the fun puzzles that we learn along with Wade. Though some of the made-up history gets a bit lengthy at times, I still found myself enjoying the wild ride. This recent science fiction release is engaging, suspenseful, and highly entertaining. Full of mystery, 80s trivia, gaming, and a bit of romance, Ready Player One is a fun must-read for any scifi and gaming fan.

Received in May

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in May for review and/or giveaways:

TV/Movies:
Teen Wolf Season 2 Premiere
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Blu-ray Combo Pack

47North / Amazon:
Seed by Ania Ahlborn

Ace:
Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
Cursed by Benedict Jacka
All Spell Breaks Loose by Lisa Shearin
Bleeding Out by Jes Battis

Baen:
Armored by John Joseph Adams

Bloomsbury:
Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Ark in Space by Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet by Gerry Davis
Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors by Brian Hayles

Candlewick Press:
The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
Freakling by Lana Krumwiede
Flock by Wendy Delsol

Daw:
Home From the Sea by Mercedes Lackey
Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

Hachette Books / Grand Central Publishing:
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

Harper Teen / Greenwillow:
Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Harper Voyager:
Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman
Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake

Hodder and Stoughton:
The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Teen / Graphia:
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks

Kensington:
Blood of Innocence by Tami Dane
Blood and Silver by James R. Tuck

Little, Brown Teen:
Revived by Cat Patrick

Macmillan Audio:
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Night Shade Books:
Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards

Orbit Books:
The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron

Paizo Publishing:
Pathfinder Tales: City of the Fallen Sky by Tim Pratt

Penguin / NAL:
Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman

Penguin Teen / Putnam:
Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History by Christopher L. Bennett
World of Warcraft: Wolfheart by Richard A. Knaak
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night by David R. George III
Seeker of Shadows by Nancy Gideon

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
Starters by Lissa Price

Roc:
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
Live and Let Drood by Simon R. Green
Blood Kin by M.J. Scott

Scholastic Press:
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon & Schuster / Gallery:
Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon
Survivors by Z.A. Recht

Simon & Schuster Children:
A Hero for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

St. Martin’s Griffin:
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Tor Books:
Redshirts by John Scalzi
The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod
The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow
Silver by Rhiannon Held

Received in April

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in April for review and/or giveaways:

TV/Movies:
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
New Year’s Eve Blu-ray

47North / Amazon:
The Mongoliad by Neal Stephenson
Further: Beyond the Threshold by Chris Roberson
Containment by Christian Cantrell

Ace Books:
Lies & Omens by Lyn Benedict
Pod by Stephen Wallenfels
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Invincible by Jack Campbell
Heaven’s War by David S. Goyer

Archaia:
Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix by Patrick Marty
Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #4 of 6
Black Charity
Primordia by John R. Fultz
Genetiks: Volume 1 by Richard Marazano
The Dare Detectives! Collected Edition: The Snowpea Plot by Ben Caldwell

Chicago Review Press:
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky

Daw Books:
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

DC Comics:
Batman: Death by Design by Chip Kidd

Harper Collins:
The Emerald Storm by William Dietrich

Harper Teen / Balzer + Bray:
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children / Graphia
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Kensington Press:
The Lingering Dead by J.N. Duncan

Macmillan Audio:
Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins: Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane

Paizo Publishing:
Pathfinder Tales: Song of the Serpent by Hugh Matthews

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Pocket Books / Gallery Books:
Blood on the Bayou by Stacey Jay
Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black
Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett
Gears of War: Coalition’s End by Karen Traviss
Gears of War: The Slab by Karen Traviss

Pyr Books:
False Covenant by Ari Marmell
Vampire Empire: The Rift Walker by Clay Griffith

Roc:
The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper

Scholastic:
Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
Zac and the Dream Stealers by Ross MacKenzie
The Fire Ascending by Chris d’Lacey
The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
Grim by Anna Waggener

Tor Books:
Rage of the Dragon by Margaret Weis
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin by Walter Mosley
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Spring Pocket Books Spotlight and Giveaway!

Title: Blood on the Bayou
Author: Stacey Jay
ISBN: 9781439189870
Price: $7.99/$9.99
On Sale: 3/27/12

Description
First came a terrorist attack. Then the mutations—and Fey who had lived in harmony with humans turned deadly. Now most people hide behind iron gates. But those who are immune—and those with enough courage—can venture out into the Louisiana Delta . . . and a nightmare world of magic.

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED
Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent with immunity to fairy venom, is once again called upon to help solve a murder deep in the bayou. But this one’s off the books. Her ex-lover, Hitch, needs her help searching for a secret chemical weapons lab and an FBI mole providing it with human lab rats.

Helping Hitch means certain interpersonal disaster with her estranged boyfriend, but Annabelle knows what it feels like to be a lab rat. Her new fairy-attack-induced paranormal abilities seem to have few negative side effects, but would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious—not to mention ridiculously attractive—Tucker? A man who can turn invisible at will, and who makes no bones about how dead she’ll be if she reveals his secrets?

As the murder investigation progresses, Annabelle quickly learns Tucker isn’t the only one with secrets, and that the only things that cut deeper than a friend’s deception are the lies we tell ourselves.

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Title: Deadly Descendant
Author: Jenna Black
ISBN: 9781451606805
Price: $7.99/$9.99
On Sale: 4/24/12

Description
An ancient evil is unleashed in the modern world— unless one fearless P.I. can hunt it down. . . . Nikki Glass, Immortal Huntress, returns in this new novel in the acclaimed series by Jenna Black.

As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the “dogs” are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s got to catch him in the act. But when she stakes out a local cemetery, she ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose bite is worse than their bark. These hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backward may be “god,” but that won’t stop Nikki from teaching these old gods some new tricks. Like playing dead.

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Title: Summoning the Night: An Arcadia Bell Novel
Author: Jenn Bennet
ISBN: 9781451620535
Price: $7.99/$9.99
On Sale: 4/24/12

Description
MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no.

Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.

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Courtesy of Pocket Books, I have copies of all three of the above novels for two (2) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 11. I’ll draw names on May 12, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

Read moreSpring Pocket Books Spotlight and Giveaway!

Received in March

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in March for review and/or giveaways:

DC / Vertigo Comics:
Saucer Country #1

PetSmart / Marvel:
Dog T-shirt
Spider-Man Dog Toy

Ace Books:
The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn
Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer
Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin
Shadow’s Fall by Dianne Sylvan

Berkley:
So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel by Phil Hornshaw

Bethany House:
Prophet by R. J. Larson

Daw Books:
Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith

Gallery Books / MTV Books:
Star Trek: Destiny by David Mack
On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder

Hachette / Grand Central Publishing:
Catch Me a Cowboy by Katie Lane

Harper Teen / Balzer + Bray:
Slide by Jill Hathaway
The Selection by Kiera Cass

Hodder & Stoughton:
The Return Man by V. M. Zito
Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

Kensington:
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood by E.S. Moore

K Teen:
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Unafraid by Michael Griffo

Orbit Books:
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez

Phoenix Pick:
Future Perfect by Nancy Kress
Reboots by Mercedes Lackey

Pocket Books:
By a Thread by Jennifer Estep
A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper
Star Trek: Vanguard: Storming Heaven by David Mack

Roc Books:
Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre
Magic Without Mercy by Devon Monk

Scholastic:
Above by Leah Bobet
No Such Thing As Dragons by Philip Reeve
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

Signet Books:
The Thirteenth Sacrifice by Debbie Viguie

Simon & Schuster / Atria:
White Horse by Alex Adams

Tor Books:
Forged in Fire by J. A. Pitts
Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica
Immobility by Brian Evenson

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