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My most anticipated release this week comes from the fiction section: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay By Michael Chabon, Narrated by David Colacci for Brilliance Audio. FINALLY an UNABRIDGED recording! Colacci’s narration of the abridged version was a mere 8 hrs and 53 mins — about one third of the full 26 hrs and 20 mins of the unabridged recording. “It’s 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler’s Prague. He’s looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn’s own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book.” Next: somebody bring us the unabridged Yiddish Policeman’s Union in digital audio, please.


Completing N. K. Jemisin's Dreamblood duology just a month and a half after the release of The Killing Moon: Dreamblood, Book 1 is The Shadowed Sun: Dreamblood, Book 2, Narrated once again by Sarah Zimmerman for Hachette Audio: “Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. And nightmares. A mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up - but Gujaareh has known peace for too long. Someone must show them the way.”

It’s also another busy week for Audible Frontiers, bringing several previously published series to audio. The series I’m most excited about is Brenda Cooper's  Silver Ship which begins with The Silver Ship and the Sea: Silver Ship, Book 1 (2007), Narrated by Lauren Fortgang. Fortgang is joined by Christopher Kipiniak for the remainder of the series: Reading the Wind: Silver Ship, Book 2 (2008) and Wings of Creation: Silver Ship, Book 3 (2009). The first of the two main reasons I’m excited about this release is having previously liked Cooper’s work: both her novel co-written with Larry Niven, Building Harlequin’s Moon, and her short fiction (particularly “My Father’s Singularity” at Clarkesworld). The second is the pitch for the series: “The colony planet Fremont is joyous, riotous, and very wild. Its grasses can cut your arms and legs to ribbons, the rinds of its precious fruit can skewer your thumbs, and some of the predators are bigger than humans. Meteors fall from the sky and volcanoes erupt. Fremont is verdant, rich, beautiful, and dangerous. Fremont’s single town, Artistos, perches on a cliff below rugged mountains. Below Artistos lie the Grass Plains, which lead down to the sea. And in the middle of the Grass Plains, a single silver spaceship lies quiet and motionless. The seasons do not dull it, nor do the winds scratch it - and the fearful citizens of Artistos won’t go near it.”


The other series which most jumps out at me is David Louis Edelman's Jump 225 Trilogy. Published in print (in the US) by Pyr, the series begins with Infoquake: Jump 225 Trilogy, Book 1 and is narrated throughout by Tom Dheere. Here’s the pitch, involving pitches: “How far should you go to make a profit? Infoquake, the debut novel by David Louis Edelman, takes speculative fiction into alien territory: the corporate boardroom of the far future. It’s a stunning trip through the trenches of a technological war fought with product demos, press releases, and sales pitches.” The series continues with Multireal: Jump 225 Trilogy, Book 2 and Geosynchron: Jump 225 Trilogy, Book 3.


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It’s quite a release week in the Teen SF/F category, led by my overall pick for the week, The Drowned Cities By Paolo BacigalupiNarrated by Joshua Swanson. It’s the second in Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker series, a post-oil-crash world, out concurrently with the print/e-book edition from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Along with all of my picks for this week, it’s in the 10-12 hour range, a length I am becoming more and more happy with.


Outside of YA, and also out concurrently with its print/e-book release (Orbit in this case) is The Killing Moon: Dreamblood, Book 1 By N. K. JemisinNarrated by Sarah Zimmerman for Hachette Audio; it begins a new duology for Jemisin after her well-regarded Inheritance Trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of the Gods). No worries about a long wait for the sequel to The Killing Moon, as The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood, #2)  is due in just a month.

It’s also a good release week for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio, bringing several books published earlier in the year to audio. (With samples for all of them handily available here.) The first of the two which most grab my eye this week is Empire State: A Novel By Adam ChristopherNarrated by Phil Gigante. “It’s a parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple. It’s a city where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes who once kept the streets safe have fallen into deadly rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York…until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants.” [Big Idea link.]


The second such title I want to mention is Giant Thief: Tales of Easie Damasco, Book 1 By David TallermanNarrated by James Langton. “Meet Easie Damasco: rogue, thieving swine, and total charmer.Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help. Big time.” Adrian Tchaikovsky calls it “A fast-paced, witty and original fantasy, reminiscent of Scott Lynch and Fritz Leiber.” Having read both Lynch and Leiber, I’m looking forward to finally reading Tallerman’s debut novel, after having read several (and even published one!) of his short stories.

Also newly out in audio this week is Range of Ghosts: The Eternal Sky, Book 1 By Elizabeth BearNarrated by Celeste Ciulla for Recorded Books. Out in late March in print and e-book (Tor), it is pitched as: “In a world where wizards are unable to procreate, Temur, heir to his empire’s throne, flees to avoid assassination. Once-Princess Samarkar, formerly heir to her own empire’s throne, gives up everything to seek the wizards’ magical power. Drawn together by fate, Temur and the Once-Princess must stand against a cult inciting strife and civil war in all the empires.” Over on Scalzi’s Whatever blog, Bear explains a bit more of the Big Idea behind the novel.


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