Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of October 22, 2013

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

AssassinAssassin: The Clone Rebellion, Book 9” by Steven L. Kent

Earth, A.D. 2519. The clone soldiers of the Enlisted Man’s Empire maintain a tenuous grasp on the power they fought so hard to gain. But the U.A. will not be so easy to suppress as they had hoped – With Harris missing and their most deadly enemies on the loose, the remaining officers of the Empire must uncover a plot to overthrow their government while preparing for war…

SummerFallsDoctor Who: Summer Falls and Other Stories” by Amelia Williams, Melody Malone, and Justin Richards

With a new introduction by Amelia Williams, as well as a rare interview with the reclusive author, ‘The Girl Who Never Grew Up’ comes Summer Falls by Amelia Williams. In the seaside village of Watchcombe, young Kate is determined to make the most of her last week of summer holiday. But when she discovers a mysterious painting entitled ‘The Lord of Winter’ in a charity shop, it leads her on an adventure she never could have planned. The painting is a puzzle — and with the help of some bizarre new acquaintances, she plans on solving it. (Inspired by the Doctor Who episode ‘The Bells of Saint John’)

The Angel’s Kiss by Melody Malone: Detective Melody Malone has an unexpected caller: movie star Rock Railton thinks someone is out to kill him — and when he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to become their next star. But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine. (Inspired by the Doctor Who episode, ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’).

Devil in the Smoke, as recounted by Mr Justin Richards: On a cold day in December, two young boys, tired of sweeping snow from the workhouse yard, decide to build a snowman — and are confronted with a strange and grisly mystery. In horrified fascination, they watch as their snowman begins to bleed…The search for answers to this impossible event will plunge Harry into the most hazardous — and exhilarating — adventure of his life. (Inspired by the Doctor Who episode, ‘The Snowmen’).

RagsBonesRags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales,” edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

The best writers of our generation retell classic tales. From Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops,” literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author’s unique perception and innovative style.

Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild the twelve timeless stories:

  • Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed
  • W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong
  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black
  • “Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman
  • The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia
  • Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr
  • Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix
  • Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt
  • E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan
  • Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl
  • William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey
  • And six illustrations by Charles Vess

ZodiacThe Zodiacal Planet Galaxy” by Brian Aldiss

Finally, all the Zodiac Planets stories and novellas in one volume.

A collection all the short stories and novellas that make up the Zodiac Planets series. Spanning over 40 years these include The Supertoys Trilogy, the first of which was filmed by Steven Spielberg as the movie A.I.

Also features a brand new novella, Mission to the Planets of the Zodiac which has never been seen before.