Tuesday, April 27, 2010

May 3rd, 2010 releases

It's been a while since I've tried to keep you up-to-date on the newest releases, hasn't it? I find myself with a few blissfully quiet moments, and since there are some (hopefully) good books coming out next month, I wanted to try to get back into the "new release" habit. Without further ado, let's look at next week, shall we?

Week of May 3
"Dead in the Family" by Charlaine Harris continues the tales of our beloved Sookie Stackhouse. This is the 10th title in the series, and hopefully this will be better than the last book. Looks like Eric is going to play a bigger part in this book, which is just fine with me. Unfortunately, it seems that his relationship with Sookie is going to be scrutinized by the new Vampire King, plus Eric's maker is going to show up in Bon Temps. There's also the issue of the weres going public, something that won't be welcomed by most humans, so you know that's going to get messy. And Sookie's fairy cousin, Claude, comes knocking at her front door looking for a place to live. Hmmm..... that sounds like an awful lot of stuff going on again, doesn't it? And that was my main complaint about the previous entry, too many plot lines for that small a book, not to mention way more violence than normal. I still plan to read this, though, just hoping it's not a horrible mishmash.

"Blue-Eyed Devil" by Robert B. Parker is the 4th book in his Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series. And in case you hadn't heard (or read it here), Parker is no longer with us, having passed away from an apparent heart attack earlier this year. So this will probably be the final book in the series; the odd thing was that I was under the impression that this was always supposed to be a trilogy. Maybe he wanted to write about these characters more, or maybe he caved to his fans who couldn't get enough of them - either way, enjoy while you can.

"Innocent" by Scott Turow. In true-life fashion, the action of this book takes place 22 years after the first book, "Presumed Innocent", probably one of Turow's most famous and best works. He hasn't been writing a lot that I can tell, but word on the street is that this will be a fan fave and won't disappoint. The same characters from the first book, Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto, are pitted against each other again. Not really my thing, but if you like suspense (and if you've been waiting all this time for the sequel), this might appeal.

"Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings" by Jane Isay. If, like me, you have a sibling, then I'm guessing you're already looking at this title and thinking you might want (or need) to read it. Isay previous wrote about parents and their reactions to their children's spouses ("Walking on Eggshells") and now she turns her sights on what she calls the "horizontal relationships" between siblings. Often there is some level of rivalry between siblings, sometimes bordering on hostility, and that competitiveness doesn't always end with adulthood. Topics such as the care of aging parents and the division of estates are covered here. Best of all, it's not an overly long work, clocking in at a mere 192 pages. If I remember correctly, I asked for a copy of this for my specific branch - should be interesting to see how well it circulates!

"Tell-All" by Chuck Palahniuk brings on the usual strangeness of the man who brought us "Fight Club". This time he's doing a sort of homage to the name-dropping salacious tell-alls written by Hollywood stars (usually ones who have faded somewhat and need either the money or the rush of fame again). Chuck is not for everyone, but this sounds like it could be one of his most accessible works, as so many of us are drawn to the train wrecks that are often the lives of Hollywood "stars".

OK, that's going to do it until next week. Keep on reading, and don't forget, you're more than welcome to make comments (although I will be approving them first, don't forget!) and to make suggestions. Thanks!

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