Around the Bookish World : News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover , Uncategorized Posted on December 2, 2011 @ 4:00 pm 13 comments

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The major news this week, has to be the death of Anne McCaffery who died earlier last week. I LOVED her Pern and Hive series books, and I am totally gutted by this news but she has left a great legacy of books, which I highly recommend you check out because they are truly wonderful!

WH Smiths has announced that they will be offering the Kobo Colour tablet, which will be offered at £169.99. I think this will capture an audience who may be wavering on getting an ereading device but will check this out because it is a cheaper alternative to the ipad and similar tablets. I think this will give an edge on the Kindle Fire which isn’t available in the UK at the moment.

This is an exciting new development for colour e-reading screens. Qualcomm, the company behind the colour e-ink screens has teamed up with Kyobo (a South Korean company that produces e-reading devices), and has released the first Mirasol screen ereader which is currently only available in South Korea. However this is great news about the further evolution of ereader screens and tech and I wouldn’t be suprised if companies like Amazon, Apple and Kobo may adopt Mirasol for future devices in the next few years. For more info on what the screen is like check out the official site for screen grabs and videos.

Good news for those who live in Italy and Spain! Amazon has launched the Kindle store as well as the Italian and Spanish version of the Kindles which will cost around 99 Euros. This will also be to download Kindle books and the store will also offer 16 thousand ebooks in Spanish and Italian which is good to see!

I can’t not help laugh at this tidbit but the Guardian has reported that the birth at Breaking Dawn is causing seizures. Now I know this scene is pretty traumatic but yowsers, RENESMEEEEE isn’t safe for Bella’s womb and not safe for watching her arrival on the big screen!

And now for the books to watch out for!

Lara Adrian’s vampire paranormal romance series has a new entry out early next year.  Darker After Midnight is the tenth book of the series.

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.


Sherilyn Kenyon is expanding her mythology for her Dark Hunter series and it is most fitting that her summer release will focus on Mayan myths – Time Untime will be out in the summer of 2012 and the synopsis and cover has just been released!

The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy…

Long before recorded history, there was a warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches…

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind.

What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has brought back the one person he can’t fight. The one person who once held the most sacred part of him.

His heart.

But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once.

Will he be able to make it again?


This looks interesting – Amarok by Angela J. Townsend is a YA  about a young girl who is thrust to survive in a strange world where she finds herself battle evil shamans, encountering mammoths  and teaming up with a mysterious wolf YA slated for release next November from Spencer Hill Press.

Life has been hell for seventeen-year-old Emma since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Rejected by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother’s death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her escape only leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining. Dragged across the tundra by a crazed mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she finds that her gentle touch and kind heart earn her the wolf’s friendship, and she names him Amarok, not knowing he was once a young man. When a vicious madman–trapped in bear form by an ancient Shaman–attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to confront her fears and free the wolf she’s come to love. But there’s a catch–she must face down the evil shaman, a powerful Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.

And finally we have the latest Sooke Stackhouse cover – Deadlock. It is slated for May but no official blurb but according to Charlaine Harris’ site, Sookie is going to get kidnapped and a man from her past whom she assumed has died is actually alive…

If you read Anne McCaffery’s books, which series/books did you love and What do you think of any of the books I have highlighted this week?

About Has

Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Lea December 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Has: I’ve read most of Anne McCaffery’s Pern series I think, it was a long time ago but I loved them and think the series is timeless. Her loss is acutely felt.

    I love Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series and even though Darker After Midnight is being published in hard cover I’ll likely be first in line to purchase my copy. lol I’ll have to hope for a GC for Christmas!

    Thank you for the news!

  • Mel S December 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I read the Pern books as well and adored the sci-fi take on a typical fantasy creature. The bond between dragon and rider was great – and I always enjoy a time travel twist! 🙂

    How many times has Sookie been kidnapped…? 🙂

    • Alisha December 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      LOL….indeed, Mel, its like once per book, these days. Sookie really ought to stop talking to strangers. ^_^

  • Alisha December 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Oh man, that news about the Mirasol screen technology is so exciting! Color e-paper display! That’ll change the game for folks who are all about the basic ereading experience. Nothing against the crowd of tablets out there…but they’re touch-screen computers, is what they are. Gimme the closest thing to a book, any day.

  • draconismoi December 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Anne McCaffrey was my intro into SF back in the day. I loved Pern (at least at first), Petabee, and the Talents series. All fabulous. I still have a ton of those bad boys in my extensive book collection. As I discovered when I finally started pulling books out of hiding to pack up for my big move…..

  • Lori Strongin December 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Yup, heard about those seizures–I think it was the abuse of strobe lighting during the scene that did it, but I’d prefer unconsciousness than reading those books again, so…

    I’m intrigued by Kobo’s business plan. The more competition we get in the ereader world, the sooner we’ll see more competitive prices so more people can afford to get one. And now that we’re moving to standardized format (goodbye, mobi!), ebooks will be more accessible, too.


    P.S.- is it just me, or is that cover for Amarok look like a really bad PhotoShop job? The blurb sounds decent, but the girl’s head isn’t perpendicular with her body at all!

  • Mary Kirkland December 3, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I actually never read any of Anne’s books.
    I did hear about the seizures, interesting.
    I don’t read on ereaders so this news doesn’t effect me at all. I still only read traditional paper books.
    I love Lara Adrian and her books. Can’t wait to read more.
    I’ve really liked Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series and will continue to read it even though it might be a little different. I hope she doesn’t stray too far from the storyline that we have come to love and expect.

  • aurian December 3, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I own and love most of Anne McCaffrey books. I was very sad when I heard the news. I was just re-reading the Pegasus series at the moment. I love her Pern series (not so much when she wrote together with her son Todd), the Catteni series, Killashandra, Acorna, ah well, just all (except Doona and those with the dinosaurs). I am sorry her current series will not be finished too.

    I love Lara Adrian books, and am excited to meet her this summer in Berlin at the new convention 🙂

  • Anna December 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Seizures… , really?Interesting…

    I loved Lara Adrian’s first book in the series and I seriously have to do some catching up with her books.

  • Tamsyn December 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Sad news about Anne McCaffery. I’ve her Penn books and loved them.

  • Tessa December 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I love them too.

  • LSUReader December 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the news.I’m so sorry to hear of McCaffery.

    I’m looking forward to Deadlocked, but I’m with Mel…Let’s stop with the kidnapping, already!

  • Silver Thistle December 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I wish I knew more about ereader stuff, that kobe thing sounds interesting. I don’t have an ereader and wasn’t really thinking about getting one but I figured I’d maybe have to get with the times so have been saving for a kindle fire. THey’re not out here yet (UK) so I’m not at the buying stage yet….but now I’m unsure again. Is the kobe thing a realistic and better rival?

    Gah! I just don’t know enough about it all.

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