Friday, 25 March 2011

Hot New Paperbacks for Supernatural/Fantasy Fans

Because we all need something to take our minds off paying the mortgage, climate change, cholesterol and politicians. Why not zombies, vampires, werewolves and their ilk? Much more interesting, and comforting, than the news.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Dreadfully Ever After
by Steve Hockensmith
Paperback, 320 pages
also available as an ebook

What is a gal to do? Elizabeth Bennet finally marries the love of her life, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, settles in to the relative boredom of being a proper (non-arms-carrying) wife, only to see said love bitten by one of the dreadfulls! Instead of doing the right thing, which is to say lopping off his head, Lizzy embarks on a dangerous journey to try to save her man, if not her marriage.

This installment of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is more fast-paced than the first one, not being bound as by the original Jane Austen story. Hockensmith takes us on an exciting ride, utilizing some of the lesser characters in the first book, with all the social commentary and tongue in cheek humour that we look forward to in this series.

Tales of the Otherworld
by Kelley Armstrong
Paperback, 464 pages
also available as an ebook

New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong has come out with this collection of beginnings and short stories that both stand on their own for new readers, as well as giving loyal followers a deeper look into the lives of her popular characters. As you weave through the lives and complex relationships of the people of the Otherworld, you will definitely find yourself intrigued by the characters and excited to read more. 

It's also an interesting look into the mind of a writer, that these back stories exist without explanation in the popular novels and also hold up as interesting tales on their own. Armstrong writes relationships well, immediately drawing you in. She has a large collection of young adult and adult fantasy fiction, and I am looking forward to reading more.