Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Earlier this year, science fiction author Jamie Todd Rubin re-visited the Golden Age of science fiction, an era in which science fiction gained notoriety during the first half of the 20th century, by looking at one of the most influential publications of the time period — Astounding Science Fiction magazine. In a series of blog posts on his website, Rubin examined every aspect of the magazine — from the short stories to the ads — issue by issue, and reflected on how the magazine defined the Golden Age and how the era has influenced and molded contemporary science fiction writing. This week Amazing Stories, the digital re-boot of another classic science fiction magazine, will be hosting Rubin’s reflective journey on their website.
This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on cover", their likenesses lifted for October's new releases. Check out who we spotted:
It looks like Mila Kunis has replaced Kelso with another shaggy-haired hero
BLOG UPDATE 10/10/2011: Just a head's up for anyone who doesn't have their own copies of the first three stories in this series, Barnes & Noble is currently having a book-bundle sale on the series. You can purchase all of the Drake Chronicles books as e-books for $7.99 or as print books for $9.49. Check out the deal here!
Author Alyxandra Harvey has made a name for herself with her innovative Young Adult vampire series, The Drake Chronicles. The series began in July and the third novel in the series, Out for Blood, will hit shelves on December 21st. In this video interview, the author goes behind the scenes of The Drake Chronicles with RT's Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan. Learn about Harvey's classic fairytale inspiration, her diverse Drake siblings and more!
With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
Young Adult – The phenomenal David Levithan has created a mind-bending plot for his upcoming novel, A. In this story, the main character is a person named “A”, who takes over a new person’s body each day and must adapt to their life. But when A takes over one teen’s body, it falls in love with the boy’s girlfriend and is now desperate to be with her. RT’s Whitney says, “this isn’t just a must-read, it’s a ‘top of my TBR pile, how can I get my hands on this book sooner?!?’-read!”
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
The December issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon and here are some of the stories you can look forward to this issue...
We celebrate love with our special romance issue! You can get the details about Christina Skye's latest contemporary romance, A Home by the Sea. We also take a look at how romance continues to thrive in the changing publishing industry. Author Hope Tarr chats with the incomparable Julia Quinn in a special interview. And, we've created a Romance-O-Meter to help you track some of your favorite authors' genre-hopping journeys. Plus, don't miss this issue's Teen Scene, where Jennifer Estep gets us ready for heading back to school for her Mythos Academy series second!
There's all this and more between the pages of the December 2011 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week. Until then, here's a sneak peak at the December issue's Table of Contents!
There's no denying it, Halloween is right around the corner — and costume planning is heavily underway here are RT. So as gear up for one of the web team's favorite holidays, here is a peek at the costumes we are planning that were inspired by some of our favorite fictional characters.
RT's Whitney says, "I'm looking forward to creating my own mash-up this season, vampire Scarlet O'Hara. Hello hoop skirt, hello obligatory parasol, hello vampire fangs. I can't wait to take this year's costume out onto the streets of New York City!"
RT's Elisa also plans to be kicking it old school but in a very different way. "I am going to be dressing up as Cthulu, the mythical being that's like a cross between a dragon, Godzilla and an octopus. I think the best explanation for him is that he's basically the scariest creature around. He's got wings, killer talons and some seriously crazy face-tentacles. To bring this monster to life, I'm dying a mop head green and wearing it around my face. Add to that some all green clothes and giant rubber wings and I'm set. People will know who I am ... in the right circles."
Did you spend your whole week longing for a Rodeo Daddy?
Here’s what you missed on the RT Website.
Find out what's ahead for Paranormal Month and how to win our prize pack! Get The Scoop >>
RT's Whitney chats with Katie McAlister about her upcoming vampire book and more. Read The Q&A >>
Get an exclusive first look at Alexis Morgan's upcoming series starter. We Spoil You With The Details >>
Find out why you should check out Carrie Vaughn's free e-short. It's A Swashbuckler! >>
Erin Quinn gets personal with a behind-the-scenes look at Haunting Embrace. Check It Out >>
Last month, Morgan and Whitney Dished about Victoria Dahl’s contemporary romance series starter Good Girls Don't. They are back this week for series second Bad Boys Do. For this installment, readers return to the Donovan Brother’s Brewery to see if the family’s black sheep, Jamie, will be able to find his happily ever after.
Morgan: I will admit I went into this book ready to dislike Jamie Donovan. In Good Girls Don’t, he’s described as such a player — I mean, he ruined his brother’s business deal by sleeping with the client! That kind of behavior is a huge turn-off for me.
Whitney: You know, I felt the same when I started this story, but Dahl totally turns the situation around for me.
Morgan: By illustrating the motivations behind Jamie’s past bad behavior, the author does a great job of making him a multi-dimensional character.
Whitney: It’s great how Dahl shows both sides of him — he is both a fun loving, kind-of ladies’ man and a dedicated business owner. And while Jamie’s passion for the family run brewery comes through, I admit I am most interested in his charm!
Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors award the RT Seal of Excellence to one book that is not only compelling, but stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online.
So which novel won the October 2011 RT Seal of Excellence and what other titles were contenders for the Seal this month?
Here's your hint: Readers will meet a hunky vet and several adorable animals in this smalltown contemporary romance!