Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reading Ahead: December 2012, the late edition

Consider this the late edition of December's Reading Ahead list.  At this time of year, publishers play fast and loose with release dates, and the result?  Lists like these, of titles that were originally slated for early 2013.  What made the list?

City of Dark Magic, by Magnus Flyte

The Intercept, by Dick Wolf

Empire and Honor, by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth

Political Suicide, by Michael Palmer

Nano, by Robin Cook

Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

Are you looking at the list and wondering about those two at the top?  The first, City of Dark Magic, is a first novel, and one that's getting a lot of positive press.  Fans of books by Lev Grossman, Erin Morgenstern or Deborah Harkness should definitely take note of this one--magic, murder and time travel in Prague, all with ties to Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved".  I am very interested to see if this lives up to the hype.  

Recognize the name of the second author?  It might be because you're used to seeing his name attached to things like all of the Law & Order TV series and the new series, Chicago Fire.  Wolf was a copywriter early in his career, so I'm curious as to whether his previous experience will serve him in good standing here.  But with decades of successful television shows under his belt, my guess is that this tense thriller featuring NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk is going to be a winner.

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, and you're looking for a good book to sink your teeth into.  I'll be back on Thursday to share what I've been reading this past month.  Happy reading!

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