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Something For Nothing

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Hey, we have giveaways!

Next Wednesday, April 25th, Robert J. Sawyer will be at TIFF to talk about the seminal SF movie The Day The Earth Stood Still.  That in itself is pretty cool.  Even better, TIFF sent us three ARCs of Rob’s newest book Triggers to help promote the event.

Want a copy?  Email us at contest (at) bakkaphoenixbooks dot com, and let us know two things:
1) Which of Rob’s books is your favourite (and why)
2) How to contact you.

We’ll pick and post 3 winners on Friday April 20th.  Good luck!

WIDE OPEN, by Deborah Coates

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Sgt. Hallie Michaels knows her sister Dell didn’t commit suicide.  On leave from Afghanistan, Hallie has only ten days to prove it.  Helped by the deputy sheriff, and hindered by almost everyone else, Hallie uncovers a mysterious pattern of disappearances.  And ghosts.  And a burgeoning magic that is bearing down on the prairies like a terrible summer storm.

This is a quiet novel, peopled by characters who will not — or cannot — articulate what they need or how they feel.  And Coates’ ability to evoke silence and isolation (of all sorts) was immensely impressive.  A strong debut, and recommended reading.  CS

DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON, by Seanan McGuire

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Verity Price is in New York City to see if she can make it as a ballroom dancer, and to keep up the family tradition of crptozoology.  Sometimes that means protecting humans from the monsters; sometimes the reverse.  It’s a delicate balancing act.  So when a representative from the order of monster-killing fanatics known as the Covenant shows up, things start to get REALLY complicated.  Someone — or something — is killing local cryptids, and the only person Verity can trust is her enemy.  Her distractingly attractive enemy.

Light and breezey, with an ending I found surprisingly moving and a truly inspired mouse chorus.  Recommended.

FATED, by Benedict Jacka

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Alex Verus has good reasons to keep his distance from other mages.  But when the Council seeks out his particular talents to unearth a powerful magical artifact, Alex finds himself the centre of some Very Pointed attention.  Caught between Light and Dark mages, trusting neither, Alex will need all of his considerable prognicating skills to stay ahead of the game… not to mention alive.

Alex may not have Dresden’s hero complex, or Peter Grant’s humour, but he’s an interesting character with enough complications in his past to make me look forward to learning more about him.   A strong debut novel.

I Have a Conundrum

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

First, some backstory.  Martha Wells’ book Cloud Roads is one of my top picks for 2011.  It’s imaginative and original, and every time I re-read it, I feel like I’m visiting friends who always have something fascinating to say.  Just a few minutes ago, we received Wells’ Serpent Sea, which continues the adventures of the characters from Cloud Roads.  So here’s the dilemma:  Do I read it right away?  Or hold off for a while?

Point for the latter:  Savouring the anticipation
Point for the latter:  I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!

Help me out here.

2011 Bestsellers

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

It’s always interesting to find out what sold best over the course of a year.  We never know quite what to expect. Some titles explode onto the sales scene (this year, anything by George R.R. Martin), while others accrete over the entire year.  Here are our bestsellers for 2011  (* = Canadian author)

Mass Market
1. Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller
2. Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
3. Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
4. Watch, Robert J. Sawyer*
5. Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovich
6. Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
7. Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
8. Hounded, Kevin Hearne
9. Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin
10. Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin.

Hardcover
1. Wonder, Robert J. Sawyer*
2. Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin
3. Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
4. Go the Fuck to Sleep, Adam Mansbach
5. Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi
6. Embassytown, China Mieville
7. Reamde, Neal Stephenson
8. Snuff, Terry Pratchett
9. Wild Ways, Tanya Huff*
10. Vortex, Robert Charles Wilson*

Trade Paperback
1. Blindsight, Peter Watts*
2. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
3. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
4. Once Every Never, Lesley Livingston*
5. Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald
6. Tempestuous, Lesley Livingston*
7. Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
8. Pattern Scars, Caitlin Sweet*
9. Tesseracts 15, Julie Czerneda & Susan MacGregor, eds*
10. Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi