Monday Morning Book Buzz

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This week’s releases are listed by category: Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of December 19th:

Young Adult Fiction

  • Blood Wolf (Wereling Series #3) by Steve Feasey (12/20/2011) — Trey, the last hereditary werewolf, has found his pack – and they’re vicious, bloodthirsty, and truly wild. All Trey wants is to go home, but having learned more about his Wolfen nature, he has decided, for the safety of his friends, to never return.
  • Planesrunner (Everness Series #1) by Ian McDonald (12/20/2011) — When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it.

Graphic Novels

  • Fables, Volume 16: Super Group by Bill Willingham (12/20/2011) — Why would vertigo saddle a “Fables” book with a title like “Super Team”? Find out in these stories from FABLES #101-107, including a special story illustrated by Terry Moore.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 27 by Hiromu Arakawa (12/20/2011) — The final chapter! With the help of Hohenheim and their allies, the Elric brothers launch a desperate final attack against the homunculus “father.” But to claim victory, some may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. And when the dust clears, will a happy ending await our favorite characters in the final volume of Fullmetal Alchemist?

General Fiction

  • Covert Warriors (Presidential Agent Series #7) by W. E. B. Griffin (12/22/2011) — There’s an uneasy and unholy alliance building across the Caribbean. Few in the U.S. government want to believe that a Third World country could pose a credible threat — but then why are the Chinese helping to train its special forces? Why are the Russians helping to build a nuclear power plant? Charley Castillo and his men go in to investigate, but they have no idea what they have just gotten themselves into.
  • D.C. Dead (Stone Barrington Series #22) by Stuart Woods (12/22/2011) — After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he’s summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The president has a special operation that calls for Stone’s unique skill set, and it’s a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in crime, Holly Barker.
  • The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury (12/22/2011) — FBI agent Sean Reilly and his girlfriend, archaeologist Tess Chaykin, heroes of Khoury’s bestselling Templar novels, return in another edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from present day back to 1700s Mexico-and possibly beyond. “Laser-sharp excitement.” — Barnes & Noble


  • Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique by John Gribbin (12/20/2011) — Are there other planets in the galaxy that can sustain life? Almost certainly so. Are any of them likely to be populated by intelligent beings? According to Gribbin, one of today’s most popular science writers, definitely not. In this fascinating and intriguing new book, Gribbin argues that the very existence of intelligent life anywhere in the cosmos is, from an astrophysicist’s point of view, almost a miracle.

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