Monday, March 19, 2012
So I'll take it as read that you folks know the usual disclaimer -- these books arrived my mailbox; I haven't read them since then; here's what I can tell you -- and jump right in:
Commedia della Morte is the latest "Comte Saint-Germain" novel from Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, of which there must be umpty-ump by now. (They started in the '70s -- we had a bunch in the SFBC back when I started, twenty years ago -- and there have been more at irregular intervals since then. There's a list on Yarbro's website with 23 Saint-Germain novels, five more in related series, and that only goes through 2009.) I have read none of the books in this series, in which the historical conman was actually the immortal vampire he claimed to be, but plenty of people whose tastes I trust have recommended them. This one is a Tor hardcover, just published.
Dororo -- originally published by then, a few years back, as three separate volumes (all three of which I reviewed) -- as that one big fat volume this month. It's a samurai comic by one of the greats of world comics, so it's at least worth a look.
And then there's Beth Bernobich's Queen's Hunt, which is the second book in her "River of Souls" series (after Passion Play) -- it's epic fantasy with what looks like a strong romantic overlay (or underlying superstructure, perhaps). That's coming from Tor in July in hardcover.