Monday, September 01, 2014
Blood Lad, Vol. 5 is the latest in the supernatural adventure manga series by Yuuki Kodama; I reviewed the first volume last year in a round-up, but haven't kept up with it since then. It's a Yen Press paperback that hit stores in July.
The Bloodline Feud is the remixed and revised combination of the first two books in his Merchant Princes series, The Family Trade and The Hidden Family. Long-time Stross fans will remember that he plotted those out as a single novel, back several publishing upheavals ago, and this edition has already been out in the UK for a while, getting good notices there. This is possibly Stross's darkest series -- and I say that measuredly, since he has several other novels where mankind is already extinct -- set in something like Roger Zelazny's Amber if the Amberites were gangsters with nuclear weapons rather than medievaloid sword-wielders. This new edition, with two novels for the price of one, is a Tor trade paperback hitting stores on September 9th.