Friday, August 22, 2014

Fast Five Friday (8/22/2014)

Fast Five Friday is a meme we are started here at Reader Noir!

Basically you choose five books you are looking forward to reading and tell us a little bit about them. You can share your list in the comments or link to your blog! Thanks for joining and enjoy!

#1 Superman Vol. 1: What Price Tomorrow?
by George Perez, Jesus Merino, and Nicola Scott (November 27th 2012, DC Comics)

Metropolis fears him. The Daily Planet agrees. This new volume of SUPERMAN finds our hero with a startling new status quo. As Superman finds ways to dodge the scrutiny placed upon him by the public and media, he must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis - one that he somehow is the cause of! The next chapter in the legendary history of the Man of Steel is built here!

Get it on Book Depository.

#2 The Lord of Opium
by Nancy Farmer (September 3rd 2013, Atheneum Books)

Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure.

And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human.

Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?

Get it on Book Depository.

#3 The Magic Thief: Home (The Magic Thief # 4)
by Sarah Prineas (September 16th 2014, HarperCollins)

Despite successfully securing a balance between the competing magics of Wellmet, Conn is not happy. Duchess Rowan has promoted him to ducal magister, but the other wizards see him only as a thief. But something sinister is brewing, as magicians' locus stones are being stolen and magical spells are going awry. As Conn faces old enemies and powerful magical forces, is he strong enough to save the city he calls home?

Get it on Book Depository

#4 Gloom Cookie Volume 1
by Serena Valentino and Ted Naifeh (February 19th 2001, SLG Publishing) 

The first six issues of this comic book series of gothic fairy tales are collected with added sketches, fan art, and pin-ups.

#5 A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness (September 15th 2011, Candlewick Press)

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Get it on Book Depository

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