As much as I love autumn, I hate to see summer come to an end. I think it stems back to having to give my children up to the school year. This year I am consoling myself by looking at the great list of books due to be released this fall. I read The Last Dragonslayer (Chronicles of Kazam) by Jasper Fforde in an advanced-reading copy, but I can’t wait to buy a hardcover copy. It will be released October 2, 2012.
I like Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, which this world of fiction is policed by literary detectives working for the Jurisfiction. Fforde conveys the concept that what we read in a book is just one small view of an ongoing, larger story that continues beyond the pages.
The Nursery Crimes series takes that idea one step further. Jack Sprat, his associate Mary Mary police, the Nursery Crimes division of the Jurisfiction and the characters from nursery rhymes you haven’t considered since you were five come alive. In Jasper Fforde’s work for young adults and upper middle-grade readers, fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is running an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading from lack of use. Jasper Fforde is an astute, clever and laugh-out-loud fun author similar to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. While you wait for The Last Dragonslayer, take time to pick up The Eyre Affair or The Big Over Easy.
Book three, The Hunter of John Flanagan’s Brotherband Chronicles will be released October 30, 2012. John Flanagan writes “guy books” that girls like. Starting with Ruins Of Gorlan, book one of Ranger’s Apprentice series, you will find fighting, strategy, bravery and loyalty.
Utah is spilling over with writing talent. August 28 will bring a new, multiple-author series headed by James Dashner of Maze Runner fame. Infinity Ring is the series name. A Mutiny in Time is the first title. Carrie Ryan will follow with the second book, Divide and Conquer. James Dashner created the story arc for all of the books and will write the first and last. Two other Utah authors will be involved, Matthew Kirby (author of Clockwork Three and Icefall) writing the fifth book and Jennifer Nielsen (author of False Prince) writing book six. The second volume of Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans is just out and seems to be hitting the mark with fans as well as the first book. If you are a Roland Smith fan, as I am, his contribution to the 39 Clues: Cahills Vs Vespers series, Shatterproof is scheduled for release September 4. While you are waiting, catch up on the 39 Clues Series or read some of Smith’s extreme weather fiction: Storm Runners, The Surge or Eruption.
Writing this makes me just want to go read. Respond with you favorites and check back for more fall releases.