Wade Lucas is one of our Random House reps, an honorary staff member, and an all around great guy. Both MG locations would claim him, but because he can often be found recommending great books in our RB store, we'll put his picks here.
<- LeAnna like Wade too.
I have long been a fan of Morgan's award-winning cyberpunk thrillers
and after reading his first foray into epic fantasy, I firmly believe
this author can do anything. I'd compare this one to the brutal sword
action, shattered lands, ancient lost societies and rough characters of
Conan, but with an unexpected twist. This one holds a close place in my
heart as I helped the author with the "twist" part! Steel Remains is
also the first in a series.
Ghosts and zombies in a completely new light. I'm a big fan of any
supernatural fiction, so for me to be totally reintroduced to ghosts
and zombies is quite an accomplishment! This is the first book set in a
world that blends dark futuristic setting (almost Bladerunner) with
gothic horror. Add a dash of gumshoe/pulp detective story and you have
the completely awesome Bone Song.
From LA novelist, comic book writer, actor, screenwriter and all-around
talented guy Charlie Huston, comes his first book in a wonderfully
gritty. pulpy vampire series. If you like True Blood and you haven't
read Huston, that's a problem you should fix yesterday!
David Tennant (Doctor Who) loved this book! Do I really have to tell
you anything else? I suppose I should. Silver is the sequel to
Treasure Island, magically told by Andrew Motion, who just happens to
be the poet laureate of the UK. No big deal. If you are a fan of Tim
Burton or Neil Gaiman, you'll love this book. It has that dark and
mystical quality that both Burton and Gaiman do so well. I wouldn't be
surprised if this ends up being a movie one day.
The very original beginning of a dark fantasy series that covers just
about every part of fantasy that I can name; epic questing fantasy,
steampunk, horror fantasy, inter-dimensional nightmare fantasy... A
city hanging by chains over a chasm, an immortal and insane angel,
societies of assassins and warring deities. And believe it or not, I
left lot out of that description!
With the movie coming in October, I felt it would be a great time to
re-visit one of my all-time favorite authors: David Mitchell. Cloud
Atlas won awards and has caused so many book discussions, you'd feel
like part of a global book group after reading it. Without giving too
much away, Cloud Atlas weaves together characters in four very
different time periods, including the far future. It really is a
master work of construction and storytelling that nobody else could
Perhaps my favorite book so far from China Mieville. The Scar is
bloody, smart, and bloody smart. China Mieville has created the most
macabre, fantastical and crazily original ocean voyage of all time. I
really don't want to spoil anything so trust me, you won't ever read
another book like it!