Sunday, January 3, 2010

5 books I'm looking forward to this coming year

Happy New Year, everyone! Lots of folks here and there have been writing about the best books of 2009, and they've got some great choices. But I'm a big fan of what's coming next-- so let me tell you about some books I'm excited to see coming this year:

1) Fat Vampire, by Adam Rex. Plot: Overweight, unpopular 15 year old gets bitten by a vampire, and discovers he's spending the rest of eternity as an overweight, unpopular 15 year old. Hilarity ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: First off, Adam Rex is straight up one of the funniest writers in kidslit today, writing or illustrating. And this, his first YA novel, demonstrates that, not only can be bring the ha ha, but his plotting and characterization are formidable as well.

2) The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan. Plot: Son and daughter of an Egyptologist accidentally release ancient Egyptian god Set upon the world, discover that the Egyptian gods are real and walking the Earth, and their family has a secret connection to the whole affair. Rip-roaring adventure ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: This is it, the leap from the Percy Jackson series to his new series, The Kane Chronicles. The Lightning Thief movie comes out in only a few weeks, and I hope that Percy Jackson fever won't overshadow it.

3) After the Kiss, by Terra McVoy. Plot: Boy dates girl, girl finds out boy has a girlfriend. Teen angst ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: We love Terra, but that's not why I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to it because, as she demonstrated in Pure, Terra creates characters that live and breathe like no other characters in fiction. They're normal, and real, and demonstrate how everyday life is dramatic important even without vampires, werewolves, wizards, spies, drugs, etc, etc, etc.

4) Mercury, by Hope Larson. Plot: Two girls, separated by more than a century, have interweaving stories that blend history, romance, and magic realism. The gorgeous art of Hope Larson ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: Joking aside, Ms. Larson could illustrate airplane safety instructions and I would drool over it. Her art is wholly unique, especially in the kids graphic novel department. No one is doing the kind of art she does, and no one tells stories the way she does.

5)Crogan's March, by Chris Schweizer. Plot: graphic novel entailing another member of the stalwart Crogan family, Peter Crogan, and his time in the French Foreign Legion. Desert military adventure, mystery and a smattering of horror ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: Schweizer's Crogan's Vengeance demonstrated his talent for historical adventure, but now, with this second book, he can stretch a bit as he pushes this into a full-blown series.

What books are you looking forward to this year?

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