Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction 3/4-10/13

This week here on Who's On Top,
In The Spotlight:
Hardcover Fiction: The final book in the Memory of Light series. 
Paperback Trade Fiction: A romance story between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley set in the Jazz culture of Paris in the 1920's.
Paperback Mass-Market Fiction: Private Detective Wyatt Hunt decides to look into his adoption after he gets a disturbing text message.  
E-Books: The latest Alex Cross novel

Hardcover Fiction:
A Memory Of Light
By: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

 Paperback Trade Fiction:
The Paris Wife
Paula McLlain

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
The Hunter 
By: John Lescroart
Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family-until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"

The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades. His family's dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protective Services, who suspected but could never prove that Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mother's drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how are they connected to Hunt?

Yet in the present, time is running out. The texter, who insists the killer is out there, refuses to be identified. The cat-and-mouse game leads Hunt across the country and eventually to places far more exotic-and far more dangerous. As the chase escalates, so does the threat, for the killer has a secret that can only be trusted to the grave. Thriller master John Lescroart weaves a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets . . . and the mortal danger outside the front door.

E-Books Fiction:
Alex Cross, Run 
By: James Patterson

 Kill Alex Cross was "Patterson at the top of his game" (Washington Post). Alex Cross, Run is even better. DON'T LOOK, ALEX CROSS Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties," bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. DON'T THINK, ALEX CROSS But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy. JUST RUN Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn't noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they'll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require. Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson's most unrelenting story yet-a white-hot, sensational thrill ride with the most extreme and gripping characters Patterson has ever brought to life.

Top 5 Books Of The Week:
Hardcover Fiction:
1. Alex Cross, Run - By: James Patterson
2. A Week In Winter - By: Maeve Binchy
3. Gone Girl - By: Gillian Flynn
4. A Memory Of Light - By: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
5. Guilt - By: Jonathan Kellerman

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. Fifty Shades Of Grey - By: E. L. James
2. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
3. Fifty Shades Darker - By: E. L. James
4. Fifty Shades Freed - By: E. L. James
5. Life of Pi - By: Yann Martel

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction 
1. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
2. Stay Close - By: Harlan Coben
3. Kill Me If You Can - By: James Patterson and Marshall Karp
4. Betrayal - By: Danielle Steel
5. The Hunter - By: John Lescroart

E-Books Fiction:
1. Alex Cross, Run - By: James Patterson
2. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
3. Wait For Me - By: Elisabeth Naughton
4. Gone Girl - By: Gillian Flynn
5. If You Say - By: Courtney Cole

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com and comes lists are from NYTimes.com

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