Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction

This Week's Spotlight:
by Charlaine Harris

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

Paperback Trade:
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

Paperback Mass-Market:
by Orson Scott Card 

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

by Dan Brown

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Top 5 Fiction
  1. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
  2. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
  3. DEAD EVER AFTER, by Charlaine Harris
  4. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  5. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
Paperback Trade:  
  1. WORLD WAR Z, by Max Brooks
  2. BEAUTIFUL RUINS, by Jess Walter
  3. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
  4. ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Paperback Mass-Market: 
  1. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
  2. A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin
  3. STOLEN PREY, by John Sandford
  4. BLACK LIST, by Brad Thor
  5. GUILTY WIVES, by James Patterson and David Ellis
  1. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
  2. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
  3. DON'T SAY A WORD, by Barbara Freethy
  4. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
  5. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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