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All right, I know you guys are probably excited that Breaking Dawn is coming out in paperback today but that’s no reason to neglect the other new releases! And if you’re a nerd like me, and I bet you are, you know that there’s an especially great book this week. What is it? GUESS.

Fine. I’ll tell you.

The Walking Dead: Volume 12 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
At long last, the survivors of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic survival adventure find the hope they’ve longed look for. Can a town not yet ravaged by the horrors unleashed on Earth possibly be all it’s hoped for? Is there a far more sinister secret behind their newfound safe haven? Even worse, can people forever changed by the worst in humanity ever hope to get back to their old selves? The next chapter of The Walking Dead is primed to change everything!

SO EXCITED! Any Walking Dead fans in these parts? Bueller?
Oh and yeah! There are other books coming out this week. HERE WE GO!

Death’s Excellent Vacation edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Keller
New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost-plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and more-send postcards from the edge of the paranormal world to fans who devoured Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns.

With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer-for immortals.

My Hollywood by Mona Simpson
A wonderfully provocative and appealing novel, from the much-loved author of Anywhere But Here and A Regular Guy, her first in ten years. It tells the story of two women whose lives entwine and unfold behind the glittery surface of Hollywood.

Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to LA so her husband can follow his passion for writing television comedy. Suddenly the marriage—once a genuine 50/50 arrangement—changes, with Paul working long hours and Claire left at home with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for.

Lola, a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who is working in America to pay for her own children’s higher education back in the Philippines, becomes their nanny. Lola stabilizes the rocky household and soon other parents try to lure her away. What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and “Williamo” remains her own closely guarded secret.

In a novel at turns satirical and heartbreaking, where mothers’ modern ideas are given practical overhauls by nannies, we meet Lola’s vast network of fellow caregivers, each with her own story to tell. We see the upstairs competition for the best nanny and the downstairs competition for the best deal, and are forced to ask whether it is possible to buy love for our children and what that transaction costs us all.

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir by Dave Mustaine with Joe Layden
The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon…
Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he’s bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life.
Impoverished, transient childhood? Check.
Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check.
Mind-fucking religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Satanism)? Check.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check.
Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check.
Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take).
Near-death experience? Check that one, too…
Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star—founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal—Mustaine’s is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.

That about wraps it up for me. Happy reading, nerdlings! Oh and  if I’ve missed something or if you have any exciting (or not so exciting, I don’t mind) questions, comments or words of wisdom then leave ‘em right here! Or on Twitter! Or email me!

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9 comments

  • Oh my! I just finished reading the first one (The Walking Dead) and I love it! So far so good! I am going to buy the second book and the third book tomorrow. I am so excited that I found a new series! Your taste in books is awesome. So far I’ve loved everything I’ve picked up. Why can’t more females in Alabama be into this stuff so I have someone to freaking talk to. Thanks for the heads up on so many awesome books!

  • @ Jared: Not Shyamalan, but almost as bad; Michael Bay purchased the screenplay adaptation of “I Am Number Four” (written by Alfred Gough & and Miles Millar) for Bay to produce. Rumors name Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) as the star.

    @ Jessica: Thanks for the Walking Dead love! Best. Comic. Evar.

  • Been with it since issue one, fictional as they may be, zombies are the most likely real life modern monster. And the ongoing story of what could happen is amazing. Kirkman is a phenomenal writer, amazing pacing and twists. Lovers of his style, i recommend the series Invincible. Yes super hero based, but fairly self contained, need not know thing one about any other hero or power. Little more light hearted mainly (he names the story arcs after 80′s sit-coms), but there is great love for the characters and great drama. Available in trades as well, try it out.

    PS – Keep up the good work and Jessica, amazing variation in your choices. =]

  • @Jared: …is that… are you… joking? Please?

    @Rhacodactylus: BUWAHAHA, that’s basically what I thought and couldn’t resist adding it to the post.

    @Brian: I have no idea what an Amazon affiliate link is, but that sounds like a good time. If you have any information about that, you should email me! booknerdist@gmail.com — also, I usually do include the links, I’m not sure what happened to them on this post. Perhaps I will fix that. Maybe.

    @Sarah: YES! Glad you agree.

  • Oh dear lord, who on earth would give Dave Mustaine an open ended forum to talk about himself!?! It’s like that hackneyed old joke . . . the difference between Dave Mustaine and God is that God doesn’t think he’s Dave Mustaine.