Saturday, March 29, 2014

On Books: A Few Cover Revelations And Publication Dates (Chuck Palahniuk, Samantha Shannon & More)

Here are the digest of few news on books and what-nots.

Afterworlds Cover by Scott Westerfield
Scott Westerfield Reveals Afterworlds Cover

Look at the newly released cover of Scott Westerfield's Afterworlds. Out on September 23, 2014.


Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

All-New Ghost Rider
Zayn Malik Inspires All-New Ghost Rider Cover

Can you spot the character inspired by One Directioner's Zayn Malik on the All-New Ghost Rider comic series by Felipe Smith, Trado Moor and Val Staples from Marvel Comics?


Amid an East Los Angeles neighborhood running wild with gang violence and drug trafficking, a war brews in the criminal underworld! With four on the floor, Marvel’s newest Ghost Rider puts vengeance in overdrive!!!

The All-New Ghost Rider Vol. 1: Engines of Vengeance, Part 1 is already available.

Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk Reveals Next Book's Title, Cover & Synopsis

Chuck Palahniuk goes bananas with the cover of his new album, Beautiful You.


Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well,” a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What’s not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You.

Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk will hit shelves on October 21, 2014.

Godzilla: Awakening
Godzilla: Awakening Graphic Novel Gets A Cover

As a prelude to the upcoming movie remake of Godzilla, Godzilla: Awakening teases fans with a new comic book.


In May 2014, audiences will witness the epic rebirth of the King of Monsters as Legendary and Warner Bros. bring Godzilla to the big screen. To pave the way for the iconic creature's return, Legendary Comics is proud to present the official Godzilla prequel graphic novel!

Delve into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens lifeforms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature. This explosive, larger-than-life adventure is the perfect way for fans to experience the new Godzilla before seeing it in theaters.

Godzilla: Awakening will hit stores on May 13, 2014.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter Series UK Edition Undergoes Redesign

Following the success of the redesign for the American version of the Harry Potter series published by Scholastic, Bloomsbury will repackage the same series for their avid fans as well.

The new cover art of the series will be designed by illustrator Jonny Duddle, who is especially chosen by author J.K. Rowling and the publisher. The target of course is the new generation of readers, who are yet to know who Harry Potter is. So far only the cover of the first book has been released. The books will be available on September 1, 2014.

The same publisher also plans to release fully illustrated editions of the series, which will start coming out to fans, possibly around the world, in 2015.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin And Rising By Leigh Bardugo Cover Reveal

Being the finale of the Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo highlights her next book Ruin and Rising. Check out its official cover.


The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

This title will be released on June 17, 2014.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season Gets Sequel With The Mime Order, Plus Cover Revelation

The second book of the 7-book dystopian series by Samantha Shannon has been named and here is the cover! have your look on The Mime Order.


Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Come October 21, 2014 and we will finally enjoy this futuristic brew of a tale.

Wimpy Kid 9 by Jeff Kinney
Wimpy Kid 9 by Jeff Kinney Announced, Release Date Set

The celebrated Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is still going strong and the ninth installment of the series comes this year as officially announced.


Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney's latest installment of the phenomenal bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

The yet to-be-titled Wimpy Kid 9 by Jeff Kinney hit book stores on November 4, 2014.

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin
Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin Has No Official Release Date Yet

The first episode of Game of Thrones Season 4 TV series will premiere on April 6, 2014 at HBO. The show is slowly catching up with George R.R. Martin's original material, but that is not really motivator for the author to write faster.

He is not even settings an official release date for fear of angering fans once again just like what happened when he promises a one year gap publication of A Dance With Dragons that ended up extending to 6 long years of agonizing wait.

To appease the fans the author has released sample chapters on his website, A Song of ice and Fire app, and many other online nooks and crannies.

So far the most recent chapter he has released covers the perspective of a character named Mercy, which turned out to be Arya.

Anne Rice Returns To The Vampire Chronicles With Prince Lestat

Despite saying not to return to The Vampire Chronicles anymore, Anne Rice has taken her seat to scribe yet another vampire store of Prince Lestat. The book is said to be schduled for an October 28, 2014 release.


A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return…From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology-a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.

"What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again…" - from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned("mesmerizing" -SF Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat ("brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive" -New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces-the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned…Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw-the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…