Been on the road since early Friday morning trying to get back to DC from the American Bookseller's Winter Institute (WI5) in San Jose. Snow has conspired to keep many East Coast booksellers on the West Coast. I made it as far as Pittsburgh and am enjoying a visit with my folks.
WI5 was amazing with the opportunity to hear what's going on in the bookstore industry, hear first hand how stores keep customers involved, what's going on with e-books and, of course, to hear about new books. I could hardly carry all the books I couldn't stand to leave behind.
One benefit of all my travel and waiting time has been the opportunity to dive into several of the new books I picked up at Author's night. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (March 2010 publication date). Motion picture rights to this book have already been sold to Sony.
"A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Genesis 6:5"
The Passage by Justin Cronin (June 2010 publication date). The buzz on this book is major and it's predicted to be one of the big books of 2010. After reading it, I have to second that. The book is reminiscent of the Stephen King's The Stand and here's what King had to say about The Passage:
“Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination... Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”—Stephen King