Saturday, 10 March 2012

On My Wishlist #78

This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I can keep track!

The Strange Affair of Spring Heel Kack - Mark Hodder
Publisher: Snowbooks
Sir Richard Francis Burton--explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.
Algernon Charles Swinburne--unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!
They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces: Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy. The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

I just love the mix of historical and steampunk elements and add in Jack the Ripper - this looks like such a great story!

The Unnaturalists - Tiffany Trent
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals. As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

I adore everything about this book - the cover, the synopsis, the only thing...? It's not out until August!

The Iron Wyrm Affair - Lilith Saintcrow
Publisher: Orbit
 Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.
The game is afoot...

I tried Lilith Saintcrows Urban Fantasy series and for some reason it didn't capture me, but this looks like a lot more fun and I'm willing to try something again!

What are you wishing for this week? :)


  1. The Iron Wyrm Affiar is my list too. I haven't seen The Unnaturalists before - but I really want it now!!!

  2. I have had my eye on the Trent book lately. And that last one looks cool too :D

  3. Some interesting picks.The Iron Wyrm Affair looks great!

    My OMWL:

  4. These are amazing finds. I want the Iron Wyrm Affair too. :) ANd the other two are new to me, so glad you shared them. :)

  5. I like the covers for books 2 and 3! Hope you get to read these soon :)