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The Pack is a werewolf thriller imported from US writer Jason Starr, better known for his crime fiction. I feel it will be difficult to say anything very conclusive about The Pack, mostly because I realize about half way through that it really wasn’t my cup of tea. Now, I’ve not shied away from reading outside my comfort zone in the past, in fact I’ve often enjoyed exploring new literary venues, but still The Pack really wasn’t for me. I can see what Starr was going for with this book, but for a genre fan like me, his half-hearted attempt to blend mythological elements with a thriller plot-format came out thoroughly muddled - a creaky amalgamation of genres which has difficulty holding itself together.

T.C. McCarthy appeared without warning on the genre scene with a thought-provoking and extremely well-written debut in the form of Germline. This military SF set in a somewhat-far future delivered unto readers a bold, emotionally insightful, and dark narrative more reminiscent of a real-life veteran’s memoirs than a science fiction book. But it was more than that, because it grounded you in the immediacy of war, in characters’ desperation. So, it was really good. Exogene is the sequel which had to fill those big shoes and, without a doubt, it did. Approaching the same conflict from a different perspective, McCarthy demonstrates once more a talent for writing the kind of gritty, unrelenting narratives we long for.

via Tor Blog

If I'm honest, I have no idea exactly how 'new' these two covers are, but having stumbled across both in the space of 24 hours, I felt they would be worthy of a post.

The first of the covers is for the upcoming eighth Shadows of the Apt volume, The Air War, by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This is a series which Tor UK has recently been revising the look of, having already re-issued the first three novels with brand-new cover art and with the others to follow. It's given them a chance to unify the look of the series, which had already gone throne a number of artistic directions before. I was, however, under the impression that the final three books in the series would be initially released with covers from long-time series artist, Jon Stewart. This doesn't seem to be the case, as The Air War is all decked-out with Alan Brooks' rather eye-catching art.

Even before his debuted novel was chosen for publication, Saladin Ahmed was being praised for his efforts in short fiction, where he introduced to readers his own particular brand of fantasy, one with a touch of the Arabian Nights. With Throne of the Crescent Moon, his first full-length novel and start to a new series, it seemed he wished to continue in the same vein, providing us with a well-plotted, richly transcribed tale of ghul-hunters, holy warriors and lion-men. More importantly, the story remains set in the cadre of a decidedly Arabic culture, a welcome change from the often monotonous setting of your average fantasy fare.