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Book Trailers November 2011

22nd November 2011

This month's round-up of notable book trailers is a little late coming, but that means I've had the chance to discover a few more releases that I think are worthy of a second look. There's a good representation of fantasy this month. Fantasy trailers tend to be expensive to make with all the costumes and magic effects, so it's nice to see publishers pulling out the stops to whet our reading appetites in this genre.

The Cold Commands - Richard Morgan

This is book two of Land Fit For Heroes, and the sequel to The Steel Remains. Richard Morgan's style is fairly gritty, so it's interesting to see that translated into fantasy. We've seen a lot of that sort of thing from writers like Joe Abercrombie, Paul Hoffman and M.D. Lachlan. I like the main character's attitude to the chaos he's about to face: "I can hardly wait".

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick

The trailer doesn't say much about the story: what would you sacrifice for someone you'd loved forever? It's an okay premise, but it tells us nothing about the characters involved. I'm including this purely because of the freaky alien plant in the animation. I love it.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Here we have a prince in search of a soul, and something about Mab, Queen of the Unseelie court. So it's something for fans of re-interpretation of traditional fairy stories. The trailer is preeettty. It's got swords, destiny, magic, snow and ice, romance, all the business. The main character has been stripped of his soul, so it'll be interesting to find out how Julie Kagawa has chosen to portray that and what use she makes of it.

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Here's another trailer with good effects. This is the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy, a dystopian science fiction series. There's clearly some running from grisly monsters involved, but I'm often wary of books that are also games, unless the book came first.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The main character in this story can't touch anyone, which reminds me of the character of Rogue in X-Men.

I Am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney

Part of the Spooks series. I don't know who the actress is in this trailer, but she makes a convincing witch assassin. Yes, she seems to be ninja-fast and made of titanium, but you have to admit there's something about hard characters that keeps us turning the pages.

© Ros Jackson