“Fool” by Christopher Moore: Best-selling author Christopher Moore reimagines Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in his new novel “Fool,” which the publisher describes as an “insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters — a rousing story of plots, subplots, counterplots, betrayals, war, revenge, bared bosoms, unbridled lust ... and a ghost (there’s always a bloody ghost), as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.”
Writer Dan Simmons also taps the history of a literary master for his latest, “Drood.”
Simmons, author of “The Terror,” bases this thriller in the historical details of Charles Dickens’ life and is narrated by Dickens’ friend, writer Wilkie Collins. An 1865 train wreck changes Dickens’ life forever after he comes in contact with the mysterious Drood. Dickens and Collins search for Drood, making nightly excursions into the worst parts of London. Collins, who doubts the existence of Drood, begins to question the motives of his friend, who has developed a strange obsession with the macabre.
Also hitting shelves: "Obama" by David Elliot Cohen; “Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Series No. 11)” by Linda Fairstein; “The Renegades” by T. Jefferson Parker; “The Silent Man” by Alex Berenson; “The Women” by T.C. Boyle; “In Love With Jerzy Kosinski” by Agate Nesaule; “The Demigod Files” by Rick Riordan; “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett; “Shadowed Summer” by Saundra Mitchell; “The Anatomy of Wings” by Karen Foxlee; “Shannon” by Frank Delaney; and “Spade & Archer: The Prequel to the Maltese Falcon” by Joe Gores.
New releases for week of Feb. 10
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