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February, 2011:

Emerging Authors Featured at Amazon

Amazon Rising Stars Interested in checking out some of the emerging talent in the world of fiction? Amazon have just released the first batch of this year’s Amazon Rising Stars. Over the course of the year, twelve debut novels by up and coming authors will be featured, and judging by the initial batch of four, they look like being a fascinating and diverse mix.

Although I have yet to read any of the featured titles myself, I’ve provided links to both and in the table below so you can check them out for yourself. Link Link
Elizabeth Haynes Into the Darkest Corner Into the Darkest Corner
Urban Waite The Terror of Living The Terror of Living
Robin Oliveira My Name is Mary Sutter My Name is Mary Sutter
Andrew Miller Snowdrops Snowdrops

There appears to be a reasonable mixture of genres and subject matter in these choices, but for the remaining books to be featured this year I would like to see Amazon getting a bit more ethnically diverse. In this respect, I think Waterstone’s 2011 debut novel list may be more interesting, but we will have to see what Amazon comes up with for the eight remaining titles.

From the initial four, I think I find myself most drawn towards Andrew Miller’s novel Snowdrops, so I may add that one to my reading list. Any of the Amazon Rising Stars take your fancy? Please let us know in a comment below.

Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky

Bad Marie by Marcy DermanskyI picked up Bad Marie after reading a string of recommendations, and I’m afraid to say, never having previously heard of its American author Marcy Dermansky, but in the end I’m so glad I listened to those singing its praises. What an utterly compelling, sexy, darkly humorous and totally dysfunctional little novel this is!

Published last year by Harper Perennial, this is one I can’t urge too strongly that you should add to your reading list.

Read on for a full review…