42 thoughts on “Today’s Books and ARCs, 10/3/13

  1. I can’t stop laughing at the title “Killer of Enemies”. Who else are you going to kill? Your friends?

  2. MoI is book three of ten (with others from another author and side books etc). It’s from (I believe) the series with the largest advance ever at the time (potentially in the genre) and is also a very good read.

  3. That’s the Subterranean Press limited edition of Memories of Ice, which is beautiful and (literally) 3″ think.

    Fun fact: All of those other books were much thicker until MoI was placed on top of the stack.

  4. I grabbed an arc of the Eye of Minds at SDCC this year. Thing01 (12yo) LOVES it (also loves Armor, iRobot, Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, to give you an idea of taste…)

  5. Killer of Enemies looks interesting. Thanks to all for the info about MoI. Just started Ancillary Justice based on “The Big Idea.”

  6. The only author I have even heard of is Steve Erikson. Though I suppose if I was in a bookstore, I would probably check out the “Killer of Enemies” one to see what it is about.

  7. I understand why they give them to you but what do you do with them all. It must be hundreds over the course of a year.

  8. I read a travel blog piece from Las Vegas to Denver that Marcel Theroux did for The Guardian a few months back that was interesting, thoughtful, and entertaining. Didn’t realize he was a novelist; definitely want to read one of his books. Wonder if Paul Theroux is his father?

  9. Oh man I am REALLY curious to read more Jim Crace! I’ve read Being Dead and if you’d told me beforehand that I’d find a novel about decomposing corpses unutterably beautiful I’d have made a weird face, but it really, really is.

  10. Oh, dear. Killer of Enemies. Well.

    …the title seems intended to be read straight. I suppose if it does well, we might look forward to sequels such as Slayer of Foes, Lover of Sexual Partners, and the environment-conscious Lumberjack of Trees.

  11. @Standback – well, quite.

    Am I alone in finding the title of Memories of Ice etc. etc. only too similar to the Shadow War of the Night Dragons etc. etc.? I am unable to bring myself to read any book that proclaims itself part of such a series. Maybe I’m missing out on something wonderful, but these sagas just make me think too much of Reamde’s Devin Skraelin and his prolific output.

  12. John: I am wondering what your take is on Steven Erikson’s ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’ series. (Hope I got that right…) I own the first three in MMPB but have yet to open them up, mostly due to time. They look interesting, but I’ve been fooled before.

  13. I picked up an ARC of Monster in the Mudball at ALA Chicago this summer. It’s Warehouse 13 for kids – fun stuff.

  14. Do you equate “almost never happens” with “doesn’t happen _every_ day”? It’s been years — decades, actually — since I got review copies, and then nothing like the number you seem to be getting. Of course, back then (before you were born, I think) not nearly as much science-fiction & fantasy was published in book form.

  15. I would love to read Strange Bodies. Marcel Theroux’s last book was a dystopian ice age future thing that was very interesting. He is, as mentioned, related to Paul Theroux who wrote The Mosquito Coast and also a thing on what cannibalism tastes like (apparently, people taste like pigs).

  16. Theroux’s last book “Far North” was reallllly well written and quite haunting. I picked up the ARC at work, not sure what to expect, and ended up loving it. Not an “ice age” story as Jeny mentions, just set in Siberia after things have fallen apart. And not really dystopian either — there’s no oppressive government, which I think is a requirement for dystopias, though I wouldn’t argue the point too strongly…

  17. Drakenfeld is the one I want, last time I looked it wasn’t available yet but if they have sent out review copies the it should be available for pre order now

  18. Good to see 2 UK authors in there. Both the Theroux and the Crave have been out for ages and Harvest has been nominated for several literary awards.

  19. You probably don’t want to read “Memories of Ice” until you’ve read the first two books in the series, and they can be hard to get into. On the flip side, it’s one of the most epically rewarding reads in the history of fantasy. MoI is almost absurdly deep and has a couple of the best written battle scenes in fiction. The Siege of Capustan alone is worth the price of the book, and Itkovian … well, his story is indescribable.

  20. Just a sidenote about KILLER OF ENEMIES: the title comes from the Apache “Killer of Enemies” legend, on which the story is based.

    The e-book should also be available by the end of this week.

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