New Books and ARCs, 5/3/16

Some excellent books in today’s stack, I would say. Anything here call to you? Tell me in the comments!

37 thoughts on “New Books and ARCs, 5/3/16

  1. Umm, The Big Book of Science Fiction, The Ultimate Collection, may be a bit of an overreach looking at it’s size alone. Maybe, really small print?

  2. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about The Big Book of Science Fiction. I grew up on Groff Conklin, and love blockbuster collections of short stories.

  3. I’m right there for League of Dragons. And my wife’s going to be excited when I tell her about the Grantchester books!

  4. Can’t wait for the Kadrey even though I just finished the Everything Box. The Dexter Palmer book was quite good too.

  5. Indeed, SQUEE!! for Naomi Novik and dragons. I was vaguely looking at Wonder Woman at Super Hero High for our graphic novel collections, so am curious.

  6. Darn you! My reading list and budget were hoping that you’d quit with the new book photos while on your sort-of-hiatus. I’ve just started watching the Grantchester mysteries on PBS, so those look good to me. It’s also hard to go wrong with Turtledove.

  7. So hard to choose. I’ve never read any James Runcie. The Naomi Novik definitely. Any of them would make me happy.

  8. Do you get a lot of non-fantasy & SF? It looks like there are 3 in in this picture.

  9. The only table of contents I could find for The Big Book Of Science Fiction is from an article about it:

    http://io9.gizmodo.com/heres-the-table-of-contents-for-ann-and-jeff-vandermeer-1766754207

    There’s some great stuff in there, and a lot of non-English entries if you like that sort of thing, but I have to say it doesn’t qualify as anything like an “ultimate collection” to me. Mind you, it’d have to be at least a dozen volumes each the size of a Buick to really earn that title, but still. It feels like they got all the A-level authors in there – Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Ellison, and I didn’t actually intend to write those in alphabetical order – but missed a lot of slightly lesser names that really belong in there.

  10. I’m really taken by the graphic design of the Version Control book. Give that designer a cookie!

  11. Ditto on the graphic design of Version Control – it makes me want to read the book. And definitely the new Naomi Novik – squeeee indeed.

  12. Curious about the Grantchester books. Runcie was a sweet man, and I have been enjoying the Masterpiece series. Wonder Woman High sounds like it could be fun.

  13. “The Perdition Score” sounds like the title of a Laundry novel. And I mean that in a good way. :)

  14. I grabbed the first Grantchester book when I saw the ebook on special shortly after watching the itv adaptation, and liked it a lot. The second one is queued up on my Kobo.

  15. Anything (edited) by the Vandermeer team would interest me – but their take on what is the best SF most certainly does.

  16. The Vandermeer’s usually put together some good collections, I’d give that one a go.

    Also, There is something about the title Version Control that calls to me. I know… I know… judging books by their cover is frowned upon and here I can only see the spine!

  17. The other posters who have wooted, squeed and otherwise applauded League of Dragons stole my lines.

  18. According to Amazon, the Big Book of SF will be 1216 pages. That’s probably as big as a single volume can get. They made some interesting choices to reflect world SF including some stories translated for the first time.

  19. Give me a copy of “League of Dragons” and no one will be h- … uh, no one will be pouted at.

  20. A note on the Grantchester books – they’re not exactly novels, they’re a book with six stories and an overall arc. Each story is just about right to base a tv episode on, curiously enough. :-)

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