New Books and ARCs, 7/29/16

Let’s close out the month of July with this fine stack of books and ARCs. What here is something you’d want on your own reading list? Tell me in the comments.

20 thoughts on “New Books and ARCs, 7/29/16

  1. I thought Austin Grossman’s first book SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE was a lot of fun. Crooked has been on my to-read list for a while now.

  2. Definitely The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives. I also want to reread Medusa’s Web (by Tim Powers), especially since Blaylock is his friend from college days and they seem to have a similar wonky sense of humor. Now, I don’t know Blaylock personally, but I do know Powers–he and I met in 2009 at an awards event for amateur writers submitting short stories for a cash prize. I was sixteen at the time. How the years fly! I’m in my twenties now, and I still love speculative fiction as much as ever. (Note: I stumbled over Redshirts a couple of years ago. Loved it to pieces. As a Trek fan from years back, I could appreciate the references to the tropes so familiar to many, and the genre-savvy characters were a huge bonus.)

  3. Lots of things look good here (especially Mary Robinette Kowal and Douglas Lain). I read Crooked in hardback and it’s a lot of fun.

  4. Just pre-ordered Crooked; Grossman’s first book was terrific & I expect to have just as much fun reading this one.

  5. As happens a lot of the time I see a stack of books, most authors I’ve never heard of and almost have never read any of the books by authors I do know.
    But you, my fellow commenters point out some that may be of interest. So off I went and checked out Grossman. Did you know there are eleven Grossman’s on Fantastic Fiction? I’ve noted his first book and will order / buy it next week at the local bookstore.
    I noticed the “Similar Books by other Authors” tag which mentioned Ernest Cline’s latest book, Armada – so I’ll get that as well. His Ready Player One was “different” and good.

  6. I very much enjoyed C.A. Higgins’ first novel Lightless last year, and I’m happy to see that the sequel is now available. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! :-)

  7. Just finished “Death by Cliche” that was a really good book I recommend it,was very funny.

  8. Has Crooked just come out in the US? I read it in Australia last year. Mildly surprised to see him first outside his own country – but I guess publisher’s schedules have their own mysteries.

    Crooked has some extraordinarily strong writing in it, but is a little weak on plot – it always seems to be just about to really get going. Nevertheles, it makes me strongly empathise with Nixon as a person, and believe in him as a powerful sorceror – and there’s not many books that can make that claim. Good, but not as good as Soon I Will Become Invincible or You.

    I do wonder how the Grossman family manged to generate three such talented siblings.

  9. I’m hoping Ghost Talkers will still be in the local B&N after I finish up with this move — the last thing I need right now is yet another hardcover trying to push the book boxes over the moving company’s weight limit.

    (Yeah, I could order online, but if I _can_ buy local I prefer to.)

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