Just Arrived, 1/6/10
Posted on January 6, 2010 Posted by John Scalzi 27 Comments
One my New Year’s resolutions is to do a better job noting the books I get sent, for the edification of all y’all who are always wondering “damn, what’s new out there that I can read next, or pre-order and hover by the mailbox for?” And here’s the system I think I’m going to use:
1. If I get zero books on a particular day, then I’m not going to tell you, because really, what would I tell you? “Waaah, I got no books?” No one needs that.
2. If I get one or two books, then I’ll tweet it, as I did yesterday with the ARC of Jay Lake’s upcoming novel Pinion.
3. More than two books and I’ll do a “Just Arrived” entry, like I’m doing right this very second, because today I got four books.
That’s my plan, although usually in the case of number three there, I won’t do all this prefatory nonsense. I’m just giving you context, this one time.
In any event, what’s just arrived? I’m glad you asked!
* Except the Queen, by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. Two banished fairies see signs of encroaching evil. Out: 2/2/10
* The Adamantine Palace, by Stephen Deas. Debut fantasy novel. It’s got dragons! Out: 2/2/10
* State of Decay, by James Knapp. In a dystopian future, zombies do all of humanity’s dirty jobs. Out: 2/2/10
* Shadows Past, by Lorna Freeman. A new fantasy novel in the author’s Borderlands series. Out: 2/2/10
I have all of these so far but the Freeman. And arrgh, but State of Decay came sooo close….
oo oo oo new Jane Yolen book!
I already have too many books to read. Must…stop…looking!
But for those of us who don’t tweet, we’ll miss the big news. I like the semi-regular massive book posts. You could take pictures and collect them until you have a dozen or so.
Yeah, but I’m lazy. Also, you don’t have to tweet to read Twitter to read by my posts; they’re there in the sidebar over to the right.
Yeah, but it’s *all* the way to the write.
Stupid homonyms messing up my snark.
Just arrived a year ago?
I hope you’re not writing checks, Scalzi.
Fixed, Dan, YOU SNARKY BASTARD.
Where do you keep all these books? Are you adding on an extra wing just to hold them all?
You’ve seen pictures of my office, right?
You know somehow I need to get a job where people are constantly sending me books to read. 8)
Yea Zombies! Everything is better with zombies.
I hear that Zombies are the new Vampires this year. Or maybe Werewolves. The jury is still out.
*Note to self* Schedule HBO pitch meetings for “Tru Brains” and “Paws”
State of Decay sounds interesting. I might have to look into that one. Thanks for the heads up.
Been that way for a few years.
Did a stage play that was a mashup of martial arts action, zombies and Shakespeare–and it’s been produced in several places across the country.
I am soooo looking forward to the Freeman. I have read the first two about 5 times each. I wanted to buy new copies cause mine are getting tattered. Stupid things are out of print.
I wonder what is so special about 2/2/10 as a release date.
It’s four weeks away.
For the life of me, I can’t get “dystopian future” and “zombie slaves” to add up. Sounds like Heaven to me!
Shadows Past is really coming out? Awesomesauce. It got to the stage where I thought Lorna Freeman might have died.
I’m very glad of your resolution! I’ve bought quite a few of the books you’ve talked about on your blog, as from Italy it’s often difficult to know what’s new on the science fiction and fantasy market. The sector is much neglected here. So, thanks a lot for the resolution, try to keep it up, thinking of foreign readers, much deprived of information on new publishings ;o)))
Well, my bookhaul for the day (scroll to bottom) just landed with a thud. I pity the poor UPS man’s lumbar vertebrae. But any day 10 books show up on your stoop is a good day! Did I mention I love this job?
I read The Adamantine Palace last week (British edition). Nice book, first in a trilogy, the second is supposed to be out in April and I’m going to buy it too.
Woah, I thought Lorna Freeman’s series had been dropped or something. I’m very happy to read she has a new one coming out!
(adding it to my wishlist ;-)
The “zombie slaves dystopia” concept reminds me of Michael Swanwick’s short story “The Dead” (not to be confused with the James Joyce short story of the same name).
Are you going to tell us what your opinion of said books is?