Just Arrived, 1/12/10

Books that arrived at my doorstep today:

* Total Oblivion, More or Less, by Alan De Niro. Modern day Minnesota attacked by Scythians, and other strange doings. Ballentine/Spectra. Out now, and Alan will be doing a Big Idea piece on Thursday.

* Token of Darkness, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. A deadly car accident allows a teenage football star to see ghosts; naturally this leads to complications. Delacorte Press, out 2/9.

* The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin. In a mystical land, an unwitting heir to the throne is thrown into a perilous situation. Orbit Books. Out 2/25, with a Big Idea piece planned for the same day.

* The World We Live In, by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The third book in Pfeffer’s series in which a rogue meteor irrevocably changes life as we know it. Harcourt Press, April 2010.

16 Comments on “Just Arrived, 1/12/10”

  1. Also, I should note that henceforth I’ll be deleting typo messages after I make corrections; they really don’t add anything to the conversation. However, you have my thanks for making them.

  2. You know what book arrived on my doorstep yesterday? The God Engines.

    You know who was late for work because he was up too late reading when he should have been sleeping?

    Yeah, it was somebody else. I would never do anything that irresponsible.

    No. Never.

    Now “Modern day Minnesota attacked by Scythians” sounds interesting. Could they swing by my boss’s office and have a few words with him about this goofy project spec? Really? Awesome.

  3. Jeanne – I'm a reader, a writer, a mother, a wife, an ailurophile, a Writing Center Director, and a PhD in English Literature (specializing in Rhetoric and Composition and literature of the Eighteenth Century).

    Earlier today I was asked for three books whose titles made me laugh out loud. If I’d seen the title of Total Oblivion, More Or Less it might have edged out A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius or One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies!

  4. Rachel Swirsky – Bakersfield, California – Hi, I'm Rachel! I write science fiction and fantasy short stories. I've won the Nebula Award twice, and been nominated for the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, and some other things. My seventy or so short stories are available around the internet as well as in print, and many of them are in my latest collection, How the World Became Quiet. I have a masters degree in fiction from the University of Iowa. I have five cats. I like my cats, but strongly suggest one stops at three. Or two. Excuse me, I have to go take care of cats.
    Rachel Swirsky

    Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is brilliant.

  5. I’m reading through an ARC of “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” myself, and it’s some of the best fantasy writing I’ve read in a long time. Very character driven, and full of nifty political intrigue.

  6. I will likely start my review of _The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms_ with something along the lines of “I love this book almost without reservation, which those of you who know me will recognize as an exceedingly rare thing.”

  7. For those reading 100K, does it feel like the first volume in a trilogy?

    I went from being very excited when I first heard about it to having my usual reservations about endless fantasy sagas once I heard it wasn’t stand-alone.

    I want to be excited again, should I be?

  8. damn it, again a recommendation of a book who only sells ebooks for Kindle.

    I am so depressed.

  9. Espana @ 12:

    The power of Google Alerts compels me!

    I’m a leeeetle biased, but I don’t think it feels like the first volume of a trilogy. The trilogy is basically three standalone volumes set in the same world. The same overarching problem affects them all over the course of the three books, but each protagonist (each book has a different one) has her/his own plot arc to resolve, and in each case they resolve quite thoroughly. This is partly because I hate hate hate cliffhangers, and partly because I just get bored writing the same people all the time. So hope that helps. =)

  10. Thanks, that is exactly what I wanted to hear.

    While I have strong (and well earned, I think) anti-series bias, I am as much as sucker as anybody for a well constructed universe to return to.

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