Just Arrived, 3/8/10
Posted on March 8, 2010 Posted by John Scalzi 21 Comments
Hey, did you know people send me books? In today:
* The Midnight Mayor, by Kate Griffin (Orbit): They say that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England shall fall! So guess what’s happening in this book? If you said “the ravens just signed a new lease on the Tower,” boy, are you ever not paying attention. This is the sequel to Griffin’s A Madness of Angels, and it’s out today.
* The Folding Knife, by K.J. Parker (Orbit): The ruler of country on the verge of empire discovers a choice he made in his past may come to haunt him. Out now.
* Changes, by Jim Butcher (Roc): Another Harry Dresden novel? You bet. This time Harry takes on the Forces of Evil™ to save his kid. And you say, kid? There’s a kid now? Surprise! Don’t worry, Harry’s surprised too. And for anything more than that,you’ll have to wait for April 6, which is when it comes out. I know, I know. Be strong, people.
* Admit One: A Life in Film, by Emmett James (Fizzypop): Being the memoir of journeyman actor James, refracted through the prism of films he’s loved and admired. Out now.
* Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime, by Mizuki Nomura (Yen Press): A book-loving student (who is actually a book-consuming demon) has her appetite whetted when another student comes looking for advice writing love notes. Translated out of Japanese, which for some reason does not surprise me at all. Out in July.
* The Mage in Black, by Jaye Wells (Orbit): The latest installment of the urban fantasy series featuring Sabina Kane. This time she heads for New York City, and you know how New York is. Out April 1.
* The Gaslight Dogs, by Karen Lowachee (Orbit): A young woman from the frozen north and a soldier of an empire on the edge of war are called upon to use their talents, supernatural and otherwise, to decide the fate of nations. This looks a bit like Inuit Steampunk, and I’m all for that. April 1.
* Shut Up and Kiss Me, by Christie Craig (Love Spell): Man, if I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me, I’d be… well. Needing a dollar. Anyway, in this one a photojournalist takes the wrong picture at the wrong time and then has to entrust her life to a sexy lawman. Man, if I had a dollar for every time that happened to me… don’t worry, I’ll stop now. Out in June.
nice one with the kid spoiler pal..i just started the series
Just wondering….do you ever read all of these? If so how do you find the time? and if so, would you ever tell us which ones you really liked?
Dude, if a plot point is outed in the jacket copy (and it is) then take your spoiler ire out on publisher, not me.
Dresden has a kid?!? I just finished Turn Coat last month (the most recent of the Dresden Files novels, published in April of last year) and he didn’t have a kid then. Well, at least he’s surprised too.
Dear April: Hurry up and get here!
First, the obligatory curses to you for being successful enough that they send you all the stuff we want before we can get it, blah blah blah, etc. etc. Second, don’t any of you read your Amazon recommendations?? Or look at Jim Butcher’s web site? They synopsis is old news, and I went back and re-read the series BACKWARDS just to keep myself going. Still another damned month…;)
They vs. THE….typos typos typos..
Thanks for reminding me about Changes. I am WAY behind on both the Dresden and Codex Alera series. I do know Barnes & Noble has Changes on pre-order for me along with the Turn Coat paperback, though. Way too much stuff to read and hardly any time to enjoy it all.
I’ve been lucky enough to read CHANGES, and it’s really just….wow. It lives up to its name, that’s for certain.
And yes, the revelation about the kid is both in the cover copy and is the first line of the book, so repeating that here is hardly a spoiler.
Mike, I don’t use Amazon, I buy my books from Powell’s. (I happen to live in Portland, about a mile away from the beauty and wonder that is Powell’s, so this makes it easy for me)
And I don’t look for spoilers if I can avoid them! :)
Thanks for posting these. It’s almost like we get to open a Christmas present. Or, well, sneak a peek at the contents of your Christmas present.
Only where it’s Christmas nearly every day.
Grr, yea, maybe the vicariously thing isn’t working as well as I thought.
Sweet – new Karin Lowachee! Have you read Warchild? I really enjoyed that one.
Mmm Changes…might be worth being an archery dummy :) Of course the gas allowance to get there from here isn’t :)
Oooh, a new Lowachee!! It’s been so dang looong. So looking forward to anything she writes.
The latest installment of the urban fantasy series featuring Sabina Kane. This time she heads for New York City, and you know how New York is.
Urbanely fantastic? Fantastically urbane?
Folding Knife has an interesting premise, and Orbit has yet to let me down.
i’m so jealous of you right now mr. scalzi.
I’m reading A Madness of Angels right now, as slowly as I can because it’s just that good. And now you have The Midnight Mayor and I don’t?
If The Folding Knife is half as good as Purple and Black, it’ll be one of my favorite books of the year.
A couple of things: HAH!!! I just received an ARC from YOUR publisher for Steve Englehart’s The Long Man (sequel to The Point Man). Complete with blurb from Michael Chabon, even. Of course all I did was enter a contest, not just have them show up on my doorstep.
And Heather @ #9 I was just IN Powell’s over the weekend on that lovely Saturday you had down in Portland. And you can always use Amazon as reference material, THEN go to Powell’s and order it/pick it up.
Parker’s THE FOLDING KNIFE is well worth prying open your wallet for. For my money, Parker is among those doing the most interesting things in epic fantasy these days. KNIFE is no exception.
What a lovely coincidence! Actually, Powell’s is the reason I stumbled upon Butcher in the first place, they had some old editions of the first 2 of the Dresden Files books on sale on an end-cap, and the blurb on the back piqued my curiosity enough to pick them up. I’ve been hooked ever since!
Ms. Craig’s title reminds me of an excellent song of the same name by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Since titles (as I understand it) can’t be copyrighted, I wonder how many duplicates there are in the universe.