While I Am Off Doing Things, Look At This Pile Of Cool Upcoming and Just Released Books

Buy them! Read them! Love them! Mostly in that order.

Anything in this pile you’re particularly interested in?

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

76 replies on “While I Am Off Doing Things, Look At This Pile Of Cool Upcoming and Just Released Books”

I actually just read an excerpt of “Seven Wonders” and immediately placed it onto my watch list, while snagging Christopher’s “Empire State” for my Nook just before going camping over the weekend.

It’s also the only one in the frame of which I’ve heard.

“Side Jobs” caught my eye! I didn’t know that Sub Press sent out complimentary copies of their editions. My copy is on its way to me, so I’m not too jealous (only a little).

Clockwork Angels – but I will buy it at the Rush concert in September. I expect that they will be selling it. The McSweeney’s Book of Politics & Musicals sounds amusing, will have to check that one out.

John Scalzi,

You are getting sleepy, sleepy. You’re eyelids are becoming heavy. You are falling into a deep, comfortable sleep.

Now listen to me John. You are going to send that Jack Campbell book to Scorpius.


The Mongoliad Part 2 catches my interest. I was on a panel at Ad Astra that disected the book trailer for the Mongoliad, so the series caught my interest. If I wasn’t drowning in unread books right now I’d go and pick it up. Might do that anyways. :)


You are getting sleepy, sleepy. Your eyelids are becoming heavy. You are falling into a deep, comfortable sleep.

Now listen to me Scorpius. You are going to send that Jack Campbell book back to John Scalzi and ask him to send it to me.


I must say, the McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals sounds fascinating. I have never heard of it, but with a title like that, I absolutely must read it.

“Clockwork Angels” would be a perfect anniversary gift for my husband — I already got him tickets to see Rush. (He’ll be taking the offspring — raising her right.)

@paigevest: Whoops! sorry to excite your collector’s envy. It’s a feeling I know all too well. I was just lucky to discover Dresden a few years earlier (via the short-lived TV series). Believe me, I collect stuff in other fandoms, and really, really wish I had gotten in on the ground floor for them.

Yes the Subterranean edition of Side Jobs. Jim Butcher is, much like you, and author who has their very own bookshelf in my collection. Also the new Adam Christopher. I really enjoyed Empire State and I’m looking forward to Seven Wonders.

With out a doubt it is Zach Weinersmith’s (Weiner-Smith? I thought they chose to hyphenate?) new book “Trial of the Clone”. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has been a staple of my reading for years. If you don’t know about it, if I may John, let me recommend it. It can be found at www [dot] smbc-comics [dot] com. I have found it to be a consistently thoughtful and funny web comic.

I wish my copy was here already :(
Thank you to everybody else for the recommendations that I am now going to order. I tend to trust the options on this site more then any other book reviews out there.
All the Best,

Read Side Jobs in ebook form about 6 months ago, or it would be top of my list. Otherwise its a toss-up between Clockwork Angels (Peart!) and Seven Wonders (Superheroes!). Followed closely by The Constantine Affliction. The Mongoliad project intrigues me, but I haven’t yet read book I, so getting II would be a tad premature. So many books, so little time. Even with Audible and 2-3 hours in the car every day….

Jack Campbell’s work. In fact, that’s how I ended up coming across your work. I bought one of his books and the book seller said I would like your books too. She was right!

I am a bad, bad Rush fan. I don’t have the new album yet, and I didn’t even know there was a book. I’ll have to remedy that. I hope to make it to their concert in November. I think that will be my tenth time seeing them.

While several of those titles are on my To Be Read When I Get Them list, it’s Trial of the Clones by Zach Weinersmith that I was most happy to see on your stack. It takes the concept of the old Choose Your Own Adventure books into levels of chaos and hilarity that I really didn’t expect. Zach has been sharing major snippets of it with the backers of his Kickstarter.

Side Jobs. I read the book which is awesome, but can’t wait for the new edition to get here. I’m with @paigevest I found the Sub Press version when I ordered Brandon Sanderson’s new novella. I’m going to need a part time job to keep up with my book addiction.

If I see a picture of A Memory of Light a few months before its released, I am going to be very jealous. I have waited over 20 years to read the ending.

@Patrick D.: I don’t know that a part-time job would cover my book addiction. I dropped WAY too much cash earlier this year on every edition there was (except author-signed, since just discovered by me Donald M. Grant Publishers only allows people who have previously bought signed books to buy new signed books) of SK’s The Wind Through The Keyhole. So yeah… I like to buy books!

@Caladan: The edition of Side Jobs in the pic and that we’re discussing is a new limited (or lettered) edition published by Subterranean Press. Some limiteds are still available for purchase:

@Randall Hauk: Clockwork Angels (the book) is an accompanying album to Rush’s new album, Clockwork Angels:

“The McSweeny’s Book of Politics and Musicals” is the one I’d most like to read as the description makes it sound entertainingly loopy; but I’d say the best title is “A Guile of Dragons”. What a great name for a group of beasts known for their guile.

Actually I’ve been looking forward to that Enge book for a couple of months now. But seeing everything else coming out soon I may have to move it down on the reading list for a little while.

I’m eagerly awaiting my preordered copy of Clockwork Angels, as one of the rare female Rush fans, as well as loving Kevin Anderson’s early Star Wars books. Can’t wait! Well, I guess *I* have to … ;)

We’re not actually all that rare, Cerulean. We’re just underreported.

Of course I’m interested in the Peart/Anderson collaboration (much as I’m slightly annoyed at Peart for what I think is a mishandling of the “Watchmaker” concept/Deism allusion in the song “BU2B,” grumble grumble pedantic fan is pedantic), but seeing the book here reminds me that I still haven’t heard back from the record shop that was supposed to be ordering me a copy of Clockwork Angels in LP form.

I shall have to call them up when they are next open.

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