Sunday New Books and ARCs

Look! More books and ARCs! Who knew that could happen!

Let me know if anything looks good to you in this stack.

By John Scalzi

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62 replies on “Sunday New Books and ARCs”


CJ Cherryh is a remarkable writer, and I would dearly love to get my hands on ‘Protector’; it’s the 14th novel in her ‘Foreigner’ series.

Highly recommended to just about anyone…

To Steve O: Cherry’s books require a certain investment of headspace to get you into the frame of mind of the aliens, or the people dealing with and coping with the aliens. A good start on her books would be Hellburner or Tripoint — more human focused, and the big picture war between the Earth-based Company ships, the colony-based Merchanters, and the Union — a three-steps-beyond Huxley scary utopian/authoritarian society, is far in the background. Protector is the 14th book in a series starting with “Foreigner” and less hard to get into than some of the others. If you can deal with Shogun, you can enjoy this.

Now I want to read Zenn Scarlett too, though I suppose I should wait for a review. Protector, I just preordered. Now, if only I could buy Downbelow Station as an ebook…

I’ll probably start the Harrison after I finish the Paul Kelly (sort of) autobiography I’m current reading, since I thought “Light” and “Nova Swing” were excellent.

@ amergina

Someday, I will catch up on reading Cherryh’s Foreigner series…I am woefully behind.

I know the feeling. Downbelow Station and Cyteen still haunt my imagination more than a decade after I read them, though I still hold that The Faded Sun trilogy was her magnum opus. I think when I get back to her stuff I’ll tackle the Chanur quintet.

@ gleonguerrero

Cool to see so many Cherryh fans here.

Any space opera fan who hasn’t read at least some of the Company Wars doesn’t know how thirsty he or she really is :)
Ditto Cyteen for any fan of social SF.

I read a lot of David Gemmell as a teenager/young adult, so I am very interested to read The City and see how Stella’s style diverges from that of her late husband.

Oh! Protector! Yaaaay! On reserve at the library – must rush over to library site to see if the book is in system yet! And if you liked Cyteen, have you read Regenesis, the sequel? It was great. Can’t wait for the next one in that series.

So you get a lot of ARCs / freebies. Most of them eventually make their way to the local public library (which one would assume by now has the most EPIC sf/f collection ever!). But I’m not sure you’ve you’ve expanded on how much you read. Do you peruse just the ones that strike your fancy? Turn a couple page in most? Read outside of the genre?

Protector, by C.J. Cherryh! No eARC, but not that long to wait: April 14 is the release date I’ve read. About half of the Foreigner series is already out as ebook, the rest will (all going well) all be done this year, is the news from her publisher which C.J. Cherryh shared on her blog.
Good to know, as it’s well worth rereading.


The Chanur quintet is remarkable; I cannot think of another writer who could create so many credible alien species, and then tell fascinating stories involving them, without at any time going ‘hey, look at all these alien species I’ve thought up!’…

Simon R. Green! The last time I looked online I didn’t see any mention of his next book (whether Nightside or Shaman Bond) but it looks like Casino Infernale comes out this June.

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