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New Books/ARCs, 3/7/14

Quite a few books and ARCs came in while I was on the boat last week, so here they are, over three pictures. Anything look good to you? Share in the comments!

By John Scalzi

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48 replies on “New Books/ARCs, 3/7/14”

How about starting with the newest-to-you authors, or the most different-sounding jacket blurb? If that fails, there’s the ever-popular ” Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.. “

“Ghost Train to New Orleans” sounds intriguing to me. Esp. after following the author’s recent shenanigans with Ursula Vernon and honey badgers.

Republic of Thieves! I love the Gentlemen Bastards series–it’s got humor, adventure, and magic. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve read in 2014 so far (which, granted, has only been a few months, but I’ve read a lot of good new books this year, so it’s got some pretty fierce competition).

Alison Sinclair’s “Breakpoint: Nereis” looks interesting from description on Goodreads. But then I’m a sucker for space opera. And I’m trying to branch out and find new-to-me authors.

Read _The Republic of Thieves_. Good but not as great as The Lies of Locke Lamora was.

Got _Worlds of Radiance_ in the digital to be read pile.

Looking forward to _Operation Shield_, which is the latest in the Cassandra Kresnov series.

Looks like a great haul!

I read _Off to be the Wizard_ last year. Excellent fun!

_Words of Radiance_ and _Republic of Thieves_ are both in my to-be-read stack as well.

Love in the age of mechanical reproduction -just because it is a shout out to Walter Benjamin’s Art in the age of mechanical reproduction, a seminal work in philosophical /critical theory from 1939

Truth and Fear Higgins
Game of Thrones Martin (graphic novel)
Above Morley
Off to be the Wizard Meyer
Republic of Thieves Lynch
Ghost Train to New Orleans Lafferty
Leopard Johansen
Better World Sakey
Love in the Age of Mechanical… Trichter
Greenglass House Milford
Nil Matson
Words of Radiance Sanderson
Nearly Gone Cosimo
Acid Pass
Strange Bedfellows Trenholm (ed)
Breakpoint Nereis Sinclair
Along Those Lines: The Boundaries …Cashwell
Detainee Liney
Given Pettersson
Memory of Water Itaranta
Thorn Jack Harbour
Judge of Ages Wright
Jupiter Pirates, The hunt for the Hydra Fry
Dagger of Trust Willrich
Bread We Eat in Dreams Valente, Jennings
Ham, Slices of Life Harris
Irenicon book 1 Harte (The Wave)
Kill Switch Rollins
Operation Shield Shepherd

I hadn’t heard about Boys of Blur before seeing the spine here and looking it up. I don’t generally go for YA, but this seems to be more middle grade / young reader, and potentially interesting. For some reason, middle grade books I can stand. And between VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia, “weird stuff in Florida wilderness” has been awfully good to me.

I spoke too soon. Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction has a fantastic title (riffing on Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, surely?) and … I can’t find out much about it other than it’s a Thomas Dunne book, and it’s repped by Joel Rosenberg, which both speak to it being interesting.

The Sanderson tome is one I’d be most likely to read in digital format. But I might still want the hardcover, for those days when zombies attack and you need something that can smash in a skull, first time, every time.

Please post them on Whatever again. All I have is a desktop PC, and at the age of 78, I do not want to purchase a smartphone, just to keep up with new technology. To me, a phone is a telephone! I read whatever every day, and enjoy it. I depend on your blog to help me find good new authors! Thanks!

Words of Radiance is the most epic, awesome, heart-stopping, arm-breaking pile of book that I have ever read. It’s like “The Human Division”, just from the opposite angle. Simple prose instead of jokes and wordplay, epic fantasy instead of hard sci-fi.

And it is equally awesome.

You’re in for a real treat, sir. Just watch out for the Great Pen Scalzibane! ;)

I heard good things about the Jupiter Pirates book, too.

I’ve actually read one of these! Off To Be The Wizard, by the guy who does Basic Instructions. I think I’m safe in saying that if you like Basic Instructions and think “Hey, a book by the guy who does Basic Instructions! I should get it!”, then you should get it.

I’m in the middle of two other fantasy series (okay, three. Well, maybe four), but I guess I have to read Sanderson’s latest carpel tunnel inducing tome (I swear my ereader is heavier because I downloaded the last one).

Leopard, Memory Of Water and Strange Bedfellows. Although, my existing to read pile is slowly gathering critical mass. I may build a fort with them ’till i get round to reading them all. Nice stash you have there!

Jason Fry has an author thread on the Star Wars forums I help moderate and reviews of his Jupiter Pirates book have been complimentary. It’s aimed at a YA audience.

As mechanical reproduction implies a way to seed our universe, that title caught my eye most; along with the inherent question in that title of whether romance is Nature+Nurture — i.e., would popular notions of romance evolve like it has here, on earth, historically?

I’d vote for “Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”

I note Locke Lamora is so dangerous that you’ve had to put him in a plastic bag to stop him sneaking out of his own novel and stealing things from other books in the pile.

If you have young people in your house, the Jupiter Pirates are a great romp. Or if you are young of brain :). And I will definitely be looking for Off to See the Wizard at my local bookshop.

I hope Republic of Thieves is in our next library order list, so I can pick it up. Already read Jupiter Pirates 1, not bad, so will see about Jupiter Pirates 2.

Locke Lamora is so cunning, if he had a tail, you could call him a weasel. Oh, wait…

Late commenting here as I spent Saturday in _Words of Radiance_, which does NOT disappoint. I’m planning to bring some “spren” to the WoR signing event in Dayton next week. :-)

I hope to see the new Half-Continent volume in your next ARC photos, & I wish ever-so-much to see a new Jon & Lobo book in there one of these days.

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