New Books and ARCs, 9/15/14
Posted on September 15, 2014 Posted by John Scalzi 35 Comments
Unpacked some of the books and ARCs that arrived while I was on the second leg of the tour; here they are for your delight and perusal. Of particular interest, I think, are Ancillary Sword, the sequel to the multiple award-winning Ancillary Justice, and Last Plane to Heaven, the official final story collection of Jay Lake.
What do you find interesting in this collection of works? Share in the comments.
Yeehaw! New Anne Leckie.
I have to admit that I have not read any Jay Lake; is there a good collection to start with?
The new Ann Leckie definitely. I loved her first book.
Seriously jealous that you have the new Leckie to read!
That is a great haul. Leckie’s new one and Cato’s first!
Ancillary Sword, of course!
I just finished GRASS, at your suggestion on Goodreads – looks like I’ve got another Tepper ahead of me, hurray!
Yes, yes, yes, on the Lake and Leckie. I’ve also heard good things about Clockwork Dagger.
Definitely the Ann Leckie and Jay Lake books; possibly the Tepper as well.
Going purely by the titles, Clockwork Dagger and Gutenberg’s Apprentice both look very interesting. Mostly Clockwork Dagger.
Is judging a book by its title, better or worse than judging it by the cover?
@Joseph Finn, \if you like short story collections, Last Plane to Heaven is a great place to start. If you’d prefer a novel, I’d say Green.
The new Leckie, and the new Tepper. Yay.
ancillary sword, clockwork dagger, and pennyroyal academy look interesting and are now on the wishlist.
Pennyroyal Academy looks interesting. Not sure why – just a cool title I guess.
Thank you, Nina, I am requesting Last Plane to Heaven from the library.
As others have stated, the new Ann Leckie, definitely. Time to get it on order.
Nice haul! I’m jealous!
I’ll strike the harp and join the chorus of “I want Ancillary Sword, and I wannit NOWWWWWW!”
Ancillary Sword, Clockwork Dagger, Gutenberg’s Apprentice and oh wow, there’s a new Sheri S. Tepper book out. Interesting.
Clockwork Dagger and Gutenberg’s Apprentice mostly because they have interesting titles and were written by women. I’m not opposed to reading male authors or anything, but women tend to get lost in the shuffle, so I’m making a special effort to seek them out this year.
(runs off to Amazon to see when Tepper’s book becomes available)
Another vote for Ancillary Sword.
Sheri Tepper!!! Yay!
I’m stoked about that Aric Davis book. Aric Davis is an author I just found that’s blown me away. All of his stuff is available on Kindle Unlimited too, if that’s at all enticing. Got that oen preordered.
Based on the spines I want every single one of those…
I second moggybreath”s statement. one of each..l
Since no one has mentioned it yet, I would love to read the new Sternbergh. Shovel Ready came out earlier this year and I really liked it.
(Tie) Ancillary Sword and Last Plane to Heaven. Although I imagine the latter will be pretty tough to get through.
“oh wow, there’s a new Sheri S. Tepper book out.” Repeated because it can’t be repeated often enough. Yay!
Clockwork Dagger was delightful. But I’m drooling over Ancillary Sword.
The Sheri Tepper book was just mentioned on a Coode St podcast I just listened to and sounds very interesting. I’m building up a big read list of undiscovered feminist science fiction from Russ, Le Guin and Tepper…
Oooo! New Sheri Tepper!! (in harmony, since there’s a chorus)
“The Elements of Eloquence” also sounds lovely. I’m more than burned out on books that encourage people to write as few spare words as possible.
@ Liz Scheier: after Grass, I’d like to especially recommend the following titles of Tepper’s as starters: The Fresco, After Long Silence, Raising the Stones, and Six Moon Dance. I personally love The Gate to Women’s Country, but it’s not to everyone’s taste, so YMMV.
Well, it took longer than usual to edit (stupid software updates), but my Monday Mailbag this week also included the Lake, Cato and Leckie titles, plus about 14 others. Wouldn’t mind getting Tepper’s, so I’ll fire off an email about that one.
If I enjoy Ancillary Justice, I’ll look into sword. Currently, it’s on my To Read pile after I get through some library books.
Ever so curious about Pennyroyal Academy, because the only context I have for ‘pennyroyal’ is
‘sharp mint, will over grow your garden in to time at all’
‘will abort the fetus and possibly kill the mother’
Does this Academy overgrow your brain and possibly kill you?
Here in the UK, Amazon says the new Tepper will be available in October 2015. That’s just not good enough! I may have to get the Kindle version, but even that isn’t out until December this year. Woe is me, etc.
I’m trying to buy some eBooks for our vacation trip later this week (to Key West, where I was stationed in the USN long ago). When looking for TOR, I find TOR Forge at us.masmillian.com/torforge OR TOR.com,. which is just a blog about TOR books and authors. Tor Forge appears to only list 3 new TOR books, when I click on “more books” I get Macillan books which I’m not too interested in.
So can you explain what’s going on here? I’m trying to buy e copies of new books so that I don’t get into the wilds of the FL Keys with books I’ve already read. Fate worse than death, OK not that bad, but still…
JR (John Randolph) in WV
JR: Tor’s websight kinda sucks. The sad thing is, it’s a lot better than it used to be. But yes, it’s not a hugely useful website. You might find Locus Magazine’s “Forthcoming Books” more useful:
It’s not Tor-specific, of course, but does attempt to list all the forthcoming SF/F books coming out.