New Books and ARCs, 10/24/14

A very fine collection of books and ARCs to show off this week. Let me know which ones you wish you had in your hands, down there in the comments.

36 thoughts on “New Books and ARCs, 10/24/14

  1. Amber’s new book, of course – she’s always a good time!
    Also very curious about Razorhurst; I greatly enjoyed Liar.

  2. I still can’t believe that there is a Patrick Rothfuss book that is smaller than an actual head. Can the power of that beard really be constrained into such a slender tome?

  3. Gotta say I hate the font on the Larbalestier book. Razor something? AZORHUNT?

    I will now use my psychic power to determine that the basic message of the Tepper book is “MEN EVIL, WOMEN AWESOME”. Protip: I am not psychic.

  4. Has there been a 163X book worth reading in the last few years? I enjoyed the first two quite a bit, and I quite like the premise, but soon after the dreaded smaller print co-authors started showing up I gave up because the quality was too hit or miss. And now there’s two smaller print co-authors. That can’t be good.

  5. A Darger and Surplus tale from Michael Swanwick is always a treat. And Mark Spice, take a look at the Rothfuss story in the “Unfettered” anthology to see just what the power of the beard can do in a tightly confined space.

  6. Thank you, John. Your photo encourages me to believe that Rothfuss’s Auri book is a real thing, not just a hope and a promise – Yeah! Will definitely pick that one up.

  7. Ooh, ooh, a 163x book! I love those things! I love how it’s expanded out into a kind of crowd-sourced shared universe.

    Also, the Rothfuss one is encouraging, but the length makes me think it might just be an ARC with the first few chapters of the next book. About like giving 1 (one) M&M to a starving man.

  8. Oh, it’s a standalone Auri story? Well, okay then. That’s a bit more like an appetizer before the main course :)

  9. Rothfuss for sure.

    I’m also very curious about the Sam Sykes novel. His Aeon’s Gate trilogy was kinda nifty, and a very good first entry. I’m interested to see how he does and if his plotting has gotten any better.

  10. Jesse Ball’s “Silence Once Begun” is really excellent. It doesn’t have any speculative elements, but so what?

  11. Ooh, a new Michael Swanwick! Well, new to me, anyway. And a new “1632” series book, yay! Normally I would also be jumping for joy over a new Tepper, except… I really was disappointed by the last one I read, although when I passed it on to my daughter-in-law, she loved it, and normally we like the same things, so maybe it’s just me. But it’s nice to know these things are out there without having to wade through hundreds of “suggestions” from the likes of Amazon.

  12. Razorhurst is a fabulous novel – Larbalestier’s best so far in my opinion. It’s been out in New Zealand and Australia for some time and with a much nicer cover than the one in the picture.

  13. I too love the 163X series, although I’ve fallen way behind in my reading of them. (Baen’s Library and e-book prices really are irresistible. I don’t like most of their catalog — just not, for the most part, my particular cup — but damn if that’s not a great thing, at least for the reader.) Also, put me down as a huge fan of the “crowdsourced” nature of the 163X universe; the slight variations in styles and the huge variations in characters means, at least to my way of thinking, a much more interesting series than if Flint (whose solo work in the series WAS very good, mind) had continued entirely on his own. I’m also intrigued by the the new Amber Benson — I’ve never read her work, but I’ve heard good things, and Witches Of Echo Park is a great title. And I’ve heard nothing about any of the others — but I’d definitely pick up The City Stained Red and The Sword Of Michael on the strength of the titles alone.

  14. Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier! Liar and Team Human were SO good. And Swanwick’s Chasing the Phoenix. But only after I’d finished Garth Nix’s Clariel!

  15. The Slow Regard of Silent Things sounds provocative. If nothing else, it qualifies for my “let’s pick up a new book because the title is unique”

  16. The Tepper. I thought her early work was too one-sided but some of her works in the past 8 years or so have been quite imaginative.

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