New Books and ARCs, 9/25/15
Posted on September 25, 2015 Posted by John Scalzi 42 Comments
Last weekend of September starting soon, and to see off the month, here’s this lovely stack of new books and ARCs for your delight. What looks good to you? Tell me in the comments!
Hey, look, AKOT7K isn’t a doorstop!
I have no idea what “Not On Fire, but Burning” is, but I like the title.
Holy carp – is that a new one from DEAN ING?!
The upcoming Jim Butcher book looks very thick, which is good. I’ll have to see reviews of the Zahn collaboration since normally his solo stuff is must buy for me.
Preordered Saturn Run.
Now to go look over the rest of the books
gimme that Timothy Zahn/Dave Weber book right fucking now, Zahn rocks.
I’ve been hearing good things about “Not on Fire, But Burning”.
I’ve been waiting for the Dean Ing, and it’s hard to see how a David Drake tribute could go wrong. I’ve never heard of Gold Throne In Shadow, and that annoys me. How can we be two books into a “mechanical engineer gets ‘ported to a world full of magic” series and I’m only now hearing about it? I should go re-read Lest Darkness Fall as penance.
I rarely find much of interest in your arc stacks (apocalyptic, present tense YA, series that I haven’t read, etc) and thought today would be more of the same. But only half way through and found “Onward, Drake”- a lot of interesting sci fi writers. Some notorious present tense (Malzberg) but what a great opportunity to check out some that I don’t know. Lucky you to get an ARC!
And then I checked out the sample of “Raising Caine” and got hooked on the first page. Haven’t read the series but the first one is a free kindle right now. Got that and looking forward to it. Thanks John! And I’m not even through the stack yet :)
I have no idea how your house has not asploded yet. I had to switch to digital then audio just to keep some floorspace available for humans. Of course, that Butcher monster is going to take up a huge gob of storage on my phone.
Definitely jealous that you’ve got Butcher’s, Gannon’s and Zahn’s new books and I do not (yet). I’m interested in Onward, Drake as well. And I have to agree with fanfiction, I had not heard of Gold Throne In Shadow, and now feel a piece missing in my life. I must correct this now :)
The new Jim Butcher looks like the fun for me.
GRRM /and/ Jim Butcher? It is a good weekend in your house!
Anyone read this new Butcher series? Is it any good? (All I’ve read from him is the Dresden stuff)
Saturn Run looks interesting…
I read the first chapter of the new Dresden (a couple were available free on his site) and liked it–similar in voice to the Codex Alera stories, which I also liked. So, yes, I covet the Butcher.
Avoid the Butcher book. I’ve read it, and it’s really, REALLY underwhelming.
Sure is mean of you, the way you firmly refuse to display any Baen books just because of how you hate them so much! :)
I was going to say that none of this really leapt out at me, but then I spotted the very small “and Ctein” on one of them. Ctein, in addition to being a frequent visitor to this blog, is someone I’ve known peripherally since I was a kid, and whose art and sculptures have been stunning me that whole time. I can’t wait to see what he’s contributed to a book!
Oh, and in case he reads this, Hi Ctein! It’s Ardis’s eldest son. If that doesn’t trigger anything—I’m the kid that used to hang out with Randall Garrett at conventions because I was his page in the SCA.
Several of those look interesting, but “Not on Fire, but Burning” would definitely get pulled off the shelf and looked over.
Ctein- you’ve got a book!! I should order it.
fanfiction- rereading Lest Darkness Fall is a reward, not penance!
I think “Saturn” looks interesting too, Neil K. I could never get interested in Sanford’s other series but this one is appealing. Based on the comments about Ctein, I checked out his Gallery. Just beautiful, Requested a digital ARC from NetGalley but if I like it I’ll probably splurge and order the HB for the art.
I’ve read “A Call to Duty” and am looking forward to “A Call to Arms” but can’t reserve an unreleased item at the library so I’d love to have that one. Thanks.
THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS of course.
John Sanford’s writing sf now? Husband will certainly want to know about this.
The early reviews on ‘Saturn Run’ are really strong. Even better, a lot of them are from critics or writes whose opinions I trust. Pre-ordered.
And congrats, Ctein. Looks like you’ve got a winner.
From what I’ve read about “The Aeronaut’s Windlass” I think it would appeal to me.
Dean Ing? Kewl. I used to be his paperboy in the early 80s. Great guy, had some fun conversations.
I just finished reading David Weber and Timothy Zahn’s “A Call to Arms” yesterday, and it was good fun and a nice continuation of the Manticore Ascendant series, which is itself part of the larger Honorverse.
And now the long continuing wait for more Honorverse stories. ;)
I’m enjoying RAISING CAINE. I liked the first two books in this series and this one is even better.
Xtifr, Hiya! It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?
It pays to read the fine print doesn’t it [grin]. Don’t hold the miniscule “and Ctein” against them. We want John’s name to be bigger because, honestly, that’s what’s going to sell books. In the mainstream world, nobody knows for me. My name is entirely sufficiently prominent on the front cover, and my delicate and fragile artist’s ego is doing just fine.
You want to know the truth? I think the spine was an accident. We got a cover remake at the last moment (it’s gorgeous) and I think in the rush to do the layout someone in the art department simply forgot that there were two authors on the book when they were laying out the spine. ‘Cause the spacing is just about what you’d expect on a single author title. Then the proofreader looked at it and said, “aw… crap.”
In case anyone’s wondering, though, it really is a co-author situation. Total collaboration– we each contributed equally to the verbiage. The first two chapters are online at my and John’s websites. We are highly Googleable.
And, Pam and JZS, thank you so much for the kind words!
Enough burbling. I am trying hard not to be neo around this. It is difficult.
We return you to the program in progress
pax \ Ctein
[ Please excuse any word-salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
— Ctein’s Online Gallery http://ctein.com
— Digital Restorations http://photo-repair.com
I presume the GRRM book is the collected Dunk and Egg series?
Well bugger me with a marlin-spike, I didn’t expect to see a book by John Sandford in your pile!
* the Turkish word for “envelope”
* Andrew Plotkin
I’ve read the Dean Ing book – have it in hardback. It’s *wonderful*.
Sandford & Ctein? Yowza! That’s going to scoop everything else on my reading list….
I am interested in reading A call to Arms
Jealous for THE AERONAUTS WINDLASS. And very interested in the book of GRRM.
Been too log since I read anything by Dean Ing. Will follow up on the recommendation, Kurt. Thanx
Our Lady of the Ice, great title.
Wow, a Dean Ing book! I recall really enjoying his stuff 30-ish years ago…
Gannon is one of my must-reads these days. Really looking forward to that one….and the next!
Is that Jim Butcher’s first book of the Cinder Spires Series!? *Brain ‘sploding*
Just picked up a minty ARC of the Dean Ing book off e-bay, looking forward.