New Books and ARCs, 9/25/15

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!

By John Scalzi

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42 replies on “New Books and ARCs, 9/25/15”

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 :)

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.

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.

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.

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
— Digital Restorations

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