Today’s New Books and ARCs, 10/21/16

Look! Many fine new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound this week. What here tickles your fancy? Tell us all in the comments!

17 Comments on “Today’s New Books and ARCs, 10/21/16”

  1. lkeke35 – I am a Librarian Clerk in the Midwestern US. Its my job to know stuff (or at the very least, admit I know nothing, and go find out!) I love SciFi and Horror, Books, Movies, and television shows. I celebrate Blackness all year round. I am intolerant of intolerance.

    I already started reading Dracula vs. Hitler. It’s surprisingly not a comedy. Looking forward to Kadrey and Tomorrow, too.

  2. ‘DRACULA VS HITLER’! Talk about high concept! But can any book live up to a title as great as that? I’ll have to find out.

  3. hierath – Bristol, England – I'm a respectable layabout living in Bristol, England. I write fantasy and SF, do a bit of allotmenting, wrangle my greyhound and read as often as I can find the time. With one hat, I'm the Acquisitions Editor for Grimbold Books. Wearing a different hat, I'm a member of MeddwlCoed, a hopeful smallholder and permaculturist. I have a public SFF writing blog, and I also blog at MeddwlCoed about recipes and gardening and eco-things. I hope to keep you updated about what I'm doing, and share what my friends are doing. I welcome guest blogging. I can't promise anything I say will be profound, but I hope it will be entertaining!

    The Stephanie Burgis. Her last one, Masks and Shadows, was excellent.

  4. cookingfromthepast – My interest in culinary history began in college when I undertook the translation of Das Kochbuch der Sabina Welserin into English. In graduate school I continued this research, completing my Master's thesis, Culinary Change in Sixteenth Century Augsburg: The Cookbooks of Sabina and Philippine Welser. During my career as an archivist I continued an amateur interest in food history, most recently delving deep into the history of cookies and biscuits, candy and confectionary.

    Kaufman and Kristoff created something very original in Illuminae – a modern sf spin on the old epistolary novel. It will be interesting to see if the followup, Gemina, measures up

  5. Very old science fiction fan who is a new fan of your column. Can you help newcomers like me?
    1) What is an ARC?
    2) How do these books come into the Scalzi Compound? (I ask #2 because it will help me think about what kind of a selection these are.)

  6. ARC is “Advance Reading Copy”, I think. They send these to Scalzi hoping he’ll publicize them or even provide a cover blurb.

    I saw him talk once and asked what he did with the books. He said that there were way too many to read, so he often gave them away to libraries or charities.

  7. chaoticmindwrites – Ама какво, и тук ли трябва да пиша?! Че за какво си играх да попълвам страницата "За мен"?!

    I would love to get my habds on “Gemina”; unfortunately, I’ll have to wait quite a bit for it to come out translated in my native language.
    Not that I wouldn’t be able to read it in English, I mean. It’s just that I’ve already read the first book translated and I’m a bit of a stickler regarding books in different languages.

  8. As you can see from the stack, some are ARCs but some instead are the actual published book. Some of the publishers don’t do paper galleys anymore instead relying on digital services such as NetGalley instead.

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