New Books and ARCs, 12/23/16

In just before Christmas and the start of Hanukkah, this set of books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. Anything you’d like to see under the tree or aside the menorah? Tell me in the comments!

35 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 12/23/16”

  1. For us (relatively) new visitors, how about a FAQ about what happens to all of these ARC books? If you are keeping them, you must have an entire wing of the Scalzi compound just for the ARC library.

    Thanks…Merry [whatever you are celebrating] !


    To Rick: I don’t know exactly, but I do know they are not for distribution to us. Apparently, as part of a sales promotional arrangement, the authors who receive them are not allowed to give them out. I will listen carefully to John’s answer.

  3. Those Penguin Galaxy editions are lovely. I know Ace is a paperback publisher, but it’s about bloody time that “Neuromancer” got a nice hardback edition.

  4. “Neuromancer” sounds interesting. Some sort of Medical/Urban Fantasy tale I bet. Gibson’s not an easy name to remember, though.

  5. 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 read most of the Galaxy books as a teenager. I have an Arc of that Nick Cutter book from Netgalley. I haven’t finished it yet but the first thirty pages was pretty scary.

  6. @LdGilmoure Until you read a gibson book, then he is never far from your mind.

    I had a dream of a library full of first edition hardcovers…

  7. M.A. Kropp – NH, USA – I am a writer who is also a wife, mommy, and grandmother. I live in MA in the USA. I write mostly fantasy and science fiction. I speak sarcasm fluently. I am Irish and a ginger- that is fair warning. Puppies and kittens are my friends. I like good food, good drink, good friends, and good books.
    M.A. Kropp

    Those beautiful editions of the classics, especially The Once and Future King. Who is doing those? My copy got lost somewhere along the way and I would love to replace it with something that lovely.

  8. I would say the Penguin special editions unless they’re the ones with the funky new covers that cause headaches.

  9. Hmm, yes, I’m seeing reminders about books I want to reread. Once and Future King, Left Hand of Darkness, and it might be time to reread Dune as well. Just because!

  10. Two of my favorite books in there (Stranger and Neuromancer). Why new hardcovers is a mystery to me, though. I’m due for a reread of Neuromancer, and of The Once and Future King.

  11. Bujold! I’ve finally gotten around to reading her in 2016 (yeah, late to the party, I know) and recently finished Gentleman Jole, so I’m ready for her next one. Let me hop over to and see what’s up with this one.

    I don’t have room now to collect the Penguin Classics, and DH & I WILL have to downsize someday, so… Sigh.

  12. Borders of Infinity is a reprint of three short works about Miles back when he was a covert ops guy. With a framing story around them. The three stories have been reprinted in the omnibus editions, but I think the framing story is only in BoI.

  13. Stranger In a Strange Land and Left Hand of Darkness … some of my favorite books. Dune, too. I may have to dig my copies out and re-read. All I need now is a really cold, rainy day, so I have an excuse to curl up with a cat and an awesome book.

  14. As an Ecologist, I’m a bit ashamed that I don’t actually have a copy of Dune… I was seriously eyeing the Penguin Galaxy version in the bookstore last weekend.

  15. whbeebe – Somewhere in the Orion Arm – I am a retired engineer who writes about photography, my pets, software development, computer languages, operating systems, embedded computers like the Jetson Nano, Raspberry Pi, Adafruit and Arduino devices, and whatever else may catch my interest.

    Mission: Tomorrow
    If This Goes Wrong…

    The latter about a future ruled by Murphy’s Law. Perhaps 2016 could be a chapter in a second edition…

  16. It always surprises me that so many of your ARCs are new editions of old books.. Do publishers think ‘hey maybe if Scalzi posts a picture of Dune this book will finally take off?’ That being said.. Off to order that Neuromancer w/ Gaiman preface. Will be the 5th copy of Neuromancer on my bookshelf so maybe I just answered my own question. xD

  17. I dig the concept and design work on the Penguin Galaxy series, but I wish they’d done a better job with the actual production. Looked at them in the store the other day and the bindings were just cheap and awful. Made me sad.

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