New Books and ARCs, 1/30/17
Posted on January 30, 2017 Posted by John Scalzi 33 Comments
As the month of January draws to a close, there’s just enough time to get in one more stack of new books and ARCs! What here looks tempting to you? Tell us all in the comments!
MUST READ Hamster Princess 4!
Red Sister and Mars One are on my To Read list.
What’s that “The Schooldays of Jesus” about (if not simply what it says on the tin)? Intriguing…
Having nothing but the titles to go by, The Black Wolves of Boston sounds like it could be good. Unless the wolves giltter or something.
City of Miracles for sure — Bennett’s previous City… books were both amazing, complex fantasies with non-standard protagonists.
I’ve been looking forward to Mars One
My first grader and I cannot wait for the new Hamster Princess. It just will not arrive quickly enough.
Really looking forward to Red Sister’s arrival in bookstores…maybe not quite as much as I am looking forward to the Collapsing Empire, but still.
Couldn’t get into reading as much in the last year as I normally do. But I’m so glad to see some of my favorite authors are releasing new titles this year. Thinking we are all going to need high-quality SF & fantasy as a respite from day-to-day America for awhile.
Hmm… New Susan Matthews? The Jurisdiction is pretty dystopic, but always interesting!
I hope that’s the new novel, and not just an omnibus of old Jurisdiction tales…
Looking forward to City of Miracles and Red Sister. Just finished The Bear and the Nightingale – highly recommend!
Golly, ALL those titles look good. However, my To Read pile is still teetering dangerously, and my budget for February is NIL, so…anything will have to wait.
But dang, those all sound like good reads from the titles.
(OK, so I’m a guy, nd grown, so Hamster Princess would not be a likely choice for me, yet I’ve gotta give props for a great title and it does sound like it’d be great fun for kids and the kids-at-heart. And hey, I have no objection to hamster princesses in general, though I might prefer a democratically elected hamster…er, wait, I fear I’ve somehow gone off on a wild hamster tangent…. Very close to a wild hare, only smaller and more hamstery….)
Just let me say that any new Lawrence Block book will surely be good. He’s one of my favorite writers in the crime fiction genre.
I have a very hard time judging a book by its cover.
I read an arc of The Bear and the Nightingale. Non-traditional narrative, feels like you stepped right into a Russian folktale. Wonderful.
And I’ve enjoyed tons by Wen Spencer, so that one stood out as well.
Hamster Princess 4 by Ursula Vernon is a must for me. I just finished her Castle Hangnail, which was delightful.
Love the Hamster Princess books. I’m picking up them up to read to my grandkids.
Seriously. Stop looking at me like that.
Christopher Browne: Sorry, but Fleet Renegades is the 2nd omnibus of the Jurisdiction novels. The new book Blood Enemies is due out later this year (though the eARC is available now.)
Not one, but 2 books with spine damage?!? This hurts me in my soul. Poor babies, crippled before they even had a chance to fulfill their destiny.
The Black Wolves of Boston is a fun read. Any book that starts with a tree murderer is worth a look.
Hamster Princess FTW, and Mars One, just because, well, Mars.
I’m reading The Bear and the Nightingale right now, and it’s fantastic.
Love the Hamster Princess books
Coetzee is generally good.
John, do you read all of these ARCs that you get? I know it’s part of your job as a writer to keep up with what others are producing, but where do you find the time and if not all, how do you pick?
Red Sister. Just finished Wheel of Osheim a few weeks ago and some more Lawrence would be good.
Looking at these stacks is kind of overwhelming. I remember the years when it was at least vaguely possible to convince oneself that you had read or at the very least were aware of, every significant SF/Fantasy book published. These days I normally see multiple people getting giddy over authors I’ve never even heard of. The last stack had ONE author who I recognized, and I think I’ve only ever read one of his books. This one was a bit more familiar territory but still.
I’ve always wondered, how many of these books do you actually read and what do you do with the rest of them?
I’m always surprised to see titles like that by Lawrence Block that probably aren’t science fiction in the stack. What percentage is not s-f? Wish I could see if this is new or a reprint, and from what series, if it is.
Red Sister and The Bear and the Nightingale look intriguing.
Wen Spencer wrote a new book! Weeeennnnn Speeeennnnnnccceeeeerrrrr!!!!!!
OK, you may all return to your regularly scheduled lives now.
Mars One by Maberry looks interesting.
Black Wolves of Boston & City of Miracles have been on my list for a while. Also, I may have to check out Hamster Princess just because of the title. :)
Space opera / military sci-fi are currently a favorite genre, so I’d pick up Fleet Renegade first.
With the present political situation I’ve started boycotting where I think it might help, so I’d pick up the Simon & Schuster book last.