New Books and ARCs, 1/30/17

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!

33 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 1/30/17”

  1. City of Miracles for sure — Bennett’s previous City… books were both amazing, complex fantasies with non-standard protagonists.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. Looking forward to City of Miracles and Red Sister. Just finished The Bear and the Nightingale – highly recommend!

  5. 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….)

  6. 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.

  7. Margaret McGaffey Fisk – I am a storyteller who explores tales across genres and worlds. Raised in the Foreign Service where I developed a love for anthropology, I have been a data entry clerk, veterinary tech, editor, support engineer, and programmer, among other roles. I pull on my studies and experiences to give depth to the cultures and people that form the heart of my stories. 15 published works and counting fall into science fiction, steampunk, young adult, fantasy, and historical romance in both short and long forms. Visit to learn more.
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    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.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. I’ve always wondered, how many of these books do you actually read and what do you do with the rest of them?

  13. 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.

  14. Hope Griffin Diaz – North Carolina – So, to borrow from a popular shirt, I love Jesus but I cuss a little. Well, a lot. In fact, I just don't believe Jesus really gives a shit about the word 🤬 I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. Reading transports me to places that are inaccessible to me right now. Whether those places address in space or in areas I'm unable to travel, I am grateful for books and authors who keep my mind occupied. I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black purr machine maine coon cat named Samwise aka #SamSam and a Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog mix named Daisy. I knit. I craft. I sew. These are at my leisure and are hobbies. I don't take commissions nor do I do alterations. I'm an aspiring human being. I battle several mental illnesses including depression, major panic disorder, agoraphobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and some other assorted illnesses. I also have fibromyalgia and have had numerous traumatic brain injuries (into the double digits now). I am not able to drive at night.
    Jada Diaz

    Mars One by Maberry looks interesting.

  15. 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. :)

  16. 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.

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