New Books and ARCs, 2/3/17

They say that when a stack of books and ARCs this high pops its head out during the first week of February, you’ll have lots of good reading for months afterward. I would tend to agree. See anything here that you’d like to curl up with during the winter cold? Tell us in the comments!

38 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 2/3/17”

  1. I saw Jim Butcher and got tingly. Then I saw the title (it’s a re-release) and got sad. Peace Talks will come out one of these days. Right?

  2. lloeren – Originally from Bridgend in South Wales, I live in Brittany, France with my husband and two youngest daughters. My eldest daughter now lives in North Wales. I no longer work as I have severe depression but in a previous life I was a Java developer. My passions are knitting, spinning and other fibre arts. I also read vast amounts of science fiction and fantasy or as I prefer to call it - speculative fiction. I can be found on as Lloer.

    CrossTalk by Connie Willis jumps out out me. What do you do with all these books that you are sent?

  3. The Daryl Gregory. I didn’t know a new Gregory was coming out, but I want it now and can’t believe I’ll have to wait to July for it.

    Also Lovecraft Country. I keep meaning to buy that one. Off to do that now.

  4. Laura B. – I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.
    Laura B.

    Spoonbenders looks interesting. I got excited when I saw Jim Butcher’s name. Then it registered that Small Favor is a re-release. Waiting not so patiently for Peace Talks.

  5. I was watching the previous season of Halt and Catch fire just before reading Crosstalk, and pictured Kerry Bishe, Scoot McNairy, and Lee Pace as the leads. Works pretty well.

  6. 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 fuck. He does care if you say f you or go f yourself. But a general adjective? Nah. I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. My mum, Nancy, is still with us and active in our lives. I love to read, I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black part machine 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 more than a few miles at night. I don't know where this blog is going ... if anywhere.
    Jada Diaz

    I’m so tired I don’t want to read anything. But Spoon Benders did sound interesting.

  7. Crosstalk is a possibility. But I’m also curious about looking at the Pronzini since I usually associate him with mysteries.

  8. Sadly, my mental state at the moment, what with Brexit and Trump, is such that I’ve had to fall back on core values.

    Yes, that involves buying shoes, and bags, not to mention apparel; retail therapy works! Sadly, unless Subtarranean Press provides me with a book bound in:

    ‘High-quality elite norwegian deer leather with naturel tanning’

    my retail therapy is going to rely on core values.for sometime to come…

  9. JoelZakem, what is “Lovecraft Country” about?

    47 years ago, I was at my grandparents’s house, bored, and picked up one of those Alfred Hitchcock Presents books. One story was by Bill Pronzini. And he’s still going strong!

  10. Hi Bill Williams, didn’t see your comment till I’d typed mine, sorry! I would like to hear from you, too, about “Lovecraft Country.”

  11. Pogonip-from Publishers Weekly review of “Lovecraft Country” (Nov 30, 2015) – “This timely rumination on racism in America refracts an African-American family’s brush with supernatural horrors through the prism of life in the Jim Crow years of the mid-20th century. The novel’s episodic events involve the extended family of Chicagoan Atticus Turner, who are lineal descendants of slaves once owned by the ancestors of New Englander Caleb Braithwhite. As Braithwhite jockeys for ascendancy in the sorcerous Order of the Ancient Dawn, he draws Turner and his family and friends into a variety of intrigues, including the recovery of a book of occult lore, the manipulation of a Jekyll-esque split personality, and encounters with ghosts”

    i found the book to be very well written and suspenseful.

  12. Alone looks interesting, but I’m currently reading three novels, reviewing one for a fellow author and writing two. I need a 48 hour day. Bad!

  13. I’m just amused by the juxtaposition of Cosmic Powers and Spoonbenders. Maybe that’s just me.

    I am excited for Crosstalk.

  14. I haven’t heard anything about Spoonbenders, but I’ve enjoyed every Daryl Gregory novel I’ve read so far, so I’ll be adding this one to my tbr list.

  15. Yay a new Daryl Gregory book! I first discovered his writing when his Big Idea for Afterparty appeared here. I went to the link and read the first chapter, and was hooked. I turned another friend on to his work, too. Ah, word of mouth, it sells books!

  16. I just read the blurb of Curtis Chen and he says he’s “… studied under John Scalzi …”.
    Do you have writer nerds living in your basement?

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