New Books and ARCs, 12/20/17

For your perusing delight, a baker’s dozen of new books and ARCs that have come into the Scalzi Compound. Anything here you’d like to see under the tree this year? Share which it is (or they are) in the comments!

34 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 12/20/17”

  1. jandywarner – I’ve determined training needs, created and delivered training in MS Office, Epic, other commercial and proprietary software and hardware for more than seventeen years. I’ve taught individuals and groups of up to fifty people face to face, by video conference and by Webex. Each class I taught was customized for people of various nationalities, departments and corporate levels and taught many times, filling more than 5,000 class seats. I wrote a training manual for each of them and more than 350 instructions for specific tasks. I’ve also provided software and go-live support and have proven ability to learn, design training for and teach new topics. I’m a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist and a certified technical writer.
    jandywarner

    Dear Santa, I would have asked for Penrick’s Mission if I hadn’t already bought it. May I please be, ahem, have a hamster princess? As you know I have been mostly good all year.

  2. Christopher Lockett – St. John\'s, Newfoundland – I'm an associate professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I'm originally from Toronto, and did my PhD at the University of Western Ontario. Though my main area of specialization is twentieth century American literature, my enthusiasms (academic and otherwise) range widely into film and television, fantasy, cultural studies, and the ongoing definitions of humanism. This blog is my space to talk about pretty much anything that happens to be on my mind.
    Christopher Lockett

    I taught Station Eleven for three consecutive semesters in three different classes, and each time found more stuff to excavate. It’s an excellent novel, and a great read.

  3. Station Eleven, as many previous commenters note, is an excellent book. It will certainly hold a place alongside other dystopian classics.

  4. oh sweet, a new McDevitt! And a Bujold! Guess I should check out Station 11, from the comments above…

  5. I have enjoyed all of Lois Bujold’s “Penric & Desdemona” stories to date. Be advised that “Penric’s Mission” is the 4th (of 6 to date) in internal chronology, and probably not the best place to start. All of these are set in the “5 Gods” universe, perhaps 100 years after _The Hallowed Hunt_ and 150 before _The Curse of Chalion_ according to the author’s notes.

    I have enjoyed most of the 163x books, and particularly the ones in the ‘Vatican” arc, so I will probably get that one soon. I have not read any of the others, and most are by authors whose names I don’t recognize. Who knows which i might pick up.

  6. rktrixy – Alameda, CA – Architect, Newly-wed, Middle-aged Crafty woman. Love Science Fiction, Love quilting, Love fabric, love love love surface pattern. Very very fond of food.
    Ruth Vallejos

    Station 11 was really interesting. Surviving the apocalypse through culture, not just living hand to mouth. I can only hope if we have to go through something like this, we keep our books and plays and music and art. Otherwise, why bother?

    I, too, have been enjoying the Penric series – but then again, I enjoy everything Lois Bujold writes.

    The Infernal Battalion looks interesting, and I bet it would be great to share with my husband. (who introduced me to Lois Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga).

  7. Dear Santa,

    As I have been a better boy than John this year, and will be paying a lot more in taxes to help out the good people of Ohio, could you please, ah, relocate The Long Sunset from John’s tree to mine? Thanx in advance!

  8. Another vote here for Station Eleven. I’m also excited for Tarnished Gifts – although I suspect I should go back and reread the first book in order to appreciate the story properly.

  9. I’ve read all of Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, but just haven’t found the time to read the Priscilla Hutchins series. Maybe with a new one out (and I have the rest of the series), it’s time to binge.

    Personally, I liked the beginning of Station Eleven but it lost me at the nasty (spoiler-deleted) villains. Surely there’s a better way to create a sense of community.

  10. I get a bit annoyed whenever a new 163X novel comes out, because I’d love to keep up with the series but I just plain don’t care for most of the secondary authors who are clearly doing most of the writing these days.

  11. Yay Penric’s Mission! Gimme!
    And the new 1936 book, the series has dragged on to the “sometimes good,sometimes these people lost track” stage.

  12. Loved Station Eleven, and I’m behind on the Bujold Penric books and need to catch up. Pleased to hear the Jack McDevitt is another Priscilla Hutchins book; I’ve enjoyed those too.

  13. I am having a marvelous time with the Bujold series of novellas. I highly recommend and don’t be put off by the fact that it isn’t the first. She writes so that you can come into these with any story and I think this one would be a particularly great place to start!

  14. OK, how come this stack is more interesting than the top stack that went up today? Should be the same smaller set of interesting in each stack, right? John, do you sort these out in some way? or just the luck of the stack?

    Oh well. Flint, Bujold, several of the others, I’m not good with authors, was terrible in lit classes, I love to read, remember plots but not character names, nor authors. Not stupid, nor ignorant, just a hitch in how my memory works. Or am I being too defensive here?

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