New Books and ARCs, 5/1/18

To inaugurate a new month, here is this lovely stack of new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. What’s calling to you from this stack? Tell us in the comments, please!

17 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 5/1/18”

  1. So, that’s fun. Scanning the stack as I always do, looking for items to order, and there’s my book! The paperback edition of THE PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS. All the physics-goodness of the hard cover, in a lighter, easier to carry version!

  2. dann665 – A generally libertarianish critter that has been loving sci-fi and fantasy since the age of 10. Give or take. For more, check out my blog at

    Michael Sullivan and Sarah Beth Durst!!

  3. “Mage Against the Machine” is a cool title. Don’t know anything about it, but that title makes me want to pick it up.

  4. Mike Kremen – Elmsford, New York – I used to write when I was younger. Then I went to undergrad for History and Political Science and slowed down. Then I went to law school and got admitted to practice and writing ground to a halt. It's about time I started again.
    Mike Kremen

    I knew a few of these (Poppy War coming to my house soon, Tieryas Mecha Samurai on the wish list, etc.), but man, Mage Against the Machine got my interest here. Doubly so after reading the blurb on Goodreads.

  5. I wonder if the Troy library takes out of state members (is that where these go?). As a kid when I discovered SF I read through my local library in about three years. This would never happen there!

  6. Just looking at the titles, I would be interested in Hyacinth and the Stone Thief, The Queen of Sorrow, and The Darkest Time of Night (but titles can be misleading.

  7. Catherine Matthews – Catherine Matthews is an educator and author living north of Seattle with her husband and two boxers, Delta the Destroyer and Buttercup the Bored. She is currently querying her debut novel, Becoming Benny. Her essay, Deeper Than Social Connections, is featured in the eBook and audiobook editions of the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. After a lifetime of academic writing, Catherine discovered her passion for creative writing when she dove into writing her blog, Life Through My Lens. In contrast to her dissertation, which should not be read while operating heavy machinery, her stories will make you laugh and cry as she recollects the follies of her youth, and her adventures in parenting, teaching, and leading schools. A learner at heart, she is an active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Hugo House. She is up before dawn to start her day with her two favorite things: riding her bike and working on her latest novel. You can connect with her on Twitter (@cmatthewsauthor) or Instagram (@catherinematthewsauthor), or visit her webpage
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    What Should Be Wild – I don’t know what it’s about but I love the title. Googling now

  8. 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.

    The “physics of every day things” interests me. I also want to read “Storm in a Teacup” – which is the same sort of explainy book. The Poppy War sounds very interesting… yet another young woman with unimaginable powers. Don’t we all have unimaginable powers because, I mean, we haven’t imagined them yet?

  9. I’ve heard intriguing things bout R.F. Kuang’s THE POPPY WAR, and a new Sarah Beth Durst (THE QUEEN OF SORROW) is always something I look forward to.

    Plus now I am intrigued by THE PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS and will have to check that out.

  10. “Red Water Rising” is the third book in Laura Ann Gilman’s Devil’s West series that began with “Silver on the Road”. I’ve been looking forward to this; it’s a very different kind of series, not like anything else I’ve ever read.

  11. FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett, of course! And seeing as how I’m the first to name it, I get it, right? ;-) Right??? ;-)

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