New Books and ARCs, 5/22/19

Here’s a very excellent mid-week selection of new books and ARCs that are available for your perusal. What here would you want on your own shelf now or in the near future? Share your thoughts in the comments.

29 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 5/22/19”

  1. I’ll definitely be looking at mister Stephenson’s Fall. I’ve enjoyed some of his previous works, given up after an hour of others. The premise reminds me of the start of the Bobiverse series. Could be excellent.

  2. I would read the PC Hodgell. She and my dad were colleagues in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and she gave me signed copies of her early Kencyrath novels. I was 18 in 1982 when Godstalk was published. I wanted to be Jame, the heroine, but I don’t think my parents would have thought much of me becoming a thief. I am glad she is still writing!

  3. 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 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. I don't know where this blog is going ... if anywhere.

    Just by title, Magic for Liars

  4. I’ve had Fall on pre-order since last year. Seeing it in your photo is getting me excited that mine might arrive sometime soon.

  5. K. M. Alexander – Seattle, WA – K. M. Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native and novelist living and working in Seattle. His work explores nontraditional settings within speculative fiction, bending and blending genres to create rich worlds and unique approachable characters.
    K. M. Alexander

    I hear very good things about Foundryside.

  6. I just got the ARC for Matthew Hughes new novel – What the Wind Brings. Looking forward to it!

  7. Though Hell Should Bar The Way – Great book, a bit of a departure for the Lt. Leary Commanding series, possibly the beginnings of a spin-off series.

    Books I’m definitely getting: Fall, Noir Fatale, By Demons Possessed (love the Kenycrath books!) and maybe The Gordian Protocol

  8. Fall. I love Neal Stephenson but REAMDE was awful. I need to know if this is as great as Seveneves or as bad as REAMDE

  9. Fall is a sequel to REAMDE, so I expect it to share its virtues and faults. For me, the balance tilted toward the faults, but once it got going — or I got into it — I had to stay with it to the end. If Fall had been available when I closed the cover on REAMDE, I would have plowed right on, but when it arrives it may have to wait until I’m desperate for distraction.

  10. willisgarycpa – Victoria, BC, Canada – Retired life-long Texan after 27 years in Public Accounting as an MBA Certified Public Accountant and 18 years in Education as an MA-English Teacher, now relocated summer 2018 to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to continue decades long self-employed career as a Poet and Writer.
    Gary R Willis

    Another vote for Fall. Maybe Joe Hill as well.

  11. Salivating at Fall.
    Contrary to Gitai, I loved REAMDE, but couldn’t bring myself to finish Seveneves (and this from a reader who devours anything from Neal)

  12. Yeah, I found REAMDE full of Stephenson’s usual faults and virtues — which are the same, namely total over-the-topness. Reminded me of Cryptonomicon which had (if I recall correctly) no fewer than THREE hoards of buried or sunk Nazi gold. But at least the characters were fun, unlike those in Seveneves.

  13. While Seveneves, with its three-name lady president as a genocidal maniac vs. the good and kind techbros, made me fairly angry, I’m still down for a new Stephenson. I just need a handy guide for how many pages to skip for each discussion of how blockchain will allow us to save our souls in the future.

  14. ooh, new P C Hodgell! i might be a book or two behind in the series though…

  15. Lafferty. There’s hardly anything of his to be found anymore, and about 30 years ago I was completely blown away by his short stories.
    AND Stephenson.
    AND Elizabeth Moon.
    AND for our son: Flanagan.

    (Jeez, do I really have to pick and choose? I want ALL of them)

    p.s. as for Stephenson: even his worst book is way better than many other writers’ best – my opinion.

  16. I’d be more excited about the Lafferty collection if I hadn’t had so much trouble with previous releases from Gollancz Masterworks editions: really terrible printing that looks like they photocopied actual books.

  17. For those of you wondering, Neal Stephenson’s FALL does indeed share some characters with REAMDE, but the books could not be less alike.

  18. Joe Hill for sure, the apple didn’t fall far there. I agree with the commenter above, Magic for Liars on title alone. And Noir Fatale – love noir and LC is a good editor.

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