New Books and ARCs, 10/18/19

Today’s stack is a double, because that’s just how much booky goodness has come to the Scalzi Compound recently. What here is calling to you? Share in the comments!

31 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 10/18/19”

  1. So many books! Lee and Miller’s latest Liaden Universe installment would be my pick but I think I still haven’t read the previous one yet, I need to get caught up.

  2. 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.
    rktrixy

    The Charlaine Harris book and Eoin Colfer book are books that go on the “Of course!” pile. The Monster Hunter book “Target Rich Environment” looks like a lot of fun.

  3. Michael R. Johnston – Sacramento, CA – Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-nine years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
    Michael R. Johnston

    So much there I want. I liked Chris Kluwe’s nonfiction book of essays, so I may end up giving that a shot. But the first thing that hit my eyes was Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight, by Aliette de Bodard. What an evocative title!

  4. I just bought a new flatscreen. Problem is the remote sensor is behind my sound bar, so I need to jack up the TV 4-5 inches. Seeing as you have so many, howz about you sending me a dozen or so of those books my way? I’m not choosy, and promise I won’t read them before putting them under my TV’s feet. Totes promise.

  5. Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth (second volume of The Book of Dust) is one I’ve been waiting for. I’ll be diving into it ASAP. The new Garth Nix also looks promising.

  6. angeliquejamail – Writer, artist, and teacher in the Houston area. Author of several books of fiction and poetry, including FINIS., THE SHARP EDGES OF WATER, and HOMECOMING.
    angeliquejamail

    I read a blurb of Nix’s ANGEL MAGE on Book Riot today and thought it sounded very interesting.

  7. Just picked up Philip Pullman’s first in his dust trilogy. Must get a move on if volume 2 is due out. The Secret Commonwealth is a curious title.

  8. Sharon Lee & Steve Miller! Really looking forward to this one. Also Jeffrey A. Carver is an author I want to read, and I’ve enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ work in the past. And haven’t read Pullman’s Dust trilogy books yet, but they are in the to-be-read queue.

  9. Grey-o-beard “… The Secret Commonwealth is a curious title.”
    It’s the title of a book of fairy folklore collected in Scotland by a minister in the late 1600s — a famous book, any college class on the topic would have it on the reading list.

  10. Shaharee – As an urban nomad, cryptomathecian and writer I like to mix up adventure, literature, science and history. I live somewhere between Europe, Central America and Asia.
    cryptomathecian

    The local Salvation Army charity shop is lucky with you. Or you must have built an annex to your house where you keep all that discarded literature (either after reading or dismissing it). John Scalzi’s Library of Abandoned Books.

  11. 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 Hope Diaz

    So much! But first, the picture of Smudge is adorable.

    I read the Battle Beyond the Dolestars as The Battle of the Dostoyevskys – I think this is a plot bunny.

    War,Memories, Starlight sounds interesting. You’d forget need to drink it with a mich cup of hot tea or chilled vodka.

    The Marple one for giggles. And many others. I need to refresh my speed reading. Or expand my brain. That probably. Best to you and yours, John.

    Jada

  12. 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 Hope Diaz

    Crap, my swyping turned you’d need to you’d forget. For the love of the Maker edit button. 1 minute. That’s all I ask!

  13. Kluwe is such a multitalented person. Former NFL player, musician, game developer, equality advocate, and a pretty fair author as well. Definitely looking forward to getting my hands on his new book.

  14. Hank Roberts – California – I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you --Nobody --Too? Then there's a pair of us? Don't tell! they'd advertise --you know! How dreary --to be --Somebody! How public --like a Frog -- To tell one's name --the livelong June -- To an admiring B[l]og! [Parody, with apology to] -- Emily Dickinson____ http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/711.html ____ Avatar stolen from illustration by James Donnelly of THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY by Carlo M. Cipolla, www.cantrip.org/stupidity.html or http://harmful.cat-v.org/people/basic-laws-of-human-stupidity/ or 'oogle it. _________________________ DISAMBIGUATION: not Hank Roberts the Internet Guy/Vlogger; not the cellist [hankrobertsmusic]; not the camping stove maker; not the angler; not British [hankroberts.org.uk]; not a corporate nor a union officer; not from Chicago; not at Southern Pacific; not the award-winning educator at peacemakersinc. You see the pattern. => If you may know me, ask; likely I owe you a long-borrowed book, an apology, thanks, and applause.
    Hank Roberts

    “Battle Beyond The ….” — is that two copies of the same book, or two volumes in a series?

  15. I read a sample of the first in the Jeffrey A. Carver series. It looks good. I bought a package deal of books 1-3. The one above is #6. Since I’m all caught up on all of my other series (ahem). ;)

  16. Er, aside from Agatha Christie (who’s hit and miss for me), I don’t recognize a single author here.

    I often feel that way about these posts, but not this time, there’s Nix and Pullman and de Bodard. All of whom I’ve enjoyed in the past so there’s a good chance I will again. And while I haven’t *read* Charlaine Harris I have at least heard of her.

    P.S. I’ve enjoyed some of Steve Miller’s music but I’m not sure how well that would translate to success as an author.

  17. The Aliette de Bodard collection, “Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight”! Subterranean Press does such lovely collections, a pleasure to hold and read.

    I heard Garth Nix read a bit of “Angel Mage” at the San Jose Worldcon last year, and have been looking forward to it ever since.

  18. THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY, RAT RULE 79, DAUGHTER FROM THE DARK and HIGHFIRE all went on my “check these out” list, and I’m already a third of the way through THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH.

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