New Books and ARCs, 11/8/19

Another week, another very fine stack of new books and ARCs at the Scalzi Compound. What here is grabbing your attention? Share in the comments!

28 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 11/8/19”

  1. Before anyone mentions it: I’m aware there is currently a contretemps going on with ChiZine Press re: their relationships with authors, payment of same, etc. I’m traveling and took this picture before I left and didn’t want to not promote the other authors in the stack. Hopefully ChiZine and the authors in question get everything resolved.

  2. Usually a ghostwriter is the uncredited (or semicredited) person who actually does the heavy lifting for a book–but what if the author is Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy? Are they both ghostwriters?

  3. Top book cover seems a bit sneaky to me. I remember Andromeda Strain when it first came out – putting Crichton’s name so prominently on the spine with no indication that he wasn’t involved in this book doesn’t predispose me to trust it. (Now if it had some other verbiage, maybe).

  4. Gail Carriger is always good.

    So is Lois Bujold. Although I believe this is a collection of Penric stories that I have already read. It will be good for people to be able to find them in bookstores though, if they have not got into ebooks in the last ten years.

    Also that Kevin Hearne guy. I think I’ve heard of him. I will probably read that. :-)

  5. M.A. Kropp – NH, USA – I am a writer who is also a wife, mommy, and grandmother. I live in MA in the USA. I write mostly fantasy and science fiction. I speak sarcasm fluently. I am Irish and a ginger- that is fair warning. Puppies and kittens are my friends. I like good food, good drink, good friends, and good books.
    M.A. Kropp

    Fan Service! I love all the Parasolverse stories!!

  6. The Magic the Gathering book is of particular interest to me. I enjoyed the story told by the War of the Spark expansion, and I’d like to know what comes next.

  7. Penric’s Progress is a hoot. At some point I have to decide if I want them all in epub or physical formats (they’re currently a mix).

    The Magic: The Gathering novel, was, umm, not good. The War of the Spark prequel novel (The Gathering Storm, by Django Wexler) was much better. It was released a chapter a week for free, doubtless there’s a collected edition somewhere. It’s a shame – I’ve read other work by Weisman that I’ve enjoyed – but there was a large breakdown in the planning and release of the cards and the books.

  8. To clarify, the War of the Spark novel by Weisman was the one that I thought was not good. I haven’t read this one, hopefully the process improved and he was up to his usual standard.

  9. I’ve enjoyed the Daniel H. Wilson books that I’ve read previously; so I will try The Andromeda Evolution without any particular prejudice.

  10. 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 🤬 I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. Reading transports me to places that are inaccessible to me right now. Whether those places address in space or in areas I'm unable to travel, I am grateful for books and authors who keep my mind occupied. 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.
    Jada Hope Diaz

    The Sisters Grimm and Lightning stars a red Cape

  11. You got a copy of Fan Service! Is yours numbered too? I got it even though I already own a copy of Romancing the Werewolf, it’s my favorite of her stories anyway, I can have another version of it. Just found out who the damn Wicker Chicken was finally. That was driving me nuts. Parasolverse is always so good.

  12. @Susan I thought the same thing when I saw the cover. But like @Howard, I’ve enjoyed other books by Daniel H. Wilson, so I’m going to keep an open mind. I’m going to re-read the original first, though, as it has literally been decades since the last time I read it. When Eoin Colfer wrote AND ANOTHER THING… in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, he nailed it and sounded so similar to Douglas Adams that I forgot he didn’t write it. Of course, I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Simon Jones, which went a long way towards validating it. And Spider Robinson’s VARIABLE STAR from Heinlein’s notes felt like it was a perfect blend of the two authors, equal parts of each. That audiobook is narrated by Spider himself, which was awesome.

  13. 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 Sisters Grimm. Big choices to be made on limited knowledge, as a group while separated. This could be really good.

  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

    I wish you’d make two stacks — “hard SF” on one pile, and magical unicorn dragon rainbow gauzy swordplay on the other stack. I”d bet you could do that sort just looking at the covers, but the spines are ambiguous some of the time. Yeah, I admit a bias developed in the 1950s. Never even found out about Narnia and Tolkien ’til I went to college and met peole who read from that side, so I know there’s some good to be found there. But an early first cut would help me look.

  15. The Penric book is the first three novellas, internal chronological order. Baen is also contracted for a second volume which will catch up to the end of “Prisoner.”

  16. MamaroxImages – Middle-aged punk princess; pop culture hound; geekgirl; liberal activist and general shit-stirrer; reader of nanopunk/cyberpunk/comics/ anything-I-can-get-my-hands-on; wife and mom. In a few of my many past lives I worked as contributing photojournalist and associate editor of a now defunct magazine, media director for a now defunct advertising agency, street team lead for Bill Graham Presents, and Manager-PromoNinja-resident groupie for a (you guessed it) now defunct band. Highlights of my life range from getting thrown out of the Mabuhay Gardens during a Dead Kennedy’s-Black Flag show to seeing Wendy O. Williams torch a car on stage at The Longshoreman’s Hall; from seeing Green Day grow from Sweet Children, playing at Gilman with Al Sobrante on drums, to seeing Tre smile at me from behind the stage-side soundboard during the AFI set two weeks ago, at the Phoenix stop of the August 2010 Crash Love-21st Century Breakdown tour; from graduating law school to passing the bar exam; from meeting the partner of my dreams to having his children; from being a Special Education advocating PTA mom to having Henry Rollins tell me, to my face, that it’s ok to be punk after 45. After taking a 15 year break to raise my kids, I am resurrecting my journalism career, focusing on covering music, comics and geek culture, social issues, and anything else that stokes my passion.  Writing is as it always was, digital photography a learning curve. I hold ancient degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing and a somewhat more recent degree in law, with a specialization in Juvenile Criminal Justice (for the defense; I really am a bleeding heart liberal). I left my heart in San Francisco, will remain a New Yorker for life, and tolerate my life in suburban Arizona.
    MamaroxImages

    Interested in the Sisters Grimm and the Kevin Liu short stories.

  17. I for one endorse Mr. Roberts’ request a few replies up. It’s been a long time since I was involved in a “Hard SF” discussion/melee. All of my wounds have healed up and I’m feeling the urge to smite some heathens who dare to disagree with my classifications.

  18. 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

  19. Bit surprised to see Michael Crichton’s name on the cover of the top book, seeing as how he has been dead for a few years now, but closer examination reveals it was written by someone else. So what was Crichton’s contribution to the book- was it based on an idea of his, or did he start the book and not finish it, or did someone just think ” I know- I’ll put Michael Crichton’s name on this , everyone will think he wrote it, and it will be a best seller.

  20. Additional Penric information: Volume two, “Penric’s Travels,” is going to come out from Baen in May. Also in hardcover. It comprises the three novellas “Penric’s Mission,” “Mira’s Last Dance,” and “The Prisoner of Limnos.” Logically enough, since they basically make up one story in three parts. This leaves the latest Penric story, “The Orphans of Raspay,” hanging loose out there. People on Bujold’s e-mail list, which she reads, have already remarked what a great start on a third volume that would make.

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