New Books and ARCs, 10/23/20

As we ease into the weekend, here’s a nice hefty stack of new books and ARCs that have come into the Scalzi Compound in the last couple of weeks. See anything here that makes your fingers twitch in desire? Share in the comments!

— JS

18 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 10/23/20”

  1. I’m a few chapters in to Black Sun Rebecca Roanhorse is awesome. So cool to read some epic fantasy that doesn’t come out of European traditions. While it’s a fictional world with magic and things, it’s inspired by ancient indigenous culture.

    I’m really liking it, though I could have used some trigger warnings for chapter 1. It pushed one of my buttons, alas.

    Spoilerific trigger warnings (but only for chapter 1) buried in the lorem ipsum.

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Ritual mutilation of a child, eye related body horror, suicide, and the extremely tired gain powers through blindness trope. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

  2. Just pack ’em all up and send them.

    I’m going to be different and say I’d like a look at the D&D cookbook. Does it teach you how to make Gelatinous Cube?

  3. re: cookbook

    Q: anything interesting for someone who has a freezer filled with recently butchered dragon?

    stews are just so tiresome and properly BBQ’ing is too time consuming for a superhero always on the ready line for the phone to ring about another inter-dimensional reality incursion… not that NYC has ever been invaded by dragons or ogres or unicorns other such mythical beasties

  4. Black Sun was already on my wishlist. I’m intrigued by Recognize Fascism. It seems like a tightly defined theme, so it would be interesting to see how diverse the authors could make the stories. I’ve been liking Robert Jackson Bennett recently, too.

  5. I’ve already read “Recognize Fascism” and recommend it for 1) overall quality, and 2) surprising variety. Romance! Humor! Chickens!

  6. Thanks, all, for your comments on these books. I’m sometimes irritated by the books that show up, but aren’t actually published for 6 to 8 more weeks! I’m old, I could die first!!! I kid, old but healthy, so far. ;~)

    I try to keep the tablet loaded up with Kindle books, just in case I need lots of distractions. These posts always help with picking out those books.

  7. Mr Egan is on the same level as Ms Bear. If you publish your shopping list I’ll buy it. If you like Science Fiction both authors should be on your “must buy” list.

    That Scalzi hack? Meh. Dude’s so lazy he’s got his kid (Is she even of legal age yet?) writing most of his stuff nowdays.

  8. I’m definitely very interested in Roanhorse’s BLACK SUN and Polk’s THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN!

  9. Rebecca Roanhorse, pls. I liked her Trail of Lightning series; this one looks good too.