New Books and ARCs, 6/18/21

Ready for another stack of new books and ARCs? Because ready or not, here it comes! What in this stack would make for excellent summer reading? Share your thoughts in the comments.

— JS

By John Scalzi

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15 replies on “New Books and ARCs, 6/18/21”

Can’t go wrong with Stephenson. I’m wrapping up his Baroque cycle now.

Plus, I expect you may already be well enough acquainted with that Love, Death, and Robots material.

Drat. Could have sworn that spine said “Stephenson”. Apparently it says “Sharpson”. Still, one Neil is as good as another Neal, right? Wish this thing had a delete my moronic comment option.

@Greg Fleming – Ha! I thought the same thing until I saw your second comment.

I just ordered Ron Hogan’s book. I’ve been a fan of Belt Publishing for several years. Their city anthologies series is important, and very well done (and I’m not just saying that because my girlfriend has a piece in the Grand Rapids anthology.)

I absolutely saw that as ‘Stephenson’ too — maybe he’s published something with a similar font on the cover?
I usually like Wil McCarthy’s stuff and I didn’t know this was out, I’ll look for it.

Ooh, am I the first one to ask what the title of the book shown with no title on the spine is? Under Rice, above Parks. I’m assuming “for res” is not the title.

I too made the same mistake with the Neil Sharpson novel. I thought, “Hmm, that’s awfully thin for a Stephenson book.”

Also, I’m always in the mood for some new Wil McCarthy. I’ve seen this at the local bookstore, but haven’t picked it up yet.

Love Death and Robots is a collection of the season 1 stories, many of which I’d read before the show existed and can highly recommend. Nice to have them all in one place. Plus, there are a few I haven’t read and two that existed only as screenplays.

Bit of research shows it’s Cohesion Press, $14.95 in paperback which seems fair. Probably going to pick this one up at some point.

Not much else I’m familiar with. Kress of course but I’m years behind on her books and oh yay, another Ring of Fire book to remind me that I’ll never catch up with that series.

The Hogan book too; I recently read Pressfield’s The War of Art, about overcoming resistance and getting to it; another sheer entertainment book provided a model of clearly and concisely explaining a tricky astronomical concept, so that I was able to apply myself to an article that needed to include such an explanation. My late cousin taught writing and promoted what this book seems to say, that, like making your own music, writing your own stuff, even if it never gets published, has value. At the very least, I’m learning to express myself, to explain myself, to make sense of myself.

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