Just Arrived Category

Just Arrived, 4/14/10

Here’s what’s new on my desk today: * Newspaper Blackout, by Austin Kleon (Harper Perennial): In which Kleon takes newspaper articles and blacks out everything but certain words, which are then turned into poetry of a sort. It’s almost like classified document haiku! Not entirely surprisingly, based on a blog. Sheesh, people printing books from […]

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Just Arrived, 4/11/10

Well, they didn’t arrive today. It’s Sunday. The mail doesn’t work. But they did come in the last week or so: * How it Ends: From You to the Universe, by Chris Impey (Norton): This pop-sci book does what it says on the cover: It tells you how everything from you to the whole damn […]

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Just Arrived, 3/29/10

And here’s what publishers have sent me recently: * Kraken, by China Mieville (Tor UK/Del Rey (US): This was sent along by China’s UK publisher, and bless them for it; I’ve been hankering after it for a while, since I’m a big sloppy fan of China’s writing. This book features mysteriously disappearing cephalopods, squid cults, […]

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Just Arrived, 3/19/10

Some of these are actually a few days old, but, hey, dude, my house has been a shambles for the last week, okay? Okay, then: * Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously, by Adrienne Martini (Free Press): When Krissy was pregnant with Athena, both she and I decided to try our hand at knitting, […]

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Just Arrived, 3/10/10

As noted earlier, I’m busy moving boxes and tearing down furniture all day long, so today’s Just Arrived bit will be even shorter than usual. Nevertheless, here’s what’s in the in door today: * 2010 Nebula Awards Showcase, edited by Bill Fawcett (Roc): Nebula winning fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin, John Kessel, Nina Kiriki […]

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Just Arrived, 3/8/10

Hey, did you know people send me books? In today: * The Midnight Mayor, by Kate Griffin (Orbit): They say that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England shall fall! So guess what’s happening in this book? If you said “the ravens just signed a new lease on the Tower,” boy, are […]

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Just Arrived, 3/1/10

Another month, and more books. Some of what arrived today: * Scenting the Dark, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Subterranean Press): Mary’s short-but-awesome story collection, gorgeously put together by SubPress. I’m not going to pretend to be objective about this particular book since a) Mary and I are friends, b) and currently running to be president […]

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Just Arrived, 2/22/10

Look what the cat dragged in: * White Cat, by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry): Holly’s latest YA, featuring a good kid in a family of black magic con men, drawn unwillingly into one of their schemes. We’re big fans of Holly’s stuff here in the Scalzi household, and this one looks particularly cool. Out […]

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Just Arrived, 2/17/10

The UPS dude rolled up at 7:30pm with a stack of packages. What was inside? * I Am Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells (Tor): Well, if he’s not a serial killer, what’s that body doing behind the laundromat? Well? I do like the note in the introduction of the book, from Wells, to […]

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Just Arrived, 2/16/10

What came in before the snow walled us in again: * The Lost Fleet: Victorious, by Jack Campbell (Ace): Sent this in ARC form. I do believe this is the final book in the very successful “Lost Fleet” series, so Campbell fans, gird yourself. This one comes out April 27. * Guardian of the Dead, […]

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Just Arrived, 2/11/10

Noting that given the snowpack, it’s a miracle the UPS and FedEx people can make it up the driveway at all: * The Boneshaker, by Kate Milford (Clarion Books): This is kind of an interesting thing, as Ms. Milford’s upcoming historical fantasy YA (pictured here on the right), is a mere definite article away from […]

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Just Arrived, 2/2/10

A little groundhog showed up at the house today and said “sorry about the six extra weeks of winter. Maybe these will make up for it.” What did he bring? * Coyote Destiny, by Allen Steele (Ace): True fact: My very first author fan letter was to Allen Steele. I found his e-mail and gushed […]

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Just Arrived, 2/1/10

Even in the midst of a publishing industry fracas, new and upcoming books make their way to the Scalzi Compound. Here’s today’s stack: * Dragon Keeper, by Robin Hobb (Eos): First book in “The Rain Wilds Chronicles,” Hobb’s latest series, featuring dragons and those who tend to them (I was going to say “and those […]

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Just Arrived, 1/19/10

Let’s see what we’ve got: * A Stain on the Silence, by Andrew Taylor. Taylor won the 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger from the UK’s Crime Writer’s Association, which is going to be awesome in an upcoming game of Clue. In this literary thriller, a middle-age fellow discovers a daughter he never had — on the […]

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Just Arrived, 1/12/10

Books that arrived at my doorstep today: * Total Oblivion, More or Less, by Alan De Niro. Modern day Minnesota attacked by Scythians, and other strange doings. Ballentine/Spectra. Out now, and Alan will be doing a Big Idea piece on Thursday. * Token of Darkness, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. A deadly car accident allows a teenage […]

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Just Arrived, 1/11/10

Books what came in the mail today: * Tails of Wonder and Imagination, edited by Ellen Datlow. An anthology of fantastical tales featuring cats (thus the modeling of the book with Ghlaghghee). Night Shade Books, out this month. * Lightbreaker and Heartland, by Mark Teppo. The first and second books in Teppo’s “Codex of Souls” […]

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Just Arrived, 1/6/10

One my New Year’s resolutions is to do a better job noting the books I get sent, for the edification of all y’all who are always wondering “damn, what’s new out there that I can read next, or pre-order and hover by the mailbox for?” And here’s the system I think I’m going to use: […]

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