It’s been quite a while since I did a recap of the books that I’ve received. What with taking a break from blogging, switching the blog over to WordPress, and just generally getting busy with other stuff, I’ve forgotten for some time to actually do one of these posts, to honour the books that I’ve gotten and promote them in case I don’t get around to reading and reviewing them on time.
Since recapping all the books I’ve gotten over the last, oh, month and a half would take far too long and probably bore the heck out of everyone, instead I’ll just show off some of the really braggable ones, the ones that I’m thrilled to have gotten my hands on and am looking forward to!
Suited, by Jo Anderton. This is the second book in the Veiled Worlds trilogy, the first of which was Debris (reviewed here). While the first book had its issues, it was still a very engrossing read with a very creative story, and I wasn’t about to let the chance to read its sequel pass me by. I’m very eager to jump back into that world and re-meet some characters that I haven’t seen in a while. Suited is scheduled for publication on June 26th, and you can bet it’ll be one of the books that I’ll be reviewing here!
Aliette de Bodard’s Obsidian and Blood, which is an omnibus collection of all the books in the trilogy of the same name. Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, and Master of the House of Darts. Historical fantasy with Aztecs? Yes please! Reviews for this series are nothing short of stellar, so I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this collection. Obsidian and Blood is also scheduled for publication on June 26th, though the books are available individually for those who can’t wait.
The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S Kemp, is a book that I saw making a few waves on the blogosphere not too long ago, and one that I looked at and thought, “I’ll never get the chance to read that.” Thank you, Angry Robot Books and NetGalley, for proving me wrong and giving me a real treat to look forward to! This one promised to be a fast-paced sword-and-sorcery read, and from what I hear, it also has no small amount of humour. Is there any better combination for an old-school fantasy fan?
King’s Man and Thief, by Christie Golden. Though this book doesn’t seem to be getting the best reviews on Amazon, I’ve read a few of Golden’s books in the past, and know her style to be fairly light, perfect for when I want a good story without complication. Not quite fluffy, but still not heavy reading. Not that fond of the cheesy cover art, but as much as cover art can sway decisions, I know better than to base my opinions of what’s inside the book solely on what’s outside. I’m sure I can get past the golden-haired muscle man and settle into the meat of the story.
David Brin’s Existence. Science fiction is a tricky subject with me. I find that it’s either really militaristic or else an excuse for alien romance. Not all, of course, but I seem to have a knack for running into those two varieties. That’s why Existence appeals to me so much. From the synopsis, it sounds less like that kind of sci-fi and more like the kind that focuses on societals reactions to large-scale changes. In this case, to discovering an alien artifact in earth’s orbit. That kind of storytelling is exactly why I enjoyed Drew Magary’s The Postmortal (review here) so much. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I won’t be disappointed with this one.
Kim Curran’s Shift, published by Angry Robot‘s YA imprint, Strange Chemistry. On the surface, this sounds like a fairly typical YA paranormal novel. What caught my attention was that the protagonist is male. For some reason, YA paranormal novels tend to be much more palatable to me when they have male protagonists rather than female ones. Male protagonists in YA paranormal books are considerably less common than female, too, which also makes this one stand out a little. Due out at the beginning of September, I’ve got high hopes for this book.
Blackwood, by Gwenda Bond. Having said what I just did about female protagonists in YA paranormal novels, I want to stress that I don’t turn down a book based on the main character’s gender, either. So when the chance came to read another of Strange Chemistry‘s books, this time a supernatural mystery with historical elements, it seemed interesting enough to pique my interests. This is Bond’s debut novel, and if early reviews are any indication, I’m probably going to tear through this one pretty quickly.
Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullin. There are no words to properly express how excited I am to have an advance copy of this book. I read the previous book of the series, Ashfall (review here) last year, and was blown away with the realism, the engaging plot, the interesting characters. As far as survivalist YA fiction goes, Ashfall ranks pretty near the top of all the books I’ve read. So finding out that I would also get an advance copy of the sequel practically made me do a happy dance. Due on the shelves in mid-October, I cannot wait to read and review this book. I have incredibly high hopes for this.
As I said earlier, these aren’t the only books I’ve gotten over the past couple of months, but they are the highlights, the books I’m jumping for joy over the chance to read. The hardest thing about these books is sticking to my guns about reviewing things closer to their release date, which means that I can’t indulge my curiosity about some of them until later. It’s a test of willpower, believe me!