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What I saw when I used my Magic Eightball(TM) last night

Dearest Reader this week I’m not going to be talking about what I’m currently reading (possibly because I threw it across the room it utter horror at the terrible prose, and shrieked until the cats hid, those cowards), instead, I’m going to talk about what I will be reading, and what you will be reading, the first quarter of 2016. Yes, it’s time to use my Magic Eightball(TM) to cast myself forward to the future. And this is what see (please note, this list is not complete, but it is fairly comprehensive for releases from the major houses.)
There are some books on this list I’m very excited for, and I’ve added in some notes about them below. Which ones are you excited for?


This Census Taker by China Miéville 01/05
A new China Mieville novella (plus a new full novel coming later in the year!!), seriously, I am quivering with happiness. I love China’s weird take on things. Sometimes just weird for the sake of weird. I can’t wait!
Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard 01/05
Drake by Peter McLean 01/05

The People in the Castle by Joan Aiken 01/12
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster 01/12
Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley 01/12
The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth 01/12
Jen Bosworth is awesome, and I have an ARC of the Killing Jar that I keep staring at, impatient to read it. But I’m saving it til the Great Dearth of December, when no new books will be coming, and sadness reigns until January. I’ll need this then.

Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers 01/19
Patchwerk by David Tallerman 01/19
The Pagan Night (The Hallowed War #1) by Tim Akers 01/19

The Beauty of Destruction by Gavin Smith 01/21

Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) by Brandon Sanderson 01/26
Were you paying any attention last week? Because if so, you KNOW how much I am looking forward to this book! ‘Shadows of Self’ really packed a punch, and I can barely wait for ‘Bands of Mourning’ to see where Sanderson will be taking us next. I’d also like to point out, there are six new books from Sanderson coming in 2016. SIX. NEW. BOOKS.
Lustlocked by Matt Wallace 01/26
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2) by Maria V. Snyder 01/26
City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett 01/26
‘City of Stairs’ was my favorite book of 2014, and I have been waiting in agony (AGONY I TELL YOU) ever since for ‘City of Blades’. I have extremely high hopes and expectations for this one, and can’t wait to see where Bennett takes us next (there is one more book to come in this world after ‘Blades’, and then expect me to go into full mourning for at least a year).
Graveyard (Mutant Files #3) by William C Dietz. 01/26
Staked (Iron Druid #8) by Kevin Hearne 01/26
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders 01/26
The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files, #3) by Lisa Shearin 01/26


Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip 02/02
Patricia McKillip is the finest novelist you almost certainly aren’t reading. Seriously, even the people who loved and rave about her Riddlemaster Trilogy have rarely continued on reading her other books. Which is a shame since she has rarely written anything that isn’t brilliant. So I am very excited to read her first new novel since 2010.
Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder’s Arc #3) by Jeff Salyards 02/02
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney 02/02
The Custodian of Marvels (The Fall of the Gas-lit Empire #3) by Rod Duncan 02/02
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane 02/02
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold 02/02
A new Miles Vorkosigan book from Lois McMaster Bujold? Need I say more?
The Best of Bova by Ben Bova 02/02
Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds 02/02
The Alchemy of Chaos (Maradaine, #2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca 02/02
Grave Visions (Alex Craft, #4) by Kalayna Price 02/02
Revisionary (Magic Ex Libris #4) by Jim C. Hines 02/02

Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3) by Pierce Brown 02/09
The conclusion of Pierce’s well-loved series. Why he wasn’t on the Campbell award ballot this last year, I have no idea, but this series is great!
Fathoms by Jack Cady 02/09
A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson 02/09

Bluescreen by Dan Wells 02/16
Dan Wells has two new books out this year, and I’m not sure if I’m more excited for this, or the next John Cleaver book later in the year. Either way, I get a double dose of Wells Fabulousness, and I’m thrilled.
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 02/16
Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy, #2) by Steven Erikson 02/16
The much delayed second book in the Kharkanas trilogy looks to finally be dropping, and I’m very excited to see where Erikson takes this book.
Calamity (Reckoners, #3) by Brandon Sanderson 02/16

The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds & Stephen Baxter 02/18

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab 02/23
I read ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and absolutely fell in love with the millieu. I can’t wait to see what book two has in store for me!
Genrenauts by Michael R Underwood 02/23
Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg 02/23

Those Below (The Empty Throne #2) by Daniel Polansky 02/25
The Silver Tide by Jen Williams 02/25


The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland, #5) by Catherynne M. Valente 03/01
The final volume of Valente’s Fairyland books, and I can’t wait to see both how she wraps this all together, and to see where she goes next in her writing.
The Last Days of Magic: A Novel by Mark Tompkins 03/01
Chaos Choreography (InCryptid #5) by Seanan McGuire 03/01
Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer 03/01
Arkwright by Allen Steele 03/01
The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher 03/01

The Spider’s War (The Dagger and the Coin, #5) by Daniel Abraham 03/08
As fine writer as Daniel is in science fiction (as half of the writing team that is James SA Corey), I really love his fantasy writing. His ‘Shadow in Summer’ was as fine a first novel as I have ever read, and the rest of the Long Price Quartet was very fine. I look forward to what he does after this, though I’ll be a little sad to see him close out another world.
The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel 03/08
Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop 03/08
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs 03/08
Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal 03/08
I read an early draft version of this novella as it was being written, and it was already feeling like something very very special. I can’t wait to read the final draft and see how it has changed and grown.
The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier 03/08
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu 03/08
‘The Paper Menagerie’ is one of those stories that people either love or hate, and I admit, I am in the former category. It is, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of genre writing in the last decade. I have read a few other short pieces from Ken Liu, and I have found him to be consistently wonderful. I look forward to reading the other pieces I had missed.

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #3) by Brian Staveley 03/15
Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon 03/15
The Winged Histories: a novel by Sofia Samatar 03/15

Into Everywhere by Paul McAuley 03/17

Transgalactic by James Gunn 03/22
Shadow and Flame (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) by Gail Z Martin. 03/22

Javelin Rain by Myke Cole 03/29
The Mortal Tally (Bring Down Heaven #2) by Sam Sykes 03/29

Downfall of the Gods by K. J. Parker 03/31

Forgotten Gem:


I can barely believe that ‘The Book of Knights’ came out in 1998. It seems like I just read it for the first time yesterday. It’s a fabulous story that reminds me a great deal of John Connolly’s ‘The Book of Lost Things’ or a Patricia McKillip novel in it’s language and sense of the fairy tale-esque. Yves Meynard has been widely published in his native French, but has only a few gems available in English so far, and this is by far my favorite. If you can track down a copy, it is well worth your time. Don’t rush! Read this slowly and savor the language and the glorious story.


Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older 01/05
City of Light by Keri Arthur 01/05
Path of Gods by Snorri Kristjansson 01/06
Goldenfire by A.F.E. Smith 01/14
No Good Deed by Auston Habershaw 01/19
Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow 01/26
Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe 01/26
Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer 02/01
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly 02/02
Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner 02/09
A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic 02/09
The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal 02/09
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky 02/16
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle 02/16
Down Station by Simon Morden 02/18
Borderline by Mishell Baker 03/01
Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak 03/01
Monstrous Little Voices: Five New Stories from Shakespeare’s Fantastic World edited by Emma Newman 03/08
Snakewood by Adrian Selby 03/15
The Second Death by Teresa Frohock 03/29

Updated on 10/16 with additional information from Simon Ellberger, thanks Simon!

Tracy J. Erickson

Tracy J. Erickson

Tracy Erickson has achieved one of his two childhood ambitions and now lives in a library. Sadly, Luke Perry is already married, so he has had to settle a bit on the second one. He loves chai, books, Mike' and 'Ikes and bigger books. When Mike and Ike broke up last year, he had complete faith that they'd get back together, once they realized what a horror the dating scene is.
Tracy J. Erickson


I was all set to dispute your assertion (under the note about your awesome ARC of The Killing Jar) that there are no new books coming out in December. I was sure I _knew_ Carol Berg had a new book coming out around then. I keep a calendar on my laptop just for tracking new releases I want to snap up, so I popped it open and started to grin. Sure enough, Berg’s Ash and Silver releases on Dec 1st….. and then the smile slid off my face. There IS a Great Dearth of new books. No other release date on my calendar for the entire month. *whimper* Now I need to plan my survival strategy. Thanks for the warning. :P

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