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My Out of Office Reply is Broken

Dear Reader, I’m sure you felt that I had abandoned you.

Well, to be honest, I have. Not permanently mind you, but you know how busy the holidays can be, trees that need decorating and pie to be eaten. However, I have returned to you in this new year, with an updated list of releases for the first quarter, including some that I’m desperately smug about having already read (Like City of Blades) and some that I’m still desperate to read (I’m looking at you Brandon Sanderson). Currently I’m reading the new Jenn Bosworth, The Killing Jar, which I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite some time, and I’ll tell you all about it next week.

25372801I don’t pretend this is a complete list, but these are the books that have caught my attention, including a couple of impressive debut novels like the enormously buzzed-about All the Birds in the Sky by io9 Editor Charlie Jane Anders, and Drake by Peter McLean.

26883415Some of the ones I’m most looking forward to, besides of course the already mentioned Bosworth, Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jackson Bennett, are the new Patricia McKillip (who I feel is criminally under-read), the final Fairyland book by Catherynne Valente, and the China Mieville. As well as the new Lois McMaster Bujold (which I’ve already read) and the Mary Robinette Kowal novella (that I’ve already read a version of) which are both as good as you expect from each author. For fans looking for Kowal to write something other than the period fantasy she has written so far in her novels (but which she has done widely in her short stories) Forest of Memory should be a don’t-miss.

A Gathering of Shadows FinalAmong the follow-ups to current series with follow-ups scheduled, I want to single out VE Schwab (who writes YA under her full name, Victoria) last year’s A Darker Shade of Magic was one of my favorite reads, so this years offering, A Gathering of Shadows is high on my to-read list. As well as the final book in Jeff Salyards trilogy, and the much expected closure to Pierce Brown’s epic scifi trilogy, Morning Star (and can someone explain how he wasn’t nominated for a Campbell Award please?).

So darling ones, there you go, a gigantic reading list sure to keep you busy for the next few months , and I’ll be sure to post the second quarter release list sometime in late February, so you have time to drool properly (and pre-order).

I’ll see you in a week!

January 5th

This Census-Taker by China Miéville
Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard
Midnight Taxi Tango Daniel José Older
City of Light Keri Arthur
Path of Gods Snorri Kristjansson
Drake by Peter McLean

January 12th

The People in the Castle by Joan  Aiken
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley
The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Goldenfire A.F.E. Smith
Xenowealth by Tobias Buckell

January 19th

Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
Patchwerk by David Tellerman
Pagan Night  by Tim Akers
The Beauty of Destruction by Gavin Smith
Occupy Me by Trisha Sullivan  (UK)

January 26th

Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) by Brandon Sanderson
Lustlocked by Matt Wallace
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2) by Maria V. Snyder
City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Graveyard by William C Dietz.
Staked (Iron Druid #8) by Kevin Hearne
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files, #3) by Lisa Shearin

February 2nd

Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
Chains of the Heretic: Bloodsounder’s Arc Book Three by Jeff Salyards
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
The Custodian of Marvels (Fall of the Gaslit Empire #3) by Rod Duncan
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Best of Bova by Ben Bova
Graft by Matt Hill
Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair  Reynolds
The Alchemy of Chaos (Maradaine, #2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Grave Visions (Alex Craft, #4) by Kalayna Price
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines

February 9th

The Hunt (Atlanta Burns, #2) by Chuck Wendig
Dragon Hunters (The Chronicles of the Exile #2) by Marc Turner
The Guns Of Ivrea (Tales of Valdur, #1) by Clifford Beal
Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3) by Pierce Brown
Fathoms by Jack Cady
A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson
The Tiger And The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky (UK)

February 16th

Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Lovecraft Country by Ruff, Matt
Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy, #2) by Steven Erikson
Calamity (Reckoners, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Down Station by Simon Morden  (UK)
The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds & Stephen Baxter

February 23rd

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab
Genrenauts by Michael R Underwood
Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg
Those Below (The Empty Throne #2) by Daniel Polansky
The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

March 1st

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland, #5) by Catherynne M. Valente
The Last Days of Magic: A Novel by Mark Tompkins
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer
Arkwright by Allen Steele
 The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher
Nocturnall by Beth Bernobich* (Actually released Dec. 1 2015)

March 8th

The Spider’s War (The Dagger and the Coin, #5) by Daniel Abraham
The Cold Between by Elizabeth  Bonesteel
Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs
Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

March 15th

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #3) by Brian Staveley
Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon
The Winged Histories: a novel by Sofia Samatar
Snakewood by Adrian Selby
Into Everywhere by Paul McAuley

March 22nd

Transgalactic by James Gunn
The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmel
Shadow and Flame (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) by Gail Z Martin.

March 29th

Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
The Mortal Tally (Bring Down Heaven #2) by Sam Sykes
Downfall of the Gods by K. J.  Parker
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

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