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2015: Q4 Most Wanted

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Sometimes I get access to books from publishers in return for (probably) writing a review. Sometimes writers or their agents give me books to read in the hope that I will review or otherwise help promote the book. Sometimes I buy the books myself. But sometimes I just don’t have access to a copy of a book that I want to read, and that can be pretty devastating. Sometimes I haven’t been approved by the publisher, sometimes finances are too tight to buy a new book.

I’m going to call this 2015: Q4 Most Wanted. It’s slightly a misnomer, as I’ll be reaching out of the quarter a bit into August and September. I’ll create another one of these again in December, and I’ll stick with the proper quarter parameters then. Probably. Or I’ll post the books by their zodiac signs. Do we include Ophiuchus? Only time can tell.

Here are, in no particular order, the 2015 fourth quarter books I’m lusting after the most. At least at the moment.

Italics demonstrate my own opinions and perspectives.

The boxed descriptions are the same as you’ll find at places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.



THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson. From Tom Doherty Associates. Publishes 9/15/2015.

I’m intrigued by this debut novel. The opportunity to discover and amplify new voices is a part of why I created this blog. As often as I can, I’ll press to share new works and new perspectives. What I’ve seen of this book has drawn me in, and when I get my hands on it, I’ll certainly give a review.

In Seth Dickinson’s highly-anticipated debut The Traitor Baru Cormorant, a young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy.

Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people-even her soul.

When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire’s civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free.

Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it’s on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize.

But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines.



RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente published by Tor Books October 20, 2015.

I’ve read Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland books, so I’m excited to read one of her adult novels. The description of this book as a “decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery” pretty much sells the book single-handedly. Read more

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Keep an eye out for reviews of these books!

Our first reviews will be posted September 1st. More announcements to come.



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First of all, pardon the dust, peculiar stains, and loud noises. This site doesn’t technically launch until September 1. In the meantime, you’ll probably hear lots of machinery running, see plenty of ominous but imminently practical plastic sheeting, maybe view some dark cars with their headlights shuttered, coming and going in the middle of the night. But we’re, uh. Definitely working on the website.


These are exciting times, folks! We’re currently working on upcoming reviews for several beautiful, action-packed books. Our current list includes several ARCS (advanced reader copies). You can hear all about these ARCs here about a week or two before (or on the day of, in some cases) the books are released for public consumption. We’re hitting the nostalgia nectar pretty heavily this month, with both Mercedes Lackey and R.L. Stine on the menu. Yum, nectar.

We will also be reviewing books from the past couple of months that might have slipped under your radar. Just, you know, squeezed right under your little radio waves there. And that’s okay. We’ll help boost your signal so you don’t miss as many great books.

Read on to see some of the works we’re reviewing for September. Updates to come!


The Aeronaut’s Windlass – by Jim Butcher.

Published by Orbit 9/29/2015.

We’re writing dueling reviews on this one. What did we think about Butcher’s foray into the steampunk realm? How many books are expected in this series? What’s a windlass? Is that a talking cat? This is the first book in Butcher’s new The Cinder Spires series.


The Lost Girl: A Fear Street Novel – by R.L. Stine.

Published by St. Martin’s Press Griffin on 9/29/2015.

This book series brings back a lot of memories. We’re writing a retrospective on the long-running YA horror series, including a review of this latest installment.



Hunter – by Mercedes Lackey.

Published by Disney-Hyperion on 9/1/2015.

If you’re under forty and you read fantasy and science fiction as a little fox, you have probably read Lackey. She’s out with an eclectic dystopian novel that checks all the boxes: teen female protagonist, a destroyed nation, a final hope for the human race. Big guns, psychic powers, magic, and religious zealots. Reality television, insulated perspectives, and duels. It’s all here. Oh yeah, and all of those fairy tale creatures are real. And they’re trying to destroy us.



Twelve Kings in Sharakhai – by Brad P. Beaulieu.

Published by DAW on 12/1/2015.

Aside from the obvious – he’s got a lot of vowels in his name! I just have the one. I’m not jealous, really, I’m not – what really stands out about established novelist Beaulieu is that he’s got a nice ear for the English language and his novel flows smoothly. There’s a ton of action, opening with a gladiator arena and moving us quickly forward into the larger world of a city ruled over by twelve kings cursed/blessed by the magic to protect their city, and a young gladiator who is more than she appears to be. This is the first book in the The Song of the Shattered Sands series.




The Dragon Engine – by Andy Remic.

Published by Angry Robot on 9/1/2015. 

This one is about five war heroes who get drunk one night and make one of those decisions that war heroes make when they get drunk: they sign a hastily planned contract to head off to Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens. If I had a nickel for every time I signed a hastily planned contract to head off to Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens…

This is the first book in the The Blood Dragon Empire series.





Influx – by Tim Marquitz.

Published by Ragnarok Publications on 6/30/2015.

This is an interesting one, bringing an alien presence (we’re dealing with a real-life doppelganger) into an urban fantasy setting. With a dark anti-hero, lots of weaponry, and a large body count, what’s not to love? Marquitz writes fast and furious fiction, and this one does not disappoint.

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