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.
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
AFTERMATH by Chuck Wendig. From Del Rey. Publishes 9/4/2015.
Wendig is an excellent author. I’ve been following his work for a few years. His words leap from the page in a kinetic splay. He’s the perfect fit for a Star Wars novel. I can’t wait to see his treatment of the material.
SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson. Published by Tor Books on 10/6/2015.
I’ve read the Mistborn novels thus far, but still need to read the other Cosmere books. Don’t judge me. As a continuation of the Wax and Wayne series, this promises to bring some more western-style fantasy and an advancement on the technology of the prior book.
ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie. Published by Orbit on 10/6/2015.
As a reader of the first two books, I’m intrigued at how one wraps up a series like this. Where can Leckie take Breq? Where will Breq take herself? Will we reach a true conclusion to Anaander Mianaai’s storyline?