Friday, January 1, 2016

Most Anticipated Books of 2016

Date Unknown
Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
This is the sequel to last year's Six of Crows, which I thought was a great read.  No date yet, but perhaps toward the end of the year, maybe October.

The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley
I've been following Kameron Hurley since her debut so I'll be wanting this.  It's the first of two space operas being published by new imprint Saga Press, either in the summer or fall I'm guessing since it wasn't listed in the spring catalog. 

The Iron Season, Helene Wecker
Not much information about this one yet other than it was announced in the November issue of Locus magazine as the sequel to The Golem and the Jinni.  I really loved that book so I will be snatching it up at the first opportunity. 


The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (UK)
I've been meaning to read more Tchaikovsky and I may finally get around to it with this one.

"Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul, so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.

Maniye's father plots to rule the north and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger, and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?"


The Spider's War, Daniel Abraham
The final book in Abraham's Dagger and Coin series.  I can't wait!

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu
This was the collection of Ken Liu's short fiction I posted about at the beginning of 2015, but it was pushed back to this year, probably because of the author's debut novel release.  I've read about half the stories in this so I'm eagerly looking forward to the other half!

The Devil You Know, K.J. Parker
This will be the second Parker novella being published by  The blurb has me practically drooling already.

"The greatest philosopher of all time is offering to sell his soul to the Devil. All he wants is twenty more years to complete his life’s work. After that, he really doesn’t care.

But the assistant demon assigned to the case has his suspicions, because the philosopher is Saloninus–the greatest philosopher, yes, but also the greatest liar, trickster and cheat the world has yet known; the sort of man even the Father of Lies can’t trust."

The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar
I was a big fan of Samatar's debut novel, A Stranger in Olondria.  This is a stand-alone sequel set in the same world with different characters and sounds fantastic.

"Four women, soldier, scholar, poet, and socialite, are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion. As war erupts and their families are torn apart, they fear they may disappear into the unwritten pages of history. Using the sword and the pen, the body and the voice, they struggle not just to survive, but to make history"


Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie
This is a collection of Abercrombie's short fiction set in his First Law world.  I'm uncertain if I'll buy the US hardcover with its god-awful cover (left) or the UK paperback (UK hardcovers often being terrible in quality). Decisions, decisions.


Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay
I've read almost everything by GGK so of course I will be picking this up.  After the last two books set in faux-China this one shifts back to Europe and the Mediterranean during the Renaissance.

The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney
This book was originally set to be releasesed last year, but the publishers pushed it back a little to give the book more attention and time.  As a Kearney fan, I must have this.

"1920s Oxford: home to C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien... and Anna Francis, a young Greek refugee looking to escape the grim reality of her new life. The night they cross paths, none suspect the fantastic world at work around them.

Anna Francis lives in a tall old house with her father and her doll Penelope. She is a refugee, a piece of flotsam washed up in England by the tides of the Great War and the chaos that trailed in its wake. Once upon a time, she had a mother and a brother, and they all lived together in the most beautiful city in the world, by the shores of Homer's wine-dark sea.

But that is all gone now, and only to her doll does she ever speak of it, because her father cannot bear to hear. She sits in the shadows of the tall house and watches the rain on the windows, creating worlds for herself to fill out the loneliness. The house becomes her own little kingdom, an island full of dreams and half-forgotten memories. And then one winter day, she finds an interloper in the topmost, dustiest attic of the house. A boy named Luca with yellow eyes, who is as alone in the world as she is."


The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
The sixth entry in one of my favorite series.  Gimme already!

Babylon's Ashes, James S.A. Corey
Also the sixth entry in another of my favorite series.  If you aren't reading this or even watching the TV show, I will take your geek/nerd card.

Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee
Like Ken Liu, I'm a big fan of Yoon Ha Lee's short fiction and I'm looking forward to this debut novel.  The author has a knack for using mathematics and physics for some truly intriguing stories.  If you're curious, check out the author's collection, Conversation of Shadows.

Necessity, Jo Walton
This the third book in Walton's loosely connected trilogy about the goddess Athena's experiment to create Plato's The Just City.  In the final book, the story moves far to the future on another planet.


Everfair, Nisi Shawl
The second debut novel on the list.  No official blurb yet, but it's been described as steampunk in the Belgian Congo before European colonization.

The Call, Peadar O' Guilin
Not much about this fantasy title yet and only a tentative release date, but I personally know the author and I've read everything of his so I will definitely be picking this up.  

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