Future Books

Colleen had the idea of putting up our lists of books we’re looking forward to today. Because I am away and already in the overdrive exhaustion that a residency induces, this list will be nowhere near complete. I’ve forgotten things. Even more: I know there are tons of books coming out this year I would be looking forward to if I knew about them. I haven’t been through any of the stack of catalogs on the corner of my desk, so… And I’m largely blanking on children’s books, mostly because several of the adult authors I obsessively read seem to have books this year. See below:

  • Justine Larbalestier’s The Ultimate Fairy Book – Okay, so mostly I just want to read it again, because it was so amazing. Also, J has done so much revision, I’m excited to read the final version. This is SUCH a lovely book; you will all love it. (Not on Amazon yet, I don’t believe, but here’s the blog entry I’m taking the pub date from.)
  • Karen Joy Fowler’s Wit’s End – I don’t think I need to explain this one.
  • Jeff Ford”s The Shadow Year – Ditto.
  • Jincy Willett’s The Writing Class – Everything about this looks wonderful, including the fabulous cover. It doesn’t get much better than Jincy Willett.
  • Samantha Hunt’s The Invention of Everything Else – I adored The Seas.
  • Ysabeau Wilce’s Flora Redux (compleat (sub)title not available) – No Amazon link yet, but I believe it’s out in spring? I can’t WAIT.
  • Jenny Davidson’s The Explosionist – Like Colleen, I’m unbelievably excited about this one. Jenny has the best taste in YA since, well, ever, and that can be nothing but a good sign. Plus, with a title like that, you really can’t go wrong.

I know I’m going to think of a dozen titles as soon as I post this, but must dash. Anyone know when the second volume of Octavian Nothing’s due out? Anyone (I’m looking at you Mr. McLaren) have any others to suggest?

7 thoughts on “Future Books”

  1. Me, three, on wondering when Octavian Part 2 will be available. It better not be like part 2 of Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany. I.e. non-existent. That would make me very sad.
    My book has had a title change but it will definitely be out in September of this year. Thanks for the plug!
    And, yup, I’m lookng forward to all of those books! Especially Karen Joy Fowler’s and Jenny Davidson’s.

  2. No fair calling me out when I’m half the world away from my resources!
    However, I’ll take a stab anyway. Obviously I’m terribly excited about the Ford you mention and look forward to all the others as well.
    What else. Hm. Is Margo Lanagan’s novel going to come out this year? (Since I’m in Australia, I seem to be thinking that way.)
    Graham Joyce definitely has a new YA coming out that I’ll want to get.
    What about that Vandermeer edited Steampunk anthology–that should be quite good.
    Melinda Snodgrass has her first novel in yonks coming out next year. I have very fond memories of her “Circuit” books from ages ago about the near future of the US court systems as the moon and mars were colonized, so I’m interested in that. Although it looks like an “occult thriller”, which is quite a deviation from the stuff I remember. Still.
    My countryman Karl Schroeder has another Vigra book coming out. These are great. And oddly, that reminds me that we must be do for another Justina Robson–it seems like forever since Selling Out, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
    Walter Jon Williams has “Implied Spaces” coming out from Night Shade this year. That might actually be the thing I’m most looking forward to, unless Powers announces something for 2008 (which seems vanishingly unlikely). Night Shade also has Liz William’s latest, which I will gladly grab up.
    Oh, and on the YA front, I’m definitely expecting another Keys To The Kingdom book from Garth Nix. And Catherine Jink’s sequel to Evil Genius is supposed to come out too I think.
    That’s all that pops immediately to mind.

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