I’m going to start this bad boy off by mentioning two books I think will be on a lot of people’s lists and that I also am super excited about. The rest of my list is going to be books I’ve pre-ordered and I feel like maybe need to more attention than they’re getting? I made my list thinking this was Upcoming but I’m sticking to it because they’re still ‘Want to Reads’. I hate to repeat the same books as everyone else so I’m going to show some of the lesser talked about books (that I’ve seen) that I’m excited about! There will also be a video on the Youtube channel if you’d like to listen as opposed to read! Link in the sidebar.
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The two hyped up honorable mentions:
- Oathbringer by Brandon Sanders (Book 3 in the Stormlight Archive)
I have no doubt at all this will get the hype it deserves. I am very much a fan of The Stormlight series and the cover on this book is absolute perfection. So naturally I have this on my pre-orders.
- Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (Book 2 in the Machineries of the Empire Series)
This one I feel like needs no explaination. It’s the sequel the the infamous NineFox Gambit I’ve talked about 2 or 30 times on this blog. I’m pretty sure I start vibrating I get so excited about this.
My Top 5:
- The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of of Heaven by JY Yang
The covers alone are enough to sell me on these titles. This is a double launch, both
books releasing on September 26th. These are the start of a silkpunk series that features the fates of two twins. Sold to a monastery at a young age the children have different gifts and they get sucked into a growing war.
- The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
This story takes place in a future South Africa where everything seems to be perfect. Personal AIs, renewable energy sources, and a great economy. But things are coming to the surface. A new hallucinogenic drug has hit the streets, those Personal AI’s might be rumbling for rebellion, and above (or beneath if you will) it all an ancient demigoddess is feeling a little blood thirsty. Our main characters are a young Zulu girl with great power, a queer teen who can manipulate minds, a pop diva with daddy issues and a politician with mommy issues. This sounds amazing, coming out
- Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer
I was a really big fan of Vermilion a few years back by Molly Tanzer and I’ve been not so patiently waiting for another novel. This mysterious thing comes out November 14th. This is a Victorian urban fantasy inspired by the picture of Dorian Grey with cults and possibly a gender-bent Dorian? I enjoyed Vermilion enough that I’ll be giving this one a go.
- Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth
I’ve never tried Spencer Ellsworth, that I can remember, and this summary seems to have a lot of the classic space opera tags. Ancient relic, mercenary captain, everybody wants it, etc. But this one has giant bugs and spiders. In space. That’s just calling my name. I love buggy anything, sign me up! Additionally it seems like humanity might not be the top dog? I’m totally down for that as well!
- Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Mr. Jones has got quite a few books under his belt but this is the first one to catch
my eye. It’s a haunted house story, kind of. It tells the story of a young boy who thinks he sees the ghost of his father walking through his house. In an attempt to find and map his house he starts to realize they all might be in danger. The story also tagged as a ‘Native American Horror Story’. Mr. Jones is himself Blackfoot, so I can’t wait to see what he cooks up.
Like you, the cover art for JY Yang’s books totally sold me on them…even before the phrase “silkpunk” caught my eye. Mapping the Interior looks awesome, thanks for bringing it to my attention! I definitely want to read more Indigenous SFF.
They’re gorgeous aren’t they? Even my husband stopped at my desk to ask about them, haha.
You are welcome! I think I might try more of his stuff as well. We definitely need more Indigenous works!