I decided this past week to take a break for two reasons. I have been sick the past week (a change of medication has thrown my body completely mad) and last week I really only got through one book read. So! Break week! We’re back out it, and next week will be a very exciting week.
We’ll start off with what’s coming next week because oh my god, some great books are on the way next week. I’m just going to lump in what I’ll be getting with everything I’m looking forward to because this list is going to be long. I’m also going to list the things that came out this week I’m going to look for at the library. I didn’t get any pre-orders but I have a few things I’m on the prowl for!
To start off with next week :
- Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson – Shhhhh… you hear that distant roar? That’s the hordes of Sanderson fans screaming. It’s finally here, and I’m going to be honest I’m in that horde of fans. I can’t wait. It’s going to be 1200 pages of delightful fantasy antics.
- Artemis by Andy Weir – This is another incredibly hyped release. The author of the Martian has a new book? Yes please! Though it’s been getting mixed reviews I think this one is going to blow up. I have my own copy coming from Book of the Month so I can safely say I’m pretty excited.
- Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich – This is a dystopia novel that closely affects the pregnant women of it’s world. Suddenly all infants born are starting to resemble a primitive species of human. Our main character is trying to come to terms with this and figure out what’s going to happen when she herself ends up pregnant. This one I may end up getting next month in BoTM.
- The Book of Resting Places : A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead by Thomas Mira Y Lopez – You know me, reading all the books about death and death adjacent things. This one is a series of essays looking at where and what we do with bodies, and how to process grief along the way. I love me some non-fiction, the topic of death, and historical essays so I’m totally on board with this one.
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – I might, might be more excited about this than Oathbringer. I can’t decide. For starters it’s Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and we all know I love her. It’s also about mermaid. Freaky, creepy, and horror grade level mermaids. Yes. And Thank you. I’m definitely getting this one on Tuesday, you better bet your ass I am.
Good stuff guys, good stuff. And what came out this week I’m looking to checking out?
- Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines – I had this one on pre-order and in all honesty it didn’t survive the budget cut but I was so sad to see it go. I might end up asking for it for Christmas because it looks hilarious. Humanity has become little more than zombies, working as janitors and simple laborers for their alien benefactors. Something unfortunately attacks our main character’s ship and it’s up to them to keep it running and get it to safety. This sounds amazing.
- Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald – I don’t know much about this one besides that’s it’s about jellyfish. I love science memoirs, so I kind of assume that’s what this is. I’ll be grabbing this as soon as I see it at the library.
- The Night Clave (Numenera) by Monte Cook, Shanna Germain – I really enjoyed the Numenera book I read previously and did a review of on the blog. So this one is a definite pick up for me in the future. I’ve been watching the Numenera franchise grow of the past few months and it’s looking more and more promising!
- Jade City by Fonda Lee – This one looks like a fantasy set Godfather with an Asia-inspired setting and mythos. I’m not sure how that isn’t an fascinating combination. Jade is what powers this world, and some people who can employ it like magic. The setting is a city in which protectors use Jade to maintain order, families, and safety. But a drug has popped up that lets outsider use Jade. Chaos will, of course, follow and we follow our heroes as they try to repair their society.
- Bonfire by Krysten Ritter – Yes, yes. Books written by celebrities are notoriously bad. This one is getting a lot of good buzz though, so I’m definitely going to try and find a copy (if not at the Library then through BoTM) and check it out. It’s a thriller with a female detective trying to escape her past. I’m avoiding much more than that, but I think I heard something about an old mean girl reappearing? I’m intrigued.
- Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – I honestly put this one on the list last, and hesitantly. It’s a fantasy/magical realism book I know very little about. These books either are huge winners with me, or more often are huge busts so I’m tentatively interested. I’d definitely pick it up from the library though – so we’ll see what happens.
I wasn’t lying when I said that list was going to be huge. So let’s make the rest of this quick! I haven’t gotten any new books for my actual shelves this week. It’s been fairly quiet as NaNoWriMo is underway, and as I’ve posted on here numerous times in the past, I always participate. I have added a few books to my To-Read shelf on Goodreads though I’d like to share. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword : Patterns of Japanese Culture by Ruth Benedict sounds like a great classic Japanese history book. The Border of Paradise by Esme Wijun Wang is a slightly bizarre sounding Lit Fic set in the mid-century. I’m always down for slightly bonkers families and this sounds like it might have one. Finally, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty looks absolutely fascinating. Though this might be a bit bigger than most micro-histories in topic than I normally read I am really excited to see what this holds.
I don’t have any bookishly parallel news about releases or goodies. In non-bookish things I’ll gladly fess up to returning to World of Warcraft. I am not happy about the return to constant bickering between Horde and Alliance but I feel like perhaps this is our way of getting stuck deeper into an Old Gods problem. I am also NOT happy about Teldrassil burning (RIP Darnassus =( ) so I’ve got to see what’s happening and what comes of it. The holidays are here anyway so I’ve almost never got a lot of energy for anything more intensive than mind-numbing daily quests so it’s a perfect fit!
How is everyone else’s week? What are you looking forward to?