Do Want! – Upcoming Books on my Radar

Here we are again. After I’ve been almost completely gone from the internet for half a month – due to obsessive watching of Battlestar Galactica and a week of well-deserved holidays – I have almost caught up. Which means it’s time for another upcoming books feature. Here are a few books that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Sarah Zettel – Golden Girl

The first part of Zettel’s American Fairy Trilogy is still on my TBR pile but will you look at that cover? We are all reasonable people, we don’t love books because their wrapping is pretty but nobody can deny that covers still have importance and can decide whether a book is bought and read or overlooked. I bought Dust Girl because the premise sounded fantastic and I’m always on the lookout for new (to me) female SFF writers. Now that I see how gorgeous the second part looks, I plan on reading Dust Girl this summer!

golden girlCallie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother. But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Unseelie throne, Callie poses a huge threat to the warring fae factions who’ve attached themselves to the most powerful people in Hollywood . . . and they are all too aware that she’s within their reach.

dividerTerry Pratchett and Steve Baxter – The Long War

Given my lukewarm feelings about The Long Earth, I am a little surprised myself about how excited I am for part two. Even though I thought the first volume had problems and didn’t live up to the hype, somehow I look foward to returning to Lobsang and discover what’s become of the Long Earth and its pioneers.

long warA generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by “stepping.” A new “America”—Valhalla—is emerging more than a million steps from Datum—our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.
Soon Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a building crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any humankind has waged before.

dividerBrian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Saga Volume 2

Sure, I’ve already read this because I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC via NetGalley. But nothing is going to keep me from getting the paper version and slowly collecting the entire series on my shelf. Even though I have not much desire to actually touch the page with that giant’s scrotum hanging above Marko’s face…

saga volume 2The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!

Collects Saga issues #7-12

dividerJo Walton – What Makes This Book So Great

I still hate Among Others for its failed attempt at magic and its boring plot but whenever I read a great review on it turns out Jo Walton wrote it. So let’s be grown up about it and admit that I didn’t like one thing she wrote but I adore other stuff. Apart from wanting to read one of her older novels, I will definitely buy this collection of reviews and book discussions.

what makes this book so greatThis is a collection of some of the best of Jo’s posts on Selected from the first three years, What Makes This Book So Great, forthcoming in January 2014, is the result.

Read the announcement post on for a taste of the reviews that will be collected in this volume. It promises the entire Vorkosigan Saga, thoughts on George Orwell, book discussions on Susanna Clarke, Connie Willis, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Jerry Pournelle and (I hope) many more.

dividerAnd just to make this post complete, here are the two Cat Valente books I have pre-ordered. The level of my excitedness should be fairly obvious from anything I’ve ever said about Catherynne M. Valente’s books, here on this blog. I also just realized that, once these two books arrive in the mail, I will own “Silently and Very Fast” in three separate books…

Catherynne M. Valente – The Melancholy of Mechagirl

melancholy of mechagirl

I have no idea what to expect from this collection, other than the sheer perfection that is anything Cat Valente writes. Stories about Japan sound appealing because I hardly ever read anything set in or about Japan. Plus, the cover art ist beautifully weird.

Science fiction and fantasy stories about Japan by the multiple-award winning author and New York Times best seller Catherynne M. Valente.

A collection of some of Catherynne Valente’s most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella Silently and Very Fast and the Locus Award finalist “13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time,” with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.

Catherynne M. Valente – The Bread We Eat in Dreams

bread we eat in dreams

Ever since the magnificently pleasant surprise of the signed (!) Six-Gun Snow White – a gorgeous book, inside and out – I am putting all my trust in Subterranean Press. According to their website, this will not be signed but it’s fully clothbound and full of awesome. All I have to do now is wait until December…

Subterranean Press proudly presents a major new collection by one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament. Catherynne M. Valente, the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and other acclaimed novels, now brings readers a treasure trove of stories and poems in The Bread We Eat in Dreams.
In the Locus Award-winning novelette “White Lines on a Green Field,” an old story plays out against a high school backdrop as Coyote is quarterback and king for a season. A girl named Mallow embarks on an adventure of memorable and magical politicks in “The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While.” The award-winning, tour de force novella “Silently and Very Fast” is an ancient epic set in a far-flung future, the intimate autobiography of an evolving A.I. And in the title story, the history of a New England town and that of an outcast demon are irrevocably linked.The thirty-five pieces collected here explore an extraordinary breadth of styles and genres, as Valente presents readers with something fresh and evocative on every page. From noir to Native American myth, from folklore to the final frontier, each tale showcases Valente’s eloquence and originality.

3 thoughts on “Do Want! – Upcoming Books on my Radar

  1. Redhead says:

    omgosh, more Valente? I love her so much! I have Six Gun Snow White from SubPress, it’s so pretty i’m a little afraid to take it out of the plastic sleeve.

    I enjoyed Saga Vol1, but I’m not so into comics that I can’t wait for volume 2 to get to the library.


    • Nadine says:

      Oh yes, more Valente. 🙂
      Mechagirl is coming out in July, the third Fairyland novel in October, and the Bread we Eat in Dreams in November/December – I have pre-ordered all of them by now. Just to be safe, you know…


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