Do Want! – Upcoming Books on My Radar

I was browsing through io9’s guide for March and noticed it was time for another one of these excitement posts.

J. A. Nielsen – The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2) (March 1st)

Ever since The Booksmugglers’ glowing review of The False Prince, it has been sitting on my TBR pile. Given the fact it shares said “pile” with so many other books, I can afford to wait until the trilogy/series is finished (or nearly finished) before I start reading. I have no idea if I will actually like this but the Booksmugglers are pretty reliable in picking the awesome from the bad books.

runaway kingA kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!


Charles de Lint and Charles Vess – The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (March 5th)

Just look at that cover. If you’ve seen even one illustration of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust by Charles Vess, you know why I’m so excited. In addition, Charles de Lint has been on my radar for years and this book sounds just charming.

cats of tanglewood forestThe magic is all around you, if only you open your eyes….

Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills–until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures–from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People–to find a way to make things right.

In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl’s journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one’s own destiny.


Seanan McGuire – Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) (March 5th)

I still haven’t read anything by Seanan McGuire or her alter ego Mira Grant (althouth I own a bunch of her books). But liking Seanan the way I do, just from listening to interviews and her delicious squees on the SF Squeecast, I cannot help but be excited anyway.

midnight blue-light specialCryptid, noun:
1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.
2. That thing that’s getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also: “monster.”

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity–and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn’t quite work out that way…

But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there’s no way Verity can take that lying down.

Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ–assuming there’s anyone left standing when all is said and done. It’s a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit…and carnage.


Ellen Datolow and Terri Windling (eds.) – Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells (March 19th)

In addition to reading more short fiction online, the bloggosphere has also pushed me to be interested in (print) anthologies. And this one sounds just up my alley. It doesn’t always have to be steampunk! I find something inherently magical about gaslamp fantasy, even if it comes without cogs and clockwork. Again, I admit, the cover decided it for me. Let’s not delude ourselves, even in the digital reading world, covers are still damn influential.

queen victoria's book of spellsFrom the extraordinary award-winning editor duo, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, comes an anthology with Gaslamp Fantasy as the theme. Furthermore, it will have 18 brand-new Tales not published before.

The Line-up:
“The Fairy Enterprise” by Jeffrey Ford
“From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh
“Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia Sherman
“La Reine D’Enfer” by Kathe Koja
“Briar Rose” by Elizabeth Wein
“The Governess” by Elizabeth Bear
“Smithfield” by James P. Blaylock
“The Unwanted Women of Surrey” by Kaaron Warren
“Charged” by Leanna Renee Hieber
“Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey
“Phosphorus” by Veronica Schanoes
“We Without Us Were Shadows” by Catherynne M. Valente
“The Vital Importance of the Superficial” by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
“The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” by Jane Yolen
“A Few Twigs He Left Behind” by Gregory Maguire
“Their Monstrous Minds” by Tanith Lee
“Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss


That’s it, folks. It looks like March is full of wonderful book releases. The ones above are the books I’ll definitely be getting this month. What are you excited for?

Do Want! – Upcoming Books on my Radar

It’s time for another one of these posts. Mosty, Catherynne M. Valente is responsible for this because I have been looking for a copy of the book she recommended and simply couldn’t find one. My way through the labyrinth that is the internetwebs has not only led me to success but come across two other titles that caught my interest.

dividerSUSAN COOPER – SEAWARD (August 2013)

seawardNow this book has been published in 1983 so you may wonder what the hell is wrong with me for listing it here. But, as far as my research has shown, there is no ebook version of it yet and the paper versions are very hard to get and mostly way above my price range. But my friend Goodreads informed me that not only will it be published again (with a cover that is much less 80ies), but there will also be an ebook version. Hurrah! And because Cat Valente squeed (very successfully) about this little novel on the SF Squeecast, I now cannot wait to get my hands on it.

His name is West. Her name is Cally. They speak different languages and come from different countries thousands of miles apart, but they do not know that. What they do know are the tragedies that took their parents, then wrenched the two of them out of reality, into a strange and perilous world through which they must travel together, knowing only that they must reach the sea. Together West and Cally embark upon a strange and sometimes terrifying quest, learning to survive and to love and, at last, the real secret of their journey.

dividerS. M. WHEELER – SEA CHANGE (June 2013)

I know neither the author nor have I heard anything about the book but the cover made me look at the blurb and the blurb had some buzz words that made me go “Oooh, I want this!”sea change

The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’ many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.



labyrinth prequelHere’s a confession. I am a huge Labyrinth fangirl. I have watched this movie over and over, the last time only a month ago, and it is still as magical, and immersive as it was the first time. When i was little, I wanted to be Sarah. I would be friends with Hoggle and Ludo, I would run from the cleaners, be entranced by Jareth (and his supertight tights) and wear that awesome dress to the masque. You can imagine my excitement when I found out about this:

Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present an original prequel to Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film. Labyrinth is one of Jim Henson’s most beloved works, with a built-in audience of millions of fans worldwide. Years before Sarah entered the labyrinth, a young boy named Jareth faced his own incredible journey in a desperate attempt to rescue his true love from the clutches of the wicked and beautiful Goblin Queen. This graphic novel is produced under the complete supervision of Lisa Henson, the daughter of the late Jim Henson and CEO of the Jim Henson Company.


That’s it for today. The Susan Cooper and the Labyrinth sequel are extremely high on my wishlist, with Sea Change being a random pick. I may change my mind on buying the latter (the library is always an option and I’m in no hurry) but I’ll be damned if the other two aren’t on my shelf (or Kobo) on the day of publication.

Do Want! – Upcoming Books on my Radar

It’s 2013 and many people have posted articles about the books they’re looking forward to this year. I have only a few that I’m looking foward to so much I’ll be grabbing them the day they hit the shelves.


I wanted to order a signed limited edition but the shipping costs are more than half the book’s price – and I won’t pay 60 Euros even for Cat Valente. I’ll just wait and get the regular hardback. But man, I am soooo excited about this.

Fsix gun snow whiterom New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente comes a brilliant reinvention of one the best known fairy tales of all time. In the novella Six-Gun Snow White, Valente transports the title’s heroine to a masterfully evoked Old West where Coyote is just as likely to be found as the seven dwarves.
A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother’s death in childbirth, so begins a heroine’s tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, readers will be enchanted by this story at once familiar and entirely new.


Like I have to explain why I’m looking forward to this. It’s a new Gaiman. And even if I didn’t know him, the synopsis would get me interested.

ocean at the end of the laneThe Ocean At The End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.
It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.  Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac — as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.



I’ve already read this as an e-ARC (review here) but it is such a gorgeous book that I have to own it. In hardback. So I can stroke it and run my fingers longingly over the beautiful illustrations by Todd Lockwood.

YMarie Brennan - A natural history of dragonsou, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
Marie Brennan introduces an enchanting new world in A Natural History of Dragons.




A quick edit: I totally forgot Scott Lynch. If we’re very, very lucky, The Republic of Thieves will actually be published this year. But I saw now on several places on the interwebs that his collection of prequel-novellas set in the Gentleman Bastard world is supposed to come out as well. Guess who’ll be jumping on that book?

bastards and the knivesAn omnibus containing two novellas: “The Mad Baron’s Mechanical Attic” and “The Choir of Knives”
These two novellas tell the story of how Locke, Jean and the other gentleman bastards acquired the Austershalin brandy that played such a key role in the con at the center of THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA and how they managed to avoid being killed by the elite assassins known as the Choir of Knives. These two novellas will fill in the backstory of the Bastards and allow fans to revisit the pleasures of the banter and antics of Calo, Galdo and Bug as well discover how Locke and Jean forged their gang.

Do Want! – Upcoming Books on my Radar

Gollancz published their catalogues for January – July 2013 (here) which also made me look through the catalogue for July 2012 – October 2013. And then some other publisher’s catalogues. And boy, oh boy. I know where my Christmas money is going this year…

Here’s the excitement:


I’ve only read the first two Flavia de Luce mysteries (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag) but I am infatuated with Alan Bradley’s voice and look forward to more precocious 12-year-old mystery-solving, pigtailed girls.

The fifth book in the series starring eleven-year-old detective Flavia de Luce.
Flavia is  first at the scene when the tomb of St. Tancred is to be opened. But the body she finds is not that of the desiccated saint, but Mr. Collicutt, the church organist. Intrigued by the circumstances of his death, Flavia finds herself exploring a secret maze of underground passages beneath the church – and is drawn into the dark world of one of Bishop’s Lacey’s most peculiar families.


These books have been out for a long time and I’ve had my eye on them for years. But these new covers really appeal to me in their simplicity.

The famous shared-world super-hero books created and edited by George R.R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones.
Return to the beginning of a long running series created by George R.R. Martin, featuring stories and characters who would go on to become legends. Super-heroes have never been more real.
Since 1987, the Wild Cards series has featured stories from a number of bestselling and award-winning authors. Each volume is edited y and contains at least one story written by George R.R. Martin.


Fingers crossed so hard! I am currently reading the second book in the Gentleman Bastard series and I honestly cannot get enough of Scott Lynch. His books are sheer perfection. Also, I think the cover is very well done.

The return of tone of the most exciting new commercial writers of the 21st century.
After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Both men find themselves pitted against Locke’s long-lost love, Sabetha. And Sabetha has just one goal – to destroy Locke for ever.
The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles.


Another one of those series that I haven’t even started yet but am strangely excited about. I have heard nothing but good things about the Twilight Reign series and I can’t wait to get started. And the covers look stunning next to each other.

Eleven stories that add further colour and shape to the epic story of the Twilight Reign series – this is an essential volume for Tom Lloyd’s many fans. The history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree’s fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer – more tales surrounding those bloody years that went unrecorded. In the shadow of memorials to the glorious dead, these ghosts lie quiet and forgotten by all but a few.
A companion collection to the Twilight Reign quintet, these 11 stories shine a rather different light on the Land. Look past the armies and politics of the Seven Tribes and you will find smaller moments that shaped the course of history in their own way. But even forgotten secrets can kill. Even shadows can have claws.

Do Want! – Upcoming books on my radar

I’ve reached the point where I browse publishers’ catalogues for upcoming titles and get super excited about them even though they won’t be published until spring. Here’s a few that caught my eye in particular.


Freda Warrington – The Grail of the Summer Stars  (April 2013)

I’ve been excited about this trilogy ever since I read the Fantasy Book Café’s review of Elfland. That is my entire basis for wanting to read these. The covers are stunning and it sounds totally up my alley. It’s time I started reading the first in the trilogy…

A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, “The world needs to see this.” The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery’s curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean. Neither human nor fairy knows they are connected, but when the painting is stolen, both are compelled to discover the meaning behind the painting and the key it holds to their future.
In a haunting, powerful tale of two worlds and those caught between, Freda Warrinton weaves an exciting story of suspense, adventure and danger that fulfills the promise of the Aetherial Tales as only she can.

Ian Tregillis – Necessary Evil (April 2013)

Another third instalment in a series. I still haven’t read Bitter Seeds but it’s been one of the most praised books of the last years and makes me totally giddy just thinking about it.

12 May 1940. Westminster, London, England: the early days of World War II.
Raybould Marsh, one of “our” Britain’s best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh’s timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the spectors from outer space to notice our planet in the first place.
His biggest challenge is the mad seer Greta, one of the most powerful Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. And marsh is the only man who can stop her.

Mary Robinette Kowal – Glamour in Glass (paperback),  Without a Summer (February 2013)

Shades of Milk and Honey was not a huge hit with me but I liked Kowal’s writing and her ideas well enough. My hope for the second and third novels in the series is that she dares step away from the Jane Austen formula and goes her own way, as far as characters and plot are concerned.

 In the tumultous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor espaces his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon… to escaping it.
Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison… and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country’s war.

Elizabeth Bear – Shattered Pillars (March 2013)

Yeah, Elizabeth Bear is a major got-to-catch-up-with-that on my reading list. I own a bunch of her books but have read none. Now that everybody loved the first book in this trilogy, Range of Ghosts, I think I have found my starting point.

The Shattered Pillars is the second book of Bear’s The Eternal Sky trilogy and the sequel to Range of Ghosts. Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.


James S.A. Corey – Abaddon’s Gate (May 2013)

When the Sword & Laser were reading Leviathan Wakes – and pretty much unanimously loving it – I didn’t have time to join in. But the Expanse series by author-duo Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck had me at “tihs is like Firefly”. A lot of book bloggers that I trust implicitly have praised these books and made them sound like a thrill ride through space. I can’t wait to dive in.

Expect edge-of-your-seat excitement and widescreen adventure in this irresistible space opera.
For generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Kate Elliott – Cold Steel (spring/summer 2013)

The Spiritwalker Trilogy is another one that I haven’t even started. However, I will probably buy this book as soon as it’s out. Not only are the covers gorgeous but I’ve heard nothing but good things about these books.

Trouble, treachery, and magic just won’t stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother’s murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren’t even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets.
Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue.
Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them.


Marissa Meyer – Scarlet

Cinder was a good debut novel with some flaws. But despite its predictability and the cliffhanger-ending, I think the world Meyer created has a lot of potential. Plus, her writing is really engaging and makes for a fun, quick read. And in the second volume, we’ll tackle Red Riding Hood.

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. 

So what are the upcoming titles you are most excited about? Are you insane like me and looking forward to book 3 in a series you haven’t even started yet?

Now all we have to do is wait (and maybe catch up on those first books in the series…)