Anticipating 2016

Some years, one anticipates the turn of the calendar with pleasure. This is one of them. I should finish my degree in May, and look forward to distraction-free  pleasure reading. There’s quite a few upcoming releases that have me excited–and believe me, that’s not a phrase I use lightly. There’s also some books from which I’m expecting great things which I’ve been hoarding for the right moment. I’m sure you understand.

I’m buying it!

  • Lustlocked by Matt Wallace. (UF) Novella, expected January 26.firework
  • Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley, sequel to The Rook (UF). Expected March 10.
  • The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovich, Peter Grant series (UF). Expected June 16.
  • Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone, book something in the Craft Sequence (fantasy). Expected July 26.
  • The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin, book two in the Broken Earth series (fantasy). Expected August 16.
  • Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews. Ninth in the Kate Daniels series (UF), no date yet.

I’m reading it!

  • City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett, sequel to City of Stairs (fantasy). Expected January 26.
  • Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop. Book three of the series that exactly parallels the role of M&Ms in my life. March 8.

Truly, though, I’m not one to keep up with new releases. I have a few autobuys, and the rest I borrow from the library. This has benefit of screening some of the books based on reviews, a strategy that works particularly well for sci-fi and urban fantasy, two areas where my purchases are highly idiosyncratic.

Isolated open bookOldies but Still Excited!

  • Rapture by Kameron Hurley
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (own)
  • Radiance by Catherynne Valente (own)
  • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (own)
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  • Dragon Coast by Greg Van Eekhout, last of three. (UF)
  • The City and the City by China Miéville (own)
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi


Oldies but Hopefully Goodies

  • The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay (own)
  • The Fade by Chris Wooding
  • Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge (own)


So much to look forward to this year! Happy reading!


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16 Responses to Anticipating 2016

  1. neotiamat says:

    Now that is quite a list. Let’s see…

    Stiletto, Hanging Tree, Four Roads Cross, and City of Blades are all on my much-anticipated list as well. I’d also add Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells to that list, along with the latest slew of Sanderson books.

    Books which I *have* and need to read… third book of Barry Hughart’s Master Li series, Gladstone’s fourth book (I’m bad, I know), and the Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (out in the UK already, not out in the US till *September*, so it’s to Interlibrary Loan I go!), and the latest in Barbara Hambly’s James Asher series (rigorously researched Edwardian-era vampire/spy fiction? It’s like catnip to me)

    Also, congratulations on finishing your degree! I’ll be getting mine at the same time, albeit in something a touch less useful than medicine.

    • thebookgator says:

      Mutual congratulations, then! In what? Mine is nursing BSN which allows me to work for the government. Yay!
      Hmm, I don’t think I’ve heard of Cogman. I did read one or two of Hambly’s Asher. Not sure why I didn’t continue. Likely distracted. Oh look, a butterfly–

      • neotiamat says:

        PhD in History, followed by a career (hopefully) teaching at fancy private high schools. Who knows, a miracle might happen and I’ll end up publishing my dissertation someday…

        Cogman’s a new author, I found her through Charlie Stross’s blog. Her first book is the Invisible Library, which is pretty interesting (…multidimensional steampunk/library antics is the best description I can come up with). Not earth-shakingly astonishing, but fun.

      • thebookgator says:

        Well, congrats to you as well. That very impressive. I’ll have to check out Cogman. Fun is good. 🙂

  2. Mimi says:

    Congrats on your degree! Only a few months left. Blink of an eye. You won’t even notice. 😉

    Stiletto has been pushed back again? Last I checked it was end of January, and now it’s March? Hopefully it’s March. GR has the date listed as June 14th, but that’s not a sure thing either. And don’t mind me, I’ll just borrow your list since you’ve got everything I want on it.

    • thebookgator says:

      Thank you. I don’t remember where I was going from for Stiletto, but if you say June 14 is on GR, you are right, that is ominous. On the up side, the e-book of The Rook I just downloaded on special had a few chapters of it included (I seem to remember an earlier edition only having one or two). So I allowed myself to get excited.

      Here’s the thing about me and lists: If it’s on the list, I’ll probably read it. I would have read all of it anyways, but now I’ll prioritize it–for instance, I’ve had the GGK quite a while. Oh, the ways we trick ourselves…

      • Mimi says:

        heh, I’m partial to lists myself. They make me feel reasonably “accomplished” and give the illusion of a job well done when I get to cross things off.

        I’ve been hoarding GGK too and have most of his books on hand, except for the Fionavar Tapestry. And that pile has gone unread for too long. It’s time–or so I say whenever I step past it on my way to the dining room.

      • Melora says:

        What you say about the lists giving you the feeling that you are Accomplishing things by reading made me laugh, Mimi! I was just explaining that to my dad yesterday. He thought I was being foolish to set myself a substantial list, but I explained (tried, anyway) that it allows me to feel that I am Getting Things Done as I lie on the couch with a good book.

      • Mimi says:

        IKR? Reading lists are just as important as other to-do lists… lol.

      • thebookgator says:

        I adore you ladies.

      • Melora says:

        If I kept up with my housekeeping list (okay, I don’t Have a housekeeping list, though I Should) as closely as I do my reading lists…. Well, anyway, there are some in my family who are under the impression that my reading lists get more attention than they deserve. Silly, silly people.

  3. Melora says:

    Congratulations on finishing the degree! It’s been a while, but I remember anticipating and then absolutely Glorying in being able to choose my own reading.

    Looks like you have a fun year planned, too! Thank you for reminding me about The Rook. I bought it on your suggestion, and then it disappeared into the depths of my kindle and I forgot all about it. Which is one of the reason I like physical books. But now you’ve reminded me and I’m putting it on The List.

    I don’t tend to keep up with what’s coming out, but I am eagerly anticipating the newest Scott Lynch. Plus my existentialists!

    • thebookgator says:

      Your existentialists?? I’ll probably rely on your review of the newest Scott Lynch before I read it. 😀 I did enjoy the Rook a great deal, but there are a couple of things that didn’t agree with some readers, namely, the epistolary format and its effect on pacing.

      Agree with out about books disappearing into the depths of the ereader… I’ve also been organizing it (I’m on a roll!) and trying to move stuff into “read,” such as Chiang’s work. 🙂

      • Melora says:

        Sorry. One of my few “coming soon” books. At the Existentialist Cafe, by Sarah Bakewell (she did a nice book on Montaigne). I’ve loved all the Gentleman Bastard books, but I think you didn’t much. That’s okay. If we all agreed on all the books, most authors would starve! And I’m usually okay with an epistolary format (The Moonstone uses it, and I am Loving that one!).

        I have loads of libraries set up in my Kindle, but it still turns out to be an “out of sight, out of mind” thing for me. I’m most likely to read books if I see them lying around the house. But at this point the shelves are packed and overpacked and the only space left is digital, so I really will have to learn to work with that.

        Oh, and I passed along the Chiang link to my dad, and he enjoyed the story too, so thank you again!

      • thebookgator says:

        I didn’t dislike the Lynch books, so I’ll be interested to know what you think. Glad your dad enjoyed the Chiang!

      • Melora says:

        Sorry! My memory isn’t what it should be. That’s one that I’ll drop everything for, when it Finally comes out, so you will definitely have my opinion! I loved the others, though the last was my least favorite. That and City of Blades are the two (new) fantasy books I’m eager for this year.

        My dad is hard to please (few but Victorians make the cut with him), so I was almost surprised, but happy.

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