Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Forthcoming 2010: Q4

This is a couple of months late, but, welcome to the latest installment of "Stuff I'm Looking Forward To This Year". As always, I take my information from the Locus Forthcoming list, plus a little bit of extra research when I'm aware of things that should be on the Locus list and are not.

Dreadnought, by Cherie Priest: Book of the month, right here. Dreadnought is Priest’s follow up to the quite excellent Boneshaker (review) (and also to Clementine) and I honestly don’t care what it is about – it’s a new novel from Cherie Priest. That it is a new Clockwork Century novel only sweetens the deal.

Ventriloquism, by Catherynne M. Valente: This is a collection from PS Publishing and I think the Locus list isn’t accurate and that it may be published in December. Cat Valente is good, and even though this may be a touch difficult to get on my side of the pond, it’s worth looking into. PS does good work.

Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld: The sequel to Leviathan (review), the 2009 offering from Scott Westerfeld. It’s new Westerfeld, what more do you need?

The Way of the Wizard, by John Joseph Adams: I’ll admit to being slack on reading JJA’s last couple of anthologies (the vampire one and the Sherlock Holmes one), but I tend to like his editorial eye for the anthologies of his I have read. I expect good things.

Gilded Latten Bones, by Glen Cook: The new Garrett PI novel. I’m waaaaay behind on this series, only having recently read Red Iron Nights, but this is just encouragement to keep going.

Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson: Book of the Month. New Wheel of Time. Sanderson was very much on his game with The Gathering Storm (review) and I expect the penultimate book of the series to exceed my high expectations.

Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King: A novella anthology from King. I prefer him in the short form as his recent novels haven’t been all that (haven’t read Under the Dome, though)

Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal, by Joe R. Lansdale: While I wait for a third Ned the Seal novella, here is a collection of the two previous novellas. Review and Review. Love this stuff.

Holiday, by M. Rickert: Story collection. Been waiting on this one for a couple of years.

The Habitation of the Blessed, by Catherynne M. Valente: The first in a new series from Valente.

Deadman’s Road, by Joe R. Lansdale: After a very stacked November, there’s not much in December I’m itching for. But this collection of stories (including the short novel Dead in the West - review) featuring the zombie killing preacher is just too good to pass up.


Simeon said...

Night Shade also recently published JJA's The Living Dead 2.

Joe said...

Indeed. I'm behind on my JJA, but he puts together a good anthology.

Simeon said...

That he does. I'm also behind, but I think that his Wastelands is among the best thematic collections to come out in recent years.

Joe said...

Yes! Big fan of that one. I think that the later Night Shade collections might be better served by being a bit more compact.

They're clearly selling, so Night Shade has to be happy with what JJA is doing but I wonder if they were a bit tighter...

If you're reading the whole anthology as a book (rather than just picking up a story here and there), you can get a bit burnt out by just how many stories of the same type there are.

Which, perhaps, is why I really, really like the unthemed anthologies like Eclipse from Strahan and the two Fast Forward books from Lou Anders. They are slimmer, but it's also not 26 stories about zombies.

JJA has great taste, and I know that's the point of an anthology like The Living Dead, but...

Simeon said...

Well, to be honest, I've never been big with concentrated reading of short stories, so I'm of the "a story here and there" type. I just pick the anthology whenever I feel like it, and gradually go through it in no particular order. So I actually prefer thematic ones, cause I know what to expect from them.