Since I am not quite finished with the book I planned on reviewing today—real life, it interferes sometimes, alas—I thought I’d give you a brief list of things I’m looking forward to reading that are being released in the next few months:
Sharp, Alex Hughes (April 2): the second novel in her Mindspace series featuring the struggling-to-stay-sober telepath Adam from her debut novel, Clean. Clean was one of my favorite books last year, and I’m hoping this second installment lives up to the promise of the first—Adam is a great character, and the premise of the series is unusual. As someone who likes mysteries and SFF about equally, Hughes’ mash-up of the two hits my reading sweet spot.
London Falling, Paul Cornell (April 16): as a true blue Whovian, bonafide mystery fan, and sucker for fantasy set in London, Paul Cornell writing a fantasy procedural? YAY. This is the first of a proposed series about a modern day undercover police unit in London that accidentally gains the ability to see monsters and dark magic. Sounds very Neil Gaiman, and very much my speed.
The Human Division, John Scalzi (May 14): regular readers know that Natalie has been reviewing this episodic experiment set in Scalzi’s popular Old Man’s War universe as each installment has been released. The complete novel will be available mid-May, and I’ll be interested to see how reading it as a complete unit compares to Natalie’s serial experience with the book.
Casino Infernale, Simon R. Green (June 4): The latest installment of Green’s Secret Histories series starring the irrepressible Eddie Drood. Green’s OTT style and Eddie’s wise-cracking, head-cracking battles with things that go bump in the night are great fun—nice light reading that will entertain without taxing the brain. Plus Eddie’s girlfriend, witch Molly, kicks major butt. In a skirt.
And speaking of Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (June 18) is his first book for adults in a long time. The publishers are being very cagey about the plot; the Amazon blurb reads, “This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…” Yummy.
And while I don’t read either of these series, I know many people will want to know that Charlaine Harris’ final Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Ever After, is out May 7th, and that Mary Robinette Kowal’s third Glamourist Histories installment, Without a Summer, will be here on April 2.
Anything you’re looking forward to that I should put on my list?