You’ve noticed it’s National Readathon Day, right? Right here it’s… nearly one in the morning, so that makes it today, but, anyway, Saturday. Right. From noon to 4pm. This has the advantage of being a readathon I will actually be able to devote attention to, unless my right eye is not just making idle threats about a migraine. Anyway. I have minty tea, chocolate covered almonds, and… wait, is this a grumpy unicorn or a dancing hippo pajamas kind of day? How will I ever choose?
I made one choice already, as I pledged to devote these hours to Three parts dead by Max Gladstone. It’s a part of my monthly challenges, and I’ve owned it for a good time now, so that’s why. I’m repeating this to myself often and loudly to drown out the sound of other overdue-for-reviews-guilt. What will you be reading?
I won’t begin to describe how I feel about the announcement of a new China Miéville book. Finally. I’ve been waiting ever since I tore through the last one. I just saw Tor’s post with the cover reveal, and because this is now pinned to my nerdy heart, I just felt like I needed to stick the cover onto this blog, too. Here. Here it is. Stare at it.
SEE. It exists. It is going to exist in August, at least. This cover design is the same type as on the paperbacks I bought, and got signed, blushing furiously, at a strangely tiny con a couple of years back. Really. I have no idea how they get these divine authors to show up. But I’ve been within arm’s reach of this one, flailed helplessly and flung fanart at him, and listened to a beautifully eloquent talk about the uncanny and… other kinds of canny. The man can talk. Look his talking up on youtube. PS: It is after midnight here and I’m the tiniest bit hyper-tired.
(Regarding that Tor link – I’m pretty exited about Uprooted, too. Novik has been on my TBR for ages and ages, but I hope I find the time for His Majesty’s Dragon, first.)
(And do you know what else was revealed today that is also awesome? The trailer for the Expanse TV series! And that I get to go to EasterCon to do my whole expert flailing fangirl act at Seanan McGuire!)
Time is insufficient. We know this. I cried a lot about it as I read all the best of 2014 book lists only to discover more, more, more to add to my need-crave-want-mountain of a TBR.
- City of stairs by Robert J. Bennett. I’m reading this one RIGHT NOW, though. And it’s incredibly awesomespectacular, just like everyone said.
- The goblin emperor, by Katherine Addison. This looks like one I might want to save for when I need a happy pick-me-up.
- Bête, by Adam Roberts. I am, and have been since months before its release, wildly intrigued by this book’s premise. Domestic animals gain sentience, we still want to eat them?! It must be read.
- The mirror empire, by Kameron Hurley. Yes, yes. I have a crush on Kameron Hurley even before having read her fiction. I bought this one early. My wallet thinks I read faster than my eye muscles can really agree with.
- The girls at the Kingfisher club, by Genevieve Valentine. This is one I only really became aware of when reading those best of-lists in the past few weeks. Roaring twenties / fairytale retelling? I want it injected into my fiction system immediately.
- The Peripheral, by William Gibson. I… I may have ordered a signed hardback in a B&N bargain, though. It was delivered a mere week ago. So there’s that.
- The three, by Sarah Lotz. Horror-thriller “for fans of the Shining girls and Stephen King, Lost meets The Passage”? Oh my goodness, yes. I keep forgetting how much I appreciate the horror bits of genre fiction.
- The fever, by Megan Abbott. Outbreak of illness, high school, family secrets, this one sounds a little like a The secret history with extra spicing.
- Being Mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end, by Atul Gawande. To me the line between science fiction and the most interesting non-fiction is pretty blurry; they’re both about astoundingly fascinating stuff. Like medicine and its limitations.
- Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory. Brain-altering drug and the collapse of civilization.
There are more. Many, many more. These were pretty much just right off the top of my head (and the most recently added to my amz wishlist). I got another exciting 2014 release for christmas (the Norwegian history of leprosy I’ve been all starry-eyed about for ages now), and my order of the Locke & Key slipcase box set finally made it through, so soon I’ll get to read the last volume of that most-excellent graphic novel series, too. (The book depository ran out of copies before expediting my first order, which led to many tears. Until they re-stocked and I tried again and I WON.)
And, yeah, I was a bit of a reckless spender over the holidays, so I’m trying to hold back a little in the coming 3-4 weeks, to re-balance my economy between the monthly paychecks. I’m not sure it means I will at all be able to keep myself from getting Morte on release date, but I’ll feel guilty about it, at least… as if that helps.