Anticipated Releases is going to be a new monthly re-occurring post on this blog because recently my spring semester ended and I got this great idea in my head to say, hey, what if I talked about books I’m interested in this month? What a novel idea. I don’t plan to have a set number of books for these posts so I’m expecting some very long and very short posts in the future. This one happens to be long because of Mark Lawrence’s insane writing speed.
One Word Kill – Mark Lawrence – 1 May 2019
This one’s already out, but it’s a May publication so it goes on the list. This one seems to be D&D based with an almost litRPG like setting/plot. Despite all the news around it (and Mark giving it to Amazon Prime members for free), I find that I know very little about it. However, this is Mark Lawrence and I’ve enjoyed all his other books
In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.
Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. (more)
Exhalation – Ted Chiang – 7 May 2019
“Exhalation” was the first short story I ever read by Ted Chiang and to this day, it remains my favorite. This man truly has a gift for thought-provoking short stories and I can’t wait for them to reach a broader audience.
This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. (more)
Nocturna – Maya Motayne – 7 May
As I was doing research for this post, it occurred to me that I don’t think I’ve ever read an SFF novel set in a Latinx-inspired world, which is something Nocturna features. Face-changing and a heist plot (and hopefully little romance?) make for a promising YA debut.
To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.
The Candle and the Flame – Nafiza Afad – 14 May
Can we talk about this gorgeous cover!? I saw this book first at BookCon 2018 and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since because this cover is just so damn beautiful. I admit I know almost nothing about the plot, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t give it a read.
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar. (more)
Smoke in the Glass – Chris Humphreys – 16 May
I picked up an ARC of this one on NetGalley a while ago, though I haven’t had time to read it. The premise sounded interesting, with a world populated by people who may or may not be immortal and don’t know it until they fail to die. The plot seems like a very traditional military fantasy novel, but well-written with strong worldbuilding. two pluses in my book.
A world of immortals living among humans. Anyone may be immortal, but there is no way to know until you die. If you are one of the very lucky few, you will live an endless life of pleasure and power, considered to be a god. Only decapitation and the rapid separation of body and head for a few days can kill an immortal.
In the southlands, a common soldier dies and is reborn, and is inducted into the world of the immortals. But the Empire has become decadent, and what he discovers there will shock him. (more)
Limited Wish – Mark Lawrence – 28 May
Hello again Mark Lawrence… wait what? Seriously, how the hell does this man write fast enough to get two books in the same series published in the same month. I get these books are shorter, but 200+ pages are nothing to sneeze at. Well, I don’t know what’s going on in the first book, so I definitely have no idea what going on here, but I’ve already gotten the ARC from NetGalley so at least I won’t have to wait a year for the sequel?
It’s the summer of 1986 and reluctant prodigy Nick Hayes is a student at Cambridge University, working with world-renowned mathematician Professor Halligan. He just wants to be a regular student, but regular isn’t really an option for a boy-genius cancer survivor who’s already dabbled in time travel.
When he crosses paths with a mysterious yet curiously familiar girl, Nick discovers that creases have appeared in the fabric of time, and that he is at the centre of the disruption. Only Nick can resolve this time paradox before the damage (more)