New Releases Week of September 2nd

No one knows why Tuesday is new release day, but are we really going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Every week I’ll post books that I’m excited for.

To be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Becky freaking Chambers. If you know me, you’ll know how much I adored The Wayfarers series. Chambers is a damn gift that keeps giving. I was thrilled to see her win for best series at the Dublin Hugos this year. She deserves it. This novella will have to keep us sated until she releases the next big thing whatever it is.

 

 

 

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Speaking of loved trilogies. Oh man. Do I love Mia, the cat who is not a cat and her whole band of assassins. This cover is bad ass. I hope everyone will dig it as much as I did. Did I order a signed first edition to match the ones for Nevernight and Godsgrave? You bet your ass I did.

 

 

 

 

The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire

The 13th installment of McGuire’s Toby Daye series is here and she is not here to play around. The Luidaeg is calling in her marker on a bargain she made with the Selkies and brings Toby along to pay her own debts. As usual nothing goes entirely to plan and shenanigans arise because of course they do, what else did you expect? No fan of the series is going to leave disappointed…except that again this is going to be in hardcover and is going to look weird with your paperbacks.

 

Whose Story is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters by Rebecca Solnit

It can’t be all Science Fiction and Fantasy all the time. Where SFF takes us on journeys across space and time, Solnit reminds us we have a lot to fix in our own little world. I have yet to find an essay collection by her that I didn’t like, even if I found the subject matter difficult to read. This is no different.

 

 

 

 

Seanan Shenanigans in San Francisco

  
I got really lucky a couple weekends ago and got to head to San Francisco with one of my buddies to the book launch of one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire. A Rose-Red Chain is the latest in her urban fantasy series featuring a changeling named October Daye. I won’t go on, but not only did I get a few books signed, win a prize (another of her books), and enjoy good music and just be in a bookstore, but I also got to hang out with Seanan herself. When I was getting my books signed, Seanan, a reptile aficionado, spotted the gecko tattoo I’ve been getting worked on (if you follow my Instagram or Twitter you’ll know it’s all done now), and basically a bond was formed. 

My friend Anie and I managed to lose our seats so had to stand in the back of the room where Seanan was and she immediately pulled out her phone and started showing me the pics of her alligator lizard and Maine Coons. It was great. Anie and I got to ask her questions about the series and Seanan was super gracious in answering them. The amount of canon she is able to remember! She also writes another urban fantasy series as well as a series about zombies among other projects so I am pretty impressed here. 

She did mention that in March the lastest in that other urban fantasy series is coming out and it just so happened the first book in a debut series is coming out the same day. The reason she mentioned it was not to smash the other author down, but to build her up, a thing I think the book community should always be doing. It’s not a zero sum thing. There is room at the table for everyone, we just have to make the space. This book in particular is called Borderline by Mishell Baker. It is exactly what we have been asking for. A main character who is not only afflicted with a mental illness, but is also a paraplegic. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book. We need to put our money where our mouths are. Seanan is doing this by inviting Mishell to share her book launch party. I’ll be there. Will you?