23 December 2011

Books I'm looking forward to in 2012 - second try

Trouble is, I've found a couple more... and doing a description and italics and so on is actually quite fiddly isn't it?  So here's a more basic (and complete) list.  

I think.

The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall - Paul Torday
The Flight - M. R. Hall
Transmission (Ragnarok 2) - John Meaney
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley


The Fourth Wall - Walter Jon Williams
From the Deep of the Dark - Stephen Hunt
The Chosen Seed: The Dog-Faced Gods Book Three - Sarah Pinborough


Intrusion - Ken MacLeod
Various Pets Alive and Dead - Marina Lewycka
Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London) - Ben Aaronovitch


Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny - Garrison Keillor


When The Devil Drives - Christopher Brookmyre
The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
Gods and Beasts - Denise Mina


The Apocalypse Codex (Laundry Files) - Charles Stross
Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness
The Coldest War - Ian Tregillis
Jack Glass - Adam Roberts


The Fractal Prince - Hannu Rajaniemi


The Eternal Flame: Orthogonal Book Two - Greg Egan
Possible book by Jeremy Dyson

8 December 2011

Books for 2012 - Part 1

These are some of the books I'm looking forward to next year (2012).  Dates may be wrong, or change them - I've scrounged the details from where I can on the Internet.  And some of them may not appear - these things seem to change quite a lot.

The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday - 5 January.

Hartlepool Hall appeared briefly in Torday's last book, More Than You Can Say.  Here we learn more about it's history - it's part a sort of Fall of the House of Hartlepool, part a commentary on the country's current financial mess.  (I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this).

The Chosen Seed: the Dog-Faced Gods  Book 3 by Sarah Pinborough - 19 January

Pinborough's trilogy is set in a near future world ravaged by financial collapse and corruption.  It's partly a police procedural, partly horror, partly SF - the world is being manipulated by The bank, a front for a race of aliens from Somewhere Else... this is the final part in which, hopefully, we find out what's been going on.

Transmission - Ragnarok Book 2 by John Meaney - 19 January

Meaney's first book hopped across space and time - from the Viking age to 1920s Zurich and far future humanity - linking characters who are, in some way not yet clear, acting together against a deadly menace.  Lots of imagination and a compelling story.

New Dalziel and Pascoe by Reginald Hill - 2 February.

Still seems to be untitled.  Hope it really does happen.

The Fourth Wall by Walter Jon Williams - 2 February

A third adventure for Williams' near future heroine, Dagmar Shaw.  In the last book she was busy astroturfing revolutions in the Middle East...

The Flight by MR Hall - 3 February

Fourth in a series about a Bristol coroner who can be relief on to stir up trouble while searching for the Truth.  Unfortunately not being published in hardback except in a limited edition.

From the Deep of the Dark by Stephen Hunt - 13 February

This series has now reached book 6.  However I really don't like the new style covers they introduced with the last one (and, again, no hardback).

Intrusion by Ken MacLeod - 1 March

Only started reading his books recently, but I think they're great - thought provoking, absorbing and fun.  Looking forward to this.

Various Pets Alive or Dead by Marina Lewycka - 1 March

 I loved her last book, We Are all Made of Glue, so good to see another coming.

Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3) by Ben Aaronovitch - 15 March

Developing into a great series. 

Back with another 10 or so when I get time to type them in.