Have you heard about —

Recent and upcoming releases you might have known about, but I didn’t, until just today when I went looking for interesting news.

For example, this is just out: CJ Cherryh’s 14th (!) Foreigner book, PROTECTOR. Cajeiri’s human friends are going to get to come for a visit! That’ll be fun, and I expect things will get complicated. I ordered this one just about one minute ago, since I actually have time to read it this month.

And, hey, did you know Robin McKinley has a new title due out? SHADOWS, in September. It’s not a sequel to SUNSHINE, which would have been my first choice; but I’m always glad to see a new title from McKinley; it happens too seldom. Amazon says, about SHADOWS, “Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But — more importantly — what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.” Not that I care about the description; if McKinley’s name is on the cover, that’s enough for me.

And Ilona Andrews! Not only do they have a new Kate Daniels novel (MAGIC RISES) due to hit the shelves in July, they’ve just signed a contract with Avon for a new series that’ll be set in a world controlled by “modern Medici-like dynasties with paranormally enhanced abilities.” Very nice! I’m sure it’ll be great.

Also! Did any of you read Laura Whitcomb’s beautiful ghost story, A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT? It was one of my very favorite books the year it came out — and the sequel’s due out in May. UNDER THE LIGHT.I can’t wait.

Last, I know Elaine T mentioned this in a comment to a recent post, but in case you missed that, yes, Marie Brennen is definitely writing a sequel to A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS. It’s called THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS. I’ll be right there the minute it hits the shelves.

That’s five titles I’m excited about. Anything on your radar?

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  1. I’m looking forward to Rachel Aaron’s new book next month, FORTUNE’S PAWN, I think written as “Rachel Bach.” I loved her Eli Monpress book, so I’m excited to see this new scifi offering!

    Upcoming that I’ll like is Jack Campbell’s new Lost Fleet book, GUARDIAN, and it looks like Robert SIlverberg has a new Majipoor collection TALES OF MAJIPOOR.

    (On a side note, I finished the Books of the Raksura over the weekend, so now I want MORE! I know you’ve mentioned some novellas coming out this year, but I don’t know how the Night Shade mess will impact that…) :-(

  2. Yeah, the Nightshade thing is definitely bad news. Surely if worst comes to worst Martha can get her rights back and bring the novellas out herself. If not, I’ll be very, very disappointed!

  3. Hmm… Right now I’m very excited about Valente’s new Fairyland book that comes out in October, Melissa Marr’s the Arrivals (weirdly, I’ve never read a regular Western, but I seem to love Old West science fiction, fantasy, horror, or mystery tales), and I’m cautiously excited about Kelley Armstrong’s Omens.

    Oh, and I finally read the Girl of Fire and Thorns this weekend and it was fantastic, so I want to read the sequel soon. If that one is also great, then I’m looking forward to book three which comes out in August.

  4. Have you ever read Emma Bull’s TERRITORY? If you like fantasies with a western theme, then that’s one you really ought to look up. It’s set right before the gunfight at the OK Corral. Unfortunately, it badly needs a sequel — I mean, it is set BEFORE the gunfight, after all. The sequel was supposed to be about finished late in 2011; not sure what happened that it’s never come out. But it’s well worth reading on its own.

  5. I absolutely LOVED Territory and periodically check to see if the sequel has shown up yet. :)

  6. I wonder what in the world happened to it? If something went seriously wrong at the publishing end, hopefully she will eventually bring it out herself!

    Have you read Patricia Wrede’s 13th Child trilogy? I really enjoyed that one. What else is there set in a western type of setting?

  7. The FLIGHT OF MICHAEL MCBRIDE by Midori Snyder. which I liked when I read it, but that was over 20 years ago. It takes off from the story of the Fairy King who loses a chess gane to a mortal, and the mortal asks for the King’s wife. The title character is her son.

    Hambly’s Benjamin January SHIRT ON HIS BACK.

    One I recently decided not to finish….. now what was it? …. BLOOD RIDERS by Spradlin. (bad vampires and a good one in the West in 188x.)

    Bull’s TERRITORY didn’t work for me, which was a disappointment – it had so much promise! But half my mind kept ticking off things like: ok, someone reminded her to put in a sensory clue now and then… or .. WAIT A MINUTE, these people shouldn’t be talking the same, one is a Yankee and the other a Southerner! If i can lose myself, I can ignore those sorts of things, but I never could get lost in it.

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