Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Reading!

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, then congratulations, Spring officially starts tomorrow! I've never been more excited for a season in my whole life.We've made it through the dark, cold, damp, snowy, awful winter. Did I mention it was cold? And snowy? And cold?

Sure, I'm absolutely thrilled to get the temperature above freezing and for it to finally stop snowing, but this Spring also sees the release of a TON of books I have been waiting impatiently for.

Forget spring cleaning, it's time for spring reading!

April, May and June see some of the best books being released this side of NEXT winter. It's time to throw open the windows, find a comfy seat in the sun and read! It will all be so wonderful, for about two weeks, then it will be 80 degrees and humid and the cycle of misery will begin anew...

Here are the best books you should be watching for this Spring!

Leading the pack of new releases is The Curve of the Earth by Simon Morden. It's a complete surprise because I was under the impression that the twisted cyberpunk tale of Samuil Petrovitch was over. The first three books in the Petrovitch series were award winning and completely fantastic. Simon Morden could give Neal Stephenson and William Gibson a run for their cyberpunk money.

Petrovitch is a foul mouthed genius who, against his better judgment, has helped save the world. Now he has to keep the peace and search for the assholes who kidnapped his adopted daughter. Simon Morden writes some bombastic stuff and if you haven't read him, you need to put him at the top of your reading list. It's Spring! The days are longer, you have more hours of daylight to read in and no excuses!

The Curve of the Earth was released today.

April showers bring a crapton of great new books! The next riveting volume in Mary Robinette Kowal's Jane Austen and magic books, Without A Summer, roars onto the scene on April 2nd. It continues the enchanting story of Jane and Vincent, who now are burdened with Jane's annoying and vapid sister for the upcoming London Season. I love these books so much. They're gorgeously written, meticulously researched and all around lovely. I am literally counting down the days until I can get this in my hands! (Fifteen more days!)

Also released on April 2nd is another installment in Sang, the dangerous and beautiful steampunk world created by Delilah Dawson. The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance is an e-book novella and takes place right before her second Sang novel, Wicked As She Wants, which arrives on April 30th! When will I have the time to read all of these, I ask you?

Bronze Gods by A. A. Aquirre also arrives on April 30th, and it looks like a rollickingly good time. It's another steampunk novel (can't have too many of them!) and it looks as if it's poised to kick butt and take names.

May also brings some epic releases, with Bec McMaster's next novel, Heart of Iron. Kathy and I were both very impressed with McMaster's world building and fresh take on vampires and werewolves. It arrives on May 7th, which feels like decades from now. I implore you to read the first book in the series, Kiss of Steel. You won't regret it. Have I ever steered you wrong?

Following swiftly after McMaster is The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow. Yes, friends, Clare and Bannon are back! They return to try and save Great Britain one more time. I have every faith they'll succeed, and be utter smartasses while they do it. Clare is a mentath, making him rather like Sherlock Holmes, while Bannon is a sorceress who doesn't act as society thinks they should. They make a fascinating team and I am thrilled to see what happens to them next. Unfortunately, I'm going have to wait until May 21st! 

The crowning glory of all the spring releases arrives on June 18th. It's the one I've been holding my breath for, the one I've been chewing my nails down to nubs for. I'm so excited for this book I can't stand it! I'm going to go insane until this book comes out.

Of course, I'm talking about Neil Gaiman's House at the End of the Lane. You do not understand the LEVEL of Gaiman fangirl I am. I am BESIDES myself with waiting. Not much is known about the plot yet, except that it's going to be scary and wonderful and beautiful and terrifying and heart wrenching and so mindbendingly awesome that I may need weeks to recover after I finish it.

Seriously. I'm not even lying when I say I'm considering calling out of work so I can sit at home and read it. I am that insane for this book. I'm trying to not build it up too much in my mind, but it's Neil freakin' Gaiman. I expect I'm going to laugh, and cry, and reevaluate my entire outlook on life. THIS BOOK WILL BE MINE.

If you want to be even more awesome then you already are (you read this blog, your level of awesome is a given), you can support an independent bookstore and pre-order a SIGNED FREAKING COPY! Yes, you can own a book Neil Gaiman has actually SIGNED. Porter Square Books is in Cambridge, MA and is a favorite of Gaiman's musician wife, Amanda Palmer. Funds from the pre-order of the signed books will go towards keeping the bookstore alive and kicking. What could be better? Get a SIGNED Neil Gaiman book AND save a bookstore? It's a no brainer.

So, tell me what books you're looking forward to this spring!

(And if you need help spring cleaning, may I suggest the wonderfully awesome Unfuck Your Habitat.)
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  1. Basically ditto everything on your list plus:

    The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke, Born of Illusion by Teri Browne, iD by Madeline Ashby, The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, Dark Triumph by RL LaFevers, Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson, A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough, Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon.

    Where are we on that project to enable more hours in the day for reading?

  2. I have pre-ordered Ocean at the End of the Lane on my Nook AND the signed real life copy. I CAN'T WAIT for this book.

    Also the next book in the Sandman Slim series is coming out.
    Cassie Alexander's Shape Shifted

    And all the other stuff you listed.