Yet another thrilling book month! Although, to be honest, a lot of the books I'm excited about are not new releases. Still--let's do a quick run-down of October's exciting (to me) new releases. Most of them came out last week, but I haven't read them yet, so I don't have to writhe in anxious anticipation.
The Far West, by Patricia C. Wrede. You remember The Thirteenth Child and Across the Great Barrier, of course, because I loved them so much. I think this is the last one in the series, and I can't wait--one of the best things about this series is the real danger and excitement of discovery, and I really hope Eff spends most of this book out West. Oddly, the book was out in print about three months ago, but not as an ebook till now. I actually bought this the day it came out; I was that excited.
I think I have loyalty issues surrounding Redoubt: Book 4 of the Collegium Chronicles, by Mercedes Lackey. I mean, you can't say these books are good--as I keep saying, I aged out of Valdemar ages ago, and I'm starting to suspect the author did, too. I read the first sentence of the sample and I cringe a little. But I know--I know--that when I dig in and start reading it, the super-organization and competence of everyone in these books is just going to knock me backwards. And of course, Mags is going to think everyone hates him and turn his back on them at some point. But on the way, we'll learn about the super-organized dining hall system at the Collegium, or the forensic investigation units in the City Guard. I love it when a fantasy author gets fed up with the medieval world they've modeled their own world on for not being innovative.
The Twelve, by Justin Cronin, is the sequel to his first book, The Passage. I started out loving that book and ended up really liking it. It read like early Stephen King--perhaps a bit ambitions, especially toward the end when our characters start traveling, but a great balance of forward motion and character development, with effectively scary bad guys. I have some strong suspicions about what's going to happen in this next book, at least in broad strokes. My only fear is that it's going to be hugely long, and I'll need to invest myself when it's time to dive in. I have a hard time with commitment.
Son, by Lois Lowry--after all this time, another book in The Giver series! I have to admit, I didn't love Messenger all that much--I can't really remember the details, but I remember not really getting the details even just after I finished it, and not really finding the ending very satisfying. But Lois Lowry is so awesome, and the various worlds/societies in this series are so interesting and different, I can't wait to see what else she does with it.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, first hit my radar because of Netgalley, where I get my publisher's galleys. This is proof that they're doing a solid thing for the publishers, because I got excited about this title. I wasn't given a copy for review, though--don't blame them; I suspect this publisher sticks with outlets that really follow their demographic--which means I'm now going to have to buy the book. And I will, if the sample's any good--I'm really interested in transgender issues, and the description makes this sound like a sad, hopeful novel.
Whenever I do one of these, it seems to be mostly sequels. I guess it's partly because everyone's writing sequels these days, and partly because I mostly get excited about a book because I've read the author before. Still, I am just drowning in exciting new books by authors I haven't read--many of which, I'm ashamed to say, have been on my to-read list forever. Still, I soldier on. Really, it's quite remarkably. I understand now why you admire me so much.