Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week we’re getting excited about releases in the second half of 2016.

I convinced myself I was only hanging out for 2 books until I sat down and looked at my wishlist. Of course that wasn’t true, even before I read a couple of release schedules. Now it’s a lot less true.

 

The Tidal Zone – Sarah Moss (July)

Book cover: The Tidal Zone - Sarah Moss (a girl stares off-camera)On paper, there’s nothing that appeals about this book… except the author. I have loved everything Sarah has written to date, and I will read anything she writes. Here, a man is shattered by the unexpected death of his teenage daughter. See, not my sort of thing at all.


An Accident of Stars
– Foz Meadows (August)

Book cover: An Accident of Stars - Foz Meadows (two riders on rearing horses outside a city under a rainbow)I have enjoyed Foz’s insightful commentary, so I’m excited to read her portal fantasy. It’s awash with intriguing female characters and appears to deal with the consequences of world-hopping in a fantasy world on the brink of civil war.

 

Ghost Talkers – Mary Robinette Kowal (August)

Book cover: Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal (a woman in uniform with her head raised to the sky and one hand hovering over a kneeling man with a bowed head)Mary Robinette Kowal is one of those authors whose short stories I have enjoyed, but whose novels haven’t appealed to date until now. I’m looking forward to this tale of WWI where the spirits of the dead report to the Spirit Corps to give the latest news from the front before they pass on.

 

The Echoes of Her Passing – Michael Marshall (September)

Again, on paper, this isn’t for me: a guy goes on a road trip after his wife is fridged. Fuck you. But… it’s Michael Marshall, and I have a huge soft spot for his work in spite of the tropes he prefers. That said, he doesn’t get a free pass so this will need to be good. It may also be a mirage – there seems to be very little confirmed about it.

 

The Thorn of Emberlain – Scott Lynch (September)

Book cover: The Thorn of Emberlain - Scott Lynch (two figures in platemail in front of a red flag)GENTLEMAN BASTARDS GET ON MY SHELF NOW. Ahem, sorry. Yes, I’m looking forward to this one. A lot. Our favourite thieves go to war as the Kingdom of the Marrows finally dissolves.

 

Everfair – Nisi Shawl (October)

Book cover: Everfair - Nisi Shawl (one real hand and one metal hand reach for a metallic globe)I do love a bit of alt history, and this one is also explores utopia. The jumping off point is the Belgian colonisation of the Congo, but Nisi Shawl has added in steampunk and the establishment of a utopian haven on the Congo’s borders. It sounds fascinating.

 


A Closed and Common Orbit
– Becky Chambers (October)

Book cover: A Closed and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers (two silhouetted figures against a night sky of wheeling stars)MOOOAAAAAARRRR Wayfarer shenanigans! Or at least a chance to find out what happens to Lovelace. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was a delight last autumn, so I can’t wait for more.

 

Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (October)

Book cover: Certain Dark Things - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (a face half-obscured by swirling blood)Vampires in Mexico City? Say no more. I’m in. I’m so in. I’ve been hopping up and down at my wishlist for at least a month I’m so in (and will be for the next 4 months until I can finally get my hands on it).

 

The Weaver – Emmi Itaranta (November)

Book cover: The Weaver - Emmi Itaranta (a girl's face through latticework)I get excited about every single one of Emmi Itaranta’s books, and I haven’t got round to reading one yet. I need to fix this (and read ALL of them), because they always sound brilliant. A dystopian ecological thriller where a young weaver’s secret life of dreams may be central to keeping a small band of rebels safe.

 

The Burning Page – Genevieve Cogman (December)

Book cover: The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (mostly text treatment, with a silhouette of a man and a woman in period dress)The Masked City won me over, and I’m very much looking forward to Irene the Librarian’s next adventure. Doorways back to the Library are malfunctioning, and when Irene is sent to St Petersburg, her old enemy Alberich corners her with an offer she can’t refuse. The usual high stakes and mayhem seem inevitable. Marvellous.

 

What are you most looking forward to?