Top Ten Tuesday: my autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. The temperature’s dropping along with the leaves – must be time for our autumn TBRs!

Amazingly, I’ve actually read most of the books on my summer TBR – usually I put these together, then look at them ruefully 3 months later and wonder where the time went! This time there was only one book on my list that didn’t get read, which is some sort of record for me. Let’s see how I get on this autumn… it got off to a slow start due to a cluster of disasters in meatspace (thankfully things are improving now), but an overdue holiday will hopefully get the readingget back on track too. So what shall I tempt myself with?

Let’s start with some ARCs. Actually, I’ve not been pulling my weight recently, so let’s just stick with ARCs all the way through. I, uh, have more on my shelf that I usually let myself accumulate and now I’ve looked at what they are all I can think is WHAT THE HELL HOW HAVEN’T I EATEN THESE ALL UP ALREADY EH? EH??

The Beautiful Ones – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A society debutante. An unexpected flowering of telekinetic powers. A supportive admirer who may not be as benevolent as he seems. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is back, and after the joy of Certain Dark Things you can’t keep me away from this new stand-alone novel.

Artemis – Andy Weir

The Moon is for millionaires – and chancers who can make a bit of money on the side to top up their minimal wages. Andy Weir returns with a heroine, an irresistible crime and a political conspiracy: sounds like good ingredients to me.

Tarnished City – Vic James

The sequel to Gilded Cage – the Equals have an even firmer grip on society, and both wickedly powerful Silyen Jardine and young rebel Luke Hadley have come within the orbit of the despicable sadist Lord Crovan. I enjoyed the first episode of this magical dystopia; I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Shadowblack – Sebastien de Castell

Speaking of sequels, it’s time for the rambunctious follow-up to Spellslinger (still one of my favourite reads of the year so far). Kellen is now travelling with Ferius – but do the non-magical duo have enough tricks up their sleeve to cope with a shadowblack plague?

A Man of Shadows – Jeff Noon

I’ve been sat on Noon’s first novel in years; a mythic speculative crime novel that initially sounded more accessible than some of his past works, but which I bounced off hard when I tackled it over-tired and emotional earlier in the summer. First some sleep; then a second tilt.


Gnomon – Nick Harkaway

One of my favourite authors is back with his usual blend of thoughtful mayhem: the perfect state is peaceful, democratic and under ubiquitous surveillance. When a dissenting author dies in custody, an investigator must examine her memories (or are they personalities? …or fictions?) to try and find the truth. But what can she believe?

Under the Pendulum Sun – Jeanette Ng

Best elevator pitch ever: Victorian missionaries to Fairyland. NEED I SAY MORE?

…if you said ‘yes’, get out of here. Go on. Shoo. You should know me better than that by now.

The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi

Another ARC I’ve been sat on for months, so now I’m saving it for SciFi Month! Scalzi does space opera: the Flow that connects humanity’s far-flung empire is switching its course, isolating worlds in space. Sounds like fun.

The Hidden Face – S C Flynn

SC Flynn tackles epic fantasy in his first adult novel. Each Era ends when the sun god takes human form. The time is approaching… It’s a classic set-up, and I’m curious to see how Flynn subverts it after his intriguing post-apocalyptic YA debut.


…and this is neither a book nor an ARC, but it’s getting the final spot because HOLD ON TO YOUR DAUGHTERS, IT’S NEARLY THAT TIME AGAIN!

Tremontaine Season Three – Ellen Kushner et al

Season Two ended with ALL THE FEELINGS after one hell of a rollercoaster. Will Kaab cope with her new position of responsibility? How will Rafe respond to his lover’s departure? Is Tess going to become a queen of Riverside crime? How will Diane repay the favours she owes? Bring out the chocolate and sharpen your knives. The City is calling.


What books will you be enjoying this autumn?