Top Ten Tuesday: midwinter TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, it’s time to take a look at our winter TBR!

I’m much better at putting TBRs together than I am at actually reading them (I think I’m on about 50% this year), but I’m always happy to have another go. With winter well and truly upon us, I’m focusing on 2018 releases that I didn’t get to yet… or well, that’s the plan, anyway.

Haven – Adam Roberts

Yep, this was on my autumn TBR and it’s going on my winter TBR too. I really liked Shelter, and I really do want to get back to oh-so-damaged spy Adam as he tries to infiltrate the Cotswolds… I’m still trying and failing not to feel sorry for him.

Thin Air – Richard Morgan

I intended to read this for SciFiMonth, but got distracted by rereading Altered Carbon instead. It was a good warm up: I’m ready to storm straight on into genetically-enhanced humans facing off against Martian conspiracies.

The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard

I’m pretty sure this was on a TBR earlier this year, but it’s still on my conscience. Aliette de Bodard’s take on Sherlock Holmes – transplanted to her Xuya universe, and featuring a mindship as one of the iconic duo – is the only version of Sherlock Holmes I’m interested in (I know, I’m a heretic).

Static Ruin – Corey J White

Mars Xi can kill you with her mind; but she probably won’t unless you really piss her off. I thoroughly enjoyed ultraviolent space opera Killing Gravity and I’m curious to see whether Mars’s conscience gets the better of her by the end of the trilogy.

Empire of Sand – Tasha Suri

I’m loving the surge of fantasies inspired by other cultures. Empire is rooted in Mughal India, which I’m very excited about, and I’m trying not to approach it with too many expectations. Trying. Not necessarily managing.

Foundryside – Robert Jackson Bennett

I wasn’t particularly interested when Foundryside came out, and I’m not sure why: a thief taking on the mercantile interests around industrialised magic is surely my jam!

A Big Ship At the Edge of the Universe – Alex White

This is pitched as a space opera romp: misfit salvage ships with baggage go on in search of a near-mythical ship and find a world of trouble. Sounds like a great holiday read and I’ve been looking forward to it.

The Quantum Magician – Derek Künsken

I’ve heard mixed reports of The Quantum Magician, but space opera and heist are a combination that grabs my interest. Plus this is from one of my fave publishers (Rebellion) and I’m curious to see if all their SF output will make my Best of 2018 list…

The Black God’s Drums – P Djèlí Clark

I am always hesitant about steampunk. It’s a great aesthetic but I tend to be left cold by the stories that get told. However, the gorgeous cover art alone would persuade me to pick up Drums, and an alternate Civil War of airships and orisha intrigues me in spite of myself.

I Still Dream – James Smythe

Oh look, it’s a book by a local author whose work I’ve enjoyed, all about social media/comms tech, privacy, and AI sentience. I’ve been meaning to read this since it came out a couple months ago, then convinced myself to wait for the paperback, then heard the author talk at SFX Bookcon and promptly bought it. Fickle, me.

…and almost certainly Alastair Reynolds Revenger sequel Shadow Captain; S A Chakraborty’s City of Brass sequel The Kingdom of Copper (AAAAH) and debut space opera A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine because I can’t reasonably be expected to resist those, now can I?

What will you be reading this winter?