I’ve seen some lists of books people are looking forward to in 2015. I hope 2015 will be a banner year of reading and writing. I’m looking forward to a lot of interesting books by authors familiar to me, and making new discoveries as well.
Here is a list of a few of the books I am salivating over.
The Just City, Jo Walton
So Pallas Athena decides to put the practice of the Republic into practice on an island populated by people throughout history. The Classics lover in me is enthused.
Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
A new fantasy series, set in a post-Apocalyptic world. Jemisin has a rich, immersive voice that draws you into the world and the characters that populate it.
Silver on the Road, Laura Anne Gilman
Disclaimer: I know a little about this book already, set in an alternate, magical Wild West. The Devil’s not going down to Georgia, he has his own territory in the west, and when a teenaged protagonist signs a pact with the Master of the Territory, demons and worse are on the road she will have to walk.
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott
Little Women in a world inspired by Greco-Roman Egypt, with a Count of Monte Cristo plot.
(I have already read The Very Best of Kate Elliott, but you will want to add it to your list.)
Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below , Martha Wells
More stories of the shapeshifters known as the Raksura, with fascinating gender and social dynamics in one of the most populated fantasy worlds I know of.
Edge of Dark, Brenda Cooper
Set on the edge of the solar system we saw in Ruby’s Song duology, Cooper explores AIs and transhumanism.
The Galaxy Game, Karen Lord
Set in the world of The Best of All Possible Worlds, and featuring a school for the psionically gifted, along with high scale star civilizations scheming and colliding? Yes, please.
Cold Iron, Stina Leicht
Flintlock Epic Fantasy in a world with dying magic, a scion of a noble family more known for books than swords is thrown into an epic conflict.
Updraft, Fran Wilde
A city of living bone rises high above the clouds, its past is lost to legend. I am reminded of New Weird notes in that description, aren’t you?
Last Song Before Night, Ilana Myer
“An epic fantasy of the lures and perils of art”. I am reminded of The Golden Key, which I well love. And its got a gorgeous cover.
Madeline Ashby, Company Town
Madeline Ashby skates toward the Singularity (again). Her nonhuman characters are deeper and more human than many authors human ones.
Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor.
Okay, not new for most of the world, but finally getting a US edition in 2015. More fantasy from beyond the Great Wall of Europe.
Empire Ascendant, Kameron Hurley
The Second Mirror Empire novel. Need I say more? I would, but the carnivorous plants might eat me.
I’d add Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear to this list, but I’ve read it already. *You* will want to add it to yours. This is Steampunk as only Bear could do it, with the protagonist you won’t expect but you will want.
There’s plenty more out there, too. Read widely. You may only get one life in order to do so.