This is my weekly[-ish] list of speculative fiction novels that I think are worth looking out for. They are mainly – but not always! – new or forthcoming releases.
The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M Valente
A collection of some of Catherynne Valente’s most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella Silently and Very Fast and the Locus Award finalist 13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time, with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.
Read the wonderful write-up by Emily Nordling over on Tor’s blog. “The Melancholy of Mechagirlis as fabulous in composite as it is in its individual stories and poems. Valente’s delicate hand in repetition and simile creates a deluge of like images for her readers, and will certainly keep this reader coming back for more.”
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
Meet Mookie Pearl. Criminal underworld? He runs in it. Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it. Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job. But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…
This is on my list because I enjoyed his novel Blackbirds and I am keen to read more of what he’s written.
Also, Chuck blogs here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/
Tuf Voyaging by George R R Martin
Now back in print after almost ten years, Tuf Voyaging is the story of quirky and endearing Haviland Tuf, an unlikely hero just trying to do right by the galaxy, one planet at a time. Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he’s become the proud owner of a seedship, the last remnant of Earth’s legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind; just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands–hands which now have the godlike ability to control the genetic material of thousands of outlandish creatures …