The watch list

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.

Sketch-Book-icon The watch list

Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Metro 2034That’s not a typo – Metro 2034 is the sequel to Metro 2033, and it’s due out in February 2014. (Here’s my review of Metro 2033.)

I’m not entirely convinced that 2034 will offer anything new, but I imagine if you’re a fan of the first book and want more of the same, you’ll probably be satisfied.  According to the blurb from the publisher:

A year after the events of METRO 2033, the last few survivors of the apocalypse, surrounded by mutants and monsters, face a terrifying new danger as they hang on for survival in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro.

Featuring blistering action, vivid and tough characters, claustrophobic tension and dark satire, the Metro books have become bestsellers across Europe.

Self-Reference ENGINE by Toh EnJoe (trans Terry Gallagher), and other PKD Award nominees

selfreferenceENGINEInstructions for Use: Read chapters in order. Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in space-time at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled “Japanese” is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese. Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed.

From the mind of Toh EnJoe comes Self-Reference ENGINE, a textual machine that combines the rigor of Stanislaw Lem with the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Do not operate heavy machinery for one hour after reading.

This one’s nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, alongside:

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke – surprisingly good! Reminded me a little bit of Tanith Lee’s incredible Silver Metal Lover, but not quite in the same league.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – loved it.

Countdown City by Ben H. Winters – I have just started reading this one, straight after finishing book 1 of this series, The Last Policeman. Yes!

A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock.

Life on the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead.

Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction edited by Ian Whates.

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