‘Tis the season, by which I mean springtime–at least over here. I’m editing March reviews right now, and April and May books are starting to pour in. Here are just a few of the spring SF/F titles that I can’t wait to read:
Benedict Jacka’s Fated (Ace, March), which launches what looks like a very promising new urban fantasy series.
Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl (Roc, March). Kiernan is brilliant, full stop, and I love pretty much everything she writes.
Yves Meynard’s Chrysanthe (Tor, March). I know Yves from Readercon; he’s very smart and very funny in person, and I’m curious to see what his writing is like.
Joe R. Lansdale’s Act of Love (Subterranean, April), a reissue of his first novel, which looks gritty and grimy and nasty–just my sort of thing.
Sharon Shinn’s The Shape of Desire (Ace, April), which looks mysterious and thoughtful and romantic–just my sort of thing.
Anne Lyle’s The Alchemist of Souls (Angry Robot, April), a “comedy of terrors” set in Elizabethan England–just my sort of thing.
(There are things that are not my sort of thing. I’m pretty burned out on heroic quests, for example, and dreadfully picky about time travel stories. I feel that everyone other than Sir Pterry should stop trying to write comic fantasy and everyone everywhere should stop trying to write comic SF. But visceral horror, intellectual romantic fantasy, and dashing historicals? Sign me up.)
S.G. Browne’s Lucky Bastard (Gallery, April). I thought Breathers was brilliant and it put Browne firmly on my must-read list.
Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 (Orbit, May), because it’s Kim Stanley Robinson and you don’t really need another reason.
N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon (Orbit, May); she’s been blogging enticingly about this new series for well over a year now and the more I hear about it, the more I’m intrigued.
Looking forward to these will generate enough excitement to keep me warm all winter! What 2012 books are on your anticipation list?