New Arrivals: Week of 6/15

IMG_0528_editedSeveral other bloggers are doing this, and I need something to kickstart me out of my writing funk lately, so I’ve decided I will spotlight my weekly new arrivals. And this was a good week to do so.

Here’s what arrived on my doorstep and on my Kindle this past week:

Fool's QuestFool’s Quest — Robin Hobb (Del Rey)

Editor extraordinaire Anne Groell gave my wife an ARC of Fool’s Assassin at Phoenix Comicon last year, which started my exploration of the world of Fitz and the Fool. So I was thrilled to get an ARC of the follow-up in the mail on Wednesday, which follows the titular characters as the search for Fitz’s missing daughter, Bee. Available Aug. 11.

the-emperors-blades-coverThe Emperor’s Blades — Brian Staveley (Tor) 

I already had an eBook of this one, but I recently got my hardcover of Staveley’s second novel The Providence of Fire autographed, and Friday was “Buy a Tor Book Day,” so I figured I’d go ahead and support the publisher and get a matching set. Now I just need to run into Staveley again to get it autographed…

armadaArmada — Ernest Cline (Crown Publishing)

This has to be one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Cline’s follow-up to his bestselling paean to’80s pop culture, Ready Player One, Armada immediately trumped everything else on my reading list and was finished by Wednesday. Fans of Ready Player One will recognize the style in this alien invasion-meets-gamer culture adventure. Keep an eye out for my review in a couple weeks. Available July 14.

half a warHalf a War — Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)

Abercrombie’s magnificent YA “Shattered Sea” trilogy, which features Half a King and Half the World wraps up with this volume, which follows the vengeful Princess Skara. The machinations of the cunning Yarvi, the crippled, former king of Gettland come to a climax in this volume, as the Shattered Sea is swept into bloody war. Available July 28.

I also received the following eARCs:

stories for chipStories for Chip — Various, edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell (Rosarium Publishing)

Samuel R. Delany is a giant in sci-fi, a visionary known for his groundbreaking short-fiction and novels like Dhalgren and Babel-17. This tribute, funded through IndieGoGo, features a variety of works from such SFF luminaries as Michael Swanwick, Ellen Kushner and Geoff Ryman. Available Aug. 3.

UpdraftUpdraft — Fran Wilde (Tor)

Okay, I know pretty much nothing about this novel, but it seems to be the talked-about fantasy novel of the summer. Wilde is a successful short story author, and this is her full-length debut. It is a coming-of-age tale about Kirit, a girl who dreams of becoming a flying trader like her mother, but soon becomes embroiled in a political plot which draws her to the heart of the Spire, where she learns a terrible secret. Available Sept. 1.

Check back in the coming weeks for reviews of all of these.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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2 Responses to New Arrivals: Week of 6/15

  1. Tammy says:

    Armada is next on my list to read! I hope to start it tomorrow. And I’m really excited about Updraft as well. Awesome pile o’ books! Enjoy!


    • It was a good week. I’m torn between reading something that releases soon (like Time Salvager) and Fool’s Quest next, because Fitz. I still need to finish Seveneves, but damn that book is turning into a disappointment.


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