Here’s what arrived on my doorstep this past week:
Jo Walton’s brilliant reimagining of Plato’s Republic, The Just City, is one of my favorite novels from this year. So I was excited to see the sequel coming so soon. The story picks up 20 years after Athene’s experimental community in Atlantis fractured. Apollo, living a mortal life to better understand humanity, is now a father. After a tragic loss, however, he leads an expedition into the Eastern Mediterranean in search of revenge against the primitive Greeks. Available June 30.
Dawn of the Dragons — James A. Owen (Saga)
I’ve been a fan of James A. Owen’s artwork since picking up a copy of his debut comic, Starchild, at a comic book convention 25 years ago. I haven’t delved into his prose, however. Dawn of the Dragons is an omnibus edition of the first two novels in his “Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica,” Here, There Be Dragons and Search for the Red Dragon. Originally published as illustrated YA editions, the omnibus editions are geared towards the adult market, and unfortunately lack his gorgeous artwork. He has made up for that lack of art, however, with a new coloring book collecting the drawings from books. Available Now.
Mockingbird — Chuck Wendig (Saga)
I’ve been a fan of Wendig’s incisive social media presence for a while now, but I must confess I still haven’t read any of his novels. That’s going to change in the coming months, as the prolific author has several titles on the way: Zer0es, a cyberpunk/surveillance novel coming in August, Star Wars: Aftermath, his follow-up to the events of Return of the Jedi; and his “Miriam Black” series, which is being reissued in the Fall. This is the second of the “Miriam Black” trilogy, so I’m going to have to track down Blackbirds to get started. I’ve still got plenty of time though. Available Oct. 20.
We’ve seen plenty of first contact novels over the years, with aliens landing on the White House lawn or speaking at the United Nations. This acclaimed novel from the Nigerian-American Okorafor sets that contact in Africa — with a rapper, a soldier and a biologist discovering the alien Ayodele on the beach in Lagos, Nigeria. The novel has attracted plenty of acclaim since it was released in the UK last year, earning nominations for the BSFA, Tiptree and Gemmell Legend Awards, and will finally be available on these shores. Available July 14.
Check back in the coming weeks for reviews of all of these.