Better late than never, right? I managed to sit down at a computer and do some writing for the first time in a couple weeks, so let’s round up the upcoming books for the month. We’re winding down for the holiday season, but there is still one last rush of releases today. Here’s a look at some of the exciting books out in November.
Described as a “grimdark Redwall,” Polansky’s entry in the new Tor.com novella series is a brutal tale reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino. A group of mercenary rodents (plus a salamander and an owl) led by a mouse known only as “The Captain” seek revenge on the creatures that defeated him and his gang 5 years previous. If you love spaghetti westerns, or small furry creatures, this is essential reading.
The founder of the “Wheel of Time” online community, Dragonmount, has made the leap from fan to creator with this debut novel, the first in a planned trilogy. The story follows Pomella AnDone, a lowborn teen selected by the powerful Mystics as their apprentice. She must navigate the upper echelons of society while proving her worthiness to the Mystics.
I’ve developed a taste for non-Western fantasy lately. Blame Grace of Kings. So Kate Elliott’s latest looks right up my alley. This Eastern-themed series follows Kellas, a former palace guard living in disgrace and exile. But he is summoned to return to his old position to save the murdered king’s nephew from a similar fate.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the Rand al’Thor fan in your life, this exhaustive tome should satisfy. The Wheel of Time Companion is filled with biographical entries, language dictionaries, maps, portraits, histories and just about everything else you could possibly want to know about Robert Jordan’s beloved series.
Green Earth— Kim Stanley Robinson (Del Rey)
Usually director’s cuts add material to the original, but in the case of Green Earth, it is what Robinson took out rather than what he added. It is a trimmed-down version Robinson’s popular “Science in the Capital” trilogy, packaged as a single volume with 300 less pages. But even at its shorter length it is still filled with the environmental advocacy that has marked much of Stan’s work.
Ray isn’t your typical private dick in LA. He’s jaded and hard as nails, thanks to being a robot, but he is also a feared hit man. After he is hired to find a missing movie star, he soon finds himself hunted among Hollywood’s big-money glitterati in this new sci-fi noir.
This has been the year of generation ships, what with Seveneves and Aurora. Tomlinson takes a different tack in his latest, which follows Bryan Benson, a sports-hero turned private detective, as he hunts a serial killer onboard the generation ship, named “The Ark.”
After wrapping up the story of Octavia Leander with The Clockwork Crown, Cato returns to Caskentia for this e-novella. Wings of Sorrow and Bone follows Rivka Stout as she uncovers a conspiracy involving gremlins and Arena battles. Stout has to stop the sinister Balthazar Cody to save the quirky creatures.
If you only know Kowal from her regency fantasy series, “The Glamourist Histories” or her work with Brandon Sanderson on the podcast “Writing Excuses,” you may have missed her short stories. This collection will remedy that, a comprehensive collection of her short fiction including such award-winning stories as “Evil Robot Monkey” and “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.”
This Tor.com novella kicks off Underwood’s “Genrenauts” series. Fans of Jasper Fforde’s “Thursday Next” novels should appreciate this witty tale about a stand-up comic working for the “Genrenauts Foundation,” protecting the universe by making sure that stories end the way they should. But what happens when a story’s hero isn’t interested in being the hero?
Grant, the horror alter-ego of urban fantasist Seanan McGuire, wraps up her “Parasitology” trilogy with this gripping finale. The SymboGen tapeworms were designed to end disease in their hosts, unfortunately they also turn them into zombies. As the tapeworm-controlled horde continues to advance, Sal and her family must make a final stand for humanity.