Call me silly, but books excite me. Here are a few examples of upcoming books that I’m looking forward to reading.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
(Mulholland Books | September 16, 2014 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


“Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn’t put it down…I’d grab it if I were you.” –Stephen King

A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

If Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

No matter which cover you prefer, everything about this books screams, “Read me!” Beukes is one of those authors that stretches genre boundary definitions in new and interesting directions.

Time Travel: Recent Trips Edited by Paula Guran
(Prime Books | October 1, 2014 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


The idea of time travel has been with us since ancient times; now, the concept of time travel seems almost… plausible. Today, tales of chrononauts are more imaginative and thought-provoking than ever before: new views, cutting-edge concepts, radical notions of paradox and possibility – state-of-the-art speculative stories collected from those written in the twenty-first century. Forward to the past, back to the future – get ready for a fascinating trip!

Simple: I love time travel stories. Plus, this volume has a stellar lineup of contribtors. (I missed The Time Traveler’s Almanac by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer earlier this year, I don’t wanna miss this one too!)

(Abrams | October 7, 2014 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.

This volume’s predecessor (The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by VanderMeer and S.J. Chambers) knocked my socks off with its beautiful design (inside and outside), outstanding level of interesting content, and high production value. This volume looks like it’ll be just as juicy.

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