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On My Radar: HATERZ by James Goss, THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro, MEDICINE FOR THE DEAD by Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

I don’t know about you…but love the anticipation of upcoming books. Here are a few that have caught my eye.


 
Haterz by James Goss
(Solaris | January 27, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)
 

SYNOPSIS:

A blackly comic crime novel about a one-man crusade to rid the internet of haters, flamers, trolls and vaguebookers… even if he has to kill to do it.

Is there someone online who really annoys you? Who is always bragging, posting too many pictures and just doesn’t get jokes? Look at your Twitter feed, don’t you get cross at the endless rage, bigotry and the pleading for celebrity retweets? Meet Dave. He decides that unfollowing someone just isn’t enough. He’s determined to make the internet a nicer place, and he won’t stop at murder in order to achieve it. When he kills his best friend’s girlfriend, he isn’t planning on changing the world. She was just really annoying on Facebook. But soon Dave realises he’s being manipulated. A conspiracy are using him to gain control of something dark forming at the heart of the world wide web…

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
Dark humor and lampoons Internet culture? Sign me up.


 
by Kazuo Ishiguro
(Knopf | March 3, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)
 

SYNOPSIS:

This is an extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day.

‘You’ve long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it’s time now to think on it anew. There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay…’

The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
I adored Never Let Me Go for its lyrical beauty and meaningful themes. Ishiguro won a fan with that book. Despite the terse description, I’m hoping the new one is just as enjoyable, more so than the lacklsuter trailer would imply.


 
Medicine for the Dead by Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson
(Solaris | March 31, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: Tomasz Jedruszek)
 

SYNOPSIS:

The story of Appaloosa Elim continues.
Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes.
Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him.
Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali’Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk.

Out in the wastes, one more corpse should hardly make a difference. But the blighted landscape has been ravaged by drought, twisted by violence, and warped by magic – and no-one is immune. Vuchak struggles to keep the party safe from monsters, marauders, and his own troubled mind. Weisei is being eaten alive by a strange illness. And fearful, guilt-wracked Elim hopes he’s only imagining the sounds coming from Dulei’s coffin.

As their supplies dwindle and tensions mount, the desert exacts a terrible price from its pilgrims – one that will be paid with the blood of the living, and the peace of the dead.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
I’m kind of in the mood for a weird western and this one looks good. This is the second book in the Children of the Drought series, after One Night in Sixes, which is out now so I should probably read that first. 🙂

About John DeNardo (13013 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on On My Radar: HATERZ by James Goss, THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro, MEDICINE FOR THE DEAD by Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

  1. Hey, thanks so much for the feature! All credit for the Medicine for the Dead cover goes to the phenomenal Tomasz Jedruszek, whose work you can also find at http://morano.pl.

    (And thank you too for putting The Buried Giant on my radar – An Artist of the Floating World tore me up in all the right ways, and I’m so glad he’s writing again!)

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