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We here at SF Signal love to talk about books — not just about the books we’ve read, but also the ones we’re looking forward to reading.

Now it’s your turn. Which books are you looking forward to reading?

They don’t have to be sf/f/h books, but if you’d like to see some speculative fiction books that are coming down the pike, check out this month’s Forthcoming Books post and our Book Preview posts. Heck, they don’t even have to be forthcoming releases!

So, tell us: Which books are you looking forward to reading?

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14 Comments on What Books Are You Looking Forward to Reading?

  1. Strangely I suddenly have an overwhelming desire to read Captain Future: Wizard of Science……

    • In terms of upcoming release dates:

      1. ANGLES OF ATTACK by Marko Kloos in April. Kloos’ writing is incredibly readable and entertaining. I’ve read each of his prior FRONTLINES books three times each. And given his career (Amazon KDP and Smashwords -> book deal with a major publisher; able to support a family on his writing income), he’s a good model for aspiring writers like me to emulate.

      2. THE DEVIL’S ONLY FRIEND by Dan Wells in June. The John Cleaver series is the first series I have chosen to read solely because the character–a teen sociopath who works in a funeral home–sounded so interesting. And this is book #4.

  2. Top of my list: Ken Liu’s GRACE OF KINGS. I’ve been highly impressed by his shorter fiction, so eager to see what he can do with a novel.

  3. Jeff Chandler // April 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm //

    Cant wait to read Neal Stephenson’s “SEVENEVES”. In my opinion he is the smartest person writing in the genre today and a great story teller.

  4. April is going to be a big month for books!
    I recently reviewed Rebirths of Tao (I LOVE that series) and our reviewer gave Grace of Kings 4 stars, but I’m looking forward to Zeroboxer (not on your list, but came out today). The author is doing a local event next month to, so that will be fun.

    Slow Bullets, Red Girls, The Phantom of Menace (Shakespearean Jar Jar?) are on our TBR piles already.

    I’m totally looking forward to Kowal’s Glamorist Histories final book, A Noble Family. I also want to check out the upcoming Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. Mermaids! And I’ve got to look into that Jules Verne book I spotted on the Forthcoming Books blog post.

  5. Ty Myrick // April 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm //

    Man, my too read list is so long already and I haven’t even looked at this month’s publications. Here is my too read *next* pile. It doesn’t include the shelves of books I have that I have yet to get around to. 🙂

    * Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno
    * Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
    * The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (If you haven’t read his first book, The Name of the Wind, drop what you are doing and go read.)
    * The Shortcut Man by p. g. sturges
    * The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore (If you are in the mood for a smart laugh, pick up any Christopher Moore book.)
    * The Phoenix Guards by Stephen Brust (I’ve been re-reading the Taltos series in an effort to get caught up, and this is a side book that I never read.)
    * Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
    * No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis
    * Star Wars: A New Dawn by by John Jackson Miller and Dave Filoni (I’m trying to get caught up on the books before the new movie.)
    * The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay
    * Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook: To Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygenic Railway by Terry Pratchett (I haven’t read this book yet, but I may have to go back and re-read most of the Discworld series to comfort myself after Pterry’s passing.)
    * Monster Hunter: Nemesis by Larry Correia
    * Mindstar Rising by Peter F. Hamilton (I’ve never read any Hamilton, but I enjoy hard sci-fi and space opera, so I’m looking forward to it.)
    * A Million Ways to Die in the West by Seth McFarlane (I’ve been holding off on watching the movie until I can read the book.)
    * Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
    * Low Town by Daniel Polansky
    * London Falling by Paul Cornell (I like Cornell’s comics, so I’m looking forward to this novel).
    * Star Wars: Darth Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber (Schreiber’s Death Troopers was the perfect mash-up of Star Wars and zombies. After this I plan on tracking down some of his other work.)
    * The Legend of Luke by Brian Jacques (I’ve never read all the Redwall books, but the audiobooks are amazing. They include a full cast acting, singing and playing music. I’ve started over reading the series in in-continuity chronological order and plan to make my way through all of them.)
    * Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson
    * How to Succeed in Evil by Patrick McLean
    * Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
    * The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason
    * Herbie’s Game by Timothy Hallinan (If you enjoy mysteries, I can’t recommend Hallinan’s Junior Bender series highly enough.)
    * Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
    * Gun Monkeys by Victor Gischler
    * Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry by Dylan Ratigan
    * Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: The Thirteenth Rib by David J. Schwartz
    * Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto (Pizzollatto is the mind behind HBO’s excellent True Detectives series.)
    * Fiend by Peter Stenson
    * Enormity by W. G. Marshall
    * The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
    * Revolution World by Katy Stauber
    * Equations of Life by Simon Morden
    * Carbide Tipped Pens edited by Ben Bova
    * I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That by Ben Goldacre (If you enjoy science reporting, Goldacre’s Bad Pharma will amaze you at how unscientifically we practice medicine.)
    * The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
    * The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
    * Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Corey Doctorow
    * The Rapture of the Nerds by Corey Doctorow and Charles Stross
    * Economics: The User Guide by Ha-Joon Chang (Chang’s 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism is an excellent critique for anyone interested in economics.)
    * Origins of a D-List Supervillain and Secrets of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer (Bernheimer’s Confessions of a D-List Supervillain was one of my favorite books of 2013.)
    * The History of the Alphabet by Kevin Stroud
    * Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal the Galaxy! by Dan Abnett (I will read anything Abnett writes and this promises to be a rollicking good time.)
    * The Meaning of It All by Richard Feynman (No one communicates science better than Feynman did.)
    * Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
    * Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne
    * Tales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green (If you have never read Green’s Nightside books, do yourself a favor and pick one up.)
    * Dragons at the Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett
    * The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
    * The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
    * Velveteen vs. the Multiverse by Seanan McGuire (I just finished Velveteen vs. the Junior Super-Patriots a week ago. It was delightful!)

    That ought to keep me busy for the next 4 months. Of course, that list grows at least as fast as it shrinks…

  6. Steve Oerkfitz // April 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm //

    The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson
    Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
    The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
    The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr
    Blood On Snow Jo Nesbo

  7. I just finished with Grace of Kings and am pleased to say it’s everything that we’ve been expecting. Atop the ol’ review pile for me are

    A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
    Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
    When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner
    Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian
    Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

  8. Robert Charles Wilson’s “The Affinities’
    and Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Water Knife.”

  9. I’m doing my own little reading challenge this month #AusReadsApril – where all the authors Im reading are Australian. They are not upcoming, but they are newish and SF/F:

    Godless by Ben Peek
    Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson
    Jump by Sean Williams
    Bound by Alan Baxter
    Aurora by Amanda Bridgeman.

    I’m going to try to do a decent write up review of each of them, pending time commitments of course. 🙂

    Cheers

  10. Posted this as a reply to someone else by mistake. In terms of upcoming release dates:

    1. ANGLES OF ATTACK by Marko Kloos in April. Kloos’ writing is incredibly readable and entertaining. I’ve read each of his prior FRONTLINES books three times each. And given his career (Amazon KDP and Smashwords -> book deal with a major publisher; able to support a family on his writing income), he’s a good model for aspiring writers like me to emulate.

    2. THE DEVIL’S ONLY FRIEND by Dan Wells in June. The John Cleaver series is the first series I have chosen to read solely because the character–a teen sociopath who works in a funeral home–sounded so interesting. And this is book #4.

  11. Top priority for me (and up next in my stack) are THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu and THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickenson. Stephenson’s SEVENEVES is a close runner-up.

  12. For things coming up in April, The Grace of Kings is the only one that I’m really excited about currently.

    Looking forward to reading all of these on the TBR:

    Fortune’s Blight by Evie Manieri
    Cold Fire by Kate Elliott
    Lord of Two Lands by Judith Tarr.

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