Jun 18 2013 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Anticipating the Second Half of 2013

Now it is time. Now the curtain can be pushed back on the second half of 2013, and all the books—or at least all those with announced publication dates and online retailer pages—can be spoken of in terms of hot anticipation!

...And I’m going to stop avoiding the personal pronoun now. Dear Readers, let’s talk about what’s to look forward to in the second half of the year. By your leave, I’ll go first.

July is my favourite month, only partly because it’s the month in which my birthday falls. (It’s also a relatively warm and dry month. That, I like.) But where June’s a month filled with delightful new releases (hello, new books by Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman, Kate Elliott, Lauren Beukes, Elizabeth Moon, Deborah J. Ross!), July brings with it only a few books after which I hanker: Catherynne M. Valente’s The Melancholy of Mechagirl (Viz Media); Charles Stross’s second novel in his Saturn’s Children universe, Neptune’s Brood (Ace); and DB Jackson’s Thieves’ Quarry (Tor), sequel to last year’s Thieftaker. I’m a sucker for the 18th century, even if rather less keen on colonial Boston, so I’m going to hope for a diverting hour’s read...

July also sees a paperback printing of Barbara Hambly’s Magistrates of Hell, a book whose hardcover I really enjoyed. Just putting that out there for other interested parties.

August is another month not entirely overflowing with Things I Want To Read. In the running this month? Just two books.

Everyone’s favourite male cover model Jim C. Hines has the second novel in his Ex Libris series, Codex Born, out from DAW. And coming from Masque Books, an e-first imprint, Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi. I’ve read a galley copy of this for review: it has the tone of Firefly but with less background racism and more lesbian polyamory, and I have several friends who’ll be getting copies of this for August birthdays...

But now we come to the months of the year which look full to bursting with shiny interesting books: September and October.

September has seven books I really want to read, and three of them are YA: First up, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Untold (Random House), sequel to 2012’s cliffhangered gothic Unspoken. Malinda Lo’s Inheritance (Little Brown), sequel to the brilliant Adaptation. And Rae Carson brings her debut trilogy—which began with the most excellent The Girl of Fire and Thorns—to a conclusion in The Bitter Kingdom (Greenwillow).

Meanwhile, Subterranean Press is bringing forth a novella from Elizabeth Bear, The Book of Iron, set in the same world as the Eternal Sky trilogy; Michelle Sagara continues the adventures of Kaylin Neya in Cast in Sorrow (Luna), the ninth instalment in the Chronicles of Elantra; and Jaime Lee Moyer’s debut Delia’s Shadow (Tor), set in the early 1900s, looks like an intriguing take on the ghost story. And DAW should be bringing forth Seanan McGuire’s seventh Toby Daye* book, Chimes at Midnight.

October brings with it a massive nine books that I’d dearly, dearly love to read. Ann Leckie’s SFnal debut is out from Orbit, Ancillary Justice. I don’t know about you, but the cover copy makes me eager to see if it’s going to be nearly as intriguing as it sounds. Nnedi Okorafor has a collection out from Prime, Kabu Kabu. Tamora Pierce’s long-awaited Battle Magic (Scholastic) should be appearing on shelves. Martha Wells has a novel in the Star Wars continuity due out, set during the original trilogy: Star Wars: Rebels (Lucas Books), and I’m hot to see what one of my favourite authors does with one of my first SFnal loves (I can’t be the only person who came to science fiction through Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy, can I?). Jacqueline Carey’s Autumn Bones (Roc) comes out, at least so Locus tells me, and Tina Connolly follows up her debut Ironskin with a sequel, Copperhead (Tor). And Allegiance (Tor), the third book from Beth Bernobich in the series that opened with Passion Play, is a fantasy novel I’m deeply looking forward to: I want to see what happens in all the intrigue and politics and derring-do!

Before you ask, yes, I’m looking forward to two books by lads, too: Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves (Gollancz) is a book I’ve been waiting for lo this long time: I’ve always had a weakness for the caper story. And Max Gladstone’s Two Serpents Rise, his second novel, comes out from Tor. Considering how much I enjoyed his debut, I’m either going to be very happy or incredibly disappointed when I get to read Two Serpents Rise.

That takes us up to November. Mí na Shamhna, as I had to call it in Irish class, the usual start of the nasty wet part of winter—with four books whose appearance may, in fact, thrill me utterly. And one book I’ve heard of that sounds like it might be up my street...

Nicola Griffith’s Hild (Farrar Straus Giroux) may not be SFF. But a historical novel from the author of Slow River and The Blue Place? I am so there. SO THERE, I tell you.

Meanwhile, from Prime Books, Elizabeth Bear has a standalone set in her Promethean Age universe, One-Eyed Jack. Mira Grant returns with Parasite (Orbit), a new departure into parasitology after the zombie virology of Newsflash trilogy. And Cherie Priest returns to the Clockwork Century with the shiny-looking Fiddlehead (Tor). Fifth, but not least, Rachel Bach (AKA Rachel Aaron) ventures into science fiction with Fortune’s Pawn (Orbit).

As for December... Well, I only know of two interesting-sounding books for the final month of the year, as yet. Catherynne M. Valente’s The Bread We Eat in Dreams (Subterranean Press), and Ian Tregillis’s Something More Than Night (Tor).

What am I missing? What are you looking forward to?

*I’ve only just discovered that I quite like the Toby Daye books, after bouncing out of the second. Pressed to try again with the third, I fear myself a convert.

Liz Bourke is looking forward very much to ALL THE BOOKS. She blogs, tweets, and spends far more time reading fiction than a woman in her situation really ought....

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Fade Manley
1. fadeaccompli
I don't pay enough attention to release dates to know what's coming out later this year, aside from a few books you've mentioned anyway. But my to-read list just got 90% of what you've listed added to it, so I think I'm going to be pretty darn busy nonetheless.
Mary Beth
2. Mary Beth
Maggie Stiefvater's THE DREAM THIEVES is coming out in September, too--the same week as UNTOLD, if I'm not mistaken. I may have to lock myself in my room for the weekend to binge on books...
Pamela Adams
3. PamAdams
it has the tone of Firefly but with less background racism and more lesbian polyamory Now that's a blurb!

Sigh. No wonder my local independent bookstore is on speed-dial.
Alyson Mahn
4. AyeJaySedai
Words of Radience (Book Two of the Stormlight Archive) comes out in Novemeber. I can't wait!
Caleb Billman
5. Vlamier
The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan comes out in August (read his Riyira Revelations–they're next to Sanderson in my favorites).
Also, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson in September.
Mary Beth
6. OtterB
At the end of July, there's Laura Anne Gilman's Heart of Briar. It's the first half of a duology, her website says. The main character has to rescue her kidnapped boyfriend from Elfland.

Also in November, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Trade Secret. Not a "main line" Liaden book, but a sequel to Balance of Trade. I enjoyed the original - I really like Jethri as he learns to make his way between cultures and become a trader.
Liz Bourke
7. hawkwing-lb
AyeJaySedai @4 and Vlamier @5:

Sleeps With Monsters is a column dedicated to talking - for the most part - about women and queer people in genre, or the authors who write them well. There are plenty of anticipation posts that mention Sanderson and the guys! Fewer that mention Beth Bernobich and Nicola Griffith...

So who else are you looking forward to?
Liz Bourke
8. hawkwing-lb
fadeaccompli @ 1:

I'd say I was sorry... but I'm not. *g*

Mary Beth @2:

I've never read Stiefvater. I suspect I should look to rectify this oversight sooner rather than later.

Pam Adams @3:

We live to serve.

OtterB @6:

The Gilman sounds interesting. And I have to say I'm looking forward to Trade Secret myself.
Mary Beth
9. PhoenixFalls
On the MG/YA side of things, Robin McKinley's newest (Shadows) is due out in September, and Catherynne M. Valente's third Fairyland book (The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two) is due out in October.

Hadn't heard that there were dates for the Carey, Gilman, and Lee & Miller! Always glad to have more books to look forward to. . .
Mary Beth
10. Jeff R.
I've reached a point where I am incapable of believeing in Republic of Thieves Release Dates.

Maybe when someone's posted a picture of an ARC I'll regain faith, but as of now...
Liz Bourke
11. hawkwing-lb
Jeff R @10:

I have seen a picture of the ARCs.
Mary Beth
12. Stephen Price
I can't wait for The Last Dark by Stephen R. Donaldson in October.
Mary Beth
13. AO
My most anticipated book of the year is Cast in Sorrow (The Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara, which is due August 27th. Other people may wait until September, but I'm absolutely picking this up in August. My list for the rest of the year:

Blood Song (A Raven's Shadow Novel) by Anthony Ryan
The Thousand Names: Book One of The Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews

The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles) by Michael J Sullvan
Cast in Sorrow (The Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara

The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles) by Michael J Sullivan

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Old Mars edited by GRRM & Dozois
The Obsidian Heart (Echoes of Empire) by Mark T Barnes

Dangerous Women edited by GRRM & Dozois
The Fell Sword (The Traitor Son Cycle) by Miles Cameron

Amazon now has Words of Radiance (Book Two of the Stormlight Archive) listed for January, so it may not even make it this year.

I read Beth Bernobich's Passion Play, and thought it okay, but not good enough to go running out to buy the second volume, Queen's Hunt. If I do read it in the next few months then I may buy Allegiance when it comes out.

My pick for most likely to be overlooked is The Obsidian Heart (Echoes of Empire) by Mark T Barnes. I found the first book to be quite interesting, with traces of several diverse influences combining to make for a refreshingly original tale. For those interested, one of the main pov's is that of a woman, who has not been raped or abused, has her own agency, and in general is treated just as well as any other character.
Stefan Raets
14. Stefan
Based on what I've read from her, I'm very much looking forward Rachel Swirsky's forthcoming collection "How the World Became Quiet", due out in September from Subterranean. There's also a new Caitlin R. Kiernan collection due out from them in November: "The Ape's Wife and Other Stories".
Mary Beth
15. harmonyfb
My looked-forward-to book this summer is "Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest" by A. Lee Martinez (July 16!)

If you're unfamiliar with his books, do yourself a huge favor and pick up 'Divine Misfortune' or 'The Automatic Detective' (or any of them, really.)
Alyson Mahn
16. AyeJaySedai
7. hawkwing-lb

It would have been nice for that to have been mentioned in the post so that people new to the site are don't try to join in on the conversation and then told they did it wrong. Even a link that explains the "sleeps with Monsters" collum would have been nice. Since I am new to the science fiction/fantasy genre, I don't yet have a feel for who falls under that subcategory that is cover by this heading. I am sorry for misunderstanding.

That said this is a neat resouce. I'll probably look into some of these when ordering books for the library's fiction collection.
Mary Beth
17. carrie80
Lots of great sounding books. I have the Kate Elliott and the Sarah Rees Brennan on pre-order. Also Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars (post-apocalyptic Persuasion retelling), which is about to come out in paperback.

Not SFF, but associated in my head thanks to her earlier work, is Elizabeth Wein's Rose Under Fire (loose sequel to Code Name Verity; WWII pilot in Ravensbruck), which has a US release in September.
Mary Beth
18. PB65
New Sandman Slim - Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey (July)
On the Steel Breeze - follow-up to Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds (August)
Second Bobby Dollar book - Happy Hour in Hell by Ted Williams (Sept)

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