Sunday, 15 January 2012

What about 2012?

I had a quick browse through the catalogues of various publishers to help me plan my reading a little bit. Or more likely, start writing my book begging letters. Most publishers have not given full lists for the year so this is actually just books for the first half of 2012. I like doing lists, so now I can do another one in six months. They are in no particular order, and publication dates are in some cases ripped from which in the past have proved to be incorrect.

Please leave a comment with your own recommended reads for 2012!

Omega Point - Guy Haley - 3rd May
Wheee! The second Richards and Klein novel is almost here, and I am tingling with anticipation. One of my favorite books last year, so no surprise Omega Point is on the list.

The powerful artificial intelligence designated k52 has a plan to take over the world.
If it were to create an artificial reality based on our own universe it could theoretically gain enough data to be able to alter reality itself, turning k52 into the ultimate arbiter of mankind’s fate.
It’s down to Richards and Klein to stop k52 – even though the alternative could be worse!

Champion of Mars - Guy Haley - 10th of May
Guy Haley is so awesome he gets two books on my list. This one is not a Richard and Klein novel, but I don't care. Read it I shall!

In the far future, Mars dies a second time. The Final War between man and the spirits is beginning. In a last bid for peace, disgraced champion Yoechakanon Val Mora and his spirit lover Cybele are set free to find the long-missing Libararian of Mars, the only hope to save the remnants of mankind.

In the near-future Dr Holland, a scientist running from a painful past, joins the Mars colonisation effort, cataloguing the remnants of Mars' biosphere before it is swept away by the terraformation programme. When an artefact is discovered deep in the caverns of the red planet, the actions of Holland and his team lead to tragedy, with profound consequences that ripple throughout time, affecting Holland's present, the distant days of Yoechakanon, and the eras that brige the aeons between.

Last Days - Adam Nevill - 24th of May
I needed a night light after reading his The Ritual. It might be a mistake to read another book by Adam Nevill, but I can't stop myself. I'm already shivering out of fright.

Have you ever heard of Sister Katherine and the Temple of the Last Days? Independent filmmaker Kyle Freeman is desperate, fearing that the right project will never come up. But when Maximillian Solomon asks him about The Temple of the Last Days he figures his luck might be about to change. In 1975 the cult led by its infamous leader Sister Katherine met a bloody end in the Arizona desert. The shoot’s locations take Kyle to the cult’s original bases in London, France and finally the crime scene where the cult met their bloody end. But when he interviews the remaining survivors of the Last Days who haven’t broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events and unexplained phenomena plague the shoots. And what exactly is it they are managing to record in any place the Temple once resided? Troubling out-of-body experiences and nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees and the discovery of ghastly artefacts, soon pitch Kyle and his one-man crew, into the unnerving realisation that they have become entangled in the cult’s hideous legacy.

Fated - Benedict Jacka - 1st of March
The first novel about urban sorcerer Alex Versus, which sounds fun. Long time since I stopped reading the Harry Dresden books, so about time I try my luck with a new star.

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future--allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. 

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none...

The Minority Council - Kate Griffin - 1st of March
Kate Griffin, is the undisputed queen of urban fantasy, and wild horses could not stop me from reading her 4th novel about urban sorcerer Matthew Swift.

Matthew Swift, Midnight Mayor, is in charge. And London is having its issues.
The new drug on the market is fairy dust and it turns humans into walking drug labs. Teenage vandals are being hunted by a mystical creature. And criminals are dying by magical means.
If Swift is going to save London from a rising tide of blood, he’s going to have to learn his lessons – and fast

Seven Princes - John R. Fultz - 5th of January
Seven Princes is a new epic fantasy, and I have already heard a lot of good things about it. My standards are very high after reading the Steven Erikson books, so will see how this one fares.

A sorcerer slaughters the King and his entire court in front of the disbelieving eyes of young Prince D'zan. From that moment, D'zan is driven by one thought - the need to regain his father's stolen throne. The lives of six foreign Princes are tied to D'zan's fate, as he seeks allies for his cause. In a land where Men and Giants battle side by side against ancient monsters and chilling sorcery, only one thing is certain - war is coming. Kingdoms will clash and blood will run. Seven Princes. Seven destinies. All will be legend.

Night's Engine - Trent Jamieson - 7th June
The sequel to Roil. Not missing this one.

The Roil has not yet been defeated – and the Roil extends its grip on Shale, following the commands of the Dreaming Cities. Wars will be fought. Doomsday weapons employed. And night will fall.

Blue Remembered Earth - Alastair Reynolds - 19th January
The first part in a new trilogy by the master of SF. Again, no chance I am missing this one.

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished. But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel. Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards . . .


  1. I think KJ Parker's SHARPS is due early this summer. And China Miéville's RAILSEA in the spring. I can't wait.

    I've become a big Adam Nevill fan and really like the sound of LAST DAYS. I've heard good things about FATED, although I'll confess that the blurb sounds identical to last year's HOUNDED (which I also liked).

  2. This came out last year, but I was really impressed with "Knox's Irregulars" by J. Wesley Bush. Came to it with zero expectations but it had good action, good tactics and good writing. There's a strong Christian vibe in it but that didn't bother me.

    And, this is a bit retro, but I'm enjoying "Roman Blood" by Steve Saylor. I just wish his publisher was selling the ebook version for less than $10.

    I'm looking forward to your reviews, they help me pick out what to spend money on.