The gnomes received some more review copies this week. Here’s a sneak peek of the books you may see here in the coming months.
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu, coming 8 March 2016 from Saga Press. The gnomes love Ken Liu’s short fiction and are excited to read his stories in one volume and get the chance to read any stories they haven’t read yet. Here’s the publisher’s description:
A publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.
With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).
A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savor.
The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish, coming 10 May 2016 from Penguin Random House Canada. Kristi Charish is the author of Owl and the Japanese Circus and Owl and the City of Angels, two books that the gnomes enjoyed, and they’re excited to read the first book in her new urban fantasy series. Here’s the publisher’s description:
For starters, she’s only twenty-seven. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.
Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.
And then she becomes the target… As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.
Invaders, an anthology coming 12 July 2016 from Tachyon Publications. Tachyon publishes a lot of great books, and the gnomes are sure this one won’t disappoint them. Here’s the publisher’s description:
No one is safe when literary authors—including multiple Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship recipients—invade the future. Corporations control the world (albeit from unassuming offices), nanotechnology returns unasked-for memories, the undead are almost mundane, and aliens infiltrate the big leagues.
Like time-traveling mad scientists, the Invaders have concocted outrageous creations. They have seized upon tales of technology gone wrong and pushed pulp fiction to finally grow up (mostly).
Wildly speculative, innovative, and unexpected, these twenty-two tales leave no doubt that the future belongs to all kinds of writers—no matter where their books happen to be shelved.