Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, a novella from Immersion Press to be published August 31. I’ve actually already read this as the author was kind enough to send me an ARC; but I’m looking forward to rereading it, which I’m going to now that I’ve read all the stories that serve as further background for the characters and the mythology. I’ll be reviewing this elseweb around the date it’s published, so for now I’ll just say: this belongs in your TBR pile. I’ve read a lot of great stuff this year. Stuff that won awards. That was nominated for ALL THE THINGS. And this novella along with its companion The Archer Who Shot Down Suns is one of the best. Evocative imagery, relatable — and adorable — characters, adventure and romance and the prose is just, damn, I still have to figure out how to review this without bursting into song.
Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction edited by Ian Whates, an anthology from Solaris Books to be published August 26. I have been dying for some science fiction that isn’t post-apocalyptic (I love post-apocalyptic settings, but it seems like nothing else is published these days and I need some variety, y’all. Give me some shit IN SPACE). This anthology features stories by the aforementioned Sriduangkaew as well as other authors I like such as Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu, and Alex Dally MacFarlane. The speed with which this hit the TBR pile broke the sound barrier.
The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard, a novella from Subterranean Press to be published September 30. The blurb for this book checked a goodly number of boxes on the bookish list of “stuff Cecily likes” — literary horror, mythic fiction, fairy tale — though it is not, alas, in space. I’m just going to present that blurb here:
It begins with a letter from a prisoner…
As he attempts to rebuild his life in rural Oregon after a tragic accident, Malcolm Mays finds himself corresponding with Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, a mysterious entity who claims to be the owner of Malcolm’s house, jailed unjustly for 117 years. The prisoner demands that Malcolm perform a gory, bewildering task for him. As the clock ticks toward Dusha’s release, Malcolm must attempt to find out whether he’s assisting a murderer or an innocent. ”The End of the Sentence” combines Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish and Norse mythology, with a dark imagined history of the hidden corners of the American West.
Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have forged a fairytale of ghosts and guilt, literary horror blended with the visuals of Jean Cocteau, failed executions, shapeshifting goblins, and magical blacksmithery. In Chuchonnyhoof, they’ve created a new kind of Beast, longing, centuries later, for Beauty.
Since I’d mentioned dude-authored books I was looking forward to a couple of posts ago, I figured I should list these. This is it for the rest of the year, aside from some shorts and Women Destroy Fantasy!, though there are still a few books from earlier in 2014 I want to read and I’m hoping at least a couple I have not yet discovered will pop up unexpectedly — it seems to happen that way.