I have to say that the two I'm most looking forward to is "A Wise Man's Fear" - Patrick Rothfuss (Which explains my avatar ) and "A Dance With Dragons" - George R. R. Martin. I suppose even though I've been really into fantasy for a couple years, I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of what are "must read's".
There's a big difference between an established author and a brand new guy with only one book under his belt.Didn't hurt Martin either- IIRC he hit #1 on the NYT list for the first time with the oft-delayed Feast.
Re Rothfuss:Yeah, indeed there is. But still, -- and with the caveat that I know squat about the publishing industry and that this is just me sounding off, -- I'm sort of inclined to swing into the "won't be a huge issue" camp. It's only the one book so far, sure, but that book did very well. Not Twilight well, [pfft], but extremely well for a first-time fantasy. The mmpb of TNotW was on the NYT bestseller list, -- woohoo three acronyms in one sentence!, do I get points?, -- quite a coup for a debut author. Also a coup for rock-solid-but-not-gargantuan Daw, but more of this in a moment. A respectable minority of that audience have probably stuck around as Rothfuss fans. And, -- this being the main thing I think, -- sure much of the bookbuying public may well have forgotten about Rothfuss by the time Wise Man's Fear hits, but I'm very very sure that Daw and Penguin will leave no stone unturned to remind them. Rothfuss is a big huge deal for Daw, and if the Wise Man's Fear release is anything like it's predecessor's it'll have the might of Penguin's marketing department behind it, something which I'm guessing is unusual for the Daw imprint.
Back to bigging up next year:
I know we're in the fantasy section, but since we're building anticipation I figure I'll put all mine in one spot. There's looking to be some great sci-fi next year, notably from Pyr: They've got Ian MacDonald's novel of future Turkey, The Dervish House, scheduled for June as of now. If it's anything like as good as his last two, this'll be one of the year's big deals. Also David Louis Edleman's Geosynchron, the finish to his future-business-intrigue Jump 225 trilogy for February, and Prince of Storms, Kay Kenyon's final Entire and the Rose novel, coming in January. I'm a big massive Kenyon fan, -- she's one of the authors who I think would be more popular if there were any literary justice in the world, [everybody's got a couple of these], -- so Prince of Storms is one of my most anticipated books for the year. I only hope they're not rushing it.
Oh, and Daniel Abraham's got a new fantasy series starting up, apparently next year. Tor took a pass on his new series, -- and they so often make such good decisions over there, too; ah well, -- but tragedy was averted as Orbit has evidently bought world rights in the series. It's called The Dagger and the Coin, and is reportedly set in an entirely new fantasy world reminiscent of Europe around the time of the Renaissance. Abraham's said that it's his goal to create a fantasy series that reads as fresh to him now as Eddings' Belgariad did when he was sixteen. I can get behind this. The Long Price books are some of my very favourite recent fantasies, and Abraham working on a new series is very, very good news for the genre so far as I'm concerned.
Oh, and Orbit has that other new epic fantasy series starting up in January, too: that one by N K Jemisin, -- starts with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, -- that was originally supposed to come out this September. More epic fantasy with a strong female protagonist will always be welcome with me. Hope it's good. One little issue I've got: Amazon lists the series as being called "The Inheritance Trilogy". I, ... um, ... wonder if Orbit recalls that there's already one of those. Of course, we can't know much about the Jemisin book yet, but I'm not sure if the Inheritance-associated vibes are quite what they're going for. And didn't Orbit post on their site a while ago that there was a goodish chance of the next Brent Weeks late in 2010? Lots to look forward to, indeed, including plenty from newer publishers.
Last edited by mjolnir; April 29th, 2011 at 02:44 AM.
I'd love to be wrong but I'm guessing The Dagger and the Coin won't hit until 2011. Going by Abraham's post on the book, it sounds like he isn't due to turn it in until sometime in the first half of year so that would probably push it to a 2011 release unless Orbit wants to rush it.
Anecdotally, my perception of the following of TNotW is quite similar. It is consistently one of the most recommended books I see pop up from places that aren't dedicated fantasy boards. I think the delay between books is only serving to build Rothfuss's popularity.
I'm guessing that DAW feels the same way as they could surely just rush Rothfuss's current draft to print if they felt getting a book out sooner was more important than getting it right.
Cover for Mark Newton's City of Ruin here, his second Legend of the Red Sun book, due in June 2010.
Sounds great and looks great.Viliren: a city of sin that is being torn apart from the inside. Its underworld is violent and surreal. Hybrid creatures shamble through shadows and there is a trade in bizarre goods. The city’s inquisition is rife with corruption. Barely human gangs fight turf wars and interfere in political upheavals. The most influential of the gang leaders, Malum, has nefarious networks spreading to the city’s rulers, and as his personal life falls down around him, he begins to embrace the darkness within.
Amidst all this, Commander Brynd Adaol, commander of the Night Guard, must plan the defence of Viliren. A race that has broken through from some other realm and already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of the Empire’s people. As the enemy gather on the next island, Brynd must muster the populace – including the gangs. Importing soldiers and displacing civilians, this is a colossal military operation, and the stress begins to take its toll.
After a Night Guard soldier is reported missing, it is discovered that many citizens have also been vanishing from the streets of Viliren. They’re not fleeing the city, they’re not hiding from the terrors in the north – they’re being murdered. A serial killer of the most horrific kind is on the loose, taking hundreds of people from their own homes. A killer that cannot possibly be human.
It is whispered that the city of Viliren is about to fall – but how can anyone save a city that is already a ruin?
Synopsis for The Desert Spear, second book by Peter Brett, due in April.
Synopsis for Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb:The Deliverer has returned, but who is he? Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear. He chose a different path; chose to fight inherited apathy and the corelings, and eventually he became the Painted Man, a reluctant saviour. But the figure emerging from the desert, calling himself the Deliverer, is not Arlen. He is a friend and betrayer, and though he carries the spear from the Deliverer’s tomb, he also heads a vast army intent on a holy war against the demon plague... and anyone else who stands in his way.
And also: The White Luck Warrior by Scott Bakker has been scheduled for September 2010 by Orbit.The motley band of deformed dragons and Rain Wilders continue their journey upriver towards the ancient city of Kelsingra – if it even exists – but whilst the humans are becoming used to, and more adept at controlling their dragon charges, they are completely unprepared for the discovery that the dragons are irrevocably changing them the closer they become
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Man, that is a tonally weird cover. The central figure looks like a watercolor anime character Photoshopped into a CGI movie set. The blog entry suggests that it's not quite finished so I won't leap to judgment, but it's certainly an odd aesthetic choice. Then again, maybe it's appropriate to a novel that is itself a mishmash of subgenres and influences.
ETA: For City of Ruin, I mean. Which is, btw, a great title.
China Mieville's "Kraken" comes out in May 2010. No synopsis as yet.
The US release by Del Rey has now been scheduled as well, also for May. So they must be fairly sure it's coming out.
Oo, new Mieville. Excellent news, if it pans out. Think I read an interview a little while ago in which the author himself said that yes, it was at least fairly likely he'd have a book next year.
I also think that there might, just might, if we are all very very good children, be a new Catherynne Valente novel. On the novels page on her website there's a couple of books listed as "in the can", and one of these is a young adult book called The Alchemy of Winter. I'm assuming that "in the can" means that it is not only finished but also delivered, to someone who is presumably intending to publish it for monies, but whose can it is in exactly and when if at all it is going to be shot out of the can and into our waiting claws doesn't seem to be known.
I was just wasting time on amazon, and the site *claims* that the publication date for the American edition of Mark Newton's Nights of Villjamur is June next year. It also claims that Peter Brett's The Desert Spear is huge, at almost 700 pages, though how they would possibly know I've no idea. [I do remember that it was to be a longer book, though.]
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Everyone wants Kraken
Tor mentioned in their publicity for The City and the City that they had contracted Mieville for Kraken, and he turned in two novels when they were expecting one. Kraken on one day and The City and the City on the next. They judged The City as being better, so published that immediately, leaving Kraken for May 2010. And apparently he was halfway through his next book (possibly a Bas-Lag one) even then. I think they liked the idea that after two years with no Mieville releases (2006 and 2008) they could give him enough of a head start so they'd have new books from him for three or four years consecutively.
I suppose it is possible that since they decided The City and the City was a better book, Mieville took Kraken away to rework it before release.
Plans always can and do change...
Personally from them I am also very excited by Kinden 4/5, City Ruin, Empire light, Owner, and even the Col Buchanan debut, with the biggie being Void 3 but that is not done so far as far as I understand...
They have a new Alan Campbell too btw though I dropped out of that series after 50 pages from volume 1...