New 2016 Books I’m Excited About

All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders, January 2016

quoted from io9:

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead parted ways during school. She is a magician, and he’s a scientist, and something is bringing them together to either save the world or destroy it.

My take:  I’ve read one short story by Anders, and it was enough to make me want to read anything I can find by her.  Taken with the fact that All the Birds in the Sky is getting great reviews, I can’t wait to get my hands on this novel.

Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee, June 2016

quoted from io9:

Captain Kel Cheris, a disgraced officer, is given the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a heretic stronghold. She allies herself with an undead tactician, someone she might not be able to trust. Yoon Ha Lee has written some stunning short fiction in the past, and we’re eager for this debut novel.

Lee writes mindbending short fiction and I’m really looking forward to a full-length novel.

Cloudbound, Fran Wilde, September 2016

I loved the world that Wilde created in her debut Updraft, and am excited to read more!

Crosstalk, Connie Willis, October 2016

quoted from io9:

We can always get excited for a new Connie Willis novel. Briddey is a mobile phone executive, and she’s about to meld minds with her partner, Trent. This is described as a romantic comedy, and it’s one that looks like it’ll touch on things like privacy and our five-minutes-into-the-future world.

My take:

Connie Willis is one of my favorite recent discoveries.  I’ll pretty much read anything by her.

The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar, March 2016

quoted from B&N:

Samatar’s debut, A Stranger in Olondoria, is a glorious exercise in world-building, a lush, literary fantasy set in a world in which the ability to read is the source of all magic. She returns there in this standalone followup, in which four women fight a revolution with both pen and sword.

My take:

I purchased her A Stranger in Olondria, and The Winged Histories is part of the same world, so now I have something extra to look forward to!

Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal, July 2016

quoted from io9:

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour novels have been popular fantasies, and she’s returning with a new, historical world: World War I. Here, mediums use the deceased for intelligence gathering and communications, and when the Spirit Corps is targeted, Ginger has to make some tough choices.

My take:

Kowal is one of the most solid writers I’ve encountered recently, particularly her short fiction.  I’m excited for a novel that branches out of the Glamourist Histories world.