Monday Question: The Books Of 2013?

Here’s what I want to know today:

What book (to be published in 2013) are you most excited about reading?

And, of course, the obligatory: why?

If I may add one to your list: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, which I’m in the middle of reading right now and it is a right jaw-dropper of a book. Scary stuff, a thriller so tense you’ll crack your teeth from clenching your jaw. Beukes has a great voice, one that has matured profoundly from the already-excellent Zoo City; if I had to compare it to another author’s writing I’d say that with this book Beukes is like the love child of Stephen King and Peter Straub. Which is not to say it’s like the books they worked on together but rather if both of their minds were smooshed together and this was the resultant prose. But even that doesn’t cover the tension of the tale or the beauty of her writing.

Here’s how I know it’s a great book — I can’t stop thinking about it. Like, I read a lot of books and it’s not as common as I’d like where, when I put the book down, I continue to think about it the next day. With this book, though, I do. I get that ache in the back of my mind, and I find this itch to drop whatever I’m doing and get back to reading the book.

It’s also a book that far exceeds my own writing. And, as a writer, you can have two responses to that: destructive jealousy or the rectal rocket-booster of inspiration. I’m choosing the latter.

So, that’s a book I think you might wanna add to your 2013 list.

Because it’s fucking amazeface. Is that a thing kids say? “Amazeface?”


(You can read the first chapter here.)

Back to the question at hand:

One book.

In 2013.

You’re looking forward to it.

Name it, tell us why.

I’ll hang up and wait for your answer.



  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. I can count on just over one hand – on one polydactyl cat’s paw – the number of authors who I trust to the point that regardless of the blurb or cover or description, I want to read their next book NOW. Gaiman is one of those sixish.

  • Mine, of course. 😉 I can’t wait to be able to hold an actual book-like thing in my hands, with my name on the cover and actually be able to read it.

    (And no, this is totally not a cheating answer at all. So there.)

    • I’m with Joslin: I’m most excited about my own book, and it’s going to be agony waiting for the pub date.
      Otherwise: Kim Newman’s _Johnny Alucard_ looks intriguing, Alastair Reynolds has another novel coming out, and there are a couple of John Joseph Adams anthologies which look good.

  • THIS IS WHAT WE DO By Tom Hansen. It comes out Jan. 13th. As part of an internship I did at Emergency Press, the publisher and editor let me loose on the original manuscript. So, I do have some blood-sweat & tears energy invested in this book. However, as just a writer and reader, it’s a great story — one the world needs to hear right about now, in my humble opinion.

    I’m going to leave it at that, because my list is so, so long. Truly I’m a bibliophile and my to-read list is so, so long.

    But, Tom’s book is on the top of my list currently.

  • Quintessence by David Walton. Out on March 13 ( THREE ENTIRE MONTHS.) Apparently his first won the Philip K. Dick but the only reason I know that is because the excerpt for the upcoming book (on was so chillingly, butt-squealingly good that I went looking for anything else he’d written. And the first one sounds pretty good, but it’s a cyber-thing, whereas Quintessence so far appears to be a historical fantasy/ghost story/alchemical treasure-hunting masterpiece. I don’t think I’ve ever been so smitten with an excerpt in my entire life.

  • Joe Hill’s N0S4A2 (or whatever its actual title is – the thing about the bad man with the bad car). I loved both Heart Shaped Box and Horns, Joe has one of the best twitterfeeds around, and he’s even got me reading comics (ffs!) with his Locke & Key. Really looking forward to this one! (Also Neil Gaiman’s Ocean, but that’s been mentioned already)

  • “A Memory of Light” by the late (great) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson! It’s crazy for me to think that a series I started as a kid is about to be finished finally. Even though I’m sure it’ll be 1,500 pages, I think I’ll have to finish it in a day and then officially close the book on my childhood.

  • New Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Urban Fantasy! But in Russia! I loved the first three books in the series, but thought he dropped the ball some in the fourth book. I hope he’ll come back strong with this one and that he’ll return to Russia as a setting.

  • You want me to say Cormorant don’t you? What, you don’t? OK…

    Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch. Of course as yet there is no firm date for this, but in the Gollancz catalogue it is listed as due to be handed to the publisher end January, which should mean a July release date. I love this series, along with Joe Abrecrombie, Scott has breathed life into the fantasy genre for me. And I’m hoping this third book in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence carries on along the same path where the last two were headed.

  • “Skin Game,” Jim Butcher – Gotta get my Harry Dresden fix! What is up with all those *omit spoiler* on the *omit spoiler*? Why? He always leaves you hanging there at the end, despite having given you his 100% complete awesomeness. I may have to go back and reread “Cold Days” now just to hold me over.

  • Like Jason above, I’m going with Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson. I think I was in Middle School when the series started, and it will be good to take it for one final lap around Randland.

  • Off the top of my head, I’m most looking forward to John Mantooth’s debut novel, The Year of the Storm. I loved his wonderful collection of short stories, Shoebox Train Wreck.

  • Just finished up Lauren Oliver’s Pandemonium this morning and so am looking forward to her next, Requiem, which comes out in March. Kind of ridiculous YA dystopia, but I’m loving the series.

  • “Six-Gun Snow White” by Catherynne M. Valente. I find her work beautiful and mesmerizing. I feel as if I never need to know what her stories are about before I buy them because she just always blows my mind.

  • I second the recommendation for THE SHINING GIRLS – I’ve just finished it, and it should definitely be high on anyone’s shopping list for 2013.

    My recommendation is for THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY by Mur Lafferty. It’s out from Orbit in May this year, and it’s absolutely wonderful – fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy set in a New York where monsters, zombies, vampires, ghouls, fairies and gods and the like are alive and well and living among us… if only regular folk knew!

    I’m kinda cheating here because I have already read in (in fact, I even blurbed it), but it really is terrific, and a book I want to tell everyone about. It’s also the first of a series, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

  • I will third THE SHINING GIRLS and second THE SHAMBLING GUIDE.

    I’d like to recommend RED MOON, where Benjamin Percy does for werewolves what Justin Cronin did for vampires. So, so good.

    Making grabby-hands at A MEMORY OF LIGHT. Brandon Sanderson’s done a stellar job with the series.

    Also, Steven Brust and Skyler White’s THE INCREMENTALISTS coming this fall. Can’t wait!

  • By Blood We Live, by Glen Duncan. Final book in the trilogy with The Last Werewolf and Tallula Rising. Duncan is a terrific storyteller and his prose is just gorgeous. Some have complained you might need a dictionary from time to time when you read his work. The horror!

  • The Godborn by Paul S. Kemp. I received both of his Forgotten Realms trilogies for Christmas last year, and after tearing through both with the subtlety of a rabid baboon, I was ready for the next. Despite its being pushed back from publishing in 2012, I’m still just as eager to read it. I started reading books from the Forgotten Realms when I was in middle school, and I enjoy the fact that multiple authors have influenced how those worlds have progressed.

  • Like so many others, I am eager for A MEMORY OF LIGHT. It has been so long in coming, and from what I have read of it…a worthy ending to an amazing series.

  • None! This is the year I finally make a significant dent in my TBR backlog thanks to a lack of must-read new releases in 2013.

    Except the new Laurent Beukes. She’s pretty good.

    Oh, and that Neil Gaiman fella. I hear he has something new coming soon.

    Wait…is that new Joe Hill book being released in 2013? Oh. Okay, well that, too, but that’s IT!

    7 days into the new year, 3 anticipated additions to the TBR pile, from which I’ve managed to clear but one.

    Math is my enemy.

  • One book? Only one? Can’t do it. Sorry.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS — Cassandra Clare (Infernal Devices #3)
    UNRAVEL ME — Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #2)
    TERMINATED — Rachel Caine (Revivalist #3)
    The currently untitled Downside Ghosts #6 — Stacia Kane

  • “Convicted” by Aleatha Romig. I loved “Consequences” and “Truth”. I think she’s a great writer and she interacts with her fans, which is very cool!

  • WE LIVE IN WATER (A collection of shorts)- Jess Walter

    After hearing him read an excerpt of “Don’t Eat Cat” (and laughing hysterically) at Portland’s Wordstock Literary Festival last fall, I’ve been able to think of nothing else since.

  • Two stand above and beyond excitement for me:

    Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. Since I loved HEART SHAPED BOX and HORNS very much, I’m really looking forward to his next novel. It’s gonna be good.

    And DOCTOR SLEEP, the next Stephen King novel. King has been a huge part of my life since I was in middle school, and I’m really glad that he still have new books coming out. I’m a little over halfway through 11/22/63, and loving it.

    • I’m a pretty big fan of King but have kinda lost my way with him — er, not for any reason, I’m just behind.

      NOS4A2 totally has me curious. Bad-ass description and great cover.

      — c.

  • January 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM // Reply

    There are several I’m anxious for, but the far and away #1 is River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. The way he writes, with prose that sing like poetry but don’t feel purple, while also having a solid plot. Far and away my favorite author writing right now.

  • Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer – the sequel to Cinder, which was one of my favorite books of 2012.

    And of course my son and I are waiting anxiously for Beyond Dinocalypse!

  • This is one of those questions that I could answer differently every single day. Right now, the one that comes to mind is “A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” by Marie Brennan. Strong female lead, Victorian era, and DRAGONS.

  • Shadow Ops Fortress Frontier.. the new Myke Cole book. I got spoiled with an ARC. It’s kick ass enough I want to go buy it too so I can make sure he writes more. He’s leveled up his writing and the new protag brings a whole new perspective to the great world he built.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane -Neil Gaiman. Just as Ian said, Gaiman is one of the few writers who ALWAYS delivers and exceeds expectation

    • I’ll ditto that. When I want to read a story I know I’ll enjoy, I just grab something Gaiman from the shelf. I’m beyond excited that I’ll get something new to add to the catalog this year!

  • AFTERSHOCK by Andrew Vachss because Andrew Vachss is a badass muthafucka of a writer and my favorite crime author.

    And I’m sure Anthony Neil Smith will have something out which is awesome cause that dude is the tits.

  • I am way excited to check out S. L. Whyte’s book, Stelladaur: Finding Tir Na Nog (part of a three-book series), which will be coming out in March. The book cover is absolutely amazing and the story just sounds so intriguing. Can’t wait!

  • Like a couple of others have said, the final Wheel of Time book. I’ve been reading them for, what, 20 years or so? They got a bit bogged down in the middle but Brandon Sanderson is doing a fantastic job wrapping them up.

  • The sequel to Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Because I read that book and got to the end and was screaming at the pages, “No! You can’t stop there!!!”

    My soul was raked over the coals during that book and then just left there.

    I’m also looking forward to Zoe Marriott’s newest book because she’s been dropping hints on her blog and it sounds awesome (and her book Shadows on the Moon is in contention for Best Book EVARRR!)

  • Hold on, had an email from Angry Robot recently and found that Adam Christopher’s Age Atomic is out in June, and Chuck’s Blue Blazes.

    So need to amend my choice of book slightly.

    Its either…

    Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch
    Cormorant by Chuck
    Age Atomic by Adam Christopher
    Blue Blazes by Chuck


    NOS4R2 by Joe Hill


    More than “a” book.

  • I’m writing all of these down. I’ve half-jumped over to digital-only library. I have no problem buying the books as 1’s and 0’s, I just need to work reading back into my schedule somehow. Set aside three hours to crank out a book.

    This whole ‘reading a novel over the course of a week’ thing is foreign to me. If I’m putting it down, it’s done.

    So all of these are going on my ‘to-do’ list. The brainmatter is expanding as we speak.

  • Prophet of the Dead: Brotherhood of the Griffon book 5 by Richard Lee Byers. I thought Byers brought some much needed life into the Forgotten Realms with his Brotherhood series. This book is where everything comes to a head. Aoth is back in Thay and Szass Tam wants evil lich payback. Can’t wait!

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