Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall 2011 Anticipation List!

So this weekend is Labor Day and we’ve reached the autumn of another year. The leaves are starting to turn, the temperature is getting cooler by the day. Trees are asking for you to sit beneath them on a wooden bench with the latest novel, or perhaps it's a tad too cold out and a roaring fire and a warm hot chocolate beckons you instead. At any rate, the Fall is the second biggest book release time after Spring and so I've compiled a smallish list for you all.

From my initial Anticipation list earlier this year a number of titles have dropped (and subsequently been devoured) and their receptions have spread across the board ratings-wise VIA Chris and myself.

So let’s look forward the Fall/Winter releases and see which titles we are still waiting for and which have been added freshly to the list that we didn’t previously know about.

 THE NIGHT CIRCUS – Erin Morgenstern (September 13th, 2011)

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

This one has oodles of ridiculously positive buzz so I am super excited to read it.

 ALLOY OF LAW – Brandon Sanderson (November 8th, 2011)

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds. Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.  After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

Sanderson. Mistborn. Nuff said.

THE DEATH OF KINGS – Bernard Cornwell (September 29th, 2011)

As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices. King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred‘s loyalty – and his vows – were to Alfred, not to his son, and despite his long years of service to Alfred, he is still not committed to the Saxon cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north. But the challenge to him, as the king’s warrior, is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred’s dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.

The continuing story of Uhtred is a no-brainer purchase. I LOVE Cornwell’s work.

 SNUFF (Discworld #39) – Terry Pratchett (TBA-Fall 2011)

According to the writer of the best-selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.
And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

They say that in the end all sins are forgiven. 
But not quite all...

A New Watch novel starring Sam Vimes? Yep. So there.

 THE COLD COMMANDS – Richard Morgan (October 2011) 

Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have. Outlawed and exiled from his ancestral home in the north, Ringil has only one place left to turn Yhelteth, city heart of the southern Empire, where perhaps he can seek asylum with the kiriath half-breed Archeth Indamaninarmal, former war comrade and now high-up advisor to the Emperor Jhiral Khimran II. But Archeth Indamaninarmal has problems of her own to contend with, as does her house guest, bodyguard and one time steppe nomad Egar the Dragonbane. And far from gaining the respite he is seeks, Ringil will instead find himself implicated in fresh schemes and doubtful allegiances no safer than those he has left behind. Old enemies are stirring, the old order is rotted through and crumbling, and though no-one yet knows it, the city of Yhelteth is about to explode.

Currently, I am on the last 100 pages of the first book THE STEEL REMAINS and absolutely being blown away by it, so consider me stoked for the sequel.

So that’s a few of the ones I am really looking forward to coming up. What are some of yours?


  1. that Night Circus book looks fascinating!

    yikes, when did Labor Day weekend get here? last time I looked at the calendar it was April! I've barely thought about autumn releases.

    I'm looking forward to The Third Section, by Jasper Kent, and the new Neal Stephenson, ReaMde (i think it's supposed to be ReadMe?).

  2. I'm really looking forward to Snuff, though I'm so far behind in the Discworld series that it'll take me an age to get to it :P

    I still need to read some Sanderson - any Sanderson. I'm not too fussed on the cover but from what I've heard about his writing it'll be superb.

  3. If you are going to read any Sanderson Jamie: THE WAY OF KINGS. Also, SNUFF being a Watch book, I think if you just catch up the Watch Discworld books, you'll be fine.

    Red: Yeah I know right? Where did the time go? I still have to read the FIRST Jasper Kent alone the 3rd.

  4. I loved the Way of Kings, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it as a starting point - it's pretty much just drawing things together for a huge series and worldbuilding, which while fun, doesn't really get you the feel for his writing in the same way as Mistborn or Warbreaker in my opinion. :P *Being contrary*



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