What should I read next???

I'm almost done with Jasper Kent's The Third Section (Canada, USA, Europe), and will likely read Melanie Rawn's The Diviner (Canada, USA, Europe) or Jeff Somers' The Final Evolution (Canada, USA, Europe) next.

There are quite a few other speculative fiction titles vying for my attention, so let's find out which one of these nominees you'd like to see me read and review in the near future.

The nominees are:


- The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (Canada, USA, Europe)

Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the bestselling Mistborn series.

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
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- Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick (Canada, USA, Europe)

An exciting new fantasy debut in the underground world of thieves...

Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization he's a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side.

When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down who's been leaning on his organization's people, Drothe discovers hints of a much bigger mystery. Someone is trying to stir up trouble between lower-level criminal organizations, including the one Drothe belongs to. And there's a book rumored to contain imperial glimmer (or magic) that a lot of very dangerous people seem to be looking for – including two crime bosses known as the Gray Princes.

When Drothe discovers the book, he finds himself holding a bit of swag that can bring down emperors, shatter the criminal underworld, and unlock forbidden magic... that's if he can survive long enough to use it
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- Circle of Enemies by Harry Connolly (Canada, USA, Europe)

Former car thief Ray Lilly is now the expendable grunt of a sorcerer responsible for destroying extradimensional predators summoned to our world by power-hungry magicians. Luckily, Ray has some magic of his own, and so far it’s kept him alive. But when a friend from his former gang calls him back to his old stomping grounds in Los Angeles, Ray may have to face a threat even he can’t handle. A mysterious spell is killing Ray’s former associates, and they blame him. Worse yet, the spell was cast by Wally King, the sorcerer who first dragged Ray into the brutal world of the Twenty Palace Society. Now Ray will have to choose between the ties of the past and the responsibilities of the present, as he and the Society face not only Wally King but a bizarre new predator.



- Fort Freak edited by George R. R. Martin (Canada, USA, Europe)

In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent survived, mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin (called “the American Tolkien” by Time), is the tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among the one percent.

Now, in the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, we get to know the hardbitten world of Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct—or “Fort Freak,” as cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective, and patrol officer is more than human.

Featuring original work by writers such as Cherie Priest, author of the bestselling Boneshaker; Paul Cornell, Hugo–nominated comic book and Doctor Who writer; David Anthony Durham, winner of 2009’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; and many others, Fort Freak is one of the strongest offerings yet in the ongoing Wild Cards project.




- The Mandel Files by Peter F. Hamilton (Canada, USA, Europe)

For the first time in a single volume, Peter F. Hamilton’s acclaimed novels — Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder — set in a near-future so real it seems ripped from tomorrow’s headlines

In Mindstar Rising, Greg Mandel, gifted—or cursed—with biotechnology that makes him a living lie detector, is hired to investigate corporate espionage by Event Horizon, a powerful company about to introduce a technology that will solve the energy problems of a world decimated by global warming.

Set two years later, A Quantum Murder once again teams Mandel with Event Horizon and its beautiful young owner, Julia Evans, in a locked-room mystery that combines the ingenuity of an Agatha Christie novel with cutting-edge speculative brilliance.

Read together, these novels take on fresh depth and complexity, underscoring the magnitude of Peter F. Hamilton’s creative talent.

21 commentaires:

Pabkins said...

THE ALLOY OF LAW! LOVE BRANDON SANDERSON!!!

Katie Rask said...

Duuuuude. Need you even ask? Fort Freak!

Zafri Mollon said...

Just finished Among Thieves. Definitely read it first. I love Brandon Sanderson, but Among Thieves is a fantastic read that reminds me of Joe Abercrombie.

He hooks you and doesn't let up. Look at the review on fantasy-faction.

amysrevenge said...

I'm pretty excited about Alloy of Law myself...

David Anthony Durham said...

I've got a vested interest in this, but... Fort Freak. It's a great place to enter the Wild Cards world.

JamesK said...

Try the Hamilton book.

Ellestra said...

You haven't read Mandel books yet? You should do it now. They were my gateway to Hamilton's work years ago and I still like his near future work best.

Jakob Strasser said...

The Mandel files, excellent books!

Ash said...

My vote is for either the Connoly or Hulik novel (I put Connoly in the poll) since I'm not familiar with either of them; the others most people probably have a good idea what to expect.

joe57 said...

I just finished Among Thieves. It was an outstanding read. I had seen some really good reviews for it, but it really impressed me. It kind of reminded me of a mix of Abercrombie and Lynch. A very interesting world and a couple of great characters. I hope he writes some more books soon.

Brandon W said...

Sanderson!

Arjun said...

Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick

Nikhil Dalal said...

The Alloy Of Law PLEASE!!!

Glassneedles said...

Among Thieves is a fantastic debut novel so I would recommend that. Circle of Enemies is good too and the authors series is currently on the bubble for del ray signing more books so any publicity that could increase sales might help us see more books in that great series.

ediFanoB said...

Definitely Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick. It is a great debut.

Anonymous said...

Alloy of Law, for sure !

Kai said...

Hulik's Among Thieves is a very good read and is definitely a name to keep an eye out in the future. With that being said I'm ready The Alloy of Law!

underext7 said...

I just finished Among Thieves a few weeks ago and enjoyed it... There is a Locke Lamora vibe to it, which isn't a bad thing...

Aahzmandius Karrde said...

Being completely selfish I would say Connolly. All the other books are either definite or totally off my radar. I've been on the fence about this one and would love to see a good review.

Anonymous said...

Strange Horiozon's review of Among Thieves completely mirrors my impression by glancing over the cover:

"Among Thieves, then, is a disappointing novel. It has a serviceable but unoriginal plot, an utterly forgettable cast, and world-building whose few interesting elements do not make up for the novel's overall failure to generate interest."

http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2011/06/among_thieves_b.shtml

Roderick said...

Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick. It was a fun novel and I am glad you highlighted it or I would have missed it. It reminded me a lot of the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.