Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Blogger Hop January 12th - January 18th: "Room 237" Is a Documentary About the Meanings in Kubrick's Version of "The Shining"

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: What upcoming titles are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

In most years, I look forward to reading a collection of new publications from a variety of science fiction and fantasy authors, hoping to find an array of worthy works that I can nominate for the Hugo Award. I'm not doing that this year. To that end, I usually spend a fair amount of time paying attention to release schedules and publication dates. For a variety of reasons, I am stepping back from participation in the Hugos this year and am instead going to try to cut into the ridiculously large backlog of review copies that I have simply not gotten to yet.

That said, there are a handful of books that are due to be published this year that I am definitely going to try to get to:

Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley: I love Hurley's work - The Stars Are Legion was my favorite book of 2017 - and more about her morally compromised genetically engineered assassin living in a nightmarish post-apocalyptic world is definitely something that should be good to read.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: Set in the same fictional universe as Every Heart a Doorway, this is more about the children who escape our world through portals into fantastical realms and then return, often to their sorrow. Given McGuire's history, I expect a beautiful story set in a world that is lush and inviting but turns out to be melancholy and haunting.

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander: Bolander has sharpened her craft over the last few years with some brilliant short fiction, but this is her debut novel. I am really looking forward to seeing what she can do in a longer format.

Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel: I am looking forward to this book based solely on the premise - the spinster Mary Bennet meets Victor Frankenstein and her encounter with him doesn't go smoothly. Then she meets up with the Creature and they share stories about how difficult Doctor Frankenstein is to deal with.

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee: The final book in the Machineries of Empire series that started brilliantly with Ninefox Gambit and continued with Raven Stratagem, this book looks to be a brilliant conclusion to a series that revels in the weirdness of its setting.

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente: Take the Eurovision song contest and set it in outer space. That's Space Opera. And it sounds like it will be incredible.

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