Summer Preview – The Mr. Gette Version
Ah, Summer! A time to relax, rejuvenate, and – of course – read! I’m going to be traveling this summer, so I wanted to make sure my Kindle was packed with diverse and interesting titles. And I’ve got my eye on a few books on the shelves as well…
Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory: This is cheating a bit, since I read it over Memorial Day weekend. A scientist who’s been in and out of mental institutions after overdosing on her own drug tries to stop said drug from being made again. Which is heard in a a future where drug recipes can be downloaded from the internet and printed to order on chemical printers. Oh, and the drug makes you see God. It’s a fun book, with deeply strange characters.
Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie: Won the Clarke, won the Nebula, a finalist for the Hugo. I want to read this so badly. An AI which used to control a spaceship and thousands of bodies is now limited to just one. A space-opera revenge story.
Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer: Four women form an expedition in an attempt to explore the mysterious Area X – and maybe find out what happened to the previous ten expeditions.
Charm and Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn: A boy with anger issues thinks there’s a wolf inside him. There’s some central mystery here, and I can’t wait to find out what it is. (On Kindle)
Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland: The Canterbury Tales, but with more plague. (On Kindle)
The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison: An exiled prince becomes emperor when the rest of his family is killed, and is dropped into an unfamiliar world full of palace intrigue. It’s been getting rave reviews. (On Kindle)
Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker: Two magical creatures from different mythologies and cultures meet in turn of the century New York City. Also it is blue.
Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson: The Junior School went crazy for Steelheart this year (there was an actual fight over it at one of the Bookmobiles). Sanderson is famous for his inventive magic systems. And I love a good thief tale.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman: Given my massive Neil Gaiman fanboyism, I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. (On Kindle)
Vicious, by V. E. Schwab: Superpowers! Prison breaks! College! (On Kindle)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler: Any book that is supposed to be outrageously funny is good with me. When she’s five, Rosemary’s twin sister Fern disappears. If you read anything about this book, even the cover, it gives the twist away, but I won’t spoil it here. (On Kindle)
Winger, by Andrew Smith: I enjoyed Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle and the creepy The Marbury Lens. And Winger’s drawings make me think of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which I adore. (On Kindle)
Books that I forgot about until I read Ms. Barrow’s blog post:
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell – How could I forget about Rainbow Rowell?! And Landline comes out in July…
So that’s my preliminary list. We’ll see what else catches my eye as the summer goes on.
You can see my summer reading list on Goodreads.
Signing off, Mr. Gette (who checked out Annihilation today! Take that, Barrows!)