“Can’t Wait” Books of Mid-2016
Lists. I love them! It’s fun to organize my reading and they also have the added benefit of focusing my attention to the “must-read” releases that I’m very excited to check out. After the list I made for “Early 2016”, I’ve decided to do it again for Mid-2016. So, without further ado, time now once more to geek out over these Science Fiction and Fantasy titles that are set to come out over the next few months, as we keep marching on ahead towards perfect beach-reading weather. Not sure how I’ll find the time to get to all of these, but uh, um, I’ll figure out a way…somehow. What’s on your mid-2016 TBR?
The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood (May 3) – Artist Todd Lockwood famed for his paintings of dragons enters the fantasy fiction scene with his debut novel about…you guessed it–dragons!
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (May 10) – Any time Guy Gavriel Kay releases a new book is a good reason to celebrate.
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard (May 17) – I’ve been hearing some amazing things about this one already; diving into it soon and I can’t wait!
Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey (June 14) – A paranormal story about witches set in my hometown of Toronto.
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (June 14) – I’ve always loved “books about books”, or also in this case, libraries!
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (June 14) – A fascinating looking sci-fi novel about a siege in space; my interest in this one has only grown since I first heard about it.
And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28) – What if Vlad the Impaler had been Lada the Impaler? No one expects a princess to be brutal…
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (June 28) – It’s always a pleasure to visit the world of Riyria, even if it this book will be taking place thousands of years before Hadrian and Royce.
The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill (June 28) – A sci-fi mystery noir, I first discovered of this one when I read an article about it being made into a movie. As with any adaptation, of course I went looking for the original source.
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan (July 5) – I take it back…July is a huge month. Things kick off with a new series starter from Anthony Ryan.
The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone (July 5) – Giant spiders and utter mayhem!
The Transference Engine by Julia Verne St. John (July 5) – Steampunk, magic, and alternate history–what more could I ask for?
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (July 5) – Superhero urban fantasy world starring Asian-American superheroines!
The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power (July 19) – A swashbuckling adventure on the high seas involving mutiny, a deserted island, and of course, dragons.
Red Right Hand by Levi Black (July 26) – Lovecraft-inspired dark urban fantasy, starring a clever and gutsy female protagonist.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (July 26) – I’ve been wanting to read something by Blake Crouch for a long time, and I’m looking forward to diving into his upcoming novel, a sci-fi thriller with a very mysterious, intriguing premise…
I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas (August 2) – Oh, Lovecraftian horror, I just can’t seem to quit you.
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (August 2) – It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this sixth installment of the Peter Grant series, with the release having been pushed back a couple times. UK folks get this in June, but the US will have to wait a couple more months. (release date revised to 2017)
Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky (August 2) – I’m itching to read many of the upcoming Tor.com novellas, but this is probably highest on the list.