January’s Five Books

The new books for January:
The Kassa Gambit by M. C. Planck – Released January 8th, I preordered this back in September, but I’ve been waiting for it for – what seems like – forever. His wife’s novels Song of Scarabaeus and Children of Scarabaeus are among my favorite new SF, so I have high hopes for his.  M.C. Planck on why he wrote the book: “My wife doesn't like fantasy. So I wrote her a sci-fi story where everything was exploding on the first page.”

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (Not Pictured) – Released January 15th, this is the final book in the Across the Universe trilogy. I’m honestly both excited and terrified to read this book. The second had me in a complex state (wanting to finish the whole thing in one go, but also wanting to lock it up in a cupboard and pretend it was not killing me a little inside.) I know Beth won’t disappoint with this last installment because, as a follower of her blog and twitter, I know that writing this was an intense labor of love.

The ones that have been in my TBR pile far too long:
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Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld – the sequel to Leviathan’s paperback edition was released in  August of 2011. I don’t remember precisely when I picked it up, but as I reviewed the first in the series in September of that year, I feel like I should have gotten to this one well before now. I reviewed this alternative history steampunk novel yesterday, so hop back a page and you can check that out.

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – the final novel in the Leviathan trilogy, the paperback edition was released in August of 2012 (and I probably bought it and the second about that time). This get’s a January spot in my reading list because I want to finish the series in one go. I really do love the steampunk genre, and the approach Scott took with these books is amazingly refreshing.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire – to be completely honest, I tend to shy away from time travel novels. But I’d heard enough good reviews about this novel that I decided I had to get my hands on it and give it a go. Also, because you can’t feel this book, I have to tell you. It is AMAZING. The cover feels like some sort of strange velvet substance.

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