Waiting on Wednesday: Artemis

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday. 

This week’s victim: Artemis by Andy Weir
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017 by Crown Publishing Group

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

34928122Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

I haven’t actually read anything by Andy Weir, but instead are one of those people who’s only seen the cinematic version of The Martian (I know, I know, it’s annoying). Yet I really loved that film. Hearing about Weir’s latest novel, Artemis, I’m really intrigued by the premise and the apparent sci-fi and crime blend it has going on. Considering I want to get into reading more science fiction, I can’t imagine a list of books to read that wouldn’t have this one on it.

Read on!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Barbary Station

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday. 

This week’s victim: Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017 by Saga Press

Adda and Iridian are newly-minted engineers, but in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Desperate for gainful employment, they hijack a colony ship, planning to join a pirate crew at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive at Barbary Station, nothing is as they expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury — they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents. And it shoots down any ship that tries to leave, so there’s no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the security system suffered explosive decapitation, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds.

There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough

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So, this book seems really interesting.

I’m not sure if it will have the humor of Zieja’s Epic Failure trilogy or Curtis C. Chen’s Waypoint Kangaroo, but the premise certainly made me think about those two series, which have been my favorite science fiction reads of late (so much so that I continually search for other books that combine hilarious adventures with memorable characters in really deadly situations in space). So perhaps it’s in the same vein. If nothing else, it certainly seems interesting as all hell and it’s written by a female author, which I’m always down for.

So yeah, you could say I’m excited for Barbary Station to come out this Halloween. I’ll be adding it to my To-Read list.

Read on!

Waiting On Wednesday: Tempests and Slaughter

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

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So, Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors of all time. Period. I’ve read every book she’s ever written. Period. In fact, I’m really excited to go out and buy all of her books, just so I can reread them all again (and with this release, I may need to reread them sooner than I originally planned). So when this beauty was announced, combined with that title, that blurb and that gorgeous cover? Yeah, you could say I’m a little bit stoked to enter back into the world of Tortall and be wowed by Pierce once again.

Period.

Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Sleeping Beauties

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 by Scribner

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In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

So, I actually just heard about this book, um, yesterday, thanks to a fellow blogger’s post. I’m not sure how much longer it would have taken for it to get on my radar, considering I’m not King’s biggest fan by any means, but boy, do I enjoy getting the shit scared out of me reading a King novel from time to time. And the description of this novel really piqued my interest, as does the fact that he collaborated with his son to write it. So much so that I texted my Dad, who used to read everything King ever wrote back when he was a reader, and told him about it. He also seems intrigued and will probably ask me to tell him the ending, once I read it. And if it’s anything like my experiences with The Stand or Salem’s Lot, I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about the plot a lot after I turn the last page.

I’m not sure when I’ll be reading this one, but now that it stumbled upon my radar, I hope to keep it there.

Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Damn Fine Story

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative by Chuck Wendig
Publication Date: October 18th, 2017 by Writer’s Digest

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So, as I mentioned in my review of Invasive, a novel also written by Chuck Wendig, I stumbled upon his blog, Terrible Minds, and fell in love with his writing style, his humor, his wit and his brash honesty. His blog made me want to read Invasive, which I enjoyed, and I’m hoping to read through his other works as well. But considering that his blog is one of the few where I never miss a post–plus the reasons I mentioned above for loving his voice and writing–when I found out he was publishing a book on narrative, this writer was jazzed.

Actually, in his words, the book is “all about the fiddly bits of storytelling — creating great characters, growing narrative organically, identifying and creating theme.”

I can only imagine it has the same elements his blog has, only instead of waiting for the next blog post (which you never really have to wait very long, since he posts pretty consistently, unlike some of us *coughdefinitelymecough*), I get to devour an entire book of hilarity and insight all in one sitting, before I go back and actually read it properly and learn shit.

Oh, and hopefully I can become a better writer, in the progress.

So yeah, I’m ready for next month to indulge in this beauty.

Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Heart on Fire

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Publication Date: January 2018 Piatkus

Who is Catalia Fisa?

With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step–reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

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So, I just finished the second book in this trilogy last week and let me tell you, I’m ready to read the third one, especially after looking at that blurb above. It hints at all of the questions I’m ready to have answered. I’m also excited to see Cat finally accept not only her destiny, but the truth of her character. It’s been a long journey for her and she deserves that kind of peace and understanding about herself.

I’m also totally jazzed to watch an Andromeda-Catalia battle.

Also, the covers on all of the books are absolutely stunning, but I love the color scheme that goes with Heart on Fire. It’s gorgeous.

Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Burning White

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: The Burning White by Brent Weeks
Publication Date: Fall 2018 by Orbit Books

Stripped of both magical and political power, the people he once ruled told he’s dead, and now imprisoned in his own magical dungeon, former Emperor Gavin Guile has no prospect of escape. But the world faces a calamity greater than the Seven Satrapies has ever seen… and only he can save it.

As the armies of the White King defeat the Chromeria and old gods are born anew, the fate of worlds will come down to one question: Who is the Lightbringer?

I absolutely love The Lightbringer Series. It’s probably one of my favorite book series of all time. So I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’m absolutely jazzed for the final installment, especially because while I still loved The Blood Mirror, it felt more like a Part One of the end, with the ending feeling a little lackluster to me (especially compared to the ending of The Broken Eye, which floored me to the point of being stuck frozen in my chair for ten minutes after finishing the book). So I’ve been particularly eager for the next book, which finally has a title (I can’t wait for the cover reveal), to experience the epic conclusion of such a fantastic series.

Read on!