What’s exciting in 2014?
In my last post here, I talked about some of my favorite books from 2013. Today I wanted to mention some of the things I’m looking forward to in 2014!
Middle grade books
Emilie and the Sky World by Martha Wells: I didn’t love the first book of this series (Emilie and the Hollow World) but since I consider Martha Wells one of my favorite authors ever, I’m still planning to give this one a try.
The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones: This will be Diana Wynne Jones’s last book ever ever ever (it was finished by DWJ’s sister, Ursula Jones, from notes). I didn’t love the last few DWJ books quite as much as some of her earlier ones (Howl’s Moving Castle! Chrestmomanci! Dalemark!) but I’ll definitely be reading this regardless.
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan: If you’ve been reading the Lynburn Legacy series, I don’t even need to tell you why I can’t wait for the third book to come out. If you haven’t, I’ll just say that the second book ended on a slightly traumatic note.
Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier: I love all of Rachel Neumeier’s books to date, and I know she’s a dog person, so I’m very interested in her take on shapeshifters. This will be the first in a trilogy.
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge: I don’t know anything about this book beyond the title, but Frances Hardinge could write an address book and I would happily read it.
The third Raven Boys book by Maggie Stiefvater: This has turned into one of my favorite YA series at the moment. I have no idea what Stiefvater will do in the next installment, but I can’t wait to find out.
Lock In by John Scalzi: While Scalzi isn’t my favorite science-fiction writer of all time, I do enjoy his books a lot. I’m looking forward to this one, which sounds like it’s part SF thriller, part medical mystery.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley: After the cliffhangerish ending of the last Flavia de Luce book, I can’t wait to read the next one!
My Real Children by Jo Walton: Walton is the author of the marvelous Among Others, which I highly recommend to SFF fans. My Real Children sounds like it might be a little more like her earlier Small Change series–playing around with time and alternate histories.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: Although I have never managed to completely and utterly love Jemisin’s books, I seriously appreciate her voice and writing ability. And I find myself very intrigued by this “postapocalyptic epic fantasy trilogy” (source).
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen: I only discovered Sarah Addison Allen’s books this year, but I read all her published books in two months. Lost Lake is out in January and I am really excited.
Sherlock: How did he do it? Will Watson keep the terrible mustache? (Please, no!) Sherlock fans have anxiously been awaiting the answers to these questions, and they’re almost here! The new season is already airing in the UK, but US viewers will be able to see the new season starting January 19th.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: This is an Australian import which I just discovered and then devoured over the course of a week. Set in 1920s Melbourne, the story revolves around Phyrne Fisher, socialite, bohemian, and detective. The second season just finished airing in Australia and I’m hoping it shows up on Netflix soon!