Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2010's gonna be a good one!

The following are a few books to add to my ever-growing to-be-read pile that are expected to come out this year. I can't place too much hope in all of them coming out, but I'm giddy with anticipation nonetheless.

Without further ado:

Not only am I eagerly awaiting the final volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen in The Crippled God later this year, but I'm excited to see the new novella Crack'd Pot Trail. Actually published at the end of 2009, this will continue the story of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, who had a little bit of face time in the third installment of the series, Memories of Ice.

I was highly impressed with Scott Lynch's debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I read last year and after some set backs and personal problems, the buzz around the blogging world is that the third installment of the series, The Republic of Thieves, is due out some time this year. Fingers crossed.

After some delays through the past few years, the sequel to The Name of the Wind is in the works to come out this year. Yes, it seems to be the trend to be unsure of release dates, and yes, I haven't even read The Name of the Wind (though it's sitting on my shelf), but it's had such a great reception by critics and fans of the genre alike that I've jumped on the band wagon.

Another author I have yet to read, but who's also made quite a splash is Brent Weeks. After his successful Night Angel Trilogy, he's got another coming out this year with The Black Prism. There's a summary floating around out there, but the author's not happy with it and I don't think it's too accurate so I won't even bother posting it here. Publication is set for August 10, 2010. (Yay, a firm date!)

Blake Charlton's Spellwright has been making some waves in the blogoverse and I'm really excited to check this out. There's already a review up at A Dribble of Ink even though the publication date is set for March 2, 2010.

What list would be complete without mentioning George R. R. Martin's epic masterpiece, A Song of Ice and Fire. Random House lists the release date as September 28, 2010. As we've learned in the past, these dates from the publisher can be trusted about as far as you can throw them, but they make a nice security blanket.

A Dance with Dragons is actually the reason I became interested in genre blogs. I had just finished A Feast for Crows and was expecting the fifth (and what I thought to be last) installment shortly. Well, five years later and we still don't have it and there's been quite the uproar about it at the same time. Having been optioned by HBO and with a pilot already shot, hopefully there's enough impetus to get this series done.

Some others that are possibilities:

The Way of Kings - Book 1 in The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson
Towers of Midnight - Book 13 in The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Moving on to 2011, we should see the next in Joe Abercrombie's arsenal, The Heroes, set for February of the same year (see Pat's interview). I thoroughly enjoyed his First Law Trilogy and last year's Best Served Cold has been topping quite a few "Best of" lists for 2009.

Hopefully you're now as excited as I am. I wouldn't hold my breath for all of these to happen, but there's a good chance that we'll see quite a few out this year.


  1. Are you serious!!! Patricks book will be out this year! I am right there with you. I will be waiting for this one. I loved the first book and I just have to know what happens next in his life. I am also looking forward to Cracked Pot Trail. I read the first short story book and look forward to this one. I am trying to get a few books out of the way now so I can start on the Malazan series this year.

    Thanks for the information!

  2. I heard that the manuscript was done or close to done for Wise Man's Fear, so I'm really hoping the rumors are true.

    And you definitely have to read the Malazan series. It's one of my favorites. Just remember, confusion is your friend and will all be worth it at the end of every book. Not that it gets resolved, only that the endings are amazing.

  3. Seak, 2010 has already started well with Jasper Fforde's new one coming out. I don't however hold out much hope for the big 3. Martin, as evidenced by his recent blog posts, is still struggling with a major plot point in A Dance with Dragons, and I for one will be surprised if we see it this year. I didn't really like Name of the Wind that much, so am not overly concerned about Wise Man's Fear, although Patrick has thought he's finished before only to be made to revise further. Scott Lynch has dropped off the face of the earth again, so who knows about Republic of Thieves? Now I've depressed myself.

  4. I do think I read on Patricks blog that the first or second draft was done and turned in at some point last year. I do hope the rumors are true as well in this coming out this new year.

    I enjoy a great huge world with confusion, I really am looking forward to the Malazan series. I have a feeling when I get started I'm not going to want to stop reading the books. And I have a friend that I like to read with and discuss the books as we go, so I am hoping she will be able to read them with me.


  5. Elfy, so true. It's quite the depressing subject. I am just really hoping that this is the year that everyone shapes up. :)

    Melissa - that's so cool because when I started reading the series, I got one of my best friends hooked on it, which was really fun to be able to talk about. Then he got 3 books ahead of me. I've caught up a bit since then.


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