And so, luckily, I have books that came in this past week, all clamoring for me to write something about them. I haven't read them (yet?), but they're all on track to publication in the next days or months, and I'm sure some of you would like some of them if only you knew about them.
First up is a graphic novel from the fine people at First Second (who have done a lot of interesting comics work, most of it broadly "all ages" or for younger readers) with the exceptionally awesome title Orcs: Forged for War. It's based on the series of Orc novels by Stan Nicholls -- which I know slightly; I did the first trilogy back in my SFBC days -- and this book is written by Nicholls himself, with art by Brooklyn's own Joe Flood. It'll be out as a trade paperback in October, just in time to fill your fall Orc-based needs.
Speaking of books for young readers -- well, readers somewhat younger than I am, at least -- I also have here Brenna Yovanoff's novel The Space Between, coming in hardcover from Penguin's edgy YA imprint Razorbill in November. It's the story of a young woman from Hell: literally, since she's described as the daughter of a demon and a fallen angel. (It's been a while since I read Milton, but I wasn't aware that there was a generally accepted distinction between the two.) I would not at all be surprised if it contained a generous helping of angst, and it also looks like an interesting sideways take on the currently super-popular trend of teen dystopias, since our young demoness comes to Earth to find her missing brother.
- One Salt Sea, the fifth in the "October Daye" series by Seanan McGuire, in which the heroine settles in as Countess of Goldengreen, starts dating again, and tries to find some kidnapped boys to stop an impending war.
- The Truth of Valor, the latest book in Tanya Huff's MilSF "Confederation" series, which sees Marines fight space pirates, the way God and John W. Campbell intended.
- Coronets and Steel, a new novel by Sherwood Smith in which a young woman -- with the passion for fencing required for all protagonists who may find themselves plunged suddenly into a fantasy world -- tries to trace her family's roots in Europe, and finds instead something the back cover only hints at.