Upcoming releases that I want to read in 2014

January 7, 2014 § 2 Comments

If December was a time for various and sundry “best of year” lists, then perhaps January is the time to list the forthcoming releases that intrigue, if not excite, particular readers/reviewers.  Below are a list of books, mostly culled from a recent post on The Millions, that I plan to read before the year is done:

January:

Chang-rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea

Ishmael Beah, Radiance of Tomorrow

Ben Marcus, Leaving the Sea

Jesse Ball, Silence Once Begun

February:

Kyle Minor, Praying Drunk

Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans

Marcel Theroux, Strange Bodies

Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

March:

Teju Cole, Every Day is for the Thief

David James Poissant, The Heaven of Animals

Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird

Dinaw Mengestu, All Our Names

David Grossman, Falling out of Time

Karen Russell, Sleep Donation

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (eds.), The Time Traveler’s Almanac (US release; UK release was in 2013)

April:

Emma Donoghue, Frog Music

Hilda Hilst, With My Dog Eyes (likely to read the original instead of the translation)

Andrés Neuman, Talking to Ourselves (also likely to read in the original Spanish)

May:

Jeff VanderMeer, Authority

Porochista Khakpour, The Last Illusion

Rivka Galchen, American Innovations

June:

Cristina Henríquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Kyung-Sook Shin, I’ll be Right There

July:

Edan Lepucki, California

William T. Vollmann, Last Stories and Other Stories

August:

Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Richard House, The Kills (US release; UK release was in 2013 and longlisted for the Booker Prize)

Ian Cameron Esslemont, Assail

September:

Jeff VanderMeer, Acceptance

This is the list so far.  And before some of you start to complain about a perceived paucity of SF/speculative fiction, look up these titles.  You might be surprised.  Oh, and I didn’t list a few titles that don’t yet have a confirmed release date from either the publisher or Amazon, thus no listing of Steven Erikson’s Fall of Light, which is indeed a book that I will buy whenever it is available in some part of the world.

§ 2 Responses to Upcoming releases that I want to read in 2014

  • genrebending says:

    Silence Once Begun is amazing. Praying Drunk is also quite excellent. Im excited about Boy, Snow, Bird and, of course, the Murakami.

  • Larry Nolen says:

    Great to hear, as I enjoyed his previous work. Only read one of Minor's short stories, but it was good enough to get me to want to read Praying Drunk as well. Lots to look forward to this year, no?😀

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