Before the year ends

First week of November preludes the inevitable look at the TBR mountain to see what I still need (and want) to read in this final stretch toward the end of the year.   

Obelisk Gate The first book that comes to mind is The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. The first book in the series – The Fifth Season – was a favourite book of 2015, and I must really find the time to read the sequel as something tells me it will make my top 10 this year as well. In the same this-is-a-series-I-love vein, Max Gladstone’s Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence #5) has been languishing on my bedside table since it came out just waiting for a weekend when I can sit down and savour it as it deserves. This is a series that has yet to let me down, and I am eager to see where the author has taken his characters.    

The other follow-up I must read is Death’s End by Cixin Liu, the final book in the trilogy that started with the excellent TheThree-Body Problem. I wasn’t very happy with the second book, The Dark Forest because, oh-my- god-the-sexism, but I invested way too many hours of my life into this trilogy and I need to see how it all ends.

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Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia just came out and it’s about vampires and gangs in an alternate history Mexico City, and if it’s anything like the author’s fantastic Signal to Noise, I am in for a treat.

Black Panther On the comic book front, I have been waiting for the trade Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 , which collects Black Panther 1-4, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I am also on tenterhooks to finally read the second volume of Pretty Deadly. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and with wonderful art by Emma Ríos, this series is a wonderful hybrid of western, folklore, and deadly women in multiple forms.  

But those are all books already out. How about those about to be released in November and December?

After Atlas by Emma Newman is a companion to Planetfall, about the people who stayed behind, in what seems to be a mix of science fiction and mystery.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurstis aboutwarring kingdoms and a marriage of convenience between Princess Dennaleia and the prince of a neighbouring kingdom. What happens when the princess falls in love not with her betrothed but with… his sister? Awesome LGBT and political shenanigans I hope.

Mountain of Kept The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier is epic fantasy, featuring a kingdom threatened by outsiders and main characters struggling to find a place in the world. I am looking forward to this, mainly for two reasons: Rachel Neumeier is a fantastic (and woefully unappreciated) writer and this book features a living Goddess and I am super into that.      

Rosewater by Tade Thompson sounds super weird what with a boy that burst into flames, aliens, and butterfly women (?) but also incredibly intriguing: there is a government agency called Section 45 and a man named Kaaro who knows the mysteries about the biodome, formed by an alien entity and set around the city of Rosewater. It sounds very, very shadowy indeed.

How about you? Any books you are looking forward to reading before the end of the year?