So, I’m back! After almost a week (or has it been a week?) away from blogging, I thought it would be unfair to deny my (any?) fans of their regular dose, so here it is:
The Three Books I Would Sell a Kidney to Read…Right Now!
1) The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden.
Published by Delacorte Press.
Scheduled release date: July 2, 2013
I’ve read all the preceding novels in Mr Iggulden’s Emperor series, so I’m looking forward to this one – what should be the concluding (?) chapter – with bated breath. Whatever you may think about the attention to historical accuracy paid in the rest (note: there’s some, but not much) there’s no denying that the author can spin a tale both thrilling and visceral. As long as you’re not trying to learn your history from him (and let’s face it – if you wanted to learn history, why didn’t you just read a history book?), Conn Iggulden is one of the most compelling writer’s in the genre, and this one – essentially concluding events in Republican Rome after the assassination of Julius Caesar – looks to be suitably epic. http://www.conniggulden.com/
2) Death of Integrity by Guy Haley
Published by Black Library
Scheduled to be released September, 2013
I haven’t had a chance to sample much of Mr Haley’s work set in the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40000, but right now that doesn’t matter (and there’s always next week!), because he’s writing about the Novamarines(!), who just happen to be one of my favourite Space Marine chapters. They haven’t featured prominently in any Black Library releases to date, so hopefully this will be their time to shine! I’m expecting facial tattoos, stern words, genestealers around every corner and a veritable cornucopia of explodiness! http://guyhaley.wordpress.com/
3) The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin
Published by Bantam Spectra (US) / Voyager Books (UK) Scheduled to be released ?
Honestly, who isn’t looking forward to this one? Like the majority of people who came to the A Song of Ice and Fire series late (I started A Game of Thrones just a few months before the first episode of th HBO series premiered), I’m still playing catch-up. At the moment I’m mired somewhere in the second half of A Storm of Swords, with A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons still to go. But even so, I can’t wait to see another volume released to the (now) rabid reading public. http://www.georgerrmartin.com/
So that’s it: exciting times ahead. There are many, many more but I don’t want to turn this thing into an essay. Does anybody have any other suggestions for what should have made the top three?