Gwenda recently did a thing on Shaken & Stirred about books she’s eagerly looking to see published in 2006. My first thoughts were mixed on the subject. I’ve already read Charles Stross’s Glasshouse and Scott Westerfeld’s Blue Noon, while Tim Powers’ Three Days to Never, Jeffrey Ford’s The Empire of Icecream, Paul Park’s The Tourmaline, Jeff VanderMeer’s Shriek: An Afterword, and James Morrow’s The Last Witchfinder are already sitting on the to-read shelf, so I really had to stop and think about the books I’m excited to see, that I don’t already have. Now, there are any number of books I’m interested in, and quite a number that look worthwhile, should be good, and so on, but I’m really looking forward to:
- Wintersmith, the third ‘Tiffany Aching’ novel from Terry Pratchett is due in the US Autumn, and I can’t wait for it. I loved The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, so I’m expecting this one to be very special;
- Visionary in Residence, the fourth short story collection from Bruce Sterling is due in March, and should be great. I’ve read most of it, and can’t wait to get a copy;
- don’t remember the title, but I think Neil Gaiman’s new short story collection will be one of the best books published in 2006. Why, you ask? Well, Neil had well and truly mastered comics before moving into writing novels and short stories. He’s published a couple of terrific novels over the past few years (especially Coraline), but I think he’s become an even better short story writer. If the new collection has ‘Sunbird” in it, one of my very favorite stories from 2005, then it’ll be a peach;
- I’m on record as loving Margo Lanagan’s collection Black Juice. If all goes to plan, her third collection, Red Spikes, will be published this year and if it’s just half the book Black Juice was, I’m going to love it;
- late in the year, Mary Rickert’s first collection, Map of Dreams, is due out. It should have “Cold Fires” in it, which I loved. She’s been one of the most interesting writers to emerge in the last few years, and I can’t wait to see if the book lives up to that.
Hmm. That’s five, enough to be getting on with. I’m surprised there’s no real SF in there, though I am looking forward to Stan Robinson’s third Capitol Code novel and there’s a new Steve Baxter collection due soon. I’m sure I’m missing lots of stuff. Isn’t someone supposed to be doing an Ian McDonald collection? And then there’s Alan DeNiro’s collection from Small Beer (everything they’ve done has been great), and Tim Pratt’s second collection. Hmm. Could be a good year.