One of my favorite publishers is Orbit Books. That’s kind of a difficult thing to say, since there are tons of publishers that put out books I adore — Firebird, Penguin’s SPEAK imprint, Quirk Books, Dark Horse, and First Second all come to mind – but most books I’ve read from Orbit US have been right up my alley — this year alone, there was the conclusion of Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy and M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts.
Most of the books from Orbit are ones I review for Girls in Capes, but not all of them are right for the site, so my reviews don’t always get posted there. However, there are quite a few titles due out this year that I’m really looking forward to checking out.
September: DARING by Eliott James
I read CHARMING last year as an advanced copy, and while it wasn’t quite right for Girls in Capes, I ended up quite enjoying the book. It’s funny, and the action scenes are a lot of fun. While I wouldn’t put DARING at the very top of my list, it’s still there, because the world could use more funny.
If you enjoy somewhat sarcastic humor, supernatural creatures, and different takes on classic stories, check out CHARMING and stay posted for DARING’s release.
October: ANCILLARY SWORD by Ann Leckie
ANCILLARY JUSTICE was possibly my favorite book of 2013, and the novel recently received a Hugo award for Best Novel. (It’s not just me!) The hero of the story is Breq, formerly the AI of a ship, who is on a mission of vengeance and also trying to keep the annoying Seivarden alive. The book consists largely of Breq’s revenge mission and identity crisis, both of which are totally fascinating.
The second book in The Imperial Radch series, ANCILLARY SWORD, is slated for an October release date. I plan to review this at Girls in Capes! ANCILLARY SWORD is probably my most anticipated book of the year, and I’m really looking forward to the next installment.
November: SYMBIONT by Mira Grant
I have a soft spot for weirdly scientific sci-fi, and Mira Grant’s Parasitology series fits the bill perfectly: the series features all sorts of weird things you never wanted to know about parasites, how they work, and more. The book was thought-provoking, gross, and fun, and it was so well-done it was also nominated for a Best Novel Hugo this year.
SYMBIONT will be Book Two in the series, and I’m looking forward to learning more about the universe the series is set in. While I really wasn’t shocked by PARASITE’s “big twist” at the end, I was much more fascinated by the science and politics of the story, and I’m hoping SYMBIONT will deliver.
Find my review of Parasitology Book One, PARASITE, here at Girls in Capes.
January: THE DAGGER’S PATH by Glenda Larke
The first book in this series, THE LASCAR’S DAGGER, was a lot of fun, and certainly one I enjoyed. Though I’m not a huge fantasy fan, THE LASCAR’S DAGGER was different from other series I’ve tried, and I especially appreciated how the “foreign” characters were treated by the author.
In THE DAGGER’S PATH, I’m hoping to see more of the two characters I enjoyed most: Ardhi and Sorrel, who are infinitely more interesting than Saker (the protagonist of the novel). I’m also hoping for more swashbuckling, since there wasn’t much in that vein in the first book. However, the cover has a picture of a ship and what I assume is a pirate-y Saker, so hopefully that means swashbuckling.