I have to thank Christa at Hooked on Books for this post. When I saw this book, I think my heart started pounding:
It's out? At last? The book about the subject we all joke about: how red shirts on a Star Trek episode meant the character was going to die. Well, John Scalzi has written a book that while not taking place on the USS Enterprise, is about what being a redshirt could be like, if you were on a ship exploring space, with a captain, first officer and doctor who somehow always survive dangerous encounters - and the lowly crew members selected to join the missions, do not.
It's not out yet! June 5! I. Must. Get. This. June 5. OMG!!!! Suddenly, my reading life looks exciting again.
I am waiting, not so patiently now, for:
All these to come out in soft cover:
- Outrage by Artur Indridason (Come on publishers, it was supposed to be out in April! It's JUNE now, where's my book????)
- A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (ditto. Why are soft covers waiting so lo-o-o-ong to come out now????? There are so many of us with back problems who can't carry hardcovers! Move along, publishers!)
- Charles Dickens - Claire Tomalin - this doesn't even have a date yet!!!!
- The End of the Wasp Season - Denise Mina - at a huge size, this is soft cover, but much too large to carry around.
- The Beggar's Opera - Peggy Blair (ditto, really heavy oversize paperback. Not sure when it will be in a smaller size). A mystery set in Cuba, it sounds wonderful.
- Flashback - Dan Simmons - ooh! out this month ! hurray!
On the new books in paperback front, I am delighted to say that The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill is out in softcover. It just came out here, so I grabbed it on Wednesday.
Do you wait for books to come out in softcover, Gentle Reader? Can you wait that long?
*****All this being said, I am aware Redshirts is coming out in hardcover. I am also going to buy it June 5, take it home, and read it - I hope in one sitting, but at the house. I don't care. I know it's not 'Star Trek', but it is about how the red shirts find a daring plan to survive their missions. I have to read it asap!!
*****Added June 2: Peggy Blair left a comment this morning after I put up this post (I'm so excited!) The Beggar's Opera will be out in paperback (small size) next February, along with the second book in the series. Thank you, Peggy! I have a list started now for next year's books to come out!
****Also Raidergirl reminded me in the comments that Arnuldur Indridason's new book, Black Skies, is due out in Canada in July. It doesn't feature Erlendur, however, either. So I have TWO books now I'm waiting for by him! lol (added June 2)