Saturday, 14 July 2012

Books I can hardly wait for!

I am so excited!  Here are a few books that are coming out this year, ones that I didn't expect or even know about:

Giles Blunt, my favourite Canadian mystery writer, has a new one in his John Cardinal series, which is going to be released August 7.  Cardinal was last seen in Crime Machine, which I reviewed here last year. This was exciting enough to discover. 

Of all things, Alan Garner has a sequel - ok, third book, in the now Brisingamen and Moon of Gomrath two books series, now after 50 years has the third book due out next month, here is the link to the Guardian article. Click on Boneland in the article.  

I don't know when it's coming out in Canada, though it's on my wishlist now.  One of the best fantasy series ever.  I'm due to reread the two books now, so it will be fresh whenever Boneland is out here.

Here, is the cover of the new Artur Indridason, due out July 24.  It features Sigurdur Oli, last seen in Outrage, which was supposed to be in paperback this month, and has now been put back to October. I don't know if I should read Outrage first, I guess I should.  But why would the second one be out in softcover before the first one?  Mysteries of  publishing. 

And then, finally:  the very first Harry Hole mystery is going to be published.  It's not coming out here until October, but here it is, the cover of The Bat

  It's set in Australia, and is the case that made his name (that we have seen referred to in The Red Breast and some of his other books).  I am so thrilled.  I am currently reading Phantom, his latest mystery, and am totally engrossed in it. The Bat was never published before in English, the Harry Hole series in English started with The Red Breast, so this is wonderful news.***edited to add:  We get the whole series! 

So what books are you waiting for, or that you have just learned are going to be out later this year?


Sam Sattler said...

Susan, I've doe Harry Hole pronounce his surname? Any idea?

Also, I"m looking for some new Canadian literary fiction and I'm betting you can offer a few suggestions. Thanks.

Cath said...

Gosh, I'm quite amazed that a sequel to the two Alan Garner books is coming out. Will keep an eye out for that.

Did I mention that on my last trip to the library I picked up a volume of Canadian short stories?

Jo Nesbo... hmm... time I read something her (him?).

Care said...

Ok, I'm confused. I 've heard of Jo Nesbo but have never read any. So it this a book that was the first in a series that will be re-released or is it a prequel newly written to explain things? Actually, I doubt I'll ever read it but I did get confused ow the first can (I'm assuming) be published like it is a known thing. Does that make sense?

Chris said...

Oh these do all sound good!! I have way too many books preordered as it is right now :p I was thinking of doing a post myself soon of all the books I'm waiting on!

Susan said...

Sam: I believe it's something like "HoLE,' with the e sounding like an eh at the end. It is a derogatory term meaning country bumpkin. According to an interview over at Detectives Beyond Borders blog some time in the past.

what have you read in Canadian literary fiction? I'm honoured that you would ask, but I'm a bad Canadian and don't like most of our literary fiction! In fact I don't like most 'literary' fiction, anywhere, so I'm not the best person to ask. Carol Shields, Gail Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, Rohinton Mistry, are some names that come to mind, though they are from varying decades in Canlit. Let me know what you've read and liked, and I'll see what I think you'll like. Canadian mysteries now, I can help you with better! lol - Oh - Wayne Johnston, Newfoundland writer, I do really want to read, and David Adam Richards is also a good Canlit fiction writer. Guy Vanderhaege is another. Michael Ondaatje is another. Anne Michaels.

Cath: I am too, though as he said in the Guardian blurb, it took many many years for him to write the story that he knew was in Moon of Gomrath. I have to go back and read both now, it's been so long since I did.

How recent is the volume of Can short stories? That could be quite interesting.

Jo Nesbo is a man! and it's noir crime, so be careful, though so very good.

Care: Yes, somehow the books that were being translated in the series, didn't start with the first one, but the third one. And the third one refers back a little to the first two books, though they don't build on one another, it's just they are in sequence. It will be good to read them in order now! It sometimes happens, especially when it's a foreign book, that the one that is most popular there, gets translated first into English.

Chris: I know, I went back and realized three of my last 7 posts are about books I want to get! lol I guess I am trying to show I am excited about books and reading, even if I'm not reviewing nearly as much as I want, and not reading as much as I want either. Please do a post of what you want,, you know you always have books the rest of us want too! lol

Cath said...

Susan, the book is just called Canadian Short Stories and it's edited by Robert Weaver. I thought it was quite modern as it'a newish edition, but when I checked it was actually first published in 1960. The stories range from 1895 to 1957, I expect you'd know many of the authors but most of them are unfamiliar to me.

Literary Feline said...

I think the Giles Blunt book I have is still in its original plastic wrap. I don't know why I never opened it . . . I really need to give him a try. I've only heard good things about his books. Jo Nesbo is another author I've been meaning to try.

Susan said...

Cath: I think you are going to get a crash course in the history of Canlit there! I don't think Margaret Atwood will have a story in there, and possibly not even Margaret Laurence or Mordecai Richler! I need to find you an updated copy! lol You'll have to let us know who is in it, as you read it ( or let me know anyway).

Literary Feline: Yikes, still in it's plastic bag! which one is it? And he really is good and very Canadian. Start with Forty Words for Sorrow, the first in the series, as it is sequential. I hope you like him when you do try him!
Jo Nesbo is really noir crime, so fair warning, though very good at what he writes. I know noir crime isn't for everyone, so I'm not sure if this is what you'll like?

Literary Feline said...

It just so happens the book is Forty Words of Sorrow. I am not sure why it came in plastic wrap exactly either. I must have ordered it online. I know I've had it for years now. I do like noir crime--so does my husband. Maybe I'll make him read Jo Nesbo too!

Gavin said...

I want to read all of these. I have not read Alan Garner before, hope I can find copies of the two earlier books!

Susan said...

Literary Feline: then you will love Nesbo! and so will your husband. Hmm, do you wait for The Bat and start off properly, or start with The Red Breast, #3 in the series? Whichever you choose, Harry is unlike any detective I have met. He's my crush, you know....

And yes, do read Forty Word of Sorrows! It's one I gave to my mother one year (and anyone else looking for something to read) and she reads the series now too.

Gavin:you should be able to find Alan Garner at your library, I hope! under the children's section, that's where this particular two book series is always shelved. Sometimes the Owl Service also is there (also a very good book).

I hope you enjoy all of these new ones too!

Kathleen said...

It's so nice to look forward to books, isn't it? I am looking forward to see what Stephen King will do with his sequel to The Shining.

Susan said...

Kathleen: Me too! I was surprised to hear about a sequel, and now I'm excited! One of my favourite horror could be really good (or not). You've read 11.22.63 now, haven't you?