This year is winding down, which naturally means I’ve been reading like a demon to finish the few novels that I didn’t have time to read all semester. Good thing, too. There are some amazing books coming out in 2013 now that the world hasn’t ended. Here’s a few we’re really looking forward to:
Doctor Sleep-Stephen King
A sequel decades in the making, Doctor Sleep continues the story of Danny Torrance years after that little incident where his father went apeshit and tried to murder him in an evil hotel. Danny is now 40+ and works in a hospice helping the elderly pass on (his unofficial job, I’m sure). This was an especially exciting announcement because, before Stephen King decided that he had more to say on the boy with a touch of the shining, I hadn’t even known that Doctor Sleep was a thing that I should want, but now I do. I really do.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane– Neil Gaiman
“A novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.” I have to admit that the only one of Mr. Gaiman’s solo novels that I have read, American Gods, didn’t really do it for me. However, since we’ll be getting a new Sandman miniseries, I’m willing to give this book a shot. I’m not sure if that reasoning makes any kind of sense, but there it is.
April 2013 (hopefully.
Sound it out. Try again (it’s okay, it took me a few times). The King family is looking forward to a great new year (Joe is Stephen King’s son), but Hill has earned a mention on this list all on his own. I have read both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box and have nothing but the highest of expectations for Hill’s third full length novel. The book is about a “very bad man, with a very bad car.” I can dig it.
Earth Afire-Orson Scott Card
If you’re not familiar with Card, you will be very soon. The film adaptation of Ender’s Game starring Harrison Ford (among others) will hopefully do the war/scifi-featuring-battle-hardy-children-genre justice. This book, however, is the second in what should be an epic prequel trilogy featuring the major players in the first formic(scary bug-alien) war. I say should be because Earth Unaware, the first book in the trilogy, remains one of those pesky 2012 publications that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.
Star Wars: Scoundrels-Timothy Zahn
I actually just saw this book available in a store and was very confused because it’s not due out for a few days. The official release date is the first however, so it just squeaks in to this list. Zahn’s probably the name most associated with the literary Star Wars EU, and it’s so freaking exciting for his next title to feature everyone’s favorite scoundrel (sorry, Lando, but you can come too). “To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks. But even he can’t do this job solo.” Brilliant.
Dead Ever After-Charlaine Harris
The final Sookie Stackhouse Novel! Thirteen will hopefully be a lucky number for us and our favorite Southern waitress. Events in the books have long since ceased to have any bearing on the crazy directions the HBO show takes, but I’m still pulling for Sookie to get her viking in the end, once and for all.
Books we wish were coming out: Winds of Winter. Come ON, GRRM!