26 December, 2013

Looking Forward to 2014 - Most Anticipated Books

Last year, I had high hopes, as I usually do, that I would read quite a few books in the year. I wasn't too far off, having read 57 or so, but lots of those were in the form of audiobooks, none of which were on my list last year. I'm getting a bit more conservative this year in terms of what I think I can actually read and leave a bit more open to what I randomly pick up throughout the year, which I know I will do regardless of any plans I make. It makes for happier reading that way anyway. In bold are those books I actually think I have a chance of reading this year.

Keep in mind, this is by no means an exhaustive list (or even remotely close), these are just the titles I'm especially interested in and I know I'm probably missing quite a few that I'll have to add later.


Jan:

Brian Stavely, The Emperor's Blades - January 14
Myke Cole, Breach Zone (Shadow Ops #3) - January 28
Paul Kearney, A Different Kingdom - January 28
Miles Cameron, The Fell Sword (Traitor Son #2) - January 30

Feb:


David Edison, The Waking Engine - February 11

March:


Scott Lynch, The Bastards and the Knives (Gentlemen Bastards Novellas) - March 3 (UK)
Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) - March 4
Jon Sprunk, Blood and Iron (The Book of the Black Earth #1) - March 11

April:


Michael J. Sullivan, The Hollow World - April 8 (Just finished)
Elizabeth Bear, Steles of the Sky (Eternal Sky #3) - April 8
Robin Hobb, The Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1) - April 10
Sam Sykes, The City Stained Red - April 17 (UK Date)

May:



Brian McClellan, The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mages #2) - May 6
Jim Butcher, Skin Game (Dresden #15) - May 27
Douglas Hulick, Sworn in Steel (Tales of the Kin #2)

Jun:


Mark Lawrence, Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War #1) - June 3


Jul:

Joe Abercrombie, Half a King

Aug:

Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land (Magician's #3) - August
Daniel Abraham, The Widow's House (The Dagger and the Coin #4) - August 5
Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) - August 7
Brent Weeks, The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - August 26
Ian Cameron Esslemont, Assail (Malazan Empire #6)

Sep:

Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs - September 9

Oct:

Bradley P. Beaulieu, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai - October 1
Ernest Cline, Armada - October 7

Nov:

Dec:

Steven Erikson, Willfull Child - December 4 (says Goodreads)


TBD: (Mostly just hoping all these come out in 2014)
John Marco, The Bloody Chorus
Courtney Schafer, The Labyrinth of Flame (Shattered Sigil #3) 
Scott Lynch, The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentlemen Bastards #4)
Orson Scott Card,  (Mithermages #3)
Jeff Salyards, Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder's Arc #2)
Steven Erikson, Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Have to read Forge of Darkness first.
Janny Wurts, Destiny's Conflict (Wars of Light and Shadow #10)

Not Counting On:

Patrick Rothfuss, The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle #3)
George R.R. Martin, The Winds of Winter (ASoIaF #6) 
Peter V. Brett, The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle #4) - Probably 2015

EDIT: Added a few I'd completely forgotten (like Cline's Armada for instance!), which makes no sense because I'm dying to read them. 

EDIT #2: Bennett's City of Stairs apparently has a release date in September.

4 comments:

Josh (Fixed on Fantasy) said...

ARG! The not counting on list, aka the personal torture by anticipation list. Also add to that the final volume of the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody. ASOIAF fans can suck it, because we've been waiting for this one since 1987.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Ha, sadly I'm not counting on the third Rothfuss book being out either.

I'm really looking forward to the read along of Words of Radiance. I've been aching for that book ever since finishing The Way of Kings.

Cursed Armada said...

Great list, hopefully we get R. Scott Bakker's Unholy Consult as well...

Bryce L. said...

@Josh - Yeah, that wins. I think Melanie Rawn is going for a record in that regard too. I have the first two and I've been debating jumping in. Maybe if I read it more will come (in a field of dreams sort of way).

@Carl - WoK made me mad he was working on WoT. I didn't care about him finishing that, I wanted more Stormlight.

@Cursed - Yeah, I debated that one. I have all his books but the newest and haven't read a single one.