It’s a good thing that I didn’t set this post to publish yet, because I would have had a blank page on my site right now. Thankfully, I knew that I wasn’t done.
In this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, I’m listing the five authors that I’m waiting for another book from. Four of the five authors were people I reviewed last summer, which is fine because a lot of my favorites are dead. One of my picks has a book being released in January, which is technically against the rules because I know when the book is coming. However, because January doesn’t count as the end of this year, this particular author still counts for me.
That being said, here’s my list:
Last year, I read Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon and fell absolutely in love with it. It wasn’t what I was used to, as far as science fiction and fantasy, but I was on a minority fantasy kick and I thought he was worth a try.
Now, here I am, a year later, waiting for a sequel to a book that came out in 2012. In that time, I’ve followed Saladin Ahmed on Twitter and watched him tweet about the issues. One of those issues being that he hasn’t written anything in three years.
I’m not too worried; he apparently has a book of short stories that feature some of the characters from Throne of the Crescent Moon. It’ll tide me over for a while, but I’m not holding out any hope that the sequel, The Thousand and One, will make it’s currently unverified release date.
Crazy Rich Asians was really good, China Rich Girlfriend was pretty bad, and Kevin Kwan owes me one more book for various reasons.
Hear me out: so the first book was based in Malaysia, where there happened to be a ton of mega rich, old money families who fled China during British occupation. Then the sequel was based in Hong Kong, where the nouveau riche do a lot of Western things because it’s fashionable. So why not have a third book based in mainland China?
Kevin Kwan had a good thing going with the series, and I feel like he could have had a lot more to say about how British colonization really skewered how the different portions of the Chinese diaspora viewed themselves. Like the Malaysian Chinese couldn’t be bothered with anyone who wasn’t Malaysian Chinese, and the people in Hong Kong didn’t think anyone of worth came from mainland China, and no one could stand the girls from Taiwan. Don’t let them get started on those American Born Chinese.
And all of these people were so quick to have their children educated elsewhere, because they thought that that was how you got ahead.
I really feel like Kevin Kwan missed out on a chance to really say some stuff in China Rich Girlfriend, so I honestly hope that he decides to write a third book. Especially with the movie being in the works, a third book would be awesome.
Katherine Addison is actually a pseudonym for Sarah Monette. I don’t know which is her real name, but I would love it if Katherine wrote a sequel to The Goblin Emperor.
It’s not the most exciting book, but I have never been so interested in Goblin and Elven statecraft in my life. I didn’t even know that Fantasy of Manners was a sub genre until I read this book, and now I want to read everything that falls into this category!
(Apparently, Sherwood Smith’s Crown Duel also falls into this sub genre. I consider that a point in my favor.)
Katherine Addison doesn’t plan to write any direct sequels to The Goblin Emperor, and that makes me sad. I wanted to see what Maia’s reign looked like ten or twenty years down the line. I want to know if he gets to meet the rest of his mother’s family. I want to know what his marriage is like. Addison does leave open the possibility of another novel in this particular world, but I really just wanted another book about Maia.
This is my cheat spot, and I would have happily wasted it on N.K. Jemisin. However The Obelisk Gate comes out next week, so I should really be rereading The Fifth Season right now.
So I’m going to take this time to tell you that I can’t wait to read Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti: Home. It doesn’t come out until January of 2017, so it kinda counts.
So, if you’ll remember, Binti left her village, and her family, to go to an offworld university without telling so much as a soul beforehand. None of her people had so much as left the country, and this teenager decided she was going to leave the planet entirely. Then her ship got hijacked, and most of the people she traveled with were killed. So you can just imagine how her parents were feeling.
I’m too ready for Home because Binti has to go back and face her village, and her parents, after a year away. I expect this book to be quite interesting.
I shouldn’t even have to tell you why this man in particular is on my list, as I am pretty sure that he will be on others. The A Song of Ice and Fire series is 20-years-old as of Saturday, August 6th of 2016. The last book came out in July of 2011. If we don’t see The Winds of Winter until 2018, I won’t be surprised.
However, it doesn’t stop the fact that I am waiting on this book. I will probably still be waiting in 2026 when George finally finishes. And if he decides to add an eighth book, I’ll still be waiting for it in my 40s. I don’t know how old George will be right then, but he better be alive.
You can take the show as fact and walk away with it. However, until the guy who started it is finished, the story will never be over to me.
So these are all of the authors I’m waiting on, although I think it’s time for me to read more books so that I can wait on some new people. You’ll notice that I haven’t put any comics on this list; they like to tell me about themselves several months in advance though, so why bother? Still, if Abnett and Lanning ever got to write Gaurdians of the Galaxy again, I’d be right there in the pre-order line.
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