Although I’m not a huge reader of contemporary books (well, I tend to read much more contemporary non-fiction than fiction), there are a few books I’m actually looking forward to coming out in autumn of this year. (Yeah, I know it’s still the middle of summer, but I’m looking ahead.) Let’s take a look!
The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes (11 august 2015)
From the creator of Wild, I love Emily Hughes’ illustrations and her stories are fun and inclusive. I also can’t help but feel a weird sort of affinity with her because she’s also from a tropical island (Hawaii) and when to Bournemouth which is where I VERY nearly went for uni having got an unconditional offer to attend. Somehow that makes us bros in my mind.
ADDENDUM: I bought this at ELCAF (21 June). I think it’s either out earlier in the UK than the US or the date is just the Waterstones website’s availability date (I think it’s in Waterstones brick & mortar shops).
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (22 september 2015)
Look at that cover! *O* It’s kind of beautiful. To tell you the truth, the story doesn’t sound terribly original, but I really like the way Okorafor can transform the stereotypical feel of a genre we thought we knew well into a world fresh with new meaning and wonder, creating a more palpable, fleshy flavour of fantasy. This is her first sci-fi title and I’m interested in seeing how she repurposes an old idea and what she brings to the genre. This is also one of four titles launching Tor.com’s move into novellas. “Binti will be available in ebook, print on demand and audio editions”.
Saga, volume 5 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (6 October 2015)
I have been really loving this series so much. I actually borrowed a bunch of the single issues from a friend so I know what’s going to happen in this volume already. And the single issues are great because, even though they’re super short, there’s always fun extra content like cosplayer photos, correspondence with fans, etc. But I will continue buying the trades so there are no gaps in my collection and because they’re sturdier and keep better.
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink (20 october 2015)
This podcast is soooo my type of humour and I’ve been a fan of it for a while now. I love all the characters and ideas and the style. (Jasika Nicole plays one of the characters.) It’s just perfect Nicole bait. I’m not sure how the show will translate to book form, but I have confidence in the writers’ creativity and I’m very intrigued.