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apr 6, 2007, 4:24 pm

Two books I can't wait to get my hands on:

* A new novel by Ann Patchett should be out in the fall called RUN. I loved Bel Canto, but haven't read any of her earlier titles. Any good?

*The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon , which comes out in May.

apr 6, 2007, 5:49 pm

I've got an ARC of the Chabon, hubby wanted it especially. I've heard rather tepid reviews and it seems the PW review was cautious (but I'd have to look again).

I bet the Patchett might be handed out at BEA? Do you know who her publisher is? I've not read Patchett either though I was sorely tempted to listen to Truth and Beauty on audio.

I'm really trying NOT to think about what's coming out this fall, as I will be back to school full time...

apr 6, 2007, 6:40 pm

Ann Patchett is published by HarperCollins. I've asked the people I know there for a personal galley as soon as one's available, so I hope that works out.

That's funny about the Chabon--our reader said it was one of his favorite books, ever. I love the cover. Shallow reason to want to read it, I know, but there you go.

There's a new Alice Sebold as well. I wasn't as crazy about The Lovely Bones as some were, but I'm really curious about her second novel.

apr 7, 2007, 8:50 am

I read The Lovely Bones after hearing a bookseller in line for the ladies room rave about it at BEA several years ago. I got back to the hotel and rummaged through my bag of goodies and found a copy, read it that night at the hotel. While it hasn't been a favorite, at the time I recognized a potentially "hot" book when I read one and said so...

Lesson: if you're going to BEA, check out the conversation in the ladies room.

Redigerat: apr 8, 2007, 10:26 am

Am waiting for the latest Arkady Renko novel by Martin Cruz Smith due out in june. Absolutely love that character and I hope it lives up to the rest of the series.

Just checked Amazon for the latest Pendergast novel by Preston & Child - it's due in August, so I guess now I'm waiting for that, too.

Also pining for another Kenzie & Gennaro mystery from Dennis Lehane.

apr 9, 2007, 9:05 am

There are a few I'm really looking forward to.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Thin Air by Rachel Caine

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Ironside by Holly Black

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

apr 10, 2007, 9:23 am

From Mary Doria Russell's website:

She is currently working on Dreamers of the Day, a novel about the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference, when a handful of British diplomats, oil executives and military men invented the modern Middle East. As she says, "It's their world. We just live in it." Look for Dreamers of the Day in early 2008.

Mary is the author of The Sparrow, Children of God, and A Thread of Grace. I will read anything the woman writes...

apr 11, 2007, 6:35 pm

#1 bookishy and #2 avaland

I read Bel Canto when it came out in paperback and loved it (even though I didn't think I was going to -- it was recommended by a friend). So I went out and bought Ann Patchett's earlier books, specifically The Patron Saints of Liars (touchstone not loading) and The Magician's Assistant. They are good, but not as good as Bel Canto. I haven't read Truth and Beauty: A Friendship because I read an excerpt from it somewhere and wasn't impressed.

apr 11, 2007, 8:26 pm

Waiting for Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds to come out in paperback (in May I think). A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton coming out in October. Oh, the suspense is killing me, I wish it were October already!

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apr 11, 2007, 8:27 pm

Books I will shortly get my paws on:

- Bird's Nest, by Shirley Jackson. Hurrah for sensational literature.
- Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, by Melanie Rehak.
- Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende. Loved House of the Spirits; Love and Shadows, not so much.
- Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy. Love Hardy; his stuff is rather a guilty pleasure.
- A Brief History of Death, by, well, I forget his name. 'Twas a gift. Could be a hit, or could be a miss.

To add to the present conversation, I adored Bel Canto (well, except for the last ten pages, or so). I have heard good things about the rest of her books. I also read Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but I had mixed feelings about it. I thought the idea and the sort-of magical realism approach he used on it was brilliant; the intertwining lives of his characters felt rather frayed and uninteresting to me. He had so much material to work with, and yet the pacing felt choppy and the characters alien. Ah, well. Perhaps his other stuff is better?

maj 3, 2007, 6:22 am

#9 Pushing Ice has been out in Paperback (in the UK at least) for some time. It's a standalone book. Another great concept, well executed. I felt it was too short and more could have been made of the alien artifcats. Same general theme - alien war in the galaxy, though its not apparent at the start!

I'm waiting for Galactic North: and the prefect to come out in paperback, could be a long wait, they've only just come out in hardback - If they go through a trade paperback size I'll be really really annoyed.

I'm also waiting for Bad luck and trouble, Fortress of Ice, and Defender in paperback. The last two by my most favourite author C J Cherryh will be ages and ages. Deliverer has only recently made it into hardback in the US, I haven't seen it here yet.... its the 9th part of the Foreigner universe.

Redigerat: maj 3, 2007, 11:09 am

Anne Fadiman's new book At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays is supposed to be released on 15-May. I'm giddy with anticipation.

I'm also looking forward to Stephen R. Donaldson's next installment of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant -- a book titled Final Revenant (doesn't touchstone yet), due out on 9-Oct.

Redigerat: maj 3, 2007, 11:25 am

#12 A new Anne Fadiman! Yipee! I'm glad these are her own essays; I like her work so much better than the essays other people wrote in her book about favorite works revisited, Rereadings, which for some reason isn't showing up on the Anne Fadiman page.

maj 3, 2007, 11:44 am

Me too! Her Forward writing was better than any of the essays in the book, although most of them were quite good. She at the top of my Authors-I'd-Most-Like-to-Converse-With list.

If you want to find out more about her, screen-scrape the following:


maj 3, 2007, 3:27 pm

Screen-scrape? That's a new one for me!

And, although I would love to talk to her, I feel like I know her already, mostly from Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader.

maj 3, 2007, 9:06 pm

Screen-scrape -- That's actually from the mid-70's (maybe earlier). I've been doing the computer thing since the media was cards and paper tape and drum-memory, in the pre-modem days. So, whereas it may be new for you, it's old. 23-skidoo!

I stated several times here on LT that reading Anne's books is like sharing a good conversation with an old friend. One who probably knew the term screen-scrape. ;>)

maj 4, 2007, 9:58 am

From all your comments here on LT, WholeHouseLibrary, I'm quite sure you have some old friends who aren't computer wizards -- just as I have some old friends who are!

maj 7, 2007, 7:28 pm

I'm looking forward to a new Margaret Atwood poetry collection coming out this fall.

maj 8, 2007, 11:01 am

Just discovered that the new Richard Pevear/Larissa Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace is coming out this November, so I'm looking forward to rereading it then,

Redigerat: maj 24, 2007, 1:19 am

Update on Anne Fadiman's new book At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays

It was supposed to be released on 15-May; I went crazy trying to find it.

The new release date is 12-Jun.

In one of the B&N stores in this area, the fellow I spoke to was a retired school teacher -- taught Reading (among other things) for 35 years. He got to take in a few seminars led by Anne's father, the esteemed Clifton Fadiman. This guy had never heard of Anne, but has decided to get a copy of Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader based on my spontaneous verbal review of it.

*edited to coax the touchstones

aug 2, 2007, 12:00 pm

I'm looking forward to MyRevolutions: A Novel by Hari Kunzru. It's due out at the end of August.

Also: Clare Morrall has a new one coming out in March, 2008: The Language of Others.

aug 2, 2007, 1:07 pm

I'm going crazy waiting for Deeper by Jeff Long. It's supposed to be released later this month. It is the sequel to my favorite novel, The Descent.

aug 2, 2007, 2:03 pm

I'm also waiting for Deeper. The Descent was such a fun ride, hopefully this one is too.

There was another book I had my eye on that isn't out until later in the month, not the Preston/Child...another one. Bah, it will come to me.

aug 7, 2007, 8:02 pm

#1: I realize you posted it a while ago, but Ann's new one is called, Run and it is phenomenal. It's due out in October.

Ones that I'm really looking forward to would be Joshilyn Jackson's new one. I hope that my store get's an ARC!

aug 7, 2007, 8:50 pm

I'm waiting for the next Mary Russell book by Laurie King, but it won't be out until 2009!

The Apostate's Tale by Margaret Frazer in Jan.

The next Pendergast novel by Preston and Child

Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay (Sept. I think)

And I'm always waiting for Stephen King's next book, but now I'm also interested in a new one by his son, Joe Hill.

aug 10, 2007, 10:15 am

#24: I was able to get my hands on Run a few months ago, and I did like it, but not as much as Bel Canto, which I think is her masterpiece.

I'm still looking forward to the next book by Ingrid Hill. I think there's one in the works, but no official word yet. I thought her first book, Ursula, Under, was one of the best debut novels I've ever read.

aug 15, 2007, 8:19 pm

>26 bookishy:, bet if you popped an emailed over to Algonquin books via their website, they might give you an answer about Ingrid Hill (Shannon Ravenel was her editor):-)