I’ve just had a blitz through Amazon and preordered some books by a few of my favourite authors that are due out later this year. If you can hit the six month sweet spot for a preorder, you can often get the hardback for £10-£12, which is obviously a lot cheaper than nipping into a bookshop. The dates below are the estimated publication dates and may vary but give a good indication of what I’ll be reading in September, October and November.
The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions by Robert Rankin 2 September
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett 2 September
Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson 2 September
The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton 15 September
A Dance With Dragons: Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin 5 October
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 9 November
I don’t believe George RR Martin will get remotely close to that date for publication though, its more likely to be 2011(ish), judging by how his interest is currently rooted in convention attending at the casting for the HBO series based on the Ice and Fire series.
I have a slight backlog of Pratchett and Rankin to get through, so it doesn’t bother me that those two are provisionally down for the same day as Against All Things Ending. It does leave me with a very small window to read a very heavy duty book in September though. I absolutely love Stephen Donaldson’s genre work but its never a quick read. Unlike Hamilton’s, which I reckon I could easily demolish in a week.