We all have it—the book you bought ages ago, that you’ve been meaning to read forever. But for some reason, you haven’t gotten around to it. Either you haven’t been in quite the right mood, or you know you’re going to need a real stretch of uninterrupted reading time. Now that the holidays are almost here, you know exactly what you’re going to do with your free time: sit down and finally read that book.
For our last newsletter of 2014, we thought we’d share our list with you. So here are a selection of Tor staffers talking about the books they’ll be reading over the holidays:
Paul Stevens, Editor: I’m looking forward to checking out Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire. The premise is fascinating and very large in scope, so I’m curious to see how the story plays out against such a large backdrop.
Claire Eddy, Senior Editor: What am I looking forward to reading over the holiday break besides the mountain of submissions that continually haunt me? I am eagerly awaiting the publication of Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence To The Contrary by cartoonist Walt Kelly. A labor of love by Fantagraphics and spearheaded by Kelly’s daughter, their plan is to release a 12 volume series that will reprint the complete run of Kelly’s work. Kelly was a fantastic cartoonist and one of the best in social satire that I have ever encountered. His work is a snapshot of American politics that all students of history should read. Wicked funny too. I plan to curl up in my jammies and relive a warm and fuzzy piece of my childhood…
Ryan Meese, Assistant to the Associate Publisher: As a new member of the Tor team, I’ve been making an effort to read some of our more prominent titles. First on the list was Ender’s Game, which turned into reading the entire Ender quartet. Now that I have finished that, I plan on switching over to the fantasy side of things for Sanderson’s Mistborn series. Also on the radar is Ender’s Shadow!
Rayna Erlick, Digital Marketing Assistant: I’ve never really tried reading graphic novels before, but this holiday season I’m looking forward to finally stealing (uh, I mean borrowing) Watchmen from my dad and snuggling into my childhood bed for a read-a-thon. Thanks for sharing, Dad!
Desirae Friesen, Publicity Assistant: The problem with working here at Tor is that my to-read pile is always full of our own books! But since I love the Bartimaeus trilogy I made time for Jonathan Stroud’s new Lockwood & Co series. While less funny than Bartimaeus, it has more action and adds a lot of creepiness. The first book, The Screaming Staircase kept me up all night – the ghosts were too scary to keep reading, but the action was too exciting to put it down! Since I read a galley of the first book, the wait has been extra-long for the second book in the series, The Whispering Skull, but it’s finally out and I know that as soon as I get the chance I will curl up for another terrifying adventure.
Diana Pho, Editorial Assistant: I have to admit: when I first got into A Song of Ice and Fire a few years ago, I read the first three books in two months, and then stopped a third of the way through A Feast for Crows because it focused on all of the characters I didn’t care much for. Then, when A Dance with Dragons came out, I thought, “Finally! They’re back!” So this holiday season, I’ll pull this 5-pounder from the shelf to tide me over during the next predicted Polar Vortex.
Emily Mullen, Senior Publicist: Wally Lamb is one of my favorite fiction authors. From She’s Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed, and I Know This Much Is True, he doesn’t disappoint. The thing I love most about Lamb’s work is that I’m always able to fully immerse myself to the point where I feel like I’m actually one of the characters and part of the unraveling story. So I can’t wait to read his latest, We Are Water, over the holiday. I also plan on reading Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which has been on my TBR list since it came out. The holidays are the best time for catching up!
About Necroscope: Dead men tell no tales…except to Harry Keogh, Necroscope. And what they tell him is horrifying.
In the Balkan mountains of Rumania, a terrible evil is growing. Long buried in hallowed ground, bound by earth and silver, the master vampire schemes and plots. Trapped in unlife, neither dead nor living, Thibor Ferenczy hungers for freedom and revenge.
The vampire’s human tool is Boris Dragosani, part of a super-secret Soviet spy agency. Dragosani is an avid pupil, eager to plumb the depthless evil of the vampire’s mind. Ferenczy teaches Dragosani the awful skills of the necromancer, gives him the ability to rip secrets from the mind and bodies of the dead.
Dragosani works not for Ferenczy’s freedom but world domination. He will rule the world with knowledge raped from the dead.
His only opponent: Harry Keogh, champion of the dead and the living.
To protect Harry, the dead will do anything–even rise from their graves!
About The Dogs of Christmas: While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.
Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. As Kerri teaches Josh how to care for Lucy’s tiny puppies and gets them ready to be adopted through the shelter’s “Dogs of Christmas” program, Josh surprises himself by falling for her.
But he’s fallen even harder for his new furry family, which has brought incredible joy into Josh’s life. He barely has time to sit down, between chasing after adventurous Sophie and brave Oliver, but when he does, his lap is quickly filled by the affectionate Lola. And Rufus and Cody’s strong bond makes Josh wonder about his own relationships with his family.
With Christmas and the adoption date looming, Josh finds himself wondering if he can separate himself from his beloved puppies. At odds with Kerri, Josh isn’t willing to lose her, but doesn’t know how to set things right. Can a surprise litter of Christmas puppies really change one man’s life?
W. Bruce Cameron’s The Dogs of Christmas is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.
*sale ends December 5
About High Flight: First electronics. Then automobiles. Now the Japanese are ready to strike at our largest industrial export–airplanes. Intrigue and danger heighten as America faces its worst industrial challenge since the Great Depression. With the Cold War over, Japanese industrial espionage may succeed tomorrow where, fifty years ago, their military might failed. Expert saboteurs continue to strike at our vital industries, while hundreds of thousands of American jobs and countless billions of dollars hang in the balance. Ex-CIA field officer Kirk McGarvey is hired by Guerin Airline Company to investigate a recent rash of accidents and restore the company’s, and America’s, international reputation.
*sale ends January 2
The ebook for Stepping Stone / Love Machine, by Walter Mosley, is now on sale for only $2.99.*
About Stepping Stone / Love Machine: Walter Mosley’s talent knows no bounds. Stepping Stone and Love Machine are but two of six fragments in the Crosstown to Oblivion short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores life’s cosmic questions. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers?
Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go by–and waiting for something he can’t quite put into words. A gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can see.
Soon Truman’s quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy. Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a startling revelation that will change his life forever–and transform the nature of humanity?
The Datascriber was supposed to merely allow individuals to share sensory experiences via a neurological link, but its true potential is even more revolutionary. The brainchild of an eccentric, possibly deranged scientist, the “Love Machine” can merge individual psyches and memories into a collective Co-Mind that transcends race, gender, species . . . and even death itself.
Tricked into joining the Co-Mind, as part of a master plan to take over the world, Lois Kim struggles to adapt to her new reality and abilities. Is there any way back to the life that was stolen from her, or is she destined to lead humanity into a strange new era, despite the opposition of forces both human and otherwise?
*sale ends January 2
About Among Others:
Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…
Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
*sale ends January 2