Previewing August 2011 (and remarking on its first week)

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Previewing August 2011 (and remarking on its first week)

Posted on 2011-08-05 at 19:53 by Sam

August is already well upon us, with the first week bringing a spectacular list to audio. I already noted the First Friday titles Among Others (by Jo Walton) and All the Lives He Led (by Frederik Pohl), and there’s a few more already out this month that warrant immediate notice: 1968’s Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner and 1960’s A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller. Brought to via Macmillan Audio and Blackstone Audio, respectively, they are two of the great works of sf and I’m very happy to see them come to Still, in light of their having already been released, it’s hard to pick them as my most anticipated title for August. That “honor” goes to Lev Grossman’s The Magician King:

Sequel to the 2009 novel The Magicians, and narrated once again by Mark Bramhall, I had the pleasure of reading the book several months ago as an early reader. But there’s something about Bramhall’s narration of The Magicians which has me quite giddy with excitement about being taken back into Grossman’s world. While reading, the book’s words played tricks in my ears as I imagined Bramhall’s voice and inflections, and, really, I just can’t wait to hear it. Some early reviews of the audiobook are out (an A+ review on The Guilded Earlobe) and all signs point to another wonderful experience.





  • Non-genre alert? 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, Oct 25, 2011)
  • Non-genre? Cain by Jose Saramago (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 4, 2011)
  • The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Outspoken Authors) by Cory Doctorow (Paperback - Oct 1, 2011, PM Press)
  • Non-fiction collection: Context by Cory Doctorow (Paperback - Oct 1, 2011, Tachyon)
  • Non-genre: The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf, Random House Audio, Oct 4, 2011)
  • Non-genre: Parallel Stories: A Novel 




  • Greatshadow by James Maxey (Solaris) which begins a new fantasy series from the author of Bitterwood
  • Giant Thief by David Tallerman (Angry Robot, January 2011)
  • The Dread by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit) sequel to February 2011’s The Sworn
  • The Great Game: The Bookman Histories, Book 3 by Lavie Tidhar (Jan 31, 2012)
  • Exogene by T. C. McCarthy (Orbit, March) sequel to 2011’s Germline
  • Punk: An Aesthetic (non-fiction) by Jon Savage, William Gibson, and Johan Kugelberg (Rizzoli, April) (really, really doubtful in audio!)
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, February 3, 2012)
  • Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell (Tor, February 28, 2012)
  • Mark L. Van Name’s next Jon & Lobo novel (May 2012, Baen)
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Tor Books, May 2012)
  • The Drowned Cities: Ship Breaker #2 by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little Brown, May 2012)
  • We Leave Together by J. M. McDermott (June 2012, Night Shade) concludes his Dogsland Trilogy
  • The Spindle of Necessity by Catherynne M. Valente, concluding her seriesA Dirge for Prester John (Night Shade Books, November 2012)
  • Anthology: Armored edited by John Joseph Adams (Baen) which serves up mech and power armor short stories
  • Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Tor)
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