Release Week Wednesday: Cinder and Sisterhood of Dune

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Release Week Wednesday: Cinder and Sisterhood of Dune

Posted on 2012-01-04 at 21:43 by Sam

My top two picks for the “big Tuesday releases” this week are Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, both from Macmillan Audio.

Cinder is a futuristic recasting of Cinderella, with the eponymous Cinder a cyborg in the crowded streets of New Beijing. Narrated by Rebecca Soler, there’s an excerpt as well as a new short story at

Sisterhood of Dune continues the long saga which began with Frank Herbert’s Dune, set years after a new Imperium has been established. Narrated byScott Brick, it is a story pitting Reason against Faith with the future of humankind at stake. I received a review copy of this title and will be listening to it later in the month:

It’s also a fairly big day in the Young Adult category, with:
  • The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney (Putnam Adult, January 5, 2012) — confirmed to be coming in audio
NEXT WEEK (Jan 10):
  • Short: Mile 81 by Stephen King, read by Thomas Sadoski for Simon & Schuster Audio (10 Jan 2012) — “Stand by Me meets Christine—the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.”
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor By William Gibson Read By Robertson Dean for Tantor Audio
  • A Path to Coldness of Heart (Dread Empire) by Glen Cook (Night Shade Books, Jan 10, 2012) — no audio news
  • The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett (Small Beer Press, Jan 10, 2012) — no audio news
  • YR: The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill, read by Luke Daniels for Brilliance Audio (10 Jan, 2012) — originally published in August 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Written by James Luceno Read by Daniel Davis for Random House Audio (10 Jan, 2012)
  • Non-genre: The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel of North Korea by Adam Johnson, read by Tim Kang for Random House Audio (Random House, Jan 10, 2012) —’s spotlight selection for January, a novel set in North Korea
  • The Fat Years: A Novel by Koonchung Chan (Nan A. Talese, Jan 10, 2012) — no audio news for “A kind of Brave New World reflecting the China of our times, The Fat Years is a complex novel of ideas that reveals all too chillingly the machinations of the postmodern totalitarian state, and sets in sharp relief the importance of remembering the past to protect the future.”
  • The Rook: A Novel by Daniel O’Malley (Little, Brown and Company, Jan 11, 2012) — on Lev Grossman’s list of books to look for in 2012
TWO WEEKS (Jan 17): THREE WEEKS (Jan 24):
  • Mr. g by Alan Lightman, read by Ray Porter for Blackstone Audio (Jan 24, 2012) — “With echoes of Calvino, Rushdie, and Saramago, this is a stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of existence on the grandest possible scale … the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr. g creates time, space, and matter—then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.”
  • Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Pyr, Jan 24, 2012) — no audio news
  • Resurrection by Arwen Elys Dayton, read by Kate Rudd for’s Brilliance Audio (Jan 24) — originally published in June 2001 by Roc, being re-issued in paperback by SF/F imprint 47North
  • YR: Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones By: Brandon Sanderson (Recorded Books) — originally published in October 2009, and following an audio version of the first book in the series (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) which was released in August 2011
  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Burton & Swinburne in) by Mark Hodder (Pyr, Jan 24, 2012)
  • Against the Light by Dave Duncan and read by Ralph Lister for Brilliance Audio (47North, Jan 24, 2012)
  • Non-genre: The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration by Alec Wilkinson (Knopf, Jan 24, 2012) — no audio news
  • YR: The Next Full Moon by Carolyn Turgeon (Jan 24, 2012)
  • The Crack in Space by Philip K. Dick read by Eric Dawe for Brilliance Audio (Jan 24, 2012)
  • The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick read by Nick Podehl for Brilliance Audio (Jan 24, 2012)
FOUR WEEKS (Jan 31): Look for a more far-reaching look at 2012 on Friday as the first Feature Friday article.
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