Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

So this week, the Top Ten Tuesday is looking forward. Which books are the most anticipated books for 2013? I remember doing such a list in January 2012 – and I don’t think that I knew that both Salman Rushdie, J.K. Rowling and many many more great authors would publish books this year. So there’s no guarantees that these ten are my most anticipated books for 2013 – but they are the most anticipated that I know of! As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and here is my list for this week.

  1. Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m falling in love with Neil Gaiman. I have liked the The Sandman and Death graphic novels for years. I liked The Graveyard Book a lot. And I just loved Neverwhere. So I’m so looking forward to not only reading American Gods and the other books I have yet to get around to but also this new one, coming out in June.
  2. Stephen King: Dr. Sleep. This is the sequel to The Shining. Set about 20 years later, the protagonist of this book is the son from The Shining, Danny Torrance. Well, need I say more? It’s Stephen King for crying out loud. Definitely very anticipated!
  3. Donna Tartt. Yeah. This was on my list of most anticipated books of 2012 as well. I haven’t been able to find a title or a publication date so I don’t know if there’s any chance it will be coming out in 2013 but I’m keeping my fingers crossed since her first two books – The Secret History and The Little Friend – were both so good. 
  4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah. I absolutely loved Half of a Yellow Sun. It was such an amazing novel and I learned so much about the history of the Nigeria-Biafra war 1967-70 by reading it, a war that I didn’t even know existed before reading this book. I’ve been waiting for a new novel from her and it’s finally here!
  5. Khaled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed. I loved The Kite Runner! Again, such a great novel. I haven’t read A Thousand Splendid Suns yet but I have been told that it’s just as good. And now, finally, a new book from Hosseini, 10 years after The Kite Runner and 5 years after A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’m looking forward to this one too!
  6. Joyce Carol Oates: The Accursed. Of course there’s a new book out from Joyce Carol Oates. Nothing surprising there. And of course I’m anticipating it. Nothing surprising there either!
  7. Philip Pullman: The Book of Dust. A companion novel to the His Dark Materials trilogy. Count me in! I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Maybe I can squeeze in a reread of His Dark Materials before this one comes out? And maybe read Lyra’s Oxford too…
  8. Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan: A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14). Finally. The last book in the Wheel of Time series. Will it come out? Will this series finally be finished? It has been dragging out for so long that I have to see it before I believe it and even though I have only made it through the first 4 novels in the series, this is one of my most anticipated novels, simply because I don’t believe it will actually be published but that the Wheel of Time curse will stop it instead…
  9. Diana Gabaldon: Written in my own heart’s blood (Outlander # 8). I’m slowly getting into this series. I have really liked both Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber so even though I’m so behind on reading this series and therefore can’t pay too much attention to the publication of new books in the series, I’m still anticipating this one.
  10. Adrian Tchaikovsky: War Master’s Gate  (Shadows of the Apt #9). I’ve read the first 4 of this series and I’m so fascinated by the world, Tchaikovsky has created. I own 6 of these and I hope to get some time to read more of this series next year.

I couldn’t find anything about any Terry Pratchett books coming out in 2013 but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

And I cheated and here’s a list of some other books I’m also interested in but not quite as much as those mentioned above:

  • Patrick Rothfuss: The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicles #3)
  • Marisha Pessl: Night Film
  • Charlaine Harris: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
  • Gail Carriger: Prudence (The Parasol Protectorate Abroad)
  • Jim C. Hines: Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris #2)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi: Water Knife
  • Freda Warrington: Grail of the Summer Stars (Aetherial Tales #3)

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News from four big authors

So four of the big authors have some interesting news in the media at the moment.

Salman Rushdie

Rushdie is coming out with his memoirs later this year. We all know about Salman Rushdie because of the fatwa put on him back in 1989. This is his story. This is his version of living with a death sentence over his head for nine years. Even though Rushdie really intimidates me, this is a book I’m really looking forward to.

The book is called Joseph Anton – a memoir and is published on September 18, 2012.

Read more here.

J.K. Rowling

So a while ago J.K. Rowling announced that she was writing a new book. Nothing more was revealed at that point but now, a little more information has come out. This is a novel about the death of a man and how that affects the small town he was living in. It sounds very different from Harry Potter and I’m still very excited to see what else Rowling can do.

The novel is called The Casual Vacancy and is published on September 27, 2012.

Read more here.

And here’s a link to Rowling’s new website which also has a lot of information about the new book.

Stephen King. (and Neil Gaiman).

Neil Gaiman recently talked to Stephen King and out of that came a very interesting interview. Two great authors hanging out together, talking about the trade and about King’s works. There were several interesting points in the interview. First of, King is currently writing a new novel about a serial killer in an amusement park – the novel is called Joyland. Now, he scared me of clowns with It. Now he’s going to take amusement parks from me? I can’t wait!

Also, Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, is done and just waiting to be published. He also says that his son, Joe Hill, writes almost indistinguishable from King himself – but has better ideas. I think I need to check out a book by Joe Hill!

You can read the entire interview here.

EDIT: Neil Gaiman put his entire interview with Stephen King up on his blog – it’s longer that what was in the paper and very interesting.

Joyce Carol Oates

I have Joyce Carol Oates’ new novel Mudwoman just waiting for me finding time for it. This was the novel who JCO wrote while loosing her husband and writing her memoir A Widow’s Story. JCO’s next novel will be related to Mudwoman – fascinating. Here’s what JCO has to say herself about the forthcoming novel: ”Carthage” is in a way a companion novel to “Mudwoman” – it is set in a nearby small city in upstate New York  & is about the return of a severely wounded Iraqi War veteran & his effect upon his fiancee & her family.  As M.R. is an “intellectual” presence, so in this novel is the father of the young man’s fiancee, a lawyer. The novel is constructed as a mystery – but it is a mystery that is finally “solved.” (In this, it is not a teasing post-Modernist work that eludes meaning.) War is always a tragedy for a society – but especially for those who participate in it, & must return home to their old, now outgrown lives.

Now I’m wondering if I should wait and read all three together…

Carthage will be published on January 8, 2012.

Read the entire interview here.

More to look forward to in 2012

So even though I’ve already posted a list of 12 books to look forward to in 2012, I found out there’s more goodies coming out this year… 2012 looks to be a treasure trove of exciting books! So here’s more.

  • Gail Carriger: Timeless. The fifth installment in the Parasol Protectorate series. And I’ve enjoyed the first four. Fun fluffy and easy steampunk.
  • Charlaine Harris. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12). Another Sookie novel. I have only read one of these yet but watched almost all 4 seasons of the HBO tv series. The show is really, really great. I know that there’s differences between the novels and the show but I haven’t read far enough to really discover these. So because I love the show, I’ll keep reading these for now.
  • Diana Gabaldon. Written with my own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8). So another series I’ve only just started. I’ve read the first one but I want to read the second one this year. And maybe, I’ll even make it further along in the series.
  • Danielle Trussoni: Angelopolis (Angelology #2). I gave 4 stars to the first in this series. It has some new and exciting ideas and although it’s not one I look back one as an amazing book. But it really has a lot of potential.

Besides these, one of my friends, Torben Munksgaard, is publishing his third novel. It’s called Sort Hund (Black Dog). Torben’s books always sound really interesting (I must admit that although I own both his previous novels, I haven’t read them yet – shame on me.). This one is about destiny and coincidence, about how we chase after happiness. It’s called a satirical sci-fi novel about a man who steals a dog. The dog belongs to a wealthy man who is abandoned by his wife because the dog is gone. And slowly, the dog stealer takes over the dog owner’s life. Sounds good, no?

And then maybe, just maybe, Stephen King has a new book coming out. And not just any book, no, the continuation of The Shining. In Dr. Sleep we follow Danny Torrance as a grown up. I will definitely need to re-read The Shining before reading the new one and The Shining is an excellent book so hopefully, Dr. Sleep will be just as good.