What Should Jim Read Next?
I finished the book I was reading for research purposes, which means it’s time to figure out what to start next. I’m torn between three ARCs, all of which I’m excited to read. So I decided I’d throw it open for a vote, because I’m just too damn lazy to make a decision.
Throne of the Crescent Moon [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] by Saladin Ahmed (February, 2012). The debut novel from a Nebula and Campbell award finalist.
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.
Arctic Rising [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] by NYT bestselling author Tobias Buckell (February, 2012).
Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.
Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth’s surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.
Shadow Ops: Control Point [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] by Myke Cole (February, 2012). This is Cole’s first novel, described as “Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men.”
Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze.
Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. A lieutenant attached to the military’s Supernatural Operations Corps, his mission is to bring order to a world gone mad. Then he abruptly manifests a rare and prohibited magical power, transforming him overnight from government agent to public enemy number one.
So which one would you start with?
November 4, 2011 @ 10:24 am
The Ahmed has unquestionably the most badass cover. I’d start there.
Jim C. Hines
November 4, 2011 @ 10:29 am
Heh. I was in touch with Saladin when he was seeing the first sketches for the cover. The end result is indeed badass 🙂
November 4, 2011 @ 11:00 am
I dunno, Shadow Ops cover looks pretty damn slick too.
November 4, 2011 @ 11:34 am
November 4, 2011 @ 11:39 am
All three at once. Just switch to the next with every new chapter.
Jim C. Hines
November 4, 2011 @ 11:42 am
Are you trying to break my brain?
November 4, 2011 @ 11:54 am
I’ll have you know I’m just trying to exercise it.
November 4, 2011 @ 12:01 pm
I’d go with Throne of the Crescent Moon just because it feels like there’s been such a dearth of Arabian/Arabian Nights-themed fantasy. And this one is even written by somebody who’d know what he’s talking about . . .
November 4, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
I think you should read Throne of the Crescent Moon because it’s the one that I personally am most looking forward to. And we all know it’s about me.
Stephen A. Watkins
November 4, 2011 @ 1:17 pm
Round robin. One chapter from each each night.
I say this only because I have trouble picking.
November 4, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
Hey, Jim, an inability to decide between 3 good options is always one of the signs I watch for in my depression. But enough about me — I’d go with Arctic Rising, because the “super weapon” use was the second one that popped into my head, and if the major plot twist is that easy to spot, then the book might be kind of light and fluffy, you can polish it off this weekend and get ready for one of the other two.
November 4, 2011 @ 9:50 pm
… and you can wait until February for your next book???
Jim C. Hines
November 4, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
Hm … I think there might be a misunderstanding. February is the official release date of all three titles. But I have advance review copies of all three sitting on my shelves, waiting to be read. (Part of the authorial benefits package 🙂 )
November 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am
Send them to me. I´ll read them within 3 days and tell you wich one is best 😉
November 5, 2011 @ 7:44 am
Toss up between Arctic Rising and Throne of the Crescent Moon. Personally I’d start with the Buckell, because I like his writing and haven’t read a lot of SF recently. I’ve read/heard some of Saladin’s short work, and I liked that which with the premise and setting of the book is a good reason to read it. The description of Shadow Ops does nothing for me.
November 8, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
Shadow Ops is getting a lot of raves, you can’t go wrong with Tobias Bucknell, and Ahmed is getting a lot of attention, plus is a pal of yours. You have no choice; you must read all three simultaneously, I agree with Jon Hansen. Put one in each bathroom and the third one by the bedside table. 🙂
November 9, 2011 @ 3:09 pm
I think I’d go with Throne of the Crescent Moon. But they all look good. Maybe you should put the titles in a hat and draw one?
Jim C. Hines
November 9, 2011 @ 3:13 pm
Heh. At this point, I’m already about 1/3 through Throne of the Crescent Moon 🙂 (And enjoying it!)