Now that I’ve raved about the novels, anthologies, collections, and short stories I loved in 2015, it’s time to talk about a few things I’m looking forward to in 2016. There will be more, of course, because there are always more books to get excited about, but here’s a small sampling to whet your appetite.
The Honey Mummy by E. Catherine Tobler – I absolutely love the Folley & Mallory series. The third book is due out next year, and I couldn’t be more excited. Eleanor and Virgil are fantastic characters, and this time they’re headed to Egypt. Plus, the novel promises to reveal more about Cleo and Auberon, two intriguing characters who clearly have rich pasts that have only been hinted at thus far. For those who haven’t read the Folley & Mallory series yet (and why haven’t you?), they’re full of action and adventure, with a touch of steampunk, plus shapeshifters and mysterious artifacts and errant gods. They’re a heck of a lot of fun, full of gorgeous sensory detail, and I suggest you seek them out right now.
Cloudbound by Fran Wilde – I’ve raved about Wilde’s first novel, Updraft, quite a bit, so you know I’m looking forward to the second book set in the Bone Universe. As I’ve mentioned before, Wilde’s worldbuilding is stunning, and I can’t wait to join Kirit, Nat, Wik, and the rest and they continue to negotiate the politics of their world, and figure out what the [Updraft Spoiler Redacted] will mean to their lives.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders – I’ve consistently enjoyed Anders’ short fiction, and I’m very much looking forward to her debut novel. It promises mystery, magic, and time travel. What more could you want? Plus, the cover is gorgeous, and I’ve come to expect good things from Anders’ work, so I can’t wait to see what she does at novel length.
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard – Kat Howard is another author whose short fiction I love, and whose first novel I’m eagerly anticipating. Sisters and sacrifice and fairy tales? Yes, please! Howard’s short fiction is lovely, and I suspect her first novel will be as well.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I loved the hell out of Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, thus I am already making grabby hands at her second novel, due out in Fall of 2016. Vampires and garbage collectors in Mexico City, with a neo-noir flair. I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to this one.
Furnace by Livia Llewellyn – This is the second short fiction collection from an author whose first collection was a gut punch that still haunts me years later. The collection will be released by Word Horde, publisher of several fantastic anthologies. The combination of author and press certainly have me intrigued, and I’m always excited to read more of Llewellyn’s work.
The Spider Tapestries by Mike Allen – I had the good fortune to get a sneak peek at this collection, and I can assure you it’s wonderful. Allen has a great talent for combining beauty and horror, and these stories are no exception. High fantasy, future weird noir – this collection has it all – style voice, and great stories to boot.
Singing With All My Skin and Bone by Sunny Moraine – I’ve raved about Moraine’s novels here before, but this is their first short fiction collection. The collection is being published by Undertow Books, which does gorgeous work, so I expect great things. Moraine’s short fiction tends to be by turns, brutal, lovely, angry, and stylish, and sometimes all of those things at once. I look forward to seeing how this collection comes together.
As I said, this is just a sampling of the things I’m looking forward to in 2016. There are also new short stories on the way by my favorite authors, anthologies by my favorite editors, and new writers and publications to discover. Plus, I haven’t even gotten in to other media yet, like Captain America: Civil War, because I’m starting to let my hopes creep up a little bit for that one. I’m also hoping for more Jessica Jones and Supergirl, too. All this, of course, and there’s still tons to catch up on from this year, and the year before, and the year before and… However, I remain undaunted, and I also want to know what you’re looking forward to in 2016 as well!