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*sings* It’s the most list-making time of the year….

Everyone is writing lists – best of 2012 lists, going-to-be best of 2013 lists, and of course everyone is furiously disagreeing.  Of course there’s no definitive list for the best-of the year – how could there be, with so many great books out?  I’m sure I’ve missed half of the best books of last year, and the year before, and probably the year before that.  I’m sure I will catch up, and I’m adding books to my wish list all the time (Reamde, Ready Player One and Redshirts just this morning….)

Next year I’m hoping to make a dent in the List of Shame, but it’s going to be hard with so many hotly-anticipated books coming out next year.  Here are my Thirteen for 2013 that I’m most looking forward to reading.  Let me know yours too, I’m always looking for new stuff to read!

Honorable mentions – not new for 2013, but Wizards Tower Press are re-releasing Juliet McKenna’s excellent “Tales of Einarrin” series and Lyda Morehouse’s “Archangel” sequence for the first time in ebook format.

ACK-ACK-MACAQUE-COVER-SMALL1.  Ack Ack Macaque – Gareth L Powell.

I confess, I’ve already got this one, read it and reviewed it, even though it’s not out until January. Murder, treason, virtual reality, zeppelins, monkeys, and the pulpiest SF cover of the decade.

2.  Fade to Black – Francis Knight

Also out in January, also on my TBR pile, Francis Knight’s debut from Orbit is a collision of magic and gritty urban fantasy that, if it’s as dark as the cover, promises to be very dark indeed.

3.  Between Two Thorns – Emma Newman

The first of Emma’s Split Worlds series from Angry Robot (she has three coming out in 2013), weaves a complex web of magic, mystery and parallel words set in Aquae Sulis, mirror-city of Bath.  Emma has been working on the Split Worlds for a long time, and I’m very excited for this one – she posted a reveal of the cover a couple of days ago and it got me excited all over again!

517KoGlwz9L._SL500_AA300_4.  London Falling – Paul Cornell

Technically it’s out this year, but it’s so close to the end of the year that I’m going to bend the rules slightly…(well, I’m not likely to read it this side of New Year 😉 ) It’s a magic-laced police procedural that promises (again) to be dark, and it’s a long-awaited return to novels for the lovely Mr Cornell.

5.  ACID – Emma Pass

Looking like darkly futuristic YA with a kick-ass heroine, Emma Pass’s debut novel is due out in April.

6.  Gemsigns – Stephanie Saulter

There was a time not very long ago where you could count the number of female UK science fiction writers who were signed on the fingers of one…finger.  Thankfully, that trend seems to be reversing, thanks partly to Jo Fletcher Books who have debuts coming out this year from Naomi Foyle and Stephanie Saulter.  Gemsigns is a fight for survival between genetically altered human beings – Gems – and those who seek to enslave or destroy them.

7.  The Merchant of Dreams – Anne Lyle

Ah, Venice… as Indiana Jones once said.  “The Alchemist of Souls” was one of my highlights of last year, and “Merchant” is due out in January, following Mal and Coby to Venice in the pay of the Elizabethan Secret Service – Anne has also promised pirates and a little bit of steamy sex… 😉

8.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

Any new release by the shaggy-haired one causes a flurry of excitement in our house, and “The Ocean at The End of The Lane”, about a hero forced to defend himself from dark forces with the help of three mysterious old woman, looks like it’s going to be something quite special.

9.  Magician’s End – Raymond E Feist

After thirty years, the Riftwar Saga is coming to an end.  There might be a few tears reading this one.

10.  The City – Stella Gemmell

After finishing her late husband’s “Troy” sequence, Stella Gemmell steps into the limelight under her own name with The City, where a group of men are plotting to kill an immortal emperor….

11.  Gun Machine – Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis was the author of seminal dystopian comic Transmetropolitan, which had a heart hidden beneath layers of black (and frequently scatological) humour.  Dark fantasy crime drama Gun Machine will be his second novel.

12.  Blood and Feathers : Rebellion – Lou Morgan

The sequel to angel-tastic shoot-’em-up “Blood and Feathers”, which featured heavily in this years Best Of lists.  Lou Morgan is one to watch out for!

And that’s your lot.  Happy Christmas, and a merry….

What’s that, you say?  My 13 for 2013 is only 12 books?  What a shocking oversight!  Who could I have forgotten? 😉

Well, someone not a million miles away from this keyboard has a couple of books coming out in 2013, and while they may not be as illustrious as the company listed above, I am looking forward to getting my hands on them…. 🙂 And I’m looking forward to YOU getting your hands on them too!

At the moment, and everything is still in a state of up-in-the-airness, The Art of Forgetting Vol I is due some time around June, with Vol II following it in time for Christmas next year.  And that’s the best Christmas present ever 🙂


Hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and Santa brings you heaps of books!

Much Love