The Unexpected ARCs

In the last couple of weeks, four unexpected books arrived through my letterbox. (This still alternately baffles and thrills me, by the way. Free books, new books, like catnip to a kitten.)

The first to come was Deep Down, by Deborah Coates, courtesy of Tor (or possibly Tor.com, the return address did not make it clear).

Sequel to Wide Open.

I confess I was strongly hoping that I might get the chance to read Deep Down for Tor.com. (And it looks like I do. Fun!) Because I really rather liked Wide Open

Mind you, I know the wonderful content manager at Tor.com was responsible for sending me Rod Rees’s The Shadow Wars – says so on the return address! – but it, too, was unexpected. I suppose I should get a wriggle on and read it for review before Deep Down

US edition of The Demi-Monde: Spring.

Orbit US must’ve gone down their list of contacts at random to send me Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins – not that I’m complaining, mark you. It seems to be debut novel, being published on both sides of the Atlantic simultaneously. The UK edition’s out of Gollancz, not Orbit, though. Gollancz! You have shiny covers!

I wonder whether this version of not-Russia is going to be a fair representation of real-Russia…

Last but not least is the – unexpected! delightful! – arrival of When We Wake by New Zealand* author Karen Healey. The return address label says Hachette. I’ve had this book on order in the bookshop for months – while waiting for the paperback edition of Healey’s The Shattering – so this (completely unexpected) ARC is a THRILLING ARRIVAL…

Karen Healey’s third YA novel, When We Wake.

…Unfortunately, I should probably read these lads (and Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria, and Sabrina Vourvoulias’ Ink, and Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony by Gheorghe Săsărman, all of which I’m supposed to be reviewing) in order of urgency, not desire.

I’m aware this probably counts as an embarrassment of riches. (You should see my TBR shelf of the books I got for myself – I’ve had more money in the last few months than I’ve had before in my life, which is still not giant sums of cash, but somehow I managed to buy more books than it’s physically possible for me to read in the next four months.)

In conclusion: yay, books. And these ones have pretty covers.

*I remembered right this time.

2 thoughts on “The Unexpected ARCs

  1. There isn’t much in the world that is more exciting than unexpected books. I look forward to reading your thoughts on them. Great blog!

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