"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Here at Books For Bears, it tends to be more of a monthly event, but you get the gist. What do you think of the new button?! I'm so excited about it! Without further ado, here are the books that we can't wait to get our hands on.
Available April 5th in paperback and hardcover (Amazon)
Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. The vampires in these stories range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between. The one thing they have in common? Their desire for blood....
Genevieve Valentine • Steve Berman • Christopher Barzak • Neil Gaiman • Delia Sherman • Garth Nix • Suzy McKee Charnas • Kaaron Warren • Cecil Castellucci • Jeffrey Ford • Nathan Ballingrud • Kathe Koja • Catherynne M. Valente • Melissa Marr • Ellen Kushner • Cassandra Clare • Holly Black • Lucius Shepard • Emma Bull • Tanith Lee
Why We Can't Wait For It:This one is on our list mostly because of the AMAZING authors included in the anthology. Vampire stories are getting old, but anything with Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare ALL IN ONE BOOK is going to make it's way onto my shelf!
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Available May 17th (Amazon)
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”
Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place—and the man—she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D—a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.
Why We Can't Wait For It: The Wicked Lovely series was amazing. I'm very excited to see how she does with a series set in a completely different world (or at least one where the characters aren't involved with the fae). Putting aside the fact that this is by the very talented Melissa Marr, this sounds like an amazing story. A girl whose grandmother was tasked with keeping the dead in their graves finds that the responsibility has fallen to her after her grandmother's death-what's not to like?
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Available May 28, 2013 (Maybe?)
After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds Sabetha has just one goal - to destroy Locke for ever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.
Why We Can't Wait For It: I love Locke Lamora! The first two books in this series were amazing: a "gentleman bastard", Locke Lamora and his friends were raised to be con artists and now run around cheating people out of money and other valuables with intricate schemes and rapscallion charm. If you haven't read the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, do yourself a favor and go pick it up.
So what are you waiting on? Waiting on any of the books on our list? Hating any of the books on our list? Let us know! :)