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Planning to Pillage – Recent Acquisitions

Planning to Pillage

Planning to Pillage is my way of showcasing books that I’m excited about for one reason or another. They may have recently shown up in my mail, they may have just gotten a cover, I may have recently requested them. No matter the case, they are books I think you should have on your radar too!

Hello all! This week I’ve decided to use Planning to Pillage like Stacking the Shelves since I’ve gotten a lot of awesome looking books lately and want to make sure you’ve heard of them :D.

(Covers link to Goodreads so you can add these too!)

Last Song Before Night

Last Song Before Night
(Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Tor) I had never heard of Last Song Before Night until it arrived in the mail but I’m so freaking excited to read it now! According to the promo material it combines beautiful writing, magic and feminism :D. Sign me up!

Long ago, poets were Seers with access to powerful magic. Following a cataclysmic battle, the enchantments of Eivar were lost–now a song is only words and music, and no more. But when a dark power threatens the land, poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a task much greater: to restore the lost enchantments to the world. And the road to the Otherworld, where the enchantments reside, will imperil their lives and test the deepest desires of their hearts.

This Gulf of Time and Stars

This Gulf of Time and Stars
(Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by DAW) Again, hadn’t been aware that Czerneda had a new series coming out, but I’m so excited! There isn’t a very descriptive blurb yet, but from the back it sounds like this is aliens hiding on Earth + epic power + everything going to hell and them being discovered + a dash of romance :D. I just love strong lead women really, guilty as charged!

First in a new science fiction trilogy, set in the same universe as the Clan Chronicles, by the Prix Aurora Award-winning Julie E. Czerneda.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The Traitor Baru Cormorant
(Published: September 15th 2015 by Tor) I remember someone telling me to keep my eyes open for this one after they heard of it at BEA and boy were they right! I’ve seen a lot of reviews (kind of all over, ha) but I think that this is going to be an Anya book hopefully ;-).

THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman’s mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it.

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

A Crucible of Souls

A Crucible of Souls
(Expected publication: September 22nd 2015 by Harper Voyager) You know how The Martian first came out self-pubbed before Random House picked it up? I get the impression the same thing happened with Crucible of Souls? I wasn’t at first interested in reading this one by the cover, but the idea that a self-pubbed book could be so beloved as to convince a big-five pub to pick it up has me intrigued. I loved The Martian after all ;-).

An imaginative new talent makes his debut with the acclaimed first installment in the epic Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing tale of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery

After young Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers.

But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowy evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction. Soon, he must choose a side—and face the true cost of uncovering his past.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
(Expected publication: December 8th 2015 by Pyr) As I said in my wrap-up last week, I’ve gotten much more interested in the main speculative fiction awards so I’m quite excited to get to read the stories that won or were nominated for the Nebulas this year. I don’t read enough short fiction, but this seems like a good way of catching up on some of the best ;-).

The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

The editor of this year’s volume, selected by SFWA’s anthology Committee (chaired by Mike Resnick), is American science fiction and fantasy writer Greg Bear, author of over thirty novels, including the Nebula Award-winning Darwin’s Radio and Moving Mars.

This anthology includes the winners of the Andre Norton, Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards, as well as the Nebula Award winners, and features Ann Leckie, Nalo Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard, and Vylar Kaftan, with additional articles and poems by authors such as Robin Wayne Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Terry A. Garey, Deborah P Kolodji, and Andrew Robert Sutton.

Saturn Run

Saturn Run
(Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons) So I really love first-contact stories and therefore was hooked as soon as I read that something suspicious was found out by Saturn ;-). I’m always a bit cautious when something is described as a thriller instead of sci-fi, but hopefully there are cool aliens!

An extraordinary new thriller of the future from #1 New York Times –bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author John Sandford and internationally known photo-artist and science fiction aficionado Ctein.

Over the course of thirty-seven books, John Sandford has proven time and again his unmatchable talents for electrifying plots, rich characters, sly wit, and razor-sharp dialogue. Now, in collaboration with Ctein, he proves it all once more, in a stunning new thriller, a story as audacious as it is deeply satisfying.

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do.

A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out.

The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins—an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect—and everything you could want from one of the world’s greatest masters of suspense.

What are you excited about reading lately? 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I’m currently reading “Saturn Run” – I can’t wait to see what you think of it! The other books look interesting – I’ll have to look them up.
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  2. I am definitely excited about SATURN RUN – just received a copy of that one myself. I’m also dying to read LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT. Nice haul!
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  3. The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one freaky cover, but I like it!!
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  4. Gaaah, I want Last Song Before Night! Hope you enjoy it. I’m reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant right now, it’s really sucked me in.
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  5. You got some amazing books!! I remember seeing This Gulf of Time and Stars recently and falling in love with the cover <3
    Happy reading! :)
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  6. I’m waiting for Last Song Before Night to arrive in the mail as well. This Gulf of Time and Stars is one Julie ensured I got sent extra-early. :)

    I passed on an ARC of A Crucible of Souls because it was originally self-published, but I’ve heard such good things that I need to grab a release copy.
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  7. I hadn’t heard of any of these but the Nebula Awards book and Saturn Run both look interesting. I hope all the books work out for you!
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