Forthcoming Books: November 2019

It’s that time of year where the nights are getting longer than the days and curling up next to a roaring log fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book starts to sound a lot like heaven, so it’s hardly surprising I’ve already got more than a few page-turners bookmarked for late-Autumn reading. To add to the small pile that’s slowly forming next to my comfy chair, here are five books coming out in November that I’m particularly eager to get my hands on.

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Book Review: A Time of Exile

A Time of Exile by Katharine Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are some fantasy writers who don’t seem to get the recognition they deserve, and for my money Katharine Kerr is definitely one of them. Despite a writing career stretching back over thirty years few people outside her circle of fans have heard of her sprawling, fifteen book fantasy series (soon to be sixteen), and honestly, they really don’t know what they’re missing out on.

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Book Review: And They Were Never Heard From Again

And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I’ve been seeing Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld books popping up on social media and review sites for a couple of years now, but despite having the first two sat on my to-read shelves for a long time I’ve never actually gotten around to reading any of them. Well, that’s all changed now, and if this short but thoroughly engrossing tale is anything to go by I shall certainly be adding the rest of the series to my priority list.

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Book Review: Ghoster

Ghoster by Jason Arnopp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you to Orbit Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

I have to admit this book ended up being very different to what I initially expected from the blurb. When I first found it on NetGalley I was imagining perhaps a psychological horror/thriller, with a creepy stalker protagonist à la Ira Levin’s Sliver. Well, that’s not how this one turned out.

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Book Review: Mistletoe

Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER – I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers and NetGalley in return for an honest, unbiased review. My thanks to Quercus for allowing me to read and review this book.

Following the tragic death of her son and husband, Leah Hamilton buys and moves into a dilapidated Yorkshire farmhouse, her plan being to renovate and sell on the property as a way to work through her grief. Unfortunately, the ghosts of Maitland Farm seem to have other ideas, and soon she finds herself getting drawn into a tragic mystery of the past.

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Book Review: Starship Alchemon

Starship Alchemon by Christopher Hinz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER – I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers and NetGalley in return for an honest, unbiased review. My thanks to Angry Robot for allowing me to read and review this book.

This novel follows the lives of nine explorers aboard the titular starship, Alchemon, as they are despatched to the distant world of Sycamore to investigate an “anomalous biosignature”. What they find on Sycamore, and the events that transpire as they attempt to return their find back to Earth, make for what ultimately turns out to be a frenetic, high-stakes space adventure.

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