Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: House of Spines by Michael J. Malone & Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released!

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
House of Spines by Michael J. Malone
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Orenda Books
276 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 
From Goodreads:

House of Spines
"Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely, and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who it seems has been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. 

Entering his new-found home, it seems Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word—the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror . . . the reflection of a woman."

The part that grabs me from this description is the new mansion that he moves into--it sounds incredibly intriguing. I am a huge sucker for weird mansions and the like!


Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Saga Press
304 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 
From Goodreads:

Space Opera
"The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente, in which sentient species compete for glory in a galactic musical contest—where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth. 

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. 

Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete. 

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing. 

A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.."

I love Catherynne M. Valente's work, and Space Opera is one I've been waiting ages for; it sounds like such a crazy and fun adventure. A battle of the bands in space? I will definitely try it out!

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?

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  1. House of Spines sounds intriguing - I love the bookish connections, and now I want to know what's going on in that house!

  2. I haven't really looked that far ahead except for a few books in series that I follow and new horror stories for summer by Chris Jameson and Hunter Shea!