Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gilded by Marissa Meyer, & Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 
Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publication: November 16th, 2021
Paperback. 176 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | IndieBound

"In Adrian Tchaikovsky's Elder Race, a junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to study to save a planet from an unbeatable foe. 

Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. 

But a demon is terrorizing the land, and now she’s an adult (albeit barely) and although she still gets in the way, she understands that the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the local tower for as long as her people have lived here (though none in living memory has approached it). 

But Elder Nyr isn’t a sorcerer, and he is forbidden to help, for his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon…"
Tchaikovsky has a lot of books out that I need to catch up on... so why not go ahead and add another to my list? I'm surprised how short this one is, but I'm certainly curious to check it out!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer
Publication: November 2nd, 2021
Feiwel & Friends
Hardcover. 512 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | IndieBound

"Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller's daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. 

Or so everyone believes. 

When one of Serilda's outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn't meant to be part of the bargain. 

Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever."
This premise sounds very similar to a book I read recently, but I'm still a big fan of retellings and I'm curious to see a different take on a similar idea!


Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
Publication: November 9th, 2021
DAW Books
Hardcover. 224 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | IndieBound

"From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria. 

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt...natural, and that's putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was wrong. But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong. 

Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist and the saga of the wicked woman and mad man unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn't so predictable. Expect the unaccepted."
I've been really curious to try out more of Nnedi Okorafor's work because I'm always hearing so many amazing things about it. I wasn't a fan of her book Akata Witch, but I have a feeling these books are pretty different from one another. I'm excited to check this one out sometime!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. I haven't read Marissa Meyer in awhile, but this new one sounds good!

  2. Nnedi Okorafor is definitely an unusual writer, her books usually work for me and I'm excited to read Noor😁

  3. I think Gilded sounds great. Such a unique topic! Here is my link if you'd like to stop by:

  4. Ooh Elder race sound awesome.