Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler & Midnight by Amy McCulloch


 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:

The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler
Publication: January 16th, 2024
Paperback. 192 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"When you bring back a long-extinct species, there’s more to success than the DNA.

Moscow has resurrected the mammoth, but someone must teach them how to be mammoths, or they are doomed to die out, again.

The late Dr. Damira Khismatullina, the world’s foremost expert in elephant behavior, is called in to help. While she was murdered a year ago, her digitized consciousness is uploaded into the brain of a mammoth.

Can she help the magnificent creatures fend off poachers long enough for their species to take hold?

And will she ever discover the real reason they were brought back?

A tense eco-thriller from a new master of the genre.

I was very intrigued Ray Nayler's The Mountain in the Sea, which explored the idea of sentience and contact with an octopus species, and I'm really curious and excited now to see what he does with this idea of bringing someone back from extinction. 

Midnight by Amy McCulloch
Publication: January 2nd, 2024
Hardcover. 336 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:


Olivia Campbell has always dreamed of spending a sunlit night on the frigid Antarctic continent. But as an actuary who assesses risk for a living, she never imagined she would have the chance. So when her career takes an unexpected detour, and her boyfriend—a high-powered art dealer with a taste for the finer things in life—decides to stage an ostentatious, career-making auction on a luxury liner to Antarctica, Olivia is thrilled. That is, until things start to feel a bit strange. In addition to the scores of wealthy patrons and potential buyers, they'll also be traveling alongside a small group of beleaguered employees of Pioneer Adventures—the company responsible for managing the ship—and their charismatic, divisive CEO.

When the first bodies are discovered, it's easy enough for Olivia to write it off as a terrible accident. But as the situation heats up and the temperatures continue to plummet, she begins to wonder whether she might have booked a one-way ticket to her own demise.

A locked room mystery and set in the Antarctic? These are both things I love, so I'm excited to check this one out.


  1. I particularly love the sound of this second book, Jordan! A locked room murder mystery on a ship headed to Antarctica... almost as good as a whodunit set in space:)).

  2. I love the sounds of both of these but I really love mammoths so the first one is a must. Thanks for adding to my never-ending wishlist.

  3. Oh wow these both sound great. I love the mammoth idea!

  4. Wow, Midnight sounds really good. I'm definitely keeping it on my radar!