Photo: Thom Milkovic [via Unsplash] You get used to certain content from certain authors. Sometimes that's because the author usually writes in one genre, or maybe you've only read one particular genre from an author's oeuvre. But to me, one of the exciting parts of being an avid reader is trying something fresh and unexpected from an author. Like when C.L. Polk, known for their queer Edwardian-esque fantasy romance novels, wrote the 1940s-set hardboiled detective novella Even Though I Knew the End , or when Rebecca Roanhorse, known for Indigenous fantasy, came up with the murder mystery Weird West noir Tread of Angels . This year, there are six authors whose new and very different books I'm all a flutter for. Who is doing something different this year that you're excited about? The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older—Tordotcom; March 7, 2023 What I knew of Malka Older was mostly the Centenal Cycle: Infomocracy , Null States , and State Tectonics . I knew her as a writer of science fiction flavored with technothriller, dystopian, and cyberpunk. While The Mimicking of Known Successes shares similar themes with her previous work, the tone is much different. I don't know if cozy sci-fi mystery was a genre category before, but after this novella I want an endless stream of it. Older's story about two women coming together as they try to solve the case of the disappearing scholar is a warm blanket on a rainy day. While the Centenal Cycle had me stressed and tense (in a good way! The books are great!) this one had me smiling from page one. Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh—Tordotcom; April 11, 2023 Kyr has been training her whole life to defeat the alien civilization who destroyed Earth years before. But soon she learns that what she thinks she knows about Earth's demise isn't what actually happened. Some Desperate Glory is still in my TBR (I'm hoping to get to it this summer), but I'm very eager to read it. I adored Emily Tesh's Greenhollow novella duology and constantly recommend it. But to […]
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