I try take a look at upcoming books every month and I missed last month due to being away from home for a week but I am back to take a look at some of the upcoming releases for July even though it appears that the month is going to be a month of few releases that are on my radar.
DarkFuse will check in with three new releases and all of them are well worth reading. My favorite of the three, “Ceremony of Flies” by Kate Jonez, is a scary novella about two small-time criminals on the run from their pasts as well as some very unhappy demons. “Elderwood Manor” by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes is a very creepy ghost story about a haunted house as well as a haunted past. DarkFuse’s novel of the month, “The Exiled” by William Meikle, is a very original story of a battle between good and evil that spans dimensions as two brothers must battle forces they cannot hope to understand in this horrific fairy tale. I have come to expect greatness from DarkFuse and these three books are all good examples of why this publisher is one of the best
ChiZine Publications will also check in with three new releases in July. “Imaginarium 2014: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing” edited by Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall is an anthology that does just what the title suggests and is sure to be a treat to fans of short stories. “Dawn Song” is the special re-release of the dark novel by Michael Marano about the battle for control of Hell spills over into our world with devastating consequences. “Head Full of Mountains” by Brent Hayward is the story of a child who must venture out into the wide world after his father dies and the machines that controlled his existence have vanished and he soon discovers that the visions of the world that he has harbored in his mind are much different than the reality that he must face. While I have not been lucky enough to have read any of these yet, ChiZine is another publisher that always delivers only the best fiction and these three titles are sure to be “must read” books.
The mainstream presses are fairly disappointing this month. The book that I looked forward to the most, “The City” by Dean Koontz, is the story of a boy’s journey toward manhood and his discover of the magic and evil that inhabit the world. I have been a fan of Koontz’s works for a long time and this book is, unfortunately, the worst Koontz novel that I have ever read. I am sure it will be a bestseller but it does not deserve to be. “The City” is the only notable release from the mainstream presses on July 1. The only book of note to be released on July 8 is “The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara” by Terry Brooks that is the first stand-alone novel in the series in almost two decades that will hopefully recapture the urgency of the early books.
July 15th holds a little more promise for readers with the new thriller by Iris and Roy Johansen, “Sight Unseen,” looking like it could be an interesting read. Two books that I have already read are also scheduled to come out that day. “The Girl in 6E” by A.R. Torres is an interesting, somewhat erotic thriller that holds a lot of promise but was ultimately disappointing but still worth a read. “Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie is a good start to a new fantasy series about an unwilling king who finds himself having to travel across his kingdom to reclaim the throne for the better good of his kingdom. “Support and Defend” by Mark Greaney is a new “Tom Clancy Campus” novel and continues the adventures that readers have come to expect from that series. It is also the last book of the month that sparks my interest.
With so few books worthy of a read in July, the month will be a good time to catch up on some books that you may have overlooked in the past. If you were to only read one new book in the month of July, my pick would have to be “Head Full of Mountains” by Brent Hayward. While I have not read the book yet, Hayward did write the best science fiction book of the last decade (and maybe more) and I am very curious to see what direction he goes with this book. Of course, the fact that it is a ChiZine release means it will be good.