Looking Forward to 2013: As a Reader

sfsignal-Podcast-Logo-400x100As an aspiring author, I feel awful saying this, but as I plot out the books I want to read in 2013, there isn’t much room for new authors. This is one reason I’m taking my time on my debut novel, Kaimerus, because if I don’t have time to endure mediocrity, neither do you. I was a guest panelist on SF Signal Podcast, Episode 171, discussing what I look forward to in 2013, and here’s my side in writing, (and some I didn’t get to mention):

Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan. This was actually my most anticipated book to buy for Christmas. The last book in my favorite Fantasy series, Heir is supposed to be the best. After how much I’ve enjoyed the earlier books, I’m very excited to find out why. Plus, Michael is releasing the first book in a new prequel series, The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles), Aug. 1, 2013, so I need to be ready for when that comes out.

I’m also motivated to finish Heir because some heavy hitters in Fantasy are banging on my shelf for me to pick them up. Believe it or not, I’ve never read: Mark Lawrence, Myke Cole, Peter V. Brett, Joe Abercrombie, Bradley Beaulieu or Patrick Rothfuss. And that’s just Fantasy! Here’s the beautiful collage of Fantasy books I plan to read in 2013:

Okay, that’s thirteen books! Some over 700 pages!

Hugh Howey, author of my Top Read of 2012, Wool Omnibus, has signed with Simon and Schuster to release it in US bookstores, March, 12 (Pre-Order Hardcover). I’ve already read Wool and podcasted with him about it (AudioTim 32  and 33), so I’m more interested in the next installment in this series. So far, he’s released First Shift, and Second Shift, and (*edit, Third Shift is out!). The book description says there will be an Omnibus edition, so it’s only a matter of time. Hugh writes stories that refuse to quit, and I miss reading a book I don’t want to put down within minutes.


John Dies at the End, by David Wong, has come highly recommended from Nick Sharps, a fellow SF Signal reviewer, and host of The Bookish Mafia review site. Nick called it his top read of 2010 in his review of the sequel, This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It.


I may have entered fantasyland thinking I can read all the books I’ve mentioned so far, so why not point out a few more? Maybe you’ve made more progress in these series, and are ready for the newest releases.

April 30th, Ian Tregillis releases Necessary Evil, the conclusion to his Milkweed series. I haven’t read Ian yet, but word on the street is I better get to it. First, I’ll need to read Bitter Seeds, and then The Coldest War (The Milkweed Triptych).



May 28th, the lovely Mur Lafferty releases her debut pro-sale novel, The Shambling Guide to New York City. Her podcast, I Should Be Writing, has been a real encouragement to me as a writer and a podcaster. She’s been a full-time writer for years, and was nominated last year for the Campbell Award for “Best New Writer.” I had a great chat with her on “Developing a Professional Perspective.” Her novella, Marco and the Red Granny, shows Mur’s ability to craft endearing characters in a uniquely humorous way, and The Shambling Guide to NYC sounds like the perfect story for her voice.

Have I successfully bludgeoned you over the head with enough links and books to read? How about a few more? I do like to be thorough.

In June, Mike Shevdon and Angry Robot Books will release The Eighth Court, the fourth and final book in his Courts of the Feyre series. I credit Mike to pulling me into Urban Fantasy with the first book, Sixty-One Nails. Before that, I had cast Urban Fantasy aside as a genre I didn’t care to read. As you can see, there are enough books above in Science Fiction, Epic Fantasy and Horror. Well, thanks to that cheeky bastard I now enjoy Urban Fantasy as well, or at least his version. His last book, Strangeness and Charm, had a more cinematic ending than Marvel’s Avengers. To say that I’m expecting a grand finale in The Eighth Court is an understatement; I’m getting amped just thinking about it.

I sub-headed this post as “reads” because I have another post planned for TV. Breaking Bad has seriously cut into my reading time since I started watching it a few weeks ago. Justified Season 3 is up next in the queue, followed by Walking Dead.

Any books you’d like to toss onto my pile of must reads for 2013? (Seriously, it’s almost like a game now.)

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

3 Responses to Looking Forward to 2013: As a Reader

  1. That was a fun episode the other night, although it felt like there was more talk about what everyone was *not* looking forward to more than what they were looking forward to. But that is part of the fun of spontaneous conversation. I’m glad you did this supplemental post to get more of what you are looking forward to out there.

    I had to laugh, of your confessional “believe it or not” fantasy authors you haven’t read, the only one I have read is Rothfuss and I haven’t gotten to the second book. I have heard of Sullivan too but have not read his work. Must be something special if it is your favorite fantasy series.

    Assuming there is nothing spoilerish for the Shift books on your podcasts I need to go back and listen to yours with Howey. I went ahead and downloaded the first Shift book a couple of days ago although I don’t have time to get to it for at the very least a week. Unless I give in to overwhelming temptation, that is. One of my friends that was convinced to read Wool because of my ravings loved it and has read the Shift books and likes them even better.

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      I’m glad I’m not the only one behind on reading these modern day classics. It makes me feel truly awful when newer authors ask me to read their book and I decline because the list ahead of them is so long. As I said, that’s just fantasy. Reading lists of top fifty must read SciFi classics is embarrassing as well.

      No spoilers in the Hugh interviews, without ample warning. There is a warning at the end before we tackled spoilersh questions, and those were for Wool, not Shift.

      • Great, thank you! I look forward to giving them a listen and will pass on links to those I know who have also been taken under Wool’s spell.

        I’m the same way with both fantasy and science fiction. There are so many classics in science fiction that I want to read that I haven’t experienced and I want to try to do a better job keeping up with at least some of the new offerings this year. It gets to be overwhelming. I’ve already purchased more print and ebooks in January than I could possibly read in several months.

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