2009: The Year in Novels
Jo Walton, Scott Edelman
Titles mentioned included:
Julian Comstock in the 22nd Century, Robert Charles Wilson
The Children's Book, A. S. Byatt -- currently only out in the UK, due out in the USA in September, technically not fantasy, but about telling stories to children and how this affects the lives of the children and the storyteller
Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress
The Sunless Countries, Karl Schroeder. Previous works in the series: Sun of Suns, Queen of Candesce, Pirate Sun
Re-Genesis, C. J. Cherryh, sequel to Cyteen (*)
Conspirator, C. J. Cherryh, part 1 of the fourth arc of the Foreigner series
The Price of Spring, Daniel Abraham, final volume of the long price series. Previous volumes are A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter, An Autumn War.
Norse Code, Greg Van Eekhout
Cloud & Ashes, Greer Gilman, sequel to Moonwise
The City & The City, China Mieville
Bloodhound, Tamora Pierce, latest in Beka Cooper series
The Immortality Factor, Ben Bova, extension of Brothers
A Kiss in Time, Alex Flinn, where Sleeping Beauty and her kingdom are awakened in the modern day. The author also wrote Beastly, which is about Beauty and the Beast, and may be a movie soon.
By the Mountain Bound, Elizabeth Bear, sequel to All the Windwracked Stars
Palimpsest, Catherynne Valente
This Is Not A Game, Walter Jon Williams
Mind Over Ship, David Marusek, sequel to Counting Heads. Highly recommended that one read the first one first.
The Wind-Up Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi. Very aware that the planet is a planet, writes of countries other than USA, which should not be a big deal in sf, but still is.
Speaking of sf authors who recognize the existence of other countries, Ian McDonald is working on a novel set in Turkey. And two pages I checked for bibliography info list River of Gods (as well they should), but not Brasyl. What gives?
White Sands, Red Menace, Ellen Klages. Sequel to Green Glass.
Lifelode, Jo Walton
ShadowSpeaker, Nnedi Okorafor-mbachu, sequel to Zarah the Windseeker
Centuries Ago and Very Fast, Rebecca Ore. I'm not quite clear on whether it's a novel or a short story collection, but considering I totally forgot that the panel was on novels long enough to recommend Michael Burstein's I Remember the Future collection, I'm not about to object.
Yellow Blue Tibia, Adam Roberts
Name of the Wind. There are two books by this name, both apparently recommended. One is by Patrick Rothfuss, I think the first in a series. Ah! Thank you, Google -- the other one is The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Looks interesting, and led me to literature-map.com.
Rift in the Sky, Julie Czerneda. Third in a series. The other two are Reap the Wild Wind, Riders of the Storm. I've been curious about her books for some time.
Escape from Inferno, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. I really need to know what others think of this one before I read it. I liked their Inferno, and it held up to a rereading back in 2005, but I'm leary of a sequel after so long. (*)
The Other Land, David Anthony Durham. Sequel to Acacia.
Green, Jay Lake. This is not part of the Mindspring series, but the first of a new series.
Lamentation, Ken Scholes.
Not 2009, but listed anyway:
Air, Geoff Ryman
Graceling, Kristin Cashore
Note to self: An older author to check out is Angela Carter.
(*) Jo Walton noted that the issues with sequels published long after the original aren't just due to the fact that the author has changed, but also due to the fact that the reader has changed. The things that bugged her about Regenesis would not have bugged her if she'd read it two years after she'd read Cyteen, instead of twenty years after.