I like to be “of the moment”. I wear neon midriffs. And shorts. Shorts that show off my underbum. I’m trendy. I almost never wear the same pair of jeans two days running, and I’m certainly not wearing yoga pants to work with un-matching flipflops right now. Not me.
Because I am “of the moment”, I am obviously going to be reading “of the moment” books this year. I’ve even done research. What I’ve learnt is that I know very little about “of the moment authors” (despite obviously having my finger to the pulse, as we have already established). That is about to change.
My list of anticipated reads for 2013 are listed below. I may read one, I may read all. It really depends on whether or not I run out of episodes of The Wire.
1. Gun Machine, Warren Ellis (January 1)
“After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.”
2. Tenth of December, George Saunders (8 Jan)
“The title story is an exquisite, moving account of the intersection, at a frozen lake in the woods, of a young misfit and a middle-aged cancer patient who goes there to commit suicide, only to end up saving the boy’s life.”
3. The Last Girlfriend on earth and other love stories, Simon Rich (22 January)
“In “Center of the Universe,” God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In “Magical Mr. Goat,” a young girl’s imaginary friend yearns to become “more than friends.” In “Unprotected,” an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy’s wallet. The stories in Simon Rich’s new book are bizarre, funny, and yet…relatable. “
4. The Mad Scientists’ Daughter, Cassandra Rose Clarke (January 29)
“Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.”
5. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell (February 12)
“In the collection’s marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.”
6. Z, Therese Anne Fowler (March 26)
“When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.”
7. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson (2 April)
“Cats may have nine lives, but Ursula Todd has somewhat more than that. In this darkly comic novel, she dies over and over again, but lives over and over again too, trying to get it all right.”
8. The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes (15 April)
“A girl who wouldn’t die, hunting a killer who shouldn’t exist.”
9. The Childhood of Jesus, JM Coetzee (April 23)
“After crossing oceans, a man and a boy arrive in a new land. Here they are each assigned a name and an age, and held in a camp in the desert while they learn Spanish, the language of their new country.”
10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (June 18)
“A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.”
11. The Adjacent, Christopher Priests (Author of The Prestige) (June 20)
“In the First World War a magician is asked to travel to the frontline to help a naval aerial reconnaissance unit hide its planes from the German guns. On the way to France he meets a certain H.G. Wells… In the Second World War on the airfields of Bomber Commands there is also an obsession with camouflage, with misdirection. With deceit… And in a garden, an old man raises a conch shell to his ear and initiates the first Adjacency.”
12. MaddAddam, Maragret Atwood (October 10)
“Margaret Atwood follows Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood with MaddAddam to complete her post-apocalyptic trilogy.”
Book info from Goodreads, Amazon, Books Live, and Flavour Pill.