In the land of ARCs

Hello, hi!!

So, I have just realised that I have quite a few ARCs in my NetGalley and I am going through them far too slowly. I mean, they are all awesome but two of them are releasing in 2019! And I don’t know if I should read them so early or not because if I read them, I would really be able to post a review for them and by the time the date comes closer for their releasing, I might not have enough solid points to remember.

So, here’s a question. Should I read them nearer to their releasing date or should I read them way before their releasing date and have a reivew ready for the release day? I am so confused!

In any case, here are the ARCs that I currently have yet to read.

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Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.
Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again — but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

I am currently reading this one since it releases in September and I am really enjoying it so far. It has the same sort of vibe that Welcome to Night Vale has and that’s made me really happy. It’s a far more visually violent than the podcast, of course but I really enjoying it.

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Soonish by Dr. Kelly Weinersmith; Zach Weinersmith

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what’s coming next — from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach’s trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization.

To this end, SOONISH investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.

I believe this one is already released? But it was available for reading and I was really interested after reading the synopsis, so after I finish Rosewater, I will most likely be reading this one.

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The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones

Two Montenegrin princesses, Militza and Stana, are married into the Russian aristocracy of the last Tsar by their father. Initially shunned by society and, in Stana’s case, married to a man she detests, life isn’t easy. 

Fascinated by the occult, the sisters soon become close to the Tsarina Alexandra who is willing to try anything to precipitate the birth of the son and heir the country longs for. If she puts her faith in them, Militza and Stana promise they can help the Tsarina produce a boy.

The girls hold seances, experiment with a variety of rituals and bring various men to the Tsarina who they feel have spiritual power. Their closeness to the Empress and power in court is undisputed: until, that is, Grigori Rasputin arrives. Militza and Stana, along with most of female Russian society, are intoxicated, but by bringing Rasputin into their lives, have they taken a fatal step too far?

This one comes out in October and I think I will have enough time to finish reading it by the time the release date comes. It sounds interesting and I can’t wait to get started with this one.

(This book doesn’t have a finalised cover yet, so I couldn’t really attach the image.)

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The Last by Hanna Jameson

‘BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED … HAUNTING … EXTRAORDINARY’ EMILY ST JOHN MANDEL
‘A CLEVER, ORIGINAL, SCARILY PLAUSIBLE WHITE-KNUCKLE READ’ ERIN KELLY

BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington
BREAKING: London hit, thousands feared dead.
BREAKING: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm.

Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than anything he wishes he hadn’t ignored his wife Nadia’s last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer…

As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn’t want to be found?

I am really, really excited to read this one because it sounds so awesome!!! However this one is coming out in January, 2019! So, I will have to wait a while which is a pity.

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Foe by Iain Reid

A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

This is another that I am dying to read but because of it’s release date, I shouldn’t. It comes out in January, 2019 as well. So, yeah. Weirdly enough, this one comes out in September in India, I just found out. So, maybe I might read it sooner than I thought.

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So, that’s it for my ARCs right now. I am pretty sure I will have more ARCs as time passes and maybe I will do another one of those in September as well! Who knows. So, do you have problems like these? Where your tbr or ARCs are more than you can sometimes handle? If so, how do you deal with it? I try to be careful with my ARCs because I do need to read all of my ARCs properly in order to review them but sometimes my control is not awesome.

Here’s a gif of coffee because I simply couldn’t find anything else to soothe myself.

2 thoughts on “In the land of ARCs

  1. Personally, I would read them when I had time (obviously before thier release date) and then write up the review and schedule it out to the date you need it to post. I think if I were to wait to write it till later, I wouldn’t be able to remember all the talking points either.

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