I am taking a look at the releases for next year in preparation for my pick for 2011 to be published later. You will see more posts now and then up to when I publish the list.
I keep a watch out for China Mieville’s books after reading The City and the City. Embassytown sounds like an interesting science fiction with aliens and a female protagonist. This is a book likely to be on my list for next year. The cover looks a bit weird?
Edit: This is not the final Cover. According to trusted sources this one was released on amazon by mistake.
Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe.
Avice is an immerser, a traveler on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts – who cannot lie.
Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities. But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes.
Catastrophe looms. Avice knows the only hope is for her to speak directly to the alien Hosts.”