The State of Books 14th July 2011

This is my semi-regular series on the state of books in the making.

Charlaine Harris: The 13th Stookie Stackhouse book will be the last. Time to take farewell to all those crazy friends from Bon Temps it seems. Good she is ending the series even though it has been on an uptake in quality the last few books. The next book is already planed for next year.

Down on sunny Crete with scorpions and all Neal Asher is working on Jupiter War the second Owner’s trilogy book and I have not read the first one yet. The Departure wont be out until August here. Remember that this is not a Polity series.

One thing I have wondered for a long time is where the third Penrose trilogy book where, now we know Tony Bellantyne has not complete it yet but it is being worked on.

Elizabeth Bear tells on her blog: The Salt Sea and The Sky“, my post-Peak-oil dystopian lesbian teenage love story, has sold to Brave New Love, edited by Paula Guran. I wonder if that means she has finished it? It sounds like Windup girl meets The Hunger Games, I’ll read that!

I wonder if Julie Czerneda has started to write The Reunification Cycle yet? She said she would after finishing her first fantasy novel, A Turn of Light. I want to read about how the Clan find their way back.

Another of my favorite writing women Elizabeth Moon is busy writing on book 4 of Paladin’s Legacy and book three isn’t even expected until next year.

Cherie Priest continues to report progress on Inexplicables on her blog.  Here’s today’s progress on my fifth Clockwork Century novel – a book about teenage juvenile delinquents, hypothetical ghosts, and gangland mayhem within the walled city of Seattle … now with Bonus! zombie Sasquatch and the return of everyone’s favorite elderly cross-dressing Native American princess. It sounds perfect.

Chris Wooding is going to write another YA before Kitty Jay 4 and it wont be another Malice book. It is going to be a standalone one. Unfortunately he can’t tell more before he gets an OK from Scholastic. YA is a definite trend at the moment. Are all publishers looking for the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter? Silly question really, of course they do! This is one I will read anyway.