Strykers by K. M. Ruiz (St. Martin's Griffin, 640 pages, December 24)
The Kirkus Reviews blurb on the cover here says "Like X-Men on Steroids," and I don't even know what that means. But despite blurbs that just...blurb, this novel looks verrrrry interesting. I mean, it's over 600 pages and tells the story of two human societies trying to make do on an Earth ruined by a nuclear war that took place 250 years before (ok, one group is actually planning to leave the planet). It's rich vs. poor, powerful vs. weak, kicking ass and taking names vs. hiding under a rock. Looks cool.
Dangerous Women ed. George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (Tor Books, 784 pages, December 3)
I like that title. And, by the way, did you like Game of Thrones? If so, you'll probably like this nice little volume. All of the stories included here are original, with several set in the authors’ bestselling
continuities—including a new “Outlander” story by Diana Gabaldon,
a story of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev
Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word
novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons. Sounds...dangerous.
Downton Tabby by Chris Kelly (Simon & Schuster, 80 pages, December 3)
Downton Abbey, but with cats. Enough said.