26 November, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Open Thread

Playing the Waiting Gamegeorge rr martin
I am generally not the type to eagerly await the release of new books (or movies, or concert tickets, or whatever else people “eagerly await”). I can’t say that I’ve ever stood in line at midnight, and I’ve never pre-ordered anything. I’m much more of a, “Oh, that’s out now? I’ll pick it up next time I’m at the book store, if I remember,” type of person. I tend to look backwards to the best books of the preceding season, to recommendations from friends–or, more often, to the clearance shelf (quantity does have its merits, after all)–when deciding what to read next.
There have been a few special occasions, though, when I have greatly anticipated a new release, if not exactly rushed to the store with credit card in hand. The first such instance I remember was for Stephen King’s Wizard and Glass in 1997. I was in high school, and I read the first three books all in a rush and went looking for the next … only to discover it wasn’t to be released for another few months.
The next was Harry Potter. I came to the series in the months before Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released. In the midst of waiting for more Harry Potter, I discovered George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (which I am still awaiting the conclusion of).
Most recently, I learned that another of my favorite authors, Guy Gavriel Kay, has a forthcoming release, a sort of sequel to the book that made me love Kay’s writing in the first place, Under Heaven. Being as I write for LitStack and am therefore a literary rock star, I was able to get my greedy little hands on a copy (stay tuned for my review of River of Stars). I hadn’t really expected there to be a sequel, but once the thought of reading it was in my head, I practically drooled all over my Kindle. (Can you blame me? Kay’s writing is delicious!)
So, The Dark Tower is finished. Harry Potter is finished. A Song of Ice and Fire, well, you can’t get too eager with that one (though I am eagerly awaiting the season premiere of Game of Thrones). River of Stars has me sated for the time being. Now I am left eagerly awaiting the next story I will eagerly await.
-Elisha Dew

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