Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 86: The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!

This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings!
This is also where we excited book bloggers showcase future releases we're eagerly anticipating! 
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Here's my choice for this week!

 The City in the Middle of the Night
Charlie Jane Anders
Hardcover, 368  pages
Tor Books
   February 12, 2019
Fantasy, Science Fiction


"If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives."

Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace -- though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below.

But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet--before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.

 Why I can't wait for this one!

I've heard about this type of planet somewhere; I think it's from a classic SF novel, possibly by SF Grand Master Isaac Asimov. But I'm not entirely sure. In spite of this, I'm interested in what this author does with this plot element. Besides, even great authors like Shakespeare borrowed themes and plots from previous writers. I think this will be a totally FASCINATING read!!
Then there's that cover!! LOVE. IT.
Another plus: Anders is being compared to no less a writer than Ursula K. LeGuin!! THAT clinches it!!

For more information on this author, you can check out her
Goodreads profile HERE!

What do you think of my
choice this week? 
Please leave a comment and
let me know!


  1. That is an intriguing premise! And I think Charlie Jane Anders' first book was supposed to be pretty good- I haven't gotten to it yet- and this looks it has a ton of promise as well. Great pick- and happy new year!!

    1. Hi, Greg!

      It SURE is!! And I've seen "All the Birds in the Sky" on GR. Yes, it's supposed to be pretty good!

      One of my New Year's resolutions for 2019 is to read more SF. I plan to include this book, plus "All the Birds in the Sky"! Crossing my fingers.....

      Glad you liked my pick!! Happy New Year to you, too!! <3 :)

      Thanks for the nice comment!! :) :) Sorry for the late reply..... :(

  2. This is sn interesting concept. I am not sure what science fiction writers might have explored it in the past. This is actually a fairly common situation in astronomy. I believe it is called a synchronous rotation.

    Either way it is a fascinating concept for fiction and this book sounds fascinating. I agree that it is OK to borrow themes like this as long as a story is otherwise original.,

    1. Hi, Brian!

      I know I've encountered this phenomenon somewhee before, but I really don't remember where. I thought at first it was in Asimov's story, "Nightfall", but I checked this on Goodreads, and that wasn't it. Oh, well....

      How interesting that this is actually a common situation in astronomy! Fascinating, too!! (As Mr. Spock would say, lol.) I'm going to check it out!

      Yes, it SURE looks like this author has made great use of this astronomical anomaly! And I'm glad you agree that it's okay to borrow from other writers, as long as you do something original with the stuff borrowed! Hec, if the The Bard himself did it, then so can other writers!

      Thanks for the fascinating comment!! Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! <3 :)

      Sorry for the late reply..... :(

  3. That does sound like my type of book - I love hard science fiction! I have heard of this author, but never read her work. Maybe time to begin!

    1. Hi, Sue!

      Yeah, me, too!! And this author is completely new to me; I found her while browsing on Goodreads. Now I've added this book, plus her previous one -- "All the Birds in the Sky" -- to my GR shelves! Ii think we'll both enjoy this one!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

      Sorry the late reply..... :(

  4. Wow this book looks great, I love the cover and synopsis! Although I'm not a huge Sci-Fi reader, I haven't read one in a while and might check this out! Great pick!

    1. Hi, Yoanna!

      It SURE does!! And I agree on the cover and synopsis; I LOVE them both!!

      I LOVE sci-fi, and have just made a New Year's resolution to read more of it this year!

      Glad you liked my pick! Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

      Sorry for the late reply..... :( Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! :)

  5. I don't read a massive about of sci-fi but this one sounds really intriguing!

    What I'm Waiting On this Wednesday

    1. Hi, Louise!

      I used to read a lot of sci-fi, and want to get back to doing that! So I have a New Year's resolution to do just that!! :)

      Thanks for commenting!! Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! <3 :)

      Sorry for the late reply.....:(

  6. Sounds like a great read! I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Hi, Amanda!

      It SURE does!! I KNOW I'll enjoy it!! :)

      Thanks for commenitng!! Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! <3 :)

      Sorry for the late reply..... :(

  7. This is intriguing. Thanks for the heads up. 👍✨

    1. Hi, La, La!

      Oh, DEFINITELY!! I KNOW I'll LOVE it!! :)

      You're welcome for the heads up!! Thanks for commenting!! Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! <3 :)

      Sorry for the late reply..... :(

  8. I've been seeing this one around and I think it's already on my wishlist. I am loving that cover as well. This sounds like a great plot and I'm totally down for it.

    PS - Me and the boys sent you a message.

    1. Hi, Barb!

      Yeah, I came across it on Goodreads! They have this big banner up and everything. So I immediately added it to my GR shelves!

      I LOVE the cover and plot, too!!

      Thanks for the comment, as well as the message on Goodreads! I've already replied to it! :)

      Hope you guys had a GREAT New Year!! HUGS TO YOU AND THOSE LOVABLE PUPS, AND "WOOF, WOOF" TO THEM!! <3 <3 <3 :) :)M

      Sorry for the late reply here..... :(

  9. I really enjoyed All the Birds in the Sky, so I am also waiting for this one with lots of anticipation - it sounds awesome, doesn't it? Thank you for sharing it, Maria:))

    1. Hi, Sarah!

      Oh, you've read "All the Birds in the Sky"? I should have known you would have! You're an SF writer yourself, so you're well aware of the BEST books!! FABULOUS!! :) :)

      Yes, "The City in the Middle of the Night" DOES sound AWESOME!! I want to read this one, plus "All the Birds in the Sky"!! I have a New Year's resolution to read more SF this year!! ABSOLUTELY!!

      Thanks for the comment!! Hope you had a GREAT New Year!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

      Sorry for the late reply..... :(


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