Rereading is an intense and comforting pleasure, offering readers a chance to revisit favorite characters, stories, and locations. Authors give their own versions of rereading, circling back to worlds they have written about before, picking up where another writer has started, or extending a narrative in a new medium. Here are five such return trips, each a rich reencounter with some place or someone already known to fans, all pubbing September through December.
- Solo: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd (Harper, Oct.). Ian Fleming’s James Bond, who has been recently revisited by Jeffery Deaver (Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel) and Sebastian Faulks (Devil May Care), returns for another mission, this time set in 1969, when Bond is 45. The plot is a tightly held secret, but Boyd promises to deliver thrills, action, and twists.
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (text) & Matt Kish (illus.). (Tin House, Oct.). Artist Kish, who created an astounding illustrated version of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, now turns his talents to Conrad, offering 100 vivid, startling, and fascinating images to accompany the harrowing story.
- Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks (St. Martin’s, Nov.). Faulks, who took on Bond in 2008, now picks up the story of P.G. Wodehouse’s Wooster and Jeeves and involves them both in typical Wodehousian antics.
- Dangerous Women ed. by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (Tor, Dec.). Set in beloved old worlds, 21 stories from 12 best-selling authors conjure strong, fierce female characters in this forthcoming new collection, which includes a new “Outlander” story by Diana Gabaldon (Written in My Own Heart’s Blood) and an original by Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” series).
- Star Wars: Razor’s Edge (Empire & Rebellion) by Martha Wells (LucasBooks: Random, Sept.). Few stories are revisited as often as George Lucas’s Star Wars. This first book in Nebula-nominated Wells’s new series continues the story of Leia, Han, and Luke—right after the Death Star destroys Leia’s home planet of Alderaan.