I've been meaning to read Saunders for years now and when I heard that this collection was about to be released, I preordered it with one of my Christmas gift cards. Just arrived an hour ago in iBooks. Going to read it a bit before going to bed, then I'm going to write a review sometime Tuesday or Wednesday. I fully expect to enjoy excellent prose and interesting narrative twists, with fascinating characters.
If anything, January 2013 (copyright-wise) has seen four books already come to my doorstep (or iPad). In December, I received an early street release copy of yet another good book coming out on the 8th, Leah Stewart's The History of Us (I've already read it and thought it was a very good book; review later this week). In addition, just before Christmas I received Tamas Dubozy's excellent story collection, Seige 13, after I preordered it based solely on Jeff VanderMeer's glowing recommendation on Facebook (I believe he referred to it as the best original collection he had read in 2012). Since the copyright is for 2013, I'll count it as a 2013 release for reward purposes. It too will be reviewed later this month. Finally, I just started reading the Portuguese retro-futuristic anthology, Lisboa no Ano 2000, earlier today and a review of that promising work will be later this month (I believe it goes on sale this month; the 1st edition date was for January 2013).
Oh, and Jim Harrison is releasing an intriguing book combining two novellas, The River Swimmers. I enjoyed his most recent poetry collection, so I'm looking forward to this as well.
So, for those of you browsing blogs and feeling like all some are talking about is the end of an epic fantasy series, here are some good alternatives for you to consider.