Saturday Miscellany – 2/6/16

Because of a friend’s question, I did some checking — in addition to those who follow via RSS feed and Twitter, there are 282 of you subscribed to this thing in one form or another — that’s just mind-boggling. Obviously, all of you don’t read everything, but you’ve at least taken a moment at some point to read something here, and liked it enough to get more delivered to you. Thanks, thank you very much. Now — make some noise! What do you like, what am I doing right? I suppose, if you must, tell me what I’m doing wrong! What could I do more of — comments are open. There’s email, FB, Twitter options over to your right. But seriously, thanks for the views, the reads, for following, etc.

Anyway…the Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    A Long List of New Releases for the Week that I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Keep Calm by Mark Binder — a thriller recommended by Jonathan Tropper and Lee Child? How can I not? (yeah, Tropper recommending a thriller seems strange, but if you’ve watched Banshee you realize he knows whereof he speaks)
  • The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan — the conclusion of the Gas-Lit Empire series — can’t wait to see how he pulls this off.
  • Blood in her Veins by Faith Hunter — shorter works about Jane Yellowrock and friends, from various points in the series. Read the Big Idea she wrote about this book and the dual voices in her protagonist.
  • Graft by Matt Hill — this looks like a crime novel I’ve read before (or something very like it), but this one is set in 2025 and involves crimes we can’t even imagine yet. Creepy cover, too.
  • The Alchemy of Chaos by Marshall Ryan Maresca — super-heroes in a traditional fantasy setting? I’m in — and apparently I have to read the first one from last year, too. He did a Big Idea this week, too.
  • A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly — In 1926 and the 18th Amendment bans sorcery? Okay, sure — and just like you’d expect, it creates an underground of magic. Goofy enough to work.
  • Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer — a FBI agent and witch working off-the-books occult case. Perfect.
  • The Deavys by Alan Dean Foster — a strange YA fantasy with a premise too long for me to try to summarize, but looks like fun.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Haidji and Marve Gandah for following the blog this week. Thanks to S. C. Flynn for the interaction.

(via Read it Forward)

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