Saturday Miscellany—2/1/20

Okay, I’m back with a mega-list that comes from two weeks of saving ideas. Lots of good stuff to be read in these odds ‘n ends about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    Some Book-ish Related Podcast Episodes you might want to give a listen to:

  • Authors on a Podcast Talking Books Ep. 11 – Marc Thompson—I don’t think I’ve heard an audiobook by him before, but I enjoyed hearing about his process and career. Also, listening to Daria’s Mr. DeMartino reading an Amazon review was wonderful, could just that be a half-hour bi-weekly podcast?
  • The Author Stories Podcast Episode 793 | Mike Chen Interview—a great chat with Chen, I particularly enjoyed his Hornby discussion.
  • Authors on a Podcast Talking Books Ep. 12 – Mike Chen—much of the same territory as the previous link, but they’re both worth listening to. A lot of bonus Star Wars discussion.

    New Releases from the Last Two Weeks that I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Slow Bear by Anthony Neil Smith—Noir on an North Dakota reservation, looks brutal, intense and good.
  • When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald—A nice little coming-of-age story. I talked about it some in December.
  • High Fire by Eoin Colfer—I typically enjoy Colfer’s stuff and I only needed to read “high-octane adventure about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who’s been hiding out from the world – and potential torch-carrying mobs – in a Louisiana bayou” to grab it. I’ve yet to read a review, but they seem positive.
  • House on Fire by Joseph Finder—The New Nick Heller novel has him taking on one corner of the opiate crisis. Gonna be good.
  • Hi Five by Joe Ide—Isaiah Quintabe is back, which is all i need to know. If you want more, Lashaan at Bookidote has a few things to say.
  • Buzz Kill by David Sosnowski—a couple of teenage hackers unleash an AI on the world.
  • The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson—a promising looking epic fantasy that I’m trying hard to find time for soon.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to travelingcloak, clareblanchardbooks (no URL, can’t follow-back), Store Of Unicorns, jamesdeeclayton and fluffyluggage for following the blog this week. Don’t be a stranger, and use that comment box, would you?

6 thoughts on “Saturday Miscellany—2/1/20

  1. Want to read more? Stop watching the tv!!!!!! Goodness, when I read the post and she was complaining about not having as much time as she wants and then talks about watching tv I just about lost it. Someone like that will never have enough time because their priorities are totally screwed up from the get go. She doesn’t want more time to read, she wants more time NOT doing the thing called Life (which, I don’t blame her one bit. I want to be rich and sit on a beach all day too).

    As for that “4 Things I want to see more” post. Well, I’m trying to be nice.
    settings and different time periods other than ‘ye olde (faux) medieval Europe
    You know why there is so much of that? BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE IT AND IT SELLS STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Might as well complain that milk all tastes the same or something. Argghhhhhh. Plus, I’ve seen more non-faux Medieval Europe in the last decade than I have of faux Medieval Europe. Wouldn’t surprise me if that author of that blog hates Europeans but can’t admit it to themselves.

    Man, good job on setting me off (again). I’d forgotten how you’re able to do that, hahahahaa!

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  2. I can’t believe more Americans went to the library than the movies in 2019, even with all the blockbusters Disney was putting out. That makes me so happy though! Thanks for this list of bookish articles.

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