Saturday Miscellany — 4/13/19

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:

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Occidentally Orthodox (who may not like a lot of what I post, but I hope he comments) and whovinawrites for following the blog this week.

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Saturday Miscellany — 4/6/19

Seriously, if Real Life would just shut up for a minute and let me focus on my blog/prep for my blog, it’d be nice. And I’m not talking about huge, important things like — my kid had life saving surgery, or I was distracted by the tragic events unfolding in [insert important sounding city], or whatever. It’s just been busy and I find myself very tired lately. I really look forward to compiling these weekly posts, and the last few have just seemed . . . empty?

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me — I do like what we have for this week by way of the odds ‘n ends about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Postgraduate by Ian Shane — Recovering from a divorce, a former college DJ reconnects with his roots and maybe finds a path forward. I gushed about it yesterday.
  • You Die Next by Stephanie Marland — To be honest, I groaned when this showed up on my Kindle Thursday because I’d just finalized my reading schedule for the rest of the month and we feeling pretty good about life. I have no idea when I can fit it in, but I really want it to be now. Anyway, this follow up to last year’s My Little Eye is gonna be great.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Madam Mim, Sonam Tsering and indianeskitchen for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 3/30/19

Another week of slim pickings . . . odd. Is it just end of month malaise? But there’s some good stuff here nonetheless. 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:

    Book-ish Related Podcast Episodes you might want to give a listen to, both from Hank Garner’s Author Stories:

  • S3E06 Ben Aaronovitch and James Swallow of Book Off! (“A literary podcast with a difference…”)This is the first I’ve heard of this podcast, but it’s a cool concept and I’ll take any excuse to listen to Aaronovitch (and I need to track down Swallow’s series).

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Not Everyone is Special by Josh Denslow — a short story collection with some fantastic writing — and a couple of good stories. My longer take on it is here.
  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing — this tale of a husband and wife serial killer team is fun, and almost as good as I’d hoped. I really did like it, but had a reservation or two.
  • Ruff vs. Fluff by Spencer Quinn — Quinn gets controversially inclusive here by having a cat as one of his protagonists in his new MG series. This is likely pretty cute, and I am curious how he’ll handle a feline lead, but is only a placeholder in my mind until we get a new Chet & Bernie book this summer.
  • Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by sRajeev Balasubramanyam — I wish I could remember how this ended up on my radar, but it looks like it’ll appeal to the Maria Semple, Fredrick Bachman, etc. side of me. Probably you, too.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to amiiiesbooks for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 3/23/19

Busy week for me — not much screen time, alas. So this post will be short. Can’t promise sweet.

Here are 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:

    There weren’t any new releases that caught my eye this week — which is a double-edge sword. I feel like I probably missed a few things, but it also gives me a chance to catch up. The struggle is real, my friends.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Blair Leftly, upstateasb and vickyofficiallyofficial for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 3/16/19

Story behind this late post isn’t as interesting — but nicer — than last week’s. If you’re curious, check out my other blog in a bit (bit = 1-48 hours). Otherwise, here are 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:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • The Last Act by Brad Parks — an out of work actor goes undercover in prison. Not really the Feel Good Novel of the Year, but what else do you expect from Brad Parks? I had a bit more to say about it recently.
  • Titan Shade by Dan Stout — Alien Nation + whatever that Will Smith Urban Fantasy Netflix movie was + Life on Mars (UK version). Or something. UF about a homicide cop in the 70s. Looks like it could be fun.
  • Instant Karma by Todd Morr — disgraced ex-cop becomes a security advisor to the underworld. Also looks like fun — it’s on my Kindle, hoping to get to it before the end of the year (I wish that was a joke…)

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Erwin Wensley, dragonflybooks, virgoebooks and BOOKVENGER-44 for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 3/9/19

So I was awakened at shortly after 5 this morning with my wife telling me our 20-year-old had severe abdominal pains and needed to go to the ER, 11 hours later, we were home, one appendix lighter. 1. That’s really incredible. 2. That’s my best excuse for not getting this posted on time that I’ve ever had 🙂 3. I read more today than I typically do on a Saturday, so, that’s a nice bonus.

I did manage to accumulate a few 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:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire — The 8th InCryptid novel and the 3rd featuring Annie — after the way the last one ended, I’m very eager (and a little apprehensive) to dive in.
  • A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle — “A funny, gritty, touching narrative about the strength of three New York women caught in a world of abusive men, broken families, and mob violence,” as NPR so helpfully summarizes it. Their review is worth a read.
  • Another Kingdom by Andrew Klavan — a screenwriter finds himself in a fantasy kingdom — and in trouble. Then he finds himself back in L.A. And then back and forth. Something tells me that Klavan’s approach to a portal fantasy ain’t that typical.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to TheArtOfLife for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 3/2/19

I didn’t have much time for social media, blogs, etc. this week (sadly, it does recharge me), but I was able to scrape up a few links for this here post. Hope you enjoy these 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:

    Book-ish Related Podcast Episodes you might want to give a listen to, both from Hank Garner’s Author Stories:

  • The Author Stories Podcast Episode 575 | Elaine Shannon Interview — I haven’t listened to this yet, but how an interview with the writer of Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire be anything but fascinating?

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • The Border by Don Winslow — the end of the Winslow’s Cartel Trilogy. Looks fantastic. Hope to get to it soon.
  • Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter — The fourth Soulwood novel brings the action. I loved it when I talked about it a few weeks back
  • Death & Honey by Deliah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig — includes novellas by all three. The only one I care about (which might be a mistake) is the Third Oberon’s Murder Mystery!