Saturday Miscellany – 10/20/18

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:

  • In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin — Yeah, if I stick to schedule, it’ll be April before I get to this, but book 22 in John Rebus series is out.
  • Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt — the second Christmas adventure for Andy Carpenter is almost as strong as the first — and better than most of the recent non-holiday reads. Here’s my post about it.
  • The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi — I thought the first volume of this series was a lot of fun for a book about an apocalypse in progress — this should be good.
  • Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda — I’m not the Hamilton-phile that the rest of the Free World seems to be, but there’s something about Miranda that I really like. Should prove to be a fun read.

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

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Saturday Miscellany – 10/13/18

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:

  • Wrecked by Joe Ide — IQ is back for his third novel — and I can’t wait to see what Ide has in store for him.
  • The Blue Kingfisher by Erica Wright — Kat Stone, undercover cop turned PI with identities to spare investigates an apparent suicide. Here’s what I had to say about it.

Saturday Miscellany – 10/6/18

Yup. It’s late — but still Saturday. Spent some quality time with the Mrs. instead of with my laptop. But that’s over, priorities back to where they usually are. 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:

  • Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang — an action-packed novel introducing a math genius hero? Give Paul’s Picks post about it a read for more.

September 2018 Report

This wasn’t my most productive month — between fatigue, busy-ness associated with mutliple doctor’s appointments for my son, and Lethal White taking a week to finish — I neither read or wrote what I intended to. Still, I like most of what I wrote — and didn’t have a book below 3 Stars (1 was borderline). So, I really can’t complain about much. Anyway, here’s what happened here in September 2018.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Darkside Earther The Sinners
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Lost in a Good Book Dead Heat (Audiobook) Night and Silence
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
The Tainted Vintage Burn Bright (Audiobook) Deck the Hounds
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Ed's Dead Stoned Love In the Year of Our Lord
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Trouble Never Sleeps Nice Try, Afton Turn Coat (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
The Ten Commandments Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Audiobook)
3 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
Lethal White Looking for Calvin and Hobbes Soulless (Audiobook)
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Depth of Winter The Holy Spirit      
4 Stars 5 Stars      

Still Reading:

Still Protesting            

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures The Sinners by Ace Atkins
Lost in a Good Book (Audiobook) by Jasper Fforde, Emily Gray
Dead Heat (Audiobook) by Patricia Briggs, Holter Graham
Burn Bright (Audiobook) by Patricia Briggs, Holter Graham
Trouble Never Sleeps by Stephanie Tromly
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Audiobook) by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale
Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip (Audiobook) by Nevin Martell, Jeremy Arthur

Bearded by Jeremy Billups
The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard
Ed’s Dead by Russel D. McLean
Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping by Cheryl Denise Bannerman
Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip (Audiobook) by Nevin Martell, Jeremy Arthur

Darkside Earther by Bradley Horner
Bearded by Jeremy Billups
The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard
Stoned Love by Ian Patrick
Ed’s Dead by Russel D. McLean
Nice Try, Afton by Brent Jones
Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping by Cheryl Denise Bannerman

How was your month?

Saturday Miscellany – 9/29/18

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye (yeah, it was a slim week — unless you’re into Reed Farrel Coleman). 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:

  • Black Moss by David Nolan — an award-winning reporter takes a swing at fiction in this dark-looking mystery.
  • The Agony House by Cherie Priest, Tara O’Connor — looks like a ghost story told in a way reminiscent of I Am Princess X, which sounds pretty cool.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 9/22/18

Not my most productive (reading or writing) week, but have had fun with it. Last night I was told I could pass for Rothfuss if I grew my hair out (I’ll take that as a compliment) and I got to see and meet Craig Johnson (post to come) — nothing wrong with an evening like that.

Lacking a segue, 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:

  • Lethal White by “Robert Galbraith”– the fourth novel in the Cormoran Strike series — a mystery novel that’s the size of an epic fantasy (enjoying it, but wishes the point could get cut to a bit more often).
  • How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North — in case you time travel to the far past and accidentally wipe out civilization, this book will show you how to rebuild civilization. Which sounds handy.
  • Soulless (Illustrated Hardcover Edition) by Gail Carriger — I rather enjoyed the books in this series that I read before getting distracted. Maybe this new edition will help me get back into it.
  • Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden — humorous SF, I’m not going to try to summarize in a sentence. Click the link.
  • The Queen of Crows by Myke Cole — the middle, and likely darker, novel in the Sacred Thrones trilogy.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 9/15/18

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

  • Episode 461 | Reed Farrel Coleman Interview on Hank Garner’s Author Stories Podcast. A lot of this I’d heard before, but not all of it. I also assumed Coleman got the Jesse Stone gig the way he did and was surprised to learn otherwise — great story.

      This Week’s New Release that I’m Excited About:

    • Colorblind by Reed Farrel Coleman — a pivotal book for the series/character and a plot that’s eerily timely (but unintentionally so, if you listen to the podcast above). Here’s my take on the book