Saturday Miscellany – 10/20/17

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:

  • Mysterypod with Reed Farrel Coleman — Coleman talks to Stephen Usery about his latest Jesse Stone novel, and a little about Gus Murphy, his book with Michael Mann and more.

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

  • A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne — Hearne trades the Urban in for Epic in this fantasy novel. I started this 2 days ago and am making incredibly slow progress (my fault, not the book’s), but it’s just gorgeous. I am going to have many, many good things to say about this next week.
  • Righteous by Joe Ide — Isaiah Quintabe is on the hunt for his brother’s killer and trying to keep a DJ safe from various criminals.
  • How to Think by Alan Jacobs — building on recent works about the science of thinking, Jacobs focuses o the art of it. I had a little tosay about it.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to whatsnonfiction for following the blog this week.

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Saturday Miscellany – 10/14/17

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:

  • A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell — The Witches of Lychford are back — it wasn’t my favorite, but it’s still soemthing you should read (plus the first 2). Here’s my $.02 on the novella
  • Drawing Dead by JJ DeCeglie — Fahrenheit Press’ latest offering features a drunk, gambling addicted PI in hock to the mob. Probably not the feel-good book of the year, but it has all the makings of a gripping read.

Saturday Miscellany – 10/7/17

Just 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:
  • The Name of the Wind 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Patrick Rothfuss — squee!
  • The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan — the 3rd (and final?) installment in the Magnus Chase series.
  • Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Reasons To Resist.

    Happy Father’s Day!

    I tried to take a photo of my actual book, but my photography skills were at their typical levels, so I had to opt for images I found online.

    I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea (for reasons I understand, but can’t fathom), but when Greg Dean introduced me to Patrick Rothfuss and his work 10 years ago, it reminded me just how much I could still love Fantasy literature (or just anything I hadn’t been reading for years). I’m an unabashed fan still.

    So my kids scored themselves some major brownie points this past Father’s Day when they went in and pre-ordered me an autographed copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Name of the Wind. It showed up yesterday, and is gorgeous. That stunning cover is just the beginning — the full-page illustrations are wonderful, the bonus content looks great, the maps are very impressive. And all of it just reminds me how much I liked the book the three times that I’ve read it, and that it’s been 6 years or so since I last did so.

    It’s taking all I have just to not call in sick for the next couple of days to re-immerse myself in this book.

    At the same time, I just don’t know if I can touch this volume again. Or let anyone else, for that matter, without cotton gloves or something. I just don’t want to mess this up.

    Just wanted to take a moment and publicly thank my kiddos for a great gift, and stress to anyone on the fence about picking this up that they really should (second printing is under way).

    September 2017 Report

    My numbers were a little off — which surprised me, really, I thought I had some busy weeks. But, oh well, I seemed to really like almost everything (average rating of 3.99 this month). Maybe I’m getting soft. Or I’m just reading a lot of good books.

    Anyway, here’s what happened here in September.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    The Blue Curtain Black and Blue The Brightest Fell
    2 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
    Prayer Hell is Empty The Spirit Mage
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
    The Song of The Swan Wonder Woman: Warbringer The Western Star
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
    A Little Book on the Christian Life IQ All Tucked Inn
    4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    Travels and Travails of Small Minds The Whole Christ Night Broken (Audiobook)
    3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
    Flame in the Dark Sourdough The Hunger Angels
    Not sure yet, at least
    4 Stars
    4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars

    Reviews Posted:

    How was your month?

    Saturday Miscellany – 9/30/17

    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:

    • Mysterypod with Ace Atkins — Atkins talks to Stephen Usery about his latest Quinn Colson and Spenser novels, and race relations in the South and Boston.

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

    • Paradox Bound by Peter Clines — looks like a fun time travel novel through US history.
    • Horizon by Fran Wilde — which serves as a good reminder that I’ve inexplicably not read Cloudbound.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to nishlovepink, foodlove16, Scarletpiper, georgederringer and youngadultallegiance for following the blog this week.

    Looking for YA/NA/other recommendations 

    (how’s that for a broad category?)

    I’ve been asked for help with compiling a list of books, that I’d describe as falling in the upper edge of YA, or “New Adult,” or something that would work for those readers. They should be less violent than Katniss Everdeen’s Games, with a similar level of romance/sex. Maybe similar to the last couple of Harry Potters.

    Any thoughts, my friends?