Saturday Miscellany – 12/8/18

I started a new job this week, which is what I’m blaming my relative silence on — I did almost complete a few posts, to be honest (and a little self-justifying). Just nothing I’m quite ready to push “publish” on. But I have an ambitious schedule for December, so I need to get busy (and I have a little bit of November to finish with, too — oops). Here’s hoping next week is busy around here.

Anyway, 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 Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin — a comic writer/artist consults with the LAPD in a hunt for a real-world costumed vigilante in one of the most enjoyable debuts of the year. I talked a bit about it Monday
  • Blood of Ten Kings by Edward Lazellari — The third volume of the Guardians of Aandor — an Epic Fantasy/Urban Fantasy hybrid of sorts — hit the stores this week. Listening to Lazellari describe the books on the latest Once & Future Podcast sold me on volume one.
  • King of the Road by R. S. Belcher — I missed the first novel in this UF series last year, but a group of Truckers descended from the Knights Templar who defends the roads of the US from supernatural threats — and a biker gang, apparently — has got to be worth a read.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to awesomeyou (nice blog, but I can’t read that side bar — as pretty as it is), whinney, Di Salvo Cambiamento (I assume the blog is nice, but I can’t read that language), Arganise Campbell (a very busy young woman) and Shalini for following the blog this week.

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November 2018 Report

Well, November happened. Lot’s of pretty cool stuff in my non-blog life, and things related to the blog. Pretty good reading month — almost good writing month. Some less-than-good reads, plenty of great reads. Nothing to complain about, that’s for sure.

So anyway, here’s what happened here in November.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Dark Sacred Night The Green Viper You Had Me at Woof
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
The Place You're Supposed to Laugh Be Brave, Little Puffy The Twisted Web
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation Her Last Move Degrading Orbits
5 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
Ghost Story The Summer Holidays Survival Guide Know Me from Smoke
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Ways to Die in Glasgow Kitties Are Not Good To Eat Rediscovering Humility
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
The Lord's Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant Dry Hard The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
 Small Town Nightmare The Complaints My Sister, the Serial Killer</a
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Curse on the Land  They Promised Me the Gun Wasn't Loaded Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Fletch (Audiobook) The Frame-Up Play Dead
5 Stars Still Deciding 4 Stars
Them            
5 Stars            

Still Reading:

John Owen vol 4 Grounded in Heaven      

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures You Had Me at Woof (Audiobook) by Julie Klam, Karen White
The Complaints by Ian Rankin
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner
Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg, Laura Hicks
Play Dead by David Rosenfelt, Grover Gardner

The Green Viper by Rob Sinclair
The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh by Jenn Stroud Rossmann
Be Brave, Little Puffy by Arline Cooper
The Summer Holidays Survival Guide by Jon Rance
Know Me from Smoke by Matt Phillips
Kitties Are Not Good To Eat by Cassandra Gelvin
Dry Hard by Nick Spalding
Small Town Nightmare by Anna Willett
You Had Me at Woof (Audiobook) by Julie Klam, Karen White
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Her Last Move by John Marrs
Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up is Downby Christopher Hutchinson
The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

The Green Viper by Rob Sinclair
The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh by Jenn Stroud Rossmann
Be Brave, Little Puffy by Arline Cooper
The Twisted Web by Rebecca Bradley
Degrading Orbits by Bradley Horner
The Summer Holidays Survival Guide by Jon Rance
Know Me from Smoke by Matt Phillips
Kitties Are Not Good To Eat by Cassandra Gelvin
Dry Hard by Nick Spalding
Small Town Nightmare by Anna Willett

✔ Read an audio book with multiple narrators: Ways to die in Glasgow by Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
✔ Read a book you chose based on the cover: Know Me from Smoke by Matt Phillips: A heart-wrenching noir love story.

How was your month?

Saturday Miscellany – 12/1/18

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:

  • Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud by Mike Lupica — Sunny Randall’s back (the last of Parker’s series’ protagonists), and was pretty entertaining, as I recently noted.
  • The Wraith by Jeffery H. Haskell — set in his Arsenal universe, Haskell introduces a darker hero.


Saturday Miscellany – 11/24/18

Naturally, after a big week last week — a small list. But I quite like the list of 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:

  • Recommended: Jane Mount and Oyinkan Braithwaite I don’t listen to every episode of this podcast, honestly. Usually only if there’s a guest like/want to hear from or at least one book I want to hear someone talk about. This episode features people less-than-3’ing The Phantom Tollbooth and Jane Eyre — Braithwaite charmed me, I was very pleased when I realized she was the author of My Sister the Serial Killer, which I’d just checked out from the library.

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

  • Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch — the gloves are off and the Folly (and the rest of the Metropolitan Police) are giving everything they have to take down the Faceless Man. Best of the series, a href=”https://wp.me/p3z9AH-3Ah&#8221; target=”_blank”>as I said recently.
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite — Not only does Braithwaite had great taste in books (see above), she’s written a witty and dark tale of a Nurse who finds her self trying to protect a sister with a knack for killing her boyfriends.
  • August by Jim Lusby — A dark crime story involving child abuse, the drug trade, populist politicians and more in Ireland. Bought it instantly, and trying to find a spot in my calendar for it.
  • Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove — The first Firefly novel — a job for Badger goes wrong. Whoda thunk it?

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Moonlight Snow, Fashion-Creative thinking and jennifertarheelreader for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 11/17/18

If there are problems with any of the links/etc in this post, I apologize. My 27 lb. Pug/Beagle mix decided to jump onto my lap while I was finishing this post — I saved the laptop by milliseconds — and I’m typing this with my laptop laying ridiculously high on my chest (my beard is covering the touchpad and space bar). Awkward to say the least.

What a week . . . Stan Lee’s death — while we’ve been aware it was coming some day — shook me as much as it did other fans who appreciated his work (if not always his personal ethics) and his legacy. But the news of William Goldman’s death yesterday? I was stunned — which is strange, it’s not like he’d produced anything lately that grabbed me, but between his movies (The Right Stuff in particular — a fantastic adaptation) and his novels, he really affected the way Middle/High School me thought about the written word. The fact that the same mind produced The Princess Bride and Marathon Man/Brothers??? I think I was a sophomore when I read the latter two — pretty much up to that point everyone I read wrote in the same genre, focusing on the same kind of stories. But Goldman permanently changed the way I thought about the range an author could have — as well as trips to the dentist. One other note — did you see this tweet from Jonny Geller about the opening to the Butch Cassidy screenplay? If not, give it a read — that’s writing. The idea that we don’t have the man who can do that kind of writing in this world any more is tragic.

Anyway, I’ve got a good crop of 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 pinnaclemotivation, wittysarcasticbookclub, AlbertHolmes, and The Sunday Feeling for following the blog in some form this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 11/10/18

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:

  • Past Tense by Lee Child — I stopped reading the blurb’s for Reacher books years ago, but I read this one for some reason — I’m already hooked, and I’m still 12 library patrons away from getting my hands on this one. Reacher tries to visit where his dad grew up and things go really bad from there.
  • They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner — the follow-up to the comedic-ish take on super-heroes, All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault picks up shortly after the first one and looks like it’ll continue the fun.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to The Godly Chic Diaries and littleliteraturekc for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 11/3/18

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:

  • Reed Farrell Coleman – Robert B Parker’s Colorblind — I think this Stephen Usery interview is the fourth podcast interview I’ve heard with Coleman about this book, and I still learned something new. A good listen, as usual.

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon is a short list this week — but it’s a good one:

  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly — Bosch and Ballard team up. ‘Nuff said. Well, okay, a little more — this is the best thing Connelly’s done in years, I’m hoping to post on it early next week, but there’s the super-quick version.
  • Just the Clothes on My Back by Naked Blue — an album of songs about Jack Reacher, made in collaboration with Lee Child. I’ve got my (signed) CD sitting next to me. Just need some time to listen to it.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to mithilamohan0123 and Redeemed Three for following the blog this week.