Saturday Miscellany – 4/29/2017

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

  • On the latest Crime Time Podcast, Lee and Eddie end the show with the beginning (I hope) of a discussion on writers focusing on the gory parts of murder scenes — particularly featuring female victims.
  • This week’s Two Crime Writers and a Microphone has an interview with novelist, and first-time Crime writer, Harry Brett. Brett also teaches in MFA programs and hearing his thoughts on the genre is thought-provoking (and the kind of thing I want to shove down the throats of all my “don’t you read real literature” friends?).

    There was only one New Release This Week that caught my eye, but next week has a bumper crop — don’t despair:

  • A Rare Book Of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith — an audio-only Peter Grant/Rivers of London short story. I listened to it yesterday and thought it was pretty fun.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to passmethatbook (am sure with a moniker like that there’s a blog attached, but I didn’t get a URL with the follow notification) and Tannat for following the blog (in one form or another) this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 4/22/16

Another long week — so this is late again. Hopefully back to normal last week. Maybe even with more things to read for you here. Still, here are the ddds ‘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 Release that I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond — not only does this look good, but it reminds me that I never got around to reading Double Down last year. Oops. YA Lois Lane is back in action — and maybe gets to meet SmallvilleGuy in the flesh.

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

I’m Curious: Recommending books in a long series

So here we are with me out of energy and too many books to write about, so I’ll tell a little story and ask a couple of questions instead.

A couple of days ago, I was chatting with some guys, and as frequently happens, one asks, “What’s the best book you’ve read recently?”

It took me about .5 seconds of thought to reply, “Bound by Benedict Jacka.” As you readers all know, from the really long post that I haven’t written yet about it.

Anyway, a moment or two later, I followed that up with, “Of course, that’s actually a recommendation for 8 books, because you need the set to get the impact of Bound. So, the best stand-alone recently is Deep Down Dead . . .” and went out to give them a summary of my blog post on that book (yes, I actually wrote that one).

So, here’s my question: how do you handle recommending an installment in a long-running series? Or, how do you take recommendations for the latest book in a series that’s been going on awhile?

Saturday Miscellany – 4/15/2017

Just 3 things in the odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. Only 3? I guess everyone’s doing their taxes or something (I was sure I had more things in the queue, but . . . ) 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 (and one I forgot about last week):

  • Betrayed by Karen E. Olson — Tina Adler — hacker turned fugitive turned . . . well, we’ll see — is back for her third adventure. Really looking forward to this one.
  • Black Fall by D, H, Bodden — the first of the Black Year series — a YA Urban Fantasy that impressed me. Hopefully you’ll see a post about it early next week!

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

Saturday Miscellany – 4/8/17

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 Release that I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Bound by Benedict Jacka — yahoo! The 8th Alex Verus novel is here — the worst thing I can say about the last two books I’ve read is that they’ve blocked me from this one (library due dates and whatnot). There are few (2, maybe 3) Urban Fantasy series out there as compelling as this one — if you haven’t tried them, you really should.


March 2017 Report

All in all, March was a pretty good month — 29 books finished, nearly not enough written (I’m very tired lately, too tired to write, anyway). A good mix of good books and iffy — with a couple of really good ones thrown in. Which is a pretty decent way to spend a hobby/obsession, no?

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

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Hack Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 Playing with Fire
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Ignite Hide and Seek HER: The 1st Victor Locke Story
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Snotgirl, Vol 1 Cold Reign The Book of Three
4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Silence Fallen The Faceless Ones Not a Drill
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Pipeliner The Black Cauldron Little White Lies
2 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
High Heat The Last Adam The Person of Jesus
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
The Castle of Llyr Magic For Nothing The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
No Uncertain Sound The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag The Forgotten Girls
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Taran Wanderer The Collapsing Empire Nearly Nero
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
The Accidental Detective The High King      
3.5 Stars 4 Stars      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament Popo Gigi: the Earlier Years: London to Bollywood

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

Saturday Miscellany – 4/1/17

The last week of the month is so difficult now to find stuff worth posting, I’m not sure why that is. Still, 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:

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Adam Harkus (a blog my two young guitarists will love), Christy Luis (nice blog to browse, btw), and kirilson for following the blog this week.