Saturday Miscellany – 6/16/18

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:

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to annhwkns77, Allie Sumner and lindsayjohnna for following the blog this week.

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Saturday Miscellany – 6/9/18

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:

    • Brief Cases by Jim Butcher — New collection of short stories from The Dresden Files. I started this Wednesday and cannot believe that I haven’t finished it yet. I will be expressing my deep love for this soon. (A quick update 1 hour after posting, I’m done and I had no idea an hour ago how much I loved this book. Probably my favorite thing to date in 2018)
    • The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven — introducing Washington Poe. I heard a review of this on the latest Two Crime Writers and a Microphone episode. Sounds great, sounds creepy and with great lead characters.
    • Free Chocolate by Amber Royer — I’ve been seeing raves about this for so long, I can’t believe it’s only been released now — a Space Opera with a sense of humor about a Galactic struggle to control the Earth’s chocolate. Of all the reasons I’ve seen for going to war lately, I’ve gotta say this ranks at the top.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to glenn van nostrand and T.Jaye for following the blog this week.

    Saturday Miscellany – 6/2/18

    It’s the last week of the month (or it was…), plus the holiday — which always makes for a short post for me. Still,there’s some good stuff here (including, but not limited to, one that I forgot to post last week). Without further ado, 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:

    • Why crime fiction is booming — There’s a lot of good insight here, particularly this line: ” Good crime fiction is necessarily a reader-centred experience, because it only works if the reader is willing to engage with it – other genres can see the author be (for want of a better word) pretentious, and focus on what they want to get out of it. In crime fiction, the author wants a reader to try and solve their crimes.”
    • An Audio Addict’s Guide to Audiobook Mysteries — I haven’t listened to any of these, but I’ve read some of the novels and agree with her take on them, and she’s right about George Guidall (his Longmire work is great).
    • The Brothers Goldberg: Tod Goldberg interviews Lee Goldberg — probably the best Lee Goldberg interview possible — even if you’re not a Goldberg reader, this is worth a read.
    • 10 Small Press Books to Read this Summer — some good TBR fodder.
    • A facebook post from Jim Butcher — in response to readers thanking him for saving their lives. Honestly, if I ever met the man, I’d be tempted to say something like that to him, too. This post was just great.

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

    May 2018 Report

    Despite starting off pretty rough, this ended up being a pretty good month — some fantastic works, a lot of good ones, but yeah, some let-downs, too. Things were fairly productive, too — all in all a good month, and the next month promises to continue that trend (phew!).

    So, here’s what happened here in May —

    Books/Novels/Novellas/Short Stories Read/Listened to:

    Fault Lines Old Black Magic Baby Shower
    3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    The Roaring Twenties Benedict Arnold Theophany
    3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
    Reluctant Courage Not Talking Italics Gables Court
    1 1/2 Stars 5 Stars 1 Star
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The Gauntlet The Fairies of Sadieville
    5 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars
    How to Be a Perfect Christian Proven Guilty The Assassin of Oz
    4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
    The TV Decective Trouble is a Friend of Mine Trade Deal
    4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    Flame in the Dark Fleshmarket Alley Trouble Makes a Comeback
    4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
    Sixth Prime Spiraling  The War Outside My Window
    2 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
    How it Happened The Ship of the Dead Dreadnought
    4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars

    Still Reading:

    Volume 1: The Glory of Christ Jesus and His Enemies Rubicon
    Any Other Name            

    Reviews Posted:

    Book Challenge Progress:

    Angel's Guilty Pleasures
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Audiobook) by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale
  • Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Audiobook) by Stephanie Tromly, Kathleen McInerney
  • Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin
  • Trouble Makes a Comeback(Audiobook) by Stephanie Tromly, Kathleen McInerney (link to come)
  • How it Happened by Michael Koryta (link to come)
  • Ship of the Dead (Audiobook) by Rick Riordan, Michael Crouch
  • Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien
  • Reluctant Courage by Rica Newbery
  • Not Talking Italics by Russell Day
  • Gables Court by Alan S. Kessler
  • The TV Detective by Simon Hall
  • Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Audiobook) by Stephanie Tromly, Kathleen McInerney
  • How to Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee
  • The Assassin of Oz by Nicky Peacock
  • Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien
  • The Roaring Twenties: A Time of Movies, Mass Production, and Moonshine by in60Learning
  • Benedict Arnold: From American Hero to British Traitor by in60Learning
  • Reluctant Courage by Rica Newbery
  • Not Talking Italics by Russell Day
  • Gables Court by Alan S. Kessler
  • The TV Detective by Simon Hall
  • I’ve really gotta get going on this one…

    How was your month?

    Saturday, er, Monday Miscellany – 5/28/18

    Hope you all had a great Towel Day! And for you U. S. types, I hope you’re having a good Memorial Day.I got knocked out by a stomach virus this weekend — spent most of it unconscious, and the time I was awake, I couldn’t focus enough to write anything — even this. Reading was straight out — this is the longest I’ve gone without reading in years — Friday afternoon through…I dunno, really — I need to spend some time today reshuffling my schedule so I can make all the deadlines I have in the next 8 days. So anyway, I’m just saying, there’s a reason this is two days late.

    Here are the odds ‘n ends over the last 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 Eva Newermann for following the blog this week.

    Saturday Miscellany – 5/19/18

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

    • How It Happened by Michael Koryta — Just reading the pitch for this — and knowing what Koryta can do with suspense — makes me think about doubling up on the blood pressure medication the day I start this.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Sritha Bandla, James Remmer and moviewarden for following the blog this week.

    The Mail I Get . . . 5/15/18

    (with apologies to Lee Goldberg for stealing his title for blog posts to describe the strange, the obnoxious, the puzzling emails that he gets.)

    I don’t normally do this, but come on.

    I received this review request today:

    [Title Redacted] is for the 21st century woman who is ready for a new narrative about dating, romance, sex and life! [Title Redacted] helps women move from fear to freedom. It offers practical dating advice, teaching women to navigate through the often challenging and daunting dating world, while countering the sexist, stereotypical and, frankly, stupid “instructions” spewed at women by self-professed male “dating experts.”

    [Title Redacted] puts the FUN back into dating while also providing no-nonsense guidance that empowers and encourages women who have grown weary, been disappointed, and are still holding on to outmoded and unrealistic expectations about their dating choices. [Title Redacted] reminds women of their worth, helping them understand that they do not need to fit some antiquated model of being “accepted” or “chosen” by men.

    For women who are so ready to sever the cord – quickly, forcefully and permanently – that has kept them bound by dangerous dogma and silly, sexist “thought leaders,” [Title Redacted] offers fresh, funny advice for discovering themselves, deciding what they really want, and enjoying dating!

    I’m not expecting some author/editor/representative to exhibit an exhaustive knowledge of this blog — but what on Earth suggests for a second that this is the kind of book I’d read (much less appreciate)??? Why spend the time filling out my form without taking a quick glance around to see if it’s in my wheelhouse (the form pretty much makes it clear that it’s not).