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.

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.


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.

Saturday Miscellany – 3/25/17

Yeah, it got quiet around here this week — I’ve got 2 books that I’m excited to talk about, a couple of more that I really want to talk about . .. and a couple of “contractual obligation” books (even if the contract’s just with me). Basically too many books to blog about to be quiet — but man, I’m tired. Inexplicably so. Anyway, keep checking, I’ll get underway again soon. I do have a handful of partially written posts, just have to figure out how to end them.

Enough about me, 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:

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

  • Reed Farrel Coleman – What You Break — Stephen Usery’s interview with Reed Farrel Coleman is great.
  • This week’s Two Crime Writers and a Microphone is loads of fun — starting with the interview with Russel D McLean. I can’t imagine anyone can listen to his pitch for his new novel, Ed’s Dead and not rush to buy it. I couldn’t.

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

  • Chalk by Paul Cornell — there’s magic, bullying and a look at Thatcher’s England from the pen of one of the better authors around.
  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi — the beginning of a new space opera series

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Let’s Read Something New and publishquest2017 for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 3/18/17

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:

  • Hack by Duncan MacMaster — very excited about this Mystery novel about a Ghost Writer who watched as his client was murdered and found himself a target as well. I blogged about this yesterday, and the author was nice enough to A a few of my Qs.
  • The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone — I was excited when I saw this on the release list this week — the first book in this series was so fun, I hope this is almost as good.
  • Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull — Really, the last thing the world needed was a sequel to the Fablehaven series. But something tells me that if Mull’s returned to the series after this long, it’s going to be worth it. My kids who read Fablehaven are too old for this, I’m going to have a hard time justifying this, but curiosity is a strong thing . . .
  • Got Hope by Michael Darling — Goethe “Got” Luck is back for Round 2 in the Urban Fantasy series. The debut rocked, I have high hopes for this.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Genre Book Reviews and gencyazarlarklubu for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 3/11/17

Been one of those days, but it’s still Saturday, so posting it still counts 🙂

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:

  • Alan Dean Foster was interviewed on Hank Garner’s Author Stories podcast this week — some fascinating stuff from an author I’m sure you’ve read a little of.
  • The Writers Panel #319: Christine Lennon/Bob Daily, features some good stuff — I really liked what Daily said about characters/scenes (have used it a little already in looking at books). The story about getting his job on Frasier is pretty good, too, albeit off-topic for this blog.

    After a couple of slow weeks on the New Release front, we get hit with this one…leading to: Bledsoe’s right. Get to work, people. This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon are a good place to start:

  • Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe — the fifth Tufa novel looks to be the darkest so far. Really looking forward to this.
  • Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs — I’m almost halfway done with this, and it’s a good one, folks (shock). Mercy’s kidnapped by a vampire, and well, Adam’s trying not to kill everyone in sight.
  • Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire — the new InCryptid novel is from Antimony’s point of view, and she’s getting to deal with the fallout from Verity’s live television surprise at the end of Chaos Choreography.
  • How the Hell Did This Happen? The 2016 Presidential Election by P. J. O’Rourke — title says it all, don’t it?
  • Say Nothing by Brad Parks — Parks’ first stand-alone is fantastic. Read my full take here.
  • Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells — SF world, Biker Gang, and some strange sort of magic. Cool book. My full take on this one is right here.

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