Saturday Miscellany – 8/5/17

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:

  • The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh — Set inside ” a dusty town in the Texas Panhandle cut off from the outside world and populated entirely by former criminals and witnesses put in protective custody. The twist: None of these people know who they are, because all of them have had their memories of their pasts erased.” In this quaint little town, not surprisingly, trouble erupts.
  • After On by Rob Reid — his Year Zero was a fun humorous SF look at music and piracy, this Silicon Valley novel about an evil social network looks to be equally fun.
  • Urban Enemies edited by Joseph Nassise — short stories from the villain’s point of view from series such as The Dresden Files, Iron Druid Chronicles, Kitty Norville, Toby Daye, Faith Hunter and more.
  • A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon — a couple of decades ago, Noon’s Vurt blew my mind, and I haven’t picked up anything by him since. This will hopefully be the end of that annoying trend.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 7/29/17

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 (yup, month’s end, so we got a tiny list):

  • The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock — Tarantino meets Flannery O’Connor in a western. Or something like that. Sounds good to me.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 7/21/17

I knew I was being overly ambitious when I packed 3 books for my 2 days away, but I was unprepared for how busy the waiting areas we were in were. I got a little over 100 pages of reading done. Pitiful number, really. I know I had more important things going on, but I still expected a little more.

Anyway, I was away from the Internet for a few days, and so I didn’t find that many odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading, but I enjoyed these:

    A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:

  • Myke Cole Interview — on The Author Stories Podcast. I’ve heard Cole interviewed a couple of times before, but Garner got a bit more out of him than I’d heard before.

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

  • Collared by David Rosenfelt — Andy Carpenter defends a man during a retrial — my post about it is here
  • The Fallen by Ace Atkins — Quinn Colson chases some bank robbers and we get a new antagonist. I had a little to say about it.
  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly — I’m about 2/3 done with this and am really impressed with Connelly’s new detective.
  • Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil — a UF Police Procedural, some peanutbutter in my chocolate. Looks tasty.
  • Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks — okay, I’m not that interested, but I’ve got a kid who will be.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 7/15/17

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. I’ve read 1 of these and 4 of them are calling to me from my shelf/Kindle. A good-looking crop.:

  • Dead Is Good by Jo Perry — Charlie and Rose are back for . . . who cares what they’re back for? They’re back! A ghost and a ghost dog solve mysteries, does it matter what the specifics are? The only book 3 I’ve been looking forward to more is Rothfuss’ very overdue one.
  • Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson — Space-faring dragons in a teen adventure. This is what I had to say about it.
  • Besieged by Kevin Hearne — 9 Iron Druid short stories (5 of which happen post-Staked)
  • Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn — a murder investigation in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero — a spoof of/tribute to teen detectives
  • Song of the Swan by Michael RN Jones — Victor Locke and Dr. Jonathan Doyle are back, this time Locke’s in prison and it’s up to Doyle to save the day.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Person of Interest, Brusque and The Hunt and Peck Blog for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 7/8/17

There weren’t a lot of odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye, but these are worth your while:

    A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:

  • Fredrik Backman Interview — on The Author Stories Podcast. I forgot to post this last week — whoops. Fascinating author, good discussion. Hank Garner’s a reliable listen anyway, when you get an author like this, it makes for a very good podcast.

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

  • In the Still by Jacqueline Chadwick — a former forensic psychologist in a new country gets sucked into a murder investigation. I started this one this morning, really good so far . . .
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine — a thriller about a serial killer’s wife in the aftermath of her husband’s conviction.
  • and we even see some books without the word “Still” in the title…

  • Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn — the sequel to last year’s Heroine Complex, now that her PA/friend is her crime-fighting partner, how does Aveda Jupiter deal with things?
  • Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry — The story of Captain Hook, from his POV


Saturday Miscellany – 7/1/17

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:

…and some non-Potter reads

    A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:

  • Reed Farrel Coleman — on the Hear Me This Book podcast. I really wasn’t impressed with teh host (he derailed Coleman’s answers so many times), but I really enjoyed what Coleman had to say.

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

  • The Right Side by Spencer Quinn — an injured soldier comes back from Afghanistan and as some trouble adjusting (to put it mildly). This is what I thought about it.
  • The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch — A Peter Grant/Rivers of London novella, Ghosts and the London Underground — ’nuff said. If you care to glance at it, here’s what I had to say.
  • SAUL by Bradley Horner — SF tale about a father trying to save his daughter. Horner writes some of the best reviews around, can’t wait to see what he produces on the other side of the fence.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 6/24/17

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:

  • The Force by Don Winslow — Winslow writes about a corrupt group in the NYPD — the hype around this one is strong, and it looks good. Probably going to crack this one open Monday — can’t wait.
  • The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham — Last year, I’d fully intended on reading all the Fiona Griffiths novels after really getting sucked into the first. Whoops — 17 months later and not only haven’t I read another, there’s a new one.
  • Indigo by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore, and Mark Morris — no, really — all those authors, one novel. I don’t get it, but I’m intrigued. The story about an investigative reporter/superpowered vigilante seems almost as interesting as see how all this works.
  • Run Program by Scott Meyer — a rogue AI with the intelligence of a 6-year old gets loose and wreaks havoc. Which is an interesting starting point — add in the fact that this is Scott Meyer, so it’ll be well-told and funny. Likely a winner.

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