Saturday Miscellany — 2/17/18

Slim pickings this week in the 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:

  • A Love Letter to Mass Market Paperbacks — probably my first (and most enduring) love is celebrated in this piece from BookRiot
  • Why Bother Reading More? — I’m not sure why this older post from Confessions of a Readaholic showed up on my feed this week, but it’s worth a read/reread.
  • Jane’s Long-Running Series — Faith Hunter shares her secrets to writing a long-running series. This should be interesting for readers of Hunter; non-readers of Hunter who like to see how someone does it anyway; and aspiring authors wanting tips.
  • Fahrenheit author Ian Patrick’s debut novel Rubicon has been optioned by the BBCRubicon has been languishing on that corner of my Kindle where great looking Fahrenheit Press books go to languish and gather virtual dust since it came out — it looks great, I’ve heard great things about it — this probably couldn’t happen to a more-deserving book.
  • Edmund Wilson on Crime Fiction — Edmund Wilson was a notable literary critic in the mid-20th century or so. Here’s a couple of pieces he wrote decrying Detective Fiction. They’re so bad that they’re fun to read. “Why Do People Read Detective Stories?” and its sequel “Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?”
  • 20 Quirks & Strange Habits. The Weird Side of Famous Writers — a nifty infographic from Jack Milgram — thanks for this one, Jack!

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

  • The Plea by Steve Cavanagh — The second novel about Eddie Flynn, the con man turned actual lawyer, was published in hardcover in the US this week (it came out in the UK 2 or so years ago, but we’re catching up).
  • Where Night Stops by Douglas Light — A fast-paced and effective crime thriller. Here’s what I had to say about it.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Jakirra Ballard, Beardy Book Blogger (welcome to the book blogosphere, by the way — love the beard, too), A D Solomon, spacefaith1 (thanks for the follow, but not linking to that banner pic, sorry) and Alicia Reads for following the blog this week.

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Saturday Miscellany – 2/10/18

Forgive me a minor rerun from Twitter/FB a couple of days ago (in case you follow me there, if not, check out those handy buttons to the right!) — on Tuesday, I made a joke about wanting to come down with the flu do I could catch up on reading (namely, finishing Iron Gold by Pierce Brown and reading Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells — literally no idea when I can fit that one into my schedule). Then Wednesday night/Thursday morning, I got sick. So sick I couldn’t focus on print — I dabbled on social media off and on, but that was about all the concentration I had. Blargh. I’m on the upswing, I think, but just know that this post has taken me three sessions to complete. Just that kind of week. Hope you all stay healthy this flu season.

Somehow, I managed to get a good sample 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:

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

  • Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells — Witches (of a sort), a biker gang (of a sort), interstellar corporate greed and corruption (of the typical dystopian sort), and some of the more intriguing characters I met in 2017. Can’t wait to get into this one.
  • Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg — The subtitle sold me on reading this: “How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy”

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to awritersramblings446569187, Somya Gujjar, LFBooks, andrea bindi and rimpytoor for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 2/3/18

Only a few odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading 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:

  • A Blogger’s Manifesto: A Modern Day Guide to Blogging by Aman Mittal — a handy little book for those interested in starting a blog, or need a little lift to get back at it.
  • Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz — Book 3 for Orphan X/The Nowhere Man/Evan Smoak.
  • Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, Stephen Gilpin — Cinder’s pal, Iko, continues her one android campaign against the rogue wolf-soldiers.
  • Dark Arts: The Midnight Front by David Mack — I love the concept for this secret history series, as well as for the book, Mack tells the story of the sorcerers fighting with the Allies against Hitler and his supernatural forces. You can hear him talk about it on the Once & Future Podcast: O&F Podcast, Ep. 172: David Mack

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

Saturday Miscellany — 1/27/18

The last two weeks have been fairly quiet around here, sorry about that. I’ve been bizzarely and inexplicably tired lately — literally fell asleep writing 2-3 times this week (and last week, come to think about it). Will try to turn the tide this week…

Meanwhile, 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:

    No New Releases caught my eye this week, which gives me a chance to catch up/get less-behind (however you want to look at it)

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Paula Bardell-Hedley and BookieWookie for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 1/20/18

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:

  • Darkside Earther by Bradley Horner — The blurb is too long to try to compress, here’s something the author said to sum it up: “It’s Space-Opera, a YA romance, full of virtual worlds and Space Battles.” Also, I can say that Horner knows his stuff –I read his reviews regularly and he knows his genre fiction — if that familiarity is reflected in this story, it’ll be good.
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown — I thought the Red Rising trilogy ended well, I really didn’t need more in this world — and I”m a little afraid that this is trying to squeeze more out of this story than is good for it. Still, there’s no way that I”m not going to read something that Brown puts out at this point. This takes place a decade or so after Morning Star and has to do with how things turned out after that. I don’t want to know anything else until I read the book, so that’s all I can say 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Amy Sparks and lynnm2018 for following the blog this week (neither of them had a URL to share, either…not often that happens), hope you like what you read.

Saturday Miscellany — 1/12/18

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 had just one New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon, but it’s a good one:

  • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire — the third volume of McGuire’s Wayward Children series is out and is fantastic. The only reason I haven’t posted about it was that I wrote so much that it didn’t make much sense and needed to get trimmed down significantly. It’s just wonderful.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to 500words, Ethan Bayes and Haden Clark for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 1/6/18

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:

  • The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry — a great looking thriller about a bomb maker targeting bomb technicians.
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce — is on the other end of the spectrum — a sweet looking story about music, love and healing.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Thomas Neil, JW Bowe, Mar G.-Amorena and Wolfe Butler for following the blog this week.