Saturday Miscellany — 7/20/19

Here’s a facepalm moment, I thought I posted this before I closed my browser this afternoon. But…well, what are ya gonna do? Better later than never, eh?

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:

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

  • Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt — one of the stronger non-Christmas-related installments in years. A fast, fun mystery. As I said using more words
  • The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter — for reasons beyond my ken, I’ve become resistant to jumping into a new Epic Fantasy series, but this Game of Thrones meets Gladiator, drawing on African traditions adventure just might make me give it a go. Looks great, and my feeds have been glowing about it.

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

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Saturday Miscellany — 7/13/19

A small (but interesting!) list of odds and ends, a killer bunch of new releases, a nice podcast interview and some new friends. Short intro, good week. Enjoy the post!

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 Book-ish Related Podcast Episodesyou might want to give a listen to:

  • Episode 674 | Abbi Waxman Returns — Hank Garner talks to one of my new favorite authors, Abbi Waxman about her new book.

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon is probably the strongest list in months:

  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty — The hype for this is huge. And seems desereved. For the 2.7% of you that haven’t heard about this, here’s the synopsis: “You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.” This is either gonna be fantastic or a waste of time. My money’s on the former.
  • The Shameless by Ace Atkins — how can this be the ninth Quinn Colson novel already? The stakes have never been higher than they are in this book, sure to be a winner.
  • And for an entry with no guns, kidnapping or killings, here’s: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman — a charming tribute to books and readers — I gushed over this one last week.
  • Null Set by SL Huang — the second installment in this series isn’t quite as good as the first, but it develops a lot of what was hinted at while setting up bigger things for the future. I dig this character and even “not quite as good” is still a good book, my fuller thoughts are here.
  • Ash Kickers by Sean Grigsby — I was blown away by last year’s Smoke Eaters‘ tale of firefighters vs. dragons. And now you add in a Pheonix for the sequel? Come on. . . how do you say no?

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Shana Gorian, Caroline Vincent, Tales of alenshy and The Unseen Library for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 7/6/19

It seems like half of the things I found for this post this week were links I already posted this year. I guess everyone was having a holiday week. Maybe there’s not a lot, but I like what I did see.

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:

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

  • Ink To Ashes by Russell Day — technically, one of last week’s new releases — but I somehow missed the news. Doc Slidesmith (possibly my favorite new character of 2019) and Yakky are back for more Miss Marple-y action (if Miss Marple was a voodoo-practicing, motorcycle riding, tattoo artist with a PhD).
  • Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn — It’s been four long years since the last Chet & Bernie novel, I’m so looking forward to this new one. Don’t know what it’s about yet — don’t care.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to karishmarele Aurore-Anne-Chehoke, Sovely Matters and chapterinmylife for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 6/29/19

Little preamble today, it’s just been a week, let’s say. I’ve really needed a book to fall into most of the week — sadly, haven’t had the mental energy to do that. Have read some pretty cool things, thankfully. Just not as much as I could’ve used, I’m sure you can all relate.

However, I’ve somehow managed to find a good batch 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:

    There weren’t any new releases this week that caught my eye — did I miss any?

    I’m thinking of making some changes to the look/feel of this site — but my skills are rather…limited, shall we say? Anyone willing to help (for a modest fee), or have any tips, suggestions — leave a comment (below), hit me with a message, or use those social network buttons to your right.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Michelle Eddington, Queerying Literature, IM Fletcher, and Bestiality for following the blog this week (possibly the most eclectic batch for one week yet).

Saturday Miscellany – 6/22/19

Runnin’ late — been running late all week, really. No time for an intro, really. Go directly to the links, do not pass go, do not collect $200. 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:

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

  • The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford: — A mouthy and fun psychokinetic is on the run for her life — and her friends’, too. I had a blast with this one, as I said here.
  • FKA USA by Reed King — I’ve seen a ton of ads for this one, and the premise/tone intrigue me (go read the link, I’m not going to try to summarize in a sentence). Not sure, I’ll like it, but I’m quite curious.

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

Saturday Miscellany – 6/15/19

This has been one of those weeks…I seem to have a lot of them, lately. I’ve barely been online — as this short list will demonstrate. Still, some good stuff.

Also, I’ve been trying to adjust to Progressive lenses. Trying being the operative word. I’m spending a lot of time with my new lenses in my pocket, to be honest. Which is not what I spent the money for. My old glasses took up space in my pocket while I read for a lot less money. Any glasses that interfere with my reading are not going to spend a lot of time on my face. Anyone else out there dealt with Progressive lenses? Anyone have better success? Tips to share?

Still, I cobbled together a few 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:

  • Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe — I didn’t finish O’Keefe’s last SF series (which really bugs me), this one looks as good — maybe better. As Paul’s Picks said..

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

Saturday Miscellany — 6/8/19

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 Book-ish Related Podcast Episodesyou might want to give a listen to:

  • O&F Podcast, Ep. 196: Patricia BriggsStrout talks to Briggs about a whole host of stuff — I appreciated her talking about grief and what it did to her writing, and the pressures of hitting the NYT Best-Seller List. But just an enjoyable chat overall.

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

  • Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey — a PI is called in by her estranged twin to solve a murder at a Hogwarts-esque private school? Sign me up.

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