What’s on my (mostly virtual) nightstand? New Year’s Day 2012

Happy New Year!  2012. Wow! I still want George Jetson’s car. The one that folded up into his briefcase when he parked. When will someone develop one of those? The future is not quite what it was cracked up to be. Transporters should be under development at the very least. I guess we’ll just have to settle for iPads. Cool enough beans for now.

I seem to have given myself a New Year’s reprieve. I’m not sure how that happened. There is only one new book being dropped on the pile next week. For once, I actually seem to have been thinking.

The Canvas Thief by Patricia Kirby looks like a paranormal romance. A comic book artist sees demons, and draws fictionalized versions of them into her comic books. The only problem is that either her comic book characters have come to life, or the world she has been drawing all these years is even more real than she imagined. This sounded really cool when I got it from NetGalley.

So, if there are no new books, what about the recap?

I’m doing better with this week than last week. If figures.

I finished The First Rule of Ten, and I’m really glad there’s going to be a Second Rule of Ten (no date set but the first couple of chapters were in the back of the first book). First Rule was good! This concept shouldn’t work, but does. Ten is a former Buddhist monk, and former LAPD cop, who becomes a private investigator. He’s not really good at obeying meaningless rules, which got him in trouble at the monastery, and bored him as a cop, but makes him a very interesting PI. Review this week.

I’m maybe a third of the way through Midnight Reckoning. And vampire politics are as convoluted as ever. This picked up where Castle’s Dark Awakening (reviewed here) left off, and so far, so good.

I finally finished Michelle Sagara’s Cast in Ruin, which completes the Chronicles of Elantra until Cast in Peril comes out. Ruin has been in my NetGalley backlog since September, so I’m both glad and sorry. I loved Elantra so much I put the entire series on my Best of 2011 list. I’ll miss Kaylin and Company until Peril. I have hopes for September 2012, but no certainty. Review this week, of course.

I still haven’t found the box with my copy of Demi-Monde: Winter in it. This is the problem with print books. They hide themselves.  Whatever it is you’re looking for, it’s always in the last place you look. Of course, that’s because you stop looking as soon as you find it!

Tomorrow will be Ebook Review Central with Samhain Publishing’s November 2011 books.

Next week we’ll be back with the post-holiday doldrums. And another edition of the Nightstand.