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I have found the plot! No, seriously, I have a copy of The Lost Plot, the next book in the absolutely fantastic Invisible Library series. And even though it doesn’t come out until January, now that I have it, I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist. If you believe that there is magic in books (and there is, there definitely is) this series is a gem. And if you start now with the first book, The Invisible Library, you should have enough time to catch up, including a chance to take a breath between dives into this marvelous world. You’ll need them.

A couple of other interesting titles popped up, or popped into my list this week. The City of Brass looks interesting, especially because it was one of the publisher’s really, really big featured titles in that SF/Fantasy article I did for Library Journal. And I’m really curious about Seventh Decimate. Back in the day, I read the entire Thomas Covenant series. They were good, but very, very depressing. I liked his Mirror of Her Dreams / A Man Rides Through duology much better, because he managed a happy ending and I was both charmed and astonished. I’m curious to see where this one will fall.

For Review:
The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole
Awesome Jones by AshleyRose Sullivan
The City of Brass (Daevabad #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Lona Chang by AshleyRose Sullivan
The Lost Plot (Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman
Seventh Decimate (Great God’s War #1) by Stephen R. Donaldson
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford

Borrowed from the Library:
Bellevue by David Oshinsky
Hunger by Roxane Gay

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Not a big list, but hopefully an interesting one.

While waiting out Tropical Storm Irma, I yearned for comfort reads, so I dove into Phryne Fisher’s world, again. While there’s a new eARC in the pile, I also discovered that one of the upcoming books in my reading order was one that I did not have in any format. That omission has been rectified. It looks like another book that was not adapted for the TV series. It’s always interesting to read those and try to figure out why not.

I also borrowed the whole Ravenels series (so far) by Lisa Kleypas from the library. I read a spotlight/promo about book 4 in the series, Hello, Stranger, and it sounded so fascinating that I decided to get the whole series and read up to it. It looks like fun!

For Review:
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (Lady Travelers Guide #2)  by Victoria Alexander
Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher #17) by Kerry Greenwood
Of Spice and Men (Pancake House #3) by Sarah Fox
Season of Blood (Crispin Guest #10) by Jeri Westerson

Purchased from Amazon:
The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher #13) by Kerry Greenwood

Borrowed from the Library:
Cold-Hearted Rake (Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

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We saw Hamilton when we in Chicago this summer. But I hadn’t read the book, yet, and wanted to. I’ve been on the hold list at the library all this time, and my copy finally came in. Ebook, of course. Now I just need to carve out some time to read it. The author has a new book about Ulysses S. Grant coming out next month, and I’ll probably end up reading that one first. There are reasons…

While I’m looking forward to everything, of course, the one that has me really intrigued is Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. They wrote one of my favorite post-Katrina New Orleans books, The Map of Moments. And while that was kind of urban fantasy, and Blood of the Four is either epic fantasy, dark fantasy or both, I’m still eager to see what they’ve done this time.

Speaking of hurricanes, it looks like Atlanta is going to get the rump end of Irma on Tuesday. Thankfully, we are far enough inland that by the time it reaches us it should be downgraded back to a tropical storm. But it looks like my friends in Gainesville FL are going to get hammered when it’s still at Cat 3. Stay safe everyone!

For Review:
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
Christmastime Cowboy (Copper Ridge #10) by Maisey Yates
An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King
Gorbachev by William Taubman
Heart of Crystal by Lauren D.M. Smith
Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey
Iron Angels by Eric Flint and Alistair Kimble
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

Borrowed from the Library:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

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It’s Labor Day weekend in the U.S. That means a three-day weekend for lots of people. Here in Atlanta, that means it’s also DragonCon weekend and Decatur Book Festival weekend. Lots of stuff to see and do. We’ll probably hit the Decatur Book Fair. When DragonCon crossed the 70K attendance line, it just got to be too big to cope with. Your mileage, in this case possibly literally, may vary.

For Review:
Best-Laid Plants (Potting Shed #6) by Marty Wingate
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 by S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michele Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green , Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject
Hearts Unleashed by Paris Wynters
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
Highland Dragon Rebel (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #2) by Isabel Cooper
Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14) by Sherryl Woods
Ride it Out (Desert Dogs #4) by Cara McKenna
Unmapped (Treasure Hunter Security #6) by Anna Hackett
Unraveled (Whiskey Sharp #1) by Lauren Dane

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I may end up wanting to set the assassins from Markswoman onto the protagonists of The Curious Affair of the Witch at the Wayside Cross. When I read the first Jesperson and Lane book, The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief, I ended up infuriated. The premise had so much promise, but it failed so miserably in so many directions. This may be a “train-wreck” series for me. I just can’t turn my eyes away, at least not yet.

On that other hand, I’m glad to have one more collection of stories from P.D. James. I loved last year’s The Mistletoe Murder, but I didn’t expect to see more from the late, lamented Baroness James.

And is it just me, or is the cover of See What I Have Done more than a bit creepy?

For Review:

The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (From the Casebooks of Jesperson & Lane #2)  by Lisa Tuttle
Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra
Sleep No More by P.D. James

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger (audiobook)
The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Marlena by Julie Buntin
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

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Another stack of irresistible (at least to me) books. I will say that August still seems a bit early to be even thinking of Xmas books, but I understand why they’re popping up.

Two books on this list I’m particularly happy to have gotten, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall and Terminal Alliance. And they couldn’t be more unalike. Seven Stones is a collection of Outlander short stories and novellas. I know that I’ve read at least one of the stories included in the collection, The Custom of the Army, and probably others. And it doesn’t matter. I’m happy to dip my toes into this world again.

On that other hand, Terminal Alliance is the first book in a new series by Jim C. Hines. I loved his Magic Ex Libris series, which was more-or-less urban fantasy. There wasn’t all that much urban, but it was set in a 20th-21st century where magic worked behind the scenes. Terminal Alliance is space opera, with more than a touch of gallows humor. It has to be gallows humor, because it’s about a spaceship crewed by zombie janitors who are trying to save the universe. Yes, you read that right. Zombie janitors. I can’t wait!

For Review:
Blade of Empire (Dragon Prophecy #2) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Close Contact (Body Armor #3) by Lori Foster
Defending Hearts (Atlanta Skyline #2) by Rebecca Crowley
Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober
Double Portrait by Brittany Perham
The Eterna Solution (Eterna Files #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber
Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
The Night Dahlia (Nightwise #2) by R.S. Belcher
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
A Snow Country Christmas (Carsons of Mustang Creek #4) by Linda Lael Miller
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #1) by Jim C. Hines
The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota #3) by Ada Palmer

Borrowed from the Library:
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
The Loyal Son by Daniel Mark Epstein
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

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I know, I know. I went a bit overboard again. But they all look so pretty! Or fascinating. Or entertaining. Or all of the above. I really, really need a more powerful round tuit, so that I have more time to read them all.

But I’ve already found time to read one! I started Penric’s Fox the minute I downloaded it.

For Review:
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
Dead Man’s Chest (Phryne Fisher #18) by Kerry Greenwood
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev
Endurance by Scott Kelly
The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson by Cherry Lewis
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Ninja’s Illusion (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #5) by Gigi Pandian
Rebellion by Molly Patterson
The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk
The Shift of the Tide (Uncharted Realms #3) by Jeffe Kennedy
Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford
Virtue (Sons of Scotland #1) by Victoria Vane

Purchased from Amazon:
Penric’s Fox (Penric and Desdemona #3) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Review)

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I went overboard, possibly more than will actually appear. Occasionally I trim the list to force the graphic not to be too ugly, and push a couple/few titles to the next week.

One note on this list. I usually listen to one book while at my workouts, while reading one or more others. I tried listening to Skin Game by Jim Butcher, and had to stop. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did, and one of these days I’ll finish it, in ebook. But while listening, for me it feels like the actor is telling the story straight into my head. And while I know that James Marsters is a fantastic reader, and that everyone loves his version of Harry Dresden, when he speaks in an American accent his voice sounds exactly like one of my favorite characters in Mass Effect. And the two things don’t go together. Garrus Vakarian should not be reading Harry Dresden, he should be calibrating the big guns on the SSV Normandy II. I know it isn’t the same actor, but it sounds so much the same that I couldn’t cope with the disconnect and had to stop. So far, Killers of the Flower Moon is awesome. And she doesn’t sound like anyone I already know.

For Review:
Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Fool Me Once (First Wives #1) by Catherine Bybee
The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister
The Midnight Front (Dark Arts #1) by David Mack
Provenance by Ann Leckie
The Ruin of Angels (Craft Sequence #6) by Max Gladstone
The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet
Untraveled (Treasure Hunter Security #5) by Anna Hackett
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Wild Justice (Delta Force #3) by M.L. Buchman

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (audio)
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (audio)

Borrowed from the Library:
Don’t Tempt Me (Guthrie Brothers #1) by Lori Foster
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The Memory House (Honey Ridge #1) by Linda Goodnight
The Rain Sparrow (Honey Ridge #2) by Linda Goodnight
The Towers of the Sunset by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

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I did not intentionally set out to get way more than enough books this week to make up for last week, but it just kind of happened. What can I say? I have abibliophobia – a desperate fear of not having enough to read.

For Review:
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
The Bookworm by Mitch Silver
Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton #1) by Carole Lawrence
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai
Queen of the Flowers (Phryne Fisher #14) by Kerry Greenwood
Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery
Secret Shores by Ella Carey
Storm and Seduction (Warriors of the Wind #2) by Anna Hackett
Tempest (Warriors of the Wind #1) by Anna Hackett
The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai

Purchased from Amazon:
Book Smugglers Quarterly Almanac: Volume 4

Borrowed from the Library:
Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

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After last week’s huge stack of books, it’s probably a good thing that this week’s is a bit more reasonable. Isn’t it?

For Review:
Christmas in Icicle Falls (Life in Icicle Falls #12) by Sheila Roberts
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Wilde in Love (Wildes of Lindow Moss #1) by Eloisa James
Worth the Wait (Guthrie Brothers #2) by Lori Foster

Purchased from Amazon:
Level Up (Fandom Hearts #1) by Cathy Yardley

Borrowed from the Library:
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce #15) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.