Not a lot of review copies in this stack, but I’ve clearly given in, or leaned in, or both, to my love of the Barker & Llewelyn series and am in the process of collecting the ones I don’t have eARCs of, which is unfortunately most of them. So there’s that. The prettiest cover ‘award’ certainly goes to A Botanist’s Guide to Society and Secrets, but all the covers in that series have been pretty – even if the plants and flowers pictured thereon are of the deadly and poisonous variety.
Normal Women is a book that made my curiosity bump itch, because we all have ideas and beliefs about exactly what roles average, “normal” women played in history, and I’m hoping to learn something of how much of that popular opinion is remotely correct. We’ll see.
The book I’m most curious about is Pets and the City. It’s nonfiction, the autobiographical account of a vet who makes house calls in Manhattan – as the full title clearly states. I’m curious because this is not the first book that I’ve seen telling that story. Dr. Louis J. Camuti wrote his tales of calling on tails and fins and fangs in Manhattan back in 1980 under the hilariously true title of All My Patients Are Under the Bed. I remember those tales and those patients very fondly, and still have a copy of the book – assuming the cats haven’t either chewed it to scrap or peed on it somewhere along the way. But all of that means I’m really curious to see how much as changed and how much remains the same. For example, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that all of Dr. Attas’ patients are ALSO under the bed!
I’ve been stalking NetGalley in the hopes that my request for the audio of We Are the Crisis would get approved – and it finally did. I started it immediately and am just as immersed as I was in the first book, No Gods, No Monsters. I can see a lot of solitaire in my future so that I can listen to it faster.
This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means that the holiday season will officially commence. I don’t know about you, but the holidays have certainly snuck up on me this year. I’m definitely looking forward to a lot of extra reading opportunities in the weeks ahead.
Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., and Remembrance Day in the U.K. and much of the British Commonwealth. This holiday, which recognizes the service of all military veterans, was first celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. A conflict which unfortunately did not turn out to be “war to end all wars.”
Speaking of books, because that’s most of what we do here at Reading Reality. this is another short stack that got embiggened a bit because the original few looked so lonely. I’m also “auditioning” a couple of series as possible comfort reads as I’m just about caught up with Wrexford & Sloane.
I’ve heard good things about the Barker & Llewelyn series, I have a few in eARCs and they’re Victorian, so more Holmes’ era than either Wrexford & Sloane or Sebastian St. Cyr. So we’ll see. I’m also looking back at Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January series, set in the 1830s in New Orleans and thereabouts. I read the first, it looks like ten, books in the series, beginning with A Free Man of Color (which describes Benjamin January’s situation rather succinctly if not completely) back when they first came out, but it fell by the reading wayside in that torrent of ‘so many books, so little time’. But my memory says the series is absolutely worth picking up again, so I’ll have to see if that memory is playing me true or false in the months ahead.
This stack is EXACTLY what happens when the pickings get slim over at Edelweiss and NetGalley. The few books I pick up from them on a week like this look so LONELY in the stack that I start combing through friends’ recommendations and get more books.
With ‘falling back’ to go back to Standard Time this week, I’ll get an hour more to read tonight. C’est la reading vie!
You can tell that winter is coming on by the size – or the lack thereof – of this stack. Not much is published in November, December and even January, so not much shows up on NetGalley and Edelweiss in the months preceding. Except for Spring! books, which have already begun. I always think I’m going to catch up a bit in November and December, at least as far as making a bit of a reduction in the size of the virtually towering TBR pile – but it never happens. So many books, so little time!
There’s a book in this stack that I’ve been waiting for, it feels like, forever. That’s Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey. I got back into Valdemar with the publication of the first book in the Founding of Valdemar series, Beyond, and I’ve been itching to learn how things got to be the way they are in Arrows of the Queen ever since. This particular book was announced earlier this year and I’ve been pretty much begging for an eARC ever since. It’s finally arrived so reading this looks to be my holiday present to myself. Possibly literally as the book will be published at the end of December.
There’s one book here that, while I didn’t pick it for the title, the title certainly put it over the top. That would be The Dead Cat Tail Assassins. I adored the author’s A Master of Djinn, and his entire Dead Djinn Universe so I’ve been eagerly anticipating whatever he wrote next. This is next, so I’d be reading it anyway, but with that title I absolutely can’t resist, especially as it seems clear from the blurbs that no cats died in the making of these assassins. People, however, are not nearly so sacrosanct.
It’s beginning to look a lot like the stacks are getting smaller as the holiday season comes upon us. That may seem like a bit of a non-sequitur but it really isn’t. There just isn’t a lot published in November and December because of the holidays, so most of the books in this stack that are forthcoming aren’t coming until next year. Although I picked up the two Shady Hollow books specifically because they ARE holiday books.
Then there’s the book in this stack that I’ve been looking forward to for MONTHS. Of course I’m talking about The Lantern’s Dance by Laurie R. King. I got hooked on the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series way back when the first book in the series, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, came out. I remember thinking at the time that it was really good if you could just manage to swallow the almost unbelievable premise. Which I did and it was and absolutely still is and the hook clearly is just not letting go.
This week’s stack is short but very, very sweetly anticipated. Court of Wanderers and The Twilight Queen are both second books in series that I hoped really hard would be series but couldn’t be certain until just this week when these two books popped up on NetGalley and Edelweiss.
And then there’s What Cannot Be Said, the 19th book in my much-loved Sebastian St. Cyr series. I’m so happy to have this one, and so tempted to just READ IT NOW, but then I’ll have an even longer wait for book 20. I’m on the horns of a very sharp dilemma over this one.
The book I’m honestly the MOST curious about is Jim Butcher’s new novella in his Cinder Spires series, Warriorborn. It’s been EIGHT WHOLE YEARS since the first book in the series, The Aeronaut’s Windlass. I remember liking it at the time, but thinking that it could have used an editor. It was A LOT. I have an eARC of The Olympian Affair, the second full book in the series, so I’m really hoping that Warriorborn will be enough to get me back in and caught up before I tackle that book to the ground. We’ll see.