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I absolutely did pick up Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone for the title. Because seriously, who could resist? I have The Cradle of Ice because the first book in the series, The Starless Crown was intriguing – if a bit uneven. And the audio of God of Neverland was an Audible Daily Deal. Some stacks have a teeny bit more thought put into them than this one does, but they all look fascinating!

For Review:
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi (Amina al-Sirafi #1) by Shannon Chakraborty
The Bequest by Joanna Margaret
Conquer the Kingdom (Gargoyle Queen #3) by Jennifer Estep
The Cradle of Ice (Moon Fall #2) by James Rollins
Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
Foul Lady Fortune (Foul Lady Fortune #1) by Chloe Gong
The Foxglove King (Nightshade Crown #1) by Hannah Whitten
The Queen’s Price (Black Jewels #12) by Anne Bishop
Solomon’s Crown by Natasha Siegel
A Very Typical Family by Sierra Godfrey
A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
God of Neverland (Defenders of Lore #1) by Gama Ray Martinez (audio)


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As you can all see, the stacks do eventually get smaller. Thank goodness! If these were all or even mostly print books, the house would have caved in long ago!

The covers this week aren’t so much pretty as they are curious – or at least I’m curious about the books inside them. And not that the Valdemar Companion pictured on the cover of Shenanigans isn’t pretty, because it is and they are. But there are some I’m terrible curious about this week. Essex Dogs because it’s historical fiction about the Hundred Years’ War, and after reading 1632 again I’m interested in the period. A Tempest at Sea by Sherry Thomas because the Lady Sherlock series both fascinates me and drives me bananas, sometimes in the same book. And finally, Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen because it looks absolutely fascinating while sounding nothing like the previous book of his that I’ve read, Light Years from Home.

For Review:
Don’t Open the Door (Regan Merritt #2) by Allison Brennan
Essex Dogs by Dan Jones
Hades (Sentinel Security #2) by Anna Hackett
The Poet’s House by Jean Thompson
Riverside by Ian Skillicorn and Glenda Young (audio)
Shenanigans (Valdemar #16) by Mercedes Lackey
Singer Distance by Ethan Chatagnier
A Tempest at Sea (Lady Sherlock #7) by Sherry Thomas
Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka
Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen
The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew
Wings Once Cursed & Bound (Mythwoven #1) by Piper J. Drake


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I just finished Remarkably Bright Creatures, which leads me straight into The Mountain in the Sea as both stories are about octopi. Not that they way they deal with their respective octopi resembles each other in the slightest, but two books about octopi relatively close together does stretch the long arm of coincidence a bit. Or possibly eight arms of coincidence. We’ll see.

The other book in this batch I’m really curious about is Bitter Medicine. The cover is understated, but the story looks like fun!

For Review:
Bitter Medicine by Mia Tsai
The Gathering Dark: an Anthology of Folk Horror edited by Tori Bovalino
A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin
The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler (audio)
Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah
Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra
O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker
The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown
The Thick and the Lean by Chana Porter
When the Night Bells Ring by Jo Kaplan
Where it Rains in Colour by Denise Crittendon

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Get Off My Lawn by Stephanie Osborn
Never Meant to Meet You by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans


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The stacks they are finally getting shorter. YAY!

This week I have a tie for which book I’m most excited about on the list. Horowitz’s The Twist of a Knife had held that position all by itself – until Friday. Because that’s when I learned that Scalzi had just let loose with another Dispatcher audio novella. I can’t wait to listen to Travel by Bullet, but I’m trying to finish the audiobook I’m in the middle of first and it isn’t nearly as exciting! Still, I’m halfway done and I’m afraid that if I don’t finish it now I won’t. We’ll just have to see how strongly the Dispatcher calls to me in the week ahead!

I picked up The Book Haters’ Book Club for the title but it really does look like fun!

For Review:
The Book Haters’ Book Club by Gretchen Anthony
Cast in Eternity (Chronicles of Elantra #18) by Michelle Sagara
Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander
Cold as Hell (Black Badge #1) by Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings
The Magician’s Daughter by H.G. Parry
On the Hustle (Dating in Dallas #2) by Adriana Herrera
Pets of Park Avenue (Paws in the City #2) by Stefanie London
The Scarlet Circus by Jane Yolen
The Shamshine Blind by Paz Pardo
The Shore by Katie Runde
Standalone (Dickie Cornish #2) by Christopher Chambers
The Twist of a Knife (Hawthorne and Horowitz #4) by Anthony Horowitz
VenCo by Cherie Dimaline

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Travel by Bullet (Dispatcher #3) by John Scalzi (audio)


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Two books here feel like a blast from the past. It’s even the same past, as I’m pretty sure I was reading the early books in both series at around the same time. One is Sword-Bearer by Jennifer Roberson and the other is Into the West by Mercedes Lackey. I read both the first book in Roberson’s Tiger and Del series (Sword-Dancer) and the first book in Lackey’s Valdemar series (Arrows of the Queen) when they first came out back in the mid-1980s. My reading of both series fell prey to the “so many books, so little time conundrum” but it’s good to have them both back again.

BTW, the first book in the Founding of Valdemar subseries, Beyond, was excellent and a terrific way to get back into Valdemar if you’ve been gone from it a long time – as I had. Now I’m eager to read this next installment!

For Review:
Big Red by Jerome Charyn
The Cloisters by Katy Hays
Empire of Exiles (Books of the Usurper #1) by Erin M. Evans
Furious Heaven (Sun Chronicles #2) by Kate Elliott
The High Mountain Court (Five Crowns of Okrith #1) by A.K. Mulford
The Hostage by A.F. Carter
Into the West (Founding of Valdemar #2) by Mercedes Lackey
Long Past Summer by Noué Kirwan
The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope (audio)
Nameless Acts of Cruelty by Julie Cameron
Queen of Thieves by Beezy Marsh
The Rogue Crown (Five Crowns of Okrith #3) by A.K. Mulford
Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder
Sleep No More (Lost Night Files #1) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
Sword-Bearer (Tiger and Del #8) by Jennifer Roberson
The Witches’ Blade (Five Crowns of Okrith #2) by A.K. Mulford

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus


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What a mixed bag this stack is! There’s one I’ve already read, The World We Make, for an LJ review, and it is excellent. Not quite as good as the first book, The City We Became, but still excellent. The most intriguing title award goes to The Fortunes of Jaded Women, and the book that tempts me the most – but is one of the furthest out, of course – is The Cliff’s Edge. And there are two calling my name right now, The Shop on Royal Street and The Seventh Bride.

So damn many books, so damn little time! Dammit!

For Review:
Acts of Oblivion by Robert Harris
The Cliff’s Edge (Bess Crawford #13) by Charles Todd
Flirting with the Beast (Modern Love #2) by Jane Porter
The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh
Husband Material (London Calling #2) by Alexis Hall
The Invincible Miss Cust by Penny Haw
The Last Crown (Bold #2) by Elżbieta Cherezińska
The Last Lie Told (Finley O’Sullivan #1) by Debra Webb
The Malice House (Malice Compendium #1) by Megan Shepherd
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford
Should I Fall by Scott Shepherd
Small Angels by Lauren Owen
The Socialite’s Guide to Murder (Pinnacle Hotel #1) by S.K. Golden
Standing by the Wall (Slough House) by Mick Herron
Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan
The Wheel of Doll by Jonathan Ames
Witchful Thinking (Elemental Love #1) by Celestine Martin
The World We Make (Great Cities #2) by N.K. Jemisin
Ymir (Violet Wars #2) by Rich Larson

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Babel by R.F. Kuang (audio)
The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

Borrowed from the Library:
The Shop on Royal Street (Royal Street #1) by Karen White


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This batch looks more interesting than it does pretty, but that happens some weeks. I’ve already listened to the Star Trek: Picard audio because I really needed to go to my happy place this week. I’m planning to read To Each This World for a Library Journal review. Silver Under Nightfall looks fascinating, so that may move up the towering TBR pile in the near future.

Tho’ I still need a bigger “Round Tuit”, don’t I?

For Review:
Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty
The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas
The Family Compound by Liz Parker
Gallows Hill by Darcy Coates
The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley
The House in the Orchard by Elizabeth Brooks
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Moth by Melody Razak
Now in November by Josephine W. Johnson
One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke
Sign Here by Claudia Lux
Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim
They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe
To Each This World by Julie E. Czerneda
The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel
Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
The Witch in the Well by Camilla Bruce
The Work Wife by Alison B. Hart

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land written by Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson, performed by Michelle Hurd, Jeri Ryan and a full cast (audio)


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First, Amazon had a sale. Second, I got tempted by someone’s recommendation into getting the Relic Runner series. You can see how that worked out in my review of the first book, The Courier, earlier this week. And I got tempted by a few things. More than a few. It’s not as if this week is different from any other week, after all!

For Review:
Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen (audio)
Cruz by Nicolás Ferraro
The Daughters of Izdihar (Alamaxa Duology #1) by Hadeer Elsbai
Fenian Street by Anne Emery
Haven by Emma Donoghue (audio)
Hidden Pieces (Misty Pines #1) by Mary Keliikoa
The Hookup Plan (Boyfriend Project #3) by Farrah Rochon
In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore
Signal Moon by Kate Quinn
TITAN by Mado Nozaki
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
The Winter Garden by Nicola Cornick
Wolf (Sentinel Security #1) by Anna Hackett

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Any Witch Way (A Witch in Wolf Wood #3) by Lindsay Buroker
Charmed and Dangerous (A Witch in Wolf Wood #5) by Lindsay Buroker
Country Roads (The Relic Runner #3) by Ernest Dempsey
The Courier (The Relic Runner #1) by Ernest Dempsey (REVIEW!)
Heavy Lies the Crown (The Relic Runner #4) by Ernest Dempsey
Mind Over Magic (A Witch in Wolf Wood #1) by Lindsay Buroker
Moment of Tooth (A Witch in Wolf Wood #4) by Lindsay Buroker
Spell Hound (A Witch in Wolf Wood #2) by Lindsay Buroker
Two Nights In Mumbai (The Relic Runner #2) by Ernest Dempsey


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I had to go an look at the covers together before I could figure out anything to write about this week’s stack. Because seriously, this bunch couldn’t be more random if I’d tried. Which I didn’t.

The prettiest covers are The Terraformers and Violeta, although they aren’t pretty in remotely the same way. But still, temptingly pretty. The one I’m looking forward to the most is Untethered Sky, because Fonda Lee. Even though it’s not Jade City, I still can’t resist. If you’re surprised I’m not saying Encore in Death, that’s because as much as the In Death series are comfort reads for me, I do pretty much know what I’m going to get when I pick one up. If I didn’t, it wouldn’t be a comfort read. Fonda Lee, on the other hand, whatever I get will be both fascinating and unexpected.

For Review:
Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake
The Boys by Katie Hafner
Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
Encore in Death (In Death #56) by J.D. Robb
The Golden Enclaves (Scholomance #3) by Naomi Novik
It Rides a Pale Horse by Andy Marino
Light on Bone (Georgia O’Keeffe Mystery #1) by Kathryn Lasky
A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
Nona the Ninth (Locked Tomb #3) by Tamsyn Muir
The Return of the Duke (Once Upon a Dukedom #3) by Lorraine Heath
Sinister Graves (Cash Blackbear #3) by Marcie R. Rendon
Sister Mother Warrior by Vanessa Riley
The Sleepless by Victor Manibo
The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters
The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz
Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
Violeta by Isabel Allende
Wingwalkers by Taylor Brown


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The books I want to highlight in this stack are the two I bought, 1632 and 1633 by Eric Flint. I read them back when they came out in 2000 and absolutely loved them. The premise is just so damn much fun, that an entire town in West Virginia on the cusp of the 21st century gets transported across the Atlantic and back in time to the middle of what will eventually become Germany in the year 1632, which happens to be about the midpoint of the Thirty Years’ War. The transport mechanism isn’t dealt with seriously at all in the novel, because it’s not the point. The point is what happens next when 3,000 or so people with late 20th century ideas and attitudes get stuck in the 17th century. It’s about people mostly rising to the occasion and changing history and the ways that history changes are fascinating. Flint passed away last Sunday, so I decided to see if at least the beginning of the series I remembered so fondly still held up over 20 years later. The answer is that it does, it’s still thoughtful and it’s still an awful lot of fun. The author will be missed, but he thankfully left behind a HUGE body of work in this series alone, so I’m looking forward to comfort reads for a long time to come.

And if you’ve ever had a yen to read alternate history, or if you read this series way back when and also remember it fondly, it’s definitely worth picking up now, whether again or for the first time.

For Review:
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi
Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado
Demon Dagger by Russell James
The Direction of the Wind by Mansi Shah
Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo
Heartbreaker (Hell’s Belles #2) by Sarah MacLean
I Remember You by Brian Freeman
Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
The Lies of the Ajungo (Forever Desert #1) by Moses Ose Utomi
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham
One for All by Lillie Lainoff
The Red Palace by June Hur
Take My Husband by Ellen Meister
Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso
What She Found (Tracy Crosswhite #9) by Robert Dugoni

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
1632 (Ring of Fire #1) by Eric Flint (2nd ed.)
1633 (Ring of Fire #2) by Eric Flint & David Weber


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