It’s Sunday and I seem to have fallen down a fanfiction rabbit-hole. Climbing out is always hard. I was having such a good time! But I have more books to read! And a cat who suddenly wants ALL the attention. As they do. Where did the weekend go?
I was also flailing around a bit about this week’s reads – at least until the list of Nebula Awards Finalists came out. That switched things around a bit, especially as I’m trying to decide what to put on my Hugo nominations. I’ll have some answers at the end of the week. Well, some more answers, anyway.
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The winner of Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor is Andrea C.
The winner of the Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop is Shelly P.
A+ Review: The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
A Review: The Beast Hunter by Lindsay Schopfer
A Review: Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker
A- Review The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy
A Review: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
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Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar (blog tour review)
The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood (review)
The Deep by Rivers Solomon (review)
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark (review)
Sinister Magic by Lindsay Buroker (review)
I picked up some interesting books this week. Especially since Audible had a sale – again – and I had a $5 Audible gift card burning the proverbial hole in my pocket.
But the book I really want to talk about isn’t exactly new, not even to me. But maybe it will be to you. I read The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford when it first came out back in the early 1980s. I still have my original paperback, because I just loved it so much. It was the perfect blend of history with fantasy, focusing on a historical period that I had studied excessively because I adored it. It was the Wars of the Roses, but with wizards and vampires. It’s one of those books that lived in memory, and I always intended to read it again but just never got a round tuit. Ford was a writer who was quirky and beloved and who died much too soon. Then his work – except for his Star Trek novels which were marvelous – disappeared. After a long but ultimately fruitful investigation into “where the books went” or “where the rights to the books went”, outlined in Slate last November, the tangle was finally unwoven, and Tor Books is able, at long last, to bring Ford’s work back in print and finally bring it into ebook. Which I pre-ordered as soon as available. That dragon has been waiting a long time, and I’m finally going to get to visit him again.
Catch Me When I Fall (Falling Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson (audio)
A Forgotten Murder (Medlar Mystery #3) by Jude Deveraux
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
The Haunting of H.G. Wells by Robert Masello
Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown
The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera
To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors #2) by Kate Bateman
Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford (pre-order)
The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Steveley (audio)
Escaping Amnthra (Diving Universe) by Kristine Kathryn Rush
The Science of Sci-Fi by Erin Macdonald (audio
Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1) by Marko Kloos (audio)
This stack is, well, not too big and not too small. It feels like it’s JUUUUST right. And has some lovely and interesting things in it. I’m particularly looking forward to Close Up, and particularly curious about Murder at the Mena House. We’ll just have to see if they live up to expectations!
Burn-In by P.W. Singer and August Cole
Close Up (Burning Cove #4) by Amanda Quick
Love Hard (Hard Play #3) by Nalini Singh
Murder at the Mena House (Jane Wunderly #1) by Erica Ruth Neubauer
Shake Down (Elliot Lisbon #5) by Kendel Lynn
Stages of the Heart by Jo Goodman
Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black
Borrowed from the Library:
Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1) by Susan Mallery
Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery
Three Sisters (Blackberry Island #2) by Susan Mallery
The weather outside is actually quite frightful, and I’m not singing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” It’s already SNOWING, dammit. I’m writing this one Saturday, this is Atlanta, and it is just not supposed to snow here. As somebody said on twitter, “THERE ARE RULES, PEOPLE.” And we have tickets to see The Eagles tonight, in downtown Atlanta. Which is going to be an absolute mess. And probably even worse in the morning, because this snow is supposed to turn to rain, then FREEZE. And we’ll have freezy skid stuff everywhere. Dammit.
Howsomever, Lucifer is standing in the hallway, pivoting his view from one front window to another, looking extremely grateful to be in here where it’s warm and dry and not out there in the middle of that nasty, cold, wet stuff. He appears exceedingly pleased with his current accommodations.
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Last Day by Luanne Rice
The winner of The Hollows by Jess Montgomery is Carol L.
The winner of the $25 Gift Certificate in the Back in Black Tour is Bill H.
B Review: Last Day by Luanne Rice + Giveaway
The Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Back in Black by Rhys Ford
A- Review: Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
A- Review: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Stacking the Shelves (378)
The Fate of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery (review)
Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Survivors by Anna Hackett (review)
OMG It’s a Giveaway Hop
It may be winter outside, but it is definitely spring in the publishing world. And summer, not to mention fall. I already have books for August and September. “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – attributed, incorrectly according to Wikipedia, to Groucho Marx.
One thing is certainly true. Books fly off my shelves when the cats get behind them and knock them off!
The Clutter Corpse (Decluttering #1) by Simon Brett
Cry of Metal & Bone (Earthsinger Chronicles #3) by L. Penelope
The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls #3) by Joanna Shupe
The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty
Every Sky a Grave (Ascendance #1) by Jay Posey
The Fate of the Tala (Uncharted Realms #5) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Fiery Crown (Forgotten Empires #2) by Jeffe Kennedy
The First Sister (First Sister #1) by Linden A. Lewis
Ghost Money (Eric Carter #5) by Stephen Blackmoore
Hell Squad: Survivors (Hell Squad #19) by Anna Hackett
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
Nothing Compares to the Duke (Duke’s Den #3) by Christy Carlyle
One Fatal Flaw (Daniel Pitt #3) by Anne Perry
Titan’s Day (Carter Archives #2) by Dan Stout
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings #2) by Kevin Hearne (audio)
Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk (audio)
Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope
We’ve been home almost a week, and the cats have mostly forgiven us. They’re still clinging like they are all made of kitty-velcro, but we seem to be forgiven. They just won’t let us out of their sight unless they’re sleeping – and sometimes not even then. It’s nice to be reassured that they missed us because we certainly missed them!
It’s also been a weird week on the blog, doing two spotlights back-to-back to have enough posts to fill my conference absence. But we did a thing at conference. The ALA Reading List committee of which I am a member deliberated for two days and came up with what feels like an excellent list of winners for this year. If you’re curious, or just looking for some excellent reads, check out our list of award winners, short-listed titles and read-alikes at https://rusaupdate.org/2020/01/2020-reading-list-years-best-in-genre-fiction-for-adult-readers/.
Work on next year’s list begins this week!
$25 Gift Card from Rhys Ford and the Back in Black Tour
The Hollows by Jess Montgomery
The winner of the Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop is Ken O.
The winner of the Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop is Peggy N.
The winner of the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop is Will G.
Spotlight + Excerpt: Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery
Back in Black by Rhys Ford: The Blog Tour
B- Review: Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
A Review: Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara
A- Review: The Hollows by Jess Montgomery + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (377)
Last Day by Luanne Rice (blog tour review)
The Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop
Back in Black by Rhys Ford (blog tour-ish review)
Golden in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (review)
And this would be the gigantic post-ALA Midwinter stack. The height of the stack is a combination of three factors – 1)that I cut off last week’s stack early in order to have it out of the way before I left for conference, 2) that I saw or heard about new books at conference that I wanted to read and 3) that the spring, summer and now FALL books are showing up on Edelweiss and NetGalley with their typical post-holiday vengeance.
I’m just glad, as I have been every year since I got into ebooks seriously, that I didn’t have to carry these around the exhibits. This many books would be really, really heavy.
Beachside Beginnings (Moonlight Harbor #4) by Sheila Roberts
The Beast Hunter (Adventures of Keltin Moore #1) by Lindsay Schopfer
Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma
The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart
Christmas Flowers (Draegers of Last Stand, Texas #2) by Sasha Summers
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
Dangerous Territory (Adventures of Keltin Moore #3) by Lindsay Schopfer
The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, Christine Trent
Devolution by Max Brooks
The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
Healing Hannah’s Heart by Preslaysa Williams
Jaguar’s Mate (Crescent Moon #8) by Katie Reus
The Krinar Eclipse (Krinar World) by Lauren Smith
The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
Puppy Kisses (Forever Home #3) by Lucy Gilmore
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
Ripples & Waves by L.A. Witt
A Royal Affair (Sparks & Bainbridge #2) by Allison Montclair
Sweet Deceit (Layovers #2) by Saskia Laine
Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Dragonslayer (Dragonslayer #1) by Duncan M. Hamilton (audio)
Knight of the Silver Circle (Dragonslayer #2) by Duncan M. Hamilton (audio)
Seven Blades in Black (Grave of Empires #1) by Sam Sykes (audio)
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This week’s schedule looks just a bit strange, I know. As you read this, I’m at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in chilly Philly, wishing I were back home in Atlanta where it should be warmer if not actually warm. So I’ve done a lot of stuff ahead this week and arranged for a couple of tour features for books I’m planning to review in the very near future. It’s that kind of week.
By this point I know I’m already looking forward to coming home and waiting for the cats to forgive me. It usually doesn’t take TOO long.
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop
A- Review: St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin
A- Review: Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews
B Review: Malfunction by Nina Croft
A- Review: Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
A- Guest Review: Last Light by Alex Scarrow
Stacking the Shelves (376)
Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery (blog tour spotlight + excerpt)
Back in Black by Rhys Ford (blog tour feature)
Careless Whiskers by Miranda James (review)
Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara (blog tour review)
The Hollows by Jess Montgomery (blog tour review)
Audible had a sale. Again. I’m kind of a sucker whenever they have a sale.
I didn’t get a lot of review copies this week, and that’s mostly because I cut the list off early. When you read this I’ll be in my second all-day meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference in hopefully-not-too-chilly Philly. Probably missing the cats – and hopefully vice-versa!
A Cowboy for All Seasons by Maisey Yates, Caitlin Crews, Nicole Helm, Jackie Ashenden
The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster
Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Children of Time (Children of Time #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (audio)
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith (audio)
A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) by Jin Yong (audio)
IQ (IQ #1) by Joe Ide (audio)