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text 2017-03-01 15:50
22 New Series Releases Today (March 1, 2017)
Very Important Corpses - Simon R. Green
Sizzling Summer Nights - Debbi Rawlins
Best Served Cold: A small town Police Procedural set in Oklahoma - Susan Rogers Cooper
The Bastards and the Knives (Gentleman Bastard, #0) - Scott Lynch
Future Threat - Elizabeth Briggs

Taken from https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar , new series releases today are:

 

A Finely Crafted Murder - Stacey Alabaster, #3 in Craft Circle Cozy

 

A Perfect View (CICI: A Fairy's Tale) - Cori Doerrfeld,Cori Doerrfeld,Tyler Page Agent-in-Training (Classified K-9 Unit) - Terri Reed An Unjust Judge: A Mystery set in 16th century Ireland (A Burren Mystery) - Cora Harrison  

A Perfect View - Cori Doerrfeld,Cori Doerrfeld, #3 in Cici: A Fairy's Tale

Agent-in-Training - Terri Reed, #1 in Classified K-9 Unit

An Unjust Judge - Cora Harrison, #14 in Burren Mysteries

 

Before He Takes (A Mackenzie White Mystery-Book 4) - Blake Pierce Best Served Cold: A small town Police Procedural set in Oklahoma (A Milt Kovak Mystery) - Susan Rogers Cooper Bodhi's Synful Mate, Iron Wolves MC Book 6 - Elle Boon  

Before He Takes - Blake Pierce , #4 in Mackenzie White

Best Served Cold - Susan Rogers Cooper, #14 in Milt Kovak

Bodhi's Synful Mate - Elle Boon, #6 in Iron Wolves MC

 

Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms) - Brandon Mull Burning Springs (Firefly Hollow Series Book 13) - T. L. Haddix  Enigma of Fire (Berdie Elliott Mysteries) - Marilyn Leach  

Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms) - Brandon Mull, #5 in Five Kingdoms

Burning Springs - T. L. Haddix, #13 in Firefly Hollow

Enigma of Fire - Marilyn Leach, #4 in Berdie Elliott Mystery

 

Extracted
R.R. Haywood
#1 in Extracted

 

Future Shock
Elizabeth Briggs
#1 in Future Shock

 

Future Threat
Elizabeth Briggs
#2 in Future Shock

 

Mayhem
Alexis Noelle
#5 in Deathstalkers MC

 

Never Say Die
Michele Bardsley
#3 in Wizards of Nevermore

 

Sizzling Summer Nights
Debbi Rawlins
#20 in Made in Montana

 

Take It Back
Tonya Burrows
#1 in Outlaw Recovery

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The Bastards and the Knives
Scott Lynch
#0.5 in Gentleman Bastard

 

The Bone Witch
Rin Chupeco
#1 in The Bone Witch

 

The Innocent's Secret Baby
Carol Marinelli
#1 in Billionaires & One-Night Heirs

 

To End All Wars
P. S. Power
#7 in Gwen Farris

 

Very Important Corpses
Simon R Green
#3 in Ishmael Jones Mystery

 

 

 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-02-01 01:57
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

Series: Gentleman Bastard #2

 

Abandoned at 37%.

 

I gave a solid effort to this one, but I’m finding that I just don’t care. I can’t even really point to a particular feature that annoys me (ok, other than that supposed “prologue” which isn’t really a prologue) or say that it’s poorly written. I just can’t seem to get into the book and the prospect of another three hundred pages of this, even with the promise of pirates, is making me throw in the towel.

 

On to the next book from Mount TBR!

 

[Aside: Wow, that’s 3 DNFs already this year and we’re only January!]

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text 2017-01-31 20:59
Reading progress update: I've read 203 out of 558 pages.
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

Apparently this installment is supposed to be some sort of pirate adventure. The problem is that at 36% there are still no pirates. This book needs to be restructured, methinks. 

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text 2017-01-28 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 558 pages.
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

This book has been hard to get into. I think maybe I've turned a corner now that I've gotten home and can read it in more comfort, but I was seriously considering abandoning it. I'm not entirely sure why, but I just couldn't seem to care about the characters or what they were doing. And that "prologue" pissed me off because it's not really a prologue. It's a random snippet from somewhere and I wasn't even sure I cared enough about finding where it was supposed to go to continue.

 

So I might just have been a little grumpy this morning.

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text 2017-01-12 20:44
7 Favorites of 2016
Bone - Jeff Smith
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
The Lions of al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
The Iron Jackal (Tales of the Ketty Jay Book 3) - Chris Wooding
The Fear Institute - Jonathan L. Howard
The Fisherman - John Langan

Yeah, it's a little late, but these are my favorites of the books I  read last year. I'm only listing one per author/series, and I am not including short stories, but one novella did make the list, as did one graphic novel. So, in no particular order, my favorite books read in 2016

 

1. Bone - Jeff Smith  Bone - Jeff Smith  

 

    Easily the longest book I read  last year, and the one I'd been wanting to read the longest. I remember reading an interview with Smith when this was first being serialized about twenty years ago. Basically, if Carl Barks (of the old Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics) had written LOTR... It's gorgeously drawn, and surprisingly deep, epic and hilarious in equal measure. Despite being over 1300 pages long, I read it in a day. It is truly that compelling.

 

2. The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle  The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle 

 

    I read a lot of Lovecraftiana in 2016, but this was easily the best example. This novella is an inspired retelling of "The Horror at Red Hook," easily one of Lovecrafts most racist stories, that flips the whole thing on it's head. The main character goes down some dark paths, but you always understand why. This tale both celebrates and excoriates HPL while telling a great story in it's own right.

 

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch  The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch  

 

    The first, and easily best, of the Gentleman Bastards series, this introduces us to a spectacular crew of conn artists as they take on a huge job in a fantastic city reminiscent of Renaissance Venice. Told in both flashback and present day, with truly remarkable characters, this book should be read by any fantasy fan. The rest of the series thus far has been a case of diminishing returns, but still fun. Either way, I'm in it for the long haul.

 

4. The Lions of al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay  The Lions of al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay  

 

    Loosely based on Song of the Cid, this is a flat-out gorgeous novel that deals with heavy themes while still being very funny and entertaining. Thhis also may have been the best-written book I read last year.

 

5. The Iron Jackal (Tales of the Ketty Jay Book 3) - Chris Wooding  The Iron Jackal (Tales of the Ketty Jay Book 3) - Chris Wooding  

 

    I read and loved the entire Ketty Jay series in '16. Still, this penultimate volume was the most epic and exciting, while also having several of the best character moments. It is almost too easy to describe this series as a steampunk-fantasy Firefly... So that is exactly what I'll do.

 

6. The Fear Institute - Jonathan L. Howard  The Fear Institute - Jonathan L. Howard  

 

   Another great Lovecraftian piece, albeit one deeply involved with old HP's Dreamlands, an aspect of his work too often ignored in favor of his Mythos. This is the third in Howard's Johannes Cabal series, and the first to feel like a genuine horror novel. This is my favorite of the five books in the series thus far.

 

7. The Fisherman - John Langan  The Fisherman - John Langan  

 

    True, there are other books I rated higher, but this one makes the list, if only for the novella that serves as the novel's centerpiece. The rest of the book is quite good, but Der Fischer is possibly the single greatest piece of cosmic horror I have yet to read. It is indebted to Lovecraft without using any of his actual narrative inventions, instead using Talmudic, Cabbalistic and Biblical sources for it's horrors. Truly amazing.

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