Tag: Nicole Glover

The ‘Mighty’ Book Haul

What started on twitter when I stumble across a couple of new writers—Vivien Chen and Suleikha Snyder—and followed them, then became a hunt for their work online, obviously, to buy. And then? I went kind of crazy. I blame it on lockdown, lockup, locked-in, and having a credit card burning a hole in my purse. It wants to be used. It begs to be used.

So I exercised my right to go on a spending spree buying, well, yes, of course, books.

Like I need more to pile up on my coffee table TBR pile.

But there’s no talking sense into me, like any of us with the ‘addiction’.

So what have I ordered? Well, here we go:

  • THE EMPIRE OF GOLD by S.A. Chakraborty
  • BITTER MEDICINE by Sara Paretsky
  • OVERKILL by Vanda Symon
  • WONTON TERROR by Vivien Chen
  • EGG DROP DEAD by Vivien Chen

Then, not only that, there’s the pre-orders for later this year and, also, because I’m like that, next year too! Oh, go on, tell me I’m out of control, and I’ll laugh in your face and tell you, what else am I to spend my hard earned money on?

So what else have I pre-ordered?

  • INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed
  • KILLER KUNG PO by Vivien Chen
  • FATAL FRIED RICE by Vivien Chen
  • THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper
  • FIFTY, FIFTY by Steve Cavanagh
  • ARCHITECTS OF MEMORY by Karen Osborne
  • ENGINES OF OBLIVION by Karen Osborne
  • THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover
  • DARKNESS FOR LIGHT by Emma Viskic
  • CONTAINMENT by Vanda Symon

Eh, yeah, I know … I don’t want to think about what my next credit card bill will be. Eh, now, distract me with something shiny, or cat and dog photos …

Day #84: Books, Books, Books

Oh, and don’t we just love discovering new books and their authors! Well, I know I do. And since reviving Book Blurb and starting the Martian Chronicle, I’ve been rooting around the world wide web looking to see what’s up and coming, what’s just been released, and trawling twitter for the same. And I am so happy to have had so many recommendations, both in crime fiction and historical, but also fantasy and science fiction.

Let’s start with two great recommendations from Jules (over on Twitter) for two of Diane Setterfield’s books: ONCE UPON A RIVER and, THE THIRTEENTH TALE. Already added those to my wish list at my book seller’s website.

Next up are some fantasy and science fiction recommendations of books just released, releasing soon, or will be out by next year.

This includes THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover, which weaves historical fiction with magic. I’m really excited about this one.

As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.

And will you look at that cover? I’m hooked. As I am with THE SOUND OF STARS, by Alechia Dow, in which Earth has been invaded and subdued by aliens.

Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library.

When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more.

Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution―thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

Yes, this one is more teen and YA fiction than the other two, but still, it sounds a really fun premise, and will you look at that cover, who wouldn’t want to read the book to find out what’s going on, I mean, right?

Whatever choice of books you choose to read, I hope you find something that grabs your attention. Hit me up with your suggestions, and recent reads and recommendations. Historical, crime, or fantasy and SF, I’m game for them all.