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Breaking radio silence book roundup

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and I’ve gotten quite a few books lately from various sources. Time for another roundup post!

First up, I’ve seen some Romanceland brouhaha going around Twitter this week about yet another round of “but but but THERE WEREN’T ANY BLACK PEOPLE IN THE REGENCY!” One of the many tweets I happened to see from author Courtney Milan on the topic was an RT of a link to Black London: Life before Emancipation, a book from Rutgers University Press that delves into the history of people of color in London. The link offers the book in multiple formats, including the ability to read it online. And, it’s free.

So I nabbed it in EPUB and in MOBI form, because I definitely want to educate myself on this.

Next, from Tor.com:

The Murders of Molly Southbourne, by Tade Thompson. Nabbed this one because it was the free download of the month from the Tor.com mailing list, last month.

From Kobo:

  • The Only Thing to Fear, by Julie E. Czerneda. A novella in her Web Shifter series, which I grabbed because I am sorely behind on reading her things!
  • Mixed Signals and Signal Boost, by Alyssa Cole. Books 2 and 3 of her Off the Grid series from Carina. Nabbing these because I finally read book 1, so I’m in to give books 2 and 3 a go. Liking that from what I’m seeing, this seems like a post-apocalyptic story in which there is in fact a recovery from the apocalypse, and I’m very down with that little glimmer of hope.
  • Rosewater, by Tade Thompson. Nabbed this as I spotted it on sale, and because it’s SF set in Nigeria.
  • Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowen. Book 1 of the series of the same name, period mysteries starring a young British aristocrat in 1932. She’s nowhere near the throne in the line of succession, and she’s penniless, so what’s she to do? Solve murders, naturally! Grabbed this one as another one I spotted on sale.
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire. Book 3 of her Wayward Children series.
  • Named of the Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley. This is one of hers I’ve already read, but in print and it hasn’t been high on my list to re-read. But the ebook went on sale for cheap, so I nabbed it. Want to give this one another shot as I didn’t quite care for it the first time and I want to see if it reads better a second time through. Having it in ebook form will bump up the chances I’ll take another look.
  • Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells. SF. Book 2 of The Murderbot Diaries. MURDERBOT! <3
  • The Toll, by Cherie Priest. A new Gothic by Priest? OH HELL YES sign me up.
  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics, by Olivia Waite. Book 1 of her Feminine Pursuits series, which I am nabbing because OH HELL YES F/F historical romance sign me up for that too. 😀 And I find both the title and the cover rather charming.

From Amazon:

Wolfhunter River, by Rachel Caine. Book 3 of her Stillhouse Lake thriller series. Plowed through books 1 and 2 very quickly, as I am wont to do with pretty much anything of hers I read, so I had to nab this one too. Got it from Amazon as it’s exclusively sold there.

42 for the year.

Other People's Books

Post-Norwescon ebook roundup

Gotten from Tor.com’s monthly ebook promotion:

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow. SF. A tale about a group of people who decide to walk away from their futuristic society and what happens when they go off the grid.

Gotten from Kobo:

The Cardinal Rule, by C.E. Murphy. Romantic suspense. This is a book I bought ages ago when it was published under the pen name Cate Dermody. Catie has now revised it and re-released it, now that she’s gotten the rights back. I remember liking this the first time through and will be interested to see how this version is different!

The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie. Fantasy. This is Leckie’s first fantasy novel, and since I have quite liked her Ancillary books so far, I wanted to give this a shot too.

Total for the year: 29

Books, Other People's Books

A holy crap have I really not posted since July?! ebook roundup

So yeah y’all may or may not have noticed I’ve been really behind on getting things posted around here. I’ve got a lot of things I just petered out on completely, and I’ve been trying to explore new ways of dealing with that.

But in the meantime, yes, hi, this blog still exists, so here, have a quick ebook roundup post!

Purchased from Amazon:

Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek, by Rachel Caine. I have a long history of loving Caine’s work, though these two are a change of pace: they’re thrillers in which the heroine has to deal with discovering her husband is a serial killer. (YIKES!) I will probably have to be in the right headspace to read these, and I don’t know when that’s going to be. But I got them because a) Caine! and b) they were on sale.

I also nabbed them from Amazon specifically because this particular series is in fact _only_ available on Amazon. For favorite authors, I will in fact purchase from Amazon if that’s the only way I can get their work.

And back in the land where I usually purchase my ebooks, i.e., Kobo:

A Conspiracy in Belgravia, by Sherry Thomas. This is book 2 of her Lady Sherlock series, which I grabbed again because it was on sale, and also because this series has gotten talked up a lot on the Smart Bitches podcast. Thomas is a delightful interviewee, and that as well as just being fond of Sherlock Holmes pastiches drove me to go ahead and pick up book 1 earlier. Now I’ve got book 2 as well.

(And for those of you unfamiliar with this particular series, it’s still Victorian England, but ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is a cover identity of a young lady of the gentry, Charlotte Holmes. I’m reading book 1 right now as of this writing, and so far, I’m pretty intrigued by her backstory. But I’m anxious to get to the part where she’s actively solving crimes.)

Wonderful, by Jill Barnett. Historical romance. This had been hanging out for some time on my wishlist, until I recently discovered that the author had new editions of the trilogy. And also that book 1 was free. I like free! So I finally nabbed this one.

The Fall of Gondolin, by J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien. And absolutely NONE of you should be surprised I nabbed this. This is going to possibly be the last volume of the truly great stories out of The Silmarillion edited by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son Christopher, if nothing else just due to Christopher Tolkien’s advanced years. But I’m very much looking forward to diving into this. I always felt that the fall of Gondolin was a story given short shrift in The Silmarillion!

(It should also surprise none of you I will also be picking this up in print. The print edition is currently hanging out on my Amazon wishlist. We’ll see if it shows up around Yuletide this year.)

Pre-orders which have shown up now but which I counted already:

The Fated Sky, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Now that I’ve read The Calculating Stars, I’m VERY much looking forward to diving into this.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, by Seanan McGuire. Another book 2 I’m looking forward to, after an excellent book 1.

This brings me up to 49 for the year.

Other People's Books

End of June 2018 ebook roundup

Because I forgot to note that I nabbed it as Tor.com’s May freebie, here’s that for the ebook roundup:

The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi. SF.

Also, two of my pre-orders mentioned in the last roundup post came in, yay! Looking forward to reading Witchmark and Trail of Lightning!

But meanwhile, I also nabbed all three of Tanya Huff’s Peacekeeper trilogy from Kobo, now that Book 3 has dropped. This is of course military SF and I grabbed ’em on general “Because Tanya Huff needs more of my money” principles, and because I’ve liked the Torin Kerr books that came before these. These books are An Ancient Peace, A Peace Divided, and The Privilege of Peace.

42 for the year (I’ve already counted Trail of Lightning and Witchmark).

Other People's Books

Mid June 2018 ebook roundup

This month’s free ebook from Tor.com’s ebook club was V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, so I nabbed that one. Because hey, free!

Nabbed from Kobo, because they were on sale:

Provenance, by Ann Leckie. I’ve been enjoying the Ancillary novels quite a bit (I’ve read the first two, still need to read the third), so I wanted this one as well.

Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente. Because if you tell me a book is essentially “Eurovision IN SPACE”, then why yes you HAVE MY ATTENTION. ;D

And pre-ordered from Kobo, because all of these are relevant to my interests:

The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Pair of novels set in the same universe as her excellent short story “The Lady Astronaut of Mars”. VERY much looking forward to these.

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse. Urban fantasy. Nabbing this one because a) it’s urban fantasy utilizing Navaho mythos, and b) written by an actual Native American author. Also VERY much looking forward to this one. 😀

Witchmark, by C.L. Polk. Fantasy. All the buzz about this one talks about this one as very reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle in terms of the culture it’s set in. But it’s also got a queer romance in it, and all in all, from what I’ve seen in reading excerpts and descriptions, there’s a high likelihood of this being charming. I particularly like the heavy emphasis on bicycles being important to this book’s culture!

38 for the year.

Other People's Books

End of May 2018 ebook roundup

Whoops, I missed a couple of Kobo receipts that should have been in my last roundup! And I have a few others to add to those, too.

These are all Kobo books, and in all cases, I nabbed ’em because they were on sale for low prices. I buy most of my ebooks on sale these days, in fact. Mostly out of general disgruntlement about ebook prices getting jacked up! Though I’ll also very specifically buy certain titles due out this year. (Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, I am looking straight at YOU.)

By Greg Bear:

The Forge of God. Which I already owned in paperback, but I haven’t read it yet. Nabbing an on-sale ebook copy raises the chances I’ll actually read it before the decade is out!

By Max Gladstone:

The Ruin of Angels, Four Roads Cross, Last First Snow, and Full Fathom Five, all part of his Craft Sequence series.

By Becky Chambers:

A Closed and Common Orbit, book 2 of her Wayfarers series, which began with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. I really rather love her titles. And when I’m in the right mood for it, I also rather like her heavily character-driven fiction.

By Anne Fortier:

Juliet. I am unsure whether this qualifies as a mystery, fiction with a historical tie-in, or both. It’s been on my To Read list for ages as a library read. Went ahead and bought it since it was on sale, as mentioned above.

(Sidebar: this is yet another novel with “A Novel” included as part of its title. I suppose it’s nice of them to clear that up, but I swear, every time I see “A Novel” as part of a book’s official title, I keep wanting to ask “As opposed to what? A ham sandwich?”)

And by Georgette Heyer:

Cotillion. Nabbed this one because Heyer’s name keeps getting spoken of reverently in romance circles, and this title in particular keeps getting mentioned as one worth checking out.

Lastly, I should also mention that since I’m on Tor.com’s mailing list for their ebook club, I nabbed Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning. I’ve already read it, but it was nice to get my own copy!

31 for the year.

Books

Super quick ebook roundup

I have finally concluded a massive reorganization of my ebook library, all in the name of getting it onto my new Kindle Oasis. So of course I’ve got a couple more books that I have to add to the library now!

Picked up from Kobo:

The Girl With Ghost Eyes, by M.H. Boroson. Urban fantasy, but historical urban fantasy, featuring a Chinese immigrant protagonist. Snagged this while it was on sale for $1.99.

Picked up from Amazon:

Pro Git, by Scott Chacon and Ben Straub. Yeah, I know I said I normally don’t get things from Amazon unless they’re confirmed DRM-free, but I made an exception in this case. Mention of this went around at work as a free download. So I went ahead and leapt on it because a) we use Git at work, and b) hey, I like free!

Also, this particular text isn’t on Kobo. And while it is on Barnes and Noble, the free price isn’t in effect there. As of this writing (March 18th), it is still in effect on Amazon. So if a free ebook textbook about how to use Git sounds relevant to your interests, you can snag the Kindle edition here.

That makes 19 ebooks acquired for the year.