Posts Tagged by other people’s books
|November 6, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
And now, another episode of the What Books Has Anna Been Getting Her Hands On Show!
Grabbed from B&N for the Nook:
- Parasite, by Mira Grant. Because anything written by Mira/Seanan is Love. First half of a new duology, and I have high hopes of seeing her prowess at all things parasitological on display here.
- Some of the Best of Tor.com, 2013 Edition. Pretty much what it says on the tin. A collection of various short stories published on Tor.com this year, and bonus, it’s FREE as of this writing. Confirmed as present on bn.com, NOT present on Kobo as of tonight, though I’m pretty darned sure you should be able to get it for the Kindle too.
The next book I grabbed was from one of my NOT usual ebook sources: i.e., ebooks.com. I’ve had an account there for ages, and in fact, it was one of the first places I opened an account on when ebooks started becoming a thing. I went to this site for this book on the grounds that I’d TRIED to buy it from Kobo before, except that for some reason, when I bought it from them, I got an entirely different book. I reported this to their support people at the time, and as of just the other day, they still hadn’t addressed the problem.
So, yeah, right then, went looking for it elsewhere. Ebooks.com had it, so here you go:
- Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God, by Guy Adams. First of what appears to now be an ongoing series from Titan Books featuring new Sherlock Holmes adventures, with a touch of steampunk and/or supernatural going on.
And lastly, here, have an assortment of various titles I’ve acquired because of supporting people’s Kickstarters:
- Ravensblood, by Shawna Reppert. Shawna is a fellow Carina author and this is a self-pub release, an urban fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest. For obvious reasons, I’m rather partial to those! She’s deployed it for sale on the Kindle. If you’d like to see her deploy it to other platforms, consider visiting her at her place. And buy her Carina title, The Stolen Luck, while you’re at it.
- Twenty Palaces, by Harry Connolly. Got this because he handed it out for free to his Kickstarter backers, for his project to deploy a fantasy trilogy. People keep telling me I need to read this man, and this is his prequel to his Twenty Palaces urban fantasy series that starts with Child of Fire.
- Bone Shop, Broken Mirrors, Grim Tides, and The Complete Stories of Tim Pratt, all by T.A./Tim Pratt. I was one of Tim’s Kickstarter backers for a new Marla Mason novel, and since people have kept telling me I should read him too, well. More urban fantasy, and Tim didn’t skimp on handing out free copies of several of his works to backers. Thanks, Tim!
174 for the year.
|October 26, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
Just two in this post, both picked up from Barnes and Noble in ebook form:
Divergent, by Veronica Roth. YA dystopian SF. Got this one since it was on my queue and as of this writing, B&N’s selling the ebook version for $3.99.
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. I saw this on sale for a VERY brief window for $1.99, so thought what the hey, I’ll grab it. I used to have a paperback copy, and wouldn’t mind having this around on the occasions when I might want to read about chompy dinosaurs.
165 for the year.
|October 13, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Bone Walker, Carina Press, Faerie Blood, Other People's Books, Vengeance of the Hunter|
Item the first: Debut Carina author Sonya Clark would like y’all to know she’s having a giveaway for her forthcoming release Trancehack, which is futuristic paranormal romance. Call it PR with a side helping of SF, if you like! Deets can be found right over here.
Item the second: speaking of my fellow Carina authors, the awesome Joely Sue Burkhart and Raelyn Barclay are running Coyote Con, a virtual convention, all this month! What’s a virtual convention? It’s a series of online chat discussions on various interesting topics, pretty similar to what you’d find at an actual convention in person.
I’ve been in a few of these panels now myself, and there are more to come as the month progresses! And for those panels you may have already missed, Joely and Raelyn are posting transcripts too, so you can catch up on those here.
There are a couple more panels today, and there’ll be more the remaining weekends of the month. And one chat room’s also dedicated to just general hanging out too! The full schedule is here!
Item the third: I will be going to Orycon from November 8-10–the weekend right before my forthcoming surgery, in fact. So unless you’re one of the people likely to show up for the annual Murkworks Thanksgiving Day Homeless Waifs Turkeyfest, this is going to be the last chance to spot the elusive Wild Anna outside her natural habitat. If you’re going to be there, find me and say hi, mmkay?
Likewise, I am going to GeekGirlCon this coming weekend, right after I go see Great Big Sea in Edmonds. I’m going to be REAL busy this weekend.
Item the fourth: This is your friendly reminder that I am down to three print copies of Faerie Blood, so if you’d like a print copy of this book, talk to me! Getting it directly from me remains the only way to acquire it since I currently have no way of selling it online. I ask $15 if I’m going to hand deliver it, $20 if I need to mail it to you.
I also have a small stock of CDs that contain the various formats of the ebook edition, both the original Drollerie release AND the current Second Edition as well. For these, I ask $5 each.
I will have both of these items with me at GeekGirlCon and Orycon as well!
Item the fifth: Kickstarter backers, just so y’all know, I have totally had my brain eaten by Vengeance of the Hunter edits. I ran behind on it, and am scrambling along with my editor (who is made of solid gold awesomeness, All Hail Her Name) to get the manuscript finished up so that we don’t impact the schedule. We’re in the middle of line edits now. I will be jumping back to Bone Walker the instant we sign off on this book.
Item the sixth: I have not forgotten the series of posts on advice on self-publishing; these too have had to be paused while I charge through edits on Vengeance. They will resume soon. Thank you for your patience on that; I’ve seen quite a few hits on these posts, so I do want to finish the series up.
|September 7, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
Picked up in paperback from B&N:
- Cold Days, by Jim Butcher. The last released Dresden Files. Because I was waiting for this to hit mass market, so I could go ahead and finally pick it up. I love me some Dresden but not at $14.99 a pop for the ebook.
- Chimes at Midnight, by Seanan McGuire. The latest Toby Daye. Because Seanan
- Terminated, by Rachel Caine. Book 3 of her Revivalist series.
Picked up from Smashwords:
- Finding Home, by M.M. Justus, a.k.a.
mmegaera! Historical romance with a side helping of time travel. This is the third in her series, and she just released it. Check her out over here and tell her I sent you.
Picked up electronically from B&N:
- Cold Days, by Jim Butcher. Because picking it up electronically too, now that the price has finally dropped.
- Bone Crossed and Silver Borne, by Patricia Briggs. Books 4 and 5 of Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. Re-buy electronically of books previously owned in print.
And, picked up electronically from Kobo, which were all electronic re-buys of books previously owned in print:
- The Mystery of Grace and Muse and Reverie, by Charles de Lint.
- Veil of Lies, by Jeri Westerson. Had grabbed this one before because it was described as medieval noir, and I liked the sound of that.
154 for the year.
|August 16, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
Ebooks grabbed from Book View Cafe:
- A Fatal Twist of Lemon and A Sprig of Blossomed Thorn, by Patrice Greenwood. First two books of a cozy mystery series oriented around a tea shop. Grabbed these because 1) I like tea! and 2) Book 1 was very favorably reviewed by Doranna Durgin on Goodreads. And I’m quite willing to follow her recommendations!
- Dispossession and Light Errant, by Chaz Brenchley. Couple more books by the excellent Chaz Brenchley, ebook repubs of some of his backlist.
- French Fried, by Chris Dolley. Humor/true crime, grabbed because I saw it while poking around the BVC site and I thought it sounded potentially charming and amusing.
And from Barnes and Noble:
- Codex Born, by Jim C. Hines. Book 2 of his Libriomancer series, bought because urban fantasy with book-based magic! Also because I adore Jim’s books.
- Possession, by Kat Richardson. Book 8 of the Greywalker series. Bought because, as previously mentioned, big fan of those books.
- Blood of Tyrants, by Naomi Novik. Book 8 of the Temeraire series. Bought because BOOK 8 OF TEMERAIRE SERIES.
144 for the year.
|August 9, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Books||
Oh, sadness. I just saw the news that Barbara Mertz, better known to the world as Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters, has passed away.
This one hurts, folks. Ms. Mertz, as many of you know, was a huge formative influence on both my reading as an adolescent and my writing once I began to put stories together myself. She was my gold standard for how to create memorable, vivid leading characters, and especially, in the case of the Amelia Peabody series, how to make a married couple have a dynamic relationship over many, many novels.
I have every single one of her novels under both her pen names, and I’ve adored every one. Not only the Emersons (and oh god Ramses! And Nefret! And so, so many wonderful cats!), but also her Vicky Bliss series and her many wonderful standalone suspense/Gothic novels written as Barbara Michaels.
Many condolences to her family and loved ones, and to all of you who loved her novels as much I do.
ETA: Here’s another, longer story on her from CBS News.
ETA #2: CriminalElement.com has a post up about her passing, now.
|July 29, 2013||Posted by annathepiper under Main||
For those of you who may have missed it yesterday, it was my turn to blog on the Here Be Magic blog yesterday, so I chimed in on an interesting question that came up on the Carina authors’ loop: whether authors should review other authors’ work.
On a related note I’d like to call to your attention this post of Doranna Durgin’s, wherein she laments the most frustrating types of reviews she’s received.
Me, I’m still operating on a small enough level that I feel lucky to get ANY reviews at all, though I gotta say, I’d be right there with Doranna on being frustrated about ratings on a book that hadn’t even gotten read. I beg you, Internets: if you haven’t actually read a book yet, don’t rate or review it. It’s not fair to the author and it’s not fair to your fellow readers. And while I’m on the topic, I beg you as well to refrain from dropping poor ratings on a book for factors outside the author’s control. Like DRM or price points.
And also, I’d just like to note that A Feral Darkness does indeed remain my all time favorite Doranna Durgin book ever.