Book roundup to start the month of May and book buying hiatus

I think this’ll be my last book roundup at least for a couple of months–userinfosolarbird and I are about to hit summer doldrums in our rental income, so I need to back off buying books for a while. Also, I need to get massively caught up on reading and reviewing! So as of this post I’ll be on hiatus for buying new books through the end of May, at least. Possibly the whole summer, but let’s say for now the end of May.

Therefore, in print:

  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, by Mark Hodder. Steampunk. Picked this up since I’d been hearing about it for a while, and because it just won the PK Dick award.
  • Mark of the Lion, by Suzanne Arruda. Mystery. This is a re-buy, in print, on the grounds that I’d tried to shift over to ebook with these series, only to discover that book 1 is not actually available electronically to US readers. To wit, bah. Re-bought it so I could keep it in my library, but will buy the rest in ebook.
  • Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente. Fantasy. Re-buy in print as I gave my previous (unread and still in new condition) print copy to userinfokathrynt as a birthday present!
  • Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart. Romantic suspense. Because, as I’ve observed before, you don’t get much more awesome than Mary Stewart for old-school Gothic romance.

In ebook:

  • Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights, by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian. Jane Austen mashup, bought partly because of userinfonorilana‘s recent financial troubles and partly because I’d already tried to buy a print edition of this via Third Place’s book-printing machine, only to have it come out large and kind of fragile in binding. So I’ve elected to buy the Kindle edition for my iPad instead.
  • Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons, also by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian. Another Jane Austen mashup, not actually previously purchased. Buying the Kindle edition since that’s the only ebook version available, though I wish it were available for the nook.
  • The Native Star, by M.K. Hobson. Steampunk/romance. Because I’ve been eying this one for a while and it sounds like fun, and I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a hero with a goofily pretentious-sounding name like ‘Dreadnought Stanton’. I hope he’s as awesome as that name makes him sound. 😉
  • Uncertain Allies, by Mark Del Franco. Urban fantasy. Book 5 of his Connor Grey series.
  • Face Off, also by Mark Del Franco. Urban fantasy. Book 2 of his Laura Blackstone series.
  • Play Dead, by John Levitt. Urban fantasy. Book 4 of his Dog Days series.
  • Married With Zombies, by Jesse Petersen. ‘Cause, well, y’know, ZOMBIES, and also because the Smart Bitches reviewed it, and because the author started following me on Twitter. Hi, Jesse Petersen! Looking forward to this.
  • Wild Ride, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Romance. Bought because I have highly enjoyed the previous two collaborations by these authors, and I expect to enjoy this one, too; this time there appears to be a touch of paranormal involved, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with that. Also, there appears to be an amusement park.
  • Dead Waters, by Anton Strout. Book 4 of his Simon Canderous series.

Also, as a bonus, the following books were picked up in print while I was at Norwescon:

  • Well of Sorrows, by Benjamin Tate, a.k.a. userinfojpsorrow (Joshua Palmatier). I’ve already bought this in ebook, of course–and had also read an ARC of it and reviewed it for him. But I wanted to buy the print edition to support him, and also to get him to sign it! Woo!
  • Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. SF. Acquired as a freebie for volunteering at the con, along with the following two titles, all of whom are trade editions of Pyr titles.
  • Blood of Ambrose, by James Enge. Fantasy. Another freebie.
  • Empire in Black and Gold, by Adrian Tchaikovsky. SF. Another freebie.

This puts me up to 106 for the year. Now let’s see how many of these I can actually READ.

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