In the middle of reading Peter Sartucci’s SHADOW AND LIGHT. It’s quite good; sword-and-sorcery with engaging characters and excellent worldbuilding. The algorithm kept recommending it to me, and I am alarmed that the algorithm apparently knows what it’s talking about.
The premise of Iain Bowen’s Dislocated to Success is fairly straightforward, as ‘Islands in the Sea of Time’-type stories go*: what would happen if Maggie Thatcher’s UK was sent back in time to 1730? Answer: the British would end up having a fine time of it. It’s a fun read, not least because the author is quite sound on Maggie. As is only fitting.
*This is, indeed, a genre.
Dagnabbit, I knew I forgot something last night. Anyway, I have literally just picked up Dorothy Grant’s Going Ballistic on a whim, based on the cover, bio, and the reviews. I mention this merely to drive home the observation that covers, bios and particularly reviews have an impact on sales.
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Although ANAGNORISIS is more like a chapbook: four stories, 32K words. Written by that guy who did FROZEN DREAMS, but not in the same universe. It’s on pre-order, but it should drop on September 1st.
I admit that I might be the tiniest bit biased about this one.
A Deadly Education: Lesson One of the Scholomance is Naomi Novik’s latest novel, it comes out in a month, and I have it pre-ordered. Like you do. Well, like I do. I have high hopes for it, too. Again, like I do.
Time to get on the Jack Campbell merry-go-round again. I dunno how I missed Explorer of the Endless Sea (second in the Empress of the Endless Sea series) when it first hit Kindle, but I did. Rectifying that error now.
Oh, hey. Pirate of the Prophecy (Empress of the Endless Sea Book 1). Probably gonna be just another goddamn spectacular Jack Campbell trilogy. You gotta wonder if he’s gonna eventually get bored of being so consistently good at writing those.
A slight stretch of the category, but Absinthe in Carcosa did just win an ENnie. It’s for The Yellow King RPG, and it’s gorgeous. I have it in PDF already, and I should have picked it up in print a while back.
I’m still in the middle of reading James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. It’s a big book on the American Civil War, and I’ve been busy. But it’s a good book! Nice and thick and full of stuff. Although maybe I should have gotten it on the Kindle: I might be farther along now if I had.
Gabe of Penny Arcade summed up Ryan Holiday’s Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue as ‘what happens when bad meets evil.’ I was struck enough by that comparison to pick up the book — which, indeed, is about what’s in the title — and it is not dull reading. It’s also not completely comfortable reading, either. Back in the day, I never did anything remotely as awful as the stuff Gawker did, every day. But I watched them do it, didn’t I? And I never lost a night’s sleep over the things that they did.
Continue reading Book of the Week: Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue.