My reading habits are still a bit ravenous, but lately I've cut back on reviews a tad to focus on certain books that I have a bit more to say about. It doesn't mean the below are not quality reads and in fact that is quite to the contrary as many were very enjoyable and authors I'll keep reading. Plus reviews are coming for a few of these books, so it can also be thought of as coming attractions. I have a few interveiws in the pipeline as well.
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington - Highly Recommend. One of the most original books I've read all year. Bullington gives folktales a spin that is classic yet feels strangely modern. Review to come.
Lamentation: The First Book of The Psalms of Isaak by Ken Scholes - Highly recommend. Lamentation is a very pleasing start to a series that deserves a wide readership. Scholes is going far places with these books and I'll be there for every step of the way. He manages to mix genres, cultures, and create memorable characters in a rich world.
Canticle: The Second Book of The Psalms of Isaak by Ken Scholes - Highly recommended. The Second Book of The Psalms of Isaak is even better than the first and gives the characters depth along with breaking the world open. Layers and layers of intrigue are developed. I did happen to interview Scholes recently because I thought so highly of his work. I'll be following this series very closely.
The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe - Highly recommended. Action packed and fun. This cross of Detective and Swords & Sorcery is a lethal combination to your sleep. Review to come. A few people caught a sneak peek of my not even half formed thoughts a few days back when I hit the post instead of save button. I promise the final review will make much more sense.
Beyond the Shadows: Book Three of the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks - Recommended. I'm sorry I took so long to finishing the last of the Night Angel series. It is a worthy conclusion to the story arc. Weeks has earned his place in the new gritty Fantasy regime with the likes of Abercrombie and Lynch.
How to Make Friends With Demons by Graham Joyce - Recommended. This is what we'd get if Nick Hornby tried his hand at Paranormal Fiction. Review to come.
The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Revert - Recommended for Mystery fans. In some circles this is compared to The Shadow of the Wind, which I can kind of see yet it is not as memorable or as heartrending. However, this is one of those big twist reads that definitely surprised me. Also, the Johnny Deep movie The Ninth Gate was based off The Club Dumas, but this is a case of the book being light years better than the movie and also the movie changed the last third of the story.
"I found that my son was the star of a porn film when Karen dropped an envelope through our letter box. Inside the envelope was a video and little note."Hornby's cinematic short take works, but you'll want more. This would definitely be a good taste for someone who hasn’t read him before.
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