The past few weeks has been a light in terms of books, which I'll take given my reading backlog. Also, a lot of my time has been taken up by a certain sekrit project I've been working on. All I can say at this time is it's an idea I've had for awhile and I've started on the next few steps. I'm not sure if it will work out, but if it does - oh, if it does -- it will be EPIC for me. Though quite a few intriguing books showed up including two anthologies I've been looking forward to and a couple very strong looking debuts.
Please note I've stopped posting double copies of books I receive such as when I get a galley followed by a finished book later on.
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe - Bledsoe's latest appears to be a standalone placed in contemporary time and heavily influenced by Native American culture. Definitely a step away from his other Fantasy and Vampire work. I'm always intrigued by authors that can change gears so much. Music also seems central to the story and Alex has posted a soundtrack of sorts for the book as well. Out in September.
All Men of Genius by Lev A.C. Rosen - Shakespeare mixed with Steampunk? Count me in for Rosen's debut novel. This one will most certainly be reviewed around the release in late September.
Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow - Datlow's latest includes many heavy hitters in the Urban Fantasy game, but it is the new Dresden files tale "Curses" by Jim Butcher that many of us are clamoring for, which looks to take place before the events of Changes. Other names for the collection include Patricia Briggs, Holly Black, Peter S. Beagle, Naomi Novik, and Lavie Tidhar. Should hit shelves soon if it hasn't already.
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons - One of Simmons classic novels got a new release and cover. I'm unfamiliar with this one, but it looks to be very much in the vein of Stephen King's It. Considering that I'm not sure I can go for the book. It still creeps me out to this day and I haven't read it in at least 15 years, but I'm torn since Simmons is such a fine wordsmith.
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater - This was a self-published hit that was originally serialized online for free. Tor has since picked up this book and two sequels in what looks to be a realistic Zombie apocalypse. I'm not sure if I'll dive in as I a have quite a few other Zombie reads I've been meaning to get to including The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell, which has been getting all kinds of accolades. I'd expect it out very soon as I received a finished copy.
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