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Melanie's Week in Review - August 3, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - August 3, 2014


Welcome to August. I can't believe July is over the year is more than halfway gone. I have been looking at my Goodreads reading challenge and I need to pick up the pace if I am going to read as many books as last year. So how did I do this week?

Melanie's Week in Review - August 3, 2014
Even though am still reading The Dark Defiles by Richard K. Morgan I was tempted by a book that Qwill sent me - Havoc by Ann Aguirre. This is the second installment of the Dred Chronicles and I couldn't resist to find out what happened to Dred and Jael on the prison ship. I will be writing a full review of this book so keep your eye out for it to find out more. I got halfway through and left it in my desk at work (I have desks in 2 different buildings miles apart) and had to make a special trip 3 days later to pick it up. I knew I shouldn't have been reading Havoc before I finished Morgan's book so I got in a big panic that I would have nothing to tell you about.  I was soon searching Amazon for a book I could read in a day or two and came across a short story from Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar. I thought this tiny short story would be perfect to give me a feeling of accomplishment. When Carriger writes a short story she certainly makes it short. I feel like the story was finished before I even started it. I really enjoyed The Parasol Protectorate series but I think that Carriger could have left this series alone as The Curious Case... fell a bit flat for me. I am not a big fan of short stories as I always feel like that they stop too soon and this is definitely the case here.

Melanie's Week in Review - August 3, 2014Back I went to Amazon as I still needed a another book. I came across Copperhead by Tina Connolly which is the second novel in the Ironskin series. I had been waiting for the price of this book to drop a bit before I bought it and discovered it had so I was quick to download it. Copperhead tells the story of Helen who is the sister of the heroine, Jane, from book 1 and is set a few months after the events of that book. Helen is leading a cloistered life as the wife of her controlling, aristocratic husband Alistair. A sinister group called Copperhead are trying to rid the world of the fey and all the women with fey enhanced faces are at risk. Helen and her sister Jane are in the midst of helping these women when Jane goes missing. Despite her fears and feelings of inadequacies Helen risks herself and her new friends to find Jane.

Copperhead is a solid second instalment of a engaging series. I wish I had gone back and re-read the ending of Ironskin as there were a few re-caps that I couldn't remember. I also couldn't figure out why Jane and her fiance, Rochart, weren't together and it wasn't really explained either. I think that Connolly does a good job of creating empathy for the near perfect Helen. She isn't a character I especially like or perhaps you aren't supposed to like so I think that Connolly was especially clever to make Helen as engaging as she is. I do wonder where Connolly will take these characters in Silverblind (Ironskin 3), which is out in October.

Melanie's Week in Review - August 3, 2014
I finished my week by reading Unclean Spirits by Chuck Wendig. This is the first book of Gods and Monsters shared world series. It tells the story of Cason who has become embroiled with the gods and is on the run trying to rescue his wife and son. The story is told from a few different POVs including Cason, his wife Alison and the goddess Psyche. The gods are malevolent with a capital 'M' and Cason risks all to save his family.

This isn't an easy read as the gods aren't the only dis-likeable characters. Cason himself isn't the easiest character to empathize with. Cason reminded me a bit of a Mookie Pearl from Wendig's The Blue Blazes - a bit conflicted but trying to do the right thing for his family in the end. Nearly every religious and mythical god/goddess is mentioned in Unclean Spirits and it seems there was a competition who could be more horrid. I don't know who won but I think Aphrodite made a sterling effort! I am not planning to continue with this series as the first book is a relentlessly violent read without even a glimmer of something good happening. While the Miriam Black and Mookie Pearl books are equally violent there is more of a sense of good vs evil in those stories than there is in this first instalment of the Gods and Monsters series. If you like a story that is told at a frenetic pace, lots of violence and malevolent goddesses out for revenge then this is the book for you. Note that Wendig kicked off the series and that different authors will be writing books for this ongoing series. Next up is Mythbreakers by Stephen Blackmoore (December).

That's all for me this week. I am looking forward to some new releases I hope to buy so until next week Happy Reading.

The View From Monday - October 14, 2013


Happy Columbus Day (observed) to those in the US. And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada.

New York Comic Con ended yesterday and I'm still recovering from Friday and Saturday. I didn't go yesterday, Kids' Day, due to other commitments. Trinitytwo was with me on Friday and we'll have some pictures and goodies to share with you. Also during the week, I'll share with you many many press releases about comics and more. If you look just below this post you will see the first 3. Just click "Read more >>" if the press release title interests you.


The View From Monday - October 14, 2013


It's a fairly light release week with 1 debut:

How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman.

(Don't forget to vote in the October 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - here.)


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Obsidian Heart (Echoes of Empire 2) by Mark T. Barnes. I saw the novel at NYCC. It has a gorgeous cover by Stephan Martiniere. I'm enjoying the first novel - The Garden of Stones - and have preordered The Obsidian Heart;

Copperhead (Ironskin 2) by Tina Connolly;

First Bite (Dark Wolf 1) by Dani Harper;

and

Pushing Luck (Pax Arcana eNovella) by Elliott James.


If you are a fan of Steampunk you are in luck this week with:

His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co., Part 2) by Lynn Viehl;

The Osiris Curse (Tweed and Nightingale Adventures 2) by Paul Crilley;

Fiendish Schemes by K.W. Jeter;

and

Luminous Chaos (The Mysteries of New Venice 2) by Jean-Christophe Valtat


Both Anne Rice and Christopher Rice (Anne's son) have novels out on the 15th:

The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles 2) by Anne Rice; and

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice, which is his first supernatural novel.  It's really, really good!



October 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
His Lordship Possessed (e) Lynn Viehl SP/M - Disenchanted & Co., Part 2



October 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Red Country (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F
The Obsidian Heart Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 2
The n-Body Problem Tony Burgess Z/AP
Fury of Desire Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 4
How To Be a Good Wife (D US) Emma Chapman Meta/Ch
The Wasteland Saga: Three Novels: Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, The Road is a River Nick Cole PA
Copperhead Tina Connolly HistF - Ironskin 2
The Osiris Curse Paul Crilley SP/M - Tweed and Nightingale Adventures 2
Tolkien: A Dictionary David Day F - Dictionary
The Entity Who Came for Christmas: A Holiday Novella (e) Cat Devon PNR - Entity
The Last Dark Stephen R. Donaldson F - The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 4
The Greatcoat: A Ghost Story Helen Dunmore Gh/H
Man in the Empty Suit (h2tp) Sean Ferrell SF/TT
Midnight's Promise: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Theodore Savage (ri) Cicely Hamilton SF - Radium Age SF Series
First Bite Dani Harper PNR - Dark Wolf 1
NOS4A2 (h2tp) Joe Hill Sup/Su
Pushing Luck (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana
The Cusanus Game Wolfgang Jeschke SF
Fiendish Schemes K. W. Jeter SP
The Wolves of Midwinter Anne Rice UF/H - Wolf Gift Chronicles 2
The Heavens Rise Christopher Rice SF/H
The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien Christopher Snyder LC
Luminous Chaos Jean-Christophe Valtat SP - Mysteries of New Venice 2
Come Back to the Sea: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jason Vanhee F



October 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp = Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AP - Apocalyptic
Ch - Chiller
F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Suspense
Sup - Supernatural
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

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