Mid-November and I’ve only read two books. At this rate, I’ll need to stop eyeing up the new releases, else it will be a losing battle against my TBR pile. Maybe it’s a good thing there aren’t that many November releases that I want. I think.
I’m definitely going to get Nalini Singh’s “Blaze of Memory” (paranormal romance), the latest in her Psy/Changeling series. An autobuy for me really – this series has not grown stale and I love the strong romance in each book, combined with the excellent overall plot arc and world-building. So far, Ms Singh just keeps on getting better and better with each book, although saying that, I’m slightly embarrassed to say that “Angel’s Blood”, the first book in her other series, is still sitting in my TBR pile.
Out now (excerpt here)
And then there’s Charlaine Harris’ “Grave Secret” (urban fantasy), the fourth book in Ms Harris’ “other” series, i.e. the one that is getting slightly less attention than her Sookie Stackhouse books. I think this is the final book, but I’m not 100% sure. Renee of Renee’s Book Addiction and Carolyn of The Thrillionth Page did a rather timely “Sleeper Series” post on these books.
I’ve just checked and the UK version (published by Gollancz with the cover on the right) isn’t out until January. I wish the publishers would sync up their international releases. Also, I much prefer the US covers for all of Charlaine Harris’s books. The UK ones are pretty generic UF, IMO.
Out now (US anyway) and PDF excerpt here
And finally, I have just bought the anthology “The Dragon Book” (fantasy), edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, and with stories by some of my favourite authors, including Naomi Novik and Tamora Pierce (and yes, it’s a Tortall story and no prizes for guessing the main character). Oh, and Diana Gabaldon. Ana from The Book Smugglers reviewed it last week, and I pretty much ordered it immediately.
Out now (more details on contributors here, with an excerpt that I haven’t looked at, because it’s a large PDF)
The maybes for November? I will probably get around to buying Katie Macalister’s “Me and My Shadow” (paranormal romance), the latest in her Silver Dragon books, at some point. IIRC, my copy of the previous book in this series had some chapters in the wrong order, which didn’t exactly improve my reading experience, especially since I didn’t figure that out until much later in the book.
And Linda Howard’s “Ice” (romantic suspense) – normally an autobuy author, but I hear it’s a hardcover coming in at 200-odd pages. And I haven’t adored her most recent books. Probably a borrow-from-library book for me.