Covers and Stuff

New coverI was in the bookstore the other day, and saw the new cover for Dawn Cook’s “First Truth” (on the left).  Now that Kim Harrison has officially come out as Dawn Cook (or is it the other way around?), Ms Harrison’s name is prominently displayed on the cover. 

Old coverIt’s been a while since I read the Truth books and while I can’t quite remember the plot now (put this down to my dismal memory as opposed to a non-recommendation for this series), I do recall hunting down all the books in the Truth series after reading the first.  I’m a bit lukewarm about the new covers – I think the slightly nostalgic part of me prefers the original old-school fantasy covers (see right), but I’ve a feeling the rebranded covers will reach a new audience.


Speaking of covers, I am massively impressed with The Book SmugglersCover Matters essay on whitewashing – it’s evident that a lot of thought, effort, and passion has gone into this, and it is, well, inspiring.  I’ve been more or less absent from blogland for the past month or so, and am not up to speed with the ins and outs of the recent “Magic Under Glass” cover controversy, but their essay is well worth a read and I am certainly going to visit the links listed in their post when I’ve a moment.


Sunday Ramblings

And I mean ramblings.  It’s been a bit quiet here all month and I figured I really should post something before I accidentally fall out of the habit of blogging. 

It’s a rather damp Sunday afternoon, and I’ve decided to bite the bullet and reorganise my ebooks.  Think of it as the virtual equivalent of rearranging your bookshelves.  Which I really have to do as well, but hey, one thing at a time.

At the moment, I have a few hundred books on my Sony Reader, some finished, some half-read, and others (possibly the majority) still unread.

You know what functionality I would love to have on my Reader?  The ability to add tags to books directly on the reader, instead of having to hook it up to my PC beforehand.  I don’t know if any other readers give you that ability, because that would be really useful.  Because I could then immediately tag a book as “read” once I’d finished it.  As it is, I’m going to have to go through all of them in order to organise them – my plan is to move all the books I’ve read to a separate memory card, though I’m keeping the ones I’ve loved on my main memory card, so I can re-read whenever I want.

So enough talking and time to start doing… whenever I rearrange my bookshelves, I always end up with a pile of old favourites I have to re-read – I wonder if the same will happen with my ebooks?

Books for February

So midway through February and I have yet to post the new releases coming out this month that I’m planning on getting.

51jNEDOonL._SL160_ And that’s because there’s only one: Eileen Wilks’ “Blood Magic” (urban fantasy – excerpt here), the sixth book in her Lupi series.  I’m a long-time fan of this series, so this one is an autobuy for me. 

Back cover blurb:

Lily Yu’s world changed when she met Rule Turner, known to the human world as “that werewolf prince.”  It’s been eight months since everyone else’s world changed, too—when the Turning hit.  That shifting of the realms has magic seeping back into the world in quantities unseen since the hot news story concerned a pair of human babes raised by wolves who went on to found a new city:  Rome.

Lily is a homicide cop turned FBI agent.  She works for a special Unit within the MCD—that’s the Bureau’s Magical Crimes Division.   Lily became a cop to stop the monsters , though it was human monsters she had in mind at the time.  These days, the perps she tracks may be a lot more—or a lot less–than human.

In Blood Magic, Lily and Rule are faced with their most dangerous opponent yet, one the law can’t touch.  One who can’t be killed.  One whose like hasn’t been seen in our world since long before those wolves fostered Romulus and Remus.

Oh, one more thing about Blood Magic:  Grandmother is back.
Those of you who haven’t read the previous books in my World of the Lupi series may be scratching your head about now.  Someone’s grandmother shows up and you’re supposed to get all tingly?   You might be more interested in some of the other characters in Blood Magic, like the assassin.  Or the dragon.  Or the ancient, undying enemy willing to wait for centuries to achieve what really matters.



There’s not to say there aren’t other new releases out there this month.  Nalini Singh’s “Archangel’s Kiss” (paranormal romance) is out, but I haven’t yet made time to read the first book in her Guild Hunters series, “Angels’ Blood”.   And this is despite the rave reviews it’s been getting.  I know.

Katie Macalister’s “Steamed” also intrigued me with its tagline “A Steampunk Romance”, but I am clinging to my rule about only one unread book per author, and I am sort of halfway through her last Silver Dragon book, “Me and My Shadow”.

And that also applies to Laurell K Hamilton’s new Anita Blake novella, “Flirt” – I am midway through her last book “Skin Trade” (and have been for a good few months really), but also can’t really convince myself to pay hardcover prices for what is essentially a novella.  Probably one to get from the library.