1) All of you must have downloaded Ilona Andrews‘ free Kate Daniels novella by now right? If not, well – you probably have 10 days left to get MAGIC GIFTS. I raced through it over Christmas – I loved visiting Kate and Curran again, and it’s got me all excited about their next book, GUNMETAL MAGIC. It was a really generous and unexpected present from the authors and totally made my Christmas Eve.
2) I’m way behind on my 2011 book log. Arrrghhh. Serves me right for procrastinating. I’m starting to get a bit panicky about this as I’ve been seeing everyone’s 2011 favourite books posts start popping up around the internets. Ummm. You won’t mind seeing my 2011 favourites sometime in 2012, would you? At the rate I’m going, it may be summer.
I’m planning on spending some time on this over the next few days – so if you follow me on Goodreads, you may just get a flood of reviews from me. Sorry. I’m going to be reposting them here as well. At some point.
3) Reading-wise, apart from MAGIC GIFTS, I have been taking full advantage of time off from work and just reveling in my TBR. I have so many good books that are just waiting to be read and for once, I have the time to do so. It has been rather blissful. I’ve sniffled my way through Carla Kelly‘s COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, devoured the Carina Press m/m romance anthology MEN UNDER THE MISTLETOE, and finished Diana Gabaldon‘s THE SCOTTISH PRISONER. Amongst many others.
4) New-to-me author: Sonya Bateman. I picked up her novel MASTER OF NONE on impulse and liked. I hesitate to compare it to Jim Butcher’s Dresden files just because it’s an urban fantasy with a wisecracking male protagonist but… well. It has a slightly unusual UF twist – djinns (or genies) aren’t the most popular of supernatural creatures – and that together with some fast-paced action was enough to keep me engrossed. It wasn’t perfect (I skimmed over the whole background to the conflict because it made my head hurt and I’m not really feeling the relationship) but I’ll probably pick up the next book soon-ish.