Category Archives: Christina Dalcher

Now Available for US Pre-Order

NOW AVAILABLE
Shirley Jackson: THE SUMMER PEOPLE: Kindle Edition
Tiffany Reisz: THE CONFESSIONS: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: THE RED: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: MICHAEL’S WINGS: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: THE CHATEAU: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY: Paperback
Andrew Shaffer: CATSBY: Paperback
Andrew Shaffer: THE SUMMER OF ’82: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE EYES OF TAMBURAH: Paperback

NOW AVAILABLE FOR US PRE-ORDER
Kelley Armstrong: A STRANGER IN TOWN: 9th November 2021: Paperback
Claire Askew: A MATTER OF TIME: 2nd September 2021: Kindle Edition
Emma Cline: REWARDS: 25th February 2021: Kindle Edition
Christina Dalcher: FEMLANDIA: 19th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Nicci French: untitled: 26th October 2021: Hardcover & Paperback
Romy Hausmann: SLEEPLESS: 5th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen: PATIENT ZERO: 26th October 2021: Hardcover
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY: 26th October 2021: Paperback
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: SEVEN DEVILS: 27th July 2021: Paperback
Marissa Meyer: GILDED: 2nd November 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 1st June 2021: Hardcover
Karin Slaughter: THE SILENT WIFE: 26th October 2021: Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE CITY OF ZIRDAI: 2nd June 2021: Kindle Edition
Paul Tremblay: SURVIVOR SONG: 28th September 2021: Paperback
Scott Westerfeld: MIRROR’S EDGE: 6th April 2021: Hardcover

[REWIND] April 2020 Releases

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If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

APRIL 2020 RELEASES

Darcey Bell: Something She’s Not Telling Us: Buy: Goodreads
Christina Dalcher: Master Class (also published as Q): Buy: Goodreads
R. Z. Held: Clean Install: Buy
Kristi Helvig: The Missing: Buy: Goodreads
L. A. Larkin: Prey: Buy
Veronica Roth: Chosen Ones: Buy
Andrew Shaffer: Let’s See Them Poems: Buy
Erica Spindler: The Final Seven: Buy: Goodreads

[REVIEW] Master Class – Christina Dalcher

Christina Dalcher
Master Class (also published as Q)
Penguin Random House Berkley (US & CA: 21st April 2020); HarperCollins HQ (UK & AU: 30th April 2020/7th January 2021)
Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (AU eBook) Buy (AU Hardcover) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Probably not the wisest choice to read this while my depression and autism symptoms flared up.

But I don’t think I’m the target audience. Probably more aimed at moms of high-achieving selective-entry private school students with bright futures.

I read this, relating to nine-year-old Freddie. Flashbacks to my final year of high school exams in 2004.

I’ve read reviews that mention the heavy-handed use of the German grandmother’s warnings. And we readers well understand what’s going on before Elena does.

But comments that it’s “unrealistic” that parents would vote for a political party pushing for separating lowest-tier students away from higher-tiered people?

I wish I had the optimism that this wouldn’t happen in real life. But too easily it could happen. Too many parents want the “dropkicks” out of the classes shared with their precious intelligent children. Because of course their children are the best and brightest. Their darlings couldn’t be “mediocre”. *eyeroll*

I do agree that parts of this story are unrealistic. Namely, the free healthcare with no one blocking access to termination should a pregnant person want one. Alas, in 2020, continued pregnancy is still used to punish.

There’s so much injustice in the story, and in real life. Reproductive freedom and reproductive justice…there’s so much work to do. It’s appalling that people are sterilised without the patient’s consent. It’s wrong to shame or guilt people into having wanted pregnancies terminated. But what’s also cruel is to force people (via legal and access barriers) to continue unwanted pregnancies. To deny people sterilisation when they want it.

And the politics of death. Euthanasia for lowest-tiered people without their consent. Meanwhile, others who want to die humanely and on their own terms are denied a legal option.

It’s this whole lack of consent. Choices taken away. Topics that are so personal to me, which is why this book was so hard to read. It’s hard to rate.

It’s hard to live.

April 2020 Releases

The following is a thread of books released in April 2020, which was last month.

Darcey Bell: SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US: US Kindle Edition; US Hardcover; US Paperback; UK Hardcover; UK Paperback; CA Kindle Edition; AU Hardcover; AU Paperback; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

Christina Dalcher: MASTER CLASS/Q: US Kindle Edition; US Hardcover; UK Kindle Edition; UK Hardcover; CA Kindle Edition; AU eBook; AU Hardcover; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

Megan Hart: ALL THE HARDEST CHOICES: US Kindle Edition; UK Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Megan Hart: REASON ENOUGH: US Kindle Edition; UK Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Kristi Helvig: THE MISSING: US Kindle Edition; UK Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: AURORA RISING: US Paperback; UK Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: AURORA BURNING: AU eBook; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Alex Kava: LOST CREED: US Paperback; UK Paperback; CA Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Alex Kava: DESPERATE CREED: US Paperback; UK Paperback; CA Paperback

Laura Lam: GOLDILOCKS: UK Kindle Edition; UK Hardcover; AU eBook; AU Paperback; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

L. A. Larkin: PREY: US Kindle Edition; US Paperback; UK Kindle Edition; UK Paperback; CA Kindle Edition; AU eBook; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: THE PRIEST: US Paperback; UK Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Veronica Roth’s CHOSEN ONES: US Kindle Edition; US Hardcover; UK Kindle Edition; UK Hardcover; UK Paperback; CA Kindle Edition; AU eBook; AU Hardcover; AU Paperback; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES: US Paperback; UK Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Andrew Shaffer: LET’S SEE THEM POEMS: US Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Lilja Sigurðardóttir: CAGE: US Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Erica Spindler: THE FINAL SEVEN: US Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Wendy Walker: THE NIGHT BEFORE: US Paperback; UK Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Long time, no blog! I’ve been active daily on Twitter, though, as well as regularly posting on Facebook and Goodreads. I did have a backlog of covers to post, but I ended up deleting them, because I just could not summon up the energy to blog.

However, here I am with a backlog of pre-orders – 20 of them. They’ll have cover art when you visit the links, so consider that to make up for what I’ve lacked. Also, my Reading Wishlist will have a complete list of releases (past, present, and future) that I hope to read at some stage.

Tara Altebrando: TAKE ME WITH YOU: 23rd June 2020: Buy (US)
V. C. Andrews: OUT OF THE ATTIC: 4th February 2020: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: WOLF’S BANE: 15th October 2019: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: WICKED WINGS: 8th October 2019: Buy (US)
Chris Beckett: BENEATH THE WORLD, A SEA (paperback): 1st April 2020: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell: Sky Without Stars (paperback): 24th March 2020: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell: Between Burning Worlds: 24th March 2020: Buy (US)
Suzanne Collins: untitled Panem novel: 19th May 2020: Buy (US)
Christina Dalcher: MASTER CLASS: 21st April 2020: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE FATES (paperback): 3rd March 2020: Buy (US)
S. F. Henson: DEVILS WITHIN (paperback): 4th February 2020: Buy (US)
Alaya Dawn Johnson: COUNT THE SAINTS: 26th May 2020: Buy (US)
Laura Lam: GOLDILOCKS: 30 April 2020: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, Kate Karyus Quinn (eds.): Betty Bites Back: 16th September 2019: Buy (US)
Kate McLaughlin: WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE: 23rd June 2020: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: WINTER TALES: 19th November 2019: Buy (US)
Veronica Roth: ARK: 17th September 2019: Buy (US)
Veronica Roth: CHOSEN ONES: 6th April 2020: Buy (US)
Paul Tremblay: THE LAST CONVERSATION: 17th September 2019: Buy (US)
Andy Weir: RANDOMIZE: 17th September 2019: Buy (US)