Category Archives: Maria V. Snyder

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All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Amazon. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

NOW AVAILABLE

Cassandra Alexander: YEAR OF THE NURSE: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Naomi Clark: THE MORTAL TOUCH: Kindle Edition

Samantha Hayes: THE TRAPPED WIFE: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Imogen Howson: A GIRL OF STONE & SMOKE: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Carrie Jones: SAINT: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Carrie Jones: INCHWORMS: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

PRE-ORDER

Kelley Armstrong: A TWIST OF FATE: 5th/31st October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Kelley Armstrong: HIGH JINX: 7th December 2021: Kindle Edition

Kelley Armstrong: A RIP THROUGH TIME: 31st May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Keri Arthur: SORROW’S SONG: 28th June 2022: Kindle Edition

Claire Askew: A MATTER OF TIME: 10th March 2022/31st May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Darcey Bell: ALL I WANT: 11th January 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

A. R. Capetta: THE LOST COAST: 3rd May 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Kim Harrison: TROUBLE WITH THE CURSED: 14th June 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Karen Ann Hopkins: THE FORTUNA COIN: 12th October 2021: Kindle Edition

Karen Ann Hopkins: THE OFFERING: 30th November 2021: Kindle Edition

Greg Iles: SOUTHERN MAN: 24th May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Emiko Jean: TOKYO DREAMING: 31st May 2022: Hardcover

Carrie Jones: ALMOST DEAD: 1st November 2021: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: WHEN YOU BRING THEM BACK: 1st December 2021: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: THE PEOPLE WHO LEAVE: 15th January 2022: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: THE GREED THAT KILLS: 1st February 2022: Kindle Edition

Lydia Kang: THE HALF-LIFE OF RUBY FIELDING: 5th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback

L. A. Larkin: THE SAFE PLACE: 9th November 2021: (Kindle Edition)

Janelle Monáe: THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN: AND OTHER STORIES OF DIRTY COMPUTER: 19th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Tara Moss: THE GHOSTS OF PARIS: 7th June 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Andrew Neiderman: THE WOMAN BEYOND THE ATTIC: 1st February 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Tom Perrotta: TRACY FLICK CAN’T WIN: 7th June 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Tiffany Reisz: WRAPPED IN BLACK: 1st December 2021: Kindle Edition

Maria V. Snyder: THE KING OF KORAHA: 22nd November 2021: Kindle Edition

Victoria Helen Stone: AT THE QUIET EDGE: 19th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Cristin Terrill: THE STARS BETWEEN US: 2nd August 2022: Kindle Edition

Rachel Vincent: EVERY SINGLE LIE: 12th July 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Rachel Vincent: NO ONE IS ALONE: 12th July 2022: Hardcover

Mary Weber: RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW: 12th October 2021 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Scott Westerfeld: YOUNGBLOODS: 1st March 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

June 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released June 2021. 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.

JUNE 2021 RELEASES

Keri Arthur: Blackbird Crowned: Buy
Janet Edwards: Hestia 2781: Buy
Nicci French: What to Do When Someone Dies: Buy
Zakiya Dalila Harris: The Other Black Girl: Buy
Kim Harrison: Million Dollar Demon: Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: Wicked Legacy: Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: Blood Rock: Buy
Carrie Jones: The People Who Kill: Buy
L. A. Larkin: Widow’s Island: Buy
Phoebe North: Strange Creatures: Buy
Andrew Shaffer: Look Mom I’m a Poet (and So is My Cat): Buy
Maria V. Snyder: The City of Zirdai: Buy

February 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released February 2021. 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.

FEBRUARY 2021 RELEASES

V. C. Andrews: The Umbrella Lady: Buy: Goodreads
Kelley Armstrong: A Stranger in Town: Buy: Goodreads
Keri Arthur: Magic Misled: Buy
Laura Bickle: Shifting Silence: Buy
Emma Cline: Rewards: Buy
Abigail Dean: Girl A: Buy
Merrie Destefano: Writing Tips: Buy
Megan Hart: Hold Me Close: Buy: Goodreads
Mindy McGinnis: The Initial Insult: Buy
Seanan McGuire: Calculated Risks: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: The Godwicks Sampler (includes full short story The Beguiling of Merlin): Buy
Tiffany Reisz: The Original Sinners Sampler (includes full short story The Teacher’s Pet): Buy
Kristen Simmons: Payback: Buy
Maria V. Snyder: The Eyes of Tamburah: Buy

[REWIND] November 2020 Releases

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.

NOVEMBER 2020 RELEASES

Marta Acosta: Mad Dog Down the Road: Buy
V. C. Andrews: Whispering Hearts: Buy: Goodreads
Laura Bickle: Morrigan’s Bond: Buy
Kylie Chan: Guardian of Empire: Buy
Mina Hardy: After All I’ve Done: Buy: Goodreads
Megan Hart: True Lies About Love (also published as Naked): Buy
Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige: The Ravens: Buy
Andrew Shaffer: Secret Santa: Buy
Maria V. Snyder: Defending the Galaxy: Buy
Cecily von Ziegesar: Cobble Hill: Buy: Goodreads

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

Now Available for US Pre-Order

These are all the books I added to my wishlist from July 1st onwards. Because I’m so behind, some of these books have already been published. So click what takes your fancy, and maybe you’ll be in luck to buy and read straight away.

Tara Altebrando: TAKE ME WITH YOU: 1st June 2021: US Paperback

V. C. Andrews: THE UMBRELLA LADY: 2nd February 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Kelley Armstrong: CURSED LUCK: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition

Keri Arthur: MAGIC MISLED: 23rd February 2021: US Kindle Edition

Claire Askew: NOVELISTA: 15th October 2020: US Kindle Edition

Chris Beckett: TWO TRIBES: US Kindle Edition

Oyinkan Braithwaite: TREASURE: US Kindle Edition

Kylie Chan: SCALES OF EMPIRE: 1st September 2020: US Paperback

Naomi Clark: THE WITCH’S GUIDE TO WEREWOLVES: US Kindle Edition

Katelyn Detweiler: THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Janet Edwards: EARTH PRIME: US Kindle Edition

Nicci French: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR: 27th April 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tess Gerritsen & Gary Braver: CHOOSE ME: 22nd June 2021: US Kindle Edition

R. Z. Held: UNJUST THEFT: US Kindle Edition

Kristi Helvig: STRANGE SKIES: US Kindle Edition

Karen Ann Hopkins: BLOODY TIES: 22nd September 2020: US Kindle Edition

Emiko Jean: TOKYO EVER AFTER: 25th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Seanan McGuire: CALCULATED RISKS: 23rd February 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Seanan McGuire: ANGEL OF THE OVERPASS: 11th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Saundra Mitchell: ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK: 16th February 2021: US Paperback

Francine Pascal: LITTLE CREW OF BUTCHERS: 25th May 2021: US Paperback

Parker Peevyhouse: STRANGE EXIT: 27th April 2021: US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: A MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM: 1st December 2020: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: A WINTER SYMPHONY: 1st December 2020: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: THE PEARL: 1st December 2020: US Paperback

Laura Ruby: THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL: 27th April 2021: US Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: EXPOSED: 29th December 2020: US Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: ETERNAL: 23rd March 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 11th May 2021: US Paperback

Lilja Sigurðardóttir: BETRAYAL: 1st May 2021: US Paperback

Karin Slaughter: THE SILENT WIFE: 20th April 2021: US Paperback

Maria V. Snyder: DEFENDING THE GALAXY: 2nd December 2020: Australian Kindle Edition

Victoria Helen Stone: THE LAST ONE HOME: 23rd March 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Amy Tintera: ALL THESE MONSTERS: 15th June 2021: US Paperback

Paul Tremblay: NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND: 20th April 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Andy Weir: PROJECT HAIL MARY: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Francesca Zappia: NOW ENTERING ADDAMSVILLE: 13th April 2021: US Paperback

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Josephine Angelini: WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS: 25th July 2019: Buy (US)
Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre: HONOR LOST: 11th February 2020: Buy (US)
Cecil Castellucci: GIRL ON FILM: 19th November 2019: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE CERULEAN (paperback): 4th February 2020: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE ALCAZAR: 3rd March 2020: Buy (US)
Lisa Heathfield: I AM NOT A NUMBER: 27th June 2019: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: HEROINE (paperback): 4th February 2020: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: BE NOT FAR FROM ME: 3rd March 2020: Buy (US)
Seanan McGuire: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS: 3rd July 2019: Buy (US)
Seanan McGuire: IMAGINARY NUMBERS: 25th February 2020: Buy (US)
Tara Moss: DEAD MAN SWITCH: 21st October 2019: Buy (AU)
Natasha Preston: THE TWIN: 3rd March 2020: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: STOLEN TIME (paperback): 21st January 2020: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: TWISTED FATES: 25th February 2020: Buy (US)
Maria V. Snyder: CHASING THE SHADOWS: 18th November 2019: Buy (AU)

November 2018 Releases

Done with October 2018 Releases? Here are November 2018 Releases. Even though it’s already December. I didn’t get around to catching up on doing the monthly release compilation properly, so here’s an “express” edition: author, title, and purchase links. Click on them to find out about the books. And for future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Keri Arthur: Cursed: Buy (US) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Paperback)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Little White Lies: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (AU) Buy (Worldwide)

Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister, the Serial Killer: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Hardcover) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Merrie Destefano: Shade: The Complete Trilogy: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Rhiannon Held: Lady’s Children: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Emiko Jean: Empress of All Seasons: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Hardcover) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Lydia Kang: Toxic: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Marissa Meyer: Archenemies: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Hardcover) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Tiffany Reisz: Picture Perfect Cowboy: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Maria V. Snyder: Navigating the Stars: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (AU Kindle Edition) Buy (AU Paperback)

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Space-set Stories Appeal to Me. Have Yet to Identify WHY Exactly.

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NOTE: Though there are discussions about specific films and books, there are no spoilers.

Had a bout of unexpected melancholy this afternoon, which was a bit troubling since I couldn’t identify a definite trigger. So I tried to think of what I’d done differently today…which was going to the local cinema to see Interstellar.

When it comes to commenting on films, I always feel the need to qualify my opinion with, “I rarely watch films – maybe once or twice a year at most.” Which is true. (2013 was an anomaly, because not only did I watch two films, but I watched the second movie the very next day after watching the first. As a result, I may have used all up all my emotions – I cried – during Rush, so when I watched Gravity the next day I…felt kind of blank in comparison.)

Generally speaking, film is not an easy medium for me to connect with. The circumstances have to be right: I have to watch alone, in a half-full cinema at most, so I can properly immerse. I have to really want to see a particular film at the cinema, or else I just won’t see it. (DVDs at home just aren’t immersive.)

So about the melancholy: I wasn’t sure if it was because of the film. Others may (and will) disagree, but the last third of Interstellar is schmaltz. It’s laughable, and I heard someone else in the cinema laugh, so it can’t have just been my opinion. I did rather enjoy the film overall, especially the first two acts, but the final part…I think it required too much suspension of disbelief, and that’s something that pulled me out of the immersive experience.

So why the melancholy? Maybe I wasn’t quite ready to leave the world of Interstellar. It goes for almost three hours, which is long enough, but I found myself more interested in Amelia Brand’s story, from that glimpse at the very end. And maybe that sparked my belated melancholy – there were still more stories to be told. I wanted to remain immersed.

And I think it’s good to analyse why we like what we like, because that may help us find more things to enjoy. Here are all the films I remember seeing in recent-ish years (the order may be incorrect):

Lars and the Real Girl
Black Swan
Melancholia
Rush
Gravity
Interstellar

If you see a pattern there, you’re not alone. Rush is an obvious anomaly, but you can see my tastes change from psychological to…space? Melancholia is the perfect bridge – weird, fascinating science with psychological trauma to make it relatable.

Also, Melancholia, Gravity, and Interstellar have another factor that makes them appeal: interpersonal relationships that aren’t romantic. In film, storytelling is more condensed, so it makes sense that there’s no romantic subplot. Interstellar easily could’ve forced a romantic relationship, but it didn’t and I’m glad it didn’t.

So while I didn’t love Interstellar, I certainly got value from it. Even though the last third is ridiculous 😉

My reading also tends toward science fiction. It may have been Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox that taught me that sci-fi isn’t always military battleships in space against aliens (which was the stereotype of sci-fi that I had, for better or worse). My first book set in space was Tess Gerritsen’s Gravity (have you heard about the legal action?), and I absolutely loved it – reading it anywhere and everywhere, because I didn’t want to NOT read it. Albeit, that was in the days of dial-up Internet, so I had fewer distractions, but still…an immersive experience.

And Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Glow that taught me that stories set solely in space can work for me, too. Since then, I’ve read and enjoyed more space-set books (Maria V. Snyder’s Inside Out duology, Imogen Howson’s Linked duology, and Alexandra Duncan’s Salvage), with many more on my wishlist. (Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, to name just one.)

But why space? Why is it calling me? I know nothing about physics or quantum mechanics, or whatnot. Is it because I like the pretty photos taken by the Hubble telescope? Because shiny coloured lights appeal to me? Because I like science, even though I don’t necessarily understand it? Because it’s “other”?

But maybe I don’t NEED to understand why I like what I like. So I’ll just go with it, and see where my tastes might lead me to in the future…