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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.

(Image via Wikipedia.)

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…

Authors, Genre Cats & Servals

Readers, I’ve forgotten to post some stuff on the blog! Let’s play catch-up.

A few months ago I started Genre Cats, a Tumblr dedicated to authors photographed with their cats. All photos are submitted by the authors, not just random stuff found on the Internet. Authors include M. J. Scott, Kate Gordon, Teri Hall, Marissa Meyer, Jeff Hirsch, Gretchen Hirsch, Laura Bickle/Alayna Williams, Merrie Destefano and Mike Mullin. Authors, would you and your cats like to be featured on Genre Cats? Here‘s how 😉

I went to Werribee Open Range Zoo for my birthday treat. The highlight was of course the African Cat Encounter, which was $70 to meet the zoo’s servals, learn about them, and watch them train. You can see my photos of various animals on Facebook.

I saw The Hives at The Palace as a second birthday treat. They played three new songs, and some old favourites. They’re the best band to see live, with such elegant attire, quirky humour, and high-energy songs 🙂

And just this Thursday, I met author Maria V. Snyder at the Target Centre 🙂

January Through June 2011 Reads – Star Ratings

Books I read in January through June this year. Separated into star ratings, then listed by order in which I read them. All up at GoodReads. Some reviews here on my WordPress. Does not include books that I didn’t finish, because I’ve deleted them from my catalogue, and likely my memory.

Let me know if you decide to read or not to read them, based on my ratings. Because yes, I am that egocentric 😉

5 STARS: Rage (Jackie Morse Kessler), American Vampire (Jennifer Armintrout), Project 17 (Laurie Faria Stolarz), The Gathering (Kelley Armstrong), The Repossession Mambo/Repo Men (Eric Garcia), Moongazer (Marianne Mancusi), Wither (Lauren DeStefano), Girl Hero (Carrie Jones)

4 STARS: Outside In (Maria V. Snyder), Stocking Full of Coal (Amanda Feral), The Walled Garden (Michele Lang), The Shadow Runners (Liz Maverick), The Vespertine (Saundra Mitchell), Linger (Maggie Stiefvater), Dark Life (Kat Falls), Demonized (Naomi Clark), The Reckoning (Kelley Armstrong), Midnight Alley (Rachel Caine), Feast of Fools (Rachel Caine), Lord of Misrule (Rachel Caine), Carpe Corpus (Rachel Caine), Fade Out (Rachel Caine), Coming Home (P. D. Martin), Kiss of Death (Rachel Caine), XVI (Julia Karr), Ghost Town (Rachel Caine), The Girl in the Steel Corset (Kady Cross), Matched (Ally Condie), Uninvited (Amanda Marrone), The Bradbury Report (Steven Polansky), Uninvited (Justine Musk), Exile (Rebecca Lim), Helper12 (Jack Blaine), Darkness Becomes Her (Kelly Keaton)

3 STARS: Jealousy (Lili St. Crow), Among the Betrayed (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Among the Barons (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Becoming (Kelley Armstrong), Shadow Days (Andrea Cremer), Day of Fire (Kathleen Nance), Dreaming Anastasia (Joy Preble), Things Bogans Like, Beyond Heaving Bosoms (Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan), Fugitives (Alexander Gordon Smith), The Power of Two (Patti O’Shea), Coming Undone (Lauren Dane), In the Arms of Stone Angels (Jordan Dane), The Iron Witch (Karen Mahoney), Damaged (Yolanda Sfetsos), Falling Freestyle (Vivian Arend), Jeweled (Anya Bast), Thyla (Kate Gordon), It Takes a Village Idiot and I Married One (Alex Borstein & Cherry Chevapravatdumrong), Burn Bright (Marianne de Pierres), A Touch Mortal (Leah Clifford), Night and Chaos (Naomi Clark), Savage Transformation (Lexxie Couper), The Official Illustrated Guide (Stephenie Meyer), Exit Strategy (Kelley Armstrong), Made to Be Broken (Kelley Armstrong), You Are So Undead to Me (Stacey Jay), Hereafter (Tara Hudson), Relentless (Lauren Dane), The Scarlet Empress (Susan Grant), Close Encounters (Katherine Allred), Perfect Cover (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), Killer Spirit (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), West End (Laura Van Wormer), Moon Sworn (Keri Arthur)

2 STARS: Defiance (Lili St. Crow)