Category Archives: Steven Brust

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: THIS FALLEN PREY: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Rhoda Belleza: EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Steven Brust & Skyler White: THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (paperback): 2nd January 2018: Buy (US)
Melissa Landers: STARFALL (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME: 30th January 2018: Buy (US)
An Na: THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: YOU WILL BE MINE: 1st February 2018: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE LUCKY ONES: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: PACIFICA: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Andy Weir: ARTEMIS: 14th November 2017: Buy (US)

24th January 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Steven Brust & Skyler White
The Skill of Our Hands (Incrementalists, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 24th January 2017)
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The Incrementalists are a secret society of two hundred people – an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, a little bit at a time. Now Phil, the Incrementalist whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has been shot dead. They’ll bring him back – but first they need to know what happened. Their investigation will lead down unexpected paths in Arizona, and bring them up against corruption, racism, and brutality in high and low places alike. But the key may lay in one of Phil’s previous lives, in “Bleeding Kansas” in the late 1850s – and the fate of the passionate abolitionist we remember as John Brown.

Darynda Jones
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, Book 11)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 24th January 2017); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK & AU: 24th January 2017)
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A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. Now, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after all?

January 2017 Releases

Done with December 2016 Releases? Here are January 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Brust & White, Landers, Liggett, Vincent)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: DOUBLE PLAY: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE: 7th February 2017: Buy (US)
Steven Brust & Skyler White: THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS: 24th January 2017: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: THE BRIDE WITH RED HAIR: 21st April 2016: Buy (US)
Merrie Destefano: LOST GIRLS: 3rd January 2017: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT: 24th January 2017: Buy (US)
Jennifer Longo: UP TO THIS POINTE (paperback): 3rd January 2017: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: CHASING IMPOSSIBLE: 1st July 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Savage: AFTER THE WOODS (paperback): 21st February 2017: Buy (US)
Kim Savage: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS: 21st February 2017: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] The Incrementalists – Steven Brust & Skyler White

Steven Brust & Skyler White
The Incrementalists
Macmillan Tor (US: 24th September 2013)
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As a left-brainer, my thoughts often stop me from fully enjoying stories. I don’t need every little thing explained in extensive detail, but something more than vagueness. For a novel filled with symbols and analogies, my experience was less than optimal.

Logic-fail kept me from falling under The Incrementalists‘s spell. When even immortality sounds more believable than the concept herein, it’s a sign the world-building is somewhat flawed. An incrementalist’s memories can be implanted into someone else via A BURNING SPIKE TO THE FOREHEAD. Only because there’s no mention of seared flesh or brain damage, the burning memory-spike may be symbolic/analogous and therefore not real. And that kind of stuff really gets my goat.

The whole novel takes place over a week, so there’s insta-love. That could be explained due to meddlework, but the two parties seem relatively cool with the fact they were basically pimped, minds meddled with so they’d fall in love with one another. That’s hella creepy, and yet our characters seem nonplussed. Huh.

And for a secret society dedicated to making the world a better place, a little bit at a time, they do no such thing in the main storyline – they just focus on themselves. Sure, they may have done some bettering in the past (though the references to real life events really irk me – YOU BROKE THE FOURTH WALL, BOOK!), but apparently nothing in connection to the major plot.

P.S. Early on a character checks their Google Reader, and I immediately thought, “Ha! You just dated yourself, book!” Then I realised the email above the reference is dated…2011. Yep, listing the year in the emails dates the book even more than Google Reader. We really only need to see the messages, and the to/from section. Dates are irrelevant. (Unless there’s a particular reason the novel’s set in 2011, other than that’s when the authors wrote it. If there is a story-based reason, I missed it.)

7 New Covers (Brust & White, Cantor, Fitzpatrick, Frost, Grant, Hopkins, Reilly)

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