Books arrive!

There is a new postbloke on our route. This morning he rang the door at 0830. I thought I dreamed it, until I woke up properly and discovered the “we missed you, please collect your parcel” inside the letterbox.

Hello, shiny bookses!

Hello, shiny bookses!

That’s Greg van Eekhout’s DRAGON COAST, courtesy of Tor Books. Courtesy of Orbit, Kate Elliott’s BLACK WOLVES (woo!) and Lila Bowen’s WAKE OF VULTURES.

A finished copy!

A finished copy!

And here, courtesy of Tor Books, is a finished copy of Ilana C. Myers’ LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT.

Recently arrived review copies

Four here

Four here

That’s Liu Cixin’s THE DARK FOREST, trans. Joel Martinsen; Seth Dickinson’s THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT; Melinda Snodgrass’s EDGE OF REASON; and Greg van Eekhout’s DRAGON COAST, all courtesy of Tor Books in one way or another –

And four here.

And four here.

– and P.N. Elrod’s THE HANGED MAN, Cathy Clamp’s FORBIDDEN, N.K. Jemisin’s THE FIFTH SEASON and Kit Reed’s WHERE, courtesy of Tor Books and Orbit Books.

Books in brief: Johnson, Andrews, Bourne, MacLean, Wilks

Jean Johnson, Damnation. Ace, 2014.

Final book in the Theirs Not To Reason Why space opera series. The weakest of the lot, and they didn’t start out particularly strong.

Ilona Andrews, Burn For Me. Berkeley, 2014.

First book in new series. I really dislike Andrews’ tendency to have very controlling men turn up in love interest roles. Otherwise this is a lot of fun, with explosions.

Eileen Wilks, Tempting Danger, Mortal Danger, Blood Lines, Night Season, Mortal Sins, Blood Magic, Blood Challenge, Death Magic and Mortal Ties. Berkeley, 2004-2012.

Urban fantasy series. Good fun, undemanding. Explosions, werewolves, demons, dragons, magic, and people having sex that is entirely too good to be anything but fiction.

Greg van Eekhout, Pacific Fire. Tor, 2015.

Read for review for Tor.com. Good book, heist-thriller-magic stuff. Sequel of sorts to California Bones.

Joanne Bourne, Rogue Spy. Ebook, 2014.

Romance. Spies. Napoleonic war period. Fun, but ahistorical in the espionage nonsense.

Sarah MacLean, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. Ebook, 2014.

Romance. Post-Regency pre-Victorian. Lady-owner of casino leading a double (triple?) life under three identities (one madam, one male casino owner, one disgraced lady having borne a bastard daughter) falls in love with a newspaper magnate with secrets of his own. Meh.

Reviews elseweb: A BARRICADE IN HELL, DEFENDERS, BINARY, and CALIFORNIA BONES

While I’ve been amusing myself by not dying of a cold, there’ve been a few pieces gone up elsewhere on these internets:

– A review of Jaime Lee Moyer’s A Barricade in Hell at Tor.com;
– A review of Stephanie Saulter’s Binary at Strange Horizons;
– A review of Will McIntosh’s Defenders at Ideomancer.com;
– A review of Greg van Eekhout’s California Bones at Tor.com;
– And a new Sleeps With Monsters column, talking about several different recent books.

WHILE WE RUN, on the go in Athens with CALIFORNIA BONES

Since taking a picture of a book in the agora yesterday, I decided I should chronicle my other paper readings.

I tried to take another picture from inside the agora, but the staff yelled at me and made me delete it. “You have no right to take this kind of picture!” the woman said. “This is a sacred place!”

I was practically on top of the Great Drain, but still on the path. I’m not sure how sewerage installations become sacred.

That rather baffled me. No putting inanimate objects in the picture? But, hey, I don’t want to get hauled off, and I’ve been a tourist-herder, so I obliged the woman.

And took my pictures from outside the fences.

At the Roman agora.

At the Roman agora.

Still at the Roman agora.

Still at the Roman agora.

At a restaurant on Adrianou.

At a restaurant on Adrianou.

Just squeezing the Hephaistion into frame.

Just squeezing the Hephaistion into frame.