The first IMM post in a few weeks. That’s what happens when I get busy with other stuff, I guess. But now we can take a look at the few books I acquired over the last little while.
Winning a copy of Empire in Black and Gold was a real treat for me, since I’d heard many good things about it and I kept wanting to give it a try but then always kept forgetting about it whenever I had the money to actually purchase it. No longer! (And I’m hoping that purchasing the sequels won’t have the same effect on my memory, either!) I haven’t started reading it yet, but it’s really only a matter of time.
Also won was a copy of Loory’s Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, which I imagine I’m going to tear through in record time once I start reading it. I hadn’t realized that it was such a slim book, either, which will probably make it even quicker to read through. Quite looking forward to this one.
Since I got a review copy of The Folded World, I wasn’t about to leave the previous book in the series unpurchased and unread, so I exchanged my SwagBucks for some Amazon.com gift certificates and purchased Habitation of the Blessed. Love the cover art on this one, which is in the same style that attracted me to the second book when I saw it. And the author’s supposed to be quite good, too, so I have no doubt that both of those books will keep me happily engaged.
As always, the wonderful NetGalley is responsible for the majority of my ARC collection. Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without this site. It’s introduced me to countless wonderful books that I might not otherwise have had the chance to read. (Money’s always a factor; more than once I considered changing the name of this blog to The Penniless Reader.)
Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories. The title alone was enough to catch my attention, and I really have been finding that my previous intolerance for short story collections has been waning, and so this seemed like another interesting book to add to my collection. One of the best things about short story collections is actually the thing that used to bother me so much; coming to the end of one story throws you out of the groove for a bit, which instead of being annoying actually makes numerous good places to put the book down if you don’t have a lot of time for reading. Given my schedule of late, this sort of thing is turning out to be invaluable!
Gemma Files’s A Book of Tongues, book 1 in the Hexslinger series, seems like it’ll be a great way to stay within a familiar and well-loved genre while looking at a slightly different setting, stepping out of my comfort zone and staying within it at the same time. The synopsis makes this book sound like it’s a wonderfully creative endeavour, and I hope that stays true throughout the pages.
Sarah Zettel’s Dust Girl is the first book in the American Fairy trilogy, and seems like it could be a fun and easy YA read.
Though I do wish that someday people would start writing more Canadian fantasy and sci-fi. Really, Canada does need more love.
Not too many books here, but this is also the accumulation of a few weeks, and I am making an effort to tone down the books that I get. I’m gaining books faster than I can sometimes read through them, and while I can’t say I’m entirely displeased at having such a wide range of options at my fingertips, it does create an awful obligation sometimes.
But such is life. If I have books, I’m a happy person, and I can’t see that ever changing.