I ended up with more books coming my way this past week than I really expected I would. Not that I’m complaining. More books means more wonderful things to read, even if it inches my To Read pile just that much closer to infinity. So, let’s take a look at what I got!
James Crawford’s Caleo, won in a blog giveaway. This piece of YA fiction sounds like it’s not a plot that may not be entirely original, but it still sounds interesting never the less. From what I’ve heard about it, too, the plot doesn’t have to be the most original thing to be good and entertaining, and I hope my opinion ends up being much the same.
Michelle Muto’s The Book of Lost Souls, which I have heard a hundred and one good things about, and which I was very happy to discover that I’d won a copy of. This one got an instant bump up the TBR list, and I’m looking forward to starting it. It seems like it’ll be quite fun to read, no doubt with some good humour to go along with it!
Brent Hayward’s Filaria, provided by ChiZine with many thanks. Interesting cast of characters in a dying world? Sign me up! Throw in a confrontation with gods, either real or metaphorical, and I’m cutting to the front of the line for this one. Filaria seems like it’ll be a winner!
Shoebox Train Wreck, by John Mantooth and Danny Evarts. A series of genre-bending short stories that, if the synopsis is to be believed (and I don’t doubt it), will be a mind-screw of a journey that’s never short on entertainment. Once again provided by ChiZine, who seem to put out no end of good twisted books.
The Steel Seraglio, by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey, and Nimit Malavia, and don’t ask me to repeat those names again for a while! Filled with Middle Eastern influence, this is a story of betrayal, survival, and revolution, which pretty much manages to combine a good half of my pet interests into one speculative novel. Does anyone hear me complaining? Didn’t think so.
Nicholas Read’s Endworlds, and interesting-sounding sci-fi adventure that sounds like it’ll be quite a fast-paced and exciting tale.