It’s my first book haul of 2018, and I have to say I’m starting out on the right foot with just a FEW review books:-) We’ll see how long I can keep that up. Here are the books I’ve acquired over the past few weeks:
Physical review books:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. I won this from Bookish First, and I have it on my plate to read this month. Hmmm, it’s getting some mixed reviews, but I’m curious to see where I fall on the “star rating” spectrum. Thank you G.P. Putnam’s Sons:-)
I got two surprises from Tor this week. First up, Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore. This wasn’t even on my radar, but I have seen other bloggers talking excitedly about it, so now I’m curious. Anyone read this yet? Thoughts? I also received Dark State by Charles Stross, and I did not know what this was until just now! For some reason, I thought it was this book (take a look at the cover, they are eerily similar…) But it’s actually the second book in a series after Stross’ Empire Games. Unfortunately, I have not read that, otherwise I would be very excited, since Empire Games is still on my TBR. But it’s so hard to catch up with series these days, so we’ll see. Thank you Tor!
Oooh, I almost forgot about this beautiful pin I received from Random House! When UPS told me I was getting a .2 lb package from them, I couldn’t figure out what the heck it could be. (All us bloggers know the weight of books: 1 lb for an ARC, 2 lbs for a hardcover, amirite?) This lovely feather pin is part of the Tempests and Slaughter promotion for Tamora Pierce’s upcoming book, and I couldn’t be more excited. Huge thanks to the publisher!
Apex Magazine – Issue 104 – January 2018, edited by Jason Sizemore. This is the inaugural PRINT edition of Apex, and I couldn’t be more excited! This is actually more like a trade paperback and it’s about the length of a novella (150 pages). This issue is full of fiction from the likes of Lila Bowen, Nisi Shawl, Cassandra Khaw, Nick Mamatas and more. The only thing I see missing that would be nice is a table of contents, but perhaps that’s just a “growing pains” thing that will be added in the next issue. You can subscribe to the print version through Patreon or directly from the Apex website, and the cost is about $10 per month. Check it out, it’s so cool, and the real thing looks way better than my crappy photo:-)
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. You may have read my less than enthusiastic review last week, but I’m on a mission to purchase the entire series in hardcover, so of course I had to preorder this book. And it’s beautiful!
My December PageHabit Science Fiction Box included Immortal Life by Stanley Bing, a book I haven’t heard of before. It doesn’t have great reviews on Goodreads, although it actually sounds pretty good. We shall see!
Digital Books for Review:
Obscura by Joe Hart. I literally just featured this as my Waiting on Wednesday pick this week, and I’m thrilled I was approved on NetGalley. I’m looking forward to this twisty-sounding sci-fi thriller, thanks to Thomas & Mercer.
Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby. Big thanks to Angry Robot, I couldn’t resist downloading this when it popped up on NetGalley. Firefighters who fight dragons!
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French. First off, this is the original, self-published cover, and this is one of the books that had everyone raving during Mark Lawrence’s 2016 Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, and now Crown Books has picked it up for publication this June! I’m looking forward to the new cover, and even more, I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone is excited about. Thank you Crown!