Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Scored at the Bookstore

I got quite a good haul tonight from the UBS (used book store). This is the first time I've purchased one book from each of four different sections of the store. Tonight's treasure includes:

"Touch of Evil" by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, Tor 2006 - A paranormal romance by authors I've enjoyed in the past. In fact, these two are the only Tor romance authors I've found who write consistently good books.

"Harvest" by Tess Gerritson, Pocket Books, 1996 - I love Tess Gerritson's books, and I think this is one of only two or three books of hers that I'm missing.

"Endurance" by S.L. Viehl (also known as Paperback Writer), Roc, 2001 - I've looked for this one several times at the local B&N because Ms. Viehl on my "Autobuy-New" list. However, they've been out, and I haven't to buy it on-line because I don't want to charge anything to my credit card because of the mercenary sharks that I have to deal with there (a rant for another day).

and finally

"Gathering the Bones", an anthology of short horror stories, edited by Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell and Jack Dann, Tor, 2003 - a remaindered book that showed up new and less than half price at the UBS. I'm not sure why this sounded good, except that I've been reading some horror stories on-line, and I'm craving some professional writing. I prefer intellectual/psychological horror to the blood-'n-guts, but I'll just have to read to find out I suppose.

Now I just have to find the time to read them all...

Monday, December 25, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Reading Fiend

I’ve been on a reading glut since NaNoWriMo ended (and no, I didn’t win – otherwise you’d be seeing the little winner icon over there in my sidebar.) I cleaned off my shelves and took the books I no longer wanted to the used book store, where I traded them for credit and/or other books.

One of the books that I traded for was “The Ultimatum” by Susan Kearney. I’ve previously said that I won’t ever spend money on her books again, and I stand by that. (Trading isn’t really spending money.) I was pleasantly surprised, however, because “The Ultimatum” was better than her previous books. For one thing, the hero and heroine of this book are both likeable. A review is coming soon. She also has a fourth book coming out; I’ll likely trade for that one, too. It’s the last in the series.

Then there are the Montana authors:

I read “Iced” by Jenny Siler. The story is set in Missoula, Montana, where Ms. Siler lives and a place that I am familiar with. Which was much of my problem with this book. More on that later. It’s also clear from her writing that Ms. Siler is a big fan of James Crumley (another Montana author). Her style is VERY similar to his – short, choppy sentences and a gritty, seedy, noir feel to the story.

Patricia Briggs’ “Moon Called” was the last book I read. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I intend to check out Ms. Briggs backlist. More on this later, too.

So when I get back to my highspeed Internet access, I’ll put in the links to the books on Amazon. But for now, if you want to do more, you’ll have to a bit o’ cut and paste.