Book Review: Strange Weather

Strange Weather
By Joe Hill

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 438 pages
2017, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062663115 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: October 24

Joe Hill delivers four novellas about “remembering and forgetting, falling and fantasizing, homicide and helplessness, guns and the grotesque, wind and rain, living and dying, dreams…and nightmares.”

This collection gave me more feelings than I was expecting.

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Book Review: Ironfoot

Ironfoot
By Dave Duncan

My Edition:
Hardcover, 332 pages
2017, Nightshade Books/Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781597809306

Durwin, a lame Saxon, earns a spot at a small enchanting academy run by Normans thanks to his skill with horses. Unlike the other students, he must work to earn his keep and his heritage makes it harder for him to advance. After an incident in class, Durwin’s skill is recognized and once he’s finally promoted to adept, he finds himself rushing to solve a string of murders before the death count rises.

I won this from a Friday Freebie giveaway on the Skyhorse Instagram page and though I didn’t think I’d dislike it, I was surprised by how compelling it was since I knew nothing about it. Yes, I just saw that it was fantasy and entered the giveaway – come now, no one is surprised.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Fortunately, The Milk

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Love at First Page

I don’t believe in love at first sight and if you start talking about it, I’ll likely roll my eyes at you and sigh in your face (rude, I know). However! When it comes to reading, I do believe in love at first page.

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Book Review: Retrograde

Retrograde
By Peter Cawdron

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 243 pages
2017, HMH Books
ISBN: 9781328834553

Liz is a scientist living in the U.S. module of an international station on Mars when the group gets the shocking news that several nuclear bombs have been dropped on various major cities around the world. With limited information being sent to the station and no support from Earth, rumors begin to spread and distrust rises between the different modules. Allegiances are put to the test and Liz struggles to keep members of each module from shutting out everyone else. When supplies start disappearing and systems breaking down, everyone in the station must band together to figure out what is happening before their lives are put in peril.

I have mixed feelings about this book and find it hard to talk about.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gothic Sci-Fi Stories

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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September Wrap Up

September!

This month I read 18 books for a total of 3,711 pages and an average of 124 pages per day. Whew! I’m still experimenting with audiobooks and while I’m more interested in listening to them, I’m still really picky (for instance, I hated the voices in The Hobbit). My favorites this month were The Punch Escrow and Sea of Rust and I couldn’t be happier to finally be done with the damn Dark Tower series. UGH.

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Book Review: Sea of Rust

Originally posted on Geek Girl Authority

Sea of Rust
By C. Robert Cargill

My Edition:
Hardcover, 365 pages
2017, Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780062405838

The last humans have been wiped from the face of Earth and now only robots remain. During the war that eradicated mankind, several mainframes banded together with the consciousness of other robots to create their own armies with shared intelligence. These mainframes are known as OWIs – One World Intelligence – and now they run the world. Freebots are scarce, constantly hunted by OWIs and destroyed if they choose not to upload themselves. Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, scavenging parts from bots on the verge of madness and trying to avoid the notice of the OWIs, but a run in with another scavenger will change everything.

I think we all know I was beyond excited to receive a copy of this book, because what could a robot who loves to read love more than reading about robots?! (Say that five times fast.) I was nervous that I was hyping myself up for this, but the book didn’t disappoint.

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Epic Fantasy Recommendations

Originally posted at Geek Girl Authority

If your reading tastes are anything like my own, you enjoy a meaty, epic fantasy. Like me, you might be wondering what the hell you should read next while you wait (possibly in vain) for the next installment from the Song of Ice and Fire series. To help pass the time, I’m here to recommend a few other epic reads (this is by no means a comprehensive list and I could easily recommend many more!) that might slake your thirst.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Waking Gods

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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