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The Tropic of Serpents

The Tropic of Serpents

Acquired at VCON as freebies in my and Dara’s swag bags:

  • Far Arena and Avim’s Oath, by Lynda Williams. SF. These happen to be books 5 and 6 of her Okal Rel Saga, so there’s some question as to whether I could read these without having read books 1-4. I went and found the author’s website, where I learned that this saga is apparently a shared world effort. So I pinged the relevant Twitter address and am informed that I should be able to read these, though I may miss some backstory as a result. We’ll see what happens.

Acquired as a freebie from Audible:

  • The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi. SF. This is Mr. Scalzi’s latest novella release, and as he describes in this post on his blog, it’s currently available as a free audio download from Audible. (A print and ebook edition will be coming later.) I heard him do a reading of part of this at Westercon this past summer, and found it quite entertaining, definitely enough to get me interested in hearing the whole story. Plus, I want to hear how Zachary Quinto handles audiobook narration!

And, acquired as ebooks from Kobo:

  • The Tropic of Serpents, The Voyage of the Basilisk, and “From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review”, all by Marie Brennan, all part of her Memoirs of Lady Trent series. I have already plowed through Tropic of Serpents, and have enjoyed it immensely. 😀 Basilisk is Book 3, and chances are high I will be acquiring this in print ASAP. The last title of these three is a Tor.com short, and takes place right after Book 3. I went ahead and snagged it to support the author, even though it can be read on Tor.com here.

50 for the year.

ETA: Whoops, forgot this month’s Tor.com ebook freebie: Range of Ghosts, by Elizabeth Bear. Make that 51 for the year.

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A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons

Picked up from Kobo electronically:

  • The Gate to Futures Past, by Julie E. Czerneda. Book 2 of her Reunification series. Picked up on general “Because I Love Julie Czerneda’s Work” principles!
  • “The High Lonesome Frontier”, by Rebecca Campbell. This is an SF short story that I read over on Tor.com, and which I found quite delightful thanks to it being about something as simple as tracking the history of a song across about a hundred and fifty years. You can read it for free on Tor.com here, but since I liked it so much, I wanted to buy a copy to support the author.
  • A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan. This is book 1 of her Memoirs of Lady Trent series, which I’ve had my eye on for a while and which I’ve finally begun delving into. I very much enjoyed this book and have reviewed it here.
  • The Family Plot, by Cherie Priest. Because new Southern Gothic-flavored novel by Cherie Priest? Why yes I WILL have some.

Picked up digitally from Project Gutenberg:

  • The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World, by Margaret Cavendish. Grabbing this because Tor.com had a post up about it here, and as a result, I’m quite intrigued by the notion of reading a very early forerunner of the SF genre. Particularly given that this was written by a woman!

And, picked up in print from Third Place:

  • A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, books 1 and 2 of the aforementioned Lady Trent novels. Because I liked book 1 well enough that I need them in print as well as in digital. 😀

44 for the year. (Counting A Natural History of Dragons twice since I bought it in both forms!)

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Magic & Manners

Magic & Manners

Picked up from Kobo:

  • Magic & Manners, by C.E. Murphy. Fantasy. This is userinfomizkit‘s first release in two years, her take on what Pride & Prejudice would have been like with magic. Naturally I had to check this out! Because I mean honestly, there was no way I was NOT reading this. 😀
  • Forest of Memory, by Mary Robinette Kowal. SF. And speaking of Austen-esque authors, this is a new novella by Kowal, and naturally I had to read this too.
  • The Wild One, by Danelle Harmon. Historical romance. Grabbed this because Dear Author had a review up for Book 5 of this series, which sounded like fun. But I don’t like to start a series that far in, so I went to find this one instead. And it’s actually available for free right now, so bonus!

10 for the year.

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Earthrise

Earthrise

Two quick purchases from Kobo:

Welcome to Night Vale, the new novel from Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the folks who’ve brought us the amazing podcast by the same name. (Which I heartily recommend if you haven’t gotten into listening to it already.) I’m going to be plowing through this pretty soon!

Also, Earthrise, which I nabbed when I saw James Nicoll post about it. The cover attracted me, both for having a heroine of color and an elven-looking male who seems to be a primary other character and possibly a love interest. Also, set in space, which apparently means ELVES IN SPACE, and I’m down with that.

BONUS: Earthrise is apparently book 1 of a trilogy, and at least as of this writing, it’s FREE. Which I’m also down with. And the covers on the other two books are also lovely, so I’m hoping it’ll be a fun read!

77 for the year.

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As I announced yesterday, I have re-released the short story “The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen”, exclusive for the Kindle for the next ninety days! Which lets me do things like “set the price to free”–which I have now done, and this will be in effect through 9/19! So if you’re a Kindle reader and you’d like to snarf a copy of the story, you can do so on all the Amazon sites, both US and International!

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

Amazon AU

Amazon DE

Amazon FR

Amazon ES

Amazon IT

Amazon NL

Amazon JP

Amazon IN

Amazon MX

Amazon BR

I will be updating the Short Stories page with all of these links. Please spread the word around if you’re so inclined!

If you’re on Twitter, this is the tweet I used:

#Free till 9/19: The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen, a Rebels of Adalonia universe story, available for Kindle: http://amzn.com/B015C8TTZQ

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Stormseer

Stormseer

And now, in the spirit of recent Boosting the Signal posts, behold, some Boosting the Signal books I have acquired!

Picked up from Amazon since its official release date is tomorrow (so it showed up in my account at 9pm tonight as I write this):

Picked up from Kobo, and might I note that I am grateful that the book is in fact available on Kobo:

Last but not least, sent to me by the author for an upcoming Boosting the Signal post:

  • Stormsinger, Stormshadow, and Stormseer, by Stephanie A. Cain. The author emailed me out of the blue asking if she could submit to Boosting the Signal–and as it happened, I’d already seen her post about Stormseer on Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit column. And since I thought the book sounded rather awesome and I VERY much liked her cover (as y’all might guess, given Faanshi and all), I was delighted to receive this email. Not to mention the books, which the author was kind enough to send me!

50 for the year.

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This is an unusually large book roundup, because hey, lots of amassed online credit!

Grabbed from Barnes and Noble (and most of these were because I got a VISA gift card from work for my next yearly anniversary, and blew it on an ebook spree, woo!):

River Marked

River Marked

  • Rise of the Spider Goddess, by Jim C. Hines. Fantasy. Got because I thought it was hysterical that Hines published the manuscript of his very first novel ever, complete with snarky commentary about his younger self’s work.
  • And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. Mystery. Got this as a freebie when I bought my new Nook.
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Amused to actually get this as a freebie when I bought tickets to see Five Armies. I already have an ebook copy, but this one was the non-enhanced version.
  • Wanderlust, Doubleblind, Killbox, Aftermath, and Endgame, by Ann Aguirre. SF, books 2-6 of her Sirantha Jax series, re-bought in ebook to replace them in my library.
  • The Spymaster’s Lady, by Joanna Bourne. Historical romance. Re-bought in electronic form to clear out space on my shelves.
  • Genuine Lies, by Nora Roberts. Romantic suspense. Another digital re-buy of a previously owned print book.
  • River Marked, by Patricia Briggs. Book 6 of her Mercy Thompsons, another re-buy.
  • Blue Diablo, also by Ann Aguirre. Urban fantasy. The first of her Corine Solomon series.

Grabbed from iBooks since I did another run to empty the coin jar into the Coinstar machine at Safeway:

  • Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente. Fantasy. Grabbed because I wanted to read her take on the Russian myth of Koschei the Deathless.
  • 7th Sigma, by Steven Gould. SF. Grabbed because I liked the concept of mysterious metal-eating machines, and the desert territory they’ve overrun.
  • Motherless Child, Glen Hirshberg. Horror. Grabbed because I am periodically in the mood for horror, and this sounded pretty creepy–and challenging the recent idea of the vampire as romantic hero.
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu. SF. Grabbed because I was very curious about this as it got talked up on Tor.com, and because I want to get a taste of Chinese SF.
  • A Soul for Trouble, A Soul for Chaos, and A Soul for Vengeance, by Crista McHugh. Fantasy romance trilogy, picked up because I know the author via Carina Press.

Nabbed from Kobo:

  • The Secret Heart and The Lover’s Knot, by Erin Satie. Historical romance, first two books of her No Better Angels series. Grabbed because Book 2 was positively reviewed on Dear Author, and because I really like the author’s covers. Also, bonus points for her having a hero named Julian in Book 2! Had a delightful exchange with her on Twitter about both of these things!

From Carina Press, since we had a 50% off sale yesterday:

  • The Siren’s Song, by Jennifer Bray-Weber. Historical romance. With PIRATES. YARR.
  • Soul of Kandrith, by Nicole Luiken. Fantasy. Book 2 of her series.
  • Journey of Dominion, Journey of Wisdom, and Journey of the Wanderer, by Shawna Thomas. The rest of her fantasy/fantasy romance series.
  • The Guardian’s Witch, by Ruth A. Casie. Paranormal/historical romance. Grabbed this one because I thought the cover was gorgeous, and because I’ve featured this one on Boosting the Signal.
  • Firewall, by Sonya Clark. Paranormal/futuristic romance.

163 for the year.

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Acquired in print from Norwescon:

  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization, by A.C.H. Smith. This is a special hardback re-release of the original novelization of the movie, with illustrations by Brian Froud. To which I went, WANT, so yeah.
  • The Wild Girls, by Ursula K. Le Guin; The Science of Herself, by Karen Joy Fowler; and Report from Planet Midnight, by Nalo Hopkinson. Bought from PM Press in their Outspoken Authors series.
  • The Warrior Who Carried Life, by Geoff Ryman. This was a freebie in the Norwescon swag bags.
  • The Second Ship, by Richard Phillips. Another freebie from Norwescon swag.

Acquired in ebook form from B&N:

  • Luna: La vengeance des elfes noirs, by Élodie Tirel. Book 2 of her Luna series, picked up since I finally made it through book one. More reading in French, woo!
  • Fugitives from Earth, by Brad Wheeler. SF. I’ve got this in trade already from fellow NIWA member Brad Wheeler, but I grabbed the ebook too now that I’ve met Brad–and having it in ebook will bump up the likelihood that I’ll read it faster.
  • An Eighty Percent Solution, by Thomas Gondolfi. SF with some magic involved, grabbed because I chatted with the author at Norwescon and it was fun to basically go ‘okay, tell me about your book’!
  • Thomas Riley, by Nick Valentino. Steampunk. Another Norwescon-inspired purchase, from talking directly to the author.
  • Insomnium, by Zachary Bonelli. Alternate-universe SF, and my third Norwescon-inspired purchase, following chatting with the author along the indie tables outside the dealers’ room.
  • Other Systems, by Elizabeth Guizzetti. Again, SF, and the last of my Norwescon-inspired purchases.

Acquired in ebook from Kobo:

  • Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Pre-ordered, the latest in her Glamourist series.

And last but not least, acquired in print from B&N:

  • William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope, and William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back, by Ian Doescher. Pretty much what it says on the tin, here–these are the author’s adaptations of the stories of the original Star Wars trilogy into Shakespearean-style play format. And I’ve already read ‘em at this point and can attest that they’re quite delightful! Very much looking forward to The Jedi Doth Return now, coming out later this summer.

52 for the year.

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Immortal Lies

Immortal Lies

And now, for a quick post-Solstice roundup of stuff I’ve recently acquired for my electronic reading amusement!

Scarfed off of Project Gutenberg (yay! Project Gutenberg! Because free books are awesome!) because of this article about women doing horror writing in the 19th century, and I wanted to check out some of the titles they mentioned:

A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest, by Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. Grabbed this one in no small part because of this woman being the model for the character of Amelia Peabody, who, as you know, is EXTREMELY relevant to my interests.

The Uninhabited House, by Mrs. J.H. Riddell.

A Phantom Lover, by Vernon Lee.

And, grabbed off of Kobo (to whom I must give props for FINALLY implementing an actual shopping cart, because WOW it annoys me to have to buy a bunch of ebooks one at a time!):

Immortal Lies, by S.L. Gray. A.k.a. my Willowholt tribesmate userinfoshadowhwk, whose official site now lives right over here! This is her first urban fantasy and I look forward to reading it.

On a Red Station, Drifting, by Aliette de Bodard. SF. Grabbed this one due to Tor.com speaking well of it, and also because I want to expand my horizons a bit. The thought of some SF written with non-Western sensibilities appeals.

181 for the year.

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Immortal Lies

Immortal Lies

And now, for a quick post-Solstice roundup of stuff I’ve recently acquired for my electronic reading amusement!

Scarfed off of Project Gutenberg (yay! Project Gutenberg! Because free books are awesome!) because of this article about women doing horror writing in the 19th century, and I wanted to check out some of the titles they mentioned:

A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest, by Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. Grabbed this one in no small part because of this woman being the model for the character of Amelia Peabody, who, as you know, is EXTREMELY relevant to my interests.

The Uninhabited House, by Mrs. J.H. Riddell.

A Phantom Lover, by Vernon Lee.

And, grabbed off of Kobo (to whom I must give props for FINALLY implementing an actual shopping cart, because WOW it annoys me to have to buy a bunch of ebooks one at a time!):

Immortal Lies, by S.L. Gray. A.k.a. my Willowholt tribesmate userinfoshadowhwk, whose official site now lives right over here! This is her first urban fantasy and I look forward to reading it.

On a Red Station, Drifting, by Aliette de Bodard. SF. Grabbed this one due to Tor.com speaking well of it, and also because I want to expand my horizons a bit. The thought of some SF written with non-Western sensibilities appeals.

181 for the year.

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This is super-quick, but here you go, a couple of books I’ve picked up lately, both in electronic form.

From B&N: Fiddlehead, by Cherie Priest. The latest and last of her Clockwork Century books. Looking forward to reading this QUITE a bit.

And from Smashwords: The Governess Affair, by Courtney Milan. Historical romance. A novella that’s the prequel to her Brothers Sinister series. This is actually available for free, and it’s self-pubbed by Milan, so I opted to pull it directly down from Smashwords.

176 for the year.

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This is super-quick, but here you go, a couple of books I’ve picked up lately, both in electronic form.

From B&N: Fiddlehead, by Cherie Priest. The latest and last of her Clockwork Century books. Looking forward to reading this QUITE a bit.

And from Smashwords: The Governess Affair, by Courtney Milan. Historical romance. A novella that’s the prequel to her Brothers Sinister series. This is actually available for free, and it’s self-pubbed by Milan, so I opted to pull it directly down from Smashwords.

176 for the year.

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And now, another episode of the What Books Has Anna Been Getting Her Hands On Show!

Grabbed from B&N for the Nook:

  • Parasite, by Mira Grant. Because anything written by Mira/Seanan is Love. First half of a new duology, and I have high hopes of seeing her prowess at all things parasitological on display here.
  • Some of the Best of Tor.com, 2013 Edition. Pretty much what it says on the tin. A collection of various short stories published on Tor.com this year, and bonus, it’s FREE as of this writing. Confirmed as present on bn.com, NOT present on Kobo as of tonight, though I’m pretty darned sure you should be able to get it for the Kindle too.

The next book I grabbed was from one of my NOT usual ebook sources: i.e., ebooks.com. I’ve had an account there for ages, and in fact, it was one of the first places I opened an account on when ebooks started becoming a thing. I went to this site for this book on the grounds that I’d TRIED to buy it from Kobo before, except that for some reason, when I bought it from them, I got an entirely different book. I reported this to their support people at the time, and as of just the other day, they still hadn’t addressed the problem.

So, yeah, right then, went looking for it elsewhere. Ebooks.com had it, so here you go:

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God, by Guy Adams. First of what appears to now be an ongoing series from Titan Books featuring new Sherlock Holmes adventures, with a touch of steampunk and/or supernatural going on.

And lastly, here, have an assortment of various titles I’ve acquired because of supporting people’s Kickstarters:

  • Ravensblood, by Shawna Reppert. Shawna is a fellow Carina author and this is a self-pub release, an urban fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest. For obvious reasons, I’m rather partial to those! She’s deployed it for sale on the Kindle. If you’d like to see her deploy it to other platforms, consider visiting her at her place. And buy her Carina title, The Stolen Luck, while you’re at it.
  • Twenty Palaces, by Harry Connolly. Got this because he handed it out for free to his Kickstarter backers, for his project to deploy a fantasy trilogy. People keep telling me I need to read this man, and this is his prequel to his Twenty Palaces urban fantasy series that starts with Child of Fire.
  • Bone Shop, Broken Mirrors, Grim Tides, and The Complete Stories of Tim Pratt, all by T.A./Tim Pratt. I was one of Tim’s Kickstarter backers for a new Marla Mason novel, and since people have kept telling me I should read him too, well. More urban fantasy, and Tim didn’t skimp on handing out free copies of several of his works to backers. Thanks, Tim!

174 for the year.

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And now, another episode of the What Books Has Anna Been Getting Her Hands On Show!

Grabbed from B&N for the Nook:

  • Parasite, by Mira Grant. Because anything written by Mira/Seanan is Love. First half of a new duology, and I have high hopes of seeing her prowess at all things parasitological on display here.
  • Some of the Best of Tor.com, 2013 Edition. Pretty much what it says on the tin. A collection of various short stories published on Tor.com this year, and bonus, it’s FREE as of this writing. Confirmed as present on bn.com, NOT present on Kobo as of tonight, though I’m pretty darned sure you should be able to get it for the Kindle too.

The next book I grabbed was from one of my NOT usual ebook sources: i.e., ebooks.com. I’ve had an account there for ages, and in fact, it was one of the first places I opened an account on when ebooks started becoming a thing. I went to this site for this book on the grounds that I’d TRIED to buy it from Kobo before, except that for some reason, when I bought it from them, I got an entirely different book. I reported this to their support people at the time, and as of just the other day, they still hadn’t addressed the problem.

So, yeah, right then, went looking for it elsewhere. Ebooks.com had it, so here you go:

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God, by Guy Adams. First of what appears to now be an ongoing series from Titan Books featuring new Sherlock Holmes adventures, with a touch of steampunk and/or supernatural going on.

And lastly, here, have an assortment of various titles I’ve acquired because of supporting people’s Kickstarters:

  • Ravensblood, by Shawna Reppert. Shawna is a fellow Carina author and this is a self-pub release, an urban fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest. For obvious reasons, I’m rather partial to those! She’s deployed it for sale on the Kindle. If you’d like to see her deploy it to other platforms, consider visiting her at her place. And buy her Carina title, The Stolen Luck, while you’re at it.
  • Twenty Palaces, by Harry Connolly. Got this because he handed it out for free to his Kickstarter backers, for his project to deploy a fantasy trilogy. People keep telling me I need to read this man, and this is his prequel to his Twenty Palaces urban fantasy series that starts with Child of Fire.
  • Bone Shop, Broken Mirrors, Grim Tides, and The Complete Stories of Tim Pratt, all by T.A./Tim Pratt. I was one of Tim’s Kickstarter backers for a new Marla Mason novel, and since people have kept telling me I should read him too, well. More urban fantasy, and Tim didn’t skimp on handing out free copies of several of his works to backers. Thanks, Tim!

174 for the year.

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Bought from B&N:

  • The Reluctant Amazon, by Sandy James. This is book one of an urban fantasy series by a fellow Carina author, and I’d been meaning to get it for some time. Normally I’d have grabbed this right off the Carina site, but it was FREE last week by way of celebrating Sandy’s latest release in the series. I like free! So I scarfed it. (Also note: she is up to book four in the series, so DO go check her out. The latest one is up on Carina’s site right over here. Note the PoC heroine!)
  • How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea, by Mira Grant. A novella set in the Newsflesh universe, which I’d ALSO been meaning to grab for some time!
  • A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware. Historical fiction, probably romance, but that’s a little fuzzy in the description. I saw this in a roundup on the Bitchery about books on sale, and thought it sounded interesting, and I think we’ve established by now that “sounds interesting” equals “SOLD” when it comes to me and buying books. The Goodreads page for the book is here. (Be warned: the book is no longer on sale and the ebook price is steep, so if you find that this one sounds interesting, you might want to go the library route or wait until the ebook price comes down.)

Bought from Kobo:

  • What Happens in Scotland and Summer is For Lovers, by Jennifer McQuiston. Historical romances. Got both of these because the latter was well-reviewed on the Bitchery over here. And since What Happens in Scotland was available for only .99 (still is, as of this writing), I thought I’d give ‘em a go.

Bought from Smashwords, basically because I saw both of these in the dealers’ room at VCON and thought they sounded interesting–but because my shelves are overflowing right now with physical books I opted to get the ebooks instead (and also woo! Supporting Canadian SF/F!):

  • Tranquility’s Blaze, by Krista D. Ball. Fantasy. Goodreads page for it here.
  • Blightcross, by C.A. Lang. Fantasy/steampunk/dieselpunk. Goodreads page here.

163 for the year. And this count will be going up again REAL SOON as Cherie Priest is about to drop another one and this is HIGHLY RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS.

Also, srs bznz Pro Tip: if you’re interested in romance AT ALL, and you’re not already, go read Smart Bitches. Hell, if you’re as ravenous an ebook devourer as me, the “Books on Sale” posts SB Sarah does alone are a valuable public service to the community of readers! ;)

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Picked up in print at Norwescon:

  • Beyond This Horizon, by Robert A. Heinlein. SF, of course. This was actually a freebie in the swag bag, but it’s a book acquisition, so it counts!
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed. Fantasy. Grabbed this one because I’ve been hearing good things about it for ages, and it turns out it’s one of these year’s Hugo nominees anyway, so hey!
  • The Sail Weaver, by Muffy Morrigan. This is really kind of science fantasy, from the sound of it, rather than SF or F. This was being sold by the author in the dealer’s room at the con, and she sold me on it when she pitched it as “tall ships and dragons IN SPACE”.
  • The Wicked Instead, by Vivien Weaver and and No Deadly Thing, by Tiger Gray. Urban fantasy. Again, being sold by the authors in the dealer’s room. Picked these up after I had a lovely conversation with both authors about their covers, and once I told them I was an author myself and mentioned Carina, they piped out with the name of my editor–Deb Nemeth! So after that awesome conversation, I pretty much HAD to buy both books.

Picked up electronically directly from the authors and/or publishers:

  • 7th Son: Deceit and 7th Son: Destruction, by J.C. Hutchins. These are books 2 and 3 of his 7th Son trilogy, the first book of which had been traditionally published but didn’t sell well enough for his publisher to continue the trilogy. He’s self-pubbed the remaining two as ebooks. I quite enjoyed the first one so was very happy to scarf up the other two.
  • The aforementioned The Wicked Instead and No Deadly Thing, also bought digitally because the trade paperback copies I bought are large and I’m reluctant to damage them by carrying them around on my commute. Also bought because woo, supporting Seattle-area SF/F authors!

Picked up from Kobo:

  • Dawn, by Octavia Butler. Book 1 of her Xenogenesis trilogy. Picked up because I’d tried to start reading this before in print, but the omnibus edition I have is HUGE and not really friendly to being carried around on my commute. And they’ve finally been made available in ebook form!
  • Poison, by Bridget Zinn. YA fantasy. Picked up pretty much because of reasons described here.

63 for the year.

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Picked up in print at Norwescon:

  • Beyond This Horizon, by Robert A. Heinlein. SF, of course. This was actually a freebie in the swag bag, but it’s a book acquisition, so it counts!
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed. Fantasy. Grabbed this one because I’ve been hearing good things about it for ages, and it turns out it’s one of these year’s Hugo nominees anyway, so hey!
  • The Sail Weaver, by Muffy Morrigan. This is really kind of science fantasy, from the sound of it, rather than SF or F. This was being sold by the author in the dealer’s room at the con, and she sold me on it when she pitched it as “tall ships and dragons IN SPACE”.
  • The Wicked Instead, by Vivien Weaver and and No Deadly Thing, by Tiger Gray. Urban fantasy. Again, being sold by the authors in the dealer’s room. Picked these up after I had a lovely conversation with both authors about their covers, and once I told them I was an author myself and mentioned Carina, they piped out with the name of my editor–Deb Nemeth! So after that awesome conversation, I pretty much HAD to buy both books.

Picked up electronically directly from the authors and/or publishers:

  • 7th Son: Deceit and 7th Son: Destruction, by J.C. Hutchins. These are books 2 and 3 of his 7th Son trilogy, the first book of which had been traditionally published but didn’t sell well enough for his publisher to continue the trilogy. He’s self-pubbed the remaining two as ebooks. I quite enjoyed the first one so was very happy to scarf up the other two.
  • The aforementioned The Wicked Instead and No Deadly Thing, also bought digitally because the trade paperback copies I bought are large and I’m reluctant to damage them by carrying them around on my commute. Also bought because woo, supporting Seattle-area SF/F authors!

Picked up from Kobo:

  • Dawn, by Octavia Butler. Book 1 of her Xenogenesis trilogy. Picked up because I’d tried to start reading this before in print, but the omnibus edition I have is HUGE and not really friendly to being carried around on my commute. And they’ve finally been made available in ebook form!
  • Poison, by Bridget Zinn. YA fantasy. Picked up pretty much because of reasons described here.

63 for the year.

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Picked up in print from Third Place:

  • Midnight Blue-Light Special, by userinfoseananmcguire. Book 2 of the Incryptid series. Bought for obvious reasons. :)

Picked up in print from the comic book store at Pike Place Market:

  • Zombie Haiku and Dawn of Zombie Haiku, by Ryan Mecum. Bought because I got the first of these to give to the team as part of this past Christmas’ white elephant gift exchange and I thought it was quite silly. So I went back and got both of these. Because yes indeed, sublimely silly!

Picked up in print from Comicon:

  • Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Second of the Girl Genius novels.
  • Anne Steelyard: The Gate of Dreams and Starlight and Anne Steelyard: A Thousand Waters, by Barbara Hambly. The second and third of the Anne Steelyard graphic novels, which I grabbed because a) Barbara Hambly, and b) I thought the concept of a story set in an Indiana-Jones-esque timeframe but with a female lead character sounded like fun, and c) I liked the look of the art. The table I bought them from had only books 2 and 3 though so I’m going to have to swing back and get book 1.

Grabbed for free off of B&N since it was a Friday freebie:

  • The Taken, by Vicki Pettersson. Book 1 of the Celestial Blues series. Grabbed because I liked the idea of a previously deceased P.I. from the fifties having become an angel and needing to keep a modern-day rockabilly fangirl from being murdered. Sounds like it might be a nice change of pace in urban fantasy, at least enough that I’m absolutely willing to give it a shot.

And, grabbed off of my Third Place Kobo account:

  • Mountain Echoes, by userinfomizkit! Book 8 of the Walker Papers. Grabbed because, well, DUH. :D
  • A Turn of Light, by Julie E. Czerneda. Grabbed because as I’ve posted about before, Czerneda is one of my all-time favorite SF authors. This is her first fantasy novel!

35 for the year so far.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Book Geek)

Picked up in print from Third Place:

  • Midnight Blue-Light Special, by userinfoseananmcguire. Book 2 of the Incryptid series. Bought for obvious reasons. :)

Picked up in print from the comic book store at Pike Place Market:

  • Zombie Haiku and Dawn of Zombie Haiku, by Ryan Mecum. Bought because I got the first of these to give to the team as part of this past Christmas’ white elephant gift exchange and I thought it was quite silly. So I went back and got both of these. Because yes indeed, sublimely silly!

Picked up in print from Comicon:

  • Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Second of the Girl Genius novels.
  • Anne Steelyard: The Gate of Dreams and Starlight and Anne Steelyard: A Thousand Waters, by Barbara Hambly. The second and third of the Anne Steelyard graphic novels, which I grabbed because a) Barbara Hambly, and b) I thought the concept of a story set in an Indiana-Jones-esque timeframe but with a female lead character sounded like fun, and c) I liked the look of the art. The table I bought them from had only books 2 and 3 though so I’m going to have to swing back and get book 1.

Grabbed for free off of B&N since it was a Friday freebie:

  • The Taken, by Vicki Pettersson. Book 1 of the Celestial Blues series. Grabbed because I liked the idea of a previously deceased P.I. from the fifties having become an angel and needing to keep a modern-day rockabilly fangirl from being murdered. Sounds like it might be a nice change of pace in urban fantasy, at least enough that I’m absolutely willing to give it a shot.

And, grabbed off of my Third Place Kobo account:

  • Mountain Echoes, by userinfomizkit! Book 8 of the Walker Papers. Grabbed because, well, DUH. :D
  • A Turn of Light, by Julie E. Czerneda. Grabbed because as I’ve posted about before, Czerneda is one of my all-time favorite SF authors. This is her first fantasy novel!

35 for the year so far.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Beckett and Book)

Picked up in print:

  • The Wild Ways, by Tanya Huff. Book 2 of her Gale Women series. Just finished Book 1 and enjoyed it immensely, so had to scarf this one up ASAP.

Meanwhile, picked up electronically:

  • Touched by Magic and Wolverine’s Daughter, both by Doranna Durgin. I have paperback copies of both of these, but Durgin has made them available until the 15th for free out of her backlist, so I took the opportunity to scarf them down. Touched by Magic is one of my long-standing favorites of hers, and I definitely recommend it!

And these two were the last two ebooks I picked up to close out 2012:

  • Mariana and The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley. These were on sale for .99 each, so I snagged ‘em even though I own copies of both in paperback.

That finishes off the 2012 count at 148, and starts off 2013 at 3.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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