Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads
Top Ten Tuesday / April 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is  Rainy Day Reads (submitted by Shayna @ Clockwork Bibliotheca)I had a really hard time deciding what would constitute a good “rainy day read” for me, because honestly, just getting to have a rainy day read is what I love and the books can vary. But I decided to go with books that I found very addictive quite quickly. I also tried to keep them under 400 pages with the thought of “quick reads”, but there are some that went over.

Stacking the Shelves – October 20, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / October 20, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review I was really excited about this one, and have already read and loved it. My review will be up this week! Thanks to Orbit for sending this my way! This one sounded like a great (and fun) change of pace. Many thanks to Saga Press and Wunderkind for the review copy! I’ve always really enjoyed the Green Rider series, and the books are typically 5 years apart, so I was happy to see the chance to read more in that world with this novella. Plus, love the artwork! My thanks to DAW books! … I’m behind on this series, but everything I’ve read by Scalzi, I have enjoyed, so I should get on it. Thanks to Tor! This one sounds like an exciting read! I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks again to Tor! … And WOW! Check out this package from Tor for the #FearlessWomen tour!I was really excited to get this big box of goodies. And even more exciting,…

Stacking the Shelves – May 6, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / May 6, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! Wow, I went way too long without doing a Stacking the Shelves!! These are all the wonderful additions since last time! Received for Review                                   Both of these books from Harper Voyager look amazing! I’ve wanted to try Feist, and this new series looks like a great chance. And I have started The Poppy War and am so in love with this book so far! So many thanks to Harper Voyager!                               Pyr, as always, was great to me again. I am admittedly a bit horrible about making time to read short fiction but am hoping I get a chance to read some of the stories from the Nebula Awards showcase. And Blood Orbit sounds great! My thanks to Pyr!     I received a couple of interesting looking thrillers from Quercus. One looks to be a fourth in series, so not sure if I…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for March 21, 2017
New Releases / March 21, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share! FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR FANTASY       URBAN FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION         HORROR   FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR

2017 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / December 12, 2016

Once again, it’s time to look ahead and get excited for what the new year has in store for us. Here’s a list of upcoming releases that I think are worth keeping track of, all either first and series or standalones. I read predominantly Fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, and my list definitely reflects that. This list wound up twice as long as I aimed for, and I know there are still more great books coming out not listed.   Looking forward to something you don’t see on the list? Share it in the comments!   EPIC FANTASY         FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   EPIC FANTASY       Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy. The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be…

Audiobook Review: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Reviews / November 28, 2016

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi may be short, but the concept behind it opens the door for a much larger story. Imagine a world where death is not necessarily final, all depending on how you die. If you die due to illness, natural cause or an accident, then death is the end. However, if you happen to die by the hand of another, if you were murdered, then you will wake up, alive and well, in your bed. At least 99% of the time. So, consider the implications this can present, the different ways that people will be motivated to game the system of death. People participating in high risk activities, suffering from life threatening conditions, they can see this new option to hopefully reduce their risk of death. Scalzi’s world explores the good and the bad with allowing people to tamper with the natural order of things, as this concept pretty much it grants people a way to cheat death. Enter the facilitators for cheating death: dispatchers. Their job is pretty much to murder dispatch people just before they would otherwise die in some way that would not ordinarily grant them a second chance at life. Since this is a novella, I am…

Audiobook Review: Lock In by John Scalzi
4 Stars , Reviews / July 7, 2015

Lock In is a fast, fun thriller type of read. In the not so distant future, the world is plagued with a new virus, named Haden’s Syndrome (after the president whose wife and daughter were afflicted). 95% of people who get it fully recover, 4% suffer from meningitis, and then the final 1% experience something we have not had to deal with before (thankfully). They are what is termed “locked in”, they have fully functioning minds, they are completely aware of what their surroundings and what is happening, but are left completely incapacitated, unable to interact in any way. They are locked in to their own minds. This is just terrifying! Imagine being so isolated, completely paralyzed, but still being able to comprehend everything. *shudder* Sadly, science is unable to find anyway for these people to control their bodies again. But, thankfully for these victims, there have been large strides made to help restore their ability to interact and communicate other ways by the time our story takes place (25 years after Haden’s first strikes). The first way is a sort of virtual reality environment where someone who is locked in can view what is like a virtual reality environment, but in…