Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts {2}

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a random posting of what's on my mind bookish and otherwise. Sometimes 10 things, sometimes less, always hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.
  1. Simon & Schuster is creating a new science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint. This is exciting news! I have been crying all year about the lack of full length horror in my life. I'm really happy about the SF & F, too, but I'm hoping horror gets represented early on as well. Source

  2. THIS. This is why I feel like a double agent during real life book conversations. I have to actively stop myself from being a reading one-upper. I think extreme readers can be that way to each other sometimes (I welcome it!), but it's a bit much for mere reading mortals. I try to save up all of my overly excited bookish nerdouts for you guys. You're welcome.

  3. I have a lot of mixed emotions regarding i09's Divergent article. If you've read Divergent, there's a lot worth taking in in the article, but it has minor spoilers so stay clear if you haven't read it and are concerned. There is a telling quote from Director Neil Burger: "I think the book is really true to the essence of the script" Um, what? Don't you have that BACKWARD? The rest of the quote is spoilerish so I will let you read it there, but I really don't have a good feeling behind the changes they have made. There is a reason I have been championing Lionsgate making these films. Saving up the difficult bits of the book for the end isn't it. On the other hand, Four.

  4. It's Halloween! My son's school had a "spooktacular" Halloween program this week. It was awesome. Watching him do Thriller on stage was one of the highlights of my life. Unfortunately he got sick after we got home from the program so along with the threat of heavy rainfall, our Halloween plans hang in the balance!

  5. J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) will be writing the scripts for the Star Wars sequels! This is really great news. Every announcement that has made since Disney acquired Star Wars has been better than the last.

  6. Amazon implemented Kindle Matchbook this week. Have you looked to see how many books are available for you to match? When Amazon did something similar with music CD purchases, my Kindle cloud was filled with so much awesome music for free. I had visions of suddenly owning my favorite books in eformat, but all I got was a mediocre list of ebooks I could buy at $2.99. Let's be honest, that's how much I usually pay for my ebooks (or less) unless it's a pre-order I can't live without. I'm hoping there are folks benefiting from Matchbook much more than I did.

  7. The books for World Book Night have been selected. Are any of you signing up to be book givers? My top choices from the list are Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.

  8. I've hardly read a thing this week. I'm in the middle of two awesome books, but I can't muster up the brain power to pick up either one! I find when I get really stressed I can't focus on the story; I just wind up staring at the pages not knowing what I've read. I think I may just try to catch up on some sleep for a couple of days.

  9. I'm moving soon so I've been packing up all of my books. It has been really hard to box up the books I wish I were reading right now. I actually had to leave out a couple I haven't started yet JUST IN CASE.

  10. If you need some awesome music to listen to for Halloween, The 99 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music is one of my favorites. I will be listening to it all day today.



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Republic of Thieves | Read-along Part I

If you aren't reading or haven't read The Republic of Thieves (the third book in Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series), you probably don't want to read this post. Spoilers are sure to run rampant here. If you'd like to join in, you can find the read-along schedule here or feel free to jump in in the comments and let me know your thoughts!

My initial thoughts regarding The Republic of Thieves is how much easier of a read this book is versus the previous two. Is it just me? It's possible I'm getting used to Lynch's style and I do already know the characters, but there seems to be a change in how well the story flows.

  1. We get to reminisce with several old friends in this section - Carlo, Galdo, Chains. How did you like this? Bitter sweet or happy dance?

    Happy dance! At first I thought oh no, more interludes..., but I actually love the interludes right now. I love the old friends, and I love Sabetha, but I'm probably getting ahead of us here.

  2. Finally, the infamous Sabetha makes a physical appearance, albeit in Locke's reminisces. What are your impressions? How do you think the romance, if there is to be one, will play out?

    I adore how smitten Locke is with Sabetha. I am loving the interaction between those two (and Chains). I'm not sure that anything romantic will ever come of their relationship, but we do already know they are with each other as Gentlemen Bastards for a significant amount of time. At this point, Sabetha is starting to warm up to Locke. "Not today, at any rate," she said softly.

    How do you guys feel about the scheme where Locke thought Sabetha had been kidnapped? I have mixed emotions about it. The Bastards are fiercely loyal, and to me a scheme like that would dissolve so much trust. I do see it as a moment that will shape who Locke is, though. I WILL NEVER LOSE AGAIN!

  3. After trying absolutely everything to save Locke, Jean still won't give up. What did you think of that little pep talk he gave Locke concerning Patience's offer of healing?

    Wow. Jean made a strong point by using the image of Ezri burning so that they could live. Locke's reaction was immediate.

  4. Locke has a few caveats to working for the Bondsmage. Wise or just Locke grasping for some control over his life? What would you ask Patience?

    It's definitely wise for Locke to make the terms of their agreement absolutely clear. Those damn Bondsmagi pop up wherever and in whomever they want. I wouldn't want to be in their debt. I'm surprised Locke will have answers at his beck and call, but that will be a great asset for him. I, personally, would ask questions about magic. There are plenty of powers I would like to yield.

  5. At the end of this section, we see that all is not as Patience laid it out. How much do you think Patience knows of the plot to off Locke and Jean? Do you see it interfering in the rigged election?

    I don't know what to think about Patience. My first reaction is that she is unaware, but we are talking Bondsmagi here. Also, can we bring up the fact that she's the Falconer's mother? This whole Patience thing is a lot for me to wrap my head around.

Be sure to check out the rest of today's read-along posts here.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27 | Currently Reading

I'm doing my update post early this week so I participate in a readalong tomorrow. Are you guys reading anything spooky this week for Halloween? My Halloween pick this year is going to be Anna Dressed in Blood. But first...

Last week I finished reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2) by Scott Lynch. I think I liked it even more than The Lies of Locke Lamora. There were some really dark moments that I loved pretty hard core.

I also read Half-Minute Horrors as part of my Anthology Month. It had a lot of spooky flash fiction from well known authors. I would highly recommend it to a younger reader who enjoys horror. I don't think that was the intended audience, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I were still in my Christopher Pike days.

This week I have ambitious plans for the following:

I'm also giving away a blu-ray of The Conjuring this week if you are in the mood for a scary movie.

I hope everyone has a wonderfully spooky week! Be sure to let me know what you are reading while you are here. Let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Conjuring Blu-Ray Giveaway | 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Watch The Conjuring

Giveaway time! Are you in the mood for a scary movie? Warner Bros is offering up one copy of The Conjuring Blu-ray to one lucky Book Den reader. But first, there are 5 things you need to know before watching The Conjuring. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter at the bottom before you go!

Based on a true story, the movie tells the horrifying account of how famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were summoned to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse which they recently bought. In fighting this powerful demonic being, the Warrens find themselves in the middle of the most terrifying case of their lives!

The Conjuring on Blu-ray & DVD is available now!

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Move your mouse across the GIFs to control them and read the freaky facts to prepare for the scariest movie of the year!

1) The Conjuring is directed by the acclaimed James Wan, the Australian-born director of the fright-fests Insidious and the Saw series. His Twitter handle is @CreepyPuppet. Say no more.

2) The Conjuring has been given an “R” rating by the MPAA. Not because of blood, gore, or violence, but simply because it’s just so scary from start to finish!

3) The Conjuring’s cast and crew experienced creepy events during filming. Scratches appeared out of nowhere on Vera Farmiga’s computer soon after she agreed to act in the movie, the crew were routinely woken by something in the “witching hour” between 3 and 4AM, and the real-life Carolyn Perron fell and broke her hip while visiting the set.

4) The Rhode Island farmhouse where The Conjuring is set once belonged to an accused witch, Bathsheba, who tried to sacrifice her children to the devil and killed herself in 1863.

5) Hold your applause! The Conjuring will make you terrified to clap! Whether it’s playing a traditional game of hide-and-seek by following the clapping sounds like the mother and daughter in the movie, or being terrorized by ghostly claps in different rooms of the haunted farmhouse, these claps throughout the movie will give you the creeps!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts {1}

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a random posting of what's on my mind bookish and otherwise. Sometimes 10 things, sometimes less, always hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.
  1. I love that everyone is so excited about Allegiant this week, but I only made it 15% into Insurgent before someone completely spoiled Allegiant. It makes me so sad and so angry that people would willingly spoil a book for others when they obviously couldn't wait to read it themselves. I was at the front of the library line for Allegiant so at least I made someone very happy by returning it on day 2. I'm not even going to bother reading any further. I'm going to be one of those people that will JUST WATCH THE MOVIE.

  2. I'm excited about the Republic of Thieves read-along. I love participating in blog read-alongs, and Andrea over at The Little Red Reviewer really does it the right way with discussion questions and the whole nine. I wish there were more read-alongs like it in the blogosphere.

  3. I am so over writing reviews right now. I'm trying to figure out how to talk about the books I read in a less formal way. Posts like these are part of my solution. If you have any advice or have found anything that has worked for you, I'd love to hear from you.

  4. I was going to post that my Anthology Month has been a bust so far, but I started a book last night that has renewed my anthology spirit. I have two anthologies picked out for Halloween week next week, so I'm feeling good about my endeavour.

  5. I try my best to stay anti-review copy, but I couldn't help but grab the first two A Tale Dark & Grimm off of Edeilweiss. I'm weak.

  6. There is a Kickstarter project for The Princess Bride playing cards. I love these. They doubled their goal in the first 24 hours so it sounds like they may keep growing the project. The work they did on The Call of Cthulhu deck is amazing. :nerding out completely:

    Good night, backer. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.

  7. i09 posted the Top 25 Scariest Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Episodes of All Time. It's a really great list with lots of great episodes to reminisce about. One of my favorite TV episodes of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Hush". That was a perfect hour of television. Do you remember the episodes that made the list? I immediately thought of a couple that could have made the list:
    • “The Tale of the Lonely Ghost” - Are You Afraid of the Dark
    • "Imaginary Friend" - Star Trek: The Next Generation

  8. Do you guys feel strange when you have "real life" conversations about books? I do. I feel like I'm some sort of a double agent.

  9. Ana's review of Doll Bones by Holly Black over at things mean a lot has had me thinking a lot this week about why I loved that book and what kids go through as they grow older. I see my 6 year son already going through the struggles of growing up and finding his place now that he is in school.

  10. All of my son's school work this month has been ghost and goblins related. Can I just say I never want October to end? The spooky stuff is everywhere, and it really is my happy place.


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Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21 | Currently Reading

I went to the dollar store yesterday and they had their bargain books 90% off. I need more TIME in my day to read all the things.

Last week I posted my experiences with Neil Gaiman and my thoughts on The Ocean at the End of the Lane. That's pretty much all of the blogging I accomplished. I'm in a weird place trying to change how I blog but not knowing how to execute it. I may post more about that that this week.

Last week I finished reading Charlotte's Web.

I was not expecting Charlotte's Web to become one of my favorite books all of time, but it did and it is. If you have never read Charlotte's Web - even if you have seen the movies - please find the time to read it.

I also read James Dashner's new book The Eye of Minds. It was a great unexpected read, too.

This week I am still reading Red Seas Under Red Skies. I'm also hoping to fit in Insurgent since I'm at the front of the hold list for Allegiant and I don't want to be a complete bitch to the 94 folks in line behind me.

That's it for me. Will you be reading Allegiant this week? I'd love to hear what you are reading! Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Success with Neil Gaiman and The Ocean at the End of the Lane

So here is my deal with Neil Gaiman. Sometime around 2001-2002 I picked up American Gods, read about half of it, and never finished it. Last year I tried to read The Graveyard Book. Again, I read about half and never finished it. I'm also about halfway into Volume 1 of the Sandman series.

So when I tried to listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane on audio - twice - unsuccessfully, I thought...

MY GOD. Enough of this!

I got myself a print copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and by God, I read the damn thing. The Whole Thing.

Do I actually have any issues with Neil Gaiman? Not that I'm aware of. I just have issues.

It turns out The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a really great read. I'm not going to call myself a Gaiman fan until I've read more books than I've DNF'ed, but once I successfully forced myself to read Ocean, I was sad to see it end.

I love truly imaginative reads. It seems that every time I fall in love with an imaginative book, someone compares it to Gaiman. I discovered some of why that is while reading Ocean.

Someone mentioned to me they were worried about the main character being so young. The young age of the character is part of the whole wonder that is The Ocean at the End of the Lane. If you are worried about youth in peril, don't be. When Ocean starts out, the main character is an adult visiting his childhood home for a funeral. He stops at the titular ocean and this is where he recalls the events of the story. You know he will be OK.

The MC/narrator's story is, indeed, imaginative and dark, and a story I very much enjoyed, but my heart lies in the ending of Ocean where the narrator is once again a grown man. There is a feeling of nostalgia that runs through The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and the ending was able to capture that for me and give it momentum to stay with me long after finishing the last page.

Eventually I need to go back to the beginning of my Neil Gaiman circle and tackle American Gods. It appears on so many "best" lists and it has won so many awards. It took three times for me to read Ocean, and it turned out to be a book I enjoyed very much.

Have you ever experienced something like this with a particular author? I just read two of Gaiman's picture books in an effort to restore some balance and even out the Neil Gaiman score a bit. It may be that Gaiman isn't for me, but I've proved to myself that sometimes something as simple as your mood or as complicated as your preconceived notions can really effect what you are reading.

As far as The Ocean at the End of the Lane goes, I think it's a great read, and I'd be happy to hear you are reading it, too.

8/10: Great Read


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Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14 | Currently Reading

I took a bit of a blogging break last week. One (out of a list of many) reason I can't read ALL THE BOOKS is because I spend time blogging about them. Last week I really just wanted to focus on reading so that's exactly what I did.


Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep was a pretty weird read, but I liked it a lot. As a sequel to one of my favorite books of all time (The Shining), I'm satisfied and happy.

Darla's Story by Mike Mullin

Darla's Story is part of Mike Mullin's Ashfall series. We got to experience the Yellowstone supervolcano in Ashfall through Alex's point of view. Darla's Story lets us see the eruption through Darla's POV which is just awesome. I love when authors give us such wonderful gifts. I have to say, though, Darla had it way easier than Alex

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse is book 3 of the Percy Jackson series. Even though these books really are fun, and I'm enjoying listening to them on audio... this may be my last Percy Jackson. I feel kind of like I'm just going through the motions with these.


Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

In my effort to continue shirking responsibility, I scrapped everything I had lined up and started reading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I'm glad I'm such a rebel because I'm loving Ancillary Justice so far. It's pretty much blowing my mind right now.

I'm also continuing on with Anthology Month this week with Inherit the Dead. It's a great anthology for thriller lovers.

I hope you guys are reading what you love and loving what you are reading this week. I'd love to hear what you are reading. Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Oct. 6 - Oct. 12 | Notable New Book Releases

My plan for this weekend is to catch up on my Gentlemen Bastard reading so I can start The Republic of Thieves! I can't believe I have fallen behind. These are all of the new releases that caught my eye this week:

Images go to Amazon, links go to Goodreads

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch
The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner
Dying Is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann

This House is Haunted by John Boyne
Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones
Inherit the Dead edited by Jonathan Santlofer

Did any of these books make it on to your shelves or your wishlist this week? What did I miss? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this week!


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Monday, October 7, 2013

October 7 | Currently Reading

I hope everyone is having a wonderful October so far. I will be celebrating Anthology Month all month long. I started reading an anthology last night that I'm very excited about. It should be a great month!

Last week I posted my review of Red Hill by Jamie McGuire.

I think the only book I finished reading last week was a zombie anthology edited by Christopher Golden called 21st Century Dead. I was not a fan; I may post of review if inspiration hits me. Oh, I did also read Instructions by Neil Gaiman. (Thank you Goodreads shelf.)

I'm still reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King in one of the longest "slow savors" ever. I also started listening to The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan, and I started reading an awesome anthology called Australian Gothic.

I'd love to hear what you are reading this week. Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sept. 29 - Oct. 5 | Notable New Book Releases

Are you guys feeling overwhelmed as all of the new fall books are hitting the shelves? I know I am. I'm so backed up, but I feel like scrapping it all right now to read Ancillary Justice. There are so many great books being released right now.

These are the new releases that caught my eye this week:

The Necromancer's House by Christopher Buehlman

Those Across the River, a “beautifully written…exceedingly clever” (Boston Herald) masterpiece of “genuine terror” (New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson), was hailed by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris as “one of the best first novels I’ve ever read.” Now comes Christopher Buehlman’s new novel—one of uncommon horrors hiding behind the walls of the house next door…

“You think you got away with something, don’t you? But your time has run out. We know where you are. And we are coming.”
The man on the screen says this in Russian.
“Who are you?”
The man smiles, but it’s not a pleasant smile.
The image freezes.
The celluloid burns exactly where his mouth is, burns in the nearly flat U of his smile. His eyes burn, too.
The man fades, leaving the burning smiley face smoldering on the screen.
“Oh Christ,” Andrew says.
The television catches fire.

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Andrew has long known that magic was a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but his many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3) by Catherynne M. Valente

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately layered book from New York Times–bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente.

Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill

From Stephanie Hemphill, author of the Printz Honor winner Your Own, Sylvia and the acclaimed novel Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, comes the fascinating story of gothic novelist Mary Shelley, most famous for the classic Frankenstein.

An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by scandal, a young author on the brink of greatness: Hideous Love is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

This luminous verse novel reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

[You can read my review of Red Hill here.]

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Day One by Nate Kenyon


In Nate Kenyon's Day One, scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse---and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more.

After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. Soon he and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone---with no obvious enemy in sight.

The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a deadly and brilliant enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Somehow Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it . . . and so does the rest of the human race.

Let the Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist

A classic short story collection from the writer called Sweden's Stephen King that continues the breathtaking story begun in the internationally acclaimed classic Let the Right One In

Because of the two superb films made of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In, millions of people around the world know the story of Oskar and Eli and of their final escape from Blackeberg at the end of the novel. Now at last, in “Let the Old Dreams Die,” the title story in this absolutely stunning collection, we get a glimpse of what happened next to the pair. Fans of Let the Right One In will have to read the story, which is destined to generate much word of mouth both among fans and online.

“Let the Old Dreams Die” is not the only stunner in this collection. In "Final Processing," Lindqvist also reveals the next chapter in the lives of the characters he created in Handling the Undead. “Equinox” is a story of a woman who takes care of her neighbor’s house while they are away and readers will never forget what she finds in the house. Every story meets the very high standard of excellence and fright factor that Lindqvist fans have come to expect. Totally transcending genre writing, these are world class stories from possibly the most impressive horror writer writing today.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Hank Davis

Trade Paperback Halloween-themed science fiction anthology. Featuring a mix of classic science fiction reprints where the scary stuff happens in space.


“The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown,” the grand master of horror, H.P. Lovecraft, once wrote. And the greatest unknown is the vast universe, shrouded in eternal cosmic night. What things might be on other planets—or in the dark gulfs between the stars?

Giving very unsettling answers to that question are such writers as Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Sheckley, James. H. Schmitz, Clark Ashton Smith, Neal Asher, Sarah A. Hoyt, Tony Daniel and more, all equally masters of science fiction and of terror.

One might hope that in the void beyond the earth will be found friendly aliens, benevolent and possibly wiser than humanity, but don’t be surprised if other worlds have unpleasant surprises in store for future visitors. And in vacuum, no one will be able to hear your screams—as if it would do any good if they could . . .

Did any of these books make it on to your shelves or your wishlist this week? What did I miss? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this week!


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