These are the latest books that I have received.
As always, my thanks to the publishers and publicists for the books. I am always grateful for each and every book I receive and always slightly baffled too that people choose to send me books!
Books received for review consideration:
Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk.
Published by Forge Books on September 1st, 2019.
I hadn’t heard about this book until its surprise arrival (which was way after the release date on September 13th) but it sounds really interesting and the cover is stunning. I will say that I had a quick peruse inside the cover and the writing on the pages is very dense and the font very small!
No king. No rules.
England, 1191. King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition. Back home, his country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy. People with power are running unchecked. People without are growing angry. And in Nottingham, one of the largest shires in England, the sheriff seems intent on doing nothing about it.
As the leaves turn gold in the Sherwood Forest, the lives of six people–Arable, a servant girl with a secret, Robin and William, soldiers running from their pasts, Marion, a noblewoman working for change, Guy of Gisbourne, Nottingham’s beleaguered guard captain, and Elena Gamwell, a brash, ambitious thief–become intertwined.
And a strange story begins to spread . . .
The Monster (The Masquerade #2) by Seth Dickinson.
Published by Tor on September 19th, 2019.
This is the sequel to The Traitor (UK) and The Traitor Baru Cormorant (US)and is known as The Monster Baru Cormorant in the US. I’ve read many good things about the first book but for some reason or another it passed me by and I never felt the inclination to want to read it. Saying that, however, the blurb for The Monster sounds really good and I will, perhaps, have to look into reading the first book when time allows.
The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist – a secret lord of the corrupt empire she’s vowed to destroy. But to gain the power to shatter this Empire of Masks, she’s had to betray everyone she loved.
She’s now hunted by a mutinous admiral and haunted by the wound which has split her mind in two. But Baru is still leading her dearest foes on an expedition, to gain the secret of immortality. It’s her best and perhaps only chance to trigger a war – one that would consume the Masquerade.
But Baru’s heart is broken, and she fears she can no longer tell justice from revenge . . . or her own desires from the will of the man who remade her.
Violet by SJI Holliday.
Published in paperback (ebook is out now) by Orenda Books on November 14th, 2019.
I really enjoyed Holliday’s previous work The Lingering and this sounds like a delightfully dark read too.
Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.
Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.
When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend’s place.
Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…
A tense and twisted psychological thriller about obsession, manipulation and toxic friendships, Violet also reminds us that there’s a reason why mother told us not to talk to strangers…
Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver.
Published by Orenda Books in paperback (ebook out now) on November 14th, 2019.
Sounds nice and dark. I’ve never read a Will Carver book before but remember reading many great reviews for his previous book Good Samaritans.
Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.
That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.
Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.
How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?
Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood.
Published by Jo Fletcher Books on October 10th, 2019.
I’ve already read this book. I really enjoyed it and found it to be a very atmospheric read. I should have my review going live in the next couple of days.👍
Leah thought Maitland Farm could give her a new life – but now old ghosts are dragging her into the past.
Following the tragic deaths of her husband and son, Leah is looking for a new life. Determined to bury her grief in hard work and desperate to escape Christmas and the reminders of what she has lost, she rushes through the purchase of a run-down Yorkshire farmhouse, arriving just as the snow shrouds her new home.
It might look like the loveliest Christmas card, but it’s soon clear it’s not just the house that needs renovation: the land is in bad heart, too. As Leah sets to work, she begins to see visions of the farm’s former occupants – and of the dark secrets that lie at the heart of Maitland Farm.
If Leah is to have a future, she must find a way to lay both her own past and theirs to rest – but the visions are becoming disturbingly real . . .
Battle beyond the Dolestars (A Battlestar Suburbia Novel #2) by Chris McCrudden.
Published by Farrago Books on September 19th, 2019.
This sounds like it could be really funny but, I find satire books to be very hit or miss for me. If I find them funny then it is all good but if I don’t get the humour then the book isn’t really for me.
Time for the Machine Republic to Kurl Up and Dye
It’s a year since the Battlestar Suburbia broke free from Earth and the human rebellion is hiding out in the asteroid belt. Their leader, Admiral Janice, is assembling a fleet she hopes can topple robot rule – except on Wednesday afternoons when she can do you a half head of highlights for 30 quid.
Janice has given Darren, now the reluctant captain of the teenage starship Polari, a critical mission, to open up a path back to Earth by bombing the Martian Gap Services. But when it goes wrong and Darren and his crew are chased deep into the solar system, Janice has only one hope left, back on Earth.
Here, sentient breadmaker Pamasonic Teffal is resisting the human–machine war the best way she knows how: by running for office. Until a distress signal from Janice persuades her to get her turbo-charged alter ego Pam Van Damme out of mothballs, that is…
Can Pam save the solar system and rescue Kelly from the clutches of her nemesis, the crazed smartphone-turned-cyborg, Sonny Erikzon? Find out in another anarchic comic adventure from the inimitable Chris McCrudden.
The True Bastards by Jonathan French.
Published by Orbit on October 10th, 2019.
I absolutely loved the fantastically filthy fun that was The Grey Bastards and I can’t wait to delve into this, the sequel.
Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half-orcs sworn to her command. But the hoof she inherited is on the brink of collapse.
Tested to the breaking point by the burdens of leadership, Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine, desertion and the scorn of the other half-orc chieftains, even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots’ very existence.
Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave – and suddenly only one faint hope for salvation remains.
A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie.
Published by Gollancz on September 19th, 2019.
There are moments when blogging that you class as ‘highlights’ and this was one of them. I received an email from Gollancz, I’m lucky enough to be on their mailing list. But, this email was from a different publicist and through my blog saying that ‘she would love to send me a copy of A Little Hatred for review consideration’. Now, that was the exact wording, not ‘she’d like to’ or ‘she wanted to know if I’d be interested in’ but ‘she’d love to send me a copy’. Yeah, it is only wording but when you get an email like that it really lifts the blogging spirits and suffice to say I was mega chuffed over it!
Of course, fate is a fickle mistress and my ARC never turned up! 😦 Now, they might have run out of ARC’s or, simply, chose not to send me a copy and while that would have sucked for me it would have been understandable and well, shit happens.
However, the book could also have gone MIA in the post, which it had! I contacted the publicist on the release date to enquire if a copy had ever been posted and to let them know that if it had, then it had never arrived in case they were wondering where my review was.
Anyhow, they sent another copy out as the previous one had gone MIA but not an ARC. Oh no my friends, I received a finished copy. A. Signed. Finished. Copy!
War. Politics. Revolution.
The Age of Madness has arrived . . .
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.
On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.
Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.
The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another . . .
I was also lucky enough to receive paperback copies of two books that I have already read this year and loved. The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons and A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher. A Boy and His Dog came with a signed bookplate from the author and I am also quoted in the release as one of the reader quotes from Goodreads so it says Drew and not The Tattooed Book Geek but I am beyond thrilled to be included as it is one of my favourite ever books.
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