Friday, April 13, 2012

This n' That: Recs, A Bargain, Reads + Updates!

Hey how's everyone this Friday? Ready for the weekend? It's a gorgeous spring day, and guess what? It's baseball time! Yankees are holding their game opener today at Yankee Stadium against the Angels. I know you all don't want to hear it, but... Go Yanks! LOL!

I guess this is the perfect time to again recommend one of my favorite fiction books with a baseball theme: Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger! Have you read it? No? Well, even if you don't love baseball, you'll love this book because I dare you not to fall in love with the wonderful characters and the excellent story. (review here)

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So what else do I have for you today? Heads up people! Special subscription offer for ICARUS: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction. Lethe Press has a bargain going on today only for those of you who love great writing and/or would like to give gay speculative fiction a shot. I mentioned back in October that I love ICARUS magazine, so you know that I took advantage of this bargain. Check it out here.

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And shifting from speculative fiction to science fiction, did you know already that both Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, AND Embassytown by China Miéville made the list of finalists for the HUGO Awards? Yeap, they did!

Also in case you don't know this yet, Seanan McGuire also made it to the list of Hugo finalists under the Best Related Works Category with "Wicked Girls." And, since I featured John Scalzi during my month-long Science Fiction Experience reading binge, I'd like to mention that he also made it as a finalist under the Best Short Story Category with "The Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book 1: The Dead City." Good stuff!

I have books by all these authors on my 2012 Wish List or TBR:


Railsea by China Miéville (May 15, 2012)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (June 5, 2012)
Caliban's War (Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey (June 26, 2012)
Rosemary & Rue (October Daye Books) by Seanan McGuire - backlist title

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Last but not least, I'm reading again! Yay! I've finished some good books, some of which I've already reviewed: The Duke's Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley, The Rake by Mary Jo Putney, Split by Mel Bossa, Private Eye by S.E. Culpepper and a couple of other books that I haven't reviewed yet: Just Down The Road by Jodi Thomas, and About That Night by Julie James.


Right now I'm reading a book I just received for review and that looks to be a great read, The Heart's History by Lewis DeSimone.

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That's my news today! Have a great weekend, everyone!

6 comments:

  1. Yay, Hils! Seems like everything is going well and that's really great to hear!

    that's a great plug for Last Days of Summer, especially when the ebook is on sale. It was 1.99$ earlier this book and I bought a copy :)

    I'm glad you're reading again and looking forward to your reviews!

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    1. Oh you got Last Days of Summer in ebook format? I saw the sale on Ames' blog, but it was over by the time I went to amazon. Boooh!

      I'm really enjoying my reads again!

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  2. Oh by the way, forgot to tell you, I like the new look! :)

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    1. Thank you! I wasn't sure about the gray, but these are the colors I've been wanting to use for a long time... so I went with them. So glad you like the 'new' look. :D

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  3. So glad you're back reading again Hils - YAH! I hope the Yanks went well? Am off to read your review of The Rake, which is probably my favourite (and my first :) Mary Jo Putney book!

    And I too love the new look!

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    1. Thanks Orannia. It's a relief to be reading, it relaxes me and I missed it. :) The Yanks did well during that one game, I won't mention the one that went on after, lol!

      I'm glad you like the new look!

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