So this week is all about diversity and having a more open mind with my choices about the things I very much would like to read....
Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines
This is a series that is a favorite of a blogger that I really like in terms of her favorites. I have broadened my sphere of reading to include romance of the paranormal type.... Hey I will admit to liking the early Linda Hamiliton books before well to be honest the erotica angle. It was always there but I like it hidden by otherthngs... So what I'm kind of a prude. The blogger at My Bookish Ways appears a couple times this week... I like her tastes and Jess Haines appeared several weeks back promtng this book in her Urban Fantasy Detective series that includes the regulars of werewolves and vampires. This ne takes her heroines to LA and brings out the brain eating zombies... what better place to do it. There are four books in this series before this one and well I like getting in on something when there is a history to delve into...
Here is the synopsis to get you on board
The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…
Here is a link to Jess' website...
A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson
This is the second time I will refer to My Bookish Ways (website here) and I really liked the sound of this when I read about it today on the blog. This is the second book in another urban fantasy series that began with the book Sealed by a Curse. Here is what peaked my interest from the blog I mentioned...
(Signet, July 2nd, 2013)-
The Years Best Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Rick Horton
The short fiction. I've encountered this year again has been excellent and this looks to be a totally worthwhile collection. Of the years more interesting stories. Most of these are available throughout the free electronic magazines like Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Apex et al.
Here is the contents to get you exited.... Check out the venues these one from...
- “Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata (Analog)
- “A Murmuration of Starlings” by Joe Pitkin (Analog)
- “The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing” by Sandra McDonald (Asimov’s)
- “The Bernoulli War” by Gord Sellar (Asimov’s)
- “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s)
- “The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
- “The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald, (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
- “Sunshine” by Nina Allan (Black Static)
- “Scattered Along the River of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld)
- “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia (Clarkesworld)
- “Prayer” by Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)
- “Honey Bear” by Sofia Samatar (Clarkesworld)
- “The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe (Eclipse Online)
- “Heaven Under Earth” by Aliette de Bodard (Electric Velocipede)
- “Scrap Dragon” by Naomi Kritzer (F&SF)
- “Twenty-Two and you” by Michael Blumlein (F&SF)
- “One Breath, One Stroke” by Catherynne M. Valente (The Future is Japanese)
- “The Philosophy of Ships” by Caroline Yoachim (Interzone)
- “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed)
- “The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring” by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed)
- “Arbeitskraft” by Nick Mamatas (The Mammoth Book of Steampunk)
- “Fireborn” by Robert Charles Wilson (Rip-Off)
- “Under the Eaves” by Lavie Tidhar (Robots: The New A.I.)
- “Four Kinds of Cargo” by Leonard Richardson (Strange Horizons)
- “The Keats Variation” by K. M. Ferebee Strange Horizons)
- “Things Greater Than Love” by Kate Bachus (Strange Horizons)
- “The Weight of History, The Lightness of the Future” by Jay Lake (Subterranean)
- “Elementals” by Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House)
- “Two Houses” by Kelly Link (the Bradbury tribute anthology SHADOW SHOW)
- “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron (Tor.com)
- “Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz” by Marissa K. Lingen (Tor.com)
- “The Magician’s Apprentice” by Tamsyn Muir (Weird Tales)
- “One Day in Time City” by David Ira Cleary (Interzone)
There are a few more from this week and there will be. Supplementary dispatch... I want to get this out today... I'm a hopeless romantic and maybe that is a good thing since most good stories bring me to tears... Don't tell anyone....