It's that time of the summer when I tell you that I'm going on vacation. (Except I'm not actually going anywhere other than to local places of interest and a couple of shows and some tennis and a lot of restaurants and patios and, perhaps, a tattoo parlour). Anybestvacationever, I will be back Aug. 22 and I hope you will be back too. Last year I didn't leave you with a reading list and I got all kinds of bleep for that, so here are some suggestions:
I am planning to read Jim Butcher’s new Dresden book Ghost Story (can't wait to see what happens after the major shake-up of the series), Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf and Carrie Vaughn’s After the Golden Age. And I want to get to Felix J. Palma's The Map of Time. On my If-I-Have-Time List: Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse and Mira Grant’s Deadline (the sequel to the quite excellent and surprising Feed). Perhaps Moira Young’s Blood Red Road. I started it and didn’t like it much, but it’s sitting there on my Kindle and I may give it another try. And no, although I own it, I will not yet be reading A Dance with Dragons because I have to go back and re-read books 2-4 first. It’s been too long and I’ve forgotten too much. And I’ll be trying to live with the fact that Richard Kadrey’s third Sandman Slim novel, Aloha from Hell isn’t released until October.
What else can I recommend? Witches of East End by Melissa De La Cruz starts out kinda so-so but becomes more interesting as it goes on – especially for anyone keen on Norse mythology (and who isn't, really?) And then the last 30 pages are irritatingly hurried. I don’t know. Maybe I can’t recommend it at all. On a witchily related note, you may want to check out Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. If you don’t mind a book full of neat ideas and a grand alternate history in which nothing really happens other than setting up the sequel and a lot of Twilighty-type yearning. It annoyed me a great deal, but I did read it until the end. I’ll also mention the flawed, but full-of-interesting-sad-ideas, Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh. And Ben Aaronovitch’s amusing, swift-paced Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho. Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series – Street Magic, Demon Bound and Bone Gods (and Devil’s Business, out Aug. 30) – is a nice dose of Urban Fantasy Methadone while you wait for the next Kim Harrison book.
I'll miss you a little bit.