Tag: Michael Mammay

Book Haul: Upcoming Reads

Oh, how I love book mail, when those lovely, bright shiny covered books arrive and I smell them for the first time, ah! Come on, is there anything better? And the thrill of breaking a new spine of a new story, and even better, a new author. Well, I have quite a few new authors coming up, thanks to Jo over at the Blue Mood Cafe for some of these suggestions.

In this week’s haul:

  • TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna (Crime)
  • AMBUSH by Barbara Nickless (Crime)
  • A MERCIFUL PROMISE by Kendra Elliot (Crime)
  • WE LIE WITH DEATH by Devin Madson (Fantasy)
  • HALL OF SMOKE by H.M. Long (Myth/Fantasy)
  • COLONYSIDE by Michael Mammay (SF)

And, of course, I just finished reading DEAD LAND by Sara Paretsky, which arrived way ahead of all the other books I ordered at the same time. Not that I’m complaining, but sometimes I wonder how my online book retailer makes any money trying to keep up with the Big A by offering free shipping and then, sending my order one book at a time.

I cannot finish without saying a really BIG thank you to Hannah Long for the signed copy of HALL OF SMOKE, a Norse-inspired fantasy that sounds like a fantastic and wild ride. And, of course, I can’t wait to read all of these.

WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So, what have I been up to this last week, I hear you ask? Well, let’s see …

What I’m currently reading:

I started reading the hardback of, The Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny on Monday, as this one has been sat on my TBR for, well, over a year I think! My bad, I know. I thought I better get on it seeing how the next in the Three Pines series, All the Devils are Here, was release at the beginning of September. To be honest, I don’t know how Penny does it, I mean, keep the momentum up on this series. Continuing to find stories to tell is one thing, but continuing to make you set characters change and grow within these stories, is where her genius lies.

What did I recently finish:

I finished Planetside by Michael Mammay, this weekend—the first in a military SF series. And what a clever roller coaster ride of cerebral twists, and heady fast-paced action it was. Almost a police procedural within a military SF framework, with an alien invasion (that would be humans invading a planet inhabited by a sentient species) resulting in a guerrilla war. It had all the right elements, and a well written and defined cast that carried a plot with some great twists. Definitely well worth your time.


What am I reading next:

Ah! This is always the million dollar question, and one I can never answer straight off the bat as I have so many great books sat on my coffee table right now. But I’m thinking, once I finish The Kingdom of the Blind, that I might read Red Noise by John P. Murphy. You could say this is a Kill Bill inspired story, but set aboard a space station. Yes, you see the allure, and oh, does it sound fun! But then again, I’m waiting on Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless in my next book mail. So …

And you, what are you currently reading, or planning on reading next?