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This week has been a quiet week in terms of reading.  It’s been the start of the new TV season which might have had in impact…  (on that topic, I’m watching Forever and Gotham as new shows.)  I finished Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling’s) second mystery novel, The Silkworm and you can expect my full review next week.  Sneak preview: I liked it.

I’m also continuing with the audiobook of Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.  It’s not grabbing me in the way that The Silkworm did, but it is very intriguing and I am enjoying it.  Also being listened to is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I’m just at the wedding night scene.  Yum.  Especially when you add Mr. Sam Heughan into the equation…

For once, I didn’t add any books to my library this week!  Incredible, I know.  I will make up for it next month, trust me…  I have been waiting for the next book in Anne Robillard’s A.N.G.E. series, Tribulare, to hit Kobo.  The hard copies have been out for a while, but this series is only now being released in electronic format.  I see it’s available on prologuenumerique.ca and archambault.ca, and even amazon.ca but I have the rest of the series in Kobo format so I’d like to be consistent.

Upcoming releases in October

Oh boy.  October is a whopper of a month for book releases.  There are no fewer than eight books being released next month which I am anxiously anticipating.

My most eagerly awaited release of October – on October 7th to be specific – is the finale to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus.  Do I really need to introduce this series?  Riordan was kind enough not to leave too much of a cliffhanger at the end of House of Hades, instead choosing to clear the stage for this final confrontation with Gaea.  There is a definite prospect that at least two of our heroes may die, but even so I am really looking forward to hearing how this ends.  I have this on both Kindle and Audible preorders.

Also on the 7th we have the release of Unraveled, the third and final book in Gennifer Albin’s Crewel World series.  This is a YA fantasy/dystopian series with an interesting magic system and politicking. I didn’t enjoy book two as much as book one in which the world building was excellent, but I am still interested enough to want to read the end of Adelice’s story.  I have this on Kindle preorder.

In a change of scene on the 7th we have the release of A Midwinter’s Tail by Sofie Kelly, the next in her series of cute cat mysteries. I am a sucker for these and this is a good series.  I have A Midwinter’s Tail on Kindle preorder.

The fourth and final book I’m anticipating on the seventh is Silverblind by Tina Connelly.  This is the third book in her Ironskin series, the first one being an excellent adaptation of Jane Eyre with fae.  The world building in this series is wonderful.  I skipped on book two, Copperhead, because it was from the point of view of a character in Ironskin whom I really didn’t like.  Book three focusses on a different character, one whom I found more interesting.  I am waiting on Silverblind to become available for preorder on Audible.  Ironskin was narrated by Rosalyn Landor and I found her narration excellent.

On October 27th we have the release of In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, the final book in The Darkest Minds YA dystopian trilogy, another excellent one.  I particularly like the characters in this one and I can’t wait to read how their story ends.  I have preordered this on Kindle, but may add the Audible audiobook later.

Also on later in the month on the 28th we have The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss.  Now, it’s been over three years since The Wise Man’s Fear, and sadly this isn’t a continuation of Kvothe’s story but rather a companion novel telling more of the story of Auri.  Sure, I’ll check it out.  I had only ordered it in Kindle format, but I see that Rothfuss himself is narrating the audiobook which sounds kind of cool, so I’ve ordered that one as well.

The first in a new series by Julie Kagawa, Talon, is released on October 28th.  I really enjoyed her writing and narrative in The Iron Fey series and this new series sounds intriguing – dragons masquerading in human form as modern teens.  I will check it out on Kindle format.

Whew, almost there!  The final book in which I am interested in October is Emma, a Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith.  This is the third in the Austen project, modern retellings of Jane Austen classics.  I’ll admit that from the snippet I read I wasn’t all that impressed.  In all fairness, McCall Smith is going to have a hard job living up to the excellence of other such modern retellings of Emma such as the YouTube series Emma Approved and Clueless.  I am happy to take a look though, and it will be downloaded to my Kindle on October 28th.

There you go!  Those are the books in which I am most interested in October.  Did any catch your eye?

In my reading roundup for 2nd August I read Mark Lawrence’s King of Thorns, which I read on Kindle and listened to on Audible.  As I mentioned last week, I’d been convinced to give this series another try despite not really being engaged in the first book, and I’m very glad I did.  I think it helped that I both read and listened to it.  James Clamp is competent as a narrator (check out a sample), but I suspect I perhaps missed a lot in the first book (which I only listened to on Audible) due to my dislike of the main character.   Yes, Jorg is still a bloodthirsty, vengeful character, but he is maturing and is capable of thinking of others from time to time.  The concept of the “memory box” and what I means for Jorg as well as the part it plays in the story is very well done.

I gave King of Thorns four stars out of five.  This is an improvement on the three stars I gave the first book Prince of Thorns.  Perhaps Emperor of Thorns will make five stars.

I also was fascinated by the references to our own world.  I’m not certain if there were more of them, and more explicit – a “No Overnight Parking” sign in a world where the main form of transport is a horse?  I really look forward to seeing where Lawrence is going with this. I’m hearing rave reviews for the final book Emperor of Thorns, so I will certainly be preordering it.  

Through Netgalley I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Scott Lynch’s Republic of Thieves, the third in his Gentleman Bastards series.  As expected, I’m loving it – I’m about two thirds of the way through.  A full review will be coming shortly, so I won’t say too much.

Another book I read – the author provided me a free copy – was Four Small Stones by Gary Taaffe.  This is a sweet story of an Aboriginal boy in Outback Australia and his relationship with his family.  It explores their love and closeness and the main character Billy’s attempts to outwit his older brothers.  I felt the author did an excellent job of describing Aboriginal culture and their daily lives.  Although I have lived a short time in Australia, I did not come into much contact with Aboriginal culture – my main experience was as a tourist in Alice Springs.  This, of course, is hardly an accurate insight into the culture.  I  also came into contact with Aborigines during an overnight stop in a small town the back of beyond called Tennant Creek – the type of town where people asked “why the heck are you stopping there?”  Sadly, what I saw of the Aborigines there was very saddening.  Most of them seemed to have no money, no job and no hope.  I was delighted then to read this book which gave a much more positive (to my mind at least) view of these fascinating people. 

I also enjoyed the character of Billy and how this young underdog managed to get the best of his brothers using his wits.  it was fun to see his preparations come together, and also how he gained more respect in his family through this.  The strong family relationships shown in the book also made this a very heartwarming story. I will probably pick up the other books in this series at some point once I’ve got through my current TBR list.

I gave Four Small Stones four stars out of five.  It can be picked up on Amazon or Kobo (currently free)

Upcoming new releases

Amazon released a preview of upcoming new releases and there are a couple I’m very excited about for August.

Emperor of Thorns, the final book in the Broken Empire trilogy.  I’m so glad I only have to wait a week until I can read the finale!  Preorder it on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes or Audible

In a recent blog post I reviewed Jim Hines’ Libriomancer, which I really enjoyed.  The sequel, Codex Born, comes out this month. Preorder it on Amazon, KoboiTunes or Audible

In the same post I reviewed Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories.  The sequel, The Enchantress Returns, also comes out this month.  Preorder it on Amazon, Kobo, or iTunes

Added to my library this week

I put Emperor of Thorns on preorder from Amazon.  
Given all the hype about J.K. Rowling’s secret book, I gave in and ordered The Cuckoo’s Calling from Amazon
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, which I picked up on both Amazon and Audible formats Whispersync

Incidentally, in case some of you were wondering what that graphic up there means, it means the book is Whispersync for Voice ready.  This is where your audiobook and your Kindle book keep your place for you.  It’s pretty amazing – check out Amazon’s page on it.