New Books and ARCs, 5/19/17

Heading into a very fine weekend, and what better way to do that then with some very fine books and ARCs? Tell us what in this stack is beckoning you to read it!

21 Comments on “New Books and ARCs, 5/19/17”

  1. James J. Cudney IV (Jay) – New York City, USA – Writer. Fiction, Family Drama, Mysteries, Suspense and Other Novels. Genealogist. Historian. Technologist. Reader. Reviewer. See my books at See my blog at
    James J. Cudney IV

    Wow, I’m not familiar with any of them, but I’m drawn to The Himalyan Codex…

  2. Huh. That book about Maradona’s handball that cheated Argentina into a win over England in the 1986 World Cup was not something I expected to see in a pile here.

  3. I just got an ARC for the new Laundry Files book, Delirium Brief, and as it is supposed to rain most of the weekend, I am a happy, happy, girl.

  4. The Gathering Edge was another good one in the series. I’m still looking forward to seeing Theo reunited with her parents (and them reunited with each other – that’s going to get sticky when he comes back with his previous wife by his side).

  5. Sea of Rust

  6. The Gathering Edge is slow, like the previous two Liaden Universe books. Not that nothing happens and it’s pretty clear that the authors are lining things up for a lot more action but for now there’s quite a bit of stage setting and some character development.

    If you’re addicted to the series (yes, as a matter of fact, $HERSELF and I are) then you’ll enjoy it. Nice settle-me-down evening reading on summer holiday. Otherwise? Hard to say.

  7. D.C. Sessions: ” The Gathering Edge is slow, like the previous two Liaden Universe books ” . I didn’t think it was “slow”, although you’re not the only person who has used this term, so I am curious what “slow” means to you . To me, “slow” is a book that I have to slog through a chapter or few pages at a time. This book was basically a non-stop read from start to finish, with people and events I wanted to learn about *right now*.

    Trying not to do spoilers for a newly released book here… but granted that we didn’t see ships weapons used on a planetary city this time, we did have a space-based rescue, a dockside…event, and encounters with agents of old enemies among other things. Sure, there are lots and lots of things going on in the Liaden Universe that we didn’t see a resolution of. But things *happened*.

    What makes a book “fast” or “slow”? Is there a minimum amount of, say, knife fights or rayguns or killing for a book to be “fast”? There was a long bit in Agent of Change where Val Con and Miri were alone on a slow ship and Val Con was recovering and Miri was mostly reading and exploring the ship. Was that “slow”? I found it fascinating. Same thing for the sequences on Vandar in Carpe Diem.

    In general, “slow” in reviews of *any* book (not just The Gathering Edge”) has seemed to be a negative. Now I’m wondering what people really mean by it, and how much value it has in selecting books to add or not to the TBR pile…

  8. The Gathering Edge is another fine episode in the Liaden Universe (R) saga. I read an ARC courtesy of Edelweiss then bought it the day it was released. The Lee and Miller series is made up of the kind of books that you can re-read and enjoy over and over.

    Not really familiar with any of the other authors in this week’s stack, but Paradox Bound is an intriguing title.

  9. Hope Griffin Diaz – North Carolina – So, to borrow from a popular shirt, I love Jesus but I cuss a little. Well, a lot. In fact, I just don't believe Jesus really gives a shit about the word fuck. He does care if you say f you or go f yourself. But a general adjective? Nah. I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. My mum, Nancy, is still with us and active in our lives. I love to read, I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black part machine coon cat named Samwise aka #SamSam and a Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog mix named Daisy. I knit. I craft. I sew. These are at my leisure and are hobbies. I don't take commissions nor do I do alterations. I'm an aspiring human being. I battle several mental illnesses including depression, major panic disorder, agoraphobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and some other assorted illnesses. I also have fibromyalgia and have had numerous traumatic brain injuries (into the double digits now). I am not able to drive more than a few miles at night. I don't know where this blog is going ... if anywhere.

    Firebrand AJ Hartley

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