I have an addiction. I call it bibliomania. Every time I walk into a book store I have this near irresistible urge to buy everything I see. I manage to keep it in check most of the time. It’s actually been almost a year since I purchased a book for myself. But this NetGalley thing… it’s trouble.
NetGalley is the pusher standing just a mouse click away whispering sweet nothings into my ear. “Ooh, look at this one,” he says. “Doesn’t it look awesome? You know you want to try it. Here, I’ll give it to you for free.” I resist as long as I can until the temptation is too great, but eventually my will is eroded to the point that my pent-up desires burst forth and I gorge myself on the ebook goodness.
So yeah, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I recently signed up to review a mess of new galleys. I tried to be discerning about what I picked, but, well… you know how it goes. One thing leads to another and suddenly you’ve got half a dozen new titles to review and not a bit more time to read them.
Oh well. Is what it is, I guess. Here’s a run-down of the titles I picked up:
Nine for the Devil by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer - Historical mystery set in
Constantinople circa 548 involving the supposed murder of Empress Theodora. Emperor Justinian assigns his Lord Chamberlain to find her murderer, and then off we go.
Hurt Machine by Reed Farrel Coleman –It’s billed as a “Moe Prager Mystery,” but since I don’t know who that is, it means nothing to me. It has PIs and a murder or two in it, so I’m willing to give it a shot.
Seven Princes by John R. Fultz – This one is for Ruben. It’s Fantasy, and there’s a general plot overview here, but I’m not sure what this title will hold. I hope it’s good. I hope it’s not your typical high fantasy drivel. We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.
Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow – Remember what I said about anything with Noir in the title? Yeah, this is one of those. It’s supposed to be a short story anthology of tales involving (what else?) both the supernatural and the Noir. It could be genius, and it could be a turd sandwich. I’m hoping for the former, but I’ll have to reserve my judgments until I get around to reading it.
David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s – Of all my new Galleys, this is the one I’m probably most excited about. David Goodis is a highly regarded author of crime and noir fiction from (you guessed it) the 40s and 50s. And wouldn’t you know it, that happens to be one of my favorite eras of mystery fiction. I was salivating the moment I saw the title.
So that's the damage. Lots of Noir, as if anyone should be surprise. It’s anybody’s guess when I’ll get around to reading all of these. I still had a couple other galleys I needed to read before I requested this mess, and now my “to read” stack is sitting just shy of 100 books. Crazy, right?
Ah, but such is the burden of a book nerd, and I shoulder it happily. If this is to be my lot in life, I’m going to do my best to enjoy the hell out of it.