Here we are at the end of January, and wouldn’t you know it, I’ve actually fulfilled my reading list for this month. Well, I haven’t posted a review of The Moving Target by Ross MacDonald yet, but I’m on the verge of finishing the book, and so I’m going to fudge it a bit and count this one as mission accomplished. A whole 6 books in one month. Whoopee!
So. Given the (perceived) success of the previous installment of “What’s on Tap,” I’m going to keep it rolling. Here’s the list of reads, reviews, and interviews coming up in February.
Catch the Gold Ring by John Stephen Strange – Zohar from The Man of La Book took pity on me and offered me a guest post on his blog. Being the consummate blog whore that I am, I said, “why sure!” This is the book I picked for that little endeavor, a thriller-type story set shortly after WWII in France. I don’t know much about this book or its author other than the fact that it was published in 1955, but that just means reading it will be an adventure.
Unchained by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory – I’ve actually already read this one—listened to, actually. I haven’t reviewed it yet, mostly due to the fact that I’ve been doing some other writing of late and haven’t exactly felt like ripping this boiler plate fantasy snoozer a new one. It wasn’t completely awful, but I felt like I’d been had at the end of it. More on that later. Phoenix
Zombies Are Us edited by Christopher M. Moreman – I got this one from the Librarything Early Reviewers program. It’s supposed to be a collection of essays on zombie fiction and why the genre is so en vogue these days. It could be really good, and it could be really bad. We’ll just have to see on this one.
The Reluctant by C.S. Splitter – This is the first in the “Crayder Chronicles,” a series which follows Tom Crayder’s journey from domestic boredom into crime and adventure. I’m especially excited to read this one because I’ll be participating in the author’s blog tour with an interview and (hopefully) a giveaway at the end of the month. Lots to look forward to with this one.
Hollywood Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh – Joseph Wambaugh is the man. He’s one of the founding members of the police procedural, and a damn good author to boot. I was lucky enough to snag an advance copy of his latest book, Hollywood Nocturne. This is another one I’m really looking forward to reading.
Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury – This is the audio book I’m currently reading, a collection of Ray Bradbury’s short stories. Some are science fiction, some not. I hear this isn’t one of his best works, but it’s still Ray Bradbury so I figure it’ll work out all right. Plus, it’ll be a nice primer for Farenheit 451, which is somewhere on my “to read” shelf.
And that’s about it. February is a short month, so I figure trying for six titles is ambitious enough. Wish me luck!