Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What's On Tap - February 2012

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. 

The Phoenix 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.

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!


  1. Hi there! Wanted to stop by and see what you are up to and to say thanks for commenting on my question of the day. I purposely did not post my own thoughts as to not sway anyone in a particular direction. Wonderful answer. Donna

  2. About Zombies Are Us.... I've been a huge fan of the zombie genre since I first saw George Romero's original Night of the Living Dead when I was 13 years old. That's a two decade plus love affair. It's weird to see the genre so popular now, but I'm not complaining. I'd love to read Zombies Are Us and see what the writers theories are on the subject.

    1. Yeah, I've been a fan for a while too, now. I always found zombies to be way more interesting than boring old vampires or werewolves. I'll be sure to let you guys know how the book turns out.

  3. Ryan- I'm right there with you. I think Zombies Are Us sounds awesome. My little sister used to work at a comic book store and she exposed me to "The Walking Dead" comic books at their inception around 2005- knowing how much I love all things zombie. I was *thrilled* when the genre became en vogue enough to warrant the TV show.

    1. My wife hates everything zombies. She saw the cover of this book when it came in the mail the other day and immediately started making fun of me. Now admittedly the cover really is kind of hokey, but this is from the woman whose guilty pleasure is gossip rags. I mean really. Don't throw stones in glass houses, says I!

      I do wonder, though, if the zombie craze has hit its peak. Generally speaking, I find that the media saturation of a subject usually heralds its eventual demise. Plus, the more works out there on a given subject, the greater the likelihood that some of them were created just to ride the wave of popularity and in actuality suck ass.

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