Thursday, May 3, 2012

What's On Tap - May 2012

During the month of April I managed to catch up on my horrendous, soul-sucking backlog of reviews, so this month we’re moving on to the latest and greatest.  I’ve got an ambitious list here—ten titles in all (though two I’ve already read), along with assorted giveaways and author interviews.  I’m going to be in the UK on a business trip for the next three weeks and there are several shorter books in the stack, so I think I should be able to get it done.  Plus, they have all that yummy beer across the pond, which I’m sure will fuel my creative energies.  I mean, that’s the stuff Bill Shakespeare used to get schnockered on, right?  If it brought out the genius in him, should work for me, too.  I just know it.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston LeRoux – This is one of the books I’ve read already.  I also mentioned it in an IMM post a month ago or so—hell, I think almost all of these books have been mentioned in an IMM post at some point.  Anyway, it’s an early 20th century French mystery.  Same dude who wrote The Phantom of the Opera.  Expect a post on this ‘un Sunday night or there-abouts.

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley – I recently mentioned that I’ve been on a Walter Mosley KickDevil in a Blue Dress is my most recent fix.  It’s book one of the Easy Rawlins series, originally published in 1990.  Just polished this one off this morning.  Review to come forthwith.

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy – My current read.  James Ellroy is a frickin’ genius, and L.A. Confidential is one of his masterpieces.  Of course, it’s a dense read.  Ellroy’s got a unique style with choppy sentences stripped of the fluff and containing only those words necessary to tell the story.  It takes a little longer to read and digest, but there’s a damn-lot of story in one of his books.

Curse the Names by Joseph Arellano – I won this ‘un from Librarything Early Reviewers.  I mentioned it earlier, but it’s a crime/mystery centering around the Los Alamos nuclear laboratories.  Sounds fun, right?

Tainted Dish by Charles L. Fields – The author sent me a copy of his book a while ago, but I’m just getting around to reading it.  It’s called a “travel mystery,” but the blurb on the back cover looks more like a globe-trotting spy thriller.  Oh well.  It looks promising, and the author will be stopping by for an interview.  I’m going to try to finagle a giveaway out of the deal, too.  We’ll see.

Death at Willow Creek Mine by J. D. Savid – Another book sent to me by the author.  Some brothers buy an old gold mine, try to mine gold, and somebody dies.  Danger and madness ensue.  This is another one that might turn into an author interview and a giveaway.  Depends on how much ass I can suck with the author.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg – Netgalley is electronic crack.  Did I ever mention that?  It’s especially crack-tastic when they offer up a book you’ve been wanting to read for 3 years or more.  Falling Angel is like the lovechild of Raymond Chandler and Stephen King.  Except no one spit the baby out between their legs.  It burst out of Raymond Chandler’s stomach a la Alien and went screaming off into the night.  Nuff said.

Thank You for Your Cooperation by Adam Wasserman – A dystopian/sci-fi/dark comedy mashup that looks pretty promising.  I’ve been talking with author, and it looks as though an interview/giveaway could be in the works.  Fingers crossed, y’all.

Soldier Hill by Philip RossiSoldier Hill is a young adult novella about a pair of friends in the 80s trying to save a war memorial in their town.  I know, it sounds like an 80s teen movie, but I have high hopes.  Giveaway?  Interview?  Who knows?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – I originally started reading this collection of Holmes short stories as an omnibus edition.  I got through A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four before my willpower petered out.  Now I want to double back around and wrap this one up.  Wish me luck.

So that’s it.  10 titles, 31 days.  Let’s rock.