It wasn’t enough that I was struggling with The Crimson Vault – for reasons I will eventually explain in a review – but Mother Nature has decided to go batshit crazy and I’ve had to deal with an ice storm, power outages, and the hospitalization of a sick relative. All these factors have put a serious damper on my reading and reviewing. I did manage, however, to place a few new book orders…
The Hod King is the third book in The Books of Babel and was just released on January 22nd. I decided to place an Amazon order despite not having read book two, simply because the first book, Senlin Ascends, was so good. I also want to make sure I acquire some 2019 releases that I can read this year to have enough entries for my Hippogriff Awards.
In order to get free shipping on The Hod King, I added Paternus: Wrath of Gods, which is the sequel to Paternus: Rise of Gods. Although I struggled a bit with the first book, fellow blogger RockStarlit BookAsylum convinced me that I should give the sequel a try, so it is on the way.
The final addition to the TBR pile is Toll the Hounds, which immediately follows Return of the Crimson Guard in the reading order that I’ve chosen for the Malazan series. Even though I won’t be able to read this book for some time, probably even next year, I decided to purchase one now simply because I struggled in my attempts to find an affordable hard cover that still had the dust jacket intact and was not a library copy. I was afraid if I waited too long I was going to end up paying more down the road. I now only need Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God to complete my Malazan collection – that is, unless I decide to tackle some of the prequels and Erikson’s sequels that will take place after the events of The Crippled God…
The first bit of news is that I have finished Glen Cook’s Port of Shadows and will be working on the review in the next few days. I’ve started reading Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, but because the book is so heavy and I don’t want to lug it around everywhere, I’m going to read it on my work breaks and focus on the Elric re-reads at home. If I finish the re-reads before The Way of Kings (which is very likely), I’ll start on The Grey Bastards and read both concurrently.
Following the Port of Shadows review I’ll have a post on where I am with my reading goals.
The final bit of news is that I purchased two new books. Both were released on the same day. The first is the paperback edition of Alec Hutson’s The Silver Sorceress, which I have been greatly anticipating:
The other is the hard cover edition of Michael J. Sullivan’s The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter, book 4 in The Riyria Chronicles. Interestingly enough, I was unable to find a paperback edition, so I went with the hard cover, which is the first hard cover I will have in the series. The Death of Dulgath did have a hard cover edition, but I had ordered the paperback edition since I already had paperbacks for the rest of the books. Oh well…
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. I managed to buy some new bookcases and move them into the shop (about the only place I have room for them), and also to get some much needed yard work done, although such endeavors always seem to come with a cost…in my case, aches and pains over most of my body. It feels I’ve been worked over by a pack of orcs with billy clubs, and I’ve got the bruises and blackberry scratches to prove it.
I’ve added a few more links to the Blogroll in left sidebar. These sites that I’ve provided links to are ones that I’ve been visiting for awhile now. They offer a lot of new content on a regular basis, and I find myself going to some of them more and more for “guest” reviews. They are:
Elitist Book Reviews
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
The Fantasy Hive
The Royal Library
David Benem’s autographed copy of The Wrath of Heroes arrived last week and has been added to the queue. It sounds like I may have managed to rope Mr. Benem into an interview, so look for that sometime in the near future.
I’m halfway through James Islington’s The Shadow of What Was Lost, so it’s probably going to be another week before I finish and can start working on a review.
Finally, I ran into some formatting issues with the new theme, mainly with over half of the thumbnail images in the right sidebar refusing to display as a thumbnail, despite the settings indicating that they were. I had to open up each image and custom format the size of the thumbnails to get them to display properly. What a time-consuming pain! Many years ago I was frustrated by formatting issues in WordPress, and switching to the new theme brought back some of those old headaches. Fortunately I seem to be able to find a workaround for most of the problems, so things are looking (almost) the way I’d like them to.
I’m less than 100 pages away from finishing Steven Erikson’s House of Chains. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to skip Midnight Tides and move ahead to The Bonehunters, which I bought last night off of eBay. Finding a hard cover in good condition was a challenge. The U.S. cover art is not great (as detailed in a post on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist) – it looks like a long-lost Darrell K. Sweet Wheel of Time cover – and although I would have preferred the UK cover, the prices of those are nearly $100, with some asking $300+. Ultimately the cover art is not something I greatly care about when price plays a significant factor.
I also wanted to pre-order Glen Cook’s Port of Shadows, so to get free shipping I tied that in with a purchase of Erikson’s Reaper’s Gale. That leaves only Toll the Hounds, Dust of Dreams, and The Crippled God remaining to be purchased in order to complete the road that my Malazan reading path will travel…
Summer is here and as expected, the nice weather has led to yard work (maintaining 5 acres is no small task), some much-needed vacation time, and getting projects done, which leaves little time for reading right now. To fill in the gap until I can post my next review, I present the following books, which have arrived and are being added to the growing queue.
After the difficulties I had in finding Ian C. Esslemont’s Return of the Crimson Guard in hard cover, I thought I better go get the others I was missing. The price seems to be getting higher for each title in trying to find a nice, non-library copy…
Orb, Sceptre, Throne
Being impressed with Will Wight’s House of Swords, I ordered the sequels…
The Crimson Vault
City of Light
I also picked up the rest of Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate that I have not yet read…
The Siege of Abythos
The Iron Circlet
The White Song
Reading rave reviews about Jonathon French’s The Grey Bastards, which won the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off in 2016, I decided to give it a chance, especially since it was released in hard cover.
Finally I picked up James Islington’s An Echo of Things to Come, the second book in his Licanius trilogy, even though I had not yet read the first book, The Shadow of What Was Lost. The price was just too good to pass up.
The following books have arrived on my doorstep and will eventually make their way to the queue:
After I finished the Rose and the Thorn, The Death of Dulgath was a no-brainer. That led into…
I was surprised by the heftiness of these volumes, for some reason the page counts didn’t register in my pea brain and they are much, much meatier than the books in the Riyria Chronicles.
A couple of Malazan novels added to the growing collection. RotCG is impossible to find in hard cover for a reasonable price and will probably only get worse.
I’m curious to see where Mark Lawrence takes this series. I’m holding off on purchasing Emperor of Thorns until I can fairly assess King of Thorns.
I was going to get this anyway but I included it to reach the free shipping plateau when I was ordering some other stuff from Amazon…
Ordered but not yet received: