A bit late today as I’m fighting off some horrible sickness. I had hiccups THREE times in 9 hours yesterday! My throat has turned into sandpaper and my chest feels like I’m wearing an anchor. So, I’m happy I’m up and moving at all! But let’s instead look… to the future!
I actually don’t have anything coming to me in the mail as far as new releases next week! I do have a few on my radar though:
- Autonomous by Annalee Newitz – This one didn’t hit my radar till this week, but I’ve recently seen some good reviews and heard the actual blurb. Click above or check this out.
“Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack’s latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America—a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work.
On Jack’s trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations. Autonomous alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City.”
- The Good People by Hannah Kent – I really enjoyed Burial Rites, I didn’t expect to but by god she captured the atmosphere and feeling of that place so beautifully. I have been drooling over this one on Booktube for a long time.
“Hedged in by gossip and joined by their desperation, three women in nineteenth-century Ireland are drawn together in the hope of rescuing a child from a superstitious community, determined to rid itself of the strange and unknowable. Bereft after the loss of her husband, Nora finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheal–a boy whom she recalls as having been a happy and healthy infant but now, in the wake of both his mother’s and grandfather’s deaths, can neither speak nor walk. Mary, a servant girl from more rural parts, comes to the valley to help Nora just as the rumors are spreading: the talk of unexplained misfortunes and illnesses, and the theory that deformed Micheal is a changeling, a fairy child to blame for the bad luck the valley has endured since his arrival…”
- The Man From The Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James, Rachel McCarthy James – And a nice disturbing murder non-fiction for you.
“Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history…”
I haven’t quite cracked into An Excess Male but it’s beckoning me from my desk. I have added a few other things to my To-Read list. It seems Netflix is hoping on the Margaret Atwood with Alias Grace, I’ve not read it but it really seems up my street with murders and lovely (maybe?) women. I added the self published Devil’s Night Dawning by Damien Black after reading a great review on Goodreads. In the same day I found about about The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan. This one sounds like a dark and gritty female-centric fantasy, I’m pretty excited about it. Finally my non-fiction I added this week is The Planet Factory : Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth by Elizabeth Tasker. I love space, I’m not real smart about it, but I love reading and trying to learn more about. This topic in particular (as a lover of SF) really appeals to me as well. This one I also saw reviewed on Goodreads. Do click the link and check it out!
As a follow up to my note about IT last week. It. Was. Awesome. I need to be completely and totally honest, and hand on my book collection here, about how bad I am at horror movies. I’m the girl who won’t sit still. I’m grabbing the people next to me, I’m jumping and punching, I curl up and hide and gasp audibly. I’m not good at them. But this one was stellar. I was okay going into because I knew what was going to happen (for the most part), otherwise you couldn’t have paid me to go into that. And it was terrifying, all of it, non-stop. Do not expect anything to give up. There were brief moments of humor or sweetness which was IMMEDIATELY followed by pain and horror. A neat plus was that on arrival the boy who plays Ben, Jeremy Ray Taylor, was signing in our theater. I found out he is from my home-town, and even bigger plus, he was probably one of the best actors on screen for me. I super recommend this. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Pennywise here was incredible, Bill Skarsgård is stunning in this role. So much yes from me. Go see it.
As far as non-bookish things go I have gotten just about 10 hours or so into YS VIII, and it’s just as fun as I’d hoped it would be. Hubby and I did find a game this week though we’ll be picking up to play together. We love playing games split-screen but don’t tend to find many (especially lately) that have. Tooth and Tail, described as a popcorn RTS, looks right up our street. I have been known to get neck deep in RTS games, but my husband isn’t a fan. This though might tread the line between us and the artwork and design is adorable. It helps that it’s cheap and available on both Steam and PS4.
That’s it! What’s everyone else looking forward to?