Eight Day Wonders!
For those who never notice my Countdown widgets, the next couple of months are going to be a lot of fun for fans of several great series. And in eight days, on September 2, four new books hit at once that I’m particularly excited about, to wit:
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire. Nothing makes me happier than a new Toby Daye novel. Seanan McGuire has become one of my very favorite authors. Her world-building is second to none, and her characters are always so much fun, flaws and all. And then there’s Tybalt, King of Cats. Need I say more?
Personal by Lee Child. I’ve been a Jack Reacher fan since the very first book, Hollywood hack job aside, and I can’t wait for one more journey with my favorite ex-military man. I read a review once that complained that Reacher never changes or settles down. What? Why would I ever want him to do either of those things? He’s a force of nature, as is, and I think he should just keep on keepin’ on, until the very end. (Which I hope is a long time coming.)
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs. If you follow the Mercy Thompson series (or the equally good…in fact, even better, IMO) Alpha & Omega series, you might want to check out this one. It’s a collection of short stories from Mercy’s world, and I can’t wait. I love well-written short stories. It involves a completely different skill set than writing a novel, and I’m hoping Briggs delivers. Mercy’s world is inhabited by wonderful secondary characters, so it should make for some interesting reading.
House Immortal by Devon Monk. This one is an unknown, since it is the start of a new trilogy by Monk. I adore her steampunk Age of Steam series, but don’t care for her more popular Allie Beckstrom series. So this could go either way for me. But I’m definitely going to give it a try.
And thus begins the fall and early winter bonanza of new releases, including the end of two series I’ve followed for years: Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/Hollows series, and Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas Series. I’m looking forward to both of those with excitement…and sadness. It will be hard to say goodbye to characters I’ve really grown to enjoy, most especially Odd Thomas. I think a world without Oddie is a little bit bleaker, but I’m grateful I got to know him at all. He makes me see life differently, with more gratitude and love.
Hope you guys are looking forward to some of these, too. I’ll be reviewing them, for sure. (Though I know I’m behind on a couple of reviews already. Will try to catch up this week, so I’m ready for the new goodies!)