Recommendations from December

The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint. Yeah, this guy is very quickly becoming one of my favorite all-time authors. I just love the books of his I have read and The Dreaming Place was awesome. It’s a short book (130 pages, give or take.) But worth every page.

The Pulp Jungle by Frank Gruber. In my study of the pulp writers, I finally got my hands on this book. Definitely worth reading for people who want to become writers. We have it so much easier now with computers and email.

That’s it for December. It was a super busy month, so I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I read a bunch of short stories from WMG’s Holiday Spectacular, but it’s not an actual book I can post. They are stories from a Kickstarter that are being emailed to me individually. Some really good stuff in there though. They will have a book of these stories though. Click here for the link to the WMG Holiday Spectacular. There is more info there if you’re interested.

Recommendations from November 2021

I very rarely reread books. I just have too many things in my TBR pile. But every once in a while, I do reread something. But it has to be an absolute favorite.

The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint is one of those rare books I have gone back to reread. It was even better than it was the first time. I LOVE THIS BOOK. The Blue Girl, to me, is a darn near perfect novel.

Pulphouse is a magazine, but I have been reading more short stories lately (gee, I wonder why?) A couple of the stories in this issue had me laughing so hard that once I cried, and once I almost fell off the bed. Good stuff in this issue.

Meet me in the Moon Room is a collection of short stories by Ray Vukcevich. This dude is off the wall, but I love his stuff! I haven’t yet finished the book, but OMGosh, it is crazy good so far.

Recommendations from October 2021

City of Ghosts collection by Victoria Schwab. YESSSSS!!!!!! This series was so awesome. I finished each book in two days at the beginning of the month. They were all amazing. One just as good as the next. I loved the characters so much and the premise was fantastic. I just love love LOVE Victoria Schwab. This is not the first book series of hers that I have loved and I am certain it won’t be my last!!!

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This is the second book in what I am hoping is a series and not just a trilogy. (It was just announced book 3 will be out in August of 2022.) I really enjoyed the first book (even though it had bad/no research done on heart transplants, so that part made me cringe.) And I think I liked this book even better. This one also had one thing that made me almost throw the book across the room, but it is a TOTAL spoiler, so I will not discuss it publicly. But overall, I have really enjoyed both books by this author so far. I am looking forward to reading more from her.

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour. I haven’t yet finished this one, but I am working my way through it between other books. I really like it though. I will probably have more to say about it after I finish reading it. But Louis L’Amour is a really interesting guy.

September recommendations

Here are some of the best things I read in September:

I know I posted earlier volumes last month, but I am still LOVING The Girl from the Other Side. I am waiting for Volume 6 to become available through the library system I use online. Sadly, that will be the last one currently available to me. Hopefully they will get more soon, because I just love this manga.

I finished out The Belgariad series. I am anxious to start the next set by David Eddings. Book 5 slogged a little bit for me in the middle, but it picked up at the end. I really enjoyed the series.

This was created from a series of blog posts that Dean Wesley Smith did while he wrote a short story a day for a month. It is a very interesting look at short story writing. This has inspired me a bit…we will see if anything comes from it…