Teaser Tuesday 8/16/2016: “Ticker”

So this week I’m reading Ticker, by Lisa Mantchev, another in a recent series of steampunk novels that I’ve accumulated over the last few years that have suddenly percolated to the top of the list.  Evidently my random novel selection process has decided that the shelf for this genre needs to be thinned out.

A girl dog with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

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Teaser Tuesday 8/2/2016: “People Like Us”

So this week I’ve been reading People Like Us, by Zichao Deng, an amusing, quasi-journal-style crime caper in which two criminally-inclined Englishmen in Brittany plot to relieve a nunnery of an unidentified, but evidently very valuable, artifact.


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Teaser Tuesday 5/31/2016: “Grace Lost”

So this week I’m reading a zombie (shocker) apocalypse (shocker) novel called Grace Lost, by M. Lauryl Lewis, in which some sort of blue mist from space has coated the world and caused the dead to rise. Or something like that.

“Daddy would’ve gotten us Uzis.”

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Teaser Tuesday 5/10/2016: “The End of the Story”

So this week I’m reading The End of the Story, a collection of short works by Clark Ashton Smith, who was a writer in the vein of HP Lovecraft, albeit (so far) a little less eldritch in his abominations.

Cover of "The End of the Story"
Magic Jammies?

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Teaser Tuesday 4/12/2016: “The Golem and the Jinni”

So this week I’m reading The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker, which is not about Grundy and somebody who does not grant wishes, but rather, about a golem whose master dies almost immediately after she becomes animated and a jinni who is accidentally freed from an olive oil decanter while it is in for repairs.


Both of these rather lost supernatural creatures find themselves adrift in New York City at the very end of the 19th century.  Hilarity, most likely, does not ensue.

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Teaser Tuesday 4/5/2016: “Ramage”

So this week I’m reading Ramage, by Dudley Pope. No, “Ramage” is not Scooby-Doo trying to say “Damage”; it’s the first book in a 1960s-era naval series along the lines of the “Horatio Hornblower” novels — at least, I assume it’s along those lines, since I never read the “Hornblower” books or saw the television series. But look! Boats!

Somewhere, beyond the sea ...
Somewhere, beyond the sea …

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Teaser Tuesday 3/8/2016: “The Yellowstone Conundrum” Is Still Conundruming

This week I’m still reading The Yellowstone Conundrum, by John D. Randall, which some 400-odd pages in has begun to morph from a natural disaster epic into an urban warfare epic: Another Battle of Seattle, if you will, only this time between marauding street gangs and various pockets of Our Heroes trapped in the city by the one-two punch of a 9.5 earthquake (which, in this book, is vastly the punier of the two big quakes) and subsequent tsunami (not puny at all). In fact, one group of characters even gives a shout-out to “Escape from New York” by assigning themselves characters from the film. Oh, and for those who were worried — spoiler alert! — the dog is still with us. (In case you were wondering, he’s designated as the Ernest Borgnine character in “EfNY”, Cabbie.)


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