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Wish List Wednesday #97: Tom Piccirilli’s "Every Shallow Cut"

I’ve only read one novel by Tom PIccirilli, but it was enough to convince me that the guy is one hell of a storyteller (my review of The Night Class).

Since then, I’ve had a couple other of his books on my wish list, but for some reason, his books just don’t show up on shelves around these parts.

Thank goodness for online shopping–and Chizine.

His latest work, a novella called Every Shallow Cut, came out earlier this year and has been touted as one of his best stories yet. Sounds good enough for me, that’s for sure.

I’ve read reviews for it on a couple of my favorite blogs, and they seem to be enjoying it a bunch as well. So, are you a Piccirilli fan? Have you read this one already? What did you think?

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Wish List Wednesday #96: Kalayna Price’s "Grave Witch"

Back in October, I won a giveaway over at Angela’s Dark Faerie Tales. I won a $10 Amazon.com gift card courtesy of Kalayna Price to help promote the debut novel of her Alex Craft series, Grave Witch.

Urban fantasy is a genre I’ve been gradually warming up to more and more over the last couple of years, thanks to authors like Cassandra Clare, Jaye Wells, Richard Kadrey, and others. So, I was figuring I’d use the card to snatch up Kalayna’s book.

I hadn’t used Amazon.com before though, and being Canadian made the shipping costs crazy. So, I’ve kept it on my wish list all this time.

I did happen to see a paperback copy of the book on Book Depository, on sale for less than $6, though. I think that could be a real steal, so I have it in my basket and will be ordering it soon enough. Meant to get it months ago, but I guess the same could be said for a lot of books.

What books have you been meaning to buy and just haven’t gotten around to yet?

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Wish List Wednesday #95: Dan Simmons’ "Drood"

Last year, I had the good fortune to read Black Hills by Dan Simmons and was so thoroughly impressed by the novel I proclaimed it my favorite of 2010. It was my first time reading his work and I am eager to read more, but with so much on my reading list at the moment, his name has fallen a bit to the wayside.
One of his novels that I absolutely want to read, however, is his historical tale of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Drood. Told through the eyes of Wilkie Collins, its a somewhat re-imagined tale of Dickens’ final days and the unfinished manuscript he was working on.
I guess this novel appeals to me so much because I am a huge fan of Dickens’ works Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. A fictionalized version of the fame author, told by such an accomplished storyteller like Simmons is one I am certain to enjoy.
Have you read it by any chance? Did you like it? Are you a Dickens fan as well?

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Wish List Wednesday #94: Kaaron Warren’s "Slights"

I do enjoy reading books by authors from beyond the borders of Canada and the U.S. I also enjoy checking the debut novels of authors. So, this debut novel from Australian author, Kaaron Warren, could act as a single stone to kill two birds.
Slights is the story of Stevie, who has a near-death experience. It’s during this time she finds not Heaven or Hell, but a room full of people from her past who apparently all hold a grudge against her, torturing her in the afterlife. She’s scarred by the experience, along with the deaths of her parents, but she also becomes obsessed with that place and goes on a journey of death over and over–both her own and those of others, as she uses other people who try and unlock death’s secrets.
It’s apparently a slow burn kind of novel, but the disturbing subject matter and eery premise are too good to resist. A slowly ramped up tension may work very well for a novel like this, and I’m curious to see how Warren pulls it off.
Have you had a chance to read this book yet? What did you think? Any other debut novels by Aussies I should be checking out as well?

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Wish List Wednesday #93: Ekaterina Sedia’s "The House of Discarded Dreams"

Wish List Wednesday is a weekly meme I started in July ’09, in which I put the spotlight on a book that is on my wish list–whether new release, blast from the past, or hidden gem.


Last year, I read and reviewed an urban fantasy novel of sorts called The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia. Since then, I’ve had Sedia’s name on my list of authors to watch for, and one of her new novels sounds like it could be another real treat to read.



The House of Discarded Dreams, published by Prime Books, is about an African-American college kid who movies into a house populated by a bunch of figures from African folklore and urban legends. Sounds like fun to me, though I’m sure there’s plenty to go awry in this novel. The pitch-line for it even sounds a little like another book on my wish list, Marie Phillips’ Gods Behaving Badly, except that one had Greek gods bandying about in a London backdrop.


At any rate, I’ve got this novel and a couple other books with Sedia’s name on the cover on my wish list. Have you read any of her work? If so, what title, and what did you think of it?

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Wish List Wednesday #92: Victor Gischler’s "Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse"

Sometimes, a book can entice you by its title alone. Such is the case by a post-apocalyptic romp by Victor Gischler called Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. Admit it, you kind of want to read it now, too. Don’t ya?

Well, if you’re still unsure, here’s the plot summary for the book, courtesy of Goodreads:

Mortimer Tate was a recently divorced insurance salesman when he holed up in a cave on top of a mountain in Tennessee and rode out the end of the world.  

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse begins nine years later, when he emerges into a bizarre landscape filled with hollow reminders of an America that no longer exists. The highways are lined with abandoned automobiles; electricity is generated by indentured servants pedaling stationary bicycles. What little civilization remains revolves around 

Joey Armageddon’s Sassy A-Go-Go strip clubs, where the beer is cold, the lap dancers are hot, and the bouncers are armed with M16s.  

Accompanied by his cowboy sidekick Buffalo Bill, the gorgeous stripper Sheila, and the mountain man Ted, Mortimer journeys to the lost city of Atlanta – and a showdown that might determine the fate of humanity.

Pretty cool, huh? I think so, anyway. That’s why I’m putting it on my wish list.

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Wish List Wednesday #91: Richard Matheson’s "Other Kingdoms"

Wish List Wednesday is a weekly meme I started in July ’09, in which I put the spotlight on a book that is on my wish list–whether new release, blast from the past, or hidden gem.

Do you have an auto-buy author? I heard that term for the first time this year, meaning you basically buy a particular author’s book automatically–no questions asked. Well, if I was gonna have an auto-buy author, I figure it’d be Richard Matheson.


Tor Books is publishing a new novel from the iconic storyteller called Other Kingdoms. Honestly, that’s all I need to know about the book to know I want it. But, here’s a little write-up summary courtesy of Goodreads:

The year is 1918. Alex White, a young American soldier recently wounded in the Great War, comes to Gatford to escape his troubled past. The pastoral English village seems the perfect spot to heal his wounded body and soul, but the neighboring woods are said to be haunted by capricious, even malevolent, spirits. He is warned to steer clear of the woods, and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger, and wonders that will forever change his view of the world.



Sold. So, are you a fan of Matheson? Figure you’d be interested in reading this book, too?

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