Newly arrived bundle for AceRocStars Street Team

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The kind folks at Ace/Roc books sure are kind to their street team. I had a flurry of books arrive the other day, including a bunch of microbiology titles and this wonderful pack of SFF. Look for reviews on many of these as their publication dates come.

Are there any that you are particularly looking forward to? There may be a giveaway for some in the near future ūüôā

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
The Desert and the Blade by S.M. Sterling
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
The Terrans: First Salik War by Jean Johnson

Proud to be part of the Ace/Roc Star Street Team

I was fortunate to be chosen to be a member of the Ace/Roc Star Street Team. What this means is that I’ll be getting copies of recent and upcoming titles from Ace Books and Roc Books, who are part of the Penguin Publishing group. Aside from reviews, there may also be some goodies and potential giveaways for followers of Reading 1000 Lives. So keep your eyes open¬†for future news.

I appreciate this opportunity because I haven’t read much from¬†their catalogs in the past, and have been uncertain of where to start off, particularly with so many giant series. So I hope readers of this site will appreciate¬†my point of view¬†as someone who isn’t already a fan of a¬†successful author or who can honestly say how well a novel may work on its own.

And of course this gives me the chance to jump right into debut authors or new series and get the word out, whether my reaction is positive or negative. If you have a favorite author from Ace/Roc I’d love to hear about it, or a title you are looking forward to. I won’t be able to read all they send, so your thoughts could help with decisions.

Here is the first mailing that I received:

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I’ve just started Day Shift, by Charlaine Harris, so look for a review of that soon. Speaking of, Harris is going on tour for the novel’s release, so check out her full schedule below to¬†see if she’ll be in a city near you!

April 24th-26th
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Chicago, IL

May 5th @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
7700 West Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX

May 6th @ 6:30 PM
Murder By the Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX

May 7th @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2900 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA

May 8th-10th
World Horror Convention
Atlanta, GA

May 11th @ 7:00 PM
Joseph-Beth
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY

May 13th-17th
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
Dallas, TX

May 27th-29th
BookExpo America
New York, NY

May 30th & 31st
BookCon
New York, NY

“Cyber Monday” eBook deals from Open Road Media

You’ll likely hear about lots of book deals today, but this is one that may not make it across your radar, so I thought I would share the info:

Open Road Media has provided me with many great Mystery, SciFi/Fantasy, and Literary fiction eBooks (and physical copies) for review in the past, but these just brush the surface of the large catalog of quality works they have available, particularly many wonderful reissues.

Their normal prices are quite fair, but if Cyber Monday splurging is your thing and you are looking to discover/rediscover some books at a REALLY cheap price, today is the day, with more than 2,000 Open Road ebooks on sale. Today only, readers can get amazing deals of up to 80% off regular price.

You can find my reviews on the books that I’ve gotten from them under the Open Road Media tag category. One addition, My review of Black Swan, White Raven is still coming, but it and most of the other volumes in Ellen Datlow’s and Terri Windling’s collections of fairytale-inspired fantasy stories is included in this big sale. I really loved the first of these, and will be taking advantage of this sale to pick up the rest.

I also just noticed several of Sherman Alexie’s works in the literary fiction section. If you haven’t ever read him, please get one of these and remedy the deficiency. Now.

To start browsing, you can find their editorial selections of best picks here.

Finally you can also browse selections at your retailer of choice, such as on Apple, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo.

Bad Things in Threes, Thanksgiving, and a New Season to Come

I apologize for too long a¬†period of inactivity here, particular to publishers who made their books available, but I haven’t gotten reviews up as of yet. They are coming.

They say bad things happen in threes. My mother passed away several months back and since then two additional family deaths came, all as I have been writing scientific manuscripts, completing research, starting the search process for a faculty position, and all sorts of other stuff.

But Thanksgiving is now upon us here in the US and I’m looking forward to the start of a new season and soon a new year. I wanted to take the opportunity to say a broad thank you to followers, to the many publishers and authors who have made their work available, and to the connections to material provided by Goodreads, NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Blogging for Books.

By year’s end I’ll have read a little over 200 books, many of those ARCs or newly published works, and in early January I plan on posting my favorite picks from the year.

Reading is far quicker and easier than writing. I’ve managed to keep up on the pile of reading, but have gotten quite backlogged in reviews, which I hope to clear/catch up on in the next weeks. Here is a list of reviews to come from my¬†completed reading. Perhaps to whet your appetite, but also for my own organization!

– The Blood of Angels, by Johanna Sinisalo (to be featured on Skiffy & Fanty)
– Of Bone and Thunder
, by Chris Evans
Cheese and Microbes, Edited by Catherine Donnelly (to be featured on Small Things Considered)
– Solaris Rising 3, Edited by Ian Whates (may be featured on Skiffy & Fanty?)
– The Zone of Interest, by Martin Amis
– California, by Edan Lepucki
– 300,000,000, by Blake Butler
– The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2014, Edited by Paula Guran
– Black Swan, White Raven, Edited by Ellen Datlow
– Mr. Wicker, by Maria Alexander
РConfronting Contagion: Our Evolving Understanding of Disease, by Melvin Santer (to be featured on Small Things Considered)
Last Train to Babylon, by Charlee Fam
Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
Fire in the Blood (Forgotten Realms), by Erin M. Evans
Crude Carrier, by Rex Burns
They Do the Same Things Different There, by Robert Shearman
The Fifth Vertex, by Kevin Hoffmann
The Genome, by Sergei Lukyanenko (to be featured on Skiffy & Fanty)
– The Galaxy Game, by Karen Lord
Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara, Edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey
Near Enemy, by Adam Sternbergh

Phew, well I guess I better get writing. Stay tuned for this all and more still to come from current/future reads. Thank you again, everyone.

Thank you to SOFT APOCALYPSES giveaway entrants

The winner of the giveaway for the signed copy of SOFT APOCALYPSES was randomly chosen from the pool of entrants and he or she has been notified by email that their book is on its way.

Thank you to all who entered and I hope you each will still find the opportunity to read Lucy Snyder’s fabulous collection. Please do come back to check out reviews and enter other giveaways at Reading 1000 Lives in the future!

Finally, thank you again to Lucy Snyder and the generous folks at Raw Dog Screaming Press who were gracious enough to provide the signed copy for giveaway.

Upcoming Titles of Note

Coming up in Reviews in the next days you will see:

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Tomorrow:
The Supernatural Enhancements,
by Edgar Cantero from Doubleday.
Wow, is this one great fun!

Soon to follow:
– The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
, by Jo√ęl Dicker

Women Destroy Science Fiction! (June 2014 Special Edition of Lightspeed Magazine)


Publisher’s Weekly Picks for the week of 14th July 2014:

One of the titles on this enticing list I’ve reviewed (The Hundred-Year House) and one I have on hand to read and review soon (Last Stories & Other Stories). I have my eye on a few others to get at some point, particularly Sharona Muir’s Invisible Beasts.


Tachyon Publications announces some titles for 2015:

tumblr_static_254099_10150199964603596_2087647_nI noticed news about these upcoming 2015 releases from Tachyon on their
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. Time to catch up on Peter V. Brett’s novels. Above all, collections by Kate Elliott & Hannu Rajaniemi look really intriguing.

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I don’t always notice all news, so if there are new releases or upcoming titles that you are excited about, let us know in comments.

Publishers, if you have any release info/news to share or requests for review, see here.

 

 

Need more suggestions for summer reads? Have some of your own?

With the start of June there seem to be many lists popping up of noteworthy books for this start of the summer reading season. Here are some of the links I happened to notice today.

June Books to Watch Out For, via The New Yorker

40 SF/Fantasy Books to Read in June 2014, via Buzzfeed

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s SF/Fantasy Picks for June, via Tor.com

Aside from the first link, this is speculative-genre-heavy. Anyone come across other good lists, or have a title that you’re particularly excited about?

Link to win a paperback copy of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

From the folks at Reading Group Guides. Go to here on their site to fill out the entry form as they describe in the quote posted below:

“We’re giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of #1¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author¬†Neil Gaiman‘s¬†THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE¬†— available in paperback June 3rd — a stirring, terrifying and elegiac fable about a man who returns to his childhood home and discovers an unremembered past of danger, sacrifice and love. Winners will be asked to read the book and come up with 3-5 questions for Mr. Gaiman by Thursday, July 31st. To enter, please fill out¬†this form¬†by Friday, June 20th at noon ET.”