Happy Holidays guys and gals and as we inch toward a brand new 2021, I’m elated to share my holiday book haul, which was a very generous offering of physical books and eBooks alike. I’ll be busy for a while with these, gratefully and starting on Asher’s Gridlinked, now. I’ll have ended up with 2 copies of Gridlinked, so I may organize a give away with a couple different books included, soon ( I need to wait for the second one to arrive, first ). Sadly, I don’t always remember where I get these recommendations from, so if you have seen me in your circle and have talked about one of these books, please speak up. Also, beware that this is not a list of books that will get reviewed or not reviewed; it’s a total toss up. But, wait! 😂 That’s not all! There’s four more eBooks at the end, that are not showed in the picture.
I started Neal Asher’s Gridlinked already, just as expected, it’s break neck fast reading and pacing and the quote on the cover does not lie!
“In outer space you can never feel sure that your adversary is altogether human.
The runcible buffers on Samarkand have been mysteriously sabotaged, killing many thousands and destroying a terraforming project. Agent Cormac must reach it by ship to begin an investigation. But Cormac has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Pelter, who is prepared to follow him across the galaxy with a terrifying android in tow.
Despite the sub-zero temperature of Samarkand, Cormac discovers signs of life: they are two ‘dracomen’, alien beasts contrived by an extra-galactic entity calling itself ‘Dragon’, which is a huge creature consisting of four conjoined spheres of flesh each a kilometre in diameter. Caught between the byzantine wiles of the Dragon and the lethal fury of Pelter, Cormac needs to skip very nimbly indeed to rescue the Samarkand project and protect his own life.
Gridlinked is the first sci-fi thriller in Neal Asher’s compelling Agent Cormac series.”
Along the Razor’s Edge by Rob J. Hayes. Is that her bully back there?
“An empire in flames. A prisoner of war. An unbreakable will to escape.
At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to make new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out.
Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.”
Kennedy’s Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation by Bill O’Reilly. Oh, so much mystery surrounding this event in history. This book has a ton of pictures. I like pictures. I don’t want to catch anyone just looking at the pictures though! 😂
“On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes briefly, but is hunted down, captured, and then shot dead while in police custody.
Kennedy’s Last Days is a gripping account of the events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century. Author Bill O’Reilly vividly describes the Kennedy family’s life in the public eye, the crises facing the president around the world and at home, the nation’s growing fascination with their vigorous, youthful president, and finally, the shocking events leading up to his demise.[…]”
Mel Odum’s Guerilla: The Makaum War: Book Two. I don’t know much about Guerilla warfare.
“The second installment of the Markaum War series by Mel Odom takes these military sci-fi books to the next level, perfect for readers of Jay Allan’s Crimson Worlds novels.
He’s behind enemy lines. But those lines are shifting beneath his feet.
In the jungles of Makaum, the Terran military is locked in a critical standoff over the planet’s resources with the hostile Phrenorians, even as both species maintain uneasy relations with the locals. Tensions could ignite at a moment’s notice. And Master Sergeant Frank Sage has just stumbled upon the spark plug.
Alongside trusted Makaum scouts, Sage is running recon on what is possibly an unsanctioned Phrenorian military base.Deep in the savage wilderness, Sage recognizes the renowned Phrenorian warrior arriving on-site: Zhoh GhiCemid. As Sage knows firsthand, Zhoh’s presence could mean trouble.[…]”
Edgleland by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinksi. This cover looks great, not trendy and some reflection.
“[…]Thousands of miles south of the island of Bliss, day and night last for 72 hours. Here is one of the natural wonders of this world: a whirlpool thirty miles wide and a hundred miles around. This is the Drain. Anything sucked into its frothing, turbulent waters is never seen again.
Wren has spent most of her life on Edgeland, a nearby island where people bring their dead to be blessed and prepared for the afterlife. There the dead are loaded into boats with treasure and sent over the cliff, and into the Drain. Orphaned and alone, Wren dreams of escaping Edgeland, and her chance finally comes when furriers from the Polar north arrive with their dead, and treasure for their dead.
With the help of her friend Alec, Wren plans to loot one of the boats before it enters the Drain. But the boat–with Alec and Wren onboard–is sucked into the whirlpool. What they discover beyond the abyss is beyond what anyone could have imagined.”
Hope Cook’s House of Ash. This is YA? I don’t know, so hopefully some good stuff, here.
“After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. If he can unravel the mystery, he can save his sanity . . . and possibly the girl who haunts his dreams.
But more than 100 years in the past, the girl in the mirror is fighting her own battles. When her mother disappears and her sinister stepfather reveals his true intentions, Mila and her sister fight to escape Gravenhearst and unravel the house’s secrets—before it devours them both.”
The Burning Shadow (Gods and Warriors Book 2) by Michelle Paver. I have no idea. The animal reminds me of a show we have been enjoying called His Dark Materials, on HBO Max.
“For fans of Nancy Farmer and Lloyd Alexander comes international bestselling author Michelle Paver’s second novel in the Bronze Age adventure series.
While searching for his kidnapped sister, Outsider Hylas takes a dangerous detour when he’s captured as a slave and sent to the copper mines of Thalakrea. Hylas faces brutal overseers and lethal cave-ins while evading his enemies, the Crows. With the aid of an orphaned lion cub and his friend Pirra, Hylas must escape the mines and shatter the power of the Crows for good. But the prophecy is still at work and Hylas cannot escape its grasp, especially when the anger of the oldest god is awakened.”
“Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story, and how losing his arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live–and live to the fullest.
Inspirational, humorous, and thought provoking, Noah Galloway’s LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama, his military experience, and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his “new normal” after losing his arm and leg in combat, Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds.
Noah’s gripping story is a shining example that with laughter, and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. Whether it be overcoming injury, conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family – Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest, with no excuses.”
The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West by Malcom W. Nance. Ah, I’m not a political person, but this one might cast some light in a direction where there might not be enough.
“A provocative, comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s master plan to destroy democracy in the age of Donald Trump.
In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made President of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. For the first time, The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election — and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union, and western democracy. It will show how Russia and its fifth column allies tried to flip the cornerstones of democracy in order to re-engineer the world political order that has kept most of the world free since 1945. […]”
Batman Arkham: Joker’s Daughter (Batman (1940-2011)) by Bob Rozakis (Author), Geoff Johns (Author), J. Torres (Author), Marguerite Bennett (Author), Irv Novick (Artist), Don Heck (Artist), Jose Delbo (Artist), Georges Jeanty (Artist), Meghan Hetrick (Artist) . Ye-ah!
“Duela Dent claims to be the child of many of Gotham City’s most infamous super-villains, including Catwoman, Scarecrow, the Riddler and the Penguin, but there’s one name she is always known by: the Joker’s Daughter! This mysterious young woman started out as a villain and became a heroic member of the Teen Titans before finally returning to her criminal roots. Batman has learned that when dealing with the Joker’s Daughter, it’s best to expect the unexpected.
BATMAN ARKHAM: JOKER’S DAUGHTER collects some of the villain’s greatest stories by classic creators, including Bob Rozakis (ACTION COMICS), Geoff Johns (THE FLASH), Ann Nocenti (CATWOMAN), Irv Novick (BATMAN), Don Heck (WONDER WOMAN), Georges Jeanty (SUPERBOY) and many more! […]”
Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars by Lolli, Camagni and Bunn. I already started on this one, and I’m no Secret Wars expert, but it’s just pure fun, so far and all the characters, except for Deadpool are cast in their light from 1984. Speaking of, does anyone know what’s with all the 1984 stuff? AHS, Wonder Woman, now this. However, this is a 2019 release.
“[…]Official SECRET WARS tie-in! Well, not that SECRET WARS — we’re talking the original epic from 1984! But wait, Deadpool wasn’t in that series, right? Wrong! Prepare to learn the terrifying truth as the team behind DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED reveals the crucial role the Merc with a Mouth played on the Beyonder’s Battleworld! A role so secret, the rest of Marvel’s super heroes don’t even remember it! Now, relive the Secret Wars — from Doctor Doom’s rise to power to Hulk holding up a mountain — all with added Deadpool! Amid the chaos, there comes…and goes…a costume — but Wade’s awesome secret shield is totally for keeps! Prepare to discover how the original SECRET WARS really ended — and how the sassin’ assassin saved the universe!”
The Strange Tale of Miss Victoria Frank by Kelly Evans. This looks to be the most unlooked at book in the mix, but the premise sounds great.
“Nikola Tesla, the visionary genius, is lecturing in New York City when he falls for Victoria, the mysterious young woman he sees night after night in the front row. The woman intrigues him; her curiosity is as great as his own, and her interest is wide-ranging.
But there’s something she’s hiding, a family secret so horrendous no one speaks of it. When Tesla finds out, he has a decision to make: listen to the inner voice warning him to stay away, or abandon his morality and help her with her own terrible science.”
Borderless by Eliot Peper. Hrm, a book about technology – I could never like it, jk.
“Information is power, and whoever controls the feed rules the world in this all-too-plausible follow-up to the science fiction thriller Bandwidth.
Exiled from Washington after a covert operation gone wrong, Diana is building a new life as a freelance spy, though her obsessive secrecy is driving away the few friends and allies she can count on. When she’s hired to investigate the world’s leading techno capitalist, she unknowingly accepts an assignment with a dark ulterior purpose. Navigating a labyrinth of cutouts and false fronts, Diana discovers a plot to nationalize the global feed.
As tech and politics speed toward a catastrophic reckoning, Diana must reconcile the sins of her past with her dreams of tomorrow. How she deploys the secrets in her arsenal will shape the future of a planet on the brink of disaster. Doing the right thing means risking everything to change the rules of the game. But how much is freedom really worth?”
A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark. Been wanting to read a Djinn book for a while now. Social Ecologies was going on about it, when I first started following.
“Alex Award-winning author P. Djèlí Clark, A Dead Djinn in Cairo is a Tor.com original historcal fantasy set in an alternate early twentieth century infused with the otherworldly.
Egypt, 1912. In Cairo, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine.
What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and a plot that could unravel time itself. […]”
Quantum by Patricia Cornwell. This one is interesting, to say the least. I have read several Cornwell ( I like her writing much ) books and this is taking a different direction than her previous works, and the Kindle edition has media and an animated cover inside it. How special is this author that she get’s her own MySpace type background on her Amazon book page? Wow, congrats.
“A USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestseller.
International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse-pounding thrills in the first book in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high.
On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. […]”
While writing this post, I enjoyed a Nine Inch Nails concert, since we cannot go to a live one that we purchased tickets for, this will do just fine. It certainly is a classy performance:
Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.