This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.
It’s been a busy week, as on Tuesday, Netted, my post-apocalyptic thriller set in Maine and published by Kristell Ink, an imprint of Grimbold Publishing, was let loose on the world. I’m delighted that it already has two 5-star reviews. It was a lovely, sunny day which I spent in Brighton with my daughter and baby granddaughter, Eliza, who is now babbling away and starting to walk around the furniture.
I attended Pilates again on Wednesday and suffered for it on Friday, when I was packing as Himself and I had a belated weekend away to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We stayed at a lovely pub, The Horse and Groom on the outskirts of Chichester – I know… we didn’t go very far afield. But we love the countryside around here anyway (which is why we live here) and we didn’t see the point in driving for miles in Friday afternoon traffic for a relaxing break. We spent Saturday wandering around Chichester, including walking around the ancient walls and through the Bishop’s Gardens, which we’d done together as students way back in 1992 when we first met as part of our History course. And in the evening, we went to see a production of Macbeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre, which we enjoyed, despite some rather odd choices regarding the costumes and casting.
The other piece of marvellous news is that my sister’s offer for the home she wanted has been accepted. We’re thrilled for her and it means she will be even closer to us – a mere five minute drive and fifteen minute walk away😊.
Last week I read:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.
It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness. When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”
Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And someone is hunting him.
I’d heard so many good things about this one – and was very glad that I got hold of it. I can certainly see why it created so much excitement.
Lent by Jo Walton
Young Girolamo’s life is a series of miracles. It’s a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It’s a miracle that he’s friends with Pico della Mirandola, the Count of Concordia. It’s a miracle that when Girolamo visits the deathbed of Lorenzo “the Magnificent,” the dying Medici is wreathed in celestial light, a surprise to everyone, Lorenzo included. It’s a miracle that when Charles VIII of France invades northern Italy, Girolamo meets him in the field, and convinces him to not only spare Florence but also protect it. It’s a miracle than whenever Girolamo preaches, crowds swoon. It’s a miracle that, despite the Pope’s determination to bring young Girolamo to heel, he’s still on the loose… and, now, running Florence in all but name.
That’s only the beginning. Because Girolamo Savanarola is not who—or what—he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time.
Browsing through Jo Walton’s reads, I realised that this one had been released and somehow slipped under my radar. I love her writing… I think she is one of the greatest writing talents alive today – a genius. And this book just confirms it. Review to follow.
Doing Time – Book 1 of The Time Police by Jodi Taylor
At some time in the future, the secret of time-travel became available to all. Chaos ensued as people sought to take advantage. Because there will always be nutters who want to change history…
And so the Time Police were formed. Internationally sanctioned thugs whose task it was to keep the timeline straight by any and all means possible. And they succeeded. The Time Wars are over. The Time Police won. But who will win the peace?
Doing Time follows three hapless new Time Police recruits – Jane, Luke and Matthew – as they try to navigate their first year on the beat. It’s all going to be fine. Obviously.
This spin-off series from Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St Mary’s doesn’t need you to have read any her previous work to appreciate her pacey, humorous writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this one – and it reminded me that there was more St Mary’s goodness out there I haven’t yet tucked into. Review to follow.
Trail of Lightning – Book 1 of The Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhorse
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
I was thrilled when I realised this offering has finally been made available as a Kindle ebook – and that it was on Netgalley. I was even more thrilled when I was approved to read it. So I saved it for my weekend away… Review to follow.
My posts last week:
*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Akin by Emma Donnoghue
Friday Faceoff featuring Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Kickass Divas in Sci Fi Book Funnel promotion
Can’t-Wait-Wednesday featuring Doing Time – Book 1 of The Time Police series by Jodi Taylor
Teaser Tuesday featuring Netted by S.J. Higbee
Review of The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Sunday Post, 29th September 2019
Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last few weeks, in no particular order:
Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD https://thenaptimeauthor.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/peter-jacksons-they-shall-not-grow-old-2/ Anne features this amazing film by famous film director Peter Jackson. Apparently Himself knows of it, but hasn’t yet seen it (Christmas pressie, perhaps???)
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Book Titles With Numbers
https://spaceandsorcery.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/top-ten-tuesday-book-titles-with-numbers/ The weekly TTT meme is always worth watching out for – but I was frankly amazed at just how many books have numbers in the title! How many have you read?
Head Over Heels https://yadadarcyyada.com/2019/09/18/head-over-heels/ Yes… I know this was posted a couple of weeks ago, but I somehow missed it and as I just love the sheer zany madcap energy of it, I needed to share it with you.
The Smiling Chipmunks of Riding Mountain https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/the-smiling-chipmunks-of-riding-mountain/ Charles French rightly reblogged this beautiful series of pics featuring these cute little chaps…
[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] Quills + Parchments//LOVE LETTERS// https://thewitheringblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/my-bookish-obsessions-quills-parchments-love-letters/ I love it when I find a blogger pouring her soul out into an article, because she is that moved/excited/enthralled by something – and this is a lovely example.
Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week…
Thanks for the mention! 😊
Congratulations on the publishing of Netted, Sarah! It sounds good and I’m so glad it’s getting good ratings. I’m going off to buy it!
So happy your sister will be even closer to you and that you got to spend a day with your daughter and granddaughter. Those are such special times to have.
You’ve been reading some good books. I’m reading one of Jodi Taylor’s books right now and so looking forward to Doing Time. I really enjoyed Trail of Lightning. I think I own Dark Matter and haven’t read it. And I haven’t read any Jo Walton books (I’m hanging my head in shame), but I own some of her books. You always inspire me to read new authors and to read books I already own!
Have a good week!
Thank you, Jan:). Bless you for getting hold of Netted – I hope you enjoy it:)).
And yes – I’ve been having a wonderful reading time, recently:)). I enjoyed Doing Time and absolutely loved Trail of Lightning. And I do very much recommend Jo Walton – all her books are completely different, but if you want to start off with something a little more gentle, then have a go at Tooth and Claw – her take on Victorian England using dragons as protagonists…
Thank you so much for your kind words – isn’t it lovely that we can all recommend books to each other? I know I’ve read your reviews and been inspired to rush off and get hold of the book:))
Dark Matter and Trail of Lightning are two of my favorites, I’m glad you got the chance to read them. And congrats to your sister and her new house! How fun that you’ll be so close😁
Thank you, Tammy – yes – it was your endorsements for those of these books ringing in my ears that persuaded me to get hold of them. Thank you!
Such a great week for you, all the way around. Congrats on the new publication, Sarah!
Thank you, Becky. It’s great putting this one out there – it’s a bit different to other stuff that I’ve written… Mind you, I’m conscious that I keep saying that.
I wish you much success!
Thank you, Becky:)
All in all a lovely family week. Have a nice getaway! So wonderful your sister will be close now.
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Thank you, Anne – I’m so thriller for her, she really wanted a place of her own and this is just perfect! I hope you have a wonderful reading week, too:)
Congrats on your book release. And feel blessed being so close with your family. I don´t know any of the books you´re sharing with us, but some of them look very interesting. My wishlist is getting longer and longer *sigh* Have a great week.
Thank you, Vi. I’m delighted that Netted is now out there, as I signed the Contract for it over 2 years ago.
And I know what you mean about that wishlist! So little time, so many books…
What a great week for you! Congratulations on your book release 🎉, happy Anniversary 🥂, and yay on your sisters sale 🥳
I hope this week is even better!
Thank you so much Shelleyrae:). Here’s hoping we both have a stellar week!
Your books look tempting. I have Dark Matter hidden somewhere in the Cloud…must check it out!
Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
You’re welcome, Laurel. I think you would enjoy Dark Matter – it’s as much about the twisty thriller as the sci fi element, with strong family relationships to power the narrative.
It has certainly been a great week for you, hasn’t it? Your book is out in the world, your sister is moving closer, and you have been on holiday with su esposo. Wonderful, wonderful. I am so happy for you.
I enjoyed Dark Matter a lot, and I think I need to look for this author’s latest book.
I hope you have a great week this week, too!
Thank you, Deb. Yes, it was a fabulous week:). My sister has been in the same town for nearly 2 years now – but this time around she is getting a place of her own, which I know she has really wanted for a while.
Yes, I’m also going to be looking to get Recursion, now that I enjoyed Dark Matter so much:).
Congrats on publishing and the good reviews!!
Thank you, Samantha:)
Congrats on the release of Netted! We only had rain for the last few weeks, so a lovely sunny days sound great. Sounds like you had a fun weekend away to celebrate your wedding anniversary. And that’s awesome your sister is moving even closer to you. Seems like you had some good reads this week, Trail of Lightning sounds interesting. It’s always great when you get approved for an eagerly anticipated read on netgalley. Have a great week!
Thank you for your kind good wishes, Lola:). Sorry about the rain – I hope you get some dry, fine weather soon.
Oh yes, I’m thrilled my sister is going to be even closer. And I’ve had a fabulous reading week – Trail of Lightning is a really good read, as it Doing Time. I hope you, too, have a great week, too:)
I’ve read both of the Roanhorse novels. The second one is just as good. My weekly update
And that’s very heartening to know, Sarah – have a great week:)
Sounds like a lovely weekend.
I think I’m the only one who didn’t like Dark Matter.
Lol… oh, I know that feeling! EVERYONE around you is raving about a book that you thought was simply – meh…
And it was a lovely weekend – thank you for swinging by, Carol:)
Congratulations on Netted, Sarah! I just now got a chance to start it. I’ll be sure to get my review up ASAP:)
Thank you, Laura – I really hope you enjoy it:). It’s a bit different to my space opera or the Arcadian Chronicles and poor old telepathic Vrox.
Congratulations on your book release, Sarah! How exciting! It sounds like you had a nice belated anniversary celebration. 🙂 It will be nice to have your sister closer, I am sure. We don’t have close family nearby.
I have Dark Matter on my TBR pile, and am glad you liked it. Doing Time is one I really want to read. I haven’t read the earlier series, but I may give that one a try too.
I hope you have a great week, Sarah.
Thank you for your kind good wishes, Wendy:). And yes – we had a lovely weekend away. Oh yes – it’s lovely having my sister living in the same town and now she will literally be just up the road.
Dark Matter is certainly one to read if you want to get wrapped up in a thriller. And Doing Time is great fun. I hope you, too, have a lovely week, Wendy.
I look forward to your reviews of Black Matter and Trail of Lightning: I greatly enjoyed both books and revisiting them from a different angle will certainly be interesting 🙂
Thank you, Maddalena:)) I will be reviewing both books in due course – Dark Matter first…
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Dark Matter. That’s one of my favorite reads from recent years.
It was certainly non-stop action with a twisting dynamic:)
Wonderful news about Netted! It does sound like it’s been quite the busy week for you but all good things. The visit to Brighton sounds wonderful as does your weekend away. I’ve found the close to home trips are often the most fun. Have a great week!
Thank you, Katherine. Yes, It was great to see Netted out there:).
And yes – we felt we didn’t want to travel too far, given the roads in the UK are miserably congested. I hope your week is a kinder one.x
Sometimes it’s nice to get away to someplace close and easy to get to. 🙂
Oh yes – that was our thinking and it worked brilliantly as a strategy:))
Sounds like you had a pretty good week!! ❤ ❤ SOO MANY AMAZING BOOKS MENTIONED HERE! I am going to check them out! AND THANK YOU SOO MUCH FOR THE SHOUT OUT! ❤ I am sooo glad that you liked it!! ❤ ❤ 🙂
HAVE AN AMAZING AND FUN-FILLED WEEEEKK!!! ❤
You’re very welcome, Rain:)). I hope you have a wonderful week, too.
I’d like a getaway, but I guess it will have to be at Chateau Longest.
I hear it’s a really classy joint…:)
It includes Cafe Longest (That is the French pronunciation, Long gaaaaay. LOL
Oh, I know – I’m a hoot:)
Just as I missed this, darn WordPress for not sending notifications anymore. I thank you so much for the lovely mention and for putting me in such wonderful company, of course, you included. 🙂
Thanks again and I hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂 Big bloggy hugs xoxxo
No worries:). WordPress are just rubbish at that kind of thing, these days. It was an absolute pleasurex
Belated anniversary wishes Sarah. Sorry I’ve missed so many posts. Dratted wifi.
It sounds like you had a good week.
I’ve heard good things about the Crouch book and it’s on my wishlist already.
Thank you, Lynn. We had an enjoyable weekend away and it was great:)) The Crouch book is certainly an intriguing read.
Oooo, grandbaby time! That’s happy to hear. AND, of course, congrats on Netted! I’m nearly done gathering my questions for you so that we can finally, at long long last, make this interview happen xxxxxx
No worries, Jean. When you’re ready. The book isn’t going anywhere:)))xxx
A very belated congratulations on seeing yet another book out in the world. In a way, it’s a true mark of being a writer: releasing more books and (somewhat) frequently. Anyone (theoretically, of course) can write a book and even publish it. To keep doing it shows perseverance and dedication. I hope you still feel pride and satisfaction when you look back at your accomplishments. 🙂
Thank you, Joanna:)). Yes – I do feel proud, particularly when I look down the right-hand side of my blog and see the list of titles steadily growing longer. But, it’s a massive undertaking to get a sufficient number of books out there so you can start to earn a reasonable income.