[At the Amazon Kindle Community forum there is a monthly thread where participants list and comment on which books they’re reading at the moment on their Kindles. These aren’t usually full reviews, often just relatively brief impressions. I’m copying over some of my comments made there into Book Bits posts here.]
I finished reading Strange Flesh by Michael Olson. It’s $11.99, but I got it when it was released at the beginning of April for only $1.99. It’s a difficult book for me to rate because it never truly grabbed me by the throat, yet Olson is a very talented and intelligent writer. (It’s difficult to believe this is a debut novel.) The plot is very complex and kept me guessing all the way through on various points. For the right reader it will be an excellent read.
I’m now reading For Me and My Gal by Robbi McCoy. I’ve read three of her other novels and while the stories don’t always grab me, I’ve always been impressed with her writing. So I was a bit surprised that this one read rather awkwardly in the beginning. It seemed to get in its groove at about the fourth chapter. It’s a novel that has two stories going, one contemporary and one being told through journal entries from a WAVE stationed in Alameda during WWII. I’m especially enjoying the historical part. I’m about 30% in.
I finished reading For Me and My Gal by Robbi McCoy. Not a great read, but I did enjoy it quite a bit, especially the historical parts about women during WWII, both in the WAVES and working building ships.
I’ve now started Substitute for Love by Karin Kallmaker. It’s one of my favorite Kallmaker novels and I got it on sale (to replace my paper copy) on the publisher’s site at the end of last year. It’s been quite a while since I read it last, and I’m reminded again right away why I like it so much. Interesting characters and good writing.
It’s been a while since I posted and can’t remember for sure where I left off so I might be skipping books I’ve read. Recent reads include:
The latest issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Free Exclusive Digest. A new issue comes out every other month and this digest version is free. Some months I don’t read it at all and some I read it almost cover to cover. This time I read the included short story, which was quite good. It combines baseball with implanted memories. For anyone interested in these two genres I recommend signing up for the free subscription.
I read Fifty Shades of Gravy by Jenny Ric. It was a very short, fast, and humorous read that is a parody of both Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey. I haven’t read either book, but I know enough about Twilight to get a lot of the references anyway. I got it for free, it’s 99 cents now. I don’t think it’s worth paying a buck for, especially considering how short it is, but others may feel differently.
An author (Jadette Paige) contacted me with a request to read and review Nether Regions and provided me a free copy for that purpose. It’s a long short story with Amazons and zombies, so I said sure I’d do it! Unfortunately, I didn’t think it was very good, and it’s overpriced to boot.
I also finished Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. I got this for free way back in 2009 and just now getting around to giving it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised. I think I was expecting paranormal romance (which I usually don’t really care for), but got a solid urban fantasy instead (which I love). For the most part I really like Moning’s writing. She has an interesting way of observing the world and people then finding unique ways and words to describe them. The book does end very abruptly without resolving anything, and I know that bothers some people. I’ve bought and downloaded the second book in the series, Bloodfever, and will start it the next time I pick up my Kindle.